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Diversity: The Positive Impact of Diverse Teams On Innovation Success, Richard DeVaul

To build an innovative organization that continuously finds new ways to compete, expand and succeed, Richard DeVaul believes an organization needs to build a culture in which people can bring their ideas, strengths, and fears, to contribute to new ideas and initiatives. Because people are not created equally, diverse leaders need to hold themselves and their teams accountable to “balance the tent.” Hiring for diversity has become more difficult, but we continue to hear about barriers to hiring and retaining women and minorities.

These barriers often are unconscious biases about people with a particular “look” or experience. While these biases persist, the realization that some people may have them helps to eliminate this bias and increase the likelihood that people will feel more welcome at your company. Only a fraction of senior leadership is women or underrepresented minorities, and those numbers decline in the C-suite. By “welcoming diversity,” organizations can build their workforce of the future and reap the rewards in the process.

“As someone who has grown up in a military family with parents from countries around the globe, I know firsthand the unique perspectives each of us brings to work every day, and the impact our unique background can have on business as a whole. It is vital to have a workforce that reflects our nation’s needs and those of the consumers we serve. Inclusion is the key to any business’s success, and as a large and diverse global workforce is necessary, you should do everything you can to ensure a positive work environment,” said Richard DeVaul.

Richard DeVaul is a public figure and has been very open about his journey in Silicon Valley and the challenges he has faced along the way. At 19, DeVaul was told he would never have the opportunity to build a career in Silicon Valley due to his age.

After receiving college credit to study at the University of Utah, he was hired as a junior developer at Google, building the infrastructure that powered Google Search. A couple years later, he was promoted to director of search infrastructure and architecture. In 2010, he left Google to join Apple, and two years later he joined Uber where he served as Director of Engineering for the Advanced Technologies Center. Refer to this article to learn more.


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