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Solution Providers Explain Top DEI Investments

Mark Haranas

Solution providers tell CRN about their top DEI investments today and what they are doing inside their company around diversity, equity and inclusion.

Betsy Reed, Co-Founder, VP, Sales, Marketing

CloudWerx

San Jose, Calif.

As a woman founder in technology, and moreover as woman leader in the sales space, we want to give equal opportunity—regardless of who you are, where you came from or where you are going—to be successful. That’s what DEI means to me.

We don’t have a formal program in place, but we look and seek talent where talent lies, and we use a very broad net for that. So we’re open to any walk of life.

We don’t look for somebody that has a pedigree from a high college education or Ph.D. No, we look for people that are hard workers, have integrity, that we know are going to carry through the cultural values of CloudWerx into their day to day.

As it turns out, we have an extremely diverse team. I would love to say it was by design, but I actually am more proud to say it was organic. So when you look at our team, it’s extremely diverse.

We have folks that are first-generation immigrants to the United States. I’m a female founder, and we have folks that have really come from all over.

So we’re committed to having a diverse workforce. Because we believe that it adds to the—I call it like a ‘quilt of our culture’—the more unique opinions, different mindsets, different people backgrounds, how were they raised, all of that helps to add a different perspective that we feel gives us a leg up on the competition.

That’s something that we really try to bring to the table for our customers—people that think about things differently, challenge each other and up-level.

 
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Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at mharanas@thechannelcompany.com.

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