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June 16, 2016

Diversity Rocks

Posted by Davina Linguist (View Profile | View All Posts) at 7:02 AM

I grew up in Chicago as the second of five children. I spent most of my adult life in Las Vegas before moving to Texas.  I am married with four adult children and a granddaughter. I try to keep things simple and love family and giving back to my community and church. 

Today I am a Certified Diversity Professional, with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management, a Certified Internet Recruiter with an Advanced HR Certification from UNLV, and I am currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Human Resources. I have over sixteen years of experience in recruiting, compliance and human resources. 

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I have worked in a wide range of industries -- construction,hospitality & gaming, engineering,healthcare, mortgage, and technology - and have had a great journey so far.  For example, I helped turn the first minority student interns from the Department of Energy HBCU Internship Program into fulltime hires at Bechtel SAIC. I have recruited for some unique, hard to source roles including a nuclear robotic engineer!

What I love about my job :

I love helping people find their right fit, and seeing people transformed for the greater good!

I started working for Infosys in 2011 as a Diversity Recruiting Practice Lead, based in Plano, TX.  I had never heard of Infosys, but I was curious and decided to give it a try.  Now after almost five years, I am still amazed by all the innovations Infosys offers to its clients.

My goal as a recruiter is to attract diverse talent to our company and help Infosys become an employer of choice. For example, I helped Infosys to be selected as one of the top 50 employers by the Historical Black Colleges and Universities Students and Graduates (HBCU Connect). 

A big focus for me is increasing the number of women in leadership roles at Infosys, and that's how we got involved with the Infosys Sit With Me campaign.  I attended the annual summit of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), and was blown away by their research and passion in bringing women to the forefront in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).  I recommended NCWIT's Sit With Me campaign to a small group of women at Infosys and it has really taken off!  Today hundreds, maybe thousands of Infosys people across the US and other countries have gotten involved in the campaign to create greater awareness of the valuable contributions women make in our industry, and the need to grow our numbers, especially in leadership roles.

Diversity needs to become an everyday conscious effort to everyone, and eventually second nature in the way we do business from the inside out.  Infosys is on a journey to become not just a multicultural global company, but also an intercultural company with more diversity in leadership.

Building a more inclusive society, at work and beyond

We live in a diverse world.  Most American school children interact with classmates of different backgrounds on a daily basis.  So how do we tap into this advantage to help the next generation build a more inclusive society?

We need to go deeper to help them understand what being intercultural really means.  I think it's about nurturing three important values: tolerance, understanding, and inclusion.

It is not about accepting that people come from different places, it is about tolerating what comes with this, and understanding and embracing new traditions and cultures. When we meet people from a different background, our first thought should be, "You may not be like me, but how can I include you?"

This is a message I try to share with my own kids, as well as colleagues and job candidates.

I am inspired by :

At NCWIT, I learned more about Annie J. Easley. She is an African-American mathematician, computer scientist and rocket scientist rolled in to one. She worked for the Lewis Research Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics which is its predecessor. Of the team which developed software for the Centaur rocket stage, she was a leading member and one of the first African-Americans in her field.  Wow, awesomeness!

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