Last month I wrote about three themes that drive our agenda: COVID-19; Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity; and Hybrid Cloud.
This month I’ll dive deeper into one of those themes and give you an update on our journey to Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity. I’m happy to report that our journey continues with momentum and passion.
It’s hard to believe that it has been less than three months since George Floyd died at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. In the ensuing nine weeks, we’ve seen massive protests throughout the United States and overseas as people rally for justice and equality.
At Rocket we have amped up and focused our efforts to be more impactful in and around inclusion, diversity, and equity. Led by our CHRO, Tracey Leahy, we formed a diverse internal working group of passionate Rocketeers dedicated to embedding inclusiveness into every corner of Rocket.
This group named themselves RIDE, which stands for Rocket Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity. The RIDE name was also selected because we are embarking on a journey–a long term journey–to extend our core values beyond Empathy, Humanity, Trust and Love to a more inclusive destination that recognizes all forms of diversity and fairness.
Measuring our progress along the way is important. We want to be able to see the impact our RIDE group is making. For example, we’re creating a Rocket Diversity Index, which will measure the richness (how many diverse groups) and the evenness (how evenly they are spread) across the organization.