Black History at Hewlett-Packard
Hewlett-Packard Company operated on policies of non-discrimination and respectful treatment of all people throughout its history. Racial equality, diversity and inclusion are ever-evolving concepts, however. As times changed and understandings of those concepts grew more sophisticated, HP changed and grew with them, so that the company looked very different by the early 2000s than it had at the time of its founding in 1939. A predominantly white and male workforce had gradually diversified as women and employees of disparate backgrounds gained footholds in an industry that had historically excluded them and HP assumed a leading role in building an inclusive workplace within the tech industry. This collection pays tribute to the Black men and women who led that transformation, proving every day that a diverse workforce is a high-achieving workforce and that innovation often comes from different perspectives and backgrounds. Through their implicit example and explicit efforts, they made Hewlett-Packard a more inclusive workplace.