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Employee Resource Groups
In the 1990s HP CEO Lew Platt oversaw a formal chartering process for HP’s working groups for minority and women employees. Chartered groups gained access to email, conference rooms, the HP logo and s ...
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HP Avondale Division and FAME
Many HP diversity initiatives launched at the local level. In 1978, the Avondale division began participating in FAME, the Forum to Advance Minorities in Engineering, which sought to provide education ...
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HP Inclusive by Objective
Diversity became an explicit component of HP’s corporate objectives when it was included on page 11 of the 1989 edition. In discussing HP’s objectives regarding the treatment of employees, the company ...
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HP’s Faculty Loan Program at HBCUs
In 1975, Hewlett-Packard launched a faculty loan program in which HP engineers taught at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with the company’s assistance. Harry Portwood spent at lea ...
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HP’s First Employee Resource Group
Ken Coleman joined HP as a personnel manager in 1972. Soon thereafter, he co-founded (with Howard Smith, not pictured) Hewlett-Packard’s first employee resource group, a network of Black functional ma ...
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HP’s First Equal Opportunities Manager
Hewlett-Packard always had a nondiscrimination policy in hiring, but its understanding of how best to address racial inequality evolved continuously throughout its existence. In 1968, CEO Dave Packard ...
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Jean Kimes: Minority Education Leader
In 1968 Jean Kimes took a leave of absence from the Microwave Division to work with adult and juvenile minority education programs in San Francisco, where she spent much of her time helping her studen ...
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Respect & Minority Success at HP
Manager Harry Portwood found that HP’s emphasis on respect for the individual created an environment that was especially conducive to minority success: “I’ve been impressed with HP’s focus on people. ...
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Roy Clay: Godfather of Silicon Valley
Roy Clay was a founding member of HP’s first computer division. Personally recruited to the company by Dave Packard in 1965, Clay led the design team for HP’s first computer, the 2116A, for which he a ...
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The Black Functional Managers Network
By the 1980s, the Black functional managers network that began in the previous decade had grown more sophisticated and, while still unofficial, was gaining recognition in company publications and beco ...