Diversity Awareness Month at Gartner
At Gartner, our people are the reason for our enviable record of double-digit growth. We foster an environment of exceptional professional development to ensure each of our associates can reach their full potential. This includes embracing diversity and actively removing barriers to support inclusion, engagement and growth at Gartner.
Throughout the month of August, Gartner associates observed Diversity Awareness Month by hosting several events to celebrate our differences as well as the similarities that unite us. Below is a look at how associates from several of our offices celebrated diversity and gave back to their local communities, in partnership with our four employee resource groups (ERGs).
Associates in our Arlington office recently volunteered at the Capital Area Food Bank to help prepare and package food and clothing donations for lower income families. The event brought members of our Mosaic at Gartner and Pride at Gartner ERGs together. The group enjoyed working together to give back to their local community. “As a global company, this is just one small thing we can do to help the city we call home,” says Phillip Moussavi, Business Development Executive and event organizer.
The Mosaic at Gartner chapter in our Irving office spent several weeks collecting school supplies to donate to the Irving Independent School District (ISD) and educate students about the importance of workplace diversity and Gartner’s culture. In addition to fundraising, the Gartner team celebrated diversity in the office with a visit from the Mayor of Irving, Rick Stopfer, who spoke about diversity. A “Where Are You From?” wall also gave each member of the group the opportunity to share about their heritage – it turns out our group spans several countries across the globe.
Associates from Gartner’s research and sales teams prepared and served dinner for 30 guests at Breakthrough Urban Ministry’s Men’s Center in Chicago. Breakthrough offers housing support, job readiness training, and behavioral health services in the East Garfield Park neighborhood in Chicago. The team had the chance to learn more about the programs Breakthrough offers and talk with residents, before getting to work making a delicious barbecue dinner.
Fort Myers, Florida
The Fort Myers chapter of Mosaic at Gartner celebrated diversity by collaborating with Gartner VP analyst Kris van Riper to lead a discussion on diversity and inclusion and its impact in the workplace. Gartner’s VP of Inclusion & Engagement, Rajiv Desai, joined the group to speak about Gartner’s organizational approach to diversity. Mosaic also gathered for a networking social in honor of award-winner novelist, Toni Morrison. The group had a chance to learn and share about how Morrison’s work, which covered a multitude of topics including inclusion, impacted literature around the globe. “As Gartner grows, we want our collaboration to grow with it. Therefore, having events that bring associates from all different business units, roles and backgrounds together is a key step in harnessing the power of diversity” says Angela Louis, Program Manager and event organizer.
Associates in our Portland office recently participated in the Hood to Coast Relay were able to raise $24,000 for Providence Cancer Research. The Providence Cancer Institute provides cancer patients and their families access to some of the most complete cancer treatment services I the world. The funds raised by the Gartner team will support research, patient support services and treatment options. The local chapter of Mosaic at Gartner also visited the Portland Art Museum’s Do I Look Like A Lady? And Color Line: Black Excellence on the World Stage exhibits to celebrate diversity and inclusion within the world of art.
Learn more about our culture, diversity, inclusion and community engagement here.
As Gartner’s global footprint continues to expand, our associates are encouraged to make a positive impact in their local communities. Learn more about our culture, employee resource groups and community engagement efforts here.