How My Career at Gartner Has Allowed Me to Explore My Passion for Diversity & Inclusion

Meet Jessica Reed, Campus Recruiter, whose passion and enthusiasm for diversity and inclusion has helped her to mold her career as a member of our growing Talent Acquisition team and connect with candidates on a deeper level. Learn more about Jessica’s career journey below.

I joined Gartner’s campus recruiting team after I graduated from the University of Louisville and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. Today, I have the opportunity to connect with top collegiate talent from across the U.S. in hopes of helping them find a successful career path at Gartner. In addition to my regular recruitment-focused activities, I also have a passion for diversity and inclusion.

Why is this so important to me, you ask? I’ve heard diversity and inclusion be explained in a few different ways. The saying, “Diversity is being invited to the party and inclusion is being asked to dance,” has stuck with me. I want to be the person to ask our candidates to dance.

My goal as a D&I champion here at Gartner is to encourage each associate to bring their authentic selves to work each day — I believe that all associates should feel they can add value in their roles and be set up for success.

Are you interested in learning more about our diversity and inclusion efforts here at Gartner? Check out a few of the initiatives I have been able to be a part of:

  • I am an active member of leadership within our Mosaic at Gartner employee resource group (ERG), which includes supporting D&I recruiting efforts. Mosaic at Gartner is dedicated to engaging associates from underrepresented races, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds, helping to ensure each of our associates are engaged in our global community.
  • Gartner’s campus recruiting team hosted HBCU Professor Day, during which we hosted faculty members from Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) to inform them of career opportunities available for students and recent graduates.
  • I encourage students to ask questions that are important to them — oftentimes students who are interested in joining Gartner don’t want to start their interview process asking about things like diversity and inclusion. It’s important to start the conversation early with your recruiter so that you feel comfortable moving forward in the interview process.

These are just a few of the ways in which I’ve been able to put my interests into action here at Gartner. It’s something that motivates me to get up and go to work every day. Don’t be afraid to explore your passions, speak up and make a difference. You never know where it may take you.

Learn more about diversity, inclusion and engagement at Gartner 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.

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