Woman in Tech of the Week (6/21/17)
Kim Stevenson, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Data Center Infrastructure, Lenovo Group Ltd.
Organizations are knee deep in their respective digital transformations, trying to create a more evolved, technology-based way of doing business. Technology companies, ironically, are not accelerating the pace of bringing diversity to the workplace to keep up with the speed of innovation required to successfully fill the data gap while transforming digitally, according to Kim Stevenson, senior vice president and general manager of data center infrastructure at Lenovo Group Ltd.
Tech companies began releasing “diversity reports” in 2013 to provide transparency into their inclusion efforts. However, industry insiders feel that these reports are mere “performance art” and nothing is indeed changing, Stevenson pointed out. And the fact that the needle is moving slowly has many companies rethinking the way they recruit talent.
Unlike much of the industry, women play a starring role at Lenovo in shaping the future of the datacenter. “It’s a very diverse company, and that diversity plays out in our president’s staff, which I am a member of; half of the staff are women,” Stevenson said. “That may not sound unusual, but it’s very unusual in tech.”
Stevenson spoke with Stu Miniman (@stu) and Rebecca Knight (@knightrm), co-hosts of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile live streaming studio, during the Lenovo Transform event about diversity in tech and how it is changing the customer experience at Lenovo.
This week, theCUBE spotlights Kim Stevenson in our Women In Tech feature.