Making Juneteenth Count

I let out a whoop of excitement when I heard Cognizant would observe Juneteenth as a company holiday for U.S. associates.  Hailing from Texas, where the historic June 19 announcement of slavery’s end occurred in 1865, I’ve celebrated Juneteenth annually since I was a child. Honoring it today as a company holiday feels like part […]

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Black People Need Allies, Too

As a diversity and inclusion (D&I) leader at Cognizant, I’m always planning for the next big D&I event. June, for instance, is filled with many Pride celebrations, virtual and otherwise. But instead of seeing coverage of upcoming LGBTQ+ Pride celebrations, I’m watching news coverage and having conversations with friends and family members about the senseless deaths of […]

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A Leader’s Story of Belonging

When it comes to belonging, numbers matter. In my first job out of college, I was one of just two women engineers out of 600 in the business practice. Eleven years later, I became CEO of itaas (a Cognizant company) and made diversity hiring a top priority. But belonging is also about much more than […]

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How Affinity Groups Elevate Us: Lessons from Self-Isolation

There’s nothing like solitude to make us appreciate camaraderie. That’s why, especially during the self-isolation imposed by the pandemic, affinity groups are so important. In addition to shared experiences, they let us lean into missions that transcend the isolation of COVID-19. At a time when we need it most, they elevate us. As I joined […]

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How Small Changes in the Hiring Process Can Lead to Big Diversity Benefits

As head of diversity and inclusion for management recruitment in the U.S., I’m always on the lookout for new avenues for finding talent.  Like many companies, we’re taking steps to open up our hiring process so that we reach out to more nontraditional and under-represented candidates. Last summer, I had the privilege of attending the […]

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