Status Go: Ep. 158 – Creating a Culture of Belonging

Long time InterVision partner, NetApp, has taken diversity to the next level. By hiring Gerri Mason Hall as their first-ever vice president of diversity, equity and belonging they have sent a strong message. Diversity, equity and inclusion goes beyond hiring practices, employee resource groups, and ESG reports, it goes to its DNA, its core values, creating a culture of belonging…for everyone. In this episode, we sit down with Gerri and talk about her work at NetApp and the results they have seen over the last year. There are plenty of lessons learned and insights in this high-energy conversation.

Gerri Mason Hall is a C-suite leader with more than 25 years’ experience in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.  Her journey ranged from legal compliance, to human capital engagement, to cultural and social transformation. In December 2020 she joined NetApp as its first VP Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging. She is laser focused on accelerating NetApp’s growth and culture shift as well as its ambition to have a workforce that reflects our communities. Since 2006 Gerri held a series of senior level roles at Sodexo, including Chief Diversity Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer for the Americas, leveraging her employment law acumen with her passion for human capital engagement and unshakeable belief that corporations can and will advance social change.

Augmenting her commitment to Inclusion and advancing the underserved, Gerri is a member of the UNCF Board and sits on its Audit and HR Committees.  She is a Board member of the Congressional Hunger Center and provides pro bono D&I counsel to a host of non-profit organizations. She is a long-term member of the ELC and the Links Inc. Gerri is a graduate of Vassar College and the George Washington University National Law Center.

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