Haben Girma (Courtesy of habengirma.com)
Haben Girma (Courtesy of habengirma.com)

Lenovo, a leader in innovation and developing transformative products, services and solutions, recently released its 2018-19 Diversity & Inclusion Report for which Haben Girma, Harvard Law School’s first deaf-blind graduate serves as a consultant.

Girma, an advocate for equal opportunities for people with disabilities, joins the team as a first-generation immigrant who was named by President Barack Obama as a White House Champion of Change. In addition, Girma has been honored with the Helen Keller Achievement Award and a spot on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

“We are proud of our progress in diversity and to be a part of recasting the model for multinational companies,” said Yolanda Lee Conyers, Lenovo Foundation chief diversity officer and president. “We are committed to continuing our work of advancing greater diversity in all its forms across our workforce and to foster a sense of belonging with inclusive practices.”

Over the past year, the report revealed that 66 unique nationalities were hired across 61 markets, 100 different languages are spoken by Lenovo employees, five unique nationalities are represented among their top 14 executives in the Lenovo Executive Committee and 97 percent of their business managers are native residents to the markets they work in.

Lenovo also succeeded in achieving its goal of affecting one million people through the benefit of philanthropy and volunteerism around the world.

In October 2018, Lenovo launched The Lenovo Foundation to invest in STEM education programs, increase access to diverse populations and empower employees to improve their communities.

As a result of their commitment, The Foundation awarded 16 mini-grants to organizations around the world such as an organization in Kenya that was outfitted with a new computer lab to serve a disconnected community.

“We have many achievements and milestones to celebrate, and meeting our goals requires constant focus and is a continual journey,” Conyers said. “We are taking steps to make sure our workforce reflects the best insights, creativity and experiences reflective of our customers and society.”

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