Diversity Woman Magazine

SUM 2016

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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We Mean Business > d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m S u m m e r 2 0 1 6 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 23 By Janell Hazelwood A t Chevron, diversity is part of the corporation's core values. One of the world's leading energy giants, the company has earned numer- ous accolades, from achieving a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index, to be- ing recognized as one of the best places to work for LGBT equality, to landing honors from the Women's Business En- terprise National Council for providing opportunities to women entrepreneurs. Te company has also been the recipi- ent of the National Society of Black En- gineers' Corporate Diversity Leadership Award for its strategic eforts in creating an environment to attract and support minority professionals. "It is important for people to have role models, and customers want a deep understanding of a company's values and whether they're adhering to those values," says S. Shariq Yosufzai, vice president, global diversity, ombuds, and University Partnerships and Association Relations. "Doing things the right way has always been a hallmark of the 'Chev- ron Way.' Tat's been the guiding light." Yosufzai shares with Diversity Woman what's behind the company's strategy, his own personal commitment to innovation through diversity, and his tips for manag- ers and executives seeking to boost not only their companies' bottom lines but the success of their diversity initiatives as well. Diversity Woman: You've been on a long and successful career journey with Chevron. What is the best part of your job? S. Shariq Yosufzai: It's seeing Chevron become a place that is an aspirational Men at Work S. Shariq Yosufzai Broadening the Talent Pool to Drive Innovation destination for the best and brightest. It's been a really rewarding experience for me to see people who have been mentored— whom our processes have [helped in their growth] and the talent we have attracted. It's also seeing Chevron recognized with all the multiple awards we've re- ceived, whether the HRC rating [or the many others]. Seeing people grow and blossom—that's the best part of my job. DW: Diversity seems to have been vital part of your life as a professional through the years. How has it person- ally played a role in your own career? SSY: I've had 41 outstanding years at

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