Diversity & Inclusion- Enabling Business Beyond Bias
An inclusive environment provides a major advantage in today’s fiercely competitive market for top talent. Best-in-class organizations welcome diverse individuals at every level– diverse in terms of gender, nationality, generation, professional background, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical capability, academic background, and experience.
But simply having a heterogeneous group is not necessarily the same as making everyone feel valued and appreciated. True inclusion is only achieved when people have a sense of “belonging”.
You can’t fake it. Trying to appear inclusive when people don’t feel a genuine sense of belonging will work against you — and undermine the very culture you are working to create. There’s no magic wand, no overnight solution – building a truly impactful, inclusive culture takes hard work, a motivated and engaged population, and a long-term commitment at every level.
Brigette McInnis-Day is the Executive Vice President of Human Resources, a global leader, overseeing the Office of the CEO, led by Bill McDermott, and SAP’s Global Customer Operations, led by President and Global Managing Board member Robert Enslin. Global Customer Operations (GCO) encompasses the company’s global license sales teams, consulting delivery and sales organizations, ecosystem and channels, platform solutions, strategic industry go-to-market teams, industry business solutions and all supporting operational business areas that contribute to GCO success.
Responsible for the HR Business Partner organization, Brigette focuses on global, regional and country specific enablement of all respective lines of business which touches 60,000 leaders and employees globally. In addition to her primary responsibilities, Brigette’s personal passion is to uniquely amplify SAP’s culture and behaviors through employee-centric programs. She has successfully piloted and run initiatives such as Build your Brand, LEAP (Leadership Excellence Acceleration Program), Talent Roundtables and People Communities. These programs contribute to each employee’s growth, development and personal brand. Brigette is also known as an industry thought leader, sharing her experiences in an open and, transparent manner and never passing an opportunity to challenge the status quo. Her passion for people is evident in her ability to recognize and develop internal and external talent, push our diversity initiatives and connecting those around her.
Prior to her current role, Brigette served as VP, Human Resources for North America GCO. She also held leadership positions abroad, spending 4 years as HR Director at SAP’s global headquarters in Walldorf, Germany, working as a member of the global HR Board Management team. Brigette has also lead across various functions of HR, having served as Director of Total Rewards for SAP in North America.
Having grown up in upstate New York, Brigette pursued her bachelor degree in Applied Psychology and Business from Ithaca College. Brigette went on to earn a masters degree in Organizational and Industrial Psychology from the University of New Haven with Honors as a Graduate Fellow. Brigette is currently based at SAP’s field headquarters in Newtown Square, PA.