At Western Digital, we thrive on the power and potential of diversity. We believe the most effective way to embrace the diversity of our customers and communities around the world is to mirror them from within. But that’s not enough. We work hard to foster an inclusive environment, where every individual feels a genuine sense of belonging, respect, and contribution.
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She Invents is an internal program launched to combat the underrepresentation of women in STEM and patenting. She Invents offers resources, guides, mentorships, and profiles of female technical staff to support women and underrepresented inventors.
When Sabra-Anne Truesdale, associate general counsel on Western Digital's Patent team, read a report showing that women make up 20 percent of the technical workforce but less than 10 percent of inventors, she was driven to action. Together with her manager, she spearheaded the creation of She Invents in 2020 to address the underrepresentation of women in STEM, especially when it comes to patenting.
"It made me realize that all you need is an idea."
The program connects female employees to mentors for coaching and guidance and encourages them to submit an invention disclosure to Western Digital's legal department. Chaitra Srinivasan has served as mentor for and submitted disclosures through the program. "It made me realize that all you need is an idea," Chaitra said. "Any simple idea, any improvement can be filed for disclosure."
Through She Invents and other efforts, female participation in Western Digital's patent program increased 88% from FY20 to FY22.
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) serve as a platform for employees to build relationships and connections, foster a sense of belonging, and develop ways to support our business. Our seven employee networks span 20 global chapters with groups in India, China, Israel, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
All Western Digital ERGs are open to any employee interested in joining.
Although our work continues every day, we are proud to have earned the following honors this year.
Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality
Recognized 4 years in a row
Best Organisation for Women
Karin Werder, vice president of HDD product management at Western Digital, hated her first workplace nickname. “They called me ‘Memory Girl,’” she remembered with a sigh.
David Hall is a tech innovator and inventor. While his official title is that of a distinguished engineer, his colleagues call him a visionary, an influencer, a tech evangelist, and an instigator. But his journey to tech visionary is far from typical.
As director of packaging engineering within Western Digital’s global operations, Hooi Bin Lim operates on a scale of microns or, as she describes, technologies as thin as sheets of paper.