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2018 Inclusiveness@Work Corporate Nominee: Arrow Electronics

Arrow Electronics is a global provider of products, services and solutions to users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for over 125,000 manufacturers and commercial customers in over 465 locations serving over 90 countries.

Being a global company means that its people, customers and suppliers come from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Arrow believes a culture of diversity and inclusion positively affects the workplace and drives superior business performance. Arrow fosters a diverse and inclusive environment that encourages an open exchange of ideas, where all employees are included, valued and respected. Arrow believes embracing and learning from individual differences gives the company a sustained, competitive advantage that makes it better able to serve all of its customers, suppliers and employees.

Arrow is engaged in cultivating a diverse workforce and talent pipeline with its Diversity Day initiative. This program introduces diverse undergraduate and graduate business and engineering students from five Colorado universities to career opportunities available at Arrow. This initiative has resulted in a number of exceptional hires, and helped to enrich and diversify Arrow’s annual summer intern cohort. Diversity Day has also helped to facilitate joint diversity and inclusion events between Colorado universities.

Arrow is also involved with The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, particularly due to the efforts of Donna Tikkanen-Davis, who co-chaired the Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s STEM Coalition. This coalition created a report on gender equality in Colorado’s STEM industries. According to Ms. Tikkanen-Davis, vice president of human resources at Arrow, “It can be challenging for organizations to navigate the complexities of inclusive hiring and professional-development practices. We created this report to help employers navigate these complexities and to embrace best practices that help women thrive in STEM.”

“Fostering a diverse workforce at Arrow is paramount to the company’s identity and success. Ensuring our teams are made up of talented individuals who can offer differing ideas and perspectives is what keeps us innovative and able to think Five Years Out,” said Teresa Kostenbauer, senior manager of university recruitment and relations at Arrow.

Share your thoughts on the nomination of Arrow Electronics in the comments below. Please join us when the recipient of the Inclusiveness@Work Business/Corporate category is announced on February 10th at our annual Ball for All gala. Tickets and sponsorships are available on the CLI Website.

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