- To increase and develop the number of under represented groups working in the global digital infrastructure industry and build an inclusive industry to retain this talent
- To drive awareness for the digital infrastructure industry and create opportunities, provide strategies and tools to bring the vision to life
- Collectively leverage and build from the objectives of the MRG’s, accelerate common initiatives and drive action
To bring to life our vision and mission, we have established the following objectives:
- Representation – to ensure all member communities are represented through MRG’s
- Awareness – promote awareness of the digital infrastructure industry and inspire the industry to focus on, and increase diversity and inclusion (D&I)
- Education – share best practice and guidance to support members with entry into the industry or across the
The purpose of the D&I Best Practice Guide is to help companies working in the Digital Infrastructure Industry introduce a D&I Program to help attract, recruit and retain people from diverse backgrounds and help promote a culture of inclusive behavior – irrespective of size, location, type of business and whether the business is established or a start-up. This Guide is based entirely on stories from people who have been on this journey and can help by sharing experiences and providing helpful insights and tips.
Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair
Hannah Ormondroyd is an accomplished Human Resource leader with over twenty years generalist experience, working across a variety of industry sectors.
As the global leader of the People function for CBRE Data Centre Solutions (DCS), Hannah works as part of the DCS Executive Committee and is responsible for building and delivering programs and strategies to improve organisational and people capability, talent pipeline and employee experience in the workplace.
Hannah’s focus on delivering comprehensive people strategies for professionals of all backgrounds, while leading strategic initiatives to support the DCS business, has elevated the organization and operations, as well promoting career pathways for women and other underrepresented groups. She views education around D&I is as a vital aspect of the company culture—not just a “check the box” item.
Prior to CBRE Hannah realised her true passion for championing diversity and inclusion while working for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), where she focused on building a highly capable, diverse and flexible workforce that exceled in a climate of change.
As a devoted mother and a career-focused professional, Hannah motivates her colleagues and industry peers with growing families (women and men) to keep climbing. She frequently participates in panel discussions and networking conferences, sharing her journey and offering inspiration and advice for achieving career goals no matter what your background or circumstance.
Diversity & Inclusion Co-Chair
Charisse Richards has 25+ years of infrastructure and operations experience. Charisse has held various senior leadership roles in the Data Center, Hospitality, and Government industries.
Charisse is currently the Chief Information Officer for the Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County, the country’s 4th largest court system. Prior to her current role, Charisse has served as CIO/Vice President of IT and Integration – Global Data Centers with Iron Mountain. She has also held positions as Chief Information Officer, Chief of Staff, and Vice President of Global Initiatives at IO Data Centers. Charisse served as Senior Director and Director of Systems and Database Administration at Choice Hotels International, where she and her team developed the infrastructure for ChoiceADVANTAGE©, the hospitality industry’s first cloud-based property management system in 2001.
Charisse has been a frequent speaker on topics such as diversity in STEM, leadership, and recruiting and retaining women in the data center industry. She’s a former AFCOM panelist on Women in Data Center and has frequently participated panels on hybrid infrastructure and service platforms. In 2018, Charisse was identified as TOP 5 Most Influential Women in Data Center.
Charisse holds a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University; a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Arizona.
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