Shining a Light on Diversity: Nutanix at Grace Hopper

By Pranesh Anthapur
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Just over a year-and-a-half ago, 21 women in Engineering came together to create Webscale Women, a community designed to support women in all functions at Nutanix. Last Wednesday, Webscale Women groups across the world—San Jose, California; Durham, North Carolina; Hoofddorp, The Netherlands; Bangalore, India; and Sydney, Australia—hosted over 10x that many Nutanix women at events intended to further connect, collaborate and inspire.

I’m proud that Nutanix continues to actively support women in technology and, this week in particular, that we’re sponsoring the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. At Nutanix, we actively cultivate and foster a diverse workforce. We strongly believe that diversity of background, perspective, and ideas makes for a richer employee experience and enables us to deliver exceptional products. It’s also a natural fit with our Core Values—Hungry, Humble and Honest—which celebrate respect for the individual, appreciating others and operating with authenticity.

As part of our support of GHC, Nutanix will this Wednesday host a panel discussion titled, “Where will you be in 5 years?” Members of our team (to whom we lovingly refer as the ‘Nutant Nation’) with backgrounds in Computer Science and Engineering will share their personal stories, specific to their first five years out of school, including landing their first jobs, finding careers beyond coding, succeeding in tech, and life at Nutanix.

If you plan to attend GHC and would like to learn more about Nutanix, I encourage you to attend our panel and stop by our booth (#2640A). We’re donating up to $5,000 to TechGirlz—you can help by signing the banner, which will put $5 toward that goal. And don’t forget to use #GHC16 and #Nutanix for in-booth pictures.

With the conference now sold out, it’s clear there’s a hunger to explore and work toward solving issues related to gender diversity. Our journey has just begun—as part of our overall effort, we continue to advance the discussion within Nutanix. We’re looking to expand our reach by evolving our university and professional hiring strategies; connect the company to events in our local communities; offer unique development and mentoring opportunities; and invest in corporate social responsibility initiatives. We know we’re not there yet, and we’re eager to learn from the best and participate in the debate at all levels.

On behalf of the Nutant Nation, have a great conference!

Pranesh Anthapur is vice president of human resources and chief people officer. Pranesh has held various positions in HR and operations, including over 13 years at Yahoo!, giving him a unique combination of skills that will help Nutanix as it continues its rapid growth.

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