Seagate Professionals of Color (SPOC) raises awareness and provides support to people of underrepresented affiliations within Seagate. We support inclusion through community outreach, education, and leadership engagement.
“As a founding member of the SPOC ERG, I am proud of our progress and the initiatives we have put forth to improve diversity here at Seagate. Although we have encountered many obstacles, I am encouraged by the support of our executive sponsors and allies to make Seagate a place of equity, belonging, and representation for all employees.”
By partnering with organizations including the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Tusaalo Mentoring, and Hennepin Technical College, SPOC strives towards developing a pipeline for underrepresented students to kickstart their careers at Seagate.
SPOC encourages employees across all our manufacturing sites to participate in ERGs.
SPOC fosters community engagement by celebrating our culture and history within Seagate.
Despite challenges to connect in person due to COVID, SPOC has held virtual socials, meetings, and events for their members and allies to cultivate more inclusion in the workplace.
SPOC has helped arrange lunch events for employees to learn more about Seagate employee resource groups.
Spanish speaking members meet weekly to connect and bring together people from nations across the globe.
Three Seagate women received the “Technology Rising Star” recognition by the Women of Color STEM Conference: Ayan Osman, senior engineer; Addishiwot Woldesenbet, staff data scientist; and Maissa Nassirou, senior staff engineer. Awards were presented for their outstanding achievements in the workplace during the virtual conference held in 2021.
Our group continues to look for ways to leverage the ERG by partnering with strategic stakeholders to cultivate a more inclusive, equitable, and nurturing workplace. For example, SPOC is proud of the progress made in essential employee engagement efforts, pipeline development, and the impact of a new chapter in Longmont, CO.