Rachel champions diversity and inclusion through her role at SAP and externally. She leads SAP’s Pride efforts in New York and co-led Pride at SAP in North America. Rachel has launched the first LGBTQ+ employee resource group in SAP Canada with a current membership spanning the country. She and her team pioneered the company’s first LGBTQ+ ally program to empower all employees to create a more equal and diverse workplace. In 2018, she partnered with Microsoft, Hootsuite, EA and Clio to represent LGBTQ+ diversity in tech. Through her career, Rachel has taken part in leadership panels at Out & Equal Workplace Summit, 3 years at the Lesbians who Tech Summit, attended the UN General Assembly LGBTQ+ global policy panel, and is a member of the #TechLovesPride Collective to highlight the importance of diversity within the tech industry.
As a leader within SAP’s Black employee network, Kuran has created virtual programming to further develop, educate, retain, and enhance opportunities for upward mobility of ethnic minority employees. Topics include, but are not limited to, how to create development plans, how to have a development conversation with your manager, how to assess your skills and gaps, and how to position yourself for a promotion, and the value of mentors and sponsors. Kuran helped co-organise a community service event with the Knowledge is Power Atlanta Collegiate High School (KIPP) where 30 minority students were able to come to SAP’s Buckhead office, work with SAP’s software to create and pitch a value proposition that would make their school better. Additionally, Kuran has mentored countless ethnic minority employees and women within SAP. Outside of work, Kuran is a STEM advocate within the African American Community. He has presented to I am A RoleModel, and told his story to a group of MBA and Undergraduate students at Delaware State University, as well as mentoring students from Morehouse College, his Alma mater. In 2018, Kuran was the recipient of the 2017 North America Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion award at SAP.
Margaret was nominated and accepted the position as the Executive Sponsor for the BEN (black employee network) at SAP. She has been working with the ethnic minority team members to ensure that they get equal opportunities at SAP when it comes to pay and promotion. Margaret is conscious that we need more advocates to help mentor and groom minorities in the workplace to advance in their careers and to move into board level positions. Externally, she is an advocate for OnBoard, a non-profit group that works to promote women as being ready for corporate boards in the state of Georgia. She is an executive board member for Junior Achievement of GA and has been engaged in their JA Academy program, which teaches entrepreneurship to students in two of the lowest performing schools in the Atlanta area.