Yes, diversity numbers matter. Yes, awareness matters. But we believe changing attitudes and behaviors make a workplace inclusive. Through a variety of grassroots efforts and formal training, we invest the time to engage with employees on a personal level to foster an inclusive culture.
Through our partnership with TechTown PDX, we’ve taken our ally skills workshop outside the walls of Puppet’s headquarters to both educate employees at our sister tech companies and train the trainers. As a result, more than 400 people have learned how to be an ally.
Our Portland office also features the Puppet Innovation Lab. In partnership with PIE (Portland Incubator Experiment), Puppet offers co-working space at no charge for PIE startups. These companies also get the benefit of advice and mentorship from Puppet employees. In selecting companies to participate, we prioritized those founded by people from systemically underrepresented populations in entrepreneurship, including women and members of the LGBTQ+, black, and Latinx communities.
From day one, Puppet’s founder embedded the value of inclusion into the company’s DNA. Our leadership doesn’t pay lip service. Every executive participates in ally skills training, and we offer ongoing opportunities for open dialogue about topics such as unpacking privilege.
A note on the data: Given privacy, data access, and regulatory requirements, we’re able to identify stats for binary gender globally and the stats for the race of Puppet’s U.S-based teams. There is a large non-specified section under the race demographics as race is optionally reported in the US. While these demographics do not represent everyone at Puppet, the data provided above is what we and most companies commonly track in our HR systems and report out around diversity. This is also 2019 data; we will compile our 2020 data at the end of the year. If you are looking for more information on Puppet’s global inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) efforts and information on these numbers, please read this blog.