Vice President, Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging
Headquarters: Sunnyvale, California
Industry: Public Company
CEO: Ryan Roslansky
Her Credentials: BS, government and humanities, Harvard University; LGBTQ Executive Leadership Program, Design Thinking, Stanford University–Graduate School of Business
Her Philosophy: Belonging isn’t something any of us create for ourselves; it’s the product of a shared commitment.
In 2020, Rosanna Durruthy and her team launch a key initiative to achieve a diverse slate of candidates, inclusive of Black, Latino, and female talent, at all stages. They saw a double-digit increase in the achievement rate of diverse slates for hires year-over-year. The team piloted a new hiring program that recruited and hired people without traditional customer support backgrounds for our Customer Operations team. TransformHER events in 2020 created a forum to uplift women of color and their allies, which included more than 4,000 live participants and more than 100,000 viewers on replay. In the UK, an ongoing series of LinkedIn events focused on introducing Black professionals to opportunities at LinkedIn, while also offering opportunities to build skills and network. Led by Rosanna Durruthy, LinkedIn’s Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging goals are industry leading in women representation across industry averages. Four years ago, less than a third of LinkedIn’s leaders were women. Now, women represent nearly 42 percent of leadership—a 12 percent increase in the past two years, and 34 percent in the past four.
In 2021, the team’s top talent initiative will be focused on developing people managers who are world class at inclusive leadership. Along with being responsible for hiring and promotion decisions, and coaching and developing the people on their teams, these people managers will be setting the tone for an inclusive culture. The practices and principles Durruthy’s team applies will help build a culture of belonging for employees from many historically marginalized backgrounds. They will also launch a series of learning sessions in LinkedIn’s India, Japan, and China offices, focused on building an inclusive environment for people with disabilities.