An inclusive organization values the contributions and perspectives of every employee, regardless of race, gender, background or sexual orientation, and provides a culture where everyone can reach his or her full potential.
Women in Leadership
Our Women’s Leadership Series helps female employees at Lowe’s learn skills essential for leadership growth and professional self-development. In 2015, our events included an annual leadership summit that brought together approximately 120 female directors and vice presidents from field and corporate offices.
The leadership series also provides quarterly sessions specifically for female managers. In 2015, more than 900 women attended these sessions, where they heard from senior leaders and external speakers about developing strong leadership skills.
If I had worked with a field mentor from my own region, I wouldn’t have grown as much because I would have seen what I already knew. Developing a relationship with a market director from another region diversified my way of thinking.—Joe Becton, former store manager in Chicago, now market director for northern Pennsylvania
In 2014, we launched the Vice President of Store Operations (VPSO) Collaboration Program, which pairs VPSOs (regional executives responsible for 120-plus store locations or 6-10 markets) with female store managers of another region to further develop our female leaders in the field. Now in its second year, the program is a way to more deliberately develop the capabilities of our female leaders while simultaneously giving VPSOs an opportunity to better understand their perspectives.
In a parallel leadership development initiative, Lowe’s launched a new field mentoring program in 2015 that pairs market directors (responsible for about 9-13 store locations) with diverse store managers of another region. Market directors share their expertise to support the diversity of Lowe’s next generation of leaders.
Attracting Diverse Talent
Lowe’s employees belong to the same communities as our customers. Our inclusive approach to recruitment also extends to our supply chain through our supplier diversity program.
Career conferences are an important part of our hiring strategy, allowing management teams to directly recruit from a diverse talent pool. In 2015, we attended more than 100 recruiting events to attract people with diverse backgrounds and ideas. Examples included:
National Black MBA Association Conference: Lowe’s has been a strategic partner of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) since 2008. In 2015, 40 Lowe’s employees attended the annual NBMBAA Conference in Orlando, Florida, hiring 10 talented new associates as a result of this partnership. Lowe’s also hosted an executive networking event with candidates at this year’s conference, giving attendees a unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with members of Lowe’s leadership team.
- Women of Color STEM Conference: Women of color are particularly underrepresented in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Lowe’s participated in the career fair at the annual Women of Color STEM Conference, which featured workshops and training sessions for attendees as well as recruitment opportunities.
Military recruitment: Lowe’s is a Military Friendly® Employer, and as we continue to grow, so does our commitment to the military as a source of valuable talent. In 2015, we participated in Service Academy Career Conferences in Savannah, Georgia, San Diego, San Antonio and Washington, D.C. We also participated in RecruitMilitary events in Charlotte, North Carolina, Denver, Boston and Dallas.