Diversity Leadership: Lisa Mink, Dell

Diversity: Dell's Lisa MinkLisa Mink
Executive Director, Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer

Growing up with a sister with developmental delays gave Lisa Mink perspective on how to communicate with people about differences. “I was her champion and her voice,” Mink says of her older sister. The experience was an early indicator of a career in diversity management.

“You can’t just expect people to intuitively understand or embrace difference,” Mink told DiversityInc. “You have to manage it, explain it, communicate and work through it and be very intentional about it.” Mink oversees Dell’s nine resource groups that include more than 10,000 employees. Recruiting women, Blacks and Latinos is an uphill battle in the software industry, and Mink has begun to develop pipeline programs that recruit at the university level through internships and other programs.

In recent years, the company has worked to improve resource groups, with an emphasis on employee participation, and has expanded its groups globally with much success. Dell was recognized as DiversityInc’s Top Company for Resource Groups in 2012. (Watch Mink on DiversityInc’s panel on best practices for global resource groups.)

Mink has worked in human resources at Dell for more than a decade and has served stints at the company’s offices in the United Kingdom, Slovakia and Amsterdam. She grew up in Honolulu and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi.