Colleague Support Engineer, VMware
Hazel Barker, a self-taught technologist, joined the VMware family in May 2016. She is currently a Support Engineer/Project Coordinator and global Welcome Ambassador for Black @VMware. After joining VMware, Inc. 5+ years ago, Hazel became a driving force in the implementation of the then newly formed VMInclusion diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiative in its Atlanta office. As an early member of the D&I community and co-lead for the Black @VMware POD, she has continued to focus on creating a safe space for all employees to bring their authentic selves to work. Hazel works closely with Human Resources to ensure inclusive hiring and retention practices and policies. She strives for increased representation of underrepresented minorities and women in the technology space, our future will be diverse, and it will be inclusive. Lately, Hazel has spent time discussing the psychological challenges of being an underrepresented minority in a corporate space.