In the ever-changing workplace, leaders with expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion are now more important than ever. Join Berkeley Global and the Expanding Diversity and Gender Equity in Tech (EDGE in Tech) Initiative at University of California for the next in our speaker series featuring corporate leaders in diversity, equity and inclusion roles who will share their journeys and the insights that they've gained while advocating for these issues in major corporations.
For this event, we speak with Jarvis Sam, Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion at Nike Inc.
Moderators Christina Pinckney, one of our Academic Design Managers, and Jill Finlayson, Director of the EDGE in Tech Initiative at UC, will explore with Jarvis his career progression, key diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at Nike, as well as lessons learned that he can pass on to other companies.
And to celebrate the one-year anniversary of this important speaker series, Dania Matos, J.D.—Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion at UC Berkeley—will give a welcome speech.
About Jarvis Sam
Jarvis Sam is Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion at Nike Inc., and recently named Forbes 30 Under 30 in Sports Class of 2021 and Portland Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. In his current role, Jarvis oversees a team of people who are focused on driving diverse representation, inclusive leader and social justice education, professional development, and an ecosystem of promoting and creating a culture of belonging inside and outside of Nike.
Prior to his current role, Jarvis held various roles focused on acquiring new talent capabilities for the company and driving large programs, partnerships and initiatives aimed at impacting representation and accelerating the flow of Nike’s diverse talent pipelines. He collaborated closely with key stakeholders and partner organizations—internally and externally—to facilitate and measure effective workplace diversity and inclusion models. Additionally, he led Nike’s candidate experience and talent attraction/employer branding efforts, driving best-in-class approaches and strategies to amplify the company’s employment voice.
Jarvis frequently liaises with the sports marketing function and product teams to execute on key initiatives with signature Nike athletes such as Serena Williams and League partners such as the WNBA and NFL.
Prior to Nike, Jarvis worked as the Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Snap Inc., where he was accountable for building the company’s first D&I strategy, establishing the first five employee resource groups and rolling out the initial iteration of the global unconscious-bias awareness and implicit-association training, all while driving key technology recruiting approaches to scale the company six times through IPO.
Before that, Jarvis worked at Google as a Diversity Program Manager and led part of the diversity recruitment practice. He began his career as a strategy and operations consultant with Deloitte Consulting in Houston, primarily focused on clients in the oil and gas industry.