Culture Crunch Episode 4 – Dalton Van Hatcher – Sponsorship and Advocacy
Welcome to Culture Crunch.
We’re here to showcase leaders within People and Culture and explore how the fastest growing tech companies are amplifying performances through increased employee engagement.
By highlighting and celebrating the executives driving the evolution within the highest growth software companies in the world, we aim to uncover:
- Why engagement is critical
- The importance of diversity, equality, and inclusion
- How to achieve true scale by attracting a diverse workforce of A Players
Today we are joined by Dalton Van Hatcher, Chief Customer Officer at Felux and co-founder of Us in Technology, to discuss his thoughts on what it takes to create a good company culture in a digital world and find out why creating a culture that is centred around diversity and inclusion can improve the workplace environment and radically increase performance.
“It starts with diversity of mindset. Having people from different walks of life and different experiences is a big part of that. Diversity is not just about race, it’s not about skin colour, it’s not about gender, it’s beyond that, it’s about diversity of mindset. So having people from lots of different walks of life is going to help you be creative and overcome better challenges.”
Dalton started his career under the leadership of the legendary John McMahon and Dev Ittycheria as an SDR at BladeLogic. As an early employee, he helped build several multi-billion-dollar businesses and high-performance growth functions including IPOs at BladeLogic, Sumo Logic, and Fuze. He is now a board advisor for several tech companies and has helped Co-found a DEI Platform: Us in Technology helping underrepresented talent get into Tech.
Addressing the massive pipeline problem of diversity and gender gap in tech, Dalton discusses the need for more understanding around the practices and the barriers that minorities and underrepresented communities face and how his company, Us in Technology, is working to close this gap whilst simultaneously coaching organizations to see past potential unintentional discrimination in their hiring practices.
Whilst many companies are now being more intentional about ramping up their diversity and inclusion efforts, Dalton highlights key challenges preventing leaders from deepening their candidacy pool and achieving their goals. He provides guidelines for companies to consider when developing a successful workplace diversity and inclusion strategy and offers advice to senior leaders on the importance of externally increasing awareness by reaching out to marginalized communities as well as internally nurturing new workforces through their career progression and adhering to individual needs to enable people with varied skillsets to succeed.
“Diverse teams outperform homogenous teams by 30%, so this is a business problem, it’s not just a societal problem.”
Listen to discover Dalton’s strategies on how to build and lead a diverse team in the tech industry and why driving DEI transformation is mission critical to early-stage start-ups. Learn how to develop your hiring process, deepen your talent pool, and actively participate in inclusive recruitment to positively impact your company culture and growth rates.