Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager @ VMware
Michelle Rodriguez is the Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager at VMware. In this role, she leads key programs and drives the new company strategy, VMinclusion, for broader diversity and inclusion. She strategized a customized employee resource group design that enables employee engagement at a global scale through every level of the company.
Before VMware, Michelle worked in event marketing at Yahoo where she was responsible for promoting and elevating the company’s diversity programs. She managed Yahoo’s signature events including Lunar New Year, Diwali, and Pride and was successful at increasing company-wide participation and social media presence year over year. She also launched the Latino ERG, ERES, and helped create their Veterans community.
Michelle got her start in the tech industry at SAP. It was there that she created an annual Global Diversity campaign for their Palo Alto Labs campus. She also worked with senior leadership to partner with local non-profit organizations to increase the representation of women in the company.
Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Ethnic Studies from Santa Clara University and her Master in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
In her spare time, Michelle enjoys volunteer work and serves on the Board of Directors of Foundation for a College Education and the Junior League of Palo Alto • Mid Peninsula. Michelle enjoys traveling with her husband and is always looking for recommendations on that next cool travel destination.