Chief Diversity & Inclusion OfficerCompany: BAE Systems
Role: Session Presenter Session: Ain’t I A Woman? Exploring the Role of Intersectionality in Actualizing Gender Equity (S2-L)
Ruchi Jalla is the chief diversity and inclusion officer for BAE Systems, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems plc, an international defense, aerospace, and security company, which employs approximately 32,300 employees in the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, and Israel, and generated 2015 sales of $10.4 billion. In her current role, she provides direction on enterprise diversity and inclusion strategies and ensures alignment of college recruiting, military outreach, and strategic workforce planning initiatives.
Previously, Ruchi held diversity and affirmative action/EEO roles in various organizations including BlackBerry, RBC Financial Group, and Sodexo. Throughout her career, she has been responsible for designing and developing programs in the areas of talent acquisition, employee engagement, international compliance, communications, and social media.
Ruchi holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario, HRCI certification as a Global Professional in human resources, is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional, and is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory. Widely connected within the HR profession, she has previously held positions such as metro area district director on the Virginia SHRM State Council, and chapter president and director of military relations on the NOVA SHRM Board of Directors.