Our people—empowered by the diversity of their backgrounds, experiences, training and ideas—enable Draper to innovate industry-leading solutions to the most challenging engineering problems. Through collaboration, our employees inspire each other to achieve. These achievements are the foundation of Draper’s success. Draper works continually to realize an inclusive and team-oriented workplace culture that will help Draper community members thrive in their work and careers.
Shaping workplace culture through our core values, Draper wants employees to live our shared values—and wants employees to hold Draper accountable for aligning its actions with the core values. As a People First organization, Draper engages employees at all levels of the organization to identify opportunities to enhance our work environment. Members of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Committee, including our Employee Resource Group (ERG) leaders, advise Draper’s leadership team and work with them on planning and implementing initiatives that celebrate our diversity and advance Draper’s mission.
In 2021, Draper took another step in realizing its vision of inclusiveness by adding the Principal Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion role to its senior leadership team. We are defining a DE&I mission and strategy that will move Draper into its next phase of being a workplace of choice for the diverse talent of the U.S. workforce.
In addition to helping the leadership team advance DE&I at Draper, the Principal Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion provides leadership, subject-matter expertise and support to employees, including the employee-led ERGs. Each ERG was formed by groups of employees with a common bond or shared background. For individual employees, they provide a supportive community resource. To the benefit of the whole Draper community, they partner with other organizations (inside and outside the company) to enhance Draper’s diversity and inclusivity.
Asian Pacific Americans @ Draper
The mission of Asian Pacific [email protected] is to share perspectives, to provide a sense of belonging and to bring forward diversity and inclusivity practices at Draper. It also creates a network that is inclusive and celebratory of the various Asian Pacific American (APA) cultural backgrounds.
Black Inclusion Network at Draper (BIND)
BIND promotes a culture of diversity and inclusiveness through continual learning while seeking to enhance and develop the inclusion of employees of the African Diaspora with common backgrounds, interests and goals. It serves as a space to celebrate and educate one another on our unique differences, and a space to appreciate what BINDs us together as a people.
Caregivers provides a centralized group for employees to discover resources, discuss relevant and timely topics, and host discussions with management to effectively balance caregiving responsibilities while thriving at work. It also serves as a space to foster connection among Draper employees and provide them with relevant information.
Early Career creates opportunities for its membership to build community, learn how to navigate Draper, network across the organization, and develop as a professional.
Latinx serves as a support system for those intending to get promoted with a robust preparation process, as well as a network of catalyzers for those needing a new project. It also increases awareness within Draper of all the Latinx employees among us.
LGBTQIA+ is a visible peer group whose mission is to provide a welcoming and safe environment for all Draper employees through M.E.A.N.S: Mentoring, Education, Advocacy, Networking and Socializing.
The Draper Veterans group supports, develops and promotes the unique characteristics of military veterans at Draper. The goals of the group are to identify and recognize employees who are military veterans, to enhance the bonds and comradeship for those who have served our community, and to support and mentor veterans who transition directly from the military into the company.
[email protected] unites, empowers and creates a community to inspire women to achieve their full potential in career, life and leadership at Draper. The group’s main mission is to engage the community through mentorships and networking, which in turn promotes professional development and retention.
Collaboration is important to the Draper community, and we continue to seek out partners that will allow us to be inclusive and uphold our core values. Partners include fellowships, start-ups, veteran organizations, professional societies, colleges, universities, collegiate-level groups and more. If you are interested in partnering with us, please email [email protected].