Laura RamirezDirector Diversity & Inclusion - Human Resources, Ericsson
Laura is responsible for Ericsson North America’s Diversity and Inclusion corporate strategy, leading all aspects of D&I. She is deeply committed to people. She is a passionate advocate for diversity & inclusion, her commitment drives innovation and growth for Ericsson. She is a leader with proven results for driving change in corporate culture.
In her current role, she was able to successfully build the D&I function at Ericsson. She leads all initiatives related to building and fostering an inclusive culture at Ericsson. Her efforts around D&I help to elevate employee engagement, employee experience, external brand, attracting diverse talent and retaining talent. Laura partners with all internal stakeholders, she influences and supports all D&I initiatives. She is privileged to lead all seven Employee Resource Groups ERGs at Ericsson. Since joining Ericsson, Laura has helped to launch four new ERGs. She strives to guide and empower her ERGs towards excellence. Laura collaborates with external diverse organizations to create dynamic experiences for the company that further enhance D&I efforts. She strategically partners with organizations to elevate Ericsson’s brand. Laura also manages Talent Management functions within Ericsson, she co-created the first talent acceleration program. She supports succession planning, talent planning and global talent development programs. As an active influencer she has helped to elevate Ericsson’s brand, helping to attract talent. Proven results in the D&I efforts she is leading, recent recognitions include Forbes List of “2019 Top Employers of Choice for Diversity”, US Veterans Magazine, and Fairygodboss.
Prior to joining Ericsson, Laura spent 17 years at AT&T global headquarters. At AT&T Laura held numerous roles within various organizations at AT&T. Her work experience is extensive within Human Resources, Finance, Business Marketing, Business Solutions, to working directly with Chairman & CEO Randall Stephenson. She began her career as a frontline employee, originally hired in as a service representative. She has a broad work experience, her responsibilities ranged from talent development, managed global corporate D&I sponsorships at AT&T. Laura led the Women’s and Hispanic/Latino segments, in this role she created corporate strategies which influenced the company’s direction on efforts for both segments. She administered diversity metrics, corporate diversity awards, and reporting. She managed quarterly diversity scorecards and reporting for the CEO and his direct reports as well as supported various D&I governance councils. She previously worked in the WI-FI organization, Officer of the Customer as a project manager. She was program administrator for the ABS Six Sigma program. She led process improvement for customer escalations by collaborating with the Office of the President. Laura has deep expertise in the telecommunications/technology industry.
Recently, in April 2019 Laura was featured in the Latina Style Magazine “Latinas in STEM on a Mission to Empower the Future”. In September 2018, Laura was featured in D Magazine DCEO “A Day in the Life of”. In September 2016, Laura was included in the “Room at the Top” article in USA Today – Hispanic Living Magazine. In 2017, she was selected to participate in the first Dallas cohort for Mujeres de HACE Women’s Leadership Development 12-week program.
Laura gives back to her community. She serves on the University of Texas at Dallas Diversity Advisory Council. She is a member of the Plano Culture and Inclusion Alliance. She mentors several people in her free time, she believes in the power of mentorship and giving back. She finds volunteering within her community very rewarding.
Laura resides in Dallas, TX with her two young children Lily and Diego. She enjoys spending time with her kids going to the movies, volunteering and going on family vacations.