Supporting Diversity and Inclusion within the Channel

Building a more diverse workforce in the partner channelThe new partner guide “Building a More Diverse Workforce in the Partner Channel” is the culmination of almost 2-years of research, partner interviews, and leadership team discussions to outline actionable guidelines that channel partners can follow to develop strategies for diversity and inclusion within their own organizations. This new guide was released during the Microsoft Inspire partner conference last month in Las Vegas, and is available for free download (no registration required) at

One of the highlights of the Microsoft Inspire event this year was the D&I immersion experience within the Hub (expo hall). The interactive display shared stories from Microsoft employees and leadership, giving attendees an opportunity to reflect and engage on this important topic. The event program featured a number of important voices leading conversations around inclusion, accessibility and leadership including best-selling author Simon Sinek, Head of Strategic Partnerships for Global Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at LinkedIn, Jacqueline Jones, and Dr. Kendrick Wong, TalentSmart’s Director of Training.

Partner perspective with Stephanie Donahue from PAIT GroupFor partners who want to attract, nurture, and retain a more diverse workforce, this research-based practice development guide includes perspectives from Microsoft Channel Chief Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President One Commercial Partner, and includes partner stories and infographics, as well as an action plan to help partners develop their strategy step-by-step based on the insights and experiences from other partners. The guide and action plan focus on three pillars: Leadership, Recruiting and Hiring, and Retaining, and allows partners to gauge their own progress as they develop their strategy.

The research effort was led by CollabTalk, in partnership with the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University, and was sponsored by HPETech Data, and Microsoft with support from the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP), Women in Technology (WIT), and fiftyfiveandfive.

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Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan

Christian Buckley

Christian is a Microsoft Regional Director and M365 Apps & Services MVP, and an award-winning product marketer and technology evangelist, based in Silicon Slopes (Lehi), Utah. He is the Director of North American Partner Management for leading ISV Rencore (, leads content strategy for TekkiGurus, and is an advisor for both revealit.TV and WellnessWits. He hosts the monthly #CollabTalk TweetJam, the weekly #CollabTalk Podcast, and the Microsoft 365 Ask-Me-Anything (#M365AMA) series.