2018 Keynote Speaker

2018 SVLLS Keynote Speaker Brian A. TippensBrian Tippens serves as the Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and is responsible for providing vision, management, and strategic planning in championing HPE’s innovative culture that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion. He works closely with HPE’s worldwide business leaders, guiding efforts to conceptualize, assess and cultivate diversity as a business practice and educational resource.

Prior to the Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) separation in November 2015 into Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc., Brian assumed roles of increasing responsibilities, including Director of Energy, Sustainability and Integrated Facilities Management for Hewlett-Packard’s Global Real Estate organization and Director of the Global Procurement Compliance and Social Responsibilities organization. He built the Supplier Diversity and Small Business program, which enabled significant HP revenue by ensuring a globally inclusive supply chain. Brian also helped architect and implement HP’s Strategic Supplier Development program with a focus on delivering new value through innovation and collaboration; endowing the coveted “HP Supplier of the Year” recognition award.

He began his career at HP over 18 years ago as a member of the legal team supporting the OpenView Software business. Empowered to influence the business, Brian transitioned to the Global Procurement Supply Chain organization, where he spent several years strengthening HP’s business relationships across multiple large-scale strategic suppliers.

Brian’s career spans over two decades of leadership experience in the IT industry. Prior to his tenure at HP, he was at Intel Corporation providing legal support for the company’s manufacturing business. He is a sought-after speaker and thought leader in the fields of diversity and sustainability. He is a board member and/or serves as a board advisor to several external organizations including the Executive Leadership Council Institute, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council (HITEC), Operation HOPE; the National Veterans Foundation; and Walker’s Legacy.

He earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, CA and holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from the University of San Francisco.

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