Inclusion & Diversity
We further innovation and accelerate progress by fostering a diverse workforce. We cultivate innovators who bring varying backgrounds, ideas, and points of views.
We are committed to building a pipeline of diverse talent. Qualcomm is present at many diversity conferences and partner with many universities and organizations dedi8cated to building diversity and creating more opportunities for professional development and engagement. We proudly focus on developing leaders and shaping future talent pools to help us meet the needs of our customers worldwide.
Qualcomm is committed to promoting gender equity in technology. Through our external partnerships we encourage young girls and women to pursue careers in tech. We have dedicated resources to organizations including Anitab.org, the National Center for Women & Information Technology, and Reboot Representation to increase the number of women in STEM-related fields, particularly in electrical engineering and computer science.
Qualcomm supports engineering initiatives, such as hackathons, panel discussions, school visits, and mentoring, centered on African Americans. We collaborate with the National Society of Black Engineers and AfroTech to provide career development opportunities for our employees, create interest in employment opportunities at Qualcomm, and identify and recruit talent.
We support various Latinx-focused events, such as guest speakers, conferences, and panel discussions. We work closely with the Society of Hispanic Engineers to provide their members with opportunities for support, networking, and career development. In 2019, Qualcomm's President signed the Hispanic Promise alongside other tech leaders, pledging continued efforts around hiring Latinx talent.
Military veterans hold a special place in our corporate culture. More than 800 Qualcomm employees are military veterans and we are committed to hiring more veterans and active reservists. We have participated in the Service Academy Career Conference, the only job fair exclusively for alumni of military academies. We also support LA Fleet Week and Fleet Week San Diego and have started partnering with the military-dedicated website RallyPoint to advertise Qualcomm's support and drive applications.
Qualcomm has proudly supported the LGBTQ+ community for decades. LGBTQ+ rights are encapsulated in our Code of Business Conduct, “The Qualcomm Way.” We’ve been marching in the San Diego Pride parade every year since 1998. In 2019, more than 400 employees marched. Qualcomm actively supported the Equality Act, the federal bill that adds protections for the LGBTQ+ community. We search for top LGBTQ+ tech talent at hiring conferences, such as Out and Equal and Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Ensuring that our workplace is accessible for all employees is apriority at Qualcomm and an integral part of our values. We have a robust accommodation process, and constantly improve our events with services like closed captioning and sign language moderators. We provide training to managers and teams as needed and launched an internship program for individuals with autism in 2019. We are proud to be an Inclusion Works company, and we’ve adopted industry-leading best practices in hiring and retaining people with disabilities.
We believe the diversity of our employees makes us a stronger, more effective company.
Steve Mollenkopf, Chief Executive Officer
Qualcomm Employee Networks (EN) are employee-driven, enterprise-supported networks that provide a sense of community and promote professional development opportunities, help foster inclusion, contribute to efforts around building a diverse pipeline, and support the communities in which we do business.
Ability Q aims to address and support the needs of differently abled employees and their caregivers.
eQuality fosters a safe, inclusive, supportive, and open work environment for all employees, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
LatinQ promotes Latino culture, values, and heritage while fostering employee development, recruitment, professional networking, and outreach to the Latino community.
Qualcomm African & African American Diversity Network (QAAD) is the employee network focused on supporting African and African Americans at Qualcomm. QAAAD supports this community through employee development, recruitment, community outreach, and professional networking.
Q-Emerge embraces Qualcomm's emerging generation of leaders.
QVETS is a worldwide community of Qualcomm employees who have served or are serving in the military. The group’s mission is to foster a seamless transition from military life to civilian careers and provide opportunities for professional growth, leadership, and outreach.
Qwomen provides opportunities encouraging leadership, mentorship, and career development of all women and allies at Qualcomm. There is a Qwomen in each office location worldwide.
University to Qualcomm (U2Q) is the network for immediate college graduate hires.
Qualcomm collaborates with a variety of industry experts to identify solutions and measure our progress toward fostering an even more inclusive workplace and diverse workforce. We’re building our bench strength through collaborations with the following organizations:
As a Pioneering Partner and Change Alliance company, we partner with the Anita Borg Institute to benchmark progress and identify promising practices for recruiting, retaining, and advancing women technologists. Our annual engagement in their Grace Hopper Celebration has ranged from our CEO Steve Mollenkopf’s attendance at the Technical Executive Forum to conference scholarships for our female interns.
At Qualcomm, we have created a community that provides opportunities for camaraderie, community outreach and professional development allowing Veterans as well as Guard and Reserve Service members to continue their mission of excellence, teamwork and service. We’re honored to be recognized by ESGR as a Freedom Award finalist for the value that we place on the military service of our employees and the support that we provide to them while serving in this important capacity.
As a NCWIT Pacesetter company, Qualcomm works with universities and other corporate leaders to build and fully engage the US technical talent pipeline. Through our involvement with their Aspirations in Computing initiative, we have seen young women move from aspiring high school technologists, to university interns, to full-time employees of Qualcomm.
Qualcomm’s partnership with GEM plugs us into a network of top universities and corporations investing in the graduate education of underrepresented minority engineering students. Our engagement with the GEM Fellowship Program enables us to hire talented students of color for internships and to build a pipeline of future innovators for Qualcomm.
Collaborating with Disability:IN has increased our ability to address all needs of individuals. Diversity:IN's Going for the Gold Project expanded its original cohort to include Qualcomm as a partner company committed to the self-identification, inclusion, and recruitment of individuals with disabilities providing us with the opportunity to further extend our support and outreach to this community.
FairyGodBoss, a women's career site, connects over 5 million women with potential employers, job openings, professional advice, and discussion boards.
Keep second sentence as is. Qualcomm has organized several virtual career fairs through the FairyGodBoss platform.
The mission of NSBE is “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community." Qualcomm has partnered with the national and San Diego local chapter of NSBE to hire candidates and provide training opportunities for our current employees.
Blavity, Inc. is a media tech company, home to the largest network of brands specifically serving black millennials through original content, video, and unique experiences. Qualcomm has partnered with Blavity for marketing opportunities, recruiting leads, and attendance at its Afrotech conference in San Francisco.
The Reboot Representation Tech Coalition, a group of like-minded tech companies, is committed to doubling the number of Black, Latina, and Native American women graduating with computing degrees by 2025. Qualcomm is a proud member of Reboot. We are committed to outreach work with other leading tech organizations that will help make our goal a reality.
SHPE’s mission is to “change lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development.” Qualcomm actively supports local SHPE chapters with funding, training, and volunteers. We sponsor the national conference and local events in San Diego where we interact and recruit the next generation of Qualcomm leaders.
FourBlock supports transitioning veterans with finding their new purpose. Qualcomm partners with FourBlock, as the nation’s local professional network for veterans, to provide veterans ways to explore new industries and build paths to the best careers possible.