Celebrating Black History Month

February was Black History Month in the United States—a time to reflect on the countless contributions of Black Americans to the social, political, and economic advancement of our country and the world at large. For instance, contributions like those of mathematician Katherine Johnson not only propelled NASA’s ability to lead in space exploration but also propelled America—and all of us—further.

At this particular time in our nation's history, it’s more important than ever to not just celebrate diversity, but to seek it out. At Splunk, we continue to learn and grow in our ability to attract, hire, and support diverse employees that bring strong experience and perspectives to our Splunk team.

Our Black Employees and Mentors resource group (BEAMs) has created thoughtful and fun content and programs to raise our awareness and understanding during Black History Month. Their creativity and contributions ranged from the creation of an internal talk show discussing the Black, corporate experience; highlighting Black tech leaders each day via our internal social channels; showcasing Black History Month artwork on all of our US conference room TVs; producing an Instagram feature; raising funding for The Hidden Genius Project (click on the link to see the powerful impact this group is making); and even curating the office lobby music with Black artist playlists. What a great diversity of approaches!

I’m excited by all of the work I’ve seen this past month, and look forward to growing the connection between our Splunk community throughout the year. My sincere thanks to our BEAMs community for celebrating and raising awareness around Black History Month and to those Splunkers who took part.

Doug Merritt
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Doug Merritt

Doug Merritt has been Splunk’s President, CEO and a board member since 2015. He believes that data has the power to address many of the world’s most pressing problems, and that technology has the potential to enable anyone in any organization to become a data practitioner. Doug’s leadership focus is around driving large-scale, simultaneous transformations in high-growth environments. While at Splunk, he has led major shifts in the technology roadmap, financial model and go-to-market approach — dramatically increasing Splunk’s market capitalization. Splunk is one of the only B2B software companies to accomplish a transformation of this size and scope. Over his 30+ years in the tech industry, Doug has held senior leadership roles in organizations across a wide range of disciplines, including Product, Sales, Marketing and HR, for companies like Cisco, SAP and PeopleSoft. Doug holds a B.S. in business from The University of the Pacific and is an avid athlete.

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