Find­ing the right val­ues at an em­ployer

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Armed with an MBA from Regis Univer­sity, Cory Hooks de­cided to at­tend the Na­tional Black MBA As­so­ci­a­tion Con­fer

ence in 1999 to find a place to work where he would be com­fort­able as a young black man. In­tel’s pres­ence at the con­fer­ence “demon­strated to me they were com­mit­ted to hir­ing top tal­ent,” so he signed up with the tech com­pany.

These days, as a leader in In­tel’s Cor­po­rate Strate­gic Pro­cure­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion re­spon­si­ble for sales and mar­ket­ing strate­gic sourc­ing, he re­turns to that same Black MBA con­fer­ence, year af­ter year, look­ing for tal­ented black em­ploy­ees. “It feels good to hire, in­te­grate and de­velop new tal­ent. Watch­ing this pipeline of di­verse em­ploy­ees play a crit­i­cal role in In­tel’s fu­ture is re­ward­ing,” he says.

Di­ver­sity was al­ways im­por­tant to Cory. His dad was a chap­lain in the U.S. Army, and the fam­ily con­stantly re­lo­cated, both in the U.S. and over­seas. “I moved more than 16 times be­fore high school. The

fre­quent moves gave me ex­po­sure to dif­fer­ent cul­tures and lan­guages, and helped me de­velop a deeper ap­pre­ci­a­tion of peo­ple’s dif­fer­ences,” he says.

As par­ents of two daugh­ters, 22-year-old Jor­dan and 14-year-old Ash­ley, Cory and his wife fo­cus on teach­ing their chil­dren to be in­clu­sive of oth­ers. “This is im­por­tant to me be­cause I know what it can be like to be the new kid in school and not know any­one,” he says.

When he was the “new kid” at In­tel in 1999, he learned dur­ing his em­ployee ori­en­ta­tion that “a large part of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s fu­ture suc­cess hinged on my abil­ity to un­der­stand and ex­tend the com­pany cul­ture through In­tel’s val­ues [in­clud­ing in­clu­sive­ness]. No pres­sure!” he re­calls.

Part of that in­doc­tri­na­tion into the or­ga­ni­za­tional val­ues was train­ing on sub­jects such as con­struc­tive con­fronta­tion, ef­fec­tive meet­ings “and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.” And al­ways with a fo­cus on be­ing in­clu­sive.

Cory is now a mem­ber of In­tel’s Black Lead­er­ship Coun­cil, com­prised of the most senior black lead­ers. The group is charged with re­cruit­ing, re­tain­ing, de­vel­op­ing and pro­mot­ing black em­ploy­ees. He feels strongly that the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s com­mit­ment to cre­at­ing more lead­er­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties for its di­verse em­ploy­ees has made it a bet­ter-run, more-com­pet­i­tive com­pany.

He would tell a young per­son in­ter­ested in the or­ga­ni­za­tion that In­tel “cares more about what you know than what you look like. To me, that means be who you are and don’t try to be any­one else.”

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