Diversity and Inclusion

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19 Aug: Minnesota Twins pitch Best Buy Teen Tech Center youth on tech in sports

The Minnesota Twins on Wednesday hosted 50 participants from local Best Buy® Teen Tech CentersTM for a major league lesson in how pro baseball is on the cutting edge of tech.

“Technology is an integral part of any business and is especially relevant in sports,” said Ann Miller, a Twins spokesperson. “Teens who dream of a career in sports — or tech — will be introduced to a whole new avenue to realize these goals.”

The teens’ trip to the ballpark is part of an ongoing partnership between Best Buy and the Twins to engage the community and provide educational and career-preparedness opportunities to youth.

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17 Aug: Best Buy Teen Tech Center members take their learnings to summer internships

For Garrison Graham, now a Best Buy product flow specialist in Virginia, what started out as weekly visits to his local Teen Tech Center has now evolved into a paid, in-store internship experience.  

Earlier this year, Garrison was given the opportunity to become one of 20 in our Career Pathways program, which focuses on the career development of the members of Teen Tech Centers, where he transitioned from Teen Tech Center member to Best Buy intern.  

Best Buy Teen Tech Centers® provide safe, after-school spaces where teens can get hands-on experience with the latest technology alongside adult mentors and volunteers.

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21 Jul: Best Buy recognized as a 2022 Top Place to Work for Disability Inclusion

Best Buy earned a perfect 100 score to be named a 2022 “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” by the Disability Equality Index (DEI). It’s the eighth year in a row we’ve made the list.  

The index is a comprehensive benchmarking tool that recognizes commitment toward disability equality practices and helps companies build a roadmap of actions that they can take to achieve inclusion and equality in the workplace.  

We are proud to have earned top numbers across the 2022 scorecard.

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14 Jul: Indiana Geek Squad Agents surprise 9-year-old gamer with new gear

For two Geek Squad Agents in Indiana, a seemingly routine computer setup job turned into an opportunity to help a little girl build on her dreams.

The duo, Kyle Shephard and Tyler Derouin, arrived on site at the home of a 9-year-old girl who is a star student and avid gamer. Their task was to get her computer up and running, but there were issues with the processor fan and internal graphics card — two critical components of computer gaming.  

“We got it to work, but it wasn’t going to play a ton of games very well,” Kyle said.

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28 Jun: Seattle employee strives to be his ‘favorite self’

If there’s one thing guaranteed to get Jake Marcos out of bed in the morning, it’s working with people. Although the Seattle-based software engineer enjoys coding and his routine job tasks, collaboration is what truly drives him.

“People make all the difference,” he said.

Jake joined Best Buy in 2019 when he was hired as a contract worker. Last June, he transitioned to the Best Buy Ads team, where he writes and reviews code, designs systems and helps orient new team members.

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23 Jun: Store employees take on Teen Tech Center roles to inspire youth

When Nich Thomas and David Le first learned about the Best Buy Teen Tech Center® program, they knew the possibilities were endless for youth. But they had no idea what was in store for themselves.  

They’re the first Best Buy store employees to be hired on as coordinators at Teen Tech Centers. These safe learning spaces, located around the country, are spots where teens can check out the latest technology and get connected with mentors who can help guide their career and educational aspirations.  

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22 Jun: Best Buy, University of Arizona partner on future of retail

In late April, a group of University of Arizona students stood before an audience of Best Buy omnichannel leaders and presented recommendations on how to improve two areas of our business.

It was the culmination of a yearlong project in which nine students researched, analyzed and strategized new approaches for Best Buy’s large-product fulfillment and repair program, and how to engage customers on the Best Buy app more regularly. They worked with dozens of Best Buy employees along the way.

“The students in the program are driven, curious and professional,” said Courtney Capeling, vice president of omnichannel human resources.

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17 Jun: Best Buy named a Top 75 Company for Executive Women in 2022

Best Buy has been named to Seramount’s 2022 Top 75 Companies for Executive Women list

The list celebrates companies that champion women’s advancement, with a focus on succession planning, profit-and-loss roles, gender pay parity, support programs and flexibility programs. Seramount, now part of EAB, is a strategic professional services and research firm dedicated to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.

We’re proud of this recognition and to have women leaders at the highest levels of our company. That includes CEO Corie Barry and 45% of our board of directors. 

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17 Jun: Best Buy employees celebrate freedom, community on Juneteenth

In 2020, Best Buy declared Juneteenth a company holiday to commemorate June 19, 1865 — the day the last enslaved people in the U.S. were declared free, two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

The holiday has long been meaningful for Black Americans, but it didn’t become a federal holiday until last year. The day is one for celebration, reflection, giving back or spending time with family. Events of all sizes will be happening around the nation.

At Best Buy, our Black Employee Resource Group has been hosting conversations about the holiday and ways to celebrate.

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07 Jun: Best Buy mentorship ad campaign is personal on both sides of camera

When it came time to tell the story of mentorship at Best Buy® Teen Tech Centers™ for a national ad campaign, personal was the only way to go.

The videos feature real teen/mentor pairs in their elements, and the campaign’s director and producer are passionate about mentorship and know its power firsthand. Filming took place at three Teen Tech Centers across the United States and other local places where the teens spend time.  

The goal was to create videos that “represent a glowingly optimistic, and celebratory reinstallation of the values that make our communities unified and whole,” said Rodney Lucas, an acclaimed New York City-based documentary filmmaker who directed the campaign.

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01 Jun: Texas employee helps youth embrace their identities

Editor’s note: In June, Best Buy is proud to honor Pride Month and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community. Read on for the story of one of our employees.

If there’s one word to best describe Sherri-Dawn Harris’s style, it’s rainbow.

“I always have my rainbow glasses,” the Texas-based, Best Buy delivery service driver said.

Though Sherri-Dawn regularly sports her multicolored accessories and, since joining the company in 2016, has participated in events for Best Buy’s Pride Employee Resource Group (ERG). But it wasn’t until recently that she decided Pride spirit wasn’t enough.

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31 May: Employee finds passion, confidence and support at Best Buy

Editor’s note: In June, Best Buy is proud to honor Pride Month and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community. Read on for the story of one of our employees.

On Graham Lewis’ first day as a part-time sales associate at Best Buy, his only thought was, “What have I gotten myself into?”

“There was so much that I didn’t know,” he said. “I was so nervous and scared to talk to people at first.”

Graham’s start at Store 1258 in Davie, Florida, might have been overwhelming.