Therese Van Ryne and Natalie Bodus of Zebra Technologies
By Natalie Bodus | September 30, 2021

Inclusion and Diversity Action Report: What Zebra Has Been Doing to Bring More Diverse Perspectives to Customer Projects

These are the best practices my team relies on to attract diverse talent, create an equitable company culture and elevate Zebra as a top workplace.

Diversity is a beautiful force that should be celebrated. The world would remain static if we all had the same beliefs and feelings. Diversity of thought is what drives progress in business, society and life. That’s why Zebra strives to create a more inclusive and diverse workplace culture.

Each person’s unique background and experience informs their perspective on a problem. And we’re in the business of solving problems for our customers. When employees can come to work as their authentic selves – welcomed with genuine respect and support – they know they can share insights or provide recommendations without judgement. They can also challenge each other to look at situations in a different way to improve outcomes.

In other words, championing inclusion and diversity (I&D) in the workplace helps us grow toward greater and more meaningful results. But it does so much more than that.

I recently sat down with Therese Van Ryne to provide an update on the specific actions Zebra has focused on in the past three months to help diversify our workforce and further strengthen Zebra’s culture. We discussed…

  • the importance of allowing safe spaces for conversations and amplifying diverse voices.
  • how “bias busters” can help foster an equitable talent acquisition process.
  • how our partnerships with diverse organizations build upon sustainable, meaningful relationships between the company and the community.
  • how Business Roundtable helps Zebra elevate I&D in the hiring and onboarding process.
  • why locally relevant, authentic I&D initiatives are particularly powerful globally.
  • how to support leaders and managers on our collective mission to overcome challenges.
  • how to spark a human-centric approach to establish more inclusive environments.

Tune into our 15-minute conversation now:


Did You Know?

Zebra was just recognized as One of Long Island’s Top Workplaces! Get the scoop here. We were also named one of’s 100 Best Large Companies to Work For in 2021 and honored with the 2021 APSE Employer Award for our commitment to hiring individuals with disabilities at one of our U.S.-based repair facilities.


Editor’s Note:

To hear more about how far Zebra has come in creating an authentically inclusive culture, check out these past I&D Action Reports from Natalie:

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Natalie Bodus
Natalie Bodus

Natalie Bodus is currently the Senior Director of Inclusion and Diversity and Employer Brand for Zebra. In this role, she leads a team focused on ensuring that all employees are seen, heard, valued, and respected based on Zebra's Inclusion and DIversity principles. 

Natalie and her team are also driving the employer value proposition through purposeful efforts intended to elevate Zebra as an employer of choice. This includes the recruitment of external talent as well as the retention and re-recruitment of Zebra's existing employee base. As a result of these efforts, Natalie was named to the Crain’s Chicago 2021 list of Notable Executives in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Prior to assuming ths role in September 2020, Natalie served as the Human Resources (HR) Director for Zebra’s EMEA region. She was responsible for leading the HR function to ensure the right talent strategies are implemented to best support Zebra’s unique business objectives in the region.

She has more than 10 years of experience in HR and has served in various HR roles for Zebra’s global Finance, IT and Legal organizations, partnering directly with each executive leader and their teams to advance their talent initiatives.

Prior to joining Zebra, Natalie held HR roles across a number of industries supporting commercial teams, global functions and operational business units. Throughout her career, she has dedicated time to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA), specifically assisting in their college relations and mentorship programs. More recently, Natalie has channeled her passion for driving change and making an impact into her role as Co-Chairperson for Zebra’s Women’s Inclusion Network.

Natalie hold a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a focus in Human Resources and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

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