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Annette Alexander | Chief People Officer; Ezinne Udezue | Chief Product Officer; Monica Cravotta | VP, Corporate Marketing; Tarsha McCormick | VP, Diversity and Inclusion; Heather Brunner (Not Pictured) | Chief Executive Officer

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WP Engine is one of the most successful startup growth stories in Austin. CEO Heather Brunner has led the company to unicorn status and financial success while fostering an inspiring culture of inclusion and empowerment. After taking the helm in 2013, Brunner helped introduce the company’s core values, building a framework for a principled, value-driven company. It is from these core values that Annette Alexander builds company-wide programs to enhance the company’s inclusion culture. In 2017, Monica Cravotta founded Sheroes (now Roar), the first employee resource group at WP Engine to provide a safe haven for women and nonbinary employees to educate, advocate and inspire. When Tarsha McCormick joined at the beginning of 2021, she brought a new depth of thinking and planning to mature the WP Engine DEI strategy. Ezinne Udezue’s focus on the future of the company will help ensure that the culture thrives as it expands the business and grows product offerings. Today 35% of managers are women/nonbinary and 42% are in technical roles. And they’re just getting started.




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