Rackspace Named a Top Company for Hispanic Women

Latina, Hispanic women in tech

For the second year in a row, LATINA Style Magazine has selected Rackspace as one of the 50 best companies for Latinas, as part of its annual LATINA Style 50 Report.

Now in it’s 20th year, the annual survey of the 50 best companies for Latinas to work for in the U.S. is based on criteria set forth by readers themselves, and the magazine says it serves as one of the most respected source of employment and career information for Hispanic women in the country.

Rackspace climbed from number 39 in 2016 to 36 this year.

“Preparing the LATINA Style 50 Report is an exhausting process that takes intense research and study,” said Robert E. Bard, President and CEO of LATINA Style, Inc., in the magazine’s announcement. “It is our goal to provide the most accurate picture of what corporate America has to offer.  We need to be sure that the companies listed on the report are the ones that truly are the best places for Latina professionals to work.”

Principal areas of evaluation include the number of Latina executives, Latina retention, mentoring programs, educational opportunities, alternative work policies, employee benefits, women’s issues, job retraining and employee affinity groups.

Rackspace invests a great deal in its employees and culture, one reason it regularly makes “great places to work” lists, including FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,”  “Best Tech Workplaces” and “Best Workplaces for Parents.” We’re also a top workplace for millennials and veterans.

Paola Angeleri, a briefing programs manager with Rackspace, wasn’t surprised to learn of the honor.

“Working for a company that embraces and promotes diversity makes a tremendous difference in the daily experience of our Rackers,” she said. “Diversity of thought and experience makes our time at work enriching and promotes growth.”

Angeleri serves as the co-chair of Viva, one of Rackspace’s affinity groups, which offer support, networking and fun. Viva is focused on Hispanic Rackers; other groups focus on parents, African Americans, LGBTQ, women and veteran Rackers.

“Rackspace is passionate about its community and the heritage of this community, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas,” Angeleri said. “As a Latina woman, I greatly value the opportunity to come to work at an amazing company and be able to contribute to the innovation and change that we drive in the tech community.”

LATINA Style compiles its rankings from a survey sent to selected companies each year. The return data is then analyzed to determine which companies are leading the way with diversity in the workplace, recruitment and career advancement opportunities for Latinas.

Lisa McLin, who was recently named vice president of Channel Sales and Alliances, has seen her career thrive since she first became a Racker.

“My Latin heritage influences who I am,” McLin said, “and in my almost 15-year career here, Rackspace has given me a workplace that allows me to be true to my heritage; I can serve proudly as a Latina senior leader in the tech industry.”

McLin began at Rackspace as a staff accountant, and served as vice president of sales before being tapped to head Rackspace’s channel programs.

In January 2016, she was named executive sponsor for POWER, which stands for the Professional Organization for Women’s Empowerment at Rackspace, another Racker Resource Group.

“POWER has grown to over 900 members across the globe,” McLin noted. “I think that really speaks to Rackspace’s commitment to women in tech, and I can say from experience that includes Hispanic women.”

Tracy has served as editor-in-chief of the Rackspace blog since mid-2015. A Californian and recovering newspaper reporter, she's called San Antonio home for more than a decade. You can find her resume and clips on LinkedIn.

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