Steve Jarrett (Oracle)


Steve Jarrett

Senior Diversity and Inclusion(D&I) Consultant, Oracle

Steve is a Senior-level Human Resource executive with over 25 years of experience in human capital management, diversity/inclusion, talent acquisition, retention, succession planning, and compensation & benefits, Steve understands that a company's greatest asset is its people. Throughout his career, he has played a key role in aligning HR with overall corporate growth strategies, developed and implemented analytics to support organizational objectives, and worked to create business environments where team members are inspired to do their best work.

As a Senior Diversity and Inclusion(D&I) Consultant for Oracle, Steve has developed a strategy to enhance the Oracle D&I brand. Steve created the framework that will serve as the foundation for Oracle to provide global D&I support to its business units. Steve simplified the focus areas for Oracle’s Employee Resource Groups to make them simpler without compromising their connection to the business.  He created an e-learning D&I module for HR Business Partners worldwide that received 95% favorable ratings for content, alignment with business goals and its non-threatening approach to D&I. His initiatives include line of business specific D&I programs on Unconscious Bias. Steve led the effort to redesign the D&I intranet site making it more intuitive and user friendly and is responsible for creating and gaining approval for Oracle’s D&I tagline, “Innovating Through Diverse Points of View”. 

As an independent consultant, Steve developed talent management solutions for firms in multiple industries, including strategies for diversity and inclusion, staffing, succession, retention and employee engagement.

As Senior Vice President of Human Resources with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Steve has had the opportunity to add value as a key strategic contributor to overall corporate goals. His efforts have led to the creation of the firm's 1st formalized Succession Planning Program, the 1st Employee Engagement Survey, and 1st Diversity Leadership Council, as well as FINRA's repeated selection as one of Working Mother magazine's Top 100 companies.

Prior to joining FINRA, Steve spent more than 25 years with IBM Corporation in progressively responsible HR Management roles, working with organizations ranging from 300 people to large, global business units with more than 85,000 employees worldwide. His efforts focused on creating robust succession planning, compensation, and human capital programs.

As Vice President of Human Resources for IBM's Integrated Technology Delivery Unit, Steve consolidated programs and services to reduce labor costs by more than 10% and created a robust succession planning process.  He also led a task force that created an HR scorecard that helped to smooth the integration process during multiple mergers and acquisitions. He developed ideas resulting in improved diversity representation within the IBM technical executive population, including nomination of some of the company's 1st minority and female IBM Distinguished Engineers and IBM Fellows.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. He also completed a certificate program in Strategic Leadership at Harvard University and attended the Human Resources Management Institute at Cornell University. 

A Life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Steve and his wife Sharon currently reside in Charlotte NC with their two children, Royce and Tori.

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