Bringing people together to solve problems faced by big business is what Yolanda Conyers has been doing for 25+ years. As a high-tech industry veteran, Yolanda’s book, The Lenovo Way – Managing a Diverse Global Company for Optimal Performance, reveals the challenges behind Lenovo’s strategy to go global and the collaborative steps the company applied to overcome them during its acquisition of IBM’s personal computer division and its iconic ThinkPad product line in 2005.
In the business best seller The Lenovo Way, Yolanda and her co-author, Gina Qiao, share their stories. Gina is senior vice president of human resources at Lenovo. Together, they provide an appealing, insightful how-to guide for other companies seeking to capture global markets by harnessing and then engaging culture and diversity as the motivating factors to new growth. Using this strategy, Lenovo has grown from a $3 billion China-based company to a $39 billion global powerhouse, becoming the number-one personal computer company in the world, and a growing player in mobile, enterprise and ecosystem businesses.
Equipped with a strong technical and business background, Yolanda is Vice President of Worldwide Functions HR and Chief Diversity Officer at Lenovo, providing overall leadership to a global team of HR business partners to support Lenovo’s Executive Committee level leaders of Strategy, Legal, Ecosystem, Research and Technology, I/T and Business Transformation, Human Resources, Finance, Worldwide Services, and Marketing.
Throughout Yolanda’s tenure at Lenovo, she has served as chief diversity officer, ensuring increasing diversity in the Lenovo workforce and continually strengthening the foundation of “The Lenovo Way” - a blending of the engagement and interaction of Eastern and Western business cultures, philosophies and ideas – in a unique and high-impact way that defines Lenovo as a truly sustainable next-generation global company.
Prior to her current role, Yolanda served as vice president of global human resources operations, where she transformed Lenovo’s day-to-day HR operations by ensuring consistency of processes, systems and data in a complex global company with employees that collectively support each other in more than 60 nations.
Before joining Lenovo, Yolanda spent 15 years in positions of increasing responsibility at Dell, Inc. She worked in product development, sales, human resources, and procurement functions, and ultimately rose to the company’s executive ranks. Prior to working for Dell, she served as a systems analyst at Texas Instruments.
Yolanda received her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Lamar University and an MBA in international business from Our Lady of the Lake University. She also completed the University of Michigan’s Advanced Human Resource Executive Program, graduating in 2012. Yolanda is married, has three sons, and lives in Austin, Texas.