VP of Global Human Resources, CDO|Lenovo and President|Lenovo Foundation
Yolanda Lee Conyers is the Vice President of Global Human Resources, Chief Diversity Officer, and President of the Foundation for Lenovo – a US$45 Billion global Fortune 500 company and leader in personal computers, smart phones, tablets, enterprise servers, and gaming technologies. Fortune has recognized Lenovo as one of the most admired companies for the past three years.
Yolanda’s broad-based experience, not only in Human Resources, but in Operations and engineering as well, was acquired while working in the high-tech sector in the U.S. and from living and working in China for three years. Her passion and expertise have spawned effective leadership and empowerment of large, diverse, high-performing teams to solve complex global business problems
and create cultural transformation. With a deep understanding of Asian culture, Yolanda is credited with helping to transform Lenovo from a Chinese heritage company to a successful, culturally-integrated global brand. She has served as a trusted advisor and consultant to senior, Board-level executives for the past eleven years.
Throughout her career, Yolanda has consistently developed and executed HR strategies and people development initiatives that enable businesses to surpass their most challenging goals and achieve their next level of success. Her areas of specialization include culture and change management; leadership coaching and development; talent acquisition, succession, and retention; organizational effectiveness; and performance and incentive management.
What makes Yolanda unique as an HR executive is her significant prior experience at Dell as a business leader of global organizations with 200+ people and oversight for $40 Million in budget. As a highly valued technologist at Texas Instruments, she learned how to utilize data-driven analytics early in her career to effectively solve problems.
At Lenovo, Yolanda currently supports eight executive committee members in HR, Marketing, Legal, Finance, Strategy, Research & Technology, IT, and a new business – Lenovo Capital Incubator Group, which invests in start-ups for Lenovo. She not only sets HR direction and designs the strategic plan to support each of the businesses; Yolanda ensures that the HR organization itself is continuously transforming to exemplify relevancy, transparency, and agility so that businesses can succeed. In her work as Chief Diversity Officer, she continues to set the bar with breakthrough, industry-leading inclusion initiatives created from a research-based strategy.
Yolanda is the winner of numerous awards: The Network Journal’s 2018 Twenty-five Most Influential Black Women in Business; 2017 Catalyst’s Information Technology Senior Management Forum [ITSMF]; 2016 Distinguished Alumnae, Lamar University; and 1996 Black Engineer of the Year [BEYA]. She is frequently sought out as a keynote speaker on such subjects as business transformation, culture, change management, and diversity.
In 2014, Yolanda co-authored The Lenovo Way, a best-selling business book that tells her story of navigating living in Beijing for three years and blending the best of eastern and western business cultures through collaboration and inclusion. As head of the Foundation for Lenovo, she helps drive the company’s philanthropic efforts to help underserved communities access technology through support STEM and diversity programs.
She received her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Lamar University, an MBA in international business from Our Lady of the Lake executive program, and a certificate in advanced Human Resource Management from the University of Michigan. Yolanda is a Board Member of CASA [Court Appointed Special Advocates], Women & Linkage, and Executive Leadership Council [ELC].BACK TO ALL SPEAKERS