Candace Byrdsong Williams is the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Manager at GitLab. She is responsible for building and leading GitLab’s global Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging efforts and creating an environment where all employees feel they belong and can show up as their full selves.
Previously, Candace served as the Diversity + Inclusion Communities Manager at Red Hat, where she oversaw the broad Diversity and Inclusion initiatives and strategy for Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and external D+I relationships/partnerships.
Prior to joining Red Hat, Candace worked at Cisco i n Inclusion & Collaboration managing I&C Market Acceleration, Affinity Groups and Networks, I&C Strategic Partnerships, I&C Programs, etc.
Prior to Red Hat, Candace began her career i n Diversity and Inclusion for Nationwide insurance where she stood up their strategy and program for D&I.
Candace has over 10 years of Diversity and Inclusion experience and earned her BA i n 1996 from North Carolina A&T State University