VP Global HR and Chief Diversity Officer
Yolanda Lee Conyers is a senior global HR leader in the high tech sector, a best-selling co-author of The Lenovo Way, and a speaker. She is passionate about empowering people to transform global organizations, enabling them to achieve their next level of success through an inclusive and high-performing culture.
Yolanda is the VP Global HR and Chief Diversity Officer for Lenovo – a $56 Billion global Fortune 500 company, which leads in personal computers, smart phones, tablets, enterprise servers, and gaming technologies.
Throughout her career, Yolanda has consistently developed and executed HR strategies and people development initiatives that enable businesses to surpass their most challenging goals. Her areas of specialization include culture and change management; leadership coaching and development; talent acquisition and retention; organizational effectiveness; and performance and incentive management. Yolanda is credited with helping to transform Lenovo from a Chinese-heritage company to a successful, culturally-integrated global brand.
What makes her unique as an HR executive is her significant prior experience at Dell Computer as a business leader of global organizations with 200+ people and oversight for $40 Million in budget. At Texas Instruments she was a highly valued technologist, where she became an expert in utilizing data-driven analytics early in her career to effectively solve problems.
Credited with helping transform Lenovo from a Chinese-heritage company to a successful, culturally-integrated global brand, at Lenovo, Yolanda supports nine executive committee members: HR; Marketing; Legal; Finance; Strategy; Research & Technology; IT, Services; and a new business – Lenovo Capital Incubator Group, which invests in start-ups for Lenovo.
In 2016 she received the “Distinguished Alumnae” award from her alma mater, Lamar University, where she obtained a degree in Computer Science. An advocate for working parents, Yolanda received the “Working Mother of the Year” from Working Mother magazine. She holds a certificate in advanced Human Resource Management from the University of Michigan and an MBA in International Business from Our Lady of the Lake.
She is the author of the best-selling business book, The Lenovo Way – Managing a Diverse Global Company for Optimal Performance, which reveals the challenges behind Lenovo’s strategy to go global and how the company overcame them during its acquisition of IBM’s personal computer division and its iconic ThinkPad product line.