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Inclusion and Diversity

Diversity makes a difference

A diverse and inclusive workplace expands possibilities for everyone. Innovation happens when people with varied experiences and backgrounds feel empowered to work to their full potential. Different perspectives and fresh viewpoints drive creative solutions—and give companies a competitive edge. Silicon Valley Bank is working to increase diversity internally and throughout the innovation ecosystem.

Erin Platts Video

Listen to SVB's Head of Relationship Banking in Europe Erin Platts and UKTN Editor Yessi Bello Perez discuss practical ways in which technology entrepreneurs can ensure they build diverse workforces, investors back more women and entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds, and the power of leveraging data to make informed decisions.



Watermark Conference for Women
Silicon Valley Bank sponsored the 2019 Watermark Conference for Women in Silicon Valley in early February. Several SVB executives led discussions on topics including the growing role of women in innovation, how to lead change and gender pay equity.

Leading with Inclusion

In 2014, SVB launched a firm-wide inclusion and diversity survey to understand our employees’ experiences, interests and priorities; the results identified areas of opportunity to raise awareness and understanding, and informed our inclusion and diversity strategy moving forward.

We launched Unconscious Bias workshops in 2015, to understand how we can interrupt biases in our decision-making.

Building upon that foundational program, we began rolling out additional workshops with SVB’s leaders across our global offices in 2016. The goal for these ongoing workshops is to provide managers with practical and actionable tips to mitigate unintentional bias through the language we use to talk about talent and leadership at SVB. We also provide training and resources to enable our employees to be inclusive leaders and active advocates for leveraging our teams’ diverse experiences to help our clients make an impact on the world.


Silicon Valley Bank is a founding partner of theBoardlist, a national curated talent marketplace to help business leaders identify and recommend highly qualified women to join boards of innovation companies. SVB executives are working with theBoardlist on its plans to expand in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. Listen to John China, SVB’s Head of Technology Banking, and theBoardlist Founder Sukhinder Singh Cassidy discuss women on boards.

Best Buddies

Silicon Valley Bank partners with the Best Buddies Jobs Program to provide employment opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition, many of our employees volunteer and fundraise to support other Best Buddies’ programs.

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