Of the nearly 600,000 immigrants from former Soviet countries who settled in the United States between 1975 and 2003, Vlad Shmunis’ family was among the first. His family left Odessa in 1975 to escape the restrictions of the Iron Curtain. Shmunis’ story is just one example of the impact that the Soviet diaspora to the U.S. had on Silicon Valley and America’s innovation economy writ large. Freeing people to connect and do their best work is the foundation of the inclusive culture at RingCentral, where Shmunis serves as CEO to 6,000+ team members.
The company is dedicated to building a positive and supportive work culture for all employees. For many employees, bringing their complete self to work is not always easy. So, RingCentral emphasizes corporate culture initiatives to ensure that all employees feel they belong and are treated with dignity and respect.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), for example, presented an opportunity for RingCentral to benchmark its efforts against best practices. The CEI evaluates LGBTQ-related policies, including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBTQ community.
RingCentral was awarded a 100% ranking and designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality for 2019. And that’s just one of the dozens of awards that RingCentral has earned, and part of why Comparably named Shmunis one of their Top 25 CEOs for Diversity in 2020, and why Glassdoor ranked the company among the 2021 Best Places to Work.
Kudos to RingCentral for building a corporate culture that embodies the idea that we’re not all the same, and that’s our biggest strength. To learn more, visit RingCentral’s Careers page.