As Black History Month comes to a close and Women’s History Month begins, what better time than now to get to know VMware employee LaTreece Butler-Morton. LaTreece has been at VMware since 2007 and as well as making an impact in her day-to-day role she is also a member of the Women@VMware POD (Power of Difference) and Co-Lead of the Black@VMware POD. We invite you to read on and get to know LaTreece.
LaTreece Butler Morton Director Business Operations/Chief of Staff World Wide Sales Strategy and Operations
VMware Careers: LaTreece, tell us how long you’ve been at VMware and your journey to joining the company?
LaTreece: I’ve been at VMware since 2007. My husband and I were both in real estate prior to my joining. Once the real estate market crashed, we flipped a coin to see who was going back to the corporate world. I lost, but in hindsight, it was a good loss! I posted an old(er) resume on a job site and within minutes received a call from a VMware recruiting partner. Four days later I joined VMware as an IT Project Manager contractor and the rest as they say is history!
VMware Careers: Share more about your role at VMware, your team, and the impact you make?
LaTreece: My “main” role is as Chief of Staff for the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales Strategy & Operations, Kathy Chou. My “purpose” role is as Co-Lead of the Global Black@VMware POD. I am responsible for ensuring our organization’s priorities and deliverables are met while we identify strategies as we transition into SaaS (Software as a Service) & Subscription growth. One of my goals is to ensure everyone understands the “Why” of our organization. I do this by communicating necessary imperatives and by connecting the necessary dots. My role as Co-Lead at the Black@VMware POD is to be a voice for the voiceless and to assist our leaders in their DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) strategies, serving as mentor/coach for those coming up behind me to ensure they find ways to access opportunities and be visible. I am also a passionate ally to all PODs, at VMware because I believe our communities are more alike than they are different.
VMware Careers: What is a typical day like for you?
LaTreece: I usually wake up at around 6am to a text from my mother saying the “Make it a great day Chief”! I then like to call or text her and my sisters, sharing some positivity with them to set the tone for the day. I’ll then begin to check and respond to any urgent emails from my mobile office (aka my bed!). Next, I’ll review my calendar and adjusting meetings if needed. Once I know how my day will look I make a cup of coffee, take our dog for a walk, shower – and by 8am I’m turning on the laptop ready for the day ahead. For the next ~8 hours, I’m working with the various leaders to check in on critical imperatives, events, and always working on identifying new strategies to make an impact.
VMware Careers: How do you feel supported as a Black employee at VMware?
La Treece: I’ve never not felt supported as a human at VMware. I’m Black. I’m a woman. I am a mother and wife. I blessed because I personally have always felt comfortable to bring all of me to work. I work hard. I give all. So if I want something, I ask for it. I’ve been extremely privileged to have some really great managers, sponsors, and mentors. Lastly, the support I receive from my manager, peers, executive sponsors, executive allies, my work friends (who are like family), and last but not least, my Black@VMware POD family are the reasons why I stay here year after year.
VMware Careers: What advice would you share for young black talent who are considering a role in tech?
LaTreece: Do It. Find your opportunities. They do exist. Find the niche within tech that interests you and go full steam ahead like you were raised to do. You find a way or make one! As black people, we often grow up with trials and tribulations that make up the core of who we are. Relentless. Fearless. Resilient. Ambitious. I would tell those coming behind me, to do the same I am doing for them. You get in the door and hold it open for those coming behind you. If you can’t hold the door open, find the nearest window to break. Fail fast and but bounce back quicker.
VMware Careers: Finally, as well as celebrating Black History Month in February, VMware will mark Women’s Heritage Month and International Women’s Day in March. What do these intentional recognitions mean to you personally?
LaTreece: They show that VMware is shining a light on communities that I represent and love. It’s an opportunity for me to see others highlight Black People and Women on various platforms and that’s a beautiful thing. Honestly, it means that I have eleven other months to continue doing what I do every day. Learn and teach others about what the Black Woman experience is, all year long.
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