Our Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Initiatives

Building, Educating, Respecting

At KnowBe4, we recognize that people are at the heart of our success. We celebrate the creativity, innovation and increased performance that comes from an inclusive and diverse workspace culture.  We believe that our unique culture leads to greater success and gratification due to the diversity that each person brings to their position. 

KnowBe4 leverages the broad diversity of its teams’ knowledge and identities to build quality products that reflect the collective experience of our users and surrounding communities. KnowBe4 understands the work needed to support and foster its culture of inclusivity is continuous and relies on our three components of:

Building

Building diverse workforces and the accompanying knowledge bases to support our employees, from training our recruiting staff and infusing culturally appropriate measurements to building and re-evaluating our onboarding materials so they represent our growing, diverse team.

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Educating

Education against bias, discrimination, and inequality. This begins with a commitment from our entire executive team to support and listen to the members of our Employee Resource Groups while allowing these groups to help shape and guide KnowBe4’s company culture, policies, and philanthropic efforts.

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Respecting

Respecting diversity and all of the intersections of identities that make us who we are. This respect focuses on how we are able to elevate these conversations all year long. The moment we are able to come together and learn through mutual respect enables trust to be built.

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Hear From Our Leadership

We built KnowBe4 with the express knowledge that people would be at the center of our success. With over 40 years running companies I have found that ensuring each employee truly feels that we are all a team together is vital.

It is paramount that we build a team that is both diverse and reflects the global communities where our offices are. This is our continual goal. With that we also want to retain that talent and encourage each of our team members to explore options for growth within the company.

KnowBe4 has dedicated resources for all employees to help them on their path to growth within the company. We realize the way to have a diverse leadership team is not only exploring diverse talent pools, but is also cultivating talent in house!

We hold true that equality must exist across our organization. For us that meant identical compensation amongst genders from the very beginning, and engaging in our local communities to learn as we grow.

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Stu Sjouwerman

KnowBe4 Founder & CEO

Our goal is to have diversity, equity and inclusion provide the foundation of everything we do at KnowBe4. In order to foster a company culture that truly promotes teamwork, passion and innovation, we must have a culture that ultimately celebrates our differences. Our greatest strengths come from the people who make up our teams and drive the change for a better tomorrow. Our employees operate at their best when they are valued, included and respected in an environment where there is a sense of belonging.

KnowBe4’s continuous commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is continuously evolving in order to better serve our diverse communities. Diverse voices, thoughts and ideas will continue to be elevated and empowered to create an impact on our overall mission, products and services. Our commitment is to continue to build a diverse workforce, conquer bias, and celebrate all the intersections of our differences.

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Chelly Conley (She/Her/Hers)

Director of Global Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging 

Diversity, equity and inclusion is a personal passion. I firmly believe that we have to take actions that actually create positive change. This starts by ensuring that there are ways for more diverse groups of employees to begin their career at KnowBe4, then having clear-cut, attainable paths for diverse talent to move up and attain executive-level positions within the organization. As part of that process, it is also essential to provide opportunities for employees to further their education while working. Furthermore, I believe it is vitally important to create diverse communities of employees within our organization, thus giving these employees a unified voice to affect change.

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Erika Lance (She/Her/Hers)

Chief Human Resources Officer

Here at KnowBe4, we strive to celebrate our differences and use them as a tool to educate and grow. The elements of our culture are designed to set the stage for an inclusive environment where everyone has mutual respect and is treated with dignity. Our goal is to create a community with a true sense of belonging - one where our employees can bring their whole, authentic selves to work. We believe this is the first step in developing an environment where employees can flourish. This is why we have taken our commitment an extra step further by signing the Respect in Security Pledge. As a member of the cybersecurity community, we are proud to uphold this pledge and take a stand on ensuring our culture continues to promote psychological safety.

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Robert Kaiser (He/Him/His)

VP People, Culture & Diversity

Join Our Journey To Building A More Welcoming Workplace And World

Hiring More Women

KnowBe4 is ranked a Best Small and Medium Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, so it is no wonder that our team is made up of between 40%-50% women, where the average in cybersecurity is just over 20% of employees.

Celebrating Love

From marching in our local pride parade, to supporting and engaging with community organizations dedicated to celebrating love in its many forms and gender identities, we wear pride on our sleeves and work daily to cultivate an environment that encourages all of our employees to show who they really are.

Valuing Our Veterans

KnowBe4 has a strong veteran workforce, which increased by over 20% from 2019 to 2020 and now represents over 4% of our organization. We are committed to helping our veterans transition into civilian life and we help our military members who continue to serve part-time by providing paid military leave. At KnowBe4, we recognize and value the unique experience that our veterans bring to the table, as a result veterans have historically been promoted 39% faster than non-veteran employees.

Furthering Education for Underrepresented Groups

In 2019, we offered our first scholarship for women pursuing a degree in cybersecurity. In 2020, we added a scholarship for Black Americans pursuing a degree in cybersecurity. Now, in 2021, we offer a third yearly scholarship, this one for U.S. military veterans and their spouses who are pursuing a degree in cybersecurity, and all of our scholarships also include a certification package through (ISC)2.

Recruiting Diverse Talent

At KnowBe4, we are dedicated to removing biases from all of our processes, including our hiring process, and giving all candidates an equal opportunity, regardless of an individual's diverse characteristics or identity. We regularly attend hiring events to interact with candidates from a wide range of backgrounds and all of our hiring managers undergo multiple levels of unconscious bias training.

Creating The Knowster Diversity Nexus

The KnowBe4 Diversity Nexus is home to all of our internal training, community programs, and initiatives related to Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DIB). A nexus is a series of connections linking things together, just as the KnowBe4 Diversity Nexus represents the connections linking all Knowsters together - the communities we are a part of, our common career goals, our shared ambitions in life, and our general desire to be treated with dignity and respect no matter where we go or who we talk to. The Knowbe4 Diversity Nexus looks to bring every person and their intersecting identities together to create a full and holistic portrait of our unique organization and the amazing individuals that make it. This is our way of putting strategy behind DIB to make our differences a competitive advantage for growth.

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Employee Resource Groups

Knowster Parents

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Black Knowsters Network

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Women In Tech

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LGBTQIA+

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Military and Veterans Resource Group (MVRG)

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The mission of Knowster Parents is to amplify the voice of working parents, foster community, and drive positive change for knowsters with children in their lives or those interested in parenthood. We do this to promote inclusivity, provide resources to navigate parenthood, and help knowsters from all walks of life to understand the challenges parents face. Through this, we help attract and retain top talent, facilitate knowledge sharing, and help our members do it as right, fast, and fun as possible!

The Black Knowsters Network (BKN) is a collective of Black Knowsters and their allies united to promote an environment that is inclusive and open to individual differences, through networking, education, and events that promote cultural awareness. We want to leverage our diverse experiences to provide valuable insight/input as it pertains to the presence of Black employees at KnowBe4 and what we can do to help our communities.

Women in Tech (WIT) has a mission to advocate for gender equity in the tech workplace. Our employee resource group focuses on four primary areas that are a call for action: social inclusion, education, entrepreneurship, and community outreach. Our goal is to encourage and foster creativity and innovation through the empowerment of women in technology.

The LGBTQIA+ ERG aims to foster a community within the workplace for those who either identify as LGBT+ or for those who identify as allies. We aim to preserve and create LGBTQIA+ history while developing community through action and education.

Our Military and Veterans Resource Group (MVRG) is composed of Guard and Reserve, international partners, family members, allies, and U.S./international veterans. Our mission is to strengthen veteran recruitment and retention. We do this by building awareness, camaraderie, morale, and guiding career development and progression. Our group prides itself in providing support and networking opportunities to its members, such as mentoring, community outreach, career development, and cultural awareness activities.

Hear From Our Knowsters

Keiara

Black Knowsters Network
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Jeff

LGBTQIA+ Resource Group
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Melissa

Women In Tech
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James

Knowster Parents
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Jazmine

Military & Veterans Resource Group
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Kelly

Knowster Parents
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Larry

Black Knowsters Network
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Brittany

Women In Tech
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“The establishment of BKN was timed perfectly. We had a lot of feelings, fears, and frustrations in 2020 and our ERG provided a safe and constructive space for us to share these. Now, I feel confident that we have a strong base of like-minded allies we can continue to lean on."

Keiara

Black Knowsters Network

“I believe that KnowBe4 at its core recognizes the exceptional value that diversity, expression, and inclusion bring to the workplace. Together with members and allies, we have worked to foster community within the workplace for those who identify within the spectrum of LGBTQ+ such as myself, as well as raise awareness of the general history of the movement and its impact. By supporting our LGBTQ+ employees, we are also able to impact change both internally and externally for a more equal and inclusive environment."

Jeff

LGBTQIA+ Resource Group

“KnowBe4's Women In Tech ERG has helped me meet other like-minded people in our organization who support and inspire me daily. I’ve been able to make connections with other people in the company that I wouldn’t normally interact with. Participants in this ERG have inspired me to reach for goals that I never thought I could and provide a constant source of support. I truly believe that the Women in Tech ERG has helped me feel more connected to others at KnowBe4"

Melissa

Women In Tech

"The Knowster Parents ERG is an incredibly supportive community of fellow working parents. I enjoy collaborating, learning, and sharing experiences with other parents as I navigate my career as a working parent. Our ERG has been instrumental in recognizing and helping to support a healthy work-life balance."

James

Knowster Parents

"The military has its own culture and aspects of that culture become embedded into who you are as a person. Sharing that connection with others while serving in the Military and Veterans Resource Group has meant so much to me. We celebrate, encourage, and assist one another to strengthen veteran recruitment and retention. The camaraderie and community outreach make me proud of this resource at KnowBe4, and I look forward to more incredible opportunities in the future."

Jazmine

Military & Veterans Resource Group

“KnowBe4’s incredible company culture starts from the top down with our CEO Stu. He has made sure to provide an environment that is inclusive and welcoming for all types of people. As a parent of two, I always feel supported by our leadership through open paid time off, so I never have to miss a doctor’s appointment. We have flexible hours and quarterly mingles where we can bring our family members, as well as great benefits for families such as fertility assistance and breast milk shipping.”

Kelly

Knowster Parents

"Having worked for several large and small technology organizations, I can honestly say that KnowBe4 is unique. The Black Knowsters Network has provided a sense of community for me. Having a group of people with similar backgrounds and interests gives me a chance to receive and provide guidance and feedback on personal and professional goals. I am proud to work with a company that sponsors and supports groups in order to encourage this communication."

Larry

Black Knowsters Network

“KnowBe4 has built a supportive and sustainable environment where I know I am included and valued. Inclusion and diversity are celebrated here and encouraged by the employee resource groups (ERG) that KnowBe4 has created for us. By leading the Women in Tech ERG, I feel like I am making a real difference in helping to close the gender gap for women in technology. I look forward to watching the growth of women around me, in this beautifully diverse, cultural environment."

Brittany

Women In Tech

Who We Are

We collect self-reported data to better understand how KnowBe4 employees identify.
This survey is entirely optional and voluntary. Our data representation is based on the employees who chose to identify:

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Ethnicity

Veterans &
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