Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Our Commitment

From our Co-Founder and CEO, Brian Williams:

“Viget’s culture and sustainability has always combined two seemingly contradictory ideas: we must be firm and unwavering in core values that never change, while simultaneously open to and seeking change, growth, and progress as individuals and a team. A company culture isn’t formed by strategic plans, expert consultants, and founder decrees. Rather, culture reflects the values and behaviors of the people in an organization. This makes authentic, lasting improvements challenging. We’ve always been up for a challenge.

When we committed in 2020 to maturing into a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive company, we didn’t know what to expect. Would closer reflection reveal irreparable flaws or toxic elements we’d been blind to all these years? Would the change required be unattainable given our inherent limitations of size, resources, and expertise? Would we try and fail in an unrecoverable way, risking the company we’d spent two decades creating?

Our DEI journey has been humbling, inspiring, and encouraging. It has no deadline or destination. Our DEI work is increasingly woven into every aspect of our business, from how we recruit, hire, manage, and promote people to how we market, sell, and deliver client work, to how we share, support, and engage with our industry and communities. Through a mix of broad strategic shifts in our mindset and approach, as well as tangible, tactical improvements, we’re working to truly live up to our mission of building a better digital world for everyone.”

Culture & Inclusion

We want everyone at Viget to feel included and heard by providing ways for employees to engage with each other and with leadership. We have two initiatives that encourage discussion and/or action around company culture, policies, and procedures:

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

At Viget, ERGs are employee-led initiatives that help Viget staff connect through shared experiences by encouraging supportive conversation and fostering personal, professional, and organizational development. Ultimately, ERGs create a sense of belonging to help people thrive in the workplace. Our current ERGs include:

  • Employees of Color: A community aimed at fostering meaningful connections in a safe space between those who identify as people of color at Viget.
  • LGBTQIA+: LGBTQIA+ Vigets and allies focused on building a community that equips employees to be their authentic selves.
  • Mental Wellness ERG: Providing a safe space for Vigets to support each other in taking better care of our mental and emotional health.

DEI Advisory Committee (DEIAC)

The DEIAC is designed to tackle DEI initiatives and advise leadership. The DEIAC is employee-led and time is reserved during the work week for participating employees. All employees at Viget are invited to participate in DEIAC-led initiatives.

In progress and upcoming initiatives:

  • Developing a "DEI 101" resource library / training hub
  • Hosting internal DEI conversations to enable challenging, supportive discussions related to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Completed initiatives:

  • Followed a 2 year DEI Strategic Plan informed by our DEI consultant
  • Developed trainings on Peer Feedback and Difficult Conversations 
  • Defined a career progression framework for every role at Viget
  • Hosted a UX portfolio review session geared towards underrepresented groups
  • Researched creative mentorship guidelines and pathways to support diversity in design & tech
  • Conducted outreach to school-age students interested in design & tech

We often write articles related to completed initiatives or topics raised by our ERGs.

Community & Outreach

Our commitment to DEI expands beyond our business. We’re also working toward a more equitable future for our industry and the communities where we live and work. To that end:

Our Demographics:

Every person at Viget is unique, with their own story, background, and perspectives. That said, as a data-informed organization, we realize that data can help provide tangible, objective understanding. The following demographic data was collected in May 2024.

Our DEI Journey

Our diversity, equity, and inclusion journey will continue to evolve. As we learn from our peers, hire new people with new ideas, and broaden our understanding, we will update our approach. We hope that by sharing along the way, we can learn from and inspire other organizations to join us in the hopes that together we can make lasting change.