Meet Javay, HR Professional and DEI Specialist
Full Name: Javay Walton
Title: Senior Manager, Diversity Equity & Inclusion and Corporate Recruiting, Vituity
Javay Walton is a San Francisco, CA native and has worked in the healthcare industry for 15 years with Vituity Physician Partners. While at Vituity, Javay has held positions within Human Resources, Recruiting, and most recently in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. He is considered a trusted business partner among his colleagues. Javay currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and daughter.
In your own words, describe your career.
My profession has a great emphasis on organizational talent. From my initial entry into the corporate world as an HR professional supporting employee navigate through employment processes and procedures, to Recruiting highly qualified talent into our organization, and now as a DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) professional ensuring current and future talent have equitable access to resources and opportunities, I have always felt my calling and purpose is to create avenues of professional success.
Who/what influenced or inspired you?
Growing up in the Bayview District, a predominately Black community in San Francisco, it was not until I went to college when I understood the marginalization and disparities in health, wealth, and careers in our community due to years of systemic issues. This fueled my drive to work on strategies that create equity in recruiting and hiring processes.
What do you love most about your job? What are its biggest challenges?
I love that both the recruiting and DEI aspects of my role have an influence on the success of our organization. The diverse talent hired brings a variety perspectives and innovative ideas to the table. Not only are able to create processes for selecting the right talent without bias, but also attract an array of professionals that drive creativity.
What are some of your hobbies and interests outside of work?
I enjoy spending quality time with my family, whether it is fun time in the park or relaxing at home watching Netflix shows and sports. In addition, I am also very active in my church where I serve as Treasurer.
Do you have any words of advice? Anything you would have wanted to know before starting your career journey.
Take advantage of all opportunities you are presented with. The opportunities you are most nervous about or feel are too big for your experience are the exact opportunities you need to go after and challenge yourself. Every opportunity is an opportunity to connect! It is never too early to connect with professionals in industries you are interested in exploring and asking to have informational conversations to learn about the career.