Tarsha McCormick

Head of Diversity and Inclusion, North America

Tarsha is one of the longest-tenured members of ThoughtWorks, having joined the company in January of 1999 as a Recruiting Specialist when the company was a small startup with a group of less than 100.

Over the years Tarsha has been instrumental in helping to build, grow, and lead various aspects of ThoughtWorks, including recruiting, benefits, HR operations, and talent management. Since moving into the Head of Diversity and Inclusion role in January 2015, Tarsha is responsible for driving the strategic thinking and work related to making ThoughtWorks more diverse and inclusive, and advocating for change in the technology industry.

After earning a B.A. in Political Science from Illinois State University, Tarsha worked in the social services industry for 4 year before making a transition into human resources, which married her love of people, law, and education. In addition to her 18 years of human resources experience, she holds an MBA with a focus on Human Resources Management. Born and raised in Chicago, she has called Atlanta home since 2010.

The Interview

The best advice I can give a current or future ThoughtWorker is

It sounds a little cliche, but my best advice is to say yes, even when you want to say no. Most of my learning and opportunities have come as a result of me saying yes and stepping out of my comfort zone, The catalyst for me moving into my current role as head of diversity and inclusion for North America was a direct result of saying yes to an opportunity six months prior.   

The thing I love most about my work is

In addition to helping ThoughtWorks become more diverse and inclusive, I am also helping to make the IT industry and society as a whole more inclusive. 

With ThoughtWorks, I've visited

All of our offices in North America, Australia, China, India, South Africa, Uganda, and the UK.

I came to find ThoughtWorks by

We find a lot of great talent via our employees, and like many of our current ThoughtWorkers, I was an employee referral.