Taking Care of Associates
  • Associate Resource Groups

    Associate Resource Groups (ARGs) are voluntary groups of associates who share common interests and backgrounds. Each of the seven ARGs develop and execute initiatives that align with the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy and support member development.

    To ensure the successful execution of their missions, each ARG is supported by an executive sponsor and the Diversity and Inclusion organization.

    The seven current ARGs are listed to the left. Click on them to learn more.

  • African American Pulse (AAP)

    African American Pulse, whose mission is to make The Home Depot the most progressive enterprise in the world by enriching customer service and associate engagement, thereby increasing shareholder value.

    “It’s important for every leader at The Home Depot to understand the power of teams and the power of diversity. All strategy comes from our customers. The more we listen to them, think, act and look like them, the better we will be.”

    - Carol Tome

  • Inspira

    Inspira’s focus is to raise awareness of the importance of Hispanic culture and influence to overall company business objectives.

    “Embracing diversity is the key component to connecting our company’s culture with our customers. We view exhibiting outstanding customer service as one of our core competencies. It is our belief that you can not serve customers effectively unless you understand them. Therefore, we have a strong commitment to embracing diversity and better understanding our customers in every store and office location. Because of this, we see our commitment to diversity and customer service as a true competitive advantage.”

    - Marvin Ellison

  • Limitless

    Limitless is committed to creating a work environment where there are no limits on achieving personal and professional goals. In addition, the organization advocates for full access to social, recreational and employment opportunities for associates and customers with challenges or disabilities.


    - Brad Shaw

  • Military Appreciation Group (MAG)

    MAG provides support for active duty associates, deployed reservists and their families. This group also helps develop programs to integrate new-hires and associates returning from duty into The Home Depot work environment.

    “It is fundamental that all leaders understand and respect the unique skills and talents of every associate. My motto is to surrender to the strengths of others so that we can each contribute in a unique way.”

    - Tim Crow

  • THD Pride

    THD Pride’s mission and focus is to raise internal awareness and understanding of the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender customer segment and promote inclusion and respect for all associates.



  • Pan Asian Waves (PAW)

    Pan Asian Waves promotes programs and activities that support multicultural awareness, associate development and community outreach.

    “We believe that diversity of thought, background, experience and perspectives – are a competitive advantage that cannot be replicated by others. The uniqueness of our people and their passion to do what is right for our customers, associates and ultimately our shareholder’s - will allow this company and its values to endure the test of time and all challenges.”

    - Matt Carey

  • Women's Link

    The Women’s Link connects women with opportunities and experiences, and helps increase women’s visibility in order to enhance professional growth and development. This group also supports our efforts at attracting and developing the finest talent, in order to create the best experience for our customers.

    “It is important for The Home Depot to create partnerships with minority-owned, women-owned and small businesses…as a diverse supplier base will ultimately lead to increased innovation and shareholder value.”

    - Craig Menear

Arlette Guthrie

Vice President,

Talent Management and Diversity

Arlette Decuir Guthrie serves as the Vice President, Talent Management and Diversity for The Home Depot, leading the Organizational Effectiveness, Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion, and Field Talent Management teams. In this capacity, she oversees succession planning and human resource review, executive, professional and retail staffing, associate surveys, testing and assessment centers, as well as organization design. Arlette is also responsible for developing and implementing a diversity and inclusion strategy that will enable The Home Depot to attract and retain the best talent, support an inclusive work environment and embrace strategic community partnerships.

Arlette joined The Home Depot in 1999, and with increasing levels of responsibility, she has continued to make contributions focused on the acquisition and development of a high performing diverse workforce.

Prior to joining The Home Depot, Arlette served as the research leader for an international workplace research consortium and an assessment center consultant through the Department of Psychology at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Dillard University, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

Arlette is a member of the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychologists, the American Psychological Association and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Recent Events and Awards

  • Atlanta, Georgia
    August 31, 2011
    LISTA 3rd Annual Tech-Latino Leadership Luncheon
    Home Depot was honored to receive the Award for being one of LISTA's (Latinos in Information and Sciences and Technology Association) Top Ten Companies in leading Diversity and Inclusion and of Hiring Latino Tech Professionals.
  • National
    August 1, 2011
    G.I. Jobs Annual Military-Friendly Employer List
    Home Depot is ranked 13 on the G.I. Jobs 2011 Annual Top 100 Military-Friendly Employer list.
  • Atlanta, Georgia
    June 25, 2011
    HBCU Annual 5K Run/Walk
    The goal of the event was to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in raising dollars for deserving young students. African American Pulse organized over 30 volunteers from across the company to help distribute marketing materials, provide services at the THD tent and cheer our Home Depot runners and walkers. AA Pulse also received a Sponsor award on behalf of The Home Depot.
  • Atlanta, Georgia
    June 11, 2011
    Copa Latina de Atlanta
    Copa Latina is a day of recreation and fun for the entire family that strengthens our community through promoting family unity and health. Home Depot's participation in Copa Latina de Atlanta directly benefits children and families served by the Latin American Association (LAA). The LAA makes a positive difference in four areas of impact: Youth Academic Achievement, Adult Education, Solutions for Families in Urgent Need & Domestic Violence.
  • Austell, Georgia
    June 2, 2011
    Champion's Performance Dent
    Champion's Performance Den is an open Fitness Warehouse facility for after school kids to train and stay in shape. The owner is a full time fire fighter who enjoys helping kids in the community. Home Depot organized volunteers from across the company as well the vendor community to update the warehouse by cleaning, painting, installing sinks, toilets, lighting and hanging drywall.
  • Atlanta, Georgia
    May 27, 2011
    USO - Volunteer Project
    Home Depot associates worked between two six hour shifts at the Hartsfield-Jackson USO to support soldiers transitioning to Afghanistan. Associates were assigned throughout the USO (Kitchen, Baggage/Security and Welcome Home), and each team member handled the challenge with true Home Depot spirit.
  • National
    May 1, 2011
    Black Enterprise Magazine
    The Home Depot was recognized in the May issue of Black Enterprise Magazine for our development and oversight of programs which include and advance African Americans and other ethnic minorities, women, disabled and LGBT. Head of Talent Management and Diversity & Inclusion, Arlette Guthrie,ß was featured among a group of diversity leaders representing the nation's 1000 largest publicly traded corporations and 100 leading global corporations.