Gillespie's role at the e-commerce giant is to build infrastructure that creates a more diverse workplace and incorporates diverse perspectives across platforms. She works with multiple business units throughout Amazon to increase inclusivity, and she also led the creation of the company's first Conversations on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) conference. The mother of two Howard University students is especially proud to have announced Amazon's participation in the HBCU Partnership Challenge, aimed at increasing the numbers of diverse players in the corporate world. She has said, "HBCUs are institutional pillars in our community. They are vital engines to cultivating talent and developing tomorrow's coders, suppliers, civic leaders and CEOs." Gillespie spent two decades in finance and human resources at Caterpillar Inc. (including three years as Chief Diversity Officer), which included work with international branches. She loves taking her inspirational messages of leadership and inclusion to Amazon's 10 global affinity groups.