Adobe: Redefining Accountability

07/11/2022
Brian Miller is responsible for driving Adobe’s global talent and diversity and inclusion strategy as well as its talent development and acquisition programs—ultimately creating an environment where all employees can be successful. Prior to joining Adobe, Brian served as Chief People Officer of Impossible Foods and also spent a decade at Gilead Sciences Inc., where he was Vice President of Talent, Development, and Inclusion. He serves on the Board of Regents for the University of the Pacific, and previously served on the board of the Association for Talent Development.


Adobe, the software company responsible for PDFs and Photoshop, is known as a standout employer. With 26,000 people at 66 locations around the world, the company regularly ranks among the best places to work and is considered a top employer when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion. One of the key people responsible for fostering this highly regarded culture is Brian Miller, Adobe’s Chief Talent, Diversity & Inclusion Officer. Miller joined Adobe after serving as Chief People Officer of Impossible Foods. Prior to that, he spent almost a decade in progressive talent development roles at Gilead Sciences Inc. He holds a master’s degree in education from Harvard University and began his career teaching middle school math.

Some Questions Asked:

  • How did a job teaching middle school math lead to a career in HR? (2:30)
  • How does Adobe adhere to the philosophy that good ideas can come from anywhere? (10:33)
  • How did Adobe keep its people team motivated even as it hired 6,000 people in about six months? (14:14)

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • How Adobe is partnering with HBCUs (historically Black colleges and universities) and HSIs (Hispanic-serving institutions) to attract talent.
  • How Adobe uses a technology-based manager check-in to boost retention.
  • The challenges and opportunities to be found in having four generations in the workforce simultaneously.

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Brian Miller is responsible for driving Adobe’s global talent and diversity and inclusion strategy as well as its talent development and acquisition programs—ultimately creating an environment where all employees can be successful. Prior to joining Adobe, Brian served as Chief People Officer of Impossible Foods and also spent a decade at Gilead Sciences Inc., where he was Vice President of Talent, Development, and Inclusion. He serves on the Board of Regents for the University of the Pacific, and previously served on the board of the Association for Talent Development.