When Annette Friskopp started her HP journey as a strategist 11 years ago, she never envisioned her team’s work would contribute to such milestones as developing 3D-printed nasal swabs for COVID-19 testing, advancing the BioPrinter to help find new vaccines and drug therapies, or creating a zero-gravity printer for astronauts’ research on the International Space Station.
“We really have done some Jetsons stuff,” Friskopp said of the group’s innovations. “Every day, we’re pushing the envelope on new scientific frontiers.”
While she’s currently developing new life science technology and exploring ways to make products that are more sustainable, Friskopp is also a passionate advocate of evolving the workplace culture for LGBTQ+ employees.
As the executive sponsor for HP’s Global Pride Business Impact Network, which represents 17 local Pride BINs at HP offices around the world, she helps amplify the voices of the company’s LGBTQ+ employees by hosting quarterly meetings in which other members of the networks can both share their most challenging issues and trumpet their wins. And as a board member of the workplace advocacy group Out & Equal, Friskopp helps spread best practices across industries.