Elaborating further on the company’s investment in the ultimate outcomes of their community and their ability to have an impact, Holloway says she believes that “authenticity is at the core of Axon’s culture.”
“The culture at Axon is so driven by authentic change,” says Holloway. “It’s not passive, like, ‘We are going to put a program in place because this is what every other company is doing, and we’ll just say that we did it.’ With everything we do at Axon, we ask ourselves why we are doing it, and how it is directly affecting our communities.”
She adds that this approach “streamlines the thought process and encourages leadership to find the correct answer in a collaborative way.”
While Holloway is passionate about her work, she believes the phrase “public safety” can be loaded, a fact that “makes her position special and challenging.”
She expands on this idea: “There’s strife regarding race relations between police and various communities, and how it plays out involves the core questions that American society is asking about itself right now — that’s our business.”
“The challenging part is that there were a lot of events during the pandemic that related to our work,” says Holloway. Through these events, she feels she and Axon have had ample opportunities to make a difference.
Holloway speaks on her vision for equity as the Vice President of Community Impact for Axon: “In order for Axon to provide an equitable experience to its employees, we need to make sure that people have access to the same opportunities.”
She adds, “This opportunity for me at Axon is huge — it’s the dream of a lifetime. But everyone should have access to be part of an organization like Axon.”
Summing up her thoughts on Axon, her position, and the company’s mission and culture, Holloway says, “I think Axon is so unique and interesting because our organization realizes that we can’t make good products if we don’t have minds from different backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, and genders.”
“We need a collective of different types of people to make the best product. How can we serve a community if we only have a narrow view of what development looks like?” she adds.
“What’s important to our communities? How are cities part of this conversation, when you talk about public safety? We’re seeing an uptick in crime everywhere in 2022,” Holloway says. The leaders at Axon “are thinking about how our company is relating to building an ecosystem of leaders that can assist us in making change — which is very exciting for us as an organization.”
In addition to the employment history referenced above, Regina is also a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity through a partnership between Columbia University and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, where she works alongside a “network of changemakers from South Africa and the United States building solidarity and action for a more equitable future.”