10 Diversity And Inclusion Trailblazers You Need To Get Familiar With

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Research indicates that employees and consumers alike are craving more socially responsible companies, and organizations have taken notice. More and more companies are taking a vested interest in fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for employees. With the rise of this interest, there has been an increase in the number of professionals whose work focuses on fostering more diverse and inclusive environments. It is important to highlight the changemakers of the industry who are moving the needle forward. Below you will find a list of 10 professionals (in no particular order) who are doing great work that is focused around diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

1.    Dr.Nika White. Dr. Nika White is a leadership consultant and diversity practitioner focused on helping companies overcome barriers related to DEI. Nika has over 20 years of related experience in the field and has helped more than 80 companies and institutions with their DEI efforts. As the Head of Diversity and Inclusion at the Greenville Chamber, Nika has been able to implement DEI practices that have transformed the city and created lasting changes in her native South Carolina. Nika holds a Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership. In addition to her extensive consulting experience, Nika has written two books on diversity and inclusion: The Intentional Inclusionist and Next Level Inclusionist: Transforming Your Work and Yourself for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Success. Nika is making waves and transforming businesses and institutions around the country through her consulting company.

2.    Deborah Levine. Deborah Levine is the founder and editor-in-chief of the American Diversity Report. Deborah is also the author of 14 different books focused on religious diversity and developed the Matrix Model Management System, a tool designed to measure the Big Data of diversity. Deborah has 33 years of extensive experience in the field of DEI and has designed different resources on inclusion and unconscious bias. Deborah is a trainer and speaker who uses interactive and storytelling-based methodology to connect with her audience. Deborah’s work on diversity has been published in the HuffPostHarvard Divinity School Bulletin, and The Journal of Public Management & Social Policy.

4.    Wayne Sutton. Wayne Sutton is the co-founder of Change Catalyst and Tech Inclusion, which were both created with the purpose of fostering more diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. In 2019, Wayne co-founded The Icon Project, whose mission is to build emotionally intelligent Black and Brown men in the tech industry. Wayne has been recognized numerous times by different publications and is regarded as a thought-leader in the tech diversity and inclusion space. Wayne also visits numerous companies to deliver talks on tech DEI. (read more)

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