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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leadership Council II

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Leading organizations leverage diversity, equity and inclusion to meet performance and business objectives. In the “New Normal” companies that balance the demands of effectively executing today’s best DEI practices and progressively designing innovative DEI practices will lead the pack.

As the DEI function evolves to deliver greater competitive advantage, the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leadership Councils help members not only optimize existing practices, but also innovate advanced ways of working. Members also help each other address current DEI realities, opportunities, and next-generation practices, including:

  • Leveraging inclusive leadership and creating inclusive cultures to deliver integral, sustainable outcomes for competitive advantage
  • Utilizing new technology and big data to strengthen practical metrics clearly demonstrating how DEI delivers mission-critical value
  • Developing global competence and inter-cultural effectiveness to address the challenges of working in a global, multicultural ecosystem
  • Unlocking the art and science of building inclusive, high performing organizations to achieve key objectives, such as greater engagement, innovation and growth
  •  Exploring and applying the latest thought leadership on the focus, relevance and implementation of preeminent DEI strategies

Our conversations help to break down outdated norms and contribute to member companies’ ongoing success.

  • AARP Public Policy Institute
  • AES Corporation
  • Ameren Corp.
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Cintas Corporation
  • Danaher Corporation
  • Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • FedEx Corporation
  • Kohler Co.
  • Nestle Purina PetCare Company
  • Phillips 66 Company
  • Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Prudential Financial Inc.
  • Qualcomm
  • Starbucks Corporation
  • T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.
  • TD Bank
  • The Hartford
  • The Wonderful Company

Enduring relationships with trusted peers are the core of the Council experience. Enhanced by our global, enterprise-wide reach, these relationships span the world and extend the value of Council membership. Confidential peer dialogue provides you with a broader perspective and shared experiences, as well as access to specific knowledge and best practices.

  • Collective problem solving that puts your issue on the agenda
  • Benchmarking through regular surveys of Council members about relevant company practices
  • Multifunctional insights generated by the wealth of perspectives gathered from 125+ Councils (covering more than 50 functions) that work together across geographies
  • Virtual communities that extend learning opportunities through a variety of online forums and other resources

Direct reports of Chief Diversity Officers. Membership is by invitation only.

May Snowden

May Snowden

Senior Fellow, Human Capital and Program Director, Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council II and Global Diversity & Inclusion Executives Council
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Why join the D&I Leadership II Council?

What I love about The Conference Board is I feel like there’s a balance—there are quite a few very senior people who’ve been doing their job for 20 years, there’re newer people who’ve been doing their jobs for a couple years, and there’s a lot of people who are in the middle.

I’m surrounded by other practitioners. It’s nice to talk to people who are sharing similar experiences, who can share best practices. A lot of them have been in their roles for a lot longer, so it’s a good opportunity for me to ask questions and learn from their triumphs. What I’ve found [in other] events I’ve been to, is that a lot of the people who are talking are either more junior than me or don’t have nearly as much experience as I do.

Shavonne Gordon, Head of Diversity Talent Acquisition, Learning & Employee Resource Groups, Capital One

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