Consortium of Chief Diversity Officers: Creating New Knowledge in Diversity and Inclusion
Nike. Pepsico. Marriott. Bank of America. Abercrombie and Fitch. Nationwide Insurance. Pricewaterhouse Coopers. You could be reading a list of highly successful companies, but you would also be identifying companies whose diversity officers are represented on Georgetown University's Consortium of Chief Diversity Officers, housed in the School of Continuing Studies.
In addition to defining and funding research, the Consortium serves as a forum for chief diversity officers and a promoter for professionalization of the diversity and inclusion field.
The first gathering of its kind in the nation, it stands alone in America as a conjoining catalyst, linking academicians and corporate executives at the highest levels together to work to develop new knowledge regarding human resources management through idea exploration, research, and strategic analysis. Members also serve as mentors and guides and are engaged partners in graduate education at the university.
Anthony P. Carter is the Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion, and Chief Diversity Officer for Johnson & Johnson. In this capacity, Anthony is responsible for building a strategy that enhances the Johnson & Johnson vision to be a world class, benchmark company for diversity and inclusion and aligning this critical business process with the Corporation's strategic business objectives. In this position, he reports directly to the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson and works closely with the Vice President and Executive Committee Member responsible for Worldwide Human Resources and the Human Resources Leadership Team. Anthony is also a member of the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Group Operating Committee.
Anthony joined Johnson & Johnson in 2002 as Director, Corporate Communications and was promoted to Vice President, Corporate Communications in 2005. In this role, he was responsible for organizational communications, executive communications, and all communications for Human Resources and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion on a global basis. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, he was Senior Director of Culture and Diversity for Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and the former Director of Public Affairs. He is the former Assistant Press Secretary to Mayor David N. Dinkins; former Director of Public Affairs for the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, and served for 10 years in Corporate Communications for Avon Products, Inc. In 1983, he served as Press Secretary to Congressman Edolphus Towns of Brooklyn.
Anthony is a Member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Visitors of Howard University. He serves as an Officer of the Board of the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick, Inc., and is a Board member of National Medical Fellowships. He is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). He has been invited to participate as a guest speaker at professional meetings sponsored by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), PRSA, the Conference Board, and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). He is a Professor in the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies graduate program.
Anthony has served as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister at American Martyrs R.C. Church in Bayside, New York, where he also coached basketball and baseball. He currently serves as a member of the Music and Homeless ministries for St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Hillsborough, N.J. He is a NCAA-certified AAU Basketball Coach and coaches in the House of Hoops Basketball Program in New Jersey. He has taught as a Visiting Instructor at Hofstra University and Iona College in New York, St. Augustine College in North Carolina and Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey on public relations and communications. He is a published writer who has written various articles ranging from music to politics.
Anthony received a BA degree in Communications and Journalism from Fordham University in 1976.
Todd Corley is a seasoned diversity professional and leader with more than 15 years of experience in diversity leadership, change management, organizational behavior, business development and financial analysis. In his role, Corley reports to the Chairman & CEO, for Abercrombie & Fitch. Since November 2004, when Corley joined Abercrombie & Fitch as their first-ever corporate officer in charge of diversity and inclusion, the retailer has forged several significant relationships. For example:
Under his leadership, the percentage of in-store managers that self identify as African-American, Hispanic or Asian has increased by more than 319%, since November 2004. Moreover, for six consecutive six-month periods the total percentage of people of color hired (e.g., as in-store models), relative to the total percentage of all people hired, has steadily increased.
Prior to this role, Corley held a senior position with Starwood Hotels & Resorts (Starwood was listed among DiversityInc's 2004 Top 50 Companies for Diversity; Fortune Magazine's 2004 Top 50 Companies for Minorities), where he helped launch Starwood's diversity and inclusion initiative and implement their diversity related programs and policies. Prior to Starwood, he was a Senior Consultant & Area Leader in Towers Perrin's Global Diversity and Change Management Practice.
During his distinguished career, Corley has been recognized by Ebony magazine as one of the "Thirty young leaders under 30", by the The Network Journal magazine as one of the "40 Under-Forty Black Achievers" and most recently listed by SAVOY Professional magazine as one of the "Top 100 African Americans in Corporate America".
Corley has an MBA from Georgetown University and holds several board positions.
Pamela Culpepper is Senior Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion Officer of PepsiCo. PepsiCo’s global portfolio of food and beverage items includes 22 different brands that each generates more than $1 billion in annual retail sales.
Culpepper leads PepsiCo’s global diversity and inclusion strategies to bring together diverse strengths, backgrounds and perspectives to achieve the company’s strategic business imperatives, advance its Performance with Purpose goals and drive innovation. Assuming the role in 2011, she continues to build on PepsiCo’s leadership in diversity and inclusion, ensure that diversity and inclusion is ingrained in PepsiCo and expand pathways for developing global, multicultural thinkers, doers and innovators.
She joined PepsiCo in 2000. Previously, she has served at PepsiCo as Vice President, Human Resources, for Quaker Foods and Snacks. She has held several other positions, including Vice President, Human Resources, PepsiCo Americas Beverages Supply Chain; Vice President, Talent Management and Diversity, Quaker, Tropicana and Gatorafe (QTG); Director, Organization Capability and Inclusion, OTG; and Director, Human Resources, National Sales for Frito-Lay North America.
Before joining PepsiCo, Culpepper worked for McKesson HBOC Inc., Clorox and Wells Fargo.
Culpepper received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and holds a Master of Organizational Change degree from California State University, Hayward. She also serves as an advisory board member of the National Black MBA Association.
Monica P. Hawkins is Founder, CEO and Connector of Professional Pipeline Development Group (PPDG). "Today, corporations and government agencies have more questions than answers relative to the management of human capital and recruiting and retaining talent in a multicultural/global economy with the necessary level of business acumen and multicultural competencies to engage consumers and/or business leaders within these markets," says Hawkins. "Non-Profit and government organizations share a unique yet similar challenge---how to stay focused on serving its constituents and still grow the resources, funding and human capital required to achieve organizational results. I urge organizations to examine these trends. As markets like China, The Middle East, and The UK are poised to lead and are developing their own talent, US-based organizations should not to marginalize the value proposition of diversity and inclusion for their business."
Hawkins is Core Faculty member at Georgetown University Human Resources and Diversity Master's Degree Program, a member and convener of the school's Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) Consortium. She also convened a group of CDOs which commissioned a report"Defining Key Emerging Competencies of the Chief Diversity Officer: Historical, Analytical and Situational Perspectives of a Promising Leadership Role and its Organizational Significance", Dr. Christopher J. Metzler, Principal Researcher. The report identifies and analyzes the competencies of Chief Diversity Officers globally. Watch for the report soon.
Monica Hawkins was formerly the Vice President of Diversity Best Practices (DBP) where she managed strategic planning and development for DBP, serving members with strategic business solutions that were focused on a cross-section of Industries such as Securities; Publishing; PR/Advertising; Sports & Entertainment; Hotels, Resorts and Casinos; and Retail/Apparel and others.
Jimmie Pashcall senior vice president of external affairs and global diversity officer for Marriott.
Paschall has broadened the footprint of Marriott's award-winning diversity initiatives among the company's workforce, owners and franchisees, suppliers and customers. Paschall currently oversees the company's support of the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities and its national "Bridges�from school to work" program, which trains and links young people with disabilities to productive employment with companies across the country.
Most recently, Paschall was executive vice president of external affairs at Volunteers of America, Inc., where she developed and implemented a strategic plan to dramatically expand the visibility, stature, and impact of the 111-year old organization. Other prior assignments include executive positions in human resources and corporate relations with XO Communications, Sodexho and Host Marriott Services Corporation (now HMSHost Corporation). Paschall first launched her career at Marriott as a college student, working as a gift shop attendant, and then advanced through a range of positions in the company's regional operations as well as senior management roles at the company's headquarters.
Paschall is a graduate of Howard University. She serves on the board of Family and Child Services, a D.C.-based human services nonprofit organization.
Geri Thomas is Global Diversity and Inclusion Executive for Bank of America. Since 2001, she has been Senior Staffing Executive responsible for staffing activities in support of the Global Consumer and Small Business Bank. She was named Corporate Diversity Executive in November 2002. In that role, she oversees corporate wide diversity results and serves as a diversity resource to business lines, working closely with the Diversity Advisory Council. She has been with Bank of America since 1970 where she started her career in Consumer Banking support.
From 1992 to 1999, Thomas was the HR Executive for the MidSouth Banking Groups, covering the states of Georgia and Tennessee. From 1999 through 2001, she assumed the additional responsibility for the states of North and South Carolina. From 1986 through 1992, Thomas was the HR Director for Georgia. Prior to 1986, Thomas performed in a number of different HR management roles including Manager of Human Resource Services, Manager of Employee Relations and HR generalist.
Thomas is current Chair of the State of Georgia Personnel Board. The board is responsible for providing policy direction for the State Merit System of Personnel Administration. Thomas was appointed by the mayor of the City of Atlanta to serve on the board of the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency. The agency is dedicated to empowering residents to become educated, skilled and self-sufficient, leading to meaningful employment with local businesses, building an effective workforce and a vibrant, diverse economy for the City of Atlanta. Additionally, Thomas is a member of the Consortium of Chief Diversity Officers at Georgetown University. The Consortium's mission is to link diversity and inclusion research and practice. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Atlanta, Inc.
Education: B.S. Human Resources – Georgia State University
Gina Warren is the VP of Global Diversity for Nike. Warren, ten-year Nike veteran, focuses on further integrating diversity into Nike's global business strategies and employer of choice practices.
Warren has led the Office of Global Diversity since 2002. Under her leadership, Nike conducted its inaugural global Cultural Assessments, which have helped Nike examine its workplace culture, and informed the company on how to better optimize the talents of all employees. Warren organized Nike's first two women's leadership conferences and helped establish the Global Women's Leadership Council.
From 1999 to 2002, Warren served as director of Nike Global Community Affairs and the Nike Foundation. Prior to joining Nike, Warren directed community relations for Levi Strauss and Co. and its foundation, and worked for AT&T and its foundation in community relations, human resources and other capacities. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Arizona State University.