30 Must-Follow Diversity & Inclusion Thought Leaders Transforming the Workplace

Recent studies demonstrate that increased diversity drives business growth and improvement.

By connecting employers to our diverse community members, FindSpark supports the diversity and inclusion initiatives of companies large and small, online and offline. 

We’re thankful for the people who keep diversity and inclusion at the forefront of businesses, and we’re excited to highlight some of our favorite thought leaders in this space. (We are proud to say that many of them are FindSpark employers!)

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Want to learn more about how FindSpark and our programs like Hustle Summit can connect you top, diverse, early career talent? Find out here: FindSpark.com/employers 

Tiffany Edwards

Engagement & Inclusion Director, Droga5

Tiffany Edwards supports diversity and inclusion at one of advertising’s fastest-growing agencies, Droga5. She is committed to raising awareness of the benefits of diversity in the workplace growing the next generation of advertising, marketing and media professionals.

Reginald Miller

Diversity and Inclusion Leader at VF Corporation

Reginald Miller is currently the Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion at VF Corporation. His incredibly dynamic background includes experience as Director of Diversity Strategy and Support at Walmart, an adjunct professor at the University of Phoenix, Tyson Foods and as Supply Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Franklin Reed

Director of Diversity & Inclusion, TEKsystems

Franklin Reed develops, executes, and manages strategic initiatives that support TEKsystems’ diversity and inclusion strategy. TEKsystems’ award-winning culture has earned multiple mentions in Fortune 100’s Best Places To Work. Franklin has also participated in Hustle Summit and shared his recruitment insights with the FindSpark community, to promote diversity and inclusion in top companies.

Brenda Williams-Butts

Vice President of Recruitment, Diversity & Inclusion, New York Public Radio

Brenda Williams-Butts creates winning cultures at companies that are committed to fostering diversity and inclusion. She works with New York Public Radio to plan and support events that promote diversity in the workplace. Recently, New York Public Radio participated in Hustle Summit, a networking event by FindSpark, which helps top companies connect with diverse talent.

Lina Garzon

Talent Acquisition Associate at New Visions for Public Schools

Lina Garzon (middle) is a diversity & inclusion pro at global media leader, IPG Mediabrands. She represented the company this summer at Hustle Summit, where she helped them connect with top, diverse talent in New York City.

Tony Prophet

Chief Equality and Recruiting Officer, Salesforce

Tony Prophet spearheads diversity & inclusion at Salesforce, one of the most successful SaaS companies of its time. Tony is committed to crafting a workplace that is free from discrimination and which works to promote inclusion for all–regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or marital status.

Nichole Barnes Marshall

Vice President and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer ,L Brands

Nichole Barnes Marshall is the driving force behind diversity and inclusion strategy at Aon, the world’s largest provider of risk management, insurance brokerage and HR solutions. Her proactive solutions have impacted 66,000 Aon employees in more than 120 countries, and her voice has inspired many more. 

Alex Santos Murry


Alex Santos Murry is a Filipina-American writer, photographer, and producer born, raised, and based in New York City. She works full-time doing diversity strategy and producing live events for WNYC. Follow Alex on Twitter for poignant commentary on all things diversity and inclusion inclusion in the workplace, in politics, in culture and beyond.

Roshaunda Green

Sales Execution ,Cox Automotive Inc.

Roshaunda Green is a prominent voice in diversity and inclusion in media. She is a Diversity & Inclusion Consultant for Turner–one of the largest media conglomerates in the world, and the owners of top networks like CNN. Follow her on Twitter to learn how the media world keeps up with Diversity & Inclusion practices, and to track important events in the Diversity & Inclusion space.

Kathy J. Goss

Director, Head of Inclusion Recruiting ,ServiceNow

Kathy J. Goss is a Northwestern University grad who has worked  to help organizations to grow their diversity and create more inclusive cultures for 15 years .
She has built LinkedIn’s first global Inclusion Recruiting strategy and team from the ground up and is excited to see how it succeeds in the future.

Tiffany Warren

Chief of Diversity & Inclusion, Omnicom

Tiffany R. Warren leads the strategy that enhances the Omnicom vision to be a world class, benchmark company for sustainable diversity and inclusion. She is the Senior VP of Chief Diversity Officer for Omnicom Group. Her role focuses on change efforts for the advancement and retention of top performing talent inclusive of women, people of color and LGBT’s in an inclusive work culture.

Recognized as a leader in the diversity field, she is a talent strategist with 19+ years of championing diverse professionals in the advertising industry.

Juliette Austin

Senior Diversity Equity and Inclusion Strategist ,Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Juliette Austin is an experienced diversity, inclusion, talent management strategist and coach. She devises cultural and organizational development strategies for companies and individuals and she’s worked closely with the FindSpark community to encourage individuals and companies to rally behind diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  

Tina Moore Gilbert

Inclusion and Diversity Leader , Accolade Inc.

Tina Moore Gilbert is the leader of Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) at Accolade – an on-demand healthcare concierge for employers, health plans and health systems. With focus on contributing to “best place to work” culture –  she works to integrate I&D principles into the Accolade’s talent strategies, go-to- market approach, and overall culture to generate positive business outcomes.

Rachel Cheeks-Givan

Global Diversity & Inclusion Leader, Pfizer

Rachel Cheeks-Givan is the Global Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Leader at Pfizer. Her key focus areas include, but are not limited to:Key focus areas: Strategic Planning and Execution, Employee and Leadership Engagement, Cultural Transformation and Strategic Partnerships and Community.

Byron L. Williams

Training Specialist ,USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Byron L. Williams helps lead diversity efforts at Peace Corps–one of the most impactful organizations of its time. His professional experience spans the United States, Africa and Europe, where he’s helped a diverse, giving community reach their professional and personal goals.

Carol Watson

Executive Vice President/Managing Director of Inclusion ,BCW Global

Carol Watson is the Senior Director, Global Advisory and Consulting Services of Diversity Best Practices. Carol provides the strategic guidance and best practice recommendations and consulting media, advertising, digital, travel, and other organizations to problem solve and develop global organizations for optimal business results.

Cynthia Bowman

Human Resources Executive – Chief D&I and Talent Acquisition Officer, Bank of America

Cynthia Bowman is the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Bank of America. She received her MBA from Northwestern University, and is interested in cultural and diversity inclusion, human resources, and Organizational Development.

Tasha Aoaeh

People Care Director at Audible, Inc

Tasha Aoaeh is a member of the Talent Management team at Jet Blue. She is responsible for driving JetBlue’s competitive advantage through strategic diversity and inclusion efforts aligned with  company values. Central to this objective is cross-departmental collaboration and focus on talent identification, performance management, career pathing and succession planning for diverse talent.


Veronica S. Appleton

SME, Executive Education Program for Leading Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Northwestern University ,GetSmarter

Veronica S. Appleton supports diversity and inclusion at We Are Unlimited, the premier advertising agency for McDonald’s. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Intercultural Communications and Organizational Communications at DePaul University. Veronica shared career development inspiration and insights with the FindSpark community at our first-ever Chicago networking bash and, if we might add, totally rocked it.

Gabrielle Lyse Brown

Executive Director, Diversity & Inclusion ,Morgan Stanley

Gabrielle Lyse Brown is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the New York City Bar, where she leads the Association’s efforts to enhance diversity in the legal profession across a broad range of internal and external constituents, including law firms, corporate legal departments, nonprofit organizations and educators to foster diverse and inclusive work environments.

Noel Hornsberry

Director, Diversity, Inclusion and Talent Acquisition at CF Industries

Noel Hornsberry is the Senior Diversity & Inclusion Business Partner at Kellogg Company. He has over over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, strategy development and human resource administration. His specializes in: Training and Development, Relationship Management, Community Outreach and Customer Focus.


Ellen McGirt

Senior Editor, Fortune

Ellen McGirt is an winning business journalist specializing in long form profiles. I also cover race, culture and leadership for Fortune in a daily column called raceAhead. She enjoys writing about leadership and innovation.

Joe Gerstandt

Keynote Speaker, Joegerstandt.com

Joe Gerstandt works with Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, government entities and others to bring greater clarity and innovate new practices within the diversity and inclusion space. He has been a keynote speaker at events and conferences like South by Southwest, ASAE Great Ideas Conference and SHRM Annual Diversity Conference. He has also consulted for Wells Fargo, Target, Habitat For Humanity and Walmart.

Karima-Catherine Goundiam

Founder and CEO ,B2BeeMatch

As Managing Director of Red Dot Digital, an independent digital and social media agency, Karima-Catherine Goundiam, consults for some of the largest brands and businesses in the world today. She helps bring together top, diverse talent to help brands meet their digital goals, and helps them tell their authentic story to form connections online with customers naturally.

Erica Lovett

Director, Inclusion & Diversity, Condé Nast

Erica Lovett helps one of the largest fashion media companies develop and meet their diversity and inclusion goals. Follow Erica on Twitter to stay updated on best diversity and inclusion practices and to learn how Condé Nast and the media industry are innovating in the D&I space.

Rosa Nunez

Firm’s First Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Foley Hoag LLP

Rosa Nunez is a bilingual diversity & inclusion leader who works for media and marketing powerhouse, Omnicom. Rosa has helped raise awareness about diversity & inclusion issues at FindSpark Next, and has lent expert career development advice to diverse professionals in the FindSpark community.

Tequilla Lopez

Director of Diversity, Attraction and Operations – Enterprise Talent Acquisition, Best Buy

Tequilla Lopez leads diversity & inclusion at technology retail leader, Best Buy. She has a keen ability to recruit, retain, and advance diverse employees for top brands.

Francisco Estrada

Senior Manager – Executive Talent Sourcing ,Nike

Francisco Estrada is a seasoned recruitment and diversity leader with a broad range of experience across Sports, Media & Entertainment and Financial Services. He joined Major League Soccer in April 2016 as Senior Director of Recruitment and Diversity where he leads strategy and execution for all League recruitment efforts. Francisco also shared interview advice and gave feedback to diverse members of the FindSpark community at our past Interview Workshop.

Barb McAllister Whye

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Intel

Barb McAllister Whye was nominated and selected as Top 100 under 50 Diverse Emerging Leaders Nationwide by Diversity MBA Magazine in 2015. As the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Intel, she aims to create a workplace that is free of prejudice, and allows all individuals to be themselves and access their full potential.

Doug Melville

Chief Diversity Officer, TBWA

Doug Melville is the Chief Diversity Officer at TBWA. He aims to create a workplace where more ideas, cultures, personalities, disruptors and entrepreneurs can come together to create amazing ideas.

Johnnie Pope

Recruiting Specialist, Internships & Flex Staffing at Discovery Inc

Johnnie Pope

Johnnie Pope promotes diversity in media on the recruitment team for Scripps Networks Interactive–the global leader in Lifestyle Media and owners of networks like HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country.

Know someone we missed? Share their name in the comments! 

Want to learn more about how FindSpark and our programs like Hustle Summit can connect you top, diverse, early career talent? Learn more here: FindSpark.com/employers 

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