C-Suite Programs

Kellogg Convenes for 2017 Chief Diversity Officer Summit

Kellogg’s Chief Diversity Officer Summit brought together more than 160 diversity and inclusion leaders across sectors to support the professional development of C-suite diversity leaders.

“Organizations worldwide have recognized that their competitive advantage and differentiator comes through their people,” said Anise Wiley-Little, chief human capital and diversity officer at Kellogg. “As Chief Diversity Officers, we are well-positioned at a positive inflection point to guide the course of business, of education, our military, and our communities. We must continue to embrace diversity, challenge older existing ways of doing things, and operate with speed, transparency and above all know our purpose."

This year’s summit, hosted in partnership with the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), touched on the evolving landscape of diversity in the workplace. Several keynotes and breakout sessions focused on the biggest challenges facing diversity leaders, such as understanding social justice and equity in the new era, building an inclusive organization culture and igniting innovation through diversity.

Kellogg faculty members presented their research on diversity and inclusion, including Edward (Ned) Smith on the effect of investor diversity on the price discovery process in financial markets and Galen Bodenhausen on implicit social biases. Alvin B. Tillery, Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Political Science at the Weinberg College of Arts at Northwestern University, also presented on why affirmative action is both just and good.

In her keynote address, Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Northwestern alumna and Principal Consultant at Cook Ross, encouraged leaders in the diversity space to lead courageously and to stand up, speak out, and speak often about the compelling case for diversity, accessibility, equity and inclusion.

“The work of CDOs has always been important. However, in these very challenging times in our nation and our world, the work of these colleagues is especially important,” said Cole. “This summit provided an excellent opportunity for CDOs to come together, to learn of new and best practices in their field, and to be inspired as they continue to do the work that must be done.”

CDO Summit Highlights

Kellogg Professor, Edward (Ned) Smith, shared highlights from his research during the Chief Diversity Officer Summit. A key finding: Instability comes from a lack of diversity.

Tyronne Stoudemire, VP of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Hyatt Hotels Corporation, spoke on a panel addressing the ways implicit bias may create "blind spots" and what to do about it.

Melissa Donaldson, Chief Diversity Officer at Wintrust Financial Corporation spoke on a panel exploring the partnership opportunities between CDOs and CIOs. Watch for tips on how to leverage talent at every level and how to drive sustainable impact.

Shane L. Windmeyer, Founder and Executive Director of Campus Pride, shares a few resources and actions needed to improve the LGBTQ experience within the workplace and in higher education.

Mary-Frances Winters, President & CEO of The Winters Group, gave the closing keynote of the 2017 Chief Diversity Officer Summit, sharing tips on how to find common ground when engaging in bold, inclusive conversations, particularly during polarizing times.

Anise Wiley-Little, Chief Human Capital and Diversity Officer at the Kellogg School, closes the 2017 Chief Diversity Officer Summit with advice for the next generation of leaders (and those they look to for mentorship and guidance).

We are grateful to our 2017 sponsor, The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), for their generous support of this event.

NADOHE serves as the preeminent voice for diversity officers in higher education by supporting our collective efforts to lead our institutions toward inclusive excellence through institutional transformation.

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