Barbara Frankel

Barbara Frankel is Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of DiversityInc, supervising the diversity-management content for DiversityInc.com, DiversityInc magazine, and BestPractices.DiversityInc.com, a website for senior diversity leaders. She is one of DiversityInc’s senior executives who presents benchmarking consulting results to CEOs and senior leaders across corporate America. She also oversees the content of DiversityInc’s five annual events, which average more than 600 attendees from 200 companies and have featured more than 20 CEOs from major corporations.


Ms. Frankel also spearheads and oversees DiversityInc’s global-diversity research, now in its fourth year. The research focuses on global challenges and successful best practices in workforce diversity, talent development, marketplace connections and supplier diversity.

Her outside affiliations include the National Board of Directors of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and the Global Advisory Board of WEConnect. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and mass communications from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in business journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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voting reform

Senate Republicans Block ‘For the People Act’ Voter Reform Bill and Effectively Preserve Racist Voting Restrictions

Conservative lawmakers from Georgia to Florida to Texas continue to pass highly restrictive and racist election reform laws designed to keep Democrats and people of color from voting, and the Senate appears powerless — at least for now — to stop their Jim Crow-era antics. The latest blow to the…

NYPD officers

Civilian Complaint Board Reports That Up to 39 New York Cops Should Be Disciplined Following George Floyd Protests

Abuse toward public protesters was rampant all over the U.S. during the summer of 2020. And according to a new report from New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), the problem appears to have been especially bad in the country’s most populous city, where 39 officers have been accused…

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

Rhode Island Progressive Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Defends His Membership to an Elite All-White Private Beach Club

In a blow to voters and political supporters in Rhode Island, Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has come under fire for not only belonging to an exclusive all-white private beach club — but also for defending his membership and saying he doesn’t think it’s a problem. According to NBC News, reporters…

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge

HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge Says Student Loan Debt Is a Major Hurdle for Black Homeownership

Black Americans are saddled with an overwhelming majority of the nation’s $1.7 trillion student debt — and according to Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia Fudge, that debt is one of the key factors preventing Black Americans from buying and owning their own home. Business Insider’s Ayelet…

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock

11 Mayors Team Up To Launch New Local Reparations Efforts, Establish Framework for a National Reparations Program

Following an announcement in March that city officials in Evanston, Illinois would begin paying qualifying city residents up to $25,000 in reparations for use on property payments and home repair, and fresh off the government’s announcement of Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday, mayors in 11 additional U.S. cities have announced…