How 9 Companies Capitalize on Innovation: Resource Groups, Engagement & Talent Development

Diversity experts at Innovation Fest! reveal how leading organizations turned their diversity-management efforts into measurable, sustainable growth. Watch the videos.

Innovation is the lifeblood of business success, but is there really a way to ensure your company is fostering these breakthrough opportunities?


The nine diversity innovations presented by leading companies at our Innovation Fest! demonstrate how they've transformed effective diversity management into a true source of innovation, capable of generating the business solutions they need to differentiate their company, get a leg up on competitors and capture new market share.

Diversity Management: A Source of Innovation

Held in New York City, DiversityInc's second Innovation Fest! featured a series of quick-fire, 30-minute presentations from corporate leaders quantifying the benefits diversity management has on business results. [View presentations from our February Innovation Fest!]

These include positive results in sales, productivity and pipeline development from innovations in resource groups, recruitment and talent development, supplier diversity, employee engagement/productivity, and corporate communications.

Watch videos of the presentations from PricewaterhouseCoopers, Brown-Forman, Wells Fargo, Rockwell Collins, BASF, AT&T, Travelers, Marriott International and Monsanto in the player below, plus watch University Hospital's Dr. Drew Hertz, the lunchtime speaker. (For closed captions, press the CC button in the YouTube player.)

The full Innovation Fest! presentations with PowerPoint slides are available on BestPractices.DiversityInc.com by clicking the links below.

DiversityInc Innovation Fest!: How 9 Companies Capitalize on Innovation

Increasing Engagement, Retention & Talent Development of New Black Hires

Elena Richards, Talent Management Leader, Office of Diversity, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

 

 

How a Liquor Company Benefits From Resource Group for Non-Drinkers

Matt Hamel, General Counsel and Executive Sponsor of the Non-Drinker Resource group, and Judy Spalding, the resource group's founder and co-leader, Brown-Forman

 

 

Accredited Domestic Partnership Advisor Program

Kyle Young, Certified Financial Planner and Vice President, Investment Officer, Wells Fargo

 

 

Improving Healthcare for 68,000 Black & Latino Children

Dr. Drew Hertz, Medical Director for UH Rainbow Care Network and an Assistant Clinical Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

 

 

Innovative Ways to Develop & Support Supplier Diversity

Amber Janey, senior project manager for supplier diversity, and Evette Creighton, Diversity Program Manager, Rockwell Collins

 

 

How Diversity Dashboards Improve Leadership Accountability

Tina Kao, vice president, Talent Development, and Patricia Rossman, Chief Diversity Officer, BASF

 

 

The Innovation Pipeline: Promoting Cross-Function Collaboration

Sam Zellner, Executive Director of Innovation Applications and Services Infrastructure, AT&T

 

 

Diversity Training Equals $2M Savings for Insurance Company

Nicole Hughey, Director, Enterprise Diversity & Inclusion at Travelers

 

 

 

Social Gaming: A Diversity Strategy for Cross-Cultural Engagement

Francisca Martinez, Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition, Marriott International

 

 

Talent Acquisition Integration

Melissa Harper, Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition, Monsanto

 

 

 

From Supplier Diversity to Supplier Inclusion – Embracing Supply Chain Diversity at The Hershey Company

Hershey Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer Susanna Zhu writes about the company's progress in supplier diversity and its work to help women participate in the cocoa agriculture economy.

At The Hershey Company, being committed to Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) isn't just a project or a set of numeric goals embedded in the HR department — it's a way of operating our business every day. This "inclusion imperative" is closely connected to our mission of bringing goodness to the world and to our employees, communities and business partners. In fact, being a global leader in D&I is one of our company's primary goals.

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Stop Talking About the Rooney Rule

Magical thinking will not move the needle on your diversity efforts, or your career, if your leadership is not accountable for results.

Luke Visconti is the founder and CEO of DiversityInc. Although the title of his column is meant to be humorous, the issues he addresses and the answers he gives to questions are serious — and based on his 17 years of experience publishing DiversityInc. Click here to send your own question to Luke.

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Achieving Gender Balance in Senior Leadership

Leaders from Novartis, Sodexo, Johnson & Johnson and Marriott International provide insights into critical factors that enabled their companies to make progress in gender balance in senior leadership.

Novartis, J&J, Marriott and Sodexo have made significant progress in increasing women representation in senior leadership. Four years ago, these four companies, on average, had 13% and 6% more women in levels 2 and 3, respectively (one and two levels below CEO and direct reports), than the Top 50. Now, they have 25% and 36% more women in those levels than the Top 50.

This panel discussion from the 2017 DiversityInc Top 50 Learning Sessions will give you insights into critical factors that enabled these companies to make progress in gender balance in senior leadership.

Panelists:

• Caryn Parlavecchio, Head of HR and US Country Head HR, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

• Wanda Hope, Chief Diversity Officer, Johnson & Johnson

• Marisa Milton, Regional VP Human Resources, Marriott International

• Moderator: Sandy Harris, Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Sodexo