Executive Diversity Councils: Best Practices From Kellogg Company, Comcast Corporation

Two companies from very different industries offer case studies in recently implemented and successful executive diversity councils in our web seminar.


Executive Diversity Councils: Best Practices From Kellogg Company, Comcast Corporation.

The greatest change that we've observed among executive diversity councils is the increasing number of CEOs chairing the council: This is true for 54 percent of DiversityInc Top 50 companies with executive diversity councils, up from 32 percent in 2005.This sends a strong message throughout the organization that this is a business priority and that the council is driving actual results (not just setting strategic direction).

In our web seminar on diversity councils, Kellogg Company Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion Mark King and Comcast Corporation Vice President of Administration Karen Dougherty Buchholz discuss the strategies and goals their companies used to create and implement effective executive diversity councils—and how they keep their council members accountable for results. (Kellogg Company is No. 49 in the DiversityInc Top 50 and Comcast is one of DiversityInc's 25 Noteworthy Companies.)

Kellogg President and CEO John Bryant serves as chair: The nine members of Kellogg's executive diversity and inclusion council (EDIC) oversee the company's 12 diversity councils from its respective business divisions.

Comcast's Joint Diversity Council oversees diversity strategy of 14 councils: Comcast/NBC Universal also leverages an external diversity council for additional guidance.

In this web seminar, you will learn:

  • How to create clear diversity-council objectives
  • Why resource-group members should be included on the council
  • When meeting size and frequency can impact council effectiveness
  • How to promote your executives' diversity leadership throughout the organization

This 90-minute diversity web seminar is available to BestPractices.DiversityInc.com subscribers. Click here to watch.

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