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

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 FebruaryInnovation 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

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