Diversity Leadership: Paul Richardson, The Walt Disney Company

Paul Richardson


Chief Diversity Officer

The Walt Disney Company

“[Disney’s diversity strategy] is about moving the organization to a plane where we think and act with a global mindset and create environments where every individual—regardless of their gender, color, orientation or ability or any other factor—can contribute and are invited to participate to their full potential,” Paul Richardson says in an interview on ESPN’s website.

Richardson was named The Walt Disney Company‘s Chief Diversity Officer in 2011. He also serves as ESPN’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Disney has launched multiple diversity initiatives during his tenure, including resource groups, an executive diversity council, an annual Women’s Leadership Conference and Heroes Work Here, a company-wide effort to hire veterans.

Prior to joining ESPN and Disney, Richardson was Executive Vice President of Global Human Resources at Universal McCann and Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Paramount Pictures. He began his career as an attorney and also worked for more than a decade at the Times Mirror Company, which owned the Los Angeles Times.

Richardson is a member of the California State Summer School Arts Foundation advisory board and of the board of directors of the Cable and Telecommunications Human Resources Association. He is a member of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) and was honored with a NAMIC Luminary Award in 2010. Richardson received both a bachelor’s degree and a juris doctor from the University of Southern California.

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