Chief Diversity Officer
Ken Barrett, became General Motors’ first Chief Diversity Officer in 2012. He has 14 years of executive experience, including five years of award-winning performance as the U.S. Navy’s Diversity Director, where he achieved historic levels of minority and female officer additions and transformational work-life balance initiatives. Before joining GM, he served as the Under Secretary of Defense’s Acting Director, Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity. He began his career with the U.S. Navy in 1984, and after commissioning through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, he held positions in engineering and operations.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Kim Hauer is Vice President of Human Services Division and chief HR officer at Caterpillar Inc. She leads a team of HR professionals with facilities and organizations spread throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas. She has a bachelor’s degree in management, with emphasis in human resources, from Purdue University and has been certified as a human resources professional.
Kim’s career with Caterpillar started as an internship in assembly planning during her third year at Purdue University. She joined Caterpillar full time in 1997 as part of the company’s HR Professional Development Program. She advanced through numerous positions with increasing responsibilities in the areas of human resources, labor relations and succession planning, including a role as a compensation and benefits manager for Caterpillar’s Logistics Division based in Belgium. Hauer also held the position of Group & Regional HR Director for Caterpillar based in Geneva, Switzerland.
ExecutiveDirector, Diversity and Inclusion
Lissiah Hundley is the Executive Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Cox Communications. She leads the strategic development and implementation of the Diversity & Inclusion strategy that supports Cox’s vision and business objectives. Hundley is the liaison between Cox and key national and local diversity partners, and works closely with Cox’s senior executives to advance diversity initiatives and goals. She also leads a team focused on College Relations and enterprise wide change efforts for the advancement and retention of high performing talent inclusive of women and people of color. Hundley is a member of Cox’s National Diversity Council and she supports the President and Chief People Officer who chair the Council. She is also responsible for implementing and overseeing the company’s Employee Resource Groups.