What Was Top of Mind for Leaders in 2022

From our Chief Diversity Officer “Where are They Now?” series to learning about the metaverse, we had a lot of unique conversations with executives at companies who take our annual Top 50 survey this year. 

As we approach the final days of 2022, we wanted to look back on the conversations we had with leaders in different roles at companies. 

From Intern to CMO: Yolanda Smith’s INROADS Journey

Before she became the Chief Marketing Officer of INROADS, Yolanda Smith served as an Executive Marketing Consultant for the company. 

She said being appointed as CMO has brought her a “strong sense of pride and accomplishment.”

“It’s an outward-facing recognition of the contribution and value that I’ve brought to INROADS so far and a personal validation that I am still able to grow in my career.”

Smith started her journey with INROADS as a high school senior. She had a summer internship with the organization “before stepping foot on a college campus as a student,” and was introduced to business through that opportunity. 

“The INROADS opportunity allowed me to see for the first time and provide access to very successful people in business that looked like me,” she said. “I ended up working for my enrolled sponsoring company for all four summers and even over holiday breaks. They really taught me to practice my craft, you are not done just because you have your degree, and that mindset has really guided my trajectory.”

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How Lisa Daniels’ New Role Aligns With KMPG’s One-Firm Strategy

With the Great Resignation and more people looking for jobs that align with their personal values, you don’t see too many employees who stay with the same company for years. But for Lisa Daniels, that wasn’t the case. She started working at KPMG (No. 11 on DiversityInc’s 2022 Top 50 Companies for Diversity list) nearly three decades ago and has stuck with it. She was recently appointed to Vice Chair of Growth and Strategy at the firm. 

So what’s kept Daniels with the same company for so long? The culture. 

“The ultimate reason is the culture and the inclusive nature of the organization,” she said. “I’ve had two kids while working here, and they both have grown and have jobs of their own and lives of their own. I really appreciate the experiences and the flexibility the firm has provided me in my time to balance both my personal and professional [life] throughout my career.”

Daniels described KPMG as a fair workplace that values different perspectives and skill sets and respects employees for who they are. 

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AT&T’s Corey Anthony Highlights Value of Partnership with Essence Festival

During the 2022 Essence Festival in New Orleans in July, we spoke with Corey Anthony, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer and Development Officer at AT&T (a DiversityInc Hall of Fame company), to learn about the company’s partnership with Essence Festival, the process behind deciding what AT&T presents at the event and more. 

CDO Series: Sysco’s Adrienne Trimble

As part of an article series focused on Chief Diversity Officers who have moved in recent years, we caught up with Adrienne Trimble, Vice President, Chief Diversity and Culture Officer at Sysco to discuss what the move has done for her, the work she’s doing and her advice for aspiring CDOs. 

When she joined the company in 2021, she was Sysco’s first CDO, which allowed her to “come in and build a strategy that would move the company forward.”

“We were able to build a three-year DEI roadmap that we’re now operationalizing and in the process of implementing and executing,” she said. “The impact I’ve been able to have just coming in has been incredible because it allowed us to understand the parts of the business that we needed to leverage DEI to make us a better business, to make us more competitive and make sure that we were hiring the right people.”

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A Disability Inclusivity Conversation With Hershey’s Chris Scalia

During the National Organization on Disability’s annual forum in October, we caught up with Chris Scalia, SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer at The Hershey Company (No. 6 on DiversityInc’s 2022 Top 50 Companies for Diversity list), to discuss the company’s partnership with NOD, how it attracts and retains employees with disabilities and more. 

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