Navigating Challenges: Chief Diversity Officers & HR Leaders in DEI Roles

CCL Webinar: Navigating Challenges: Chief Diversity Officers & HR Leaders in DEI Roles

On Demand

Duration: 1 hour

About the Webinar

Workplace DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) initiatives remain a strong priority across sectors, as the benefits of increased diversity are clear. But for those working in DEI roles at their organizations, navigating the current context is complicated by the pressures of today’s politicized environment. 

Our research with senior leaders of the DEI function at 50 U.S.-based companies in the Fortune 1000 uncovered that many Chief Diversity Officers (CDOs) and their HR colleagues are not getting the clarity and support needed to ensure enterprise investments in DEI are meaningful and successful. Executives in DEI roles tell us they’re navigating budget cuts, unrealistic expectations, being asked to do more with less, and facing a lack of buy-in — sometimes even from the C-suite. Many report they are personally burning out and need more from their organizations to sustain lasting culture change.

Join us for a webinar to learn more about what we heard from those in DEI roles and to offer some leadership tips for Chief Diversity Officers and HR leaders with DEI roles or responsibilities.

What You’ll Learn

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • The state of DEI investments at many U.S.-based organizations, including common goals, metrics, terms, resourcing, and activities
  • Practical tips and strategies to help leaders in DEI roles increase their odds of success, given the bevy of challenges faced
  • Research and experience-based insights to support CDOs and other HR leaders in DEI roles

About the Presenters

Stephanie Wormington

Stephanie Wormington, Ph.D.
Director, Global Strategic Research
Center for Creative Leadership 

Stephanie Wormington is a Senior Research Scientist and Director of Global Strategic Research at the Center for Creative Leadership. Her current research focuses primarily on promoting equitable and inclusive organizational cultures; exploring collective leadership through networks; and enhancing motivation and empowerment for leaders across their professional journeys.

Michael DePass

Michael DePass
Vice President, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Practice
Center for Creative Leadership 

As leader of our global Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) practice, Michael combines his extensive professional experience and passion for social change with his gifts for strategic leadership, innovative thinking, and business development. Previously, he served as director of our K-12 education portfolio, designing and delivering transformative educational leadership development. Prior to joining CCL, he worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and at several international development organizations. 

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