Are you a new Chief Diversity Officer (CDO)? Or taking on new or additional responsibilities for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) initiatives at your organization? What’s the biggest challenge facing you? Where do you begin? How can you jumpstart making an impact?

Darden’s preeminent experts in the DEI leadership space — Professors Melissa Thomas-Hunt, former Head of Global Diversity and Belonging at AirBnB, and Laura Morgan Roberts, thought leader and researcher — present a new video series, Tips for Chief Diversity Officers, where they discuss five tips to help CDOs and other DEIB leaders navigate their critical and often challenging roles:

  • Be Clear About Your Role Expectations
  • Study Your Organization’s DEIB Profile
  • Build Relationships with Your Stakeholders
  • Be An Influencer
  • Commit to Lifelong Learning

It's critical to listen to employees at all levels of the organization. There may be an inclination to run from the challenging voices or naysayers; instead, bring them close. Give them a voice to be heard.

- Melissa Thomas-Hunt, John D. Forbes Distinguished Professor of Business Administration

Access the video playlist for a preview of a few topics and themes from Melissa and Laura’s Leading Diversity program, a 4-day workshop at UVA Darden DC Metro in Rosslyn, VA. The program features special guest speakers and faculty, cultural excursions and resilience-building wellness activities, a custom project and post-program coaching and community building.