Melissa Harper, VP, Global Talent Acquisition, Inclusion & Diversity and HR Compliance,Â Monsanto Co.
Harper leads a global team responsible for attracting talent, ensuring an inclusive environment, and managing risk in people practices, for nearly 70 countries across more than 500 worldwide locations. As such, she leads strategies for ensuring a competitive advantage and ability to deliver talent that aligns with strategic business goals and preparedness for the workforce of the future.
Mia Hairston, Chief Diversity Officer, Nationwide
Hairston is the chief diversity and inclusion officer for Nationwide, where she is responsible for strategic oversight, administration, and execution of the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives for more than 33,000 Nationwide associates. “Nationwide has a longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion–it is part of our rich heritage. We strive to create a culture where all of our associates’ voices are heard and valued, and our members know that Nationwide is on their side.â€
Rhonda Crichlow, VP & Head, U.S. Diversity & Inclusion, Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp.
As a member of the company’s Pharmaceutical Executive Committee, Crichlow drives implementation of NPC’s diversity and inclusion strategy, focused on fostering an inclusive environment that supports the development of innovative medicines and healthcare solutions while addressing the unmet medical needs of patients.
Marsha Jones, EVP & Chief Diversity Officer, PNC Financial Services Group Inc.
As CDO, Jones takes pride in PNC’s creation of a corporate culture that is “intentionally inclusiveâ€ and one that has proven to be a key component of its success. “Recognizing the critical element that a diverse, talented workforce can have on our future success, we continue to strive to assemble the best possible team of achievers with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and points of view.â€
Magda Yrizarry,Â Chief Talent & Diversity Officer, Verizon Communications
Yrizarry began her career at Verizon in 1990, as a manager for corporate responsibility and educational initiatives. More than two decades later, in 2014, she was appointed as the first Latina chief talent and diversity officer at Verizon. “Diversity and inclusion unleashes talent, drives innovation, and ensures relevance with the customers and communities we are privileged to serve.â€
–Additional reporting by Selena Hill