As the nation’s demographics continue to shift, a variety of organizations are under pressure to ensure their workforce looks like the communities they serve. Many companies are looking to diversify their employee base, but they often lack the knowledge and resources necessary to do so. This article celebrates some of the top African-American DEIB leaders of 2022 advocating for African-American employees. Each leader is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace to make a difference in the lives of African-American employees all over the world.
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Brittany Ramsey, L’Oréal‘s Director of University Relations and Partnerships
Linkedin: Britt Ramsey
Brittany supports DEI policy as Director of University Relations and Partnerships at L’Oréal. She oversees campus activities, DEI partnerships, and HBCU relations.
Brittany keeps hiring young people from underrepresented backgrounds and uses her platform to help the #HireBlack Community with mentorships, career coaching, and resume reviews.
Brittany also started her own coaching business, BWell Mindset Coaching, as a side job. Specifically, she helps young African-American employees build the skills they need to feel confident in their careers.
Britteny Soto, Encamp‘s Director of Talent Acquisition, JEDI, and Enablement.
Linkedin: Britteny Soto
Britteny oversees Encamp’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion efforts. She puts people first and teaches intersectionality to build empathy. Britteny was in charge of updating the company’s holiday calendar to add Juneteenth and replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.
Thanks to her work, the company’s agenda now reflect their core values. Additionally, she started the Conscious Coffee Series to teach employees about DEI&B topics as well as change the culture one-on-one. The LGBTQ+ community, the environment, racial justice, and Black women at work were also all discussed in detail. Recently, Britteny has also run a campaign for Pride Month.
Derek Valentine, Director of Belonging, Diversity, and Equity at UKG.
Linkedin: Derek Valentine
Derek has been a champion for DEIB for a long time. As a sales manager, he mentors underrepresented students by connecting them with colleagues and other DEIB advocates. In this way, he helped open professional doors to rewarding opportunities for all professionals from various backgrounds.
His motto is “There is always strength in numbers.” This powerful way of thinking shows how to be successful together at work. While working at Secureworks, a Dell subsidiary, he saw a chance to share what he acknowledged and helped the African-American community.
He was the one to start the Atlanta chapter of the Black Networking Alliance by getting all of the Dell subsidiaries to work together. The ERG has done well and set the standardized bar for others in terms of activities, events, training opportunities, resources, and partnerships.
Janice Omadeke, Founder and CEO of The Mentor Method
Linkedin: Janice Omadeke
Janice Omadeke is the founder and CEO of The Mentor Method, a software solution that helps companies build mentorship programs at scale to support their DEIB efforts. Janice is among the one hundred most successful African-American women ever to raise more than $1 million for a venture-backed startup.
She is also a top DEIB leader in Austin, TX, where she started the Mosaic Awards, now called the SXSW Innovation Awards. These awards recognize and celebrate exemplary leadership in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace with a clear, positive impact.
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Jehron Petty, ColorStack‘s CEO and founder
Linkedin: Jehron Pettty
Jehron’s work with ColorStack, a Tech nonprofit built to increase the number of African-American and Latinx Computer Science graduates who start rewarding technical careers.
He has been dedicating to Latinx and African-American communities a sense of belonging early in their careers and helped them get great jobs with best companies in the world. Jehron worked at Google as an engineering intern and an associate project management intern before he started ColorStack.
Jodie Taylor, Compass Real Estate‘s Head of Diversity and Inclusion
Linkedin: Jodie Taylor
Jodie has been operating the annual DEI Summer Internship Program at Compass Real Estate for years. This program aims to get Black, Latinx, and Indigenous college students to work in the product and engineering departments. The interns are offered full-time jobs in the Tech department of Compass, one of the most significant sources of entry-level talent from underrepresented backgrounds.
Furthermore, Jodie also made a program to help underrepresented employees get noticed, stay connected with the company, and get promoted. The participants are paired with senior-level department leaders to create a curriculum focusing on professional development, visibility, and advancement. In fact, metrics show that many program participants stay with the program and get promoted fairlier.
John Graham Jr., VP, Employer Brand, Diversity & Culture at Shaker Recruitment Marketing.
Linkedin: John Graham
John shakes up the status quo and makes workplaces fair and open to everyone. He has been publicly discussing diversity, belonging, and inclusion as well as work’s future and personal branding’s power through his own communicative channel.
John has helped a variety of CEOs navigate diversity strategies, executives find a more authentic voice on social media, students get their first jobs, and seasoned professionals rebrand themselves for their career journeys. Moreover, John wrote “Plantation Theory: The Black Professional’s Struggle Between Freedom and Security.” His book focuses on the problems Black professionals in corporate America face and examines the role and responsibility of those with power and privilege.
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Tara Turk-Haynes, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Talent Management at Leaf Group.
Linkedin: Tara Turk-Haynes
Tara Turk-Haynes is the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and Talent Management at Leaf Group. In this role, she is in charge of diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) and hiring. Specifically, Tara joined Leaf Group in 2016 as Director of People.
In that role, she was in charge of the company’s programs for getting employees involved, finding new talents, and growing the personnel networks. Furthermore, Tara is the first person in her family to graduate from college. Specifically, she learnt about social, cultural, and urban studies at Eugene Lang College, The New School, and Sarah Lawrence College. One of her excellent works is “Dear Black Girl,” a letter to young African-American girls from Black women, co-written with Tamara Winfrey Harris, Tarana Burke, and others.
In conclusion, the top DEIB leaders of 2022 are those who advocate for African-American employees. They work to create an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive and be successful. These leaders also work to develop programs and policies that support African-American employees. They are committed to ensuring that all employees have the opportunity to succeed.
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