Inclusive Leadership: The C-Suite’s Role in DEIB

Inclusive Leadership: The C-Suite’s Role in DEIB

As various members of the team take on responsibility for diversity, equity, inclusion + belonging (DEIB), many HR leaders are wondering about the role of the C-Suite.

Spoiler alert: DEIB starts at the top. Leaders set the tone, champion organization-wide initiatives, and ensure DEIB is a top level priority. Employees who work for an inclusive leader are 2.5x times more likely to feel a sense of belonging. And a sense of belonging leads to a 56% increase in job performance.

Inspire HR welcomes leaders from The New York Times and Johnson & Johnson to discuss how HR leaders can partner with their C-Suite to advance DEIB, to discover:

  • Shifting from performance management to performance enablement.
  • Developing leaders as coaches—approaching their teams with curiosity.
  • “Humanity is a contact sport.” We can’t shy away from discomfort.
  • Reverse mentorship for leaders to better understand their teams on a human level.
  • 90% of millennials and Gen Z do not want to go back to the office full time.

Meet our Panelists:

Jacqueline M. Welch, The New York Times, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Jacqueline M. Welch is the executive vice president and chief human resources officer at The New York Times, where she oversees all aspects of HR, including diversity, equity, and inclusion. Jacqueline previously served as senior vice president, chief human resources officer and chief diversity officer at Freddy Mac where she oversaw 10 Employee Resource Groups and community engagement; senior vice president of international human resources for Turner Broadcasting System, and in prior talent management and diversity roles at WestRock, Accenture, and others.

Cory Stern, Johnson & Johnson VP, Head of HR for J&J’s Ethicon Medical Device business

Cory Stern is the VP, Head of HR for Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Medical Device business, a $9 billion business that provides surgeons around the world with innovative and trusted surgical systems and instruments. Cory has been building, coaching, and leading teams and organizations across J&J since 2004, spanning both established and entrepreneurial start-up businesses.

Kira Copperman, Inspire Expert, Leadership Coaching + Multi-generational Workplace

Kira Copperman, LMSW, BCC has been an expert on the Inspire HR team since 2013. She is a board-certified executive coach, engaging facilitator, and workplace communication strategist whose focus is optimizing the effectiveness of leaders. An award-winning researcher, keynote speaker, and expert on multi-generational workplace management, Kira is also the author of Gen-Speak®: Communication Strategies for the New Generational Mix at Work and Send/Receive/Confirm: Optimizing Communication for the Modern Workplace.