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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Innovators Council

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“The effort of us working together is exponentially more powerful than the sum of working individually.”

Finding a network of true peers who have the in-the-trenches knowledge and expertise you’re looking for can be challenging. Through the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Councils Community, The Conference Board has created a safe and unique environment for top DEI Executives and professionals like you to access peers, perspectives, explore ideas, gain practical ideas, problem solve and compare notes with True peers from a network you can trust.

This council is for the Bold, ambitious, future-fluent DEI thought leader with transformative approaches to advance meaningful, sustainable impact in organizations and society.

This council is for those who are making a big difference already and who want to make an even bigger difference.

This council is for the think outside the box leader, the award winner, the high ambition leader who has Organizational resources and commitment for bold explorations & smart experiments.

Typically the Senior Most DEI Executive in the organization, with Deep and Broad Experience in leading mature DEI strategies and achieving measurable business-linked DEI results.

  • 3M Company
  • AARP Public Policy Institute
  • Bank of America
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
  • Brown-Forman Corporation
  • Cisco
  • Coca-Cola Company, The
  • Froedtert Health
  • General Motors Company
  • Genworth Financial Inc.
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • Granite Construction
  • MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Medtronic, Inc.
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.
  • Procter & Gamble Company
  • Ross Stores, Inc.
  • The Hartford
  • Toyota Motor North America
  • United States Tennis Association, Inc.
  • Vizient, Inc.
  • Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
  • Wells Fargo & Company

Enduring relationships with trusted peers are the core of the Council experience. Enhanced by our global, enterprise-wide reach, these relationships span the world and extend the value of Council membership. Confidential peer dialogue provides you with a broader perspective and shared experiences, as well as access to specific knowledge and best practices.


  • Collective problem solving that puts your issue on the agenda
  • Benchmarking through regular surveys of Council members about relevant company practices
  • Multifunctional insights generated by the wealth of perspectives gathered from 125+ Councils (covering more than 50 functions) that work together across geographies
  • Virtual communities that extend learning opportunities through a variety of online forums and other resources
  • Collaborate  with peers on bold, innovative, and  ambitious DEI Strategies and Approaches to achieve measurable business-linked DEI results

As one of the founding members of the Workforce Council on Diversity in 1993 I have witnessed The Conference Board transition from an organization that was learning about diversity and inclusion to one that considers these concepts an integral part of their identity and brand.

Although I have found the most enrichment and professional growth from being a part of my Council, I have also had the benefit if being able to exchange ideas and information with leaders from all of these teams through The Conference  Board diversity conferences and workshops throughout the year. When the new Chief Diversity Officer for The Conference Board is in place, I look forward to seeing us take things to a whole new global level of thought leadership and dialogue.

Deborah Dagit, Merck & Co., Inc.

The senior most DEI Executive in the organization who are making a big difference already and who want to make an even bigger difference; a future-fluent DEI thought leader with transformative approaches to advance meaningful, sustainable impact in organizations and society. Executives in this Council have a deep and broad experience in leading mature DEI strategies in achieving measurable business-linked DEI results, having organizational support and resources to experiment.

Rebekah Steele

Rebekah Steele

Senior Fellow, Human Capital & Program Director, Diversity & Inclusion Executives Council, and D&I Leadership Council
The Conference Board
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Why join the Global Diversity & Inclusion Executives Council?

It’s very rare that an organization is able to bring top expertise together to share issues, concerns, strategies, and challenges in an atmosphere of trust. 

Karen Vari, Executive Director of Global D&I and Human Resources, Fluor


The opportunity to engage with my peers is invaluable. You have the right people at the table representing various industries, and creating a safe space to share real challenges along with viable solutions.

Raina Washington, VP, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Lockheed Martin Corporation 

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