Most Diversity Executives Say They Lack Power to Push Change


Bloomberg | March 1, 2019

The Bloomberg article, “Most Diversity Executives Say They Lack Power to Push Change,” features Russell Reynolds Associates’ paper, “A Leader’s Guide: Finding and Keeping Your Next Chief Diversity Officer,” and quotes Russell Reynolds Associates Consultant Tina Shah Paikeday on the lack of resources that many CDOs are given despite the heavy importance of what they seek to accomplish. The article is excerpted below.

Public commitments and pledges aside, most diversity and inclusion executives say their employers don’t make their work a priority, even as discrimination scandals grow more costly, according to new analysis from executive recruiter Russell Reynolds Associates.

A little more than half of the largest U.S. companies still don’t have a top-level executive dedicated to nurturing a diverse workforce. Among professionals in that role, most say their goals aren’t high on the list of company’s priorities, according to a survey released today by Russell Reynolds.


"The investment of resources into the role have left a lot of chief diversity officers with positions that are completely under-resourced in order to be able to achieve the results that they’ve signed up for," said Tina Shah Paikeday, who heads up global D&I consulting at Russell Reynolds and is one of the authors of the study.

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Most Diversity Executives Say They Lack Power to Push Change