Global Chief Inclusion Diversity Officer, Starbucks
My first job was at ESSENCE magazine, where I was employed as the Human Resources Coordinator soon after I graduated from Spelman College.
My big break came when I became the first-ever chief diversity inclusion officer in the National Basketball Association representing the Atlanta Hawks franchise.
As an African American woman who landed this ground-breaking, C-level role at the age of 35, I became a thought leader in the diversity inclusion space at a time when it was (and still is) critically important in sports organizations and corporate America, more broadly.
This professional opportunity put me on the map as a national leader in diversity inclusion and crisis management.
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