10 Diversity & Inclusion Leaders to Follow

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This is the fourth installment of an ongoing series addressing how leaders can foster a culture of inclusion for all. In this post, we are highlighting 10 business leaders sharing valuable insights on diversity and inclusion in today’s world.   

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP 

President & CEO at SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) 

 Johnny has been in the HR and business world for over 15 years as a lawyer, author and public speaker. He was previously president & CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which represents the United States’ 47 publicly supported historically Black colleges and universities. As the President & CEO of SHRM, Johnny is a leader within the Human Resources space and specializes in driving social and economic change in the workplace. 

Follow Johnny on LinkedIn and Twitter. 

Watch Johnny’s speech on second chance hiring at the White House here 


Candice Morgan 

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Partner at GV (Google Ventures) 

 Formerly Head of Inclusion and Diversity at Pinterest. Candice guides business executives to build inclusive talent strategies that drive diverse recruitment, retention and product customization. Awarded among Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business and The Root’s 100 Most Influential African-Americans.  

Follow Candice on LinkedIn and Twitter. 

Read Candice’s Harvard Business Review article on the benefit of increasing an organization’s diversity here 


Travis Montaque 

Founder & CEO at Holler 

 Travis Montaque is the Founder and CEO of Holler, a messaging technology company that delivers content in messaging environments, which was named among the “Most Innovative Companies in 2020 by Fast Company. He was also awarded Entrepeneur’s “Most Daring” and Forbes magazine 30 Under 30 discovering a data-driven marketing method that provides greater emotional expression in today’s digital conversations. Travis is a regular speaker with recent appearances at Cannes Lions, Social Media Week, Advertising Week, Harvard Business School and more. 

Follow Travis on LinkedIn and Twitter. 

Read Travis’ Fortune Magazine article reflecting on unconscious bias within tech corporate culture here 


LaFawn Davis 

Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at Indeed.com  

 LaFawn was named among 2019 San Fransisco Bay Times Most Influential Women in Business and is a nationally recognized leader with over 15 years of experience in senior-level management at Twilio, Google, Yahoo and eBay/PayPal. She specializes in strategic development of diversity and inclusion, speaking on topics such as talent management and leadership development. 

Follow LaFawn on LinkedIn and Twitter. 

Read LaFawn’s interview on the evolving role of diversity & inclusion leaders with CNBC here 


Carla Harris 

Vice Chairman and Managing Director at Morgan Stanley 

 Carla has worked on Wall Street for over 20 years, and in addition to being the Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, she is also a public speaker and author of Strategize To Win,” a book on career strategies and proven tools for successful change learned from her years of experience on Wall Street.  

Follow Carla on LinkedIn and Twitter. 

Read Carla’s interview with Forbes Magazine on the investment gap for diverse startups here 


Asif Sadiq  

Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Adidas 

 Asif is a multiaward-winning Diversity and Inclusion expert with over 15 years of experience. Formerly the Head of Diversity and Inclusiveness for EY Financial Services, Asif specializes in achieving operational and strategic targets, managing quality, performance, risk and change. He is a Global Leader, coauthor and a renowned keynote speaker, advising industry leaders on fostering inclusion in today’s workplace. 

Follow Asif on LinkedIn and Twitter. 

Read Asif’s interview with Women in Technology Magazine on the importance of diversity in the tech industry here 


Cynthia Owyoung 

Vice President, D&I, Charles Schwab 

 Cynthia is the Founder of Breaking Glass Forums, a movement dedicated to accelerating more diverse leaders and more inclusive organizations. She has established and led diversity and inclusion initiatives for 15 years and is known for integrating a diversity and inclusion lens into all aspects of the business, from talent management to product development. She specializes in increasing employee engagement and transforming company culture.  

Follow Cynthia on LinkedIn and Twitter. 

Watch her Ted Talk on ‘Healing the Digital Divide’ with diversity in the tech industry here 


Damien Hooper-Campbell 

Chief Diversity Officer at Zoom Video Communications 

 Damien Hooper-Campbell was eBay’s first Chief Diversity Officer and has deep expertise as an agent of change within the technology and finance industries. Now at Zoom Video Communications, Damien heads up the organization’s inclusion efforts. He is a cultural strategist specializing cultivating diversity and inclusion in the technology industry. 

Follow Damien on Linkedin and Twitter. 

Read his article with Fact Company here 


Cynthia Bowman 

Chief Diversity and Inclusion and Talent Acquisition Officer, Bank of America 

 Cynthia Bowman joined Bank of America in 2007 and is currently the Chief Diversity and Inclusion and Talent Acquisition Officer. She specializes in Organizational Development, Cultural Assessments, Training, Diversity & Inclusion, and Process Management & Design. She has been recognized as an industry leader leading the charge on implementing inclusive practices in the workplace by Diversity Woman Magazine. 

Follow Cynthia on LinkedIn and Twitter. 

Read her interview on Key Components of Responsible Growth in Leaders Mag here 


Mellody Hobson 

Co-CEO & President at Ariel Investments 

 As C0-CEO, Mellody is responsible for all firm-wide management, including strategic planning and growth as well as every aspect of Ariel’s business beyond research and portfolio management. She is the former chairwoman of DreamWorks Animation and the first African-American woman to head The Economic Club of Chicago. She has spoken many times about inequality in corporate America, and especially the disparity of diversity in leadership roles.  

Follow Melody on LinkedIn and Twitter. 

Listen to her Ted Talk “Color Blind or Color Brave” here. 


This post is the fourth of an ongoing series addressing how employers can foster a culture of inclusion and acceptance in today’s workplace. Read the other blogs here.  

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