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Five Biggest Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Diversity Officer

Articles Jun 10, 2021

Different sets of circumstances inspire companies to hire their first Diversity Officer. In some cases, leadership may feel obligated (or depending on the industry, mandated) to provide diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training. Others  may be having DEI-related issues that they seek to remedy; for example, a contentious corporate culture, high staff turnover, or disgruntled customers. Perhaps, senior leaders have recognized the tremendous upside potential of integrating DEI into how their company does business.

Whatever combination of circumstances may lead your organization to the decision to hire, here are five critical mistakes to avoid:


Shelley Willingham

Shelley (she/her) is a Certified Diversity Executive and Chief Revenue Officer for The Diversity Movement. She enhances customer value, competitive differentiation, and revenue.