2023 Top 50 Event: A Day Filled With Learning, Discussions and Recognition

Fair360’s highly anticipated annual Top 50 event took place on May 2 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. The day was packed with enlightening daytime learning sessions and engaging evening discussions. The event’s central theme, “The Link Between Leadership Accountability and Data Standardization,” resonated throughout the panel discussions, fireside chats and Top 50 Talks. 

In the daytime sessions, influential leaders from BASF, PwC, Mastercard, KPMG, Toyota North America and other renowned companies took the stage. Topics included the evolving challenges of environmental, social and governance (ESG), economic empowerment through supplier diversity and the significance of self-identification.  

Visit the event recap page to view all articles, videos and photos from the 2023 Top 50 event 

The evening segment commenced with Fair360 CEO Carolynn Johnson engaging in a conversation with Accenture North America CEO Jimmy Etheredge, emphasizing the importance of inclusion. Johnson also joined Karen S. Carter, President of Packaging & Specialty Plastics (P&SP) at Dow, Dr. Alveda Williams, Chief Inclusion Officer at Dow, and Cynthia Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, for a session titled “Moments of Reflection: Sisterhood and the Importance of Support Systems for Women of Color.” The group delved into their experiences and highlighted the power of collaboration among women of color. 

Attendees also heard insights from industry leaders, including Hilton President and CEO Chris Nassetta, Southern Company President and CEO Chris Womack, Eli Lilly and Company Chair and CEO Dave Ricks, Centene Corporation CEO Sarah London and Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling. 

An exciting announcement came from the event host as Johnson announced a strategic change: DiversityInc would now be known as Fair360, formerly DiversityInc. This move reflects the company’s commitment to holistic and comprehensive workplace fairness practices. The concept of Fair360 was originally developed by Johnson and Fair360, formerly DiversityInc Founder and Chairman Luke Visconti in 2016. 

“We embarked upon this journey in January where we were very intentional about how we were going to not only continue on with the Fair360, formerly DiversityInc Top 50 survey but also start to look at sentiment surveys. With that, we are returning to our parent company name of Fair360,” Johnson said. 

The evening concluded with the highly anticipated presentation of companies that made this year’s specialty lists and the prestigious Top 50 list. Mastercard secured the No.1 spot on the Top 50, having also ranked on an impressive 14 specialty lists, with Top Companies for Asian American Executives being its standout recognition.  

View the entire 2023 Top 50 and other specialty lists here 

“A recognition like this is priceless. It reminds us as a company that we have a DEI strategy that’s on the right path and we have what it takes to move the needle. But there’s much more work to be done. Tomorrow we’ll jump back in the game to do what it takes to further strengthen our systems, our policies and practices so that everyone who touches our company feels valued and respected and reaches their greatest potential,” said Randall Tucker, Chief Inclusion Officer at Mastercard. 

The event celebrated the outstanding achievements of these companies and marked another successful edition of Fair360’s Top 50 event.