The past few years have been transformative for Chief Diversity Officers (CDOs). While some have moved on from their roles, others are focused on what comes next in the face of the new conversation around diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI.). In addition to facing external obstacles like the economy, internal challenges like securing buy-in from leadership can also present roadblocks.
Fair360 (formerly DiversityInc) tackled the topic in the panel “The State of the Chief Diversity Officer” at the 2023 Top 50 event “The Link Between Leadership Accountability and Data Standardization.”
While budgets and DEI positions are being cut, companies that are focused on workplace fairness will remain steadfast in their commitment, said Adrienne Trimble, Vice President and Chief Diversity and Culture Officer for Sysco Corporation (No. 17 on the 2023 DiversityInc Top Companies for Talent Acquisition for Women of Color).