CDO Series: Dow’s Alveda Williams

The murder of George Floyd was a sea-change moment for diversity, equity and inclusion at companies across the country. The role of Chief Diversity Officers took on a greater level of importance as companies pursued DEI initiatives with greater intentionality and vigor. What followed has been a pivotal period of time for CDOs as companies attempt to make pledges and promises into reality.

We’ve been catching up with CDOs who have moved into their current positions in recent years to discuss their experience, what the move has done for them, the work they’re doing and the advice they have for other aspiring or current CDOs, DiversityInc spoke with Alveda Williams, Chief Inclusion Officer at Dow (No. 15 on DiversityInc’s 2022 Top 50 Companies for Diversity list).

DiversityInc: You’ve climbed the ranks with Dow to take on your first C-suite diversity and inclusion role. What has that experience been like and what advice would you have for folks who want to ascend that ladder but don’t want to move companies to do it?

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