5 professionals from advisory firms have been recognised for their achievements in furthering diversity and inclusion as part of their career by inclusion in The Economist's ‘Top 50 diversity professionals in industry’ list.
Global Diversity List
Now in its first year, Global Diversity List, supported by The Economist, assesses individuals and companies with an outstanding commitment to diversity. The list aims at creating the universal, global, independent standard that covers every strand of diversity. According to the developers of the list, there are no formal qualifications required to be a ‘diversity professional’, which forms a “fundamental weakness in the assessment of company performance in diversity.”
The Global Diversity List consists of eight separate lists that each rank a certain number of top performers, including the top 50 diversity professionals in industry, the top 50 diversity figures in public life, the top 10 diversity champions, the top 10 women’s employee networks and the 10 LGBT employee networks.
Top 50 diversity professionals in industry
Among the 50 diversity professionals recognised in the industry list, which focuses on professionals active at corporates and in the private sector, are five professionals with a background in the consulting industry. An overview:
Beth Sehgal is the Global Director of Diversity & Inclusion at A.T. Kearney and is responsible for advancing the firm’s D&I programmes, including the D&I training for all employees globally, the advancement of women and diverse talent, and the ‘return to work’ options for new parents.
Janet Menzies is an independent Management Consultant, who was the Programme Director for ‘Male Champions of Change’, an Australian coalition of CEOs, Department Heads and Non-Executive Directors who worked to increase women in leadership, and the co-Founder of ‘Heads Over Heels’, an organisation that helps women entrepreneurs grow their business.
Nirmala Menon is the CEO of diversity and inclusiveness solutions company Interweave Consulting. In her role, Menon has helped several organisations to define and execute their D&I strategy. In addition, she has contributed to the international advisory group of UN Global Compact & UN Development Fund for Women.
Richard Chapman-Harris is the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager of Mott MacDonald. In this capacity, he has implemented a programme of inclusivity – hence changing the outmoded business culture and sweeping away entrenched biases.
Jolanda Verbeek is the Founder and CEO of Global D&I Consulting, a company specialised in D&I services, including D&I strategy advice, design and facilitation of strategic D&I interventions and D&I learning programmes. Prior to this, Verbeek was a Senior Consultant Diversity & Inclusion at Shell.