Why Chief Diversity Officers Often Fail

Many companies are introducing a new position within corporate leadership that focuses on how to create a more diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace. The newest addition to many C-suites across organizations is the chief diversity officer (CDO). Pinterest decided to hire its first CDO, Candice Morgan, in 2016. At the beginning of 2018, Uber hired its first CDO, Bo Young Lee. The hire came with the intentions of revamping the company’s image following several high-profile scandals, including claims of racial and gender discrimination within the company.

WarnerMedia also recently announced that it would be adding a chief diversity and inclusion officer to the team of executives at the company. The announcement came following reports that then-CEO of Warner Bros., Kevin Tsujuhara, had an inappropriate sexual relationship with an actress affiliated with the company. Google’s chief diversity officer, Danielle Brown, stepped down a few weeks ago. Brown was hired in 2017 and had to deal with several diversity-related issues that Google experienced, including an employee walkout and a viral memo alleging the company’s discrimination against white male employees.

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