Webinar: The Organizational Case for Diversity

September 9, 2020    |    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT   |   4:00 PM - 5:00 PM BST

Join us for “The Organizational Case for Diversity,” on Wednesday, September 9, at 11 AM EDT / 4 PM BST. This webinar, the first in the ongoing RIX on Race series, will feature Dr. Lisa Coleman, Senior Vice President for Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation at New York University, and formerly the Chief Diversity Officer at Harvard University and senior GID executive at Tufts University.

This session will cover:

  • The societal factors that have brought us to this moment of reckoning and introspection
  • Actions of solidarity that allies can take to combat racism within a corporate lens that extends beyond mere platitudes
  • The reality of unconscious bias and how to address it
  • What defines “diversity”
  • The essential role of inclusion in propagating systemic change


Lisa Coleman Headshot 2-edit


Senior Vice President for
Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation

New York University

RIX on Race: DEI in Practice

Customers and employees are calling on business leaders around the world to do their part to end racism and prejudice. Hiring practices are often the area where most organizations focus their initial efforts.

This is an opportunity for staffing leaders to help their customers and internal staff implement concrete programs to promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) throughout their organizations. By helping their customers build better, more diverse workplaces, staffing and recruitment executives can improve customer and internal staff loyalty while doing the right thing for the community and the world.

The Recruitment Innovation Exchange (RIX) has teamed up with several concerned companies wanting to educate and advocate on this critical issue: Bullhorn, Checkr, ClearEdge, Textkernel, and WorkN, to sponsor a frank and action-oriented discussion on race relations and how to advance DEI efforts both organizationally and in the staffing industry specifically.

In a series of three sessions, taking place in September, October, and December, “RIX on Race: DEI in Practice” will address the societal and organizational case for diversity, examine the business implications of DEI and how to actively craft corporate DEI programs, and finally, convene a panel of staffing industry leaders to discuss the practical lessons from the field on implementing DEI programs in recruitment.


Senior Vice President for Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation

New York University

Dr. Lisa M. Coleman is New York University’s (NYU) inaugural Senior VP for Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation and in the role serves as the institutions’ Chief Diversity Officer. Reporting to the President, Dr. Coleman works with Deans, internal stakeholders, external partners, and constituents to advance, promote and build capacity for strategic global inclusion, diversity, equity, belonging and innovation initiatives across NYU globally and this includes New, York, Shanghai and Abu Dhabi, and NYU’s other thirteen sites, and numerous global centers. Prior to NYU, Dr. Coleman served as the first Chief Diversity Officer and Special Assistant to the President at Harvard University, 2010-2017, and during her tenure, she and her team developed some of the first initiatives focused on the intersections of technology, disability, and access.

Dr. Coleman’s scholarly work was sparked by early professional and research experiences including working with the Association of American Medical Colleges, Merrill Lynch Inc., and as an independent computer and analytics consultant with various for-profit organizations. Dr. Coleman has spent 20+ years working with numerous colleges and universities, for-profit, and non-profit organizations on leadership, global inclusion and diversity (GID), innovation and technology initiatives. These include, and are not limited to, collaborations with global stakeholders and university partners in New Zealand, South Africa, China, Thailand, UK, and Germany. Prior to NYU and Harvard, she directed the Africana program at Tufts University, and was later appointed to serve as that institution’s first senior global inclusion & diversity executive working with the C-Suite executives and reporting to the President of the university. Currently, Dr. Coleman continues to advise and consult with C-Suite leaders globally and sits on various national and international boards. Her current research focuses on the intersections of innovation, inclusion, science and technology, art and humanities, data analytics and digitization for diverse cultures globally.

Dr. Coleman is the recipient of numerous awards, recognitions, and honors for her outstanding leadership and teaching efforts, and for her work on diversity, inclusion, belonging, equity, and innovation globally. Dr. Coleman earned her doctorate in Social and Cultural Analysis, American Studies from NYU, and three master’s degrees from the Ohio State University in African and African American Studies; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and also in Communication Studies. Her undergraduate foci were sociology/anthropology and computer science.