More Than 250 C-Suite Leaders Gather at CEO Action Summit in Atlanta

More Than 250 C-Suite Leaders Gather At CEO Action Summit in Atlanta



ATLANTA, January 24, 2019 – Today, more than 250 Chief Human Resources Officers (CHRO) and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officers (CDO) from CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ (CEO Action) signatory companies convened for the coalition’s second annual CHRO / CDO Summit, hosted by UPS. These leaders, who are critical in driving important organizational changes, are using this summit as a prime opportunity to collectively: 

  • Share best practices and real-life challenges in order to accelerate progress within their own organizations
  • Provide each other with tangible, ready-to-implement ideas to drive D&I activities internally and within their local communities
  • Explore new tools and strategies now available for better employee engagement and activation

“UPS is committed to driving more diverse and inclusive communities,” said Teri McClure, UPS Chief Human Resources Officer. “Mobilizing the power of collective voices, knowledge, and resources to drive intentional change means greater societal impact.”

An extension of the November 15th CEO-Closed Door Session, the summit features an exciting lineup of influential speakers including Aaron Chatterji, Professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Sanford School of Public Policy, Dr. Bryant Marks, Associate Professor of Psychology at Morehouse College, and well-known artist and activist Common.

Recognizing that real change requires engagement beyond workplaces and college classrooms into the community, the CEO Action Check Your Blind Spots unconscious bias tour kicked off its first East Coast stops in the greater Atlanta area. The tour will make a total of 100 stops nationwide throughout 2019. One key action that all tour attendees and the general public can take includes completing the I Act On pledge, which allows individuals to commit to action through a personal pledge to mitigate any unconscious biases, and act on driving more inclusive behaviors in their everyday lives. To date, nearly 14,000 individuals have already taken the pledge via

Companies represented at the CHRO/CDO Officer Summit include: AACSB International, Accenture, ACT, Inc., Adobe, Advancing Minorities' Interest in Engineering, AICPA, AIG, Alaska Airlines, AllianceBernstein, Alliant Insurance Services, Inc., Ally Financial, Altria, Ameren Corporation, American University, Andersen Corporation, Associated Bank, Assurant, AT&T, Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena, Baker Tilly, Barilla America, Inc., Bennett Thrasher, Bentley University, Best Buy, BlackRock, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Booz Allen Hamilton, Boston Scientific Corporation, Cardinal Health, Inc., Cargill, Carlisle Companies, Catholic Health Initiatives, Centene Corporation, Children's Minnesota, Cigna, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, City College of New York, Cleveland Clinic, CAN, CNO Financial Group, Con Edison, Cornell University, Corning Incorporated, Council of Chief State School Officers, Crowe LLP, CSAA Insurance Group, CUNA Mutual Group, Dana Incorporated, Danaher Corporation, Danone North America, Delta Air Lines, Diageo, DTCC, Duke Energy, Ecolab, Edelman, Edward Jones, Eli Lilly and Company, Emerson, Erie Insurance, Estee Lauder Companies, Eversource Energy, EY, F5 Networks, Facing History, Facing History and Ourselves, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, FINRA, First Data, FirstEnergy Corp., FIS, Flagstar Bank, Ford Motor Company, Franklin Templeton, Gap, Inc., Gartner, General Motors, Getty Images, Grange Insurance, Grant Thornton LLP, Hall Capital Partners, Henry Ford Health System, Herbalife Nutrition, Hilton, Humana, Huntington Bank, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, IKEA US, Ingersoll Rand, Ingredion, INROADS, Institute for Corporate Productivity , International Council of Shopping Centers, IT Senior Management Forum, ITW, J.M. Huber Corporation, Jackson Lewis PC, Janney Montgomery Scott, Johnson & Johnson, K12, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Kellogg Company, KeyBank, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Kimberly-Clark, KPMG LLP, L Catterton, L'Oreal USA, Latham & Watkins LLP, Legg Mason, Levi Strauss & Co., Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Lincoln Financial Group, Lockheed Martin, Macy's, Marsh & McLennan, Merck & Co., Inc., MetLife, Miami University, Minor League Baseball, Morgan Stanley, Mutual of Omaha, National Organization on Disability, Nationwide, New York Life, Nielsen, Northern Trust, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Novant Health, OhioHealth, Omnicom Media Group, Oshkosh Corporation, Papa John's International, PepsiCo, Inc., Per Scholas, Perdue Farms, Pfizer, PGA Tour, Pipeline Equity, Point B, Porter Novelli, PPL Corp., Procter & Gamble, PSEG, Publicis Groupe, Purple Communications, PVH Corp., PwC, Ralph Lauren Corporation, Randstad North America, Reinsurance Group of America Inc., Rockwell Automation, Rosetta Stone Inc., Sage, SAS, Schreiber Foods, Inc., Seagate Technology, Springboard Consulting LLC, State Farm Insurance, State Street Corporation, SunTrust Banks, Inc., Symantec, Synchrony Financial, T-Mobile, Tapestry, Target, TE Connectivity, Texas Christian University, The Aerospace Corporation, The Carlyle Group, The Clorox Company, The Coca-Cola Company, The Executive Leadership Council, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, The Hartford Financial Services Group, The Home Depot, The New York Times Company, The Sherwin-Williams Company, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Tillamook Creamery, Tyson Foods, Inc., UMB Financial, Under Armour, United States Steel Corporation, United Way Worldwide, Universities Space Research Association, University of Arkansas, University of Dayton, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Unum, UPS, USAA, VF Corporation, Villanova University, W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., Wake Forest University, Wells Fargo, Winston & Strawn, Wintrust Financial Corporation, Workday, Worldpay, WP Engine, ZVRS

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About CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™:
CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. Bringing together nearly 600 CEOs and presidents of America’s leading businesses, academic institutions and nonprofits, the commitment outlines actions that participating organizations pledge to take to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected, employees feel comfortable and encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion, and where best known—and unsuccessful—actions can be shared across organizations. Learn more at and connect with us on Twitter: @CEOAction and Instagram: @CEO_Action.