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Now that the week of commemorations paying tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington has ended, where is America headed in its fight for freedom and justice for all? President Obama spoke yesterday at the site of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream Speech” ... but has their twin message of equality and activism made its way to the board rooms, offices and factory floors across America?
Is Racial Diversity Succeeding On YOUR Job? Or has it lost its potency in the wake of name changes and add-ons...including words like “Inclusion?”
We’ll look at the landscape of the American workplace with veteran diversity professional and Immediate Past Chair of the National Black MBA Association William Wells, Jr. And we’ll determine the necessary steps companies, human resource professionals, and business leaders should take to keep the effectiveness of Diversity in place for generations to come.
About William Wells, Jr.
Bill Wells is President, W. Wells & Associates, LLC, a management consulting company specializing in diversity strategy and inclusion solutions. Bill works with his clients to develop strategic plans focused on creating a culture of inclusion and addressing important diversity related issues impacting the workforce, workplace and marketplace. Additionally, Bill provides coaching, consultation and guidance to senior executive leaders through culture change and transformation. Bill’s work is also focused on helping client organizations achieve recognition as an “Employer of Choice” as well as a “Great Place to Work”.
Previously, Bill served as Managing Partner for InclusionINC, serving as a thought leader and diversity practitioner/strategist in the diversity and inclusion space. Prior to this role, Bill served as president of W. Wells & Associates, LLC. In 2000, Bill was appointed to the position of Vice President, Global Diversity /Chief Diversity Officer for The St. Paul Companies (now Travelers). Bill also served as the company’s EEO/AAP Officer. In that role, Bill was responsible for managing the design, development and implementation of the enterprise wide diversity and inclusion process. Earlier in his career, Bill held various executive level positions in both the telecommunications and insurance industries including general management, operations, customer service, finance, marketing, IT and HR.
Bill has also served as co-producer, Master of Ceremonies/Host and legacy contributor, for the Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity & Inclusion. Bill also served as President, Twin Cities Chapter, National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) and was instrumental in creating a nationally recognized program designed to enhance recruitment, development, advancement and retention of diverse business professionals in the Twin Cities. The program was also designed to promote the Twin Cities as a destination and great place to live, work and thrive. Bill is also the former Chairman of the Board for NBMBAA and continues to serve on the Association’s national Board of Directors.
As an expert diversity and inclusion practitioner, and organizational effectiveness specialist, Bill speaks at various national, regional and local conferences. Additionally, Bill designs and facilitates a variety of workshops including executive leadership retreats and various other programs addressing organizational and human resources issues. Bill also serves on boards both nationally and locally and continues to work as a mentor/coach for diverse business professionals across the country. Beyond that, Bill has also participated in a special global mentoring program designed to assist high-potential female executives develop important skills to help them effectively navigate and advance their careers in the corporate sector. Throughout his career, Bill has received numerous awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award – Multicultural Forum, Chairman’s Leadership Award - Diversity Champions, Corporate Innovation Award, Outstanding Achiever in Business & Industry and Outstanding MBA of the Year.
Bill holds an MBA degree with a major in Marketing, a graduate certificate in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Psychology major. Bill is a life member of both the NBMBAA and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
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