HCMx Radio 126: Unlocking the Value of Inclusion & Diversity

Guest: Taa Grays; Vice President & Associate General Counsel – Information Governance, MetLife. As the lead of Information Governance, Taa is responsible for the strategic management of MetLife’s Information Lifecycle Management Program. She leads a team that develops, implements and manages the Information Governance strategic plan, helping drive this initiative throughout MetLife. She provides strategic leadership for all aspects of the ILM program, including strategic direction, management of corporate ILM policies, processes, procedures, standards, and tools and deployment of ILM principles throughout the global enterprise. She collaborates with IT, Legal Affairs, Risk Management, Audit, Global Technology and Operations, and all the Lines  of Businesses and various other stakeholders to deliver ILM requirements and compliance strategies for ILM to minimize potential risks. Prior to MetLife, Taa was an Assistant District Attorney with the Bronx District Attorney’s Office in its Rackets Bureau for five and half years. She investigated and prosecuted felony and misdemeanor crimes committed by public officials and organized crime groups from the filing of the initial complaint to indictment and trial. She received her BA from Harvard College and her J. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Topics and questions include:

  • Countering stereotypes and unconscious bias
  • Learning from history
  • Defining Diversity & Inclusion
  • Roadblocks to D&I
  • Framework for setting up D&I at your workplace
  • Setting up D&I at your workplace
  • Making employees feel valued
  • Ethnicity as a proxy for perspective
  • Avoiding the echo chamber
  • Which comes first, Inclusion or Diversity?
  • The business case for diversity
  • And more!

We are hosting our 4th annual Women In Leadership Summit. The event will be held on June 10th & 11th at the EAU of Palm Beach in, FL. We hope to see you there!

Our annual HCM Excellence Conference is on February 4-6th.

If you have questions about our discussion today and would like access to our Women In Leadership Network that provides organizational leaders access to our research library on women in leadership and diversity and inclusion topics. please contact me at WIL@brandonhall.com.

 

Rachel Cooke

Chief Operating Officer Rachel Cooke Rachel is responsible for business operations including overseeing client services, research events and project management. Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Rachel was the Chief Operating Officer Co-founder of AC Growth. Rachel has over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development, and sales performance management. Prior to AC Growth, she held several senior management roles and was on the leadership team at Bersin & Associates, a pioneer analyst firm in e-learning and now industry leading HR and talent Research Company. In her Senior Director role, Rachel developed the strategy and led the commercial execution of the solution provider vertical, and grew the vertical into the company’s largest market segment. In her role as Director of Sales, Rachel developed and led a team of senior account executives focused on acquiring global strategic accounts. Rachel was solely responsible for developing key business relationships with over ninety companies including industry icons, such as: Adidas, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota, Oracle, Starbucks, Avnet, Boeing, Kaiser Permanente, Safeway Inc., Wells Fargo, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Clorox and Affiliated Computer Services. Rachel began her career in the banking, media and hospitality industries. In these industries, Rachel held several key senior management and executive sales positions. Rachel received a BA in social science and interdisciplinary studies with honors from Florida Atlantic University. Rachel continued her postgraduate education by completing a series of executive management education courses from American Management Association.

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