Michelle Gadsden-Williams

by Justin Cates
Michelle Gadsden-Williams
Managing Director & Global Head, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Michelle Gadsden-Williams is the Managing Director and Global Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for BlackRock. She is an award-winning global diversity executive, author, activist, producer, and philanthropist with more than 25 years of experience as an advocate for equality within corporate America and a thought leader around diversity and inclusion.

Michelle is the former Managing Director of Inclusion & Diversity for Accenture North America. She provided strategic direction, thought leadership, and championed the development of an inclusive environment by integrating diversity practice into all aspects of the business.

Michelle notable tributes include: being named the 2010 recipient of the Maya Way Award for Diversity Leadership by the incomparable Dr. Maya Angelou and also being recognized with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from Kean University for her outstanding personal and professional accomplishments in the field of diversity.

In 2013 Michelle was appointed as a member of the Global Advisory Council on Gender Parity for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Michelle earned a B.S. in Marketing, a B.A. in Communications from Kean College of New Jersey, and an M.S. in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.

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