FleishmanHillard announced the appointment of Emily K. Graham (she/her) to chief diversity and inclusion officer, the first in the agency’s history. In this role, she will be responsible for accelerating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) as a critical business priority across FleishmanHillard’s global network, while continuing to provide top-tier client counsel through her leadership of True Mosaic, a newly developed DE&I offering for clients. This new offering will complement FH Perspectives, the agency’s internal engine for DE&I. Graham will report to John Saunders (he/him), president and CEO, and J.J. Carter (he/him), chief operating officer.
“Delivering equity requires urgent leadership, the breaking of cycles and decisive action to bring about change. Appointing Emily to this new role is the first of many actions to come,” Saunders said. “Emily is a brilliant leader within our agency. Her ability to influence and galvanize others to a common ambition make her the right person to lead us forward in our DE&I journey. Diversity is our business; it must be center to all we do and talk about. As we reignite our ambition to be the most inclusive agency in the industry, we must show up in a distinct way with our colleagues and clients. Emily already touches many critical parts of our business; in this role she’ll be 100% focused on helping us take action, enable meaningful change and measure progress.”
In her new role, Graham will work alongside a global DE&I taskforce to analyze recruitment, retention, compensation, training and development opportunities for colleagues. The focus will be on achieving racial and ethnic progress in the way FleishmanHillard has long done with LGBTQ+ and gender equitability, as recognized by the Human Rights Campaign and National Association of Female Executives. She also will lead True Mosaic, a global community of multicultural counselors whose diversity of lived experiences reflects the multidimensional world we live in. In addition to deep knowledge and expertise – spanning a range of disciplines – each colleague on the team brings their unique perspective and world view. The counselors are dedicated to cultivating outside-in DE&I expertise; advancing DE&I strategies for clients; navigating complex topics with informed and timely counsel; and advancing DE&I thought leadership across FleishmanHillard’s network and our industry.
“Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is not only a human rights issue, it’s a differentiator of an organization’s value proposition and a litmus test for its readiness to navigate the reality of the world we live in,” Graham said. “As our agency undergoes a critical transformation by integrating DE&I into every aspect of what we do, I am eager to lead our journey. Together, we are committed to being explicit in our conversations and constant in our work both internally and with our clients. There is a new reckoning and we must confront that every aspect of operations will be under scrutiny – license to operate, employee engagement and reputation will all be impacted by what is said – and more importantly, done – now and in the future.”
Graham has served on FleishmanHillard’s leadership Cabinet the past two years and previously co-led the Financial and Professional Services sector group for the Americas. She has deep experience developing integrated communications strategies in the corporate and financial space and counseling the C-suite. In 2020, Emily was honored as a Top Woman in PR by PRNews and a 40 Under 40 Honoree by Crain’s New York Business. Before joining FleishmanHillard in 2017, Graham held senior positions at MWWPR and Burson-Marsteller.