At their 17th Annual National Diversity and Leadership Conference in April, DiversityFirst recognized business leader and attorney Wade Hinton by naming him among the 2021 Top 100 Diversity Officers. Award winners were selected from organizations across the country and represent various industries such as healthcare, technology, and entertainment.
“As diversity, equity, and inclusion are finally being seen and acknowledged as serious, pressing matters of discussion, we are delighted to honor and recognize those who have been tirelessly championing belonging and allyship - even before the topic was on the forefront of Americans’ minds," said Dennis Kennedy, founder of the National Diversity Council. "We thank you, our top 100 Diversity Officers, for your work and commitment, and we look forward to witnessing all that you'll accomplish, all the leaders that you'll develop, and the impact you'll leave behind in the DEI sphere."
"I’m certainly honored to be named among this great group of leaders,” said Mr. Hinton. “It’s also great to see more organizations and communities recognize the importance of creating spaces and places of belonging for everyone."
Mr. Hinton ran for mayor of Chattanooga. Prior to his run, Mr. Hinton served as Unum Group’s first chief inclusion and diversity officer. During Mr. Hinton’s tenure, Unum made its first appearance on Forbes Magazine’s 500 Best Employers for Diversity and now is listed in the top 100.
The Top 100 Diversity Officers award highlights the efforts of officers who possess the leadership skills and counsel to initiate new and deepen preexisting diversity and inclusion initiatives. provide innovative solutions to strategically prioritize developing and advocating for diverse talent at an organization or company. DiversityFirst honors individuals whose exemplary work provides a model for creating and utilizing best practices, leads organizational change, and makes outstanding contributions to diversity and inclusion.
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