Title & Organization: Global Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging at Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)
What is your background and how did you find your way into the agricultural and food sector?
I am a diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) executive, human resource professional, and trainer with subject matter expertise leading inclusive leadership development, coaching, and strategic planning. With over 15 years in the DEIB industry, my experience spans the public sector, tech, and financial industries and now in the ag space almost a year through my role at ADM.
I have a degree in Human Resources Management from DePaul University and various industry certifications in coaching, human resources, training, and DEIB. I joined ADM because of the incredible opportunity to work for a company that is feeding the world and to help build a great culture of belonging and inclusion for over 43,000 colleagues across the globe. ADM has been on its DEIB journey for several years, and I viewed this as a professional growth opportunity to expand on and strengthen the great work that was ongoing. More than just the professional growth opportunity, I was impressed with the mission-driven colleagues I met through the interview process. Each person I have come into contact with at ADM, starting with our CEO, is excited about the next level of DEIB and how we can make the colleague experience one that promotes originality and individual contribution.
Why is diversity important to you and your organization?
Our DEIB initiatives are crucial for fostering innovation, creativity, and productivity in our workplace. It is through leveraging our collective diversity of skills, capabilities, perspectives, and experiences that we get stronger as an organization.
ADM’s DEI efforts are focused on building a culture of belonging, on building community amongst colleagues, fostering understanding, and promoting empathy and inclusivity. At ADM, our differentiator is our people. We know that when people feel they belong, when they are respected and valued, that is when they can be at their best. And, when people are at their BEST, they give their best, and together we become greater than the sum of our parts.
What current diversity initiatives do you have planned or ongoing at your organization?
ADM is making solid and steady progress in strengthening the diversity of our workforce. We have implemented several programs and practices to accelerate our ability to meet our DEIB goals. We continue to increase and grow the diversity of our new hires as we strive to make material progress in representation in coming years.
We do this by deepening and expanding relationships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and other diverse talent organizations that allow us to expand our access to quality candidates.
ADM is expanding on our diverse forums and Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to build community, foster understanding, and accelerate the development of our underrepresented colleagues. Our ERGs are pivotal as we seek to broaden our external partnerships in order to strengthen DEIB initiatives.
We are launching initiatives to deepen our understanding of the needs of diverse colleagues through listening mechanisms, so we can respond through programs that meet their needs.
Importantly, ADM is implementing inclusive leadership and belonging education strategies, and awareness and accountability campaigns, designed to engage and activate colleagues across all levels of the organization.
In your opinion, what is the most exciting thing happening in the sector currently?
I am excited about all the great work going into regenerative agriculture and the innovations the diversity of our workforce is originating in this space. I am excited about the opportunities we have to expand into new markets that are new or untapped.
What is your vision for the future of agriculture and food?
My vision is to expand representation from communities of color that have had limited exposure to the vast career opportunities there are in agriculture and food. From producer to consumer, I would love to see a future where we all work together to feed the world!
Is there anything else you would like people to know about your organization or the agricultural and food sector?
ADM’s purpose is to unlock the power of nature, to enrich the quality of life.
We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities, and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverage, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich quality of life the world over.
Check out the ADM’s website to learn more.