Most Diversity Executives Say They Lack Power to Push Change

“The investment of resources into the role have left a lot of chief diversity officers with positions that are completely under-resourced in order to be able to achieve the results that they’ve signed up for,” said Tina Shah Paikeday, who heads up global D&I consulting at Russell Reynolds and is one of the authors of the study.

About two out of three of the current diversity executives were appointed or promoted to their current role within the last three years and about half of them also have other duties within the firm, according to the Russell Reynolds analysis of the executive role that included survey data from 97 executives.

The study also found that only about 35 percent of companies are capturing the demographic data they need to see if diversity initiatives are working.

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