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The Critical First Year: What New Chief Diversity Officers Need to Succeed

The chief diversity officer (CDO) has become increasingly prominent in today’s top colleges, universities, academic medical centers, health systems, and other institutions and is critical to their success. With appropriate support, a CDO can enhance and capitalize on an organization’s greatest asset — its people. This leader can also help to confront complex internal challenges that threaten employee culture and organizational livelihood.

What do CDOs — and other diversity and inclusion (D&I) executives — need to achieve success, especially in the critical first year of the role? To find out, Witt/Kieffer recently surveyed sitting CDOs about the early days of their tenures. This report details their responses and sheds lights on key issues for new diversity leaders.

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