Corporate Circle

The Value of Research, the Power of Knowledge 

Re:Gender’s Corporate Circle initiative supports major companies in their efforts to strengthen policies advancing gender equity and corporate social responsibility. We use a gender frame that puts gender into the context of other markers of identity (ability, age, class, race, sexual orientation, immigration status, etc.) to look broadly at how it shapes social norms in a business setting. The Corporate Circle connect Diversity and Inclusion professionals with academic researchers to provide insights, new ideas and best practices about some of the toughest areas corporations are grappling with today. 

We are work together in 2014 to further the agenda and broaden perspectives on issues in such as negotiations, new approaches to leadership, challenges of the multigenerational workplace, emerging markets, implicit bias and benevolent sexism. 

Corporate Circle membership offers:

  • Invitations to intimate quarterly meetings designed to explore complex Diversity and Inclusion-related issues.  We bring together academic researchers and Diversity professionals to uncover practical approaches to addressing these issues.
  • Access to tips and tools including literature reviews of annotated lists of papers, reports, articles and other materials that bring a gender lens to topics discussed at quarterly meetings. 
  • Access to the organization’s cross-sector, multidisciplinary, multi-issue network of academic researchers, policy thinkers and practitioners. 
  • Collective input by members to identify annual research topics that address pressing issues in the corporate arena.
  • Senior Diversity and Inclusion professionals the opportunity to participate as members of the Corporate Circle Advisory Board.
  • Networking opportunities among Senior Diversity professionals representing a cross section of different business sectors, all who are concerned with similar issues. 
  • Recognition as a corporation supporting Re:Gender’s mission to end gender inequity on the organization’s website. 
  • Opportunities to sponsor and participate in Re:Gender events, including the annual Awards Dinner, conferences, workshops, panels and research projects.

To join, please contact Debbie Kellogg at dkellogg[at]





Corporate Circle Advisory Board


Jennifer AllynCo-Chair
Managing Director, Office of Diversity
 Lisa Garcia Quiroz 
Chief Diversity Officer and 
SVP, Corporate Responsibility
Time Warner Inc.
Ann Erni
Head of Leadership, Learning and Diversity
 Cheryl Reese
Vice President, Diversity
Prudential Financial
Trevor Gandy
SVP & Chief Diversity Officer
Chubb Group of Insurance of Companies
 Marina Smith
Executive Director, Human Resources
Morgan Stanley
Belinda Grant-Anderson
VP, Workforce Development & Diversity
 Geri Thomas
Chief Diversity Officer and Georgia Market President
Indhira Arrington
SVP, Diversity & Inclusion
Sponsorship Program Management
Bank of America
Kara Helander, Co-Chair
Managing Director
 Sherita Thomas
Diversity & Inclusion Consultant
Barbara Burdett
Director, Global Business Solutions
T. Rowe Price
Stacey Jones
Managing Director, Corporate & Recruitment Marketing

Michelle A. Thornhill
SVP, Diversity & Inclusion Strategy
Wells Fargo

Maribel Ledezma-Williams
VP, Office of Global Leadership & Diversity
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
 Cynthia Trudell
EVP & Chief HR Officer
Rachel Cheeks-Givan
Sr. Manager, Global Diversity and Inclusion
Ana Duarte McCarthy
Chief Diversity Officer
 Karyn Twaronite
Partner, Americas Inclusiveness Officer
Meredith Moore
Director of Global Diversity
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
 Yvette Vargas
Managin Director, Head of Talent Development
Royal Bank of Scotland
Patricia Pineda
Group VP & General Counsel
Juliet Williams
Specialist, Philanthropy 
 Melinda Wolfe
Chief Human Resources Officer
Pearson Inc.