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HR Magazine - May 2002: Interview: EEOC Chiefs Career Has Focused on Workplace Issues

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Cari M. Dominguez was sworn in as chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in August 2001. Previously, Dominguez was a principal in Dominguez & Associates, a Maryland-based consulting firm she established in 1999 to focus on senior management recruitment, diversity evaluations and workforce preparedness assessments.

Dominguez has held senior positions at two international executive search firms as a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Heidrick & Struggles and as a director for the San Francisco office of Spencer Stuart. Dominguez also has extensive experience working for the federal government and served in the Department of Labor (DOL) as assistant secretary for the Employment Standards Administration and as director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. She helped launch and lead the DOL’s Glass Ceiling Initiative, which was designed to remove barriers in the workplace that hamper the advancement of employees on the basis of race or gender.

Her corporate experience includes various human resource positions with Bank of America Corp. in San Francisco, including director of executive programs.

Dominguez has served on the boards of directors for several nonprofit organizations, including the Leadership Foundation of the International Women’s Forum and the Hispanic Business Roundtable. She is also a former board member of Holy Names College in Oakland, Calif., and the Human Resource Planning Society.

Dominguez earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The American University School of International Service in Washington, D.C. She is a fellow of the Advanced Study Program in Public Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

—Bill Leonard  

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