SHRM Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Racial Equity

August 5, 2020
SHRM Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Racial Equity

​ALEXANDRIA, Va., August 5, 2020 – Today, SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) announced the members of its new Blue Ribbon Commission on Racial Equity. The commission, convening HR and business leaders to drive actions and find solutions, is part of SHRM's "Together Forward @Work" initiative, a call to action for the business community and HR professionals to address racial inequity in the workplace.

SHRM's Blue Ribbon Commission on Racial Equity will:

  • Assess the efficacy of existing programs and models
  • Identify and scale programs shown to successfully manage the recruitment, retention, development, and engagement of diverse workforces
  • Chart out a roadmap to create inclusive, diverse and safe workplaces that apply accountability measures at all levels of the organization
  • Produce and curate content and tools that will foster continued professional development in increasing equity in the workplace

The commission brings together a coalition of HR and workplace experts, including SHRM Volunteer Leaders, chief human resource officers, researchers, academics, and other business executives, who have consistently—and committedly—worked to identify long-term solutions to creating inclusive workplaces.

Commission members include:

  • Rosanna Durruthy, Vice President of Global Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, LinkedIn 

  • Camille Chang Gilmore, Board Member, SHRM Foundation, and Vice President, Human Resources and Global Chief Diversity Officer, Boston Scientific 

  • Dr. Tom C. Hogan, SHRM-SCP, Professor of Practice in Human Resource Management, The Pennsylvania State University 

  • Marc A. Howze, Group President, Lifecycle Solutions and Chief Administrative Officer, Deere & Company 

  • Dr. Eden King, Associate Professor, Rice University 

  • Jason Lawson, Vice President, Human Resources, Installed Building Products (SHRM Volunteer Leader) 

  • Bernard J. Milano, President, KPMG Foundation and The PhD Project (Ret.), and Member, President's Board of Advisors on HBCUs

  • Michelle Nettles, Board Member, SHRM's Executive Network, HR People + Strategy, and Chief People & Culture Officer, ManpowerGroup 

  • Dr. Steve L. Robbins, Founder, S.L. Robbins and Associates 

  • Trisha Zulic, SHRM-SCP, Director, Human Resources, Business Ops and Strategy, WSA Distributing, Inc. (SHRM Volunteer Leader) 

  • Dr. Alex Alonso, SHRM-CP, Chief Knowledge Officer, SHRM 

  • Melissa H. Anderson, SHRM Board Chair Designate and Executive Vice President, Administration and Chief Human Resources Officer, Duke Energy (former) 

  • Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, President & Chief Executive Officer of SHRM 

"HR, alone, cannot erase inequity in workplaces for Black and other people of color. Rather, HR must listen to and work more closely with those committed to safe, civil and positive workplace culture," said SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP.  "SHRM's Blue Ribbon Commission will help drive a longer-range agenda on diversity, equity and bias in the workplace by promoting productive conversations about race while challenging workplace leaders to hire for inclusion and diversity."

For more about the commission, and it's members, visit:

Media: To schedule an interview, contact Julie Hirschhorn at and 703-842-5152 or Cooper Nye at and 703-535-6447.

About SHRM
SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers, and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today's evolving workplaces. With 300,000+ HR and business executive members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families globally. Learn more at and on Twitter @SHRM.



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