As a global leader of Diversity and Inclusion, he developed and lead D&I strategy to drive engagement, innovation, and business growth. His impressive track record in large matrix multinational organizations included Starbucks Coffee Company as head of global diversity and inclusion; as a transformational D&I leader at H.J. Heinz; and at Cargill, where he developed diversity programs for global business units. As a consultant and leader of the Byers Group, LLC. Dr. Byers provides D&I strategy, executive coaching and support to organizations and leaders on the successful implementation of diversity and inclusion within organization systems.
Dr. Byers serves as a senior extension faculty with Cornell’s ILR, Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS), working with executives to develop and lead impactful D&I efforts. With 30 years working in the field, Dr. Byers brings a diverse set of experiences and thinking to his D&I practice, including work in the nonprofit and education sector, management consultant, and adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota, Metropolitan State University and the University of Wisconsin. He holds a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Development and a M.A. in Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California.
- The Multiplier Effect of Inclusion
A properly managed diversity and inclusion program can increase engagement, creativity and business performance. By also learning to leverage diversity and inclusion through best practices, organizations can turn D&I into a powerful business advantage that stimulates innovation and drives marketplace growth.
In this game-changing keynote, Dr. Tony Byers shows you how to create a multiplier effect of inclusion that can increase utilization of talent and resources— more than doubling the capacity of a team to positively impact products and services, build brand image and increase profits and performance. You’ll learn:
•The eight steps that create a culture of inclusion
•The three most important inclusive behaviors to promote
•How to make the business case for doing D&I well
•How companies have leveraged employee diversity to create new products, engage new customers, and grow revenue
•10 themes for building senior leader support for D&I programs
- Leveraging Your Personal Diversity & Cultural Insights
Understanding the value of your personal cultural experience and knowing how to leverage it can increase individual, professional and organizational success. But how do you “speak up” and add your voice to the conversation when your perspective is considered a “minority?” When utilized effectively, cultural insights and diverse perspectives can drive significant change (from career advancement to increased market share).
Dr. Tony Byers shares practical examples and provides actionable strategies for leveraging your own diversity and culture. You’ll learn:
•The growing value of cultural insights in an increasingly diverse marketplace
•Five steps for leveraging your cultural perspective
•Using your voice to grow your organization’s market share
•Real examples of companies that have succeeded by utilizing employee diversity