Claudette Whiting

Claudette Whiting

Claudette Whiting joined Anderson People Strategies after a long and illustrious career in corporate Human Resources. Considered a leading subject matter expert on workforce diversity and inclusion and organizational change, Ms. Whiting has been a noted lecturer and presenter at numerous national and international conferences and has served as an advisor to other HR and business executives including CEOs and other leaders of major organizations. Ms. Whiting also worked with President Clinton’s staff to plan and conduct the first-ever White House Conference on Diversity as part of the President’s Initiative for One America.

Prior to consulting, Ms. Whiting was Chief Diversity Officer and General Manager of Global Diversity and Inclusion for Microsoft Corp. from 2002-2008 where she developed and led the company’s global corporate diversity programs. She was responsible for the strategic direction, implementation and alignment of the company’s integrated initiatives including diversity and inclusion, culture change, external alliances and. strategic outreach programs. She played a central role in helping Microsoft further its goal of becoming the high-tech industry leader in workplace diversity and inclusion. From 1987-2001, Ms. Whiting was Senior Director of Global Employee Initiatives for DuPont where she was responsible for ensuring that the company’s organizational structure supported employee development, diversity and inclusion.

She developed a strategic diversity and Inclusion plan that became a best practice for many global corporations. Ms. Whiting also impacted the lives and careers of many employees including senior leadership through her personal mentoring and coaching. While at DuPont, she was awarded a DuPont Martin Luther King, Jr. award in recognition of ―lifetime achievement in valuing people‖. Moreover, in 2002, months after she had left the company, DuPont established the Claudette J. Whiting award which continues to be awarded annually to persons who “consistently demonstrate behavior that can only be characterized as leadership in action in improving the work environment for all employees”.

Ms. Whiting played a leadership role in founding the Workforce Diversity Council of The Conference Board — a global organization of Fortune 500 member companies — which focuses on improving the business enterprise. From 1995-97, she chaired the Workforce Diversity Council and was instrumental in developing and launching The Conference Board's first-ever Strategic Diversity Conference. She has been a member of the Catalyst Board of Advisors, the Catalyst Women of Color Advisory Board and the National Leadership Advisory Council of BEST-an organization committed to building engineering & science talent of women and underrepresented minorities.

Ms. Whiting is a graduate of Morgan State University where she received a degree in chemistry.