2023 Winners

Celebrating DEI

Faena Forum | Miami, Florida
March 27, 2024

Impact Awards

World 50 Group’s 2023 Inclusion & Diversity Impact report revealed an encouraging trend: Nearly three-quarters of respondents expressed that momentum behind their DEI initiatives had either increased or dramatically increased in the past 12 months. While DEI has become a critical priority for businesses today, the companies that are successfully turning DEI conversations into meaningful—and measurable—action are the ones that are empowering the right voices along the way.

We are dedicated to continuing this momentum through the 2024 I&D Impact Awards, spotlighting outstanding organizations, leaders, and teams who are trailblazing systemic and scalable solutions for more equity within the workplace.

“We have made progress, but we are not done. We need to continue to make DEI a focus. This is a business imperative.”

– Eliana Nunez

Vice President, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, The Cigna Group

A Look Back at 2023

Categories & Entry Criteria

Choose the categories for which you have clear evidence of the impact your project, team, or organization has made. There is no limit to the number of categories you may enter, but we recommend aiming for quality submissions over quantity.

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  • Community Impact Award
  • Gender Equality Award
  • I&D Ally Award
  • I&D Leader of the Year
  • I&D Team of the Year
  • Inclusion Award
  • Innovation Award
  • Transparency Award
  • I&D Impact Award
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I&D Team of the Year

I&D Team of the Year celebrates inclusion and diversity teams that share a clear purpose and work together to drive progress while encouraging a culture of openness, equality, individual and collective growth, and trust.
Judges will be looking for entries that highlight how I&D teams have:
  • Worked together to encourage progress on DEI initiatives.
  • Fostered a culture of inclusion and diversity across the business and communicated their progress and impact in a consistent and timely manner.
  • Implemented new approaches and shown creativity in solving problems.

I&D Leader of the Year

I&D Leader of the Year recognizes the senior-most inclusion and diversity leader who empowers their team, inspires progress for the organization, and is committed to delivering meaningful and measurable results.
Judges will be looking for entries that highlight how the I&D leader has:
  • Partnered effectively across the organization to manage change and encourage progress.
  • Introduced techniques to embed diversity and inclusion across a variety of workplace practices.
  • Accelerated progress against the company’s DEI metrics and goals.
  • Helped to elevate DEI as a priority internally and at the leadership level and influenced strategic business decisions.

Community Impact Award

The Community Impact Award recognizes a company that has had an impact on communities by supporting education or development programs, health care, infrastructure, or other areas of need.

Judges will be looking for entries that highlight how companies have:
  • Introduced new programs, initiatives, or campaigns that improve individual lives or communities where their business operates.
  • Pledged to support underserved and/or marginalized local populations in creative and collaborative ways to improve social inclusion.
  • Partnered effectively with external stakeholders and community members to address areas of need, manage change, and encourage progress.

Inclusion Award

The Inclusion Award recognizes a company that has made progress in fostering a culture of inclusiveness and embracing diverse techniques and approaches—such as implementing neurodiversity representation, diversity training programs, and employee resource groups, and promoting inclusive leadership practices—to create a positive environment for its entire workforce.
Judges will be looking for entries that highlight how companies have:
  • Introduced techniques and updated processes to improve inclusivity across a variety of workplace practices.
  • Elevated or created new employee education and engagement initiatives to celebrate and embrace inclusivity.
  • Established a long-term commitment to an inclusive culture by embedding it into corporate values.


I&D Impact Award

The pinnacle of the awards—the I&D Impact Award—celebrates an organization that has showcased true excellence in making DEI progress, providing a benchmark for others to aspire to, and offering clear evidence of improvement.
Judges will be looking for entries that highlight how companies have:
  • Attained CEO and board support to make significant change and inspire further progress in DEI.
  • Made substantial progress (no matter the stage of their journey) against the company’s DEI metrics and goals.
  • Identified and executed against tactical opportunities at the enterprise level to drive greater change in DEI.
  • Developed a robust and measurable DEI program that is delivering demonstrable impact.


Transparency Award

The Transparency Award recognizes organizations that have publicly declared their current position and openly shared their intentions and targets for improvement. These organizations display honesty, realism, ambition, and a willingness to face the scrutiny of third parties.
Judges will be looking for entries that highlight how companies have:
  • Provided information or data publicly relating to their DEI efforts.
  • Pledged to create a more diverse and inclusive environment for their employees by setting long-term goals and working toward milestones.
  • Exhibited how published data and transparent information can positively impact the business.


Gender Equality Award

In honor of our friend and colleague David Latten

The Gender Equality Award is presented to a global team, function, or company that has made exceptional contributions to advancing gender equality in their organizations and beyond. It also recognizes organizations that have taken proactive measures to challenge and break down gender-based barriers, promote equal opportunities, and foster a diverse work environment.
Judges will be looking for entries that highlight how companies have:
  • Promoted gender equality by advocating for equity within their organization.
  • Implemented measurable innovative strategies, policies, and programs to promote gender equality in areas such as recruitment, promotion, compensation, and work-life balance.
  • Fostered a culture of inclusion and respect, where all employees feel valued and empowered, regardless of gender.
  • Collaborated with internal and external stakeholders to drive meaningful change and achieve tangible outcomes in advancing equity and equality. This can include partnerships with community organizations, industry associations, or government bodies.


I&D Ally Award

The I&D Ally Award acknowledges a team, function, or division that has made significant contributions to advancing the company’s inclusion and diversity objectives—one that goes beyond day-to-day responsibilities to support a greater DEI vision and uphold the organization’s values.
Judges will be looking for entries that showcase how teams outside of the DEI function have:
  • Served as a partner to the DEI function to the extent that they made a significant contribution to DEI impact at an enterprise level.
  • Gone above and beyond day-to-day functional roles in support of a DEI vision.
  • Taken responsibility and shown initiative for improving DEI issues affecting their areas of influence.


Innovation Award

The Innovation Award showcases companies that have developed technology to improve DEI efforts.
Judges will be looking for entries that highlight how the innovation:
  • Addresses a real and significant challenge or opportunity that corporations faced in relation to DEI.
  • Prioritizes a positive user experience that focuses on ease of application and usability.
  • Is a unique and creative solution to addressing a long-standing challenge.
  • Delivers demonstrable improvements to DEI with attention paid to measurable metrics.


Join the Celebration

If you would like to register to attend, please fill in your details below and we will be in contact with you ahead of the 2024 I&D Impact Awards.

Meet the Judges

Entries for the 2024 I&D Impact Awards will be profiled in front of the biggest names in the function as they determine who to spotlight.


Absa Group
Group Head, Transformation, Diversity, and Inclusion


Vice President, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Inclusive Diversity and Equity Officer


Executive Director and Global Head, Inclusion and Diversity

Williams Hardy

Best Buy
Chief Inclusion, Diversity, and Talent Acquisition Officer


Vice President, Global Head, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Chief Information Officer


Edward Lifesciences
Vice President, Global Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging


Vice President, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer


Group Head, Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity

Wise Porter

Global Head, Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement


Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Vice President, Social Impact


Johnson Matthey
Global Head, Diversity and Inclusion


Kerry Group
Global Director, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging


Global Head, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity


Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer and President, The Lenovo Foundation


Global Head, Inclusion and Diversity


Vice President, Global Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

Barnes Marshal

Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer


Ralph Lauren
Head of Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Culture and Talent Development

Andrews Banks

The Kraft Heinz Company
Global Head, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging


Warner Bros.
Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer


Chief Culture Officer and Senior Vice President, Corporate Human Resources


Former Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer, Discover