The Diverse by Design National Working Group will elevate what’s working to drive and sustain diverse workforces, form alliances that bridge gaps between America’s untapped talent and fast-growing organizations, and leverage data and evidence-based practices to influence HR and business decisions.

Per Scholas and the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) together with Fortune and nonprofit leaders launched the Diverse by Design National Working Group to inspire and activate the private sector to make workplaces more inclusive, equitable, and diverse.

The National Working Group was developed as a result of a June 2016 convening, hosted by Per Scholas and ITSMF, called Diverse by Design, which was intended to elevate the conversation about building diversity, inclusion and retention in the workforce. The second event in the Diverse by Design series convened earlier this week in Washington, D.C.

“Diverse by Design is about how our actions as corporate and community leaders can have a lasting effect on society and add new and fresh value to the movements already underway in tech diversity, inclusion and retention,” noted National Working Group co-chairs Toacca Rutherford, Chief Development Officer for Consumer Business Banking and Auto IT, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Gene Waddy, CEO, DIVERSANT. 

Research shows that diverse companies are 35 percent more likely to outperform their counterparts, yet 97 percent of domestic senior leadership teams fail to reflect the demographic composition of the United States. Additional research from INROADS suggests diversity strategies must be built around retention, career pathways, and talent intake. 

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National Working Group Members

Co-Chair Toacca Rutherford

Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Plinio Ayala

President & CEO, Per Scholas

Forest T. Harper Jr. 

President and CEO, INROADS

Co-Chair Gene Waddy


Harvey Butler

Global Head of Supplier Diversity at Barclays

Viola Maxwell-Thompson

President, Information Technology Senior Management Forum

Daisy Auger-Dominguez

Global Head of Diversity Staffing, Google

Brian H. Johnson PH.D.

Senior Director, Surgical Innovation at Johnson & Johnson

Earl Newsome

Global CIO & Vice President, Praxair