America Back to Work Ep 22: Valeria Edmonds, ExxonMobil

How to Take Action on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Simply meeting legal requirements or creating resource groups is not enough to make a truly inclusive workforce. Your DEI strategy has to start at the very beginning with a program of DEI-focused recruiting across hiring, interviewing, leadership, and so on. After that, the work begins. 

This may all feel overwhelming. After all, it’s not something to take lightly. The good news is, Valeria Edmonds, MBA, Ph.D., who has 30 years of experience working on strategic people initiatives as a global business partner at ExxonMobil, is joining America Back to Work this week. She offers her expertise in supporting organizations through change, with specific insights into building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization, including:

  • What questions to ask during interviews to promote diverse hires
  • How to make DEI personal for employees if they aren’t personally invested
  • How to rewire our own biases

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Arnette Heintze is co-founder and chief strategy officer at S2Verify. Before establishing S2Verify, Arnette spent more than three decades working at the highest levels of federal, state, and local law enforcement. 

He served more than 20 years in the United States Secret Service as a special agent and senior executive,—oØ where he planned, designed, and implemented security strategies to protect U.S. Presidents, world leaders, events of national significance, and our nation’s most sensitive assets, including financial infrastructure.  

After retiring from the Secret Service, Arnette focused on building the growth and performance of innovative start-ups and SMBs. In 2004, he established Hillard Heintze, a globally recognized strategic security risk management and investigations firm.

In 2009, along with Bill Whitford and Jim Zimbardi, Arnette established S2 Verify with an approach and methodology that delivers fast, accurate, compliant, and affordable background screening insights crucial to better managing insider risks, threats, and vulnerabilities.  

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