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The Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks

2021 GDEIB Expert Panellists

Armida Mendez Russell

Armida Mendez Russell, has earned an international reputation for her work in the field of Organization Development and Diversity Management. She is co-author of The Diversity Directive, Why Some Initiatives Fail and What to Do About It, and author of several organizational climate assessment tools. Armida is the originator of the Head (Knowledge), Heart (Understanding) Hand (Skills/Application) model, which is the basis for her work. Ms. Mendez Russell spearheaded and co-authored the Discovering Diversity Profile® and co-authored the Global Diversity Survey® among others. Armida is the Co-Founder and president of DiversityFIRST Consulting. Prior to holding that position, she was the Head of Global Diversity at BMC Software and Founder/CEO of Mendez Russell Training & Development, Inc. Ms. Mendez Russell was recently recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal as a diversity pioneer and for her work in the field. Armida has worked in partnership with several major organizations to assess their strategies, structures and processes to improve organizational effectiveness and performance.   Most recently, Ms. Mendez Russell worked with a group of internationally known and respected Diversity and Inclusion Practioners to update the field’s renowned Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks (2016). Armida has developed numerous initiatives designed to manage change in a complex business environment. Clients include numerous Fortune 500 companies, Educational Institutions and Government. Ms. Mendez Russell currently partners with the National Diversity Council as a Senior Consultant and as a facilitator for the organization’s Diversity and Inclusion Certification Program.