Dr. Tony D. Byers
Tony Byers, Ph.D. is a game changing leader in diversity and inclusion. A keen strategist who takes bold steps to transform organizational cultures to improve diversity, inclusion and performance. He has served as the chief strategist for some of worlds most respected companies. His thought leadership and strategic guidance is sought after by the top senior executive teams and boards to effectively design diversity initiatives that foster individual performance, productivity and business growth. An engaging presenter and rapport builder Dr. Byers works with organizational leaders to move from transactional to transformational inclusion.
He is an accomplished inclusion and change management specialist with 25 years of demonstrated experience leading change in large matrix multinational organizations with a track record for results. During his professional career, he has held various leadership roles within multinational organizations including diversity and inclusion, talent acquisition, executive coaching and organization development.
Formerly the Head of Global Inclusion and Diversity for Starbucks Coffee Company. Where he was responsible for developing, and leading the strategic direction for inclusion and diversity to drive engagement, innovation and business growth. Prior to Starbucks he served as the head diversity and inclusion for the H.J. Heinz Company, where he built the function from the ground up. And served as a global diversity and inclusion business partner with Cargill Corporation, a large global agribusiness firm. In addition to his internal corporate experience Dr. Byers served as an external diversity and leadership management consultant with Vaughn-Lee and Associates and J. Howard and Associates (now Global Novations.)
He has a proven record of quality performance and leadership in challenging and diverse environments including for profit, non-profit and academic institutions; where he has served as an adjunct professor with the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Business, Metropolitan State University and the University of Wisconsin – River Falls.
Dr. Byers holds a Ph.D. in Human & Organizational Development and a M.A. in Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California, where his doctoral thesis focused on effective strategies for building support for diversity programs among senior leaders. The article offers the research focus of the author regarding effective strategies for building support for diversity programs among senior leaders within organizations. His study results in 11 themes that diversity practitioners can use to build support among senior leaders and includes general recommendations for implementation.