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Top Diversity Thought Leaders on Twitter

By Lindsey Clark August 30, 2016


Connections and communication DBPDiversity thought leaders have taken to social media to share their ideas, thoughts and insights on different D&I subjects. Perhaps the most direct and instantaneous form of communication is Twitter. Within 140 characters, great minds comment on incidents such as the recent shootings in Dallas to the campaign of the first female presidential candidate. Below is a curated list of diversity and inclusion thought leaders that actively engage on Twitter in a meaningful way.
Deborah Dagit @Debdagit

Deb’s experience as a D&I practioner is truly extraordinary. She was a key lobbyist for passage of the American with Disabilities Act, leader of Learning Communications and Diversity at Silicon Graphics and head of Strategic Cultural Initiatives for Sun Microsystems and CDO at Merck for 11 years. Under her leadership at Merck, the company won praise from DiversityInc and Working Mother magazines, the Families and Work Institute, the Human Rights Campaign, Department of Defense Freedom Award (veterans) and the Department of Labor New Freedom Award (people with disabilities). She currently runs her own consultancy firm to assist CDOs in the ways she knows they need it most.


Recent post from @debdagit
Fields Jackson Junior @fleejack
Fields Jackson Junior is CEO of Racing Toward Diversity Magazine. The magazine is the product of his driven entrepreneurship and passion for proving the business case for diversity. His Twitter feed is a source for information for individuals anywhere on the diversity engagement spectrum.

@fleejack often posts #diversity jobs in his Twitter feed


Ellen McGirt @ellenmcgirt

Ellen McGirt covers race, culture and inclusion at Fortune Magazine. She recently introduced raceAhead, Fortune’s newsletter on culture and diversity in corporate America, to our eager inboxes. With over 30k followers, Ellen is taking the diversity Twitter world by storm.
Check out @ellenmcgirt's daily newsletter raceAhead


Tanya Odom @TMODOM

Tanya Odom has led original workshops on inclusive leadership, race/racism, gender equality, teambuilding, educational equity and girls’ leadership development. Her influence spans continents since she has lived and/or worked in over 30 countries.
A recent Twitter post from @TMODOM


Eric Peterson, MSOD @DiversityEric

Eric is the editor of The Diveristy Rockstar Daily, an online newspaper that focuses on "race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, family structure, and all the ways in which we differ - and all the ways in which we are the same." He is a Senior Consultant with Ross Inc. and has over 15 years of experience facilitaing and educating on Unconscious Bias, Diversity & Inclusion (D&I), Learning Strategies, and Organization Development.



@diversityeric's recent online newsletter


Chia-Lin Simmons @chialinsimmons
Chia-Lin Simmons is a technology and digital media powerhouse. She worked at the executive level for Google, Amazon and AOL before founding three companies of her own. Her interest in diversity is focused on the tech and startup sphere and as stated in her Twitter bio “has passion for helping women entrepreneurs”.


A recent tweet from @chialinsimmons


The described thought leaders above are not the only ones sharing impactful thoughts, other notable accounts we follow are:
  • Michael Bach @diversity_dude
  • Joe Gerstandt @joegerstandt
  • Brian Tippens @briantippens
  • NPR CodeSwitch @NPRCodeSwitch
The influence of Twitter spans the globe - 83 percent of world leaders are on Twitter, 92 percent of companies Tweet more than once a day and 79 percent of accounts are held outside of the U.S. An average of 6,000 tweets happen per second and we at Diversity Best Practices want to help D&I enthusiasts quickly find the relevant ones - follow us @DBP_news






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