FMI DEI Committee Conversation with DEI Expert Stephen Leach

FMI DEI Committee Conversation with DEI Expert Stephen Leach

Wednesday, April 10, 2024
2:00 pm ET / 1:00 pm CT / 12:00 pm MT/ 11:00 am PT

Stephen Leach, Disney Entertainment/National Geographic


Join the FMI Foundation’s DEI Committee for a special presentation and conversation with Stephen A. Leach, Disney Entertainment/National Geographic. Drawing upon his vast experience guiding Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging programs in various industries, Stephen will share key learnings about factors that contribute to successful endeavors and potholes you might wish to avoid. He will also offer his views on the current DEI&B climate and what can be done to infuse new energy in corporate D+I efforts.

Stephen A. Leach joined the Representation, Inclusion Strategies and Engagement (RISE) Team at The Walt Disney Studios in September 2020. The Walt Disney Studio creates, distributes, and markets some of the most iconic and memorable films and franchises in movie history. The RISE Team helps cultivate creative talent, supports diverse storytelling, conducts outreach and market research, and creates strategies that drive D&I, multicultural consumer acquisition and engagement for The Walt Disney Studios’ businesses.

Before joining Disney, Stephen’s held a variety of roles, including:

- Member of Marriott’s Workforce Engagement and Global Diversity and Inclusion team;

- Senior Director, Diversity + Inclusion Strategies at Marriott International, ranked #1 for diversity by DiversityInc., a leading diversity and inclusion publication;

- Manager for Community Relations; and Manager for Workforce Diversity and Inclusion at Nestle USA; and

- Government Affairs and Community Outreach positions for other national organizations.

Stephen brings a unique and seasoned perspective to corporate D+I efforts, especially in the areas of the developing and implementing cultural competence trainings; relationship, strategic alliance, and partner building; D+I data analysis and reporting; managing D+I programs; and community relations. Stephen and his wife Danielle live in Northern Virginia with their son Steph and twin boys, Jackson and Carter.


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