Melissa Donaldson

Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer – Wintrust Financial Corporation

Melissa Donaldson, a self-described business leader with a heart for human capital, is the first chief diversity officer at Wintrust and responsible for developing diversity and inclusion strategies for increasing competitive advantage while positioning Wintrust as an employer of choice and responsible corporate citizen. The heart of her practice is that advancing diversity, equity and inclusion should be business-owned and leader-led to promote shared responsibility in action.

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Tuesday - REGULAR CONFERENCE Tuesday, July 26

Workshop 4

How to Operationalize Your D&I and AAP Efforts
Melissa Donaldson, Maryanne Rivers (Wintrust Financial)

It’s said that AAP compliance and D&I are vastly different.  However, they are actually complementary disciplines that can rapidly increase leader engagement and commitment when appropriately integrated.   The trick is to harmonize AAP and D&I to increase understanding and reduce resistance.   This presentation will provide some practical steps for operationalizing AAPs to integrate with D&I; evolve leaders from compliance to complimenting business outcomes; and increase AAP awareness among key stakeholders, including Board of Directors.