Monica Diaz serves as Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion and Wellness at ESPN. In her role, Diaz is the chief architect of the company’s Diversity, Inclusion and Wellness strategy. She ensures the organization maintains a contemporary, healthy and flexible work environment that enables employees to contribute to their fullest potential, in alignment with business priorities.
Monica joined ESPN (part of The Walt Disney Company) in June 2012, with over 20 years of experience in the HR field, and over 15 years in Diversity and Inclusion, applied in Technology, Pharmaceutical, Apparel and Staffing Service industries. Monica’s experiences also include leading roles in Global Talent Management, HR Operations, Organizational Development and all other functional HR areas in the U.S. and Latin America.
Monica’s qualifications include specialized certifications and training in Change Execution, Six-Sigma, Personal Styles and Preferences, and Employee Benefits Law. She has a multi-cultural background, is bilingual-biliterate in English and Spanish, with proficiency in Portuguese.
Some of her professional accomplishments in Global Diversity and Inclusion comprise coaching of franchise leaders and business executives in areas of organizational development, inclusion and sponsorship; mentoring of top talent; formulation of learning and development strategies, integrated to talent management platforms for leaders, managers and individual contributors; development and launch of Global Constituency Groups, Employee Resources Groups and Networks; development and implementation of a strategic approach for diversity outreach efforts, focused on maximizing investment and building deeper partnership with external organizations.
Within the Human Resources field, her accomplishments include excellence in execution of Outcomes Management, Talent Optimization and Succession Plans; design and development of competencies frameworks for Sales and Marketing; workforce optimization of multi-shift operations in post-merger integration environments, start-up operations, technology conversions and self-directed production teams.
Monica’s world-class expertise and breadth of knowledge are frequently sought after by practitioners from different industries, professional organizations and companies worldwide. She is frequently invited to engage in public speaking opportunities aimed towards continued maximization of talent within the global workforce.
Her work with professional and non-profit organizations involves roles as Board Member and Chair of Committees focused on research, strategic planning as well as development and mentoring of minority students in middle schools, colleges and universities throughout the United States and Latin America.
Monica holds MA in Industrial / Organizational Psychology and BA in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico. She currently holds seats as Board member of Madrinas, Council member of The Conference Board and advisor to several professional organizations.