Julius Pryor III

Leader of Diversity Strategy, Cerner

Julius Pryor III helps companies leverage diversity to accelerate innovation and drive business results. Having created, led and executed diversity strategies at six global corporations, Julius practically created the role of the modern Chief Diversity Officer. Each and every time he held the job, it was a newly created position. He is currently leader of diversity strategy at Cerner Corporation (CGS). Julius is also author of Thriving in a Disruptive World: 6 Critical Concepts for Navigating the 21st Century.

He’s held executive roles at Johnson & Johnson (J&J), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), Russell Athletic, Abbott and Takeda. He was Vice President of Global Diversity at both J&J and at CCE. Most recently, Julius served as Head of Innovation, Diversity & Inclusion at biotech leader Genentech (Roche). He is Chair of the Board of Directors at the Center for Healthcare Innovation, an independent, non-profit research and educational institute dedicated to making healthcare more equitable by leveraging technology, data analytics, and innovative marketplace platforms.

Julius is not a traditional diversity officer. His focus is on leveraging foundational principles of D&I to drive revenue, market share, new products and unique services. He builds organizational diversity maturity which moves innovative ideation across lines of demarcation and enables leaders to make better decisions.

Julius learned a great deal about agility, driving outcomes and clarity of mission during his service in the U.S. Navy. He notes that, “The Navy is a requirement driven culture – you can delegate authority, but not responsibility”. He is a U.S. Navy Captain, Surface Warfare Officer and instructor for the Navy Officer Leadership Development Program. He held leadership roles in Atlantic and Pacific fleets including, Unit Commanding Officer, Executive Officer and Fleet Staff Officer. He had the honor of serving on the re-commissioning crew of the historic USS Missouri (BB-63).

Julius is a graduate of Morehouse College and The Williston Northampton School (Easthampton, Massachusetts). He sits on the board of the Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership and is Board Chair for The Center for Healthcare Innovation.

He was initiated into the legendary Psi Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity while at Morehouse.