Michelle Gadsden-Williams

Managing Director of North America Inclusion and Diversity, Accenture

As managing director of North America Inclusion and Diversity at Accenture, Michelle Gadsden-Williams works to further strengthen and accelerate the company’s efforts to foster an inclusive culture. Michelle joined Accenture in July 2017 with more than 25 years of experience as an advocate for equality within corporate America and as an inclusion and diversity thought leader. She was co-founder and CEO of Ceiling Breakers, a consulting organization focused on women’s empowerment and diversity initiatives. Prior to founding her own business, Michelle served as the global head of diversity and inclusion at Credit Suisse and as chief diversity officer at Novartis.   She is the author of the award-winning book, CLIMB, a professional playbook offering guidance to women in the workplace.   Michelle has acquired numerous professional accolades. She was recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine in 2018 as a Top Corporate Diversity Executive.  The Reverend Al Sharpton recognized her as a 2016 honoree at the National Action Network “Woman of Power” Luncheon, an honoree at the Black Institute Awards Gala in NYC and a 2015 Ebony Magazine Power 100 honoree.  She was recognized as one of 40 Outstanding Executives Under 40 in America in 2006 by the Network Journal.  She was the 2010 recipient of the Maya Way Award for Diversity Leadership by the incomparable Dr. Maya Angelou, received the 2008 Harvard Black Men’s Forum Businesswoman of the Year Award, accepted the Rainbow Push Coalition’s Bridge Builder Award from the honorable Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from Kean University for her outstanding personal and professional accomplishments.   A proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and the Executive Leadership Council, Michelle serves on several boards: the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Black Girls Rock, and the SLE Lupus Foundation. She is an Executive Committee Member of the Women’s Leadership Board of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.   She received bachelor’s degrees in marketing and communications from Kean College of New Jersey and a master’s in organizational dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania