The Rutgers Center for Women in Business recently expanded its board of advisers with three experienced executives who have each helped to improve company culture and foster workplace inclusion across Corporate America.
Dennis Berger, Michele Meyer-Shipp and Deepa Purushothaman each bring rich insights about leadership, managing workplaces and achieving inclusion to the center’s already dynamic board of professionals, Executive Director Lisa Kaplowitz said.
Kaplowitz, who also works as a professor of finance and economics at Rutgers Business School, said she feels all three will elevate the brand of the center and the business school.
The Center for Women in Business partners with companies and organizations to develop women leaders for an evolving workplace, characterized by greater pay parity and more equal representation. Through education, opportunities and thought leadership, the center removes barriers, builds communities and empowers women with the confidence and skills to succeed as business leaders.
“All three have subject matter expertise in talent development, people and culture and (diversity, equity & inclusion). Throughout their careers, they have elevated midcareer women, supported intersecting identities and explored actionable male allyship,” she said. “We look forward to the impact they will make as we work together to remove barriers, build community and empower women.”
A closer look at the new board members:
- Berger: He has more than 30 years of experience across all facets of human resources and talent management. During his career, he worked as chief human resources officer for such companies as CDW and AutoNation.
- Meyer-Shipp: She is the CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide. Over the past 25 years, she has worked in key senior leadership roles at Major League Baseball, KPMG, Prudential and Merrill Lynch, among others. After an early career as an employment attorney, Meyer-Shipp developed a career as a strategist and thought leader in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion and culture, with a particular focus on advancing underrepresented talent using innovative recruiting, development and retention strategies.
- Purushothaman: A former senior executive and a corporate inclusion visionary, she is now a senior partner at Deloitte. She was the U.S. managing partner of WIN, Deloitte’s renowned Women’s Initiative. She was the first Indian American woman and one of the youngest people to make partner at the firm.