October 26 Online Event: Conversation With Yemi Akisanya, Global Head of DE&I at Groupon

Leaders in diversity and inclusion speak about their goals, challenges and careers

In the ever-changing workplace, leaders with expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion are now more important than ever. Join Berkeley Global and the Expanding Diversity and Gender Equity in Tech (EDGE in Tech) Initiative at University of California for the next in our speaker series featuring corporate leaders in diversity, equity and inclusion roles who will share their journeys and the insights that they've gained while advocating for these issues in major corporations.

For this event, we speak with Yemi Akisanya, Global Head of DE&I at Groupon.

Moderators Carolynne Mims, our Marketing Office Manager and Associate Diversity Officer, and Jill Finlayson, Director of the EDGE in Tech Initiative at UC, will explore with Yemi his career progression, key diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at Groupon, as well as lessons learned that he can pass on to other companies.

About Yemi Akisanya

Headshot of Yemi Akisanya

As the Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) at Groupon, Yemi is responsible for building the company's DEI global strategy, focusing on creating short- and long-term plans to help build a more diverse, equitable and inclusive culture. Prior to Groupon, Yemi served as Head of Diversity and Inclusion at OCC, where he built a Diversity and Inclusion office. Focused on attracting and retaining top talent, increasing diverse representation across all levels and reducing inequity in pay rates. Yemi consulted on critical communication strategies, organizational change processes and the future of work that aligns with the organization’s objectives and values.

He serves on the Board of Directors for i.c.stars, a program that provides technology-based workforce development, leadership training and access to career opportunities for low-income adults in the Chicago area. He also teaches and serves on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Group at Kellogg School of Management, as well as serves on the Advisory Board of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

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