NEW YORK: Edelman has created a new VP of US diversity and inclusion role and installed Zing Shaw, former VP of human resources, in the position.
In the new role, Shaw will oversee diversity and inclusion across Edelman's offices nationwide, which will include internal engagement, development, recruitment, and retention. In particular, Shaw said she is looking to establish an internal diversity council to include members from all the US regions."Edelman is at a key junction in its quest to accelerate and evolve its diversity and inclusion strategy," she said. "In order to achieve success, the diversity program must be holistic and infused in all areas of our organization's culture and ideals. Most importantly, it must result in a diverse workforce that affords every employee the opportunity for success."
Other programs slated to roll out this year include a greater focus on talent management, inclusive leadership for mentoring, external efforts to recruit a diverse range of employees, and talent mobility, added Shaw. She reports to Laura Smith, Edelman's MD of human resources in the US.
Shaw most recently worked in Edelman's HR department, where she handled NY employee relations issues, and performance management for consumer, health, digital, and creative. Her other agency experience includes a stint at Ketchum's Emanate, where she was VP of talent management.
Meanwhile, Shaw's diversity experience spans roles at Essence Magazine as HR coordinator, as well as with the National Football League as HR generalist, and HR advisor for the organization's diversity counsel for two years. Shaw is an alumna of Spelman College, and the University of Pennsylvania."My academic settings enabled me to experience rich diversity while studying among a wide array of individuals hailing from all around the globe," she said. "I have learned that diversity is not about meeting quotas; rather it is about bringing in talented people who contribute to the richness of the organization's culture and decision-making process."