Elena Richards

U.S. Minority Initiatives & Talent Management Leader, PwC

Elena is the U.S. Minority Initiatives and Talent Management Leader for the Office of Diversity at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. A thought leader on diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategies, she is responsible for the firm’s multicultural initiatives designed to retain, develop and advance diverse professionals. Elena is also responsible for PwC’s Diamond program, a coaching and advocacy program for high-potential minority senior managers and directors. Since joining PwC, Elena has served in a variety of Human Capital roles and spearheaded the firm's signature Vanguard program, a year-long leadership development program for the firm’s Black/African American new hires. She is currently responsible for leading the Firm’s efforts around unconscious bias education and worked with Mahzarin Banaji from Harvard University to launch the Outsmarting Human Minds project. Externally, Elena is a member of Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and NAAHR (National Association of African Americans in Human Resources). She also sits on Working Mother Media's Advisory Board for Multicultural Women. Most recently, Elena was appointed to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA) National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion. She is a magna cum laude graduate from University of NY at Albany and received her Executive Coaching credential through the International Coach Federation in 2014.

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