Cleveland Clinic has named a chief of diversity and inclusion: Jacqui Robertson.
Her appointment took effect Tuesday, March 1. The Clinic said in a news release that Robertson will oversee its Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and will lead global diversity and inclusion strategies and initiatives across the health system.
Robertson's role "builds on the organization's work that focuses on local hiring, inclusive employee resource groups and a commitment to OneTen, a coalition of 37 of the largest United States employers to train, hire and promote one million Black Americans over the next 10 years," according to the release.
"Having a diverse workforce, one that is representative of the patients we serve, is essential to creating healthcare equity," said Kelly Hancock, the Clinic's chief caregiver officer, in a statement. She said Robertson's "experience and human-centered approach aligns with our commitment to strengthening our culture that embraces diversity, inclusion and equity."
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Robertson "brings nearly 20 years of national and international experience in leading diversity and inclusion strategies in the financial services and industrial supply industries," according to the release.
She joins the Clinic from William Blair & Co., an investment bank and financial services company in Chicago, where she had been the global head of talent, diversity and inclusion since 2016. Prior to that, she was a senior director of inclusion and diversity at WW Grainger. Robertson also held senior leadership positions at ING America.
Robertson holds a bachelor 's degree in behavioral sciences from the University of Chicago.
This story first appeared in our sister publication, Crain's Cleveland Business.