TCB Talks: DEI | BIPOC Women Rise to Leadership

TCB Talks: DEI | BIPOC Women Rise to Leadership

3M's Ann Anaya, Target's Kiera Fernandez, Cargill's Demetha Sanders, and May Thao-Schuck of St. Catherine University discuss creating opportunities for BIPOC women to advance.

BIPOC women comprise 20 percent of the U.S. population but remain significantly underrepresented in corporate leadership ranks, as noted in the 2020 Minnesota Census of Women in Corporate Leadership from St. Catherine University. On June 24, TCB brought together four women who serve as diversity, equity and inclusion leaders to discuss causes and solutions to the ongoing disparity. “We all have responsibilities as leaders to be sponsors and champions of others,” said Demetha Sanders, Cargill’s global head of DEI.

She and fellow panelists talked about building pipelines for future leaders, training, measuring success, and mentorship.

“If we don’t do it in the chairs we sit in, how can we expect the leaders around us and the team members who look up to us to do it?” said Target chief diversity and inclusion officer Kiera Fernandez. “People in leadership roles have a responsibility to bring others along with them.

Watch a recording of the conversation:

Ann Anaya, Chief Diversity Officer, 3M
Kiera Fernandez, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Target
Demetha Sanders; Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Cargill
May Thao-Schuck, VP of Career & Professional Development, St. Catherine University

Moderated by:
Allison Kaplan, Editor-in-Chief, Twin Cities Business