Weber Shandwick today announced Judith Harrison has been promoted to Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer.
“Judith is a guiding force at The Weber Shandwick Collective. She inspires and leads our colleagues through continuous change and disruption – all while helping the firm make progress on its commitment to being a hallmark of inclusion in our industry,” said Gail Heimann, CEO, Weber Shandwick. “Judith is committed to building a fully equitable work-world grounded in a strong foundation of belonging. She has dedicated her career to shaping an environment where diverse voices and backgrounds come together to be heard and to listen – all of which has changed not only the makeup of our agency, but the day-to-day work we do on behalf of our clients.”
A 17-year Weber Shandwick veteran, Harrison will expand her remit, building on the progress she has spearheaded in her previous role as Executive Vice President of Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Under her steadfast leadership, the agency has expanded its diverse talent pipelines and partnerships and operationalized a culture of inclusion with new programs and initiatives, including Time to Connect – regular sessions hosted by Harrison that enable employees to have transparent, honest conversations about the issues around the world affecting them.
“The role of Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer has continued to grow in significance and purpose and I am honored and excited to take this important work to the next level,” Harrison said. “And while I am proud of the progress we’ve made in our journey, there is still much to do. I look forward to working with our leadership team to affect even greater change with our teams, our clients, throughout our industry and beyond.”
In recent years, Harrison has been recognized for her work with the NYWICI Matrix Award, ColorComm’s Circle Award and PRWeek Woman of Distinction honor. She has also received honors including the New York Women’s Agenda STAR Award and PRWeek’s Agency Diversity Champion and has been named one of Savoy’s Top Influential Women in Corporate America in 2012, 2014 and 2019. Harrison is a founding member of the Diversity Action Alliance, past president of the PRSA Foundation, a former member of the 4A’s Diversity Steering Committee and is as an Advisory Board member of the Ron Brown Scholar Program.