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Michelle Gadsden-Williams

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Management Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Europe
Favorite Quote:
To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required.

Birthplace

Born:
5/21/1969

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Management Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Europe
Favorite Quote:
To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required.

Birthplace

Born:
5/21/1969
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Biography

Management executive Michelle Gadsden-Williams was born on May 21, 1969. She graduated summa cum laude with her B.S. degree in marketing and her B.A. degree in communications from Kean College in 1990. Gadsden-Williams later enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with honors with her M.S. degree in organizational dynamics in 2006.

Gadsden-Williams served as a diversity practitioner for more than twenty years in pharmaceutical and financial services. She held positions of increasing responsibility in the diversity management and staffing functions at Merck & Company, Inc., including as senior university relations and diversity consultant, future-talent program and diversity manager, and manager of diversity programs. Gadsden-Williams also held positions in the human resources division and in product management at Philips-Van Heusen Corporation and Wakefern Food Corporation in New Jersey. In 2006, Gadsden-Williams became the first African American executive director of diversity and inclusion at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. She was later appointed as managing director and global head of diversity and inclusion and as a member of the Talent, Branding and Communications Management Committee at Credit Suisse AG based in Zurich, Switzerland.

Gadsden-Williams was appointed as a member of the Global Advisory Council on Values for the World Economic Forum, and as a board member of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a board member of the SLE Lupus Foundation in New York City, and an executive committee Member of the Women’s Leadership Board of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Gadsden-Williams has been profiled in Black Enterprise Magazine, Diversity Executive, Ebony, Essence, Fortune, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Gadsden-Williams is the recipient of a number of community service awards and accolades for her work as a diversity practitioner. She received Novartis’ Scientific Operations Business Excellence Award in 2004 and its Human Resources Excellence Award in 2003. In 2005, she was honored at the YWCA of Central New Jersey’s Tribute to Women in Industry Gala. She was the 2010 recipient of the Maya Way Award for Diversity Leadership from Dr. Maya Angelou, and has received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degree from Kean University.

Michelle Gadsden-Williams was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 13, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Michelle Gadsden-Williams' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams recalls her Gullah ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams talks about her paternal grandmother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams remembers her early household
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams recalls her neighborhood in Edison, New Jersey
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams remembers a typical day in her early household
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams recalls her early education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams recalls her early religious experiences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams remembers her early interest in music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams recalls her extracurricular activities at John P. Stevens High School in Edison, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams describes her social life in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams remembers her childhood idols
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams recalls her experience at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams talks about her influences in college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams remembers her first retail positions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams talks about her management training program at Wakefern Food Corporation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams recalls developing a diversity program at Wakefern Food Corporation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams remembers joining Merck and Co., Inc.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams recalls meeting her husband, David Williams, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams recalls meeting her husband, David Williams, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams describes her roles at Merck and Co., Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams recalls joining Novartis Pharmaceuticals AG
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams talks about her mentors at Novartis Pharmaceuticals AG
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams describes her accomplishments at Novartis Pharmaceuticals AG
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams remembers being recruited to Credit Suisse Group AG
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams describes her diversity work at Credit Suisse Group AG
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams shares her future plans at Credit Suisse Group AG
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams reflects upon her legacy in Corporate America
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams reflects upon the future of diversity work
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams talks about African American representation in diversity outreach
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams recalls her diagnosis with systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams describes her husband's support through her illness
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams' husband describes how they met
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams' husband talks about his family background
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams' husband recalls his career at AT&T Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams' husband talks about his support of his wife's career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams' husband recalls changing his career aspirations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams' husband reflects upon his marriage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams' husband talks about having a support system while working in Corporate America
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Michelle Gadsden-Williams narrates her photographs, pt. 2