Moderator; Vice President, Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, MetLife; and Adjunct Lecturer, Columbia University School of Professional Studies Human Capital Management Program
Dr. Cindy Pace, Vice President, Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at MetLife, is the strategy lead for the Global Women’s Initiative, U.S. Diverse Talent, and the Purpose at Work initiatives. She is also a lecturer in professional development and executive education and adjunct professor of organizational leadership.
Dr. Pace has 20 years of professional experience working in healthcare, biopharmaceuticals, and healthcare. Prior to MetLife, she worked in various corporate management and global leadership roles in clinical research, diversity and inclusion, organizational change, executive leadership development, talent strategy integration, and innovation at Pfizer. She began her corporate career in clinical research in Women’s Health at Solvay Pharmaceuticals after transitioning as a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) trained molecular and clinical microbiologist.
As a leadership scholar-practitioner, Dr. Pace’s research and practice center on advancing diverse women and professionals in business leadership. She has presented her research findings at Harvard Business School and Columbia Business School. She recently authored a chapter on Navigating Leadership in the edited book, Women’s Leadership Journeys: Stories, Research, and Novel Perspectives, which is part of the Leadership Series published by Routledge. As a thought leader on global diversity, inclusive talent practices, and women’s leadership, she has presented and facilitated workshops at numerous conferences, organizations, and academic institutions around the world.
At Morris Brown College, Dr. Pace was a Biomedical Research Fellow in Microbiology and Neuropsychology. She is a passionate advocate of personal leadership development, STEM education for girls, and women’s financial empowerment.