Michelle Gadsden-Williams

Managing Director & Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Own Your Purpose, Gain Power & Pursue Your Passion as a Woman at Work

Michelle Gadsden-Williams is the Managing Director and Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for BlackRock. She is an award-winning global diversity executive, author, activist, producer and philanthropist with more than 25 years of experience as an advocate for equality within corporate America and a thought leader around diversity and inclusion. Michelle is a seasoned diversity practitioner with experience working in the consumer goods, pharmaceutical and financial services industries before transitioning to professional services in 2017.

Michelle has acquired a multitude of community service awards and accolades for her work as a diversity practitioner. She has been recognized by Black Enterprise as one of the Top Executives in Corporate Diversity for 2019, 2018, 2017. The Reverend Al Sharpton recognized Michelle as a 2016 honoree at the National Action Network “Woman of Power" Luncheon, an honoree at the Black Institute Awards Gala in NYC and a 2015 Ebony Magazine Power 100 honoree. In 2013 Michelle was appointed as a member of the Global Advisory Council on Gender Parity for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.


In September of 2020, Michelle Gadsden-Williams joined Romy Newman on Fairygodboss Radio. Listen to the full podcast episode on-demand.

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