Chief Inclusion & Strategic Innovation OfficerCompany: Amnesty International USA
Role: Session Presenter / Webinar Presenter
New Voices, New Visions: IDEAS About The Future of D&I From Next-Gen Leaders
2020 Conference Session: From Mission-Centered to Purpose-Driven: Inclusion, Innovation and Transformation at Amnesty International (S3-J)
Minjon Tholen is a passionate and seasoned global diversity, inclusion and culture change strategist with more than a decade of experience in developing and implementing innovative change initiatives, partnering with senior leaders at a wide variety of organizations, and designing and implementing numerous programs and processes.
Minjon currently serves as the Chief Inclusion & Strategic Innovation Officer at Amnesty International USA, where she is responsible for designing and leading holistic culture change efforts across the organization to build a bigger, bolder and more inclusive human rights organization. She joined Amnesty as the first-ever national director of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility (IDEA) in 2018 and became the inaugural Chief Inclusion & Strategic Innovation Officer in 2019. She is the first millennial leader to join Amnesty’s executive team and is charged with building and leading a new department dedicated to building a strong foundation for the future of the organization.
Prior to joining Amnesty, Minjon was a senior consultant with Cook Ross, Inc., a leading consulting firm specializing in organizational development, diversity and inclusion management, leadership development and talent management. She partnered with leaders at Fortune 500 companies, public institutions and nonprofits all over the world to advance their diversity and inclusion strategies. Previously, she has worked at several nonprofit and educational organizations, and was a new leader with the Center for Progressive Leadership and the National Council for Women’s Organizations in Washington, D.C. She has also been a fellow with the Roosevelt Institute | Pipeline and a delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York City.
She is a frequent speaker at conferences, coach at the Diversity & Inclusion Coaching Center, contributor to the Global DEI Futures project, and was selected as a 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar. She is also the co-founder of Inclusion NextWork, a global collaborative of emerging leaders dedicated to driving inclusive organizations and communities.
Minjon was born in Sri Lanka, grew up in The Netherlands, and resides in the United States. She is bilingual in English and Dutch and has consulted with organizations in over 20 countries. She received her bachelor’s degree cum laude from the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands, holds a master’s degree in gender and women’s studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and has certificates in Executive Leadership and Strategic HR Leadership from Cornell University.