Nereida (Neddy) Perez
Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion COECompany: McCormick & Company, Inc.
Role: Session Presenter
2019 Conference Session:
The Latinx Professional Journey—The Rocky Road from Local to Global
2019 Conference Session: Diversity Recruiting Bootcamp (SEM-E)
2020 Conference Session: Diversity Recruiting Bootcamp (SEM-G)
2021 Conference Session: BROTHER OUTSIDER: Bayard Rustin as a Catalyst for Intersectional Diversity (DF2-A)
Nereida “Neddy” Perez is a global human capital leader known for implementing large-scale change management initiatives. She has extensive experience working with Fortune 50 to 1000 companies and currently serves as global head of Diversity and Inclusion at McCormick & Company, a $5 billion flavor and spice company founded 130 years ago. She previously served as vice president for Global Diversity and Inclusion, Talent and Organizational Capabilities at Ingersoll Rand. She is a recognized speaker on inclusion and diversity’s link to business growth, social/corporate responsibility, talent pipeline development, and STEM.
Neddy has a proven track record in developing and implementing communications and organizational change to drive diversity and talent management initiatives designed to support strategic business goals. She has a strong ability in connecting organizational dots and helping businesses leverage their intellectual capital.
Her specialties include M&A business culture integration, multicultural workforce management, organizational change management, global business expansion, and class action lawsuit turnarounds. Specific skills include affirmative action/EEO compliance, communications and change management, STEM workforce and talent development, human resources, employee relations, diversity and inclusion, multicultural business strategy development, supplier diversity management, corporate social responsibility, nonprofit board management, and diversity executive coaching.
Neddy serves on various nonprofit boards including the Society of Human Resources Management Foundation Board, the National Utilities Diversity Council, and the Asia Society’s Talent Diversity Council. She is a founding member of STEMConnector.org and has served as an advisor to the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Air Force Academy, and U.S. Army on diversity initiatives.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Perez recognized at an early age the power of education as a way to break through the glass ceiling and overcome prejudice. As a result, she has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations to support education and leadership development initiatives that empower people and remove organizational career barriers. She is the author of Diversity Basics monographs, several published articles, and chapters in numerous books.
In 2017, Neddy was recognized for a second time as one of the 100 Most Influential Corporate Women in STEM. In 2015, she was named one of the 10 most influential global diversity leaders by Global Diversity Magazine and in 2014, she was named as the top Hispanic Corporate Executive in the U.S. by the National Hispanic Business Council. Her work has been recognized by the United Nations, Prince William Foundation, the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S Congress, and many others.