President and CEOCompany: The Executive Leadership Council
Session: Inclusion & Diversity: Rooted in The Mission. Embedded in The Culture. Fulfilled Through Employees
Skip Spriggs is President and CEO of The Executive Leadership Council, the preeminent membership organization for black CEOs, board directors, and senior most executives at Fortune 1000, Global 500, and equivalent companies. He leads the organization’s efforts to increase the number of global black executives in C-Suites, on corporate boards, and in global enterprises. ELC members have landed more than 220 corporate board seats since 2013, in part due to the efforts of the organization’s Corporate Board Initiative. All of the three sitting black CEOs in the Fortune 500 are ELC members.
The ELC awards close to 60 undergraduate and graduate scholarships to black students each year. Thousands of burgeoning and sitting black corporate executives participate in ELC’s leadership development programs targeted specifically to the black corporate experience. The organization is focused on building an inclusive business leadership pipeline that empowers global black leaders to make impactful contributions to the marketplace and their communities.
Mr. Spriggs has served in senior business roles at several Fortune 500 companies across diverse industries over the last 35 years. He most recently served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at TIAA, where he led all aspects of human resources strategy and execution for the company’s global workforce. He joined TIAA from Boston Scientific, where he was Chief Human Resources Officer and a member of the Executive Management Team.
Mr. Spriggs has held executive leadership roles at The Home Depot, Levi Strauss & Co., and CIGNA Corp., where he served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Chief Diversity Officer, and President of the Cigna Foundation. He started his career in human resources with United Parcel Service.
Mr. Spriggs is currently a member of the boards of TIAA, FSB (TIAA Direct), Savannah State University’s College of Business Administration, and the Institute for Corporate Productivity. He serves on the human resources advisory board for the University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Towson University.