Vice President, Diversity and InclusionCompany: American Cancer Society
Role: Session Presenter
Session: Improving Race Relations Through Dialogue: An Introduction to Transformational Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation (S5 - I)
Tawana Thomas-Johnson serves as the vice president, diversity and inclusion for the American Cancer Society and formerly served as the national senior director of Diversity and Inclusion. She has oversight for the development of the Society’s strategies, external partnerships, and organizational policies to promote diversity and inclusion. In her role, she also provides leadership to the Society’s programmatic efforts to improve cancer outcomes in disparate populations through strategic planning and program development.
Tawana has more than twenty years of experience in public health, community development, advocacy, and diversity and inclusion. She is the executive producer of the award-winning documentary, “More Than Conquerors,” which examines the burden of cancer in the African American community. She formerly served as the director of Health Disparities for the South Atlantic Division of the American Cancer Society. In this role, she was responsible for strategic planning and program design to reduce racial/ethnic health disparities.
Prior to joining the Society, her work included collaborations with nonprofit organizations, churches, and faith-based groups, and education institutions to develop and implement initiatives that include strategic partnering, cultural competence, and community development. Tawana has a B.A. in political science from Queens College.