Name: Dr. Cassandra Caldwell
What she does: Entrepreneur
Impact: Founded the International Society of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals (ISDIP) – the first comprehensive professional association that spans across industries and across public and private sectors
Nominated by: Gail Zoppo
I would like to nominate Dr. Cassandra Caldwell, Ph.D. Despite the down economy, she recently launched the Cary, North Carolina-based International Society of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals (ISDIP), the first global comprehensive association for diversity and inclusion professionals, spanning all industries and sectors. The ISDIP started as an informal gathering of Diversity professionals on Facebook, and Dr. Caldwell recognized the need for a professional organization aimed at educating global diversity practitioners, consultants, managers, educators, and others. “In my research, I could not find any global comprehensive professional association for diversity and inclusion and professionals, but the need for such a society was clearly there,” she says. In only a few short months, this diversity scholar-turned-entrepreneur’s collaborative efforts are helping to bring educational tools–such as a Diversity and Inclusion Research Institute, a lending library, and a resources guide found on http://www.isdip.org–to diversity professionals worldwide to further the good work they’re doing across industries and sectors globally.