The American Conference on Diversity is pleased to announce the appointment of industry veteran Renee Ayers as Director of Professional Development Services. Ayers, who brings to the organization two decades of corporate-sector experience with a focus on global diversity management, will be responsible for working closely with corporate and community leaders to advance their diversity goals within their organizations.

“Renee’s passion, can-do attitude, and sales and marketing experience and Fortune 500 background as a diversity and inclusion professional will be assets to the American Conference on Diversity. We are delighted to have her join our team!” says President & CEO Elizabeth Williams-Riley. “Her experience collaborating with diversity teams and developing realistic, measurable, and sustainable plans that hold stakeholders accountable will ensure positive results for all of our clients.”

While employed at Merck & Co., Ayers led and provided guidance to the Global Services (GS) division’s vice presidents and diversity team. She facilitated the advancement of diversity & inclusion, raised cultural awareness, and improved the business’s bottom-line performance. Ayers’ project-management expertise helped develop learning content, facilitate global cultural curriculum, and design training materials currently used within the GS division.

“I’m excited to join the American Conference on Diversity as the new Director of Professional Development Services,” says Ayers, “and I look forward to continuing to
move the progress of diversity and inclusion forward.”

Ayers is also personally dedicated to diversity and inclusion through her participation in faith-based and community engagements. She holds an Executive Master’s in Public Administration from Rutgers Newark (cum laude) and a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology/Pre-Med from Seton Hall University. Renee is a member of Phi Alpha Alpha Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration and is Six Sigma Greenbelt Certified.