Elena Richards

2016 Speaker

ELENA RICHARDS is the U.S. minority initiatives and talent management leader for the office of diversity at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. A thought leader on diversity and inclusion strategies, she is responsible for the firm’s minority initiatives designed to retain, develop and advance diverse professionals. She is also responsible for PwC’s Diamond program, a coaching and advocacy initiative for high potential, minority senior managers and directors. Since joining PwC in 1999, Richards has served in a variety of human capital roles and spearheaded the firm’s signature Vanguard program, a yearlong leadership development program for our African American new hires. Prior to joining the firm, she worked for Inroads, where she led talent acquisition for their Northern New Jersey affiliate. Externally, Richards is a member of Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and NAAHR (National Association of African Americans in Human Resources). She also sits on Working Mother Media’s advisory board for Multicultural Women. Additionally, she sits on the board of trustees for Oliver Scholars. She is a magna cum laude graduate from University of NY at Albany. She also earned her coaching credential through IPEC, Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching in October 2014. @pwc_llc

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