Diversity & Inclusion: A Conversation with White House Champion of Change, Deena Pierott

Today's episode is the final in our series on how women can achieve more money success and joy in the workplace.

I had the pleasure of spending time with Deena Pierott,  founder of the award winning Mosaic Blueprint, a Pacific NW firm specializing in diversity consulting and recruiting, career readiness and mapping, and multicultural branding. We talked about her long career as a change-agent in bringing diversity and inclusion to our workplaces. Deena was awarded The White House Champion of Change Award in 2013 and more recently she won a Global Impact Award in 2016. 

Always an advocate for equity and inclusion, Deena has framed all of her social enterprise brands under that umbrella. She has also successfully launched a STEM+C program for youth of color called the iUrban Teen which she has received national recognition for its work with youth and families.  Ms. Pierott is also a public speaker, speaking on topics such as Every Day Biases in the Workplace, The Art of Leadership, Women's Leadership, Women and the Hidden Color Barrier, and Diversity Recruiting and Retention. Deena Pierott has both corporate and public sector experience working for companies such as Exxon, Mattel Toys, Hughes Aircraft, and the City of Portland.

She holds the following awards and honors:

  • Global Impact Award 2016
  • Whitney M. Young Award 2015
  • Black Enterprise Magazine Innovator 2013
  • White House Champion of Change 2013
  • Ebony Magazine Power 100 List 2013
  • Rockefeller Innovation Award Nominee 2013
  • Business Journal Orchid Award 2013
  • The Delta's Woman of Excellence 2011
  • MED Week Minority Business of the Year 2010

She recently created the Portland Metro Diversity Employment Network which consists of over 90 Human Resource Managers and Corporate Recruiters to create a whole new model for diversity recruiting and onboarding.

Deena has been featured in the following publications: Government Technology, Essence Magazine, Working Mother Magazine, Black Enterprise, Ebony Magazine, Deliver magazine, Jet magazine, Colors of Influence, Neurology Now, the Chicago Tribune and NPR.

I hope you enjoy this incredible conversation!