During times of stress and crisis, exclusion and bias can increase. In order to ensure enhanced inclusion and employee engagement in the new hybrid workplace, we need to increase our capacity to be open-minded and empathetic. Rather than telling employees where they should work, organizations should seek to redesign and re-imagine the purpose of the workplace. HR leaders have an opportunity to listen to their people, take learnings from the new ways of working, and use them to accelerate inclusion.
Kristen is currently the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Barilla and has been a member of the D&I Board since its formation in 2013. She reports to the CEO of Barilla and leads a 12-member D&I Board, comprised of internal members from eight key countries and two external advisors.
Previously, Kristen was VP of R&D for the Asia, Africa and Australia region for Barilla, based in Singapore.
After her Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, she spent time working for Kraft Foods and Coca Cola Company in roles of varying seniority.