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For Rosanna Durruthy, DEI Is Nothing New

Featuring Rosanna Durruthy

Rosanna Durruthy recently celebrated six years at LinkedIn.

Over the course of her tenure as VP of Global Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, she’s not only led countless empowerment initiatives at the social media giant—she’s had a front-row seat to the multicultural evolution of a global workforce.

That’s not something she could claim 30 years ago. When Durruthy began her career, the role of chief diversity officer wasn’t a certainty. Even at the most prominent corporations, in the most widespread industries, DEI was not a priority.

Durruthy never saw that as a limitation. Instead, she saw it as an opportunity—not only to carve a path for her own career, but to show others that not only were their identities valued, but their points of view mattered.

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About Our Guest

Rosanna Durruthy is a change maker, thought leader, and currently serves as LinkedIn’s global head of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DIBs) leading the company’s integration of diversity, inclusion, and equity into all aspects of the organization’s global operations. Rosanna has led teams worldwide, implementing innovative talent practices and DIBs strategies that have transformed organizations and influenced how companies prepare for the future of work.

An Afro-Latina born and raised in New York City at 16, Rosanna was admitted as an undergraduate student to Harvard University and later attended Stanford Business School as part of an executive education program for LGBTQ+ leaders. As the workforce becomes increasingly diverse, Rosanna puts an emphasis on creating diverse, inclusive and equitable opportunities for professionals to succeed in the workplace and beyond.

In 2021, Rosanna was named a DEI trailblazer by Business Insider, and in 2022 ALPFA named her one of the most powerful and influential Latinas. She’s been recognized by multiple organizations, including the Anti-Violence Project, LEDA, Prospanica, and the Alumni Society. She was also named among ten leaders transforming the workplace in post-George Floyd corporate America. Rosanna’s thought leadership and highly sought-after insights have been featured in Bloomberg, Forbes, TelemundoFast Company, Business Insider, Harvard Business Review, Univision, and other top-tier media outlets. She’s also been a subject-matter expert, speaking to the latest trends in Culture & DEI on Cheddar News, ABC News, and Bloomberg Quicktake.

As the former diversity leader at companies like Cigna, Vivendi Universal (Seagram), and Merrill Lynch, Rosanna brings broad, cross-functional, human resources leadership experience in attracting and developing high-performing talent. In addition to her role at LinkedIn, Rosanna is an angel investor and advisor to startups in the Edtech and grocery tech space. She is a former board member of the Drum Major Institute and Lambda Legal and serves on the 2020 Mom Project board. She has been recognized as one of the country’s leading professional Hispanic women and an influential mind in the diversity and inclusion space.