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Darlene Slaughter started her journey with United Way Worldwide in December of 2014. She is currently leading efforts to expedite and advance worldwide diversity and inclusion strategies, partnerships and initiatives by working closely with local United Ways, as well as corporate and community partners.
Prior to joining UWW, Darlene served as the principal consultant and chair of Linkage Institute for Leading Diversity and Inclusion, where she trained corporate leaders on developing and leading diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace. Before Linkage, she led an integrated strategy to utilize and support the talents at Fannie Mae, and designed the first Executive Diversity Council as its chief diversity officer. Her work in diversity and inclusion has been recognized for its contribution to real-world issues.
In 2018, Darlene's expertise was tapped when she was asked to author a chapter for a book promoting women’s leadership advancement. In "Mastering Your Inner Critic ... and Seven Other High Hurdles to Advancement," Darlene offers honest insight and advice into how she gained confidence in the workplace, opening the door to more leadership opportunities, and helping her better understand how to use her strengths to support others' growth.
Darlene has won many awards and honors, including SAVOY’s “2012 Top 100 Influential Women in Corporate America,” profiles in Diversity Journal’s list of “Women Worth Watching,” Black Enterprises’ “Top Executives in Diversity” and Heart & Soul’s “Women of Substance in Finance.” She currently serves on the boards, Pass the Torch for Mentoring Women, and Springboard Foundation for Disabilities. Darlene is also a frequent speaker on topics such as changing management, women’s initiatives, financial literacy, leadership development, and concepts on diversity and inclusion.
Darlene holds an M.S. in human resource management and organizational development from American University, as well as a B.S. in elementary education from Howard University.