INSIGHT Into Diversity is pleased to welcome to its Editorial Board Lynette Chappell-Williams, JD, the chief diversity officer and associate dean for diversity and inclusion at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine.
In her current role, Chappell-Williams is responsible for developing and implementing an organizational diversity and inclusion strategy for both institutions. She has more than 25 years of experience related to equal employment opportunity and diversity management, having served as a senior leader at Cornell University, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the Automobile Club of Michigan. Chappell-Williams has also held positions as a staff attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and as a judicial law clerk with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.
“We are honored to welcome Ms. Chappell-Williams to the INSIGHT Into Diversity Editorial Board,” says Lenore Pearlstein, co-publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “Her equal employment expertise, along with her deep commitment to the work of diversity and inclusion, provide her a special understanding of some of the most important issues faced by diverse institutions and organizations.”
Over the last 10 years, Chappell-Williams has presented on diversity and work-life topics, both nationally and internationally, for organizations and events such as the International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations; the International Association of Employee Assistance Professionals in Education; the Annual Diversity Solutions Best Practices Conference; the National Industry Liaison Group meeting; and the Lectia Diversity Certificate Program.
She has been recognized for her work by many organizations, including as an HR Rising Star/Diversity Champion by Human Resource Executive, as a Work-Life Legacy Award recipient by the Families and Work Institute, and as a Woman Worth Watching by Profiles in Diversity Journal.
Chappell-Williams earned a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, a diversity management certificate from Cornell, and a law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.