Michele Meyer-Shipp is a principal and chief diversity officer at KPMG. In this role, she is responsible for developing and promoting all diversity management practices across the firm, ensuring that the firm’s foundational principles of inclusiveness and diversity are reflected in its internal and external policies, work and practices.
Ms. Meyer-Shipp has served as the Chief Diversity Officer at Akin Gump and Prudential Financial Inc. While at Prudential she was responsible for leading and supporting all diversity and inclusion efforts for the company and for ensuring ongoing compliance with equal employment opportunity laws. During her tenure as chief diversity officer, the organization was consistently recognized by DiversityInc as among the “Top 50 Companies for Diversity,” including multiple appearances in the top 10.
Prior to her employment at Prudential, Ms. Meyer-Shipp worked in the public sector as general counsel of the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor and as director of the New Jersey Division of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action. Ms. Meyer-Shipp also worked at Merrill Lynch as employment counsel and leader of diversity and inclusion efforts for the global wealth management business. She started her career in private practice as an employment litigator after serving as a law clerk for the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Ms. Meyer-Shipp currently serves as a member of Twitter’s Diversity Advisory Council and Working Mother Media’s Multicultural Women’s Advisory Board. She has served on the boards of GLSEN, Inc. (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), the Women Presidents’ Organization, the American Conference on Diversity and the National Organization on Disability. She is an active member of several professional associations and recently completed her tenure as co-chair of the Asia Society Global Talent and Diversity Council.
In 2017, Ms. Meyer-Shipp was honored with the “Winds of Change Award” in the individual category by The Forum on Workplace Inclusion and has been recognized by Seton Hall Law School for her work in advancing diversity in the New Jersey legal community. She was also recognized by Diversity MBA as a “Top 100 Under 50 2017 Executive Leader.”
Among other recognitions, Ms. Meyer-Shipp was selected by Black Enterprise as one of the “Top Executives in Corporate Diversity” for three consecutive years, was named among the “Diverse Attorneys of the Year” by the New Jersey Law Journal, received the Oliver Randolph Award from the Garden State Bar Association and received the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association’s