You Can Still Count the Number of Black CEOs in the Fortune 500 on One Hand

When protests erupted after George Floyd’s murder, Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, a philanthropy focused on social justice and inequality, says he fielded phone calls from more than a dozen chief executives who were “disturbed and deeply concerned.”

There was a lack of diversity among upper management and on the boards of directors, and many of these CEOs did not know how to respond.

“There was not both lived experience and expert knowledge to advise, and provide counsel and wisdom, to CEOs and the boards,” Walker recalls.

One year later, there continues to be a glaring lack of representation in corporate America.