Scott Vowels
Marva Smalls
Executive Vice President,
Global Head of Inclusion Strategy

Viacom

Marva Smalls Implements Best-in-Class D&I Initiatives at Viacom

Marva Smalls, the Executive Vice President, Global Head of Inclusion Strategy, Viacom and the Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Chief of Staff, Nickelodeon, expanded Viacom's diversity and inclusion program on a global basis and strengthened the company's commitment to D&I on all levels. Viacom's CEO and Smalls co-chair the Global Inclusion Advisory Council, a group consisting of division COOs and senior brand leaders with the mission to foster an environment of inclusiveness and belonging, while holding leadership accountable for creating, developing, promoting and championing a diverse, multicultural workforce.

Smalls oversees a global portfolio of initiatives designed to create a stronger pipeline of diverse talent on the screen, behind the camera, and in Viacom’s workforce. This includes championing eight Employee Resource Groups in 12 cities around the world. While Viacom is one size fits all in its commitment to D&I, Smalls’s group thinks locally about issues to realize that commitment – creating a distinctive “glocal” D&I approach.


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