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Vanessa Abrahams-John
Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion
Praxair

Praxair's Vanessa Abrahams-John Develops Best-in-Class D&I Program

Vanessa Abrahams-John is the Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion for Praxair, Inc. Assuming the position in 2012, she has taken the lead in the development and execution of innovative strategies to promote diversity and foster an inclusive culture on a global basis that drives innovation and business success. She has established diversity councils in four of Praxair's global regions. Vanessa has also enhanced diversity and inclusion training for middle managers and communications for all employees. Through the engagement of senior leaders, the diversity and inclusion agenda is driven to all levels of the organization.

Vanessa created a highly successful mentoring program for diverse high-potential leadership candidates. She institutionalized global days of recognition for women and diversity, creating greater awareness of the importance of D&I to organizational success. Vanessa champions Employee Resource Groups. She also forges critical relationships with key educational institutions and diversity-based organizations to build a potential pipeline of diverse talent. Vanessa’s role has expanded to include responsibility for Global Talent Acquisition, promoting best-in-class diversity and inclusion practices throughout global recruitment and hiring processes.


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