About the Founder: Neddy Perez
The CEO and Founder of D&I Creative Solutions, Nereida (Neddy) Perez, is an internationally known Human Resources and Diversity practitioner with more than 20 years of experience working with Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 corporations. She has developed and implemented business strategies designed to remove organizational and cultural barriers to spur talent and business growth.
Neddy has been a speaker at a numerous national conferences and events in HR, Diversity, Supplier Diversity and STEM space. She has served as an advisor on diversity initiatives at an array of companies and government agencies and is trusted advisor to senior corporate leaders as well as Chief Diversity Officers.
She has served on the board of several national and international nonprofit organizations focusing on Human Rights, Manufacturing, Energy, Leadership Development and Workforce Development. In 2015, she was named as one of the most influential global diversity officers by Global Diversity Magazine and in 2014 she was named the Top Hispanic Executive in the U.S. by the National Hispanic Business Group.
Over the course of the last 20 years she has received a number of awards and recognition from representatives of the Asian, African American, Hispanic and LGBT communities. Many of the programs developed have been recognized by the Association for Training Development, Finance Accounting Associations, National Manufacturing Association, Center for Creative Leadership, International Association of Business Communicators, Mercer Consulting, Conference Board, and the Society of Human Resources Management.
A strong advocate for Minorities and Women Business Entrepreneurs (MWBE) and supplier diversity she has served as a mentor/coach to individuals who have launched their own companies. In addition, she has developed and executed supplier diversity programs at KPMG, National Grid and Ingersoll Rand. In partnership with the New York Governor's Office she helped National Grid launch the first ever Supplier Diversity Energy Summit bringing together more than 200 business owners and supplier diversity leaders in 2010.
Neddy's passion for removing educational and digital barriers led her to creating the Shell Digital Divide Initiative (SDDI), which resulted in Royal Dutch/Shell donating more than 10K computers globally to under served communities. The initiative was recoginized by the United Nations and Prince William Foundation. In addition, in 2010 she became one of the founders of STEMConnector.org, now an internationally recognized organization that serves as a clearinghouse for information on all things STEM.
A thought leader in talent and diversity, an adovacte for women and underserved groups and a champion for innovative thinking, Neddy has helped numerous businesses increase retention, improve engagement and grow the STEM Talent pipeline.