Corning's Diversity & Inclusion head joined the ranks of the most influential leaders in her field when Black Enterprise named her a "2018 Top Executive in Corporate Diversity." The achievement recognizes Monica Bankston's leadership and adds to a long list of accolades for Diversity & Inclusion at Corning.
"This recognition says that, with support from executive leadership, Corning is continually moving the needle on Diversity & Inclusion," said Monica, talent manager, Global Diversity & Inclusion. "We're doing an incredible amount to stay at the forefront of diversity and inclusion efforts, and not just in the U.S., but globally."
The prestigious list includes leading professionals "who drive innovation, productivity, and profitability by ensuring a diverse workforce, leadership, corporate governance, and supply chain." Black Enterprise identified the executives from Fortune 1000 companies and 100 leading global companies with a strong U.S. presence. Their roles focus on diversity and inclusion, and they have implemented policies or strategies related to the participation of African Americans and other ethnic minorities.
These executives also play a critical role in strengthening the global competitiveness of corporate America, according to the article in Black Enterprise: "At the same time, it is their job to communicate why this focus represents one of the major drivers of corporate strategy, institutional ingenuity, audacious leadership, market hegemony, and top-line and bottom-line growth."
Similarly, Corning's leadership sees diverse talent as a strategic advantage that drives innovation – and is inseparable from the Values that are foundational to the company's culture.
"Corning's deep commitment to diversity and inclusion is rooted in our Values, which guide all of our actions and ultimately set us apart from our competitors," said Christy Pambianchi, senior vice president, Human Resources. "We are dedicated to creating a workplace where all employees can reach their potential, and we are proud of the recognition Corning has received, under Monica's leadership."