September 27, 2021 – The Christopher Group, a boutique HR executive search and business solutions firm, recently assisted in the recruitment of Kelli Kombat as global head of talent and diversity, equity and inclusion at IDEO.org, a non-profit design and innovation organization. Managing partner Pam Noble led the assignment. “I knew from the beginning Kelli was a perfect fit for this role,” said Ms. Noble. “Her significant human resource background and her holistic passion for diversity, equity and belonging are evident in everything she does. It was an honor to work with Ben Chase and the IDEO leadership team to fill this integral leadership position.”
Ms. Kombat brings over 18 years of experience to IDEO.org. Her previous held roles include companies such as FreshDirect, L’Oréal, Volvo Cars, Ford Motor Company, and most recently she was global director of employee experience at the International Trademark Association.
2021 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Recruiting Report:
Building a Balanced and Diverse Workforce
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Ms. Kombat will develop, manage, and ensure that all aspects of the human resources function align with and contribute to the business objectives. She will oversee the full range of HR including HR Operations (including compliance, systems, benefits, and compensation), L&D, experience across the employee lifecycle, employee relations, and acting as a partner to talent acquisition and diversity, equity and inclusion.
IDEO.org is focused on solving challenges in poverty and spreading human-centered design through the social sector. It works directly with organizations on projects using the human-centered design process across a wide range of focus areas related to poverty, including health, financial services, gender equity, water and sanitation.
Founded in 1998 by Tom and Paula Christopher (former HR executives with GE, PepsiCo, Progressive Insurance and Citigroup), The Christopher Group is a boutique HR executive search and staffing solutions firms. It is a highly specialized organization, staffed by former HR professionals and trained search practitioners who use proprietary, scientific, and industry-leading systems, tools and processes. The firm has offices in Willoughby, OH; Sarasota, FL; and Kansas City, MO.
Ms. Noble is president of the HR consulting services division unit as well as practice leader for the firm’s expanding diversity, equity, inclusion and engagement practice. She joined The Christopher Group leadership team as chief human resources officer (CHRO) and managing partner last year. She brings over 25 years of comprehensive human resources leadership to the firm. “I have had the privilege of knowing Pam for over 20 years,” said Mr. Christopher. “She is one of the finest and most capable HR executives nationwide. Additionally, her expertise in the areas of culture, change management, diversity, equity and inclusion, and executive coaching is truly outstanding. Finally, she is a true servant leader.”
Diversity & Inclusion
“Diversity and inclusion lead to innovation, creativity and change,” said Mr. Christopher in a previously published interview with Hunt Scanlon Media. “When you bring together individuals from different backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, orientations, religions, socio-economic, disabilities, and so on they create an environment of exploration. Ultimately, a diverse organization leads to new ways of working, building organizations to solve and create better technology, solutions and ideas.”
The Christopher Group recently helped recruit diversity and inclusion executives for Corning Community College, dosist, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Kraft Heinz and Life Technologies, among others. According to Mr. Christopher, top drawer diversity and inclusion executives bring many new perspectives and empathy to organizations. “They work with the leadership team to integrate the DEI strategy into high-level business strategy,” he said. “They are intentional about the development of their culture from onboarding to retirement. Diversity and inclusion executives are there to create an environment of belonging – creating an organization that values the differences – looking at the behaviors and cultural nuances that make it a place where people want to work – bringing their authentic self to the office.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media