Monica Diaz is the Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellness at ESPN – the Worldwide Leader in Sports, part of The Walt Disney Company. Monica is a seasoned leader in the fields of Global Diversity and Inclusion, Talent Management and Organizational Development. She has extensive experience in Human Resources, with expertise in corporate culture transformation, development of high performing teams and leadership in multi-cultural and matrix environments.
Monica joined ESPN in 2012, with over 20 years of experience in the HR field, and over 15 years in Diversity and Inclusion, applied in Technology, Pharmaceutical, Apparel and Staffing Service industries. Monica's experiences also include leading roles in Global Talent Management, HR Operations, Organizational Development and all other functional HR areas in the U.S. and Latin America.
In her role at ESPN, Monica is the chief architect of the company’s Diversity, Inclusion and Wellness strategy. She leads ESPN’s strategy to fully leverage the contributions of diverse constituencies in alignment with business priorities. She is also responsible for driving the continuous evolution of a healthy and vibrant work environment that enables employees to contribute to their fullest potential.
Monica’s qualifications include specialized certifications and training in Change Execution, Six-Sigma, Personal Styles and Preferences, and Employee Benefits Law. She has a multi-cultural background, is bilingual-biliterate in English and Spanish, with proficiency in Portuguese. She has been recognized as one of one of the Most Influential Minorities in Cable TV (CableFax - 2016, 2015), honored with the Multicultural Leadership Award (Tri-State Diversity Council - 2015), as one of the Top 10 Lideres by Hispanic Executive Magazine (2014), selected by Hispanic Business Magazine’s as part of their Top 50 Influentials (2013) and 100 Influentials (2011), as well as the Worldwide Who’s Who among Executives and Professionals (2007, 2008, 2012). Monica holds MA in Industrial / Organizational Psychology and BA in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico. She has served as board member of non-profit organizations focused on leadership development, is a member of SHRM, CTHRA, WICT and the Corporate Executive Forum of the Hispanic Association of Corporate Responsibility (HACR).