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Men As Diversity Partners Podcast with Ernest Adams

Jessica Rannow, Society of Women Engineers FY17 President, talks to Ernest Adams, Vice President of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Danaher.

Published On: August 2017

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Ernest Adams

Ernest Adams, Vice President of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Danaher Corporation

Hi, I’m Jessica Rannow, FY17 President of the Society of Women Engineers and this is SWE’s Diverse podcast series. Please remember to add this podcast to your iTunes and like or follow us on social media. Visit for more details.

Joining me now, as part of our Men As Diversity Partners Podcast Series, is Ernest Adams. He is Vice President of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Danaher, a Fortune 50 company. He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and management sciences from Northwestern University and currently lives in Washington, DC.

Thanks for joining us Ernest.

(Questions/Talking Points)

Ernest, you have a degree in engineering, but you decided you didn’t want to be an engineer. Before Danaher, you held positions at major retailers including Nike, Gap, and Abercrombie & Fitch. Tell us about your background and career.

Now you’re at Danaher, and you were the first person to have a title with the word “diversity” in it. Tell us about your role there.

What are some of the tools and training you’ve developed to foster organizational change?

In changing the culture to be more diverse, what has been your biggest challenge?

Danaher is a data-driven company. You track retention, recruiting, and promotion rates. You also conduct an Annual Associate Engagement Survey. How do you leverage that information to improve diversity and inclusion?

What can men do to be better diversity partners for women engineers?

What can women engineers do to make their companies more diverse?

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Ernest, thank you so much for joining us. Ernest Adams is Vice President of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Danaher. Thanks for participating in our Men As Diversity Partners Podcast Series.

Ernest Adams Bio

Ernest holds a BS in Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL, USA). Upon graduating from Northwestern, he held progressive roles in Human Resources and Sales with Federated Department Stores (now known as Macy’s Inc.), Johnson & Johnson, WetFeet (acquired by Universum), Gap Inc., Abercrombie & Fitch and Nike. In 2013, Ernest joined Danaher with global responsibility for Danaher’s University Recruiting and Early Career Leadership Development programs. In 2015, he was appointed into an expanded role to lead Diversity and Inclusion globally for the enterprise providing strategic direction for the over 30 Danaher operating companies across the world. Ernest currently resides in Washington, D.C.

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