Vice President, Global Inclusion and Diversity
Christal joined IDEX in October 2018 as the inaugural Vice President, Chief Inclusion and Engagement officer for the organization. She is focused on assisting the senior leadership team in prioritizing a portfolio of inclusive programs that build great global teams across IDEX. She has global oversight for Inclusion and Diversity, and Engagement strategies across all IDEX businesses.
Prior to this role, Christal served as the Vice President of Human Resources for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and was responsible for the three of its five divisions; International, Corporate and Enterprise, as well as Talent Management and HR Compliance across UPMC’s 80,000 employees. She led a team of 50 and used her servant leadership style to bring the “Human” back into Human Resources.
She previously served as Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity for Willis Towers Watson, based out of Atlanta. Christal was responsible for developing and implementing inclusion and diversity efforts for over 40,000 associates located in more than 120 countries. Her portfolio included broadening leadership accountability for diversity through targeted visible leadership commitment, enhancing focus on a global mindset through the delivery of diversity and inclusion courses to address unconscious bias, cross-cultural competence, as well as work-life flexibility programs.
Christal has extensive knowledge and experience in both M&A transactions and facilitating professional development programs. Prior to Willis Towers Watson, she was Regional Director of Diversity for Ernst & Young, Regional Director of Talent, HR and Diversity for Time Warner Cable, Director of Recruitment and Training for Ascent Media, and a leading professional with Intel’s global Merger & Acquisitions team. She has also owned and operated a leadership and diversity consulting practice for many years.
Christal earned a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University, a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She also completed an Executive Leadership Development Program at UCLA for high potential leaders in 2008.
Originally from San Diego, Christal loves travel and is proud to have visited 49 of 50 states, as well as over 50 countries. She is partially through her bucket list to get to all seven wonders of the world. She enjoys volunteering, serving on the Board of Directors for the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh as well as Jeremiah’s place, an organization that provides emergency child care for parents in need. She also spends a lot of time caring for an aging parent and mentoring women on the topic of workplace flexibility, a topic she is very passionate about and has written a doctoral dissertation on. She is thrill seeker. You can often find her catching a plane in search of the latest and greatest roller coaster ride. Christal also enjoys sharing her knowledge of diversity and talent management by often speaking at conferences.