Our Goodwill President and CEO Anne Richards was honored this week with the Crain’s Cleveland Business Notable Executives in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
In her nomination: Richards has worked on issues impacting the LGBTQ+ community. Local and national organizations have tasked Richards to speak on her personal experience around these concerns, with Goodwill’s larger DEI plan now used as a model across its offices nationwide.
“Anne recognized early in her career that her own experience as a member of the LGBTQ+ community could provide invaluable opportunity to impact and lead others,” the nomination said.
Nationally, Richards acts as chairwoman of the organization’s large-scale DEI activities, representing 155 Goodwill’s across the U.S. and Canada. She has also served on the boards of numerous nonprofits including Coming Together for Stark County, Red Ribbon Connect and The Workshops Inc.
We are so proud of Anne and her work to elevate issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging!