The Walt Disney Company announces Tinisha Agramonte as Chief Diversity Officer

Oct 19, 2023 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Thursday October 19, 2023 1:41pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The Walt Disney Company has announced the appointment of Tinisha Agramonte as its Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer (CDO). Agramonte, who will report to Sonia Coleman, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, is tasked with advancing Disney’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy.

“Among each of our teams and in every community where we live and work around the world, Disney is committed to building a more inclusive and respectful world,” Coleman said. “Tinisha Agramonte is an integral member of our executive leadership, and a dedicated, well-respected leader within Disney. As our new CDO, Agramonte’s expansive knowledge and expertise, having worked in a variety of industries, will allow us to continue creating a welcoming environment for our employees globally.”

Agramonte joined Disney a year ago, as Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Talent Outreach & Development with Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. She is passionate about supporting military families, veterans, and first-generation college students and corporate professionals, and is known for her strategic, data-driven approach to DEI. Throughout her career she has helped organizations become more inclusive and recognize the impact DEI has on business optimization.

“I’m honored to take on this role at a beloved brand, which impacts people around the world,” Agramonte said. “Throughout my career, I’ve had the privilege to help foster environments where all voices are heard, where individuals from all backgrounds have equitable access and opportunities to thrive, and where innovation flourishes because of our collective strengths. I am proud to continue those efforts alongside our incredible leaders and employees here at Disney to optimally achieve our company’s mission to entertain, inform and inspire people around the globe through the power of unparalleled storytelling.”

Prior to joining Disney, Agramonte was named the first CDO at Motorola Solutions. She also served in senior executive positions with the federal government as the CDO and Director for the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Commerce; Assistant Administrator for Diversity, Inclusion and Civil Rights with the U.S. Small Business Administration; and Director of Diversity and Inclusion Outreach and Retention with the Department of Veterans Affairs. She architected and launched the First-Generation Professionals Initiative, a first-of-its-kind federal government diversity and inclusion program. She has nearly 30 years of experience working in the U.S., Europe, and Asia in the diversity, civil rights, equal employment opportunity, and human relations arenas as a civil servant, consultant, university instructor, and trainer/facilitator.

She holds a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from California State East Bay.

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CliffOct 22, 2023

Yeah,..this one was 100% predictable. This topic is just one that can't withstand a diverse variety of opinions. It's just way too emotionally charged on all sides. Aside from that one poster that was throwing bombs for "fun",...I thought the rest of us were staying civil and had good comments This topic is just way too explosive for people talk about calmly today. Yeah,...Disney and other companies are tangled-up into this passionate subject WAY too deeply. Given Iger's recent comments, I'm guessing that they wish they could get out now. But here we are....

TsWade2Oct 22, 2023

Thank you.

SirwalterraleighOct 22, 2023

…well I hadn’t thought of that! 🤬

DrdcmOct 22, 2023

No definitely not you… all good

TsWade2Oct 21, 2023

It’s not me, is it? If it is, I apologize. And I’m still giving her a fair chance.

DrdcmOct 21, 2023

For what it’s worth. I thought we were handling the topic pretty well… I’m impressed with folks - minus the person who is no longer with us.

Magicart87Oct 21, 2023

Now by "soon" do you mean soon or "Disney soon?"

LilofanOct 21, 2023

Its like a one and done for one who doesn't abide by forum rules.

TsWade2Oct 21, 2023

Well I said I will give her a fair chance.

TsWade2Oct 20, 2023

Okay. If you insist. I’ll give her a fair chance.

SirwalterraleighOct 20, 2023

The last one worked for Toyota and doesn’t appear to have any business being near what they put her near… …I’ll be interested to see how the replacement does?

DrdcmOct 20, 2023

Just let it play and see how it goes. It’s been over a decade since I worked with her, and a lot has changed including the concept of DEI and what it means. Like I said, she was solution focused back then. I think she’s better suited for the position because she has actually had to work with others in a very bureaucratic and complex system for many years. Her previous roles have been on DEI, she’s an OG. Latonya, on the other hand, was primarily involved in philanthropy, which is very different by nature. You don’t typically rise through the ranks in a position like this by burning bridges and making enemies. Things may be different now, but her role is obviously going to focus on improving engagement with certain groups of people… that’s just what the job is and always has been. Whether that pans out in ways that are ok with you depends on what you’re looking for. Edit: you’ll notice from my post history I don’t normally wade into this kind of stuff. But when I heard it was her, I had to give her props because she did a good job when I knew her.

SirwalterraleighOct 20, 2023

Well…it is Disney news And we should be able to handle this…chi tells us all the time that humans can handle themselves (evidence to the contrary for 6,000 years 😎)… …but a matter of time until Mom has to clean up the mess 🧹

CliffOct 20, 2023

This is an extremely toxic subject, loaded with emotions, triggering, safe spaces, wide ranging points of view, potential accusations and finger pointing and tons of politics and very STRONG disagreements. With this subject...the potential for forum member hurt feelings is extremely high and dangerous. I predict it will be removed completely in the near future???