Kimberly Williams Named Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Officer at CHD

Kimberly Williams has joined CHD as Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Officer, bringing to the agency more than 27 years of HR experience supporting and leading DEIB initiatives in several organizations across industries, including health care, nonprofit, investment banking, and aerospace manufacturing.

Williams will develop and implement CHD’s DEIB initiatives and strategy to attract, hire, and maintain a diverse and inclusive workplace, working closely with all stakeholders to support anti-bias practices and policies throughout the organization. She will support initiatives addressing diverse identities, including—but not limited to—race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, and disability, and will work with program leadership to ensure best practices, highlight strategies, and brainstorm creative solutions to create an environment of inclusion and diversity.

Since 2022, Williams has been Managing Partner of FDR & Associates, a local consulting firm focused on creating positive, accepting, and life-affirming environments by offering engagement with companies, organizations committed to DEIB.

Prior to that, she was Vice President, Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Stanley Black & Decker in New Britain, CT, where she provided the center of excellence for the Stanley Black & Decker global DE&I community through the development and implementation of best practices, knowledge management, leadership development, and metrics that were deployed by the global HR leadership teams within each business unit.

Before her work at Stanley Black & Decker, Williams had leadership positions at Wesleyan University, Aetna Consumer and Health Services, and MassMutual Financial Group, and the Urban League of Springfield. Her diversity and inclusion-focused positions include roles at Baystate Health, Hamilton Sundstrand, and Goldman Sachs.

“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to serve in this important role in an organization that does so much to support people and families in need across the region,” said Williams. “I look forward to partnering with colleagues and leaders at CHD to foster a workplace culture where employees of all backgrounds feel personally connected, valued, and welcome, and where opportunities for advancement are equitable for everyone.”

CHD President and CEO Jim Goodwin said he is “delighted that Kimberly is joining our CHD family. She has proven success in developing DEIB programs, and her accomplishments make her an ideal choice to carry on this critical work. She will help identify transformative ways for our employees to connect and provide an even greater sense of belonging here.”

Williams has served as a volunteer leader on several nonprofit boards, including being vice president of The Greater Springfield (MA) Links Inc. and founder and director of Next Level Development. She was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Services. She received her MBA in Human Resource Management from Syracuse University and her BA in Law and Society from American University.