Christopher W. Mitchell, 28

Analyst Manager, MasterCard International

 

A diverse workforce is not something MasterCard merely gives lip service to—its Global Diversity Office is tasked with nurturing an inclusive culture among its 10,000+ employees. Christopher Mitchell is an integral part of that effort, managing the company’s affirmative action plans for the entire US and reporting directly to Donna Johnson, the company’s chief diversity officer. Mitchell, who previously held a similar position championing diversity at New York Power, works to streamline, capture, and analyze data on ethnicity, gender, and other relevant criteria and present the data to MasterCard leadership for the development of new recruitment, retention, and engagement plans. The role is obviously a good fit for this Brown- and NYU-educated up-and-comer. “I have never been part of an organization where I felt so challenged yet appreciated,” he says. “This role has fulfilled my desire to be part of an organization that incorporates global issues such as LGBT rights and financial inclusion in underdeveloped countries.”

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• Mitchell is nothing if not well educated: He graduated from The Hackley School, then Brown University (double major in commerce, organizations and entrepreneurship and history of art and architecture with a focus on modern art), and received an MBA from New York University with a triple major in management, luxury marketing, and digital marketing.

• While at Brown, he was involved in many campus groups ranging including those with LGBTQ, African-American, and political initiatives. He was also part of highly competitive class of 12 students selected to appropriate a $20,000 angel donation to where they saw fit in the Providence community.

• Prior to his current position at MasterCard, Mitchell worked in the company’s Global Talent Acquisition division, where he helped revamp job descriptions and create an employer branding strategy, which has been implemented and is receiving positive feedback both internally and externally.

• What’s behind his success? “Being a first generation Caribbean-American, my parents instilled in me the power of hard work, honesty, and education. I wholeheartedly credit my incredibly supportive family and passion for trying new things to my success. Without those two things, I would be nothing.”

 

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