Major League Baseball has a new Chief People & Culture Officer on board starting this October. Michele Meyer-Shipp is taking on the role which is responsible for overseeing all of the MLB’s human resources activities, including talent processes and programs, workplace culture, and diversity and inclusion. She will also oversee all off-field office operations.
“I am very pleased that Michele is joining us to fill this vital role for Major League Baseball,” Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said. “Michele’s outstanding record of accomplishment will be a valuable addition to our senior leadership team, the hiring and development of our employees, and industry initiatives. We are excited for her to get started.”
Meyer-Shipp joins MLB from “Big 4 Accounting Firm” KPMG LLP, where she has served as Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer. While at KPMG, she led all firm programs and initiatives relating to workforce, workplace, and marketplace diversity and inclusion. In addition to overseeing a host of human resource-related initiatives in this role, she consulted with clients on building diverse and inclusive workplaces.
Previously, Meyer-Shipp worked for Prudential Financial, serving as Global Chief Diversity Officer for five years, and for the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where she was Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer. Prior to those roles, she spent over a decade practicing employment law in both the public and private sectors, counseling clients on driving equitable talent and workplace practices.
She has a wealth of other experience as Meyer-Shipp has served on many industry and association tasks forces and committees, including Twitter’s Diversity Advisory Council, Working Mother Media’s Multicultural Advisory Board, National Organization on Disability, and Rutgers University’s Student Affairs Executive Advisory Council. She also has been a Contributor to Yahoo! Finance News.
Meyer-Shipp has also received numerous awards and accolades for her professional accomplishments, including most recently being recognized among the “Top 100 Women of Influence” by Diversity MBA. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and Seton Hall University School of Law, and she is certified as a senior human resources professional by the Society of Human Resources Management.
With diversity and inclusion top of mind for many organizations, this is a hire to keep an eye on in the near future.