Business Leadership in Advancing Racial and Economic Equity

Date and time: Tuesday, May 23, 2023 12:30 PM EDT
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Join us on May 23 for a conversation with 2023 Skoll awardee PolicyLink on the mindset and the mechanics for business leaders and investors to remain steadfast in fostering an economy that cultivates a healthy labor force, an economically secure consumer base, and a well-functioning society. In this session, participants will get an early look at new corporate standards tackling inequality, hear from business leaders who are making meaningful change for people of color within and beyond their DEI initiatives, and explore how we overcome the obstacles in our path. This webinar is not-to-be-missed for businesses, investment firms, and civil society organizations with operations in the United States.


Wilma Wallace

Chief Diversity and Social Impact Officer & Chief Legal Officer


Wilma Wallace leads REI’s Diversity and Social Impact office, which oversees the co-op’s enterprise-wide racial equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives; and she serves as REI Co-op’s Chief Legal Officer. Wallace was promoted into these new roles in September 2021, previously having served as REI’s General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Wallace currently serves as board chair of the REI Cooperative Action Fund, a public charity. Prior to joining the co-op in October 2017, Wallace was interim General Counsel for Enveritas, a sustainability startup venture. She had a successful 20-year career at Gap Inc., progressing to senior executive roles during a time of innovation, growth and a shifting retail environment. While at Gap Inc., Wallace was responsible for legal, compliance, government affairs and award-winning sustainability functions. Throughout her career, Wallace has been an advocate and leader in driving cultural change to address legal and compliance risk, and to advance the role of organizations in promoting a fully inclusive and equitable society. Wallace currently serves on the board of Premera, a provider of healthcare services, and on the boards of several non-profit organizations each with a mission to advance equity; access; and legal, environmental or economic justice. She is a graduate of Brown University and holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School.