MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – JUNE 15: SVP of DEI North American Warner Brothers Discovery, Karen Horne attends the HBO Short Film Award Showcase during the 2023 American Black Film Festival at New World Center on June 15, 2023 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jason Koerner/Getty Images)
The diversity, equity, and inclusion space, specifically in Hollywood, is witnessing a reckoning. Reports show four seasoned and talented Black women DEI executives at three major corporations have stepped down or been dismissed.
Eight days later, on June 28, news broke that Netflix’s Head of Inclusion Strategy Vernā Myers, would be stepping down from her role in September. She told Variety that she will return to her consulting company, The Vernā Myers Co., “working across global organizations and industries while continuing to advise Netflix.”
During BE’s Chief Diversity Officer Summit & Honors, Fidelity Investments’ Head of Office of Diversity & Inclusion Wendy John spoke briefly about the result of the affirmative action ruling. “We should expect that the ruling will empower some of the individuals in the organizations to start to ask questions that challenge some of the programs that we have,” said John.
Since then, the news regarding these DEI execs’ departures has sparked a whirlwind of heavy commentary across social media — including a concerned post from Hollywood star Yvette Nicole Brown. Users are heartbroken, while others suggest the Supreme Court ruling against affirmative action in college admissions does not affect these recent decisions.
Source: Black Enterprise