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Nzinga Shaw      

Former Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Office at Starbucks & The Atlanta Hawks

Nzinga Shaw is currently the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of the Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena. She is the first person to hold this position in the National Basketball Association. In her role, Shaw is responsible for developing and embedding diversity and inclusion best practices throughout the organization. She has designed a strategic, cross-departmental program that creates deeper cultural awareness and sensitivity. Additionally, Shaw serves as a member of the Executive Committee and provides guidance to the leadership team so that they can engender inclusivity in every facet of the business. Shaw is developing a strategy to embed diversity and inclusion in all programmatic activity, governance and daily administration of the organization. She is focused on building a foundation that will advance this strategy as a core component of the Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena brand, and to drive the business. This initiative extends to fans, customers, community partners and within the workforce.

Prior to joining the Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena, Shaw has been at the forefront of leading organizational change through diversity. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Edelman, the world’s largest and most profitable public relations agency. Simultaneously, she led the human resources function for Edelman’s southeast and southwest regions. She also worked in human resources at Essence Magazine, the Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network, and the National Football League. Shaw is also on the Board of Directors of the National Black Public Relations Society and the Georgia Diversity Council. She is an alumna of Spelman College, the University of Pennsylvania, and was a study abroad scholar at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Her academic settings have enabled her to experience rich diversity while studying among a wide array of individuals hailing from all around the globe.


Meet Nzinga Shaw: The NBA’s First Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
While the NBA is male-dominated both on the court and in the boardroom, Atlanta Hawks Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Nzinga Shaw, is working to change that dynamic.

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