PLANO, Texas–Toyota Motor North America has named Jyoti Chopra, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion for BNY Mellon, and Howard W. Buffett, a lecturer in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, to its North American Diversity Advisory Board.
Created in 2002, Toyota’s Diversity Advisory Board plays an integral role in fostering a more diverse and inclusive culture at the company. Working closely with the organization’s senior leadership, the Advisory Board helps drive adoption of best practices and ensures executive accountability. Led by former U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman, the Advisory Board members are among the country’s most recognized leaders in diversity and related fields.
“Toyota believes that diversity and inclusion are business imperatives that drive innovation and create value for both our business and our society,” said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America. “With international leaders in diversity and inclusion, public policy, economic development and community relations among its members, our Diversity Advisory Board greatly strengthens our D&I efforts with its peerless guidance and deep commitment to our success.”
“Jyoti is a powerful addition to our Board, with her extensive global experience developing corporate diversity and inclusion initiatives along with her hands-on experience in guiding them to success,” said Toyota’s Chief Social Innovation Officer Latondra Newton. “Howard brings a fresh new perspective to our board – offering a millennial viewpoint that is increasingly shaping the American workplace and his deep expertise in international development, global philanthropy and sustainable progress is remarkable.”
Ms. Chopra said, “Toyota recognizes that its success depends on having employees, suppliers and partners who reflect the growing diversity of the marketplace. I look forward to working with my new board colleagues and Toyota’s senior leadership to help the company continue to successfully serve its fast-evolving customer base.”
Mr. Buffett said, “I’m honored to join such a distinguished group of advisors and to work with a company that is clearly committed to advancing diversity and inclusion for the benefit of its business and society. Despite important progress in its diversity and inclusion work, Toyota recognizes that there is more to be done. I look forward to helping them achieve their ambitious goals.”
Ms. Chopra is Managing Director and the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at BNY Mellon. She leads the company’s award-winning diversity and inclusion practice, including overseeing its D&I strategy and implementation, advancing diversity training and serving on its Global Diversity & Inclusion Council. In addition, she is a member of the company’s Operating Committee, and serves as the company’s representative to the Global Talent and Diversity Council of the Asia Society.
Prior to her tenure at BNY Mellon, Ms. Chopra served as the global leader for communications and public relations at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. In 2011, she led the development of Deloitte’s first global diversity report. Earlier in her career, she served as Managing Director and Head of Communications for the Americas and the Global Bank at Merrill Lynch and also worked for the United Nations and UNICEF.
Mr. Buffett is a lecturer in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he teaches management techniques to improve the effectiveness of international development, foreign aid and global philanthropy. Mr. Buffett also serves on the Management Advisory Board for the Earth Institute at Columbia, a research institution that advances sustainable development programs.
Previously, Mr. Buffett was the Executive Director of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, which works to improve the lives of impoverished and marginalized populations across Africa and Latin America. Before that, he served in the U.S. Department of Defense, overseeing agriculture-based economic stabilization and redevelopment programs in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mr. Buffett also served as a Policy Advisor for the White House Domestic Policy Council. While in government, Mr. Buffett developed “Social Value Investing”, a management framework that makes organizations more effective and accountable to the communities they serve. Mr. Buffett is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and co-authored the New York Times best-selling book 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World.