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Melissa Donaldson joined Wintrust in 2016 as chief diversity officer. In that role, Melissa works with senior leadership company-wide to drive diversity and inclusion priorities, including initiatives aimed at increasing diversity in leadership pipeline development, marketplace reach and community engagement. She also manages partnerships to enhance various talent initiatives and works with business units to reinforce inclusive approaches to addressing talent needs and marketplace opportunities.
Melissa was most recently at Walgreens as director of diversity networks and communication. Her responsibilities included strategic partnerships, inclusion councils, business resource groups, multicultural leadership initiatives, women’s development strategy and diversity communications. Prior to that role, Melissa was with CDW as its first-ever director of inclusion practices.