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Topic: Culture

Creating Unity in Diversity: The Role of Leadership, Culture, and Appreciation

Sara Jones, CEO of InclusionPro and Mindi Cox of O.C. Tanner Institute

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Diversity, equity, and inclusion continue to be top of mind for senior leaders and HR practitioners. We know that integrated DE&I programs and inclusive employee experiences across the employee lifecycle produce the best outcomes for individuals, teams, and organizations. Yet only 44% of employees feel that DE&I efforts within their organization are sincere. How do we genuinely move the needle in creating authentic experiences where all employees feel like they belong and can thrive?

Join Sara Jones, CEO of InclusionPro, and Mindi Cox, Chief Marketing & People Officer at O.C. Tanner, as they reveal new insights, thinking, and practices that HR and senior leaders can employ now to transform their DE&I programs and strategies.


  • The value of a foundation of Unity to achieve DEI outcomes
  • Leadership readiness and mindset
  • Addressing the authenticity gap when leaders are not unified
  • The power of validation as appreciation

About the speakers:

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Sara Jones CEO, InclusionPro

Sara Jones is CEO of InclusionPro. Her approach to diversity stands out from traditional models, in that her programs strongly engage all leaders as stakeholders in the conversation, guiding thoughtful and strategic leaders in the art of inclusive leadership across industries.

Sara, who was adopted from South Korea at age three, grew up as one of few Asians in a predominantly white community, and in her professional life, has often been one of few women leaders in male-dominated industries. These experiences helped her develop a profound and personal understanding of the value of diverse perspectives.

She has advocated throughout her career for the benefits of greater diversity in our companies, boardrooms and circles of power. Jones is a Founder of Women Tech Council (WTC), a national organization focused on the economic impact of women in driving high growth for the technology sector. She also serves on the Utah State Workforce Development Board, Board of Trustees for Intermountain Healthcare Salt Lake Valley Hospitals and the Executive Board of Silicon Slopes.

Jones was honored as a Distinguished Alumni from the University of Utah (2021), a Utah Business Magazine CEO of the Year (2019), received a Distinguished Alumni award from the University of Utah College of Engineering (2017) and was a Utah Innovation Awardee.

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Mindi Cox Chief Marketing & People Officer, O.C. Tanner

Mindi Cox works to connect people with purpose to deliver human-centered business results. Currently serving as O.C. Tanner’s Chief Marketing & People Officer, she believes an organization’s potential is intimately tied to its sense of humanity. After more than two decades in sales, marketing, and as a human resource executive for O.C. Tanner, her core goal remains that same: to help cultivate workplace cultures where individuals feel connected to the greater purpose and impact of their work, inspiring people to seek personal and professional progress.

Mindi has been honored with various awards for her work, including Human Resource Executive of the Year by the Stevie® Awards for Great Employers, Human Resource Executive of the Year by Utah Business Magazine, and the 30 Women to Watch in Utah Business. Professionally, she is most proud of her role in the leadership and culture work that has resulted in O.C. Tanner being named three times to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list. She is frequently sought after to add her perspective on workplace issues and business solutions by trade and business publications and has contributed to several books on workplace culture. She is SPHR and SHRM-SCP certified and also holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism along with an MBA from the University of Utah. She is the proud mom to three busy sons and is grateful for the perspective her crew gives her on work, life, wellbeing, and whole-life awareness as a business priority.

Learn more from Mindi on how she builds people-driven organizations.

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