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Tawana Thomas-Johnson

SVP and Chief Diversity Officer
American Cancer Society
Tawana Thomas Johnson, Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer Tawana Thomas Johnson is our senior vice president, chief diversity officer and serves on the American Cancer Society's Executive Team. She is passionate about advancing equity and helping people live healthier lives by developing and championing strategies on the journey to creating an organizational culture in which diversity, equity and inclusion and health equity are at the center. In this mission-critical role, Tawana leads our stand-alone Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team and is responsible for inspiring and defining the organization's diversity, equity (inclusive of health equity) and impact strategies. She has extensive experience and expertise in strategic planning and operations management, volunteer partnerships and corporate development. Her leadership responsibilities also include the development and execution of the enterprise Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy and performance reporting. Since joining the American Cancer Society in 2006 as director of Health Disparities for the former South Atlantic Division, Tawana has led the development of outreach tools, programs, and resources to increase awareness of the unequal burden of cancer in diverse communities, resulting in the significant increase of diverse constituents utilizing our organization's program and services. Among these tools is the "More Than Conquerors" documentary, which features testimonies and interviews with cancer survivors, caregivers, physicians, and renowned clergy. Tawana served as executive producer for the documentary, which received national acclaim and premiered at the National Black Film Festival. She has successfully led the American Cancer Society in increasing workforce diversity at all levels of the organization with an emphasis on manager/leader levels, achieving pay parity, and significantly improving employee engagement around diversity and inclusion. To further enable the organization's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, she led the American Cancer Society in joining the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion movement led by PwC, which brings together more than 2,000 organizations committed to driving diversity and inclusion within their organizations. Tawana's ongoing role also includes engaging corporate executives, high-level donors, and leadership volunteers in furthering the fight against cancer through mission support and resourcing. Under her leadership, the American Cancer Society as engaged with thousands of diverse volunteers, partners, and stakeholders to advance health equity. Tawana holds leadership roles with national organizations including the African Heritage Studies Association, The Links, Incorporated, and the NAACP. She also serves on several boards, including the Oprah Winfrey Network OWN Your Health advisory board.