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DK Bartley

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Author, Journalist, Global DE&I Influencer

Mr. Bartley’s career has been effectively characterized as a subject matter expert for Diversity, Inclusion and Talent Acquisition. As an executive, public speaker and influencer, DK Bartley has been very effective inspiring global audiences. With a career that has been exemplifiable through his career versatility and success on many corporate “streets,” Wall Street, Madison Avenue, and Seventh-Fashion Avenue. Mr. Bartley has created a brand emblematic of “Best-in-Class” Talent Acquisition and Diversity & Inclusion practices for some of the world’s most influential brands and corporations.

He is currently completing “Turning Point” a book centered on the global response to George Floyd and the role that  black representation plays at all levels. Since 2019, he has also functioned as CDO – Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer at Moody’s, the global integrated risk assessment company, where he has launched and implemented Moody’s acceleration of DE&I as a business imperative and the international Diversity and Inclusion strategy for its internal and external framework. Mr. Bartley’s leadership has arguably disrupted Moody’s day-to-day function as a business to become even more inclusive, more progressive and a leader among its competitors. Moody’s has received numerous DE&I awards and recognition during his tenure.

Prior to Moody’s, DK was previously Senior Vice President & Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Dentsu International, where he managed talent solutions for Dentsu’s largest clients, such as Microsoft, American Express, Facebook, and LVMH. He successfully managed and reengineered the Dentsu Americas talent acquisition team and created a Center of Excellence focused on talent, leading Dentsu to become an employer of choice globally. One of his biggest successes was managing the strategic hiring of four hundred-plus diverse advertising professionals for Microsoft. This resulted in a sixty-six-million-dollar growth of Multicultural revenue for Microsoft products.

He has also functioned as Chief Talent Officer, for the global consulting firm Diversity Talent International (DTI), managing a roster of clients that included some of the world’s most influential brands, Polo Ralph Lauren, Mercedes-Benz, Colgate-Palmolive, Huawei Technologies, and WPP. Prior to DTI, Mr. Bartley held other senior-level roles including Director of Human Resources at News corporations HarperCollins.

He is a board member of the AAF, The American Advertising Federation, Urban Word, home of America’s youngest Poet Laureate, ALPFA aka the Association of Latino Professionals For America and a trustee of Education Africa.

Mr. Bartley is certified in Diversity & Inclusion Management from Cornell University ILR, holds a master’s degree in communications from the New York Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stony Brook University.

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