ATLANTA, GA (November 16, 2020) — Roxanne Lagano, executive vice president, chief human resources officer and global operations, Zoetis, joins INROADS’ National Board of Directors. INROADS is the largest nonprofit committed to the development of careers and leadership for the talented and underrepresented.
“Roxanne is joining INROADS’ board of directors at a critical time in the country. As corporate America grapples with calls for equity, we are fortunate to have leaders like Roxanne who understand what it takes to build, transform and advance corporate culture,” says Barron Witherspoon, board chairman, INROADS, and global vice president for industry affairs and corporate race initiative, P&G.
Lagano understands corporate culture. In 2013 when Zoetis spun off from Pfizer, she was faced with standing up a corporate culture, defining new Core Beliefs, and articulating an employer brand that would retain and attract talent across industries and markets. Lagano’s work helped make Zoetis a global leader in animal health. Zoetis has been named by Forbes magazine as one of America’s Best Mid-Sized Employers four times in a row, and has earned distinction from Working Mother magazine as a top company for working mothers.
“Building a corporate culture is a continuous journey, and the transitions are never easy. Your culture has to be true to the colleague experience and rooted in authentic values that people are living every day. My role at Zoetis has been to engage our colleagues in creating a positive workplace where people feel valued, while also attracting and developing talent that will embrace and enhance our culture,” says Lagano. As a board member for INROADS, Lagano will become an ambassador for an organization that is a leading solutions provider for companies addressing corporate inequity.
“Our 50-year history of impact has positioned us as a credible voice and provider of solutions to some of the most influential companies in the world. Our solutions transform the lives of the talented and underrepresented by providing them an opportunity to have an impact on industries. The net result of this work is that we also change the socio-economics of the underserved — an effort that positively impacts America’s racial wealth gap,” says Forest T. Harper, Jr., president and chief executive officer, INROADS.
“Joining the Board of INROADS is both a major honor and responsibility. I am grateful for the opportunity to address corporate and social disparities and equally as enthused by the challenges of this commitment,” says Lagano.
In addition to Lagano, INROADS welcomes to their National Board of Directors Karen Hunter, president and chief executive officer, Karen Hunter Publishing; Thomas Ransom, executive vice president, head of sales and client experience strategy, Truist; Chantalle Couba, founder, Namaste Consulting; Rich Simons, general manager, parts sales and marketing, Daimler Trucks North America; and Kevin Simmonds, principal, cybersecurity & privacy, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
INROADS was founded more than 50 years ago. Inspired by the famed I Have a Dream speech, Frank Carr founded INROADS to remove career barriers to corporate opportunities for people of color. Today, INROADS is credited with establishing the Black middle class. With more than 40,000 alumni, INROADS is the largest nonprofit organization committed to leadership and career development for underserved and underrepresented talent in the world. INROADS has placed students in more than 154,000 paid internships throughout its history, and graduated more than 40,000 alumni into full-time professional and leadership positions with more than 1,000 corporate partners. Currently, INROADS serves 800-1,300 interns and 200 corporate clients. Learn more at INROADS.org and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn: @INROADSInc.
For more information, contact:
Angela M. Riley
205.549.1000, ext. 102