W5-C: Diversity Executive Roundtable: D&I as a Strategic Core Value
About Maria Campbell
Maria L. Campbell serves as Director of Diversity for SC Johnson, a family-owned and managed business dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, and insect control. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, ECHO®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, and MR. MUSCLE®. The 125-year-old company, with more than $8 billion in sales, employs approximately 12,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com
With more than 20 years of business experience at SC Johnson, Maria has, through multiple promotions, held a variety of positions in business units ranging from Engineering, Marketing and Human Resources. In 2000, Maria developed a solid business case for diversity and a seven-tier strategic plan, which is now implemented at all, levels within the organization. Through presentations shared with other companies and universities, Maria has helped more than 35 organizations and universities benchmark their best practices in diversity.
Maria’s efforts have gained national visibility for SC Johnson with company recognition on DiversityInc Top 50 Companies, FORTUNE’s “100 Best Places to Work For”; Hispanic Business Magazine’s “Top 60 Elite Corporate Companies for Latinos”; Working Mother Magazine’s “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers”; and “Best Large Company to Work For in Southeastern Wisconsin” and “Best Large Company to Work for Women” by The Management Association, Inc.’s annual ranking in Milwaukee Magazine. Her efforts have also brought numerous awards to SC Johnson including; AARP Best Companies for Workers Over 50; the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s “Employer of Choice Award”; National Disability & Business Council’s “2004 Gold Employer of Year Award”; the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s “Corporate Equity Index On Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Social Responsibility”; PlanetOut Partners’ and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates’ “Champion for Workplace Equality Award” and “Employee Resource Group of the Year Award” presented to SC Johnson’s Gay & Lesbian Business Council.
As a result of her leadership, SC Johnson is viewed as a leader in diversity management. She has been featured in such national publications as BusinessWeek, Forbes, Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology Journal, and DiversityInc.com.
Maria’s efforts to set strategies and drive for results has helped SC Johnson recruit only “the best talent.” She also serves as spokesperson for SC Johnson’s councils; Abilities First, African American, Gay & Lesbian, Hispanic, and Women’s Business Councils.
Maria holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and a Master’s Degree in Management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
She is a member of the President’s Council on Diversity for University of Wisconsin Systems, United Way of Racine Board of Directors, Neighborhood Housing Services of Southeast Wisconsin Board of Directors, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and The Girl Friends, Inc. She was recognized in Uptown Professional magazine’s Top 100 Executives in Corporate America for 2010. She was also featured in CCN magazine for her workplace diversity leadership. She is the recipient of the 2007 Distinguished Black Women award from BISA. She is frequently asked to speak with corporations, universities, conferences, and not-for-profit organizations.