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Nzinga Shaw, C'2001, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Atlanta Hawks

March 2016

NzingaShawNzinga Shaw is currently the chief diversity and inclusion officer of the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena. She is the first person to hold this position in the National Basketball Association. In her role, Shaw is responsible for developing and embedding diversity and inclusion best practices throughout the organization. She has designed a strategic, cross-departmental program that creates deeper cultural awareness and sensitivity.

Additionally, Shaw serves as a member of the Executive Committee and provides guidance to the leadership team so that they can engender inclusivity in every facet of the business. Shaw is developing a strategy to embed diversity and inclusion in all programmatic activity, governance and daily administration of the organization. She is focused on building a foundation that will advance this strategy as a core component of the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena brand, and to drive the business. This initiative extends to fans, customers, community partners and within the workforce.

After graduating from Spelman in 2001, Shaw received her master’s degree from University of Pennsylvania, and was a study abroad scholar at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Zing’s various academic settings have enabled her to experience rich diversity while studying among a wide array of individuals hailing from all around the globe.

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Shaw talks about how her experiences at Spelman prepared her for the position she now has with the Atlanta Hawks and Phillips Arena.

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