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About Effenus Henderson

Effenus Henderson is President and CEO of HenderWorks, Inc. and Co-Director of the Institute for Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion. He is also the retired Chief Diversity Officer for Weyerhaeuser Company, Federal Way, Washington where he advised the CEO and senior management team on diversity, inclusion and affirmative action related matters. He is an internationally recognized diversity thought leader and has been invited by numerous companies and organizations to share his expertise. Prior to his retirement in 2013, led the development of a company-wide “Inclusive Leadership Learning Series” for the top 1,000 leaders at Weyerhaeuser.

He has addressed members of the General Assembly of the United Nations on intercultural and interreligious diversity, and also addressed a high level panel of the Alliance of Civilizations in Madrid, Spain in 2008, Istanbul Turkey in 2009, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2010, and Doha, Qatar in December 2011. He also participated in a high level dialogue sponsored by the High Commissioner on Human Rights in preparation for the 60th Anniversary Celebration of the Universal Declaration of human rights. He was part of a special panel on diversity at the VII Annual Inter-American Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility held in Punta del Este, Uruguay in December 2009. He has advised members of the United Nation’s Alliance of Civilization and Global Compact offices on emerging issues. Additionally, he has advised leaders of Club de Madrid’s Shared Societies Project (Madrid, Spain) on cross-cultural inclusion. In 2010, he was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Global Dialogue Foundation, located in Melbourne, Australia.
In 2011 he has served as an advisor to the National Advisory Council on Environmental Protection and Tecnology (NACEPT) and is helping provide recommendations to the EPA on diversity and inclusion issues.

He was named one of the top diversity officers in corporate America by Diversity Best Practices / Working Mother Media and received its first Diversity Officer Leadership Award in 2007. He was among the finalists for the second annual global ORC Peter C. Robertson Award for Equality and Diversity Champions. He was one of 100 Global Diversity Thought Leaders invited by the president of the Society of Human Resource Management to a special forum in April 2008 to provide a perspective on the future of global diversity and inclusion. He was named to Savoy magazine’s 2010 list of the Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America. He was the 2010 recipient of the National Urban League’s Collins Award for distinctive service and commitment awarded at the National Urban League’s Whitney M. Young, Jr. Awards Gala in Washington, DC in July 2010.

In 2010, he was named to co-chair a Diversity and Inclusion Standards Project (along with co-chair Cari Dominquez, former Head of EEOC) sponsored by the Society of Human Resources which will lead to a standard, approved by ANSI, in the areas of chief diversity officer competencies, diversity programs, and diversity metrics.


Present Co-Director and Co-Founder, North Carolina Central University

Curriculum Vitae

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Inclusive Leadership and Diversity (3)

Inclusive Leadership (2)

Inclusive Leadership in Intercultural Markets (2)

Intercultural and Religious Diversity and Inclusion (2)

Organizational Inclusion (2)

Inclusion (2)

Intercultural and Interreligious Diversity (4)

Understanding Purpose and Truth (2)

Human Rights (1)

Inclusive Leadership and Governance (2)

Understanding the Gift of Difference - Key to Inclusive Leadership (1)

Understanding the linkage of diversity and inclusion to effective governance in the 21st century (2)