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Global Director - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, CBRE
Chris‘s professional bio / interests
As Global Director – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I), Chris Williams oversees the company’s DE&I efforts across its Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) Business. Until most recently (August 2022), he also had the pleasure of being the Co-Chair of the Race, Ethnicity & Cultural Heritage (REACH) Network and the Chair of the Christian Group (part of the Faith Network). As a Black British employee (with Caribbean parents), he is very passionate about creating environments where people can thrive by strengthening an inclusive culture, increasing workforce diversity, and spending with diverse suppliers. Before becoming the Global Director of DE&I, Chris served as Global Alliance Director with the GWS Datacentre Solutions (DCS) business, responsible for Datacentres in the UK, US, Finland, and the Netherlands. Earlier, Chris served as Regional Operations Director for several customers in the GWS Enterprise. Before this, Chris served as a Regional Operations Manager within the GWS Local business. His career at CBRE spans over six years, and he is proud of having experience in three of the CBRE GWS lines of business. Chris received an Executive MBA from Aston University and is husband to Shackera and the proud father of four. His pronouns are he/him, and he is the youngest of seven children.
I’d like help with…
As someone who recently transitioned into a diversity, equity, and inclusion role, I am eager to support and collaborate with my colleagues in the field. I believe that working together and sharing knowledge and resources can help us create more inclusive and equitable environments. I am open to sharing my experiences, providing guidance and mentorship, and engaging in thoughtful discussions about DEI initiatives and strategies. I am also interested in learning from my colleagues and expanding my understanding of the complex and nuanced issues surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion. Let's work together to create meaningful and lasting change in our workplaces and communities.
An interesting, or unusual fact(s) about me…
Did you know that I am a born again Christian? This faith journey has brought so much joy and fulfillment to my life, and I am grateful for the love and grace that God has shown me. Being a Christian has shaped my values and how I approach every aspect of my life, including my relationships, work, and community service. I am humbled by the opportunity to live out my faith and share God's love with those around me. I am thankful for the support and encouragement of my fellow believers, and I am always open to having conversations about faith and spirituality.He/She
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A career highlight
I was excited to announce on the 8 August 2022 that I was transitioning from an operations role to a diversity, equity, and inclusion role! After years of managing corporate environments for customers from a facilities management perspective, I was thrilled to bring my skills and experience to a new field that aligns with my passion for creating inclusive and equitable environments.
03 February, 2023