Inclusive Illinois Day

Chancellor's Lecture Speaker - Ted Childs

Ted Childs worked at IBM for over 39 years. Through the leadership of Childs, IBM broadened the definition of diversity to include sensitivity to cultures, sexual orientation, and age, as well as gender, race, and disability. As a leading corporate diversity expert, Childs understands the importance of embracing diversity and the advantage it provides in the war for talent in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

While at IBM, Ted has held a variety of human resource assignments, including fifteen years of executive responsibility for global workforce diversity programs and policies. In addition, Ted served as Executive Assistant to Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks, Executive Director of the NAACP, on an IBM Social Service Leave from March 1982 to September 1983. Ted is a graduate of West Virginia State University, a member of the board of directors and a past president of the University’s Foundation, and a life member of the West Virginia State University National Alumni Association.

Ted is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC); The Families and Work Institute Board of Directors, and was installed as a Fellow in The National Academy of Human Resources in 2001. Ted has received Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degrees from Pace University (2001), West Virginia State University (2003), and Our Lady of the Elms College (2005). Ted holds life memberships in the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources, The National Council of Negro Women, Inc., The National Organization of Women (NOW), Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., the NAACP, the Sierra Club, and the Bass Anglers Sportsmen Society.

Childs presents to CEOs and select MBA students around the world on the importance of international experience, faith, and population trends on culture and talent in the marketplace.