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Posted March 25, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Photo
 
 

[PROFILE] In 25 Words or Less: Erby Foster (Diversity)

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In 25 Words or Less.

Posted: March 25, 2016

THE BASICS
Name: Erby Foster
Age: Old enough • Status: Married • Kids: Yes
Place of Birth: San Francisco, CA • Raised: San Francisco, CA
Professional Background: Erby advises senior management and board of directors on diversity strategy, employer branding, external partnerships, and ERGs. He is a CPA with broad experience creating and implementing business strategy that increase customer satisfaction, drive profitable growth, and expand market share.
What achievement or position are you most known for? President & CEO – National Association of Black Accountants, Inc.
Contact/Follow: EmailLinkedInTwitter
25 WORDS OR LESS: WORK
Job(s) held that is most unlike what I currently do now: VP & CFO – AAA Chicago; Senior Finance Director – McDonald’s Corp; Global Finance Director – PepsiCo; Senior Audit Manager, Arthur Andersen & Co.
Field: Diversity & Inclusion
Years of Experience: 10
Title: Chief Diversity Officer
Organization: The Clorox Company – Oakland, CA
What it does and what I do: Consumer Packaged Goods.
Current Big Project: Leverage ERGs for growth & innovation ideas.
Staffing/Resource Needs: n/a
Field: Finance & Accounting
Title: VP & CFO
Yrs of Experience: 15
Company: The Clorox Company – Oakland, CA
Additional Positions: Former Corporate: Senior Finance Director; Senior Audit Manager
Additional Organizations: Alonzo King LINES Ballet; Glide Foundation; Museum of the African Diaspora; Network of Executive Women
25 WORDS OR LESS: PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVE
Significant Challenge: Today’s global marketplace is different from one we grew up in. It requires new approaches, diverse leadership teams with different worldviews, experiences, and thought processes.
Significant Mistake/Regret: What I’ve learned along the way: Diversity is being invited to the party; Inclusion is being invited to dance. Let’s dance!
Significant Accomplishment: Out & Equal – Outstanding Ally Award, The Clorox Company – Chairman’s Award, NABA – Commitment to the Community Award.
Biggest Strength(s): Connector and Influencer.
Biggest Weakness(es): Not following my passion early in career.
Career Advice: Think of yourself as a “brand.” Then focus on leverage strengths for grow & innovation ideas; job performance; internal & external connections.
25 WORDS OR LESS: PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE
Significant Challenge: “Be Here Now” when spending time with family.
Significant Accomplishment: Giving 10% of my Time, Talent, & Treasure to serve on non-profit boards.
Life Advice: If we each contribute 10% of our time, talent, or treasure – to someone for something – a great deal could be done.
Trait(s) most admired in others: Unconditional Love.
Among several global issues of deep concern, one(s) that stands out to me: Predict what the next water contamination crisis will be and solve it now.
Some causes/organizations I support: Alonzo King LINES Ballet; Glide Foundation; Museum of the African Diaspora; Network of Executive Women
Some of my most-admired people (excluding parents): Cecil Williams, Danny Glover, Willie Brown.
25 WORDS OR LESS: LIFESTYLE
Hours of “personal” downtime/week: 10
Favorite activity(s) in my personal downtime: Arts, Books, Jazz, Movies, Running.
Some of my favorite local hangouts: LINES Ballet, Movie Theatre, Yoshi’s
Some of my favorite TV shows: Elementary, Rosewod, Shades of Blue.
What news outlets or media sources do you most rely on? CNN, NBC, San Francisco Chronicle
Favorite Vacation Spot(s): Barcelona, Puerto Rico, Vancouver.
Place(s) I would like to visit: Africa, Cuba, Dubai
Favorite Pastime/Hobby(s): Arts, Jazz, Movies, Reading, Running.
Favorite Book(s): Everything written by Walter Mosley.
Something about me that may surprise you: As a High School sophomore; taught Geometry to class of Seniors during a Teacher strike.
25 WORDS OR LESS: AND LASTLY. . .
With all that goes on in our lives, we may believe we don’t have time to get involved with other people’s issues, yet we must.
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