Wanda Heading-Grant, vice president for human resources, diversity and multicultural affairs at the University of Vermont, has been named one of 166 winners of the 18th annual Women Worth Watching Award by Profiles in Diversity Journal.

The winners join more than 2,000 past award recipients. Past winners have included CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, including Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors; Lynne Doughtie, CEO of KPMG; Marillyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin; Michele Buck, CEO of Hershey’s; and Beth Mooney CEO of Key Bank. Countless others have moved forward to lead new business units, drive new markets, launch new ventures, and help develop the next generation of women leaders.

Heading-Grant is the only recipient to work in higher education in the United States. One other winner works for a Canadian university. “I am delighted to be a part of such a prestigious group of women influencers being honored, and I am particularly grateful to be acknowledged for the excellent work being done in to create more diverse and inclusive spaces within higher education,” said Heading-Grant.

According to James Rector, Profiles in Diversity Journal publisher, “The collaboration between organizations and the magazine over the past 18 years in identifying and selecting deserving candidates for the annual Women Worth Watching Award is a testament to a collaborative and very productive relationship that energizes, inspires, and recognizes women who have demonstrated high levels of leadership.”

In her three decades of service to the University of Vermont, Heading Grant has served in a broad range of academic and administrative roles including executive director, associate dean, associate provost, chief diversity officer and vice president. Her wealth of professional experience and volunteer service on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations and civil rights advisory committees have earned her a reputation as a cultural architect able to build and sustain real and lasting change.

Each Women Worth Watching Award recipient, whose commitment and achievements will be recognized in Profiles in Diversity Journal’s summer edition, will share words of wisdom with women in the pipeline. The nomination of candidates for this award demonstrates C-suite support of women in leadership, and the inclusion of the Award winners in the magazine publicly enhances the visibility and reputations of the companies and organizations that employ, support, and empower these outstanding women. The 2019 Women Worth Watching edition will be available to the public in August.


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