There is a plethora of awards in the diversity space, but Barbara Matos, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), pays scant attention to them, choosing instead to put all her energy into doing the “important work,” which is how she describes her department’s efforts to make diversity and inclusion baked into the culture at CBS.
This month, however, DiversityGlobal magazine reached out to let her know she was among the 2019 Top 15 Champions of Diversity, a recognition for which she was nominated along with 150 other diversity practitioners from various industries.
“I was surprised to find out that several people had nominated me, but I was elated to learn I made the top 15,” Matos said. “There is so much that goes into making diversity and inclusion a full part of the company and we have made many strides since the work began. There is much more to do, but we are working together to achieve even more. This is really recognition for all of us, our tenacity and our commitment to making our Company a place where everyone can be both authentic and successful.”
According to New Jersey-based DiversityGlobal, the 15 people selected are “dedicated professionals who are having a positive impact on advancing diversity & inclusion best practices through innovative strategies and a deep desire to provide opportunities to diverse businesses on a global basis. They represent some of the largest corporations in the world, so their efforts have a broad impact in terms of geographies and dispersed workforces.”
Matos was named a Champion of Diversity alongside diversity leaders from well-known companies such as Walmart, HSBC, Lenovo, Mattel and Aramark.
Nearly two decades ago, Matos worked with Chief Diversity Officer Josie Thomas to create the department. Since then, she has partnered with numerous colleagues on launching diversity programs and building employee resource groups (ERGs). She also co-created the CBS Actors’ Workshop.
“This is fantastic global recognition for Barbara and so well deserved given her tireless commitment to the diversity and inclusion initiatives that are now an integral part of our companywide business objectives,” said Thomas. “Impacting culture, outreach and engagement require day in and day out work and I am thrilled to have Barbara in a leadership role on our team.”