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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Professional Organizations to Join

Advance your career as a DEI leader by joining your peers in these DEI professional organizations, networks, groups, associations, and roundtables.

by Senior Executive Media Editors on December 22, 2022

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  • Professional organizations can provide resources to support companies’ DEI efforts.

  • Joining a DEI roundtable or association can help DEI leaders build their network.

  • See diversity, equality, and inclusion professional organizations recommended by DEI leaders.

Every day, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) leaders across the country are mobilizing the institutions they represent to establish more inclusivity in their respective workspaces, industries, and communities — amplifying marginalized voices and dismantling systemic oppression one initiative at a time. That being said, creating a culture of inclusion isn’t a one-person job: it takes a community.

A great way for DEI professionals to expand their DEI community is to join a DEI professional organization, council, or roundtable, or attend a DEI networking event. This can create a dialogue to discuss innovative ideas and new approaches to DEI, which may look different across organizations. Additionally, DEI professional organizations are designed to provide pathways to professional development and help foster connection with fellow leaders and organizations who share the same goal: advocating for a better, more inclusive future. The value of joining these professional organizations may be integral to furthering success in your leadership roles and within your communities — equipping you with high-level resources and unparalleled knowledge to understand how to best serve and empower the underserved.

We have identified professional organizations that provide fresh perspectives and resources to address issues ranging from cultural competence to supplier diversity, so DEI leaders like yourself have a place to share experiences and collaborate on solutions. This list includes regional and national associations and industry-specific groups. To add a new professional organization, please contact Senior Executive Media editors at editor@seniorexecutive.com.


See diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) professional organizations by category.


National DEI Organizations


Board.org – DEI Board

Vendor-free, peer-to-peer organization creating communities for executives to collaborate – offers a DEI Board for leaders at big companies.

Disability:IN

Organization empowering leading companies to achieve disability inclusion and equity. 


HerCSuite – DEI Cross Organizational Council

Network of organizations and savvy women who are on a mission to advance more women at every career phase – DEI Council specifically for people who lead DEI, ERGs and CSR.

National Association for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Interdisciplinary forum for convening equity, diversity, and inclusion leaders across sectors.

National Diversity Council

Non-profit organization dedicated to being a resource and advocate for DEI.

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)

Non-profit organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBTQ people.

National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC)

Non-profit organization working to advance veteran-owned businesses.


The Society for Diversity

General organization advocating for workplace inclusion, equity, and fairness for all.

Regional DEI Organizations


Talent, Inclusion, Engagement, and Diversity
(TIED) Leadership Roundtable

A Colorado-based organization for DEI practitioners and HR professionals to develop solutions for their DEI efforts from equitable recruiting to leadership development initiatives. TIED hosts quarterly events, biennial symposiums, and provides DEI resources for its members.


One Houston Together

The Greater Houston Partnership’s board-level committee aiming to reduce inequities in the business community/corporate talent pipeline.


Partners in Diversity (Pacific Northwest)

Organization dedicated to DEI in the workforce by attracting, retaining and developing diversity influencers and professionals of color through education and resources.


Triangle Diversity Equity and Inclusion Alliance

Coalition of business leaders focused on diversity and inclusion in business recruitment and retention, talent and workforce development, and job creation to make the Triangle region (Raleigh, NC) the most diverse and equitable business environment.


Twin Cities Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Roundtable

An informal networking group of diversity practitioners from Midwest organizations meeting six times a year.

Industry-Specific DEI Organizations


American Association for Access Equity and Diversity

Non-profit membership advocacy organization for civil rights organizational professionals who work in diversity, equal opportunity, and affirmative action.


CADIA (Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement)

Forum for diversity and inclusion best practices in the automotive industry for DEI champions from automotive OEM and supplier companies.


Diversity Study Group

Organization dedicated to DEI in the workplace across global shipping and maritime sectors.


National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education

Membership organization for chief diversity officers and diversity professionals in postsecondary education institutions.

  • Website: https://www.nadohe.org
  • Membership Type: Institutional/Professional/Individual
  • Membership Cost: $500-$1,250/$500/$50-$250
  • Membership Length: 1 year
  • Industry: Higher Education
  • Number of Members: 1,000
  • Application page: https://www.nadohe.org/join


National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Diversity Advisory Council

Organization for hospice and palliative care dedicated to serving diverse populations and increasing access to healthcare services.


Together Outdoors

Coalition of leaders from outdoor businesses who work to promote justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion (JEDI/DEI) efforts across the outdoor industry.

Supplier Diversity Organizations


Billion Dollar Roundtable

An organization for corporations that spend at least $1 billion with minority and women-owned suppliers.

  • Website: https://billiondollarroundtable.org
  • Membership Type: N/A
  • Membership Cost: Not Listed
  • Membership Length: N/A
  • Industry: Business
  • Number of Members: 32 corporations
  • Application page: Not Listed, inducts new members bi-annually

Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council

Organization advocating for inclusive supply chains and simplifying supplier diversity for corporate and government procurement organizations, and creating a link to a growing national network of certified Aboriginal and minority owned businesses.

Minority Supplier Development United Kingdom (MSDUK)

Organization creating equal opportunities for ethnic minority owned businesses and establishing fairer, equitable economies across the UK and Europe.


National Minority Supplier Development Council

Organization for supplier diversity managers. Offers MBE certification and corporate memberships.

Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (NWMMSDC)

Non-profit organization certifying, developing, and connecting Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) with major corporations and public agencies.

US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC)

Non-profit organization providing professional and educational opportunities to Asian Americans and their partners in Fortune corporations, government, non-profit organizations and the small and minority business community.


Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

Set the national agenda for Women’s Business Enterprises, an organization that’s the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the U.S. and advocates for women-owned businesses in corporate and government supply chains. Gain access to supplier diversity resources and a database for procurement needs.


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