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Ian Brown

VP/Chief Employee Experience OfficerDuke University Health System

Member Since May 2023


Hi, I am Ian Lee Brown. I am a chief employee experience leader. How do we create the spaces where employees have memorable experiences -- are happy, feel comfortable sharing stories, find acceptance, connection, lasting friendships, community and belonging? How do we create the most inclusive environment for employees and customers to thrive? The work I am doing leading employee experience efforts is really helping to influence just that. This is not easy work but it is rewarding. Indeed, organizations have the power to change and contribute to a more open, just, diverse, equitable, and inclusive society. Yet, the power to create change within organizations begins with each of us individually. It's a recognition that "culture is how I, as a leader, behave plus how I allow others to behave."

Published content

This Chief Diversity Officer Explains How to Diversify Your Hiring Pool


Duke University Health System’s first CDO shares his strategies for building an inclusive workplace.

How Do You Handle Pushback Against DEI Initiatives From Employees — or Even Other Senior Leaders?

expert panel

Even today – perhaps even more so today – it’s not uncommon for colleagues to question or criticize DEI initiatives. Sometimes, that pushback comes from fellow executives or influential department heads. How confident you are as a DEI leader in navigating conversations with DEI skeptics has a lot to do with two key factors: 1. how well you’ve quantified DEI’s impact on your organization’s strategic objectives and 2. how much support you have from the CEO. We asked members of the Senior Executive DEI Think Tank – a criteria-based organization for DEI decision-makers at large companies, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies – to share their playbooks for responding to DEI pushback from internal sources. Consider the following.

Guide for Building Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)


Your go-to guide for creating employee resource groups, including data points from executives on ERG leader compensation and annual ERG budgets.

Company details

Duke University Health System

Company bio

As a world-class academic and health care system, Duke Health strives to transform medicine and health locally and globally through innovative scientific research, rapid translation of breakthrough discoveries, educating future clinical and scientific leaders, advocating and practicing evidence-based medicine to improve community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities.

Company size

10,001 plus

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