Tommi Paris

With 13 years of experience in D&I, employee communications, and engagement initiatives, Tommi thoughtfully engages business leaders on initiatives that reveal and reinforce the fact that workplace diversity is an asset to the business, creates workplace experiences that honor the richness of our stories, and delivers solutions that equip leaders to effectively lead diverse teams. She most recently served as the Senior Vice President of DEI Strategy for IPG DXTRA, a global collective of 28 marketing specialty brands that bring together uniquely configured solutions inspired by truly diverse teams to help clients meet challenges as they come. Before her time at IPG DXTRA, Tommi served as Director of DEI for Southern Company Gas, the natural gas subsidiary of Southern Company with more than 4,300 employees serving more than 4.2 million customers across North America. Tommi managed the employee resource group (ERG) program, which was ranked #5 out of 10 by Talent Dimensions for program expansion and evolution. Additionally, she oversaw the development and execution of employee engagement and education strategies to build leadership capabilities and foster an inclusive work environment. Tommi earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and women and gender studies from Furman University. She also is a Certified Diversity Professional through the Society for Diversity and is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory. Additionally, she completed a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion through Cornell University. A lifelong athlete, Tommi has spent the past 10 years refereeing NCAA Division I women’s college basketball, which has allowed her to stay connected to the game she’s always loved and practice conflict resolution and manage competitive tension, which she considers to be one of her super powers.