Tommi Paris

Tommi Paris

Diversity Equity & Inclusion and Environmental Justice Advisor

With 13 years of experience in DEI, 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, she creates workplace experiences that honor the richness of our stories, and she 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. Before her time at IPG DXTRA, Tommi served as director of DEI for Southern Company Gas, the natural gas subsidiary of Southern Company. Tommi managed the employee resource group 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 from the University of Tennessee–Chattanooga and a bachelor of arts 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. She also holds 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 to practice conflict resolution and manage competitive tension, which she considers to be one of her super powers.



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