Head of Diversity and Cross-Cultural Marketing — Unilever
Mita Mallick is Head of Diversity and Cross-Cultural Marketing for Unilever where she oversees strategies for achieving gender balance at manager level and above. The work has paid off, increasing people of color representation at the corporation and achieving a gender-balanced workforce at manager level and above, according to Gail Gifford, VP, Global Digital Innovation. Mita’s work covers diversity in all its forms. As a pioneer in the “Every Voice Matters. Every Story Celebrated” initiative at Unilever, she met with hundreds of employees from diverse backgrounds. Unilever received a 100% score on the HRC Corporate Equality Index for Best Places to Work – LGBT Equality in 2016 and 2017. Mita is deeply committed to Business Resource Groups within the company. There are now 10 BRGs with 5,000+ members across North America.
Mita has worked to improve programs for working moms at Unilever, ensuring they have the best internal resources. She is one of the executive sponsors of GALvanize, Unilever’s women’s network. She is a strong believer in engagement and has been instrumental in giving more than 200 employees the chance to participate in programs like MAKERS, Multicultural Women’s Conference, Network Affinity Leadership Conference, and the NAFE Leadership Summit. She also worked with market research to launch first-ever model where business resource groups could be used as focus groups by brands. Not only did the company save money, but also has been another form of increasing employee engagement. One corporate director sums up her work like this: “Mita is not only breaking ground—she’s creating an entirely new playing field within Unilever.”
Mita was a MAKER Awardee in 2016, and made Women’s Wear Daily’s list of “50 People Under 40 Shaking Up Beauty.” She is on the fundraising committee for Columbia University’s School of the Arts and holds a B.A. and an M.B.A.