2023 Crain’s Notable Leaders in DEI
Join us in congratulating Peg Buchenroth, Addison Group’s dynamic Executive Vice President of Human Resources, for her well-deserved recognition as one of Crain’s Chicago Business’ Notable Leaders in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Peg’s remarkable journey at Addison Group has been marked by her unwavering commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace where diversity thrives and every voice is heard. As the driving force behind all HR Shared Services functions, she has paved the way for groundbreaking DEI initiatives.
The following article is originally featured on Crain’s Chicago Business:
Notable leaders in diversity, equity and inclusion are entrusted with making sure their organizations create and maintain a workforce, supplier chain and ecosystem that represents all people, regardless of such factors as skin tone, gender, age bracket or physical and neurological characteristics. DEI leaders find novel ways to accomplish this work. They establish mentorships and scholarships and create, nurture and sponsor employee resource groups. They also, via corporate or personal philanthropy, volunteer for and financially support nonprofits dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion in the Chicago area.
Peg Buchenroth leads all HR shared services functions within Addison Group, including DEI efforts across the company’s family of brands. She works in partnership with the Addison Group’s DEI advisory board to set strategies and develop tangible programs.
Buchenroth and the board established seven employee resource groups that work to facilitate diverse and educational events, hosted the company’s first annual DEI Summit and created an internal role to promote the continued growth of DEI initiatives.
She also led efforts to update internal hiring questions by removing unconscious bias and added a DEI component to internal employee training that is focused on inclusion, cultural awareness and allyship. Buchenroth also initiated a T-shirt drive benefiting the Center on Halsted.
The individuals featured did not pay to be included. Their profiles were written from the nomination materials submitted. This list is not comprehensive. It includes only individuals for whom nominations were submitted and accepted after a review by editors. To qualify for the list, nominees must serve in a senior DEI role at their places of employment, live and work in the Chicago area and demonstrate leadership through mentoring, involvement in professional organizations and participation in community and civic initiatives.