Called a "Pioneer of Diversity" by Profiles in Diversity Journal, Michael L. Wheeler has been recognized globally for nearly three decades of leadership in Diversity & Inclusion with Fortune 500 Companies, government and not-for-profits.  Experience and Accopmlishments include:

Corporate Leadership

  • Chief Diversity Officer, Omnicom Media Group
  • Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion Strategy & Business Insights, Merck & Co., Inc.

Thought Leadership

Envisioned, built and led The Conference Board's COE on Diversity, including:

  • The nation's first Executive Diversity Council
  • The Annual Diversity Conference
  • Tough Issues in the Workplace Conference
  • Seminal research
  • Co-creation and launch of The Work-Family Roundtable


  • Founder, The Diversity Performance Factor ProjectTM
  • President and Founder, GD&I Enterprises LLC
  • President and Founder, OEStrategies Inc.

Author (see more on gallery page)

  • Business Week (First special section on Diversity)
  • Harvard Business Review (First special section on Diversity)
  • Conference Board
  • Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion (contributing author)

Professional Roles:

  • DiversityMBA, Advisory Board
  • Nike, CSR Report, External Advisory Commmittee
  • American Advertising Federation, Mosaic Council
  • The National Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Corporate Advisor
  • New School University, Milano Graduate School of Management, Adjunct Professor