In the past few years, and even months, the global retailer, Gucci has faced their share of design issues, outraging people of color. To help put an end to this and move forward, Gucci has tapped Renée Tirado to lead the company's efforts on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Before joining Gucci, she served as the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Major League Baseball (MLB), where she established and led the Diversity & Inclusion strategy for the entire league and its 30 team cities.
To start, Tirado will build from the ground up an international strategy to make Gucci a more inclusive environment and to make the brand more inclusive as a whole. She also will be developing and spearheading a hiring process to create an extremely diverse Diversity, Equity, and inclusion team. In addition, she will be overseeing the brand's Cultural Awareness Learning Program, Global Multicultural Design Fellowship Program, the Internal Global Exchange Program, and other programs that will help to ensure Gucci is being inclusive.
Tirado said, “I am in the business of making human connections that start with the foundations of inclusivity, respect, and diversity to ensure Gucci remains culturally relevant and economically competitive. I am honored to join a company that puts these non-negotiable values at the forefront of their business model, not as ‘a nice to have’ but as a key component of its business strategy.”
Her selection to the post comes after Gucci announced in March the start of its Global Changemakers Program, which is a long-term plan to push cultural diversity, and inclusion with three different sectors dedicated to “support industry change and to foster unity through community action.”
We know she will bring some much needed change to the brand that appeals to people of diverse backgrounds. She has the experience and the desire to drive Gucci to the next level.