Diversity Woman Magazine

SUM 2019

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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We Mean Business > d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m S u m m e r 2 0 1 9 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 25 Leading with Purpose Men at Work By Eddie Lee W hile growing up in Osceola, Arkansas—a re- gion where the economy suffered and the racial di- vides were blatant—Reginald J. Miller was a standout student from an early age. As a result of his strong academics, he was placed in classes for students identified as "gifted and talented." However, something seemed a bit off to Miller. He quickly no- ticed that he was one of the only people of color in these classes. "at feeling of being different from ev- eryone else remained in my life and career," he says. "I wanted the same opportunities as my peers, but due to circumstances, that was not possible. at experience taught me the importance of equal opportunity— to showcase what someone can do with no restrictions. is has inspired me to fight for others." Currently, Miller is the head of global inclusion and diversity for VF Corpora- tion and its nearly 70,000 employees. VF is one of the world's largest apparel and footwear companies, with over 30 brands in its portfolio, including Vans, JanSport, Timberland, and the North Face. At VF, Miller directs, develops, and executes the company's global inclusion and diversity strategy. Miller holds a BS in education in HR de- velopment and a MS in education in work- force development from the University of Arkansas, as well as an MBA from Web- ster University. Prior to joining VF, Miller served as director of diversity strategy and support for all Walmart stores in the Unit- ed States, and recruitment and D&I lead- ers at Tyson Foods. A veteran of the US Army, he served as a supply sergeant and was deployed to Germany, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan. Miller's impressive career has been a reflection of his commitment to diversity and inclusion and to opening avenues of opportunity for underrepre- sented groups. Diversity Woman: How has your understanding of diversity changed since you took your current role at VF Corporation? Reginald J. Miller, VF's head of global inclusion and diversity, is a former US Army sergeant who knows what it takes for diverse teams to succeed

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