Dr. Ralph de Chabert

Ralph de Chabert, Sr VP, Chief Diversity Inclusion and Global Community Relations Officer, Brown-For

Conversation with a Diversity & Inclusion Leader

Location: North Lobby | 12:00- 12:30 PM


When it comes to leadership, it’s critical that all perspectives have a seat at the table. Brown-Forman is one of the most successful organizations creating a culture of belonging, and you have the chance to learn from a leader of this effort at the Best of Leadership Summit. 


Dr. Ralph De Chabert will be interviewed by Brown-Forman colleague Kirsten Hawley, SVP, Chief HR and Corporate Communications Officer. You’ll learn some of their best practices, as well as the lessons they’ve learned from other organizations in building a more inclusive corporate culture.

About Dr. Ralph de Chabert

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Ralph de Chabert, Ph.D. is Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Inclusion and Global Community Relations Officer for Brown-Forman Corporation. In this role, de Chabert is responsible for developing and implementing a global diversity and inclusion strategy, with an initial focus on the United States. His work includes Brown-Forman’s marketing efforts with diverse consumer groups, the composition of the company’s workforce, the diversity of its suppliers and the breadth of its community involvement. He also serves on Brown-Forman’s Executive Leadership Team.


Dr. de Chabert has a significant track record of achievement, having spent nearly seven years leading McKesson Corporation’s diversity and inclusion efforts from its world headquarters in San Francisco. At McKesson, a Fortune 16 healthcare services and information technology company, he served as vice president, employee relations and diversity. During his tenure, de Chabert institutionalized diversity as a corporate best practice and aligned diversity initiatives with the core business goals. He was the Chief Diversity Officer at Safeway before joining Brown-Forman. Prior to McKesson and Safeway, de Chabert served for seven years at American President Companies, LTD, a global containerized shipping company, where he led its diversity efforts, and he began his diversity career as a consultant with Pope and Associates, a highly regarded diversity consulting firm.


Mr. de Chabert holds a master’s degree in human resources organizational development from the University of San Francisco and a master’s in education from John Carroll University in Cleveland. He also has a B.A. in philosophy from Saint Francis College of Biddleford, ME.