Bain & Company names Julie Coffman chief diversity officer

24 February 2021 2 min. read
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Strategy firm Bain & Company has named Julie Coffman, a Chicago-based partner, as the company's first chief diversity officer.

Coffman has been at Bain for over 27 years, primarily working with clients on operational model redesigns. She is the global head of the organization practice, and is also a leader in the consulting firm’s healthcare practice.

Coffman is also a longstanding diversity champion at the firm. She was the founding chair of Bain’s global women’s leadership council, which works to develop, support, and advance women at the firm. Coffman has since June 2020 led the Americas diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) transformation office, which is working to embed racial and social equity in the company.

Coffman also created and leads Bain’s global DEI practice, which advises clients on DEI strategy and initiatives.

Bain & Company names Julie Coffman chief diversity officer
“As we looked at our bold DEI aspirations for the coming years, we sought a senior executive with the experience, clarity of purpose and resolve to lead our global change agenda,” said Manny Maceda, Bain’s worldwide managing partner. “Julie is that person. Through her client-facing work, she brings decades of organizational change management expertise. And as the founder and architect of Bain’s Womxn’s Leadership Council, she has not only taught us about the nuances of building an equitable workplace, she has shown us firsthand how to do it.”

Coffman joined Bain in 1993 after completing an MA in educational administration and an MBA at Stanford University. She is a member of the Chicago Network of Women Business Leaders, and was one of Consulting Magazine’s 2011 Women Leaders in Consulting.

Bain, alongside many other consulting firms, reinforced their commitment to racial equity and social justice in the wake of racial protests in the US in the summer of 2020. Bain created a global DEI council to integrate DEI values into its wider business agenda, while also committing $100 million in pro bono work to racial equity and social justice issues.

The firm in December became a founding partner of OneTen, a group of CEOs from more than a hundred employers committed to hiring 1 million Black Americans into good-paying jobs over the next decade.

Bain has a long history of advancing diversity within the company. The firm’s employees launched Blacks at Bain and LGBTQ network BGLAD nearly 30 years ago. Since then, more affinity groups have launched at the global consultancy, including Asians at Bain, Latinx at Bain, Women at Bain, and Veterans at Bain. The various groups support recruiting and retention through mentorship, professional development, and allyship initiatives.