Kevin ClaytonVice President of Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement
Session: DEI Exclusive: Chief Diversity Officer Forum
Clayton is the Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement for the Cleveland Cavalier Operating Company. He is responsible for developing and leading the D/E/I strategic plan for all Cavalier properties including Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.
Clayton’s approach to diversity & inclusion is grounded in a belief that everyone is part of the D&I landscape. He has successfully used this approach with the Cavs to develop a strategic D&I business plan that has delivered quantitative and qualitative results affecting representation of the workforce, the organizations culture, marketplace revenue, fan development and authentic community engagement.
Prior to joining the Cavs, Clayton was the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health, the 5th largest Catholic healthcare provider in the country. In his role as CDIO he was responsible for developing, leading and implementing the ministries D&I plan across 7 States effecting 50,000 employees. Clayton also led the language services, supplier diversity and the executive talent functions.
Prior to joining Bon Secours Mercy Health, Clayton was the managing partner of JumpBall LLC, an entity that he founded in 2012. JumpBall has multiple lines of business that includes management consulting, apparel, sports and entertainment. The company’s business model is structured to leverage the economic strength within multi-cultural communities that often are discounted, overlooked and/or underserved.
Clayton has also held the title of Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the United States Tennis Association and the American Cancer Society. In these roles, Clayton successfully transformed and elevated both entities diversity efforts from a community outreach strategy into a comprehensive business model.
One of Clayton’s most significant contributions to the D/E/I industry was made during his tenure as Corporate VP of Global Diversity at Russell Corporation, parent company of Russell Athletic, Spalding, and Bike Athletic; where he was responsible for developing the company’s global diversity strategy. He created and integrated an innovative concept called the “Diversity Profit Center” into Russell’s culture that delivered an incremental $30mm in revenue. The profit center was the first of its kind where one of the success metrics used for the diversity department was profit and losses. It is still one of the few measurable case studies of diversity having a direct impact on revenue and profits. Because of this initiative, Clayton’s work was cited in the October 2005 issue of The Harvard Business Review.
Kevin is the Chairman of national board of directors of Creating Healthier Communities, he also serves as a board member of the famed City Club of Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Urban League and the Association of Black Sports Professionals. Over the years he has served on many local and national non-profit boards.
Kevin has been recognized by multiple national organizations and publications as a leading voice for social justice. He is an alum of North Carolina Central University and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Psychology from Wilmington College (Ohio) where he was a co-captain and student athlete on the basketball team.
Kevin is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He has 4 daughters, a grandson and granddaughter.