Carolynn Brooks currently serves as Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer for OfficeMax. Ms. Brooks provides the strategic direction for Workforce Diversity, Supplier Diversity, Workforce Compliance and Community Relations. She is chairman of the OfficeMax Diversity Council and President of the OfficeMax Charitable Foundation.
Ms. Brooks joined OfficeMax in 2001 in human resource and helped drive the integration of the merger and consolidation of OfficeMax and Boise Cascade. In 2006, Ms. Brooks was promoted to Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer to create a culture of inclusion and a dynamic work environment that promotes diverse perspectives and solutions to help our customers do their best work. Under her leadership, the OfficeMax Diversity Council oversees the strategic plans, metrics and practices that make diversity and inclusion a business imperative.
Ms. Brooks also led in the creation and launch of OfficeMax Associate Resource Groups in 2008. These associate led-groups were developed to help OfficeMax promote broader associate understanding and appreciation of diverse experiences and perspectives. She also oversees OfficeMax’s community outreach to ensure that the company expands into the communities where we do business through our associate volunteer program and community outreach.
In 2009, Ms. Brooks was awarded the Diversity Officer Leadership Award by Diversity Best Practices in Washington, DC for her focus and innovative work to grow and strengthen outstanding diversity and inclusion programs. The National Diversity Council named Ms. Brooks as one of the recipients of the 2010 Most Powerful and Influential Women of Illinois for her leadership excellence, commitment to the community and her accomplishments in diversity and inclusion. Ms Brooks has recently been recognized and profiled in Diversity Business Journal as a 2011 Executive Woman Worth Watching.
Ms. Brooks attended Howard University and is a Board member for the Chicago Metropolitan YWCA and on the Board of National Hispanic Corporate Council (NHCC) and she serves on the national Diversity Best Practices Leadership Council l. She is a former member of Du Page County Workforce Board and the Board of Exceed Financial Credit Union.