Executive Director, Vot-ER
BCG Atlanta 2013-2016
Since launching this award two years ago, we've been able to recognize 8 individuals in our North America alumni community who have proven their ability to make a measurable impact, exert influence, and promote innovation in DEI. Each award comes with a $10,000 prize that BCG donates to a DEI-related charitable organization of the winner’s choice.
BCG knows the importance of DEI. That’s why we founded the North America Center for Inclusion and Equity. Over five years, we are investing $1 million to support organizations in North America that are advancing racial equity.
Why Aliya was selected as a DEI Alumni Award winner: Aliya serves as Executive Director of Vot-ER, an organization that seeks to build a healthy, inclusive democracy by encouraging patients to register to vote. Under Aliya’s leadership, Vot-ER is partnering with more hospitals that serve patients of color and helping to diversify the ranks of registered voters. In addition, Aliya has built a diverse talent pipeline at Vot-ER and set internal DEI benchmarks. Aliya has been focused on DEI throughout her career. During her time at BCG, she helped create an in-house diversity training program and co-authored a report (The Diversity Paradox) that offered suggestions on how organizations could accelerate progress on DEI metrics. While she was a student at the Harvard Kennedy School, Aliya worked with the Dean to expand the Kennedy School’s recruitment activities in communities with more prospective Black, Latino, and Native American students.
Donation organization: Aliya chose to split her $10,000 donation equally between two organizations. Half the prize money will go to support her own organization, Vot-ER, which engages in nonpartisan, healthcare-based voter registration in hospitals and clinics. “Voting is an important way to empower communities so that they have a say in shaping the policies that impact their health, their environment, and their access to food and good jobs,” says Aliya.
She will donate the other half of her prize to Common Good Atlanta, which teaches humanities and English classes in prisons across the Atlanta metro area. “To see people explore the concepts of freedom and agency from within prison walls by discussing The Odyssey and other works of classic literature – it’s the closest thing to magic that I’ve ever seen,” she says.
Why Kristin was selected as a DEI Alumni Award winner: Since becoming CEO of the world’s leading animal health company Zoetis, Kristin has steered the company’s aspirations for change to make Zoetis and the animal health industry more inclusive. Under her leadership, Zoetis has taken meaningful actions to create a safe, flexible, and inclusive workplace where all colleagues can thrive. Kristin also oversaw the establishment of the Zoetis Foundation, which supports inclusion and diversity for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and farmers around the globe. On Kristin’s watch, Zoetis has boosted the representation of women and people of color throughout the organization, on the executive team, and the Board of Directors. Empowering colleagues to bring their full selves to work, Zoetis has enhanced its benefits to be more inclusive for all – with programs and resources for caregiving, wellness, mental health, as well as benefits for gender transition, surrogacy benefits, and fertility counseling. The culture that Kristin inspired has earned Zoetis several recognitions as a “Best Company” for LBGTQ+ employees, working parents, executive women, multicultural women, and Latinx employees.
Donation organization: Kristin chose to donate her $10,000 award to Catalyst, a global nonprofit focused on accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion. “As a board member of Catalyst, I’m passionate about their work in helping women create positive impact and thrive in inclusive workplaces, free from barriers and biases,” she says. “There’s so much more we can do to improve gender equality and inclusion across business and society, particularly with regard to equitable pay and representation at all levels.”