As Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion for Praxair, Inc., Vanessa Abrahams-John is responsible for leading the development and execution of strategies to promote diversity and foster an inclusive culture that drives innovation and business success.
Since taking on the role in 2012, Vanessa has established diversity councils in four of Praxair’s global regions; created a mentoring program for diverse high-potential leadership candidates; institutionalized global days of recognition for women and diversity; championed employee resource groups; enhanced diversity and inclusion training for middle managers and communications for all employees; engaged senior leaders in driving the diversity and inclusion agenda; and forged relationships with key educational institutions and diversity-based organizations to build a potential pipeline of diverse talent. Vanessa’s role has expanded to include responsibility for Global Talent Acquisition to promote best-in-class diversity and inclusion practices throughout global recruitment and hiring processes.
Abrahams-John, a native of Jamaica, West Indies, earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and a Law degree from Howard University School of Law, Washington D.C. She practiced corporate law in New York City and Delaware, and served as an adjunct professor at Pace University before joining Praxair in 2007 as Senior Legal Counsel of the Law Department.
Vanessa practices law in the state of New York. She is a director on the board of the Bronx Bethany Community Corporation and the board of AMBYESE.In 2014, Vanessa was recognized as Diversity & Inclusion Leader of the Year by Southern CT, Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). Recently, she received a Women of Power award from the National Urban League of Southern CT.