Iris Drayton-Spann

Iris is the Vice President of HR and Chief Diversity Officer for WETA TV in Arlington Virginia. WETA TV is the leading public broadcasting company in the nation’s capital, with over 300+ employees (including full-time, part-time, union, interns and fellows) and is one of the largest-producing stations of new content for public television in the United States. She develops, builds and maintains a strategic human resources function that supports WETA’s business strategy; aligning policy and programs with the organizations strategic plan, mission, values and culture. As a member of the senior leadership team, Iris promotes positive employee relations, addressing all aspects of human capital strategy and operations including diversity, equity and inclusion, talent development, employee relations, culture-building, innovation and alignment with WETA’s mission and direction.  Iris provides vision, HR expertise, and leadership to foster a fully-inclusive, high achieving, equitable and anti-racist workplace. She serves as main contact and spokesperson for WETA regarding diversity, equity, belonging and inclusion, leads the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council, as well as listening and sharing safe spaces for employees.  Iris reports directly to the EVP/Chief Operating Officer of WETA TV.

Iris has over 20 years of HR and DEI experience, holds a SHRM-CP, PHR and Certified Diversity Executive certifications. She is a member of the National Association of Multi-ethnicity in Communications, the HR Leadership Forum of Northern VA and is a graduate of Howard University and George Washington University. She is a member of the board of trustees (vice chair) for New Endeavors by Women (www.nebw.org) and a volunteer member of Streetwise Partners (www.streetwisepartners.org) Employer Advisory Board.  Iris has contributed her expertise on various HR and executive leadership industry panels, think tanks, webinars, blogs and articles on inclusive workforce development, and the power of women and networking.  In 2019, DCA Live honored Iris as one of the 25 HR Leaders of the Year in the Washington DC region.

Iris Drayton-Spann
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