Class of 2022
Women in business
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
Arvest Bank, Lowell
Education: B.A., Business Administration, LeMoyne-Owen College; M.S., Management, Indiana Wesleyan University
Professional History: Chandler has nearly 30 years of experience working at DEI. In 2019, she was appointed Arvest’s first DEI officer, overseeing the initiative in the company’s four-state footprint. Prior to that, he worked in Walmart’s global DEI office, responsible for creating strategy and implementing the inclusive leadership initiative. Chandler is a board member of the DEI Board of Directors and is a board member of the Rogers Teen Action Support Center.
What was your dream job as a child and why? My dream job was to be an NFL commentator. All we know is that I could add a colorful dialogue to the dramas, especially from the sidelines. Then, of course, there weren’t many women in the industry, so it was like smashing glass roofs. I also liked that part.
What is the next big personal or career challenge you plan to take on? I would love to write a book. Nothing about my career or DEI, but more of a fiction book. Something light is beautiful.
What advice can you offer to women who want a career in your industry? Being a leader in diversity, equity and inclusion is a tough but rewarding career. You need to be able to balance your passion and experience with unfulfilled expectations. Even when you know it’s the right thing to do, there will be many people who don’t think or don’t think about supporting your or your efforts and going against everything you try to do.
You have to be willing to agree to disagree and keep moving. Being an authentic leader with self-awareness is also a key component of this work.
What is the best asset for a boss? Empathy, effective listening, open communication and servant leadership.