Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Principal Financial Group
Miriam Harris Lewis is chief diversity and inclusion officer at Principal Financial Group®. In that role, she has global responsibility for designing, leading and implementing strategies that foster a more inclusive workplace, increase employee performance, drive better outcomes for customers, and ultimately improve business results.
Prior to joining Principal® in July 2019, Lewis worked for 16 years at The Clorox Company, where she earned roles of increasing responsibility in D&I and supply chain. She also co-chaired the company’s employee giving campaign, which generated about $9 million in donations for non-profit organizations. Lewis previously held positions with The Coca-Cola Company and First Family Financial Services, which was later acquired by Citigroup Financial Services.
Lewis helps to foster diversity and inclusion efforts across the life insurance industry as chair of The American Council of Life Insurers’ (ACLI) CDO “Big Think” Group, which is responsible for strategies to integrate D&I into ACLI’s industry portfolio.
She gives back to her local community in numerous ways. As a board member of the Atlanta Ronald McDonald Charities, she helped the organization to increase staff connectivity, develop a better understanding of customers/families, and significantly increase board diversity. Lewis is evaluating a variety of opportunities to serve the community in Des Moines, where she lives with her husband, Ray.
A native of Mobile, Ala., Lewis holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from The University of Alabama.