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Celeste Thompson

Senior Director of Human Resources & Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Pronouns: she / her

As the Senior Global Director of Human Resources and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Celeste is a champion of our culture: working to ensure our staff are supported to create impact. Celeste is a member of our Executive team, and leads our Human Resource team – overseeing employee relations, talent acquisition, performance management, benefits administration, and general HR compliance. Celeste is also responsible for the evolution of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work – partnering with senior leaders in the company to ensure our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is reflected in our processes, work output and culture.

Before joining Purpose, Celeste was the Founder/Chief People Officer of Tribe a Human Resources consulting and coaching organization. As a 20-year Human Resources professional she partnered with CEOs, executives and entrepreneurs to find best practices and effective ways to implement strategic human capital solutions, operational excellence and people and culture initiatives in their growing organizations.She was part of the team that built Google’s New York office in 2003, and has spent the bulk of her career at EILEEN FISHER, where she was an integral part of the People + Culture team, building and supporting an organization that grew by 3X over 10 years. Founding member of the DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) Task Force, she was instrumental in aligning the organization’s culture, values and policies to diversity, equity and inclusion. It was at EILEEN FISHER she became inspired by the culture of respect and kindness.

Celeste has a BS of Business Management from St Thomas University, SCP Certification from Society for Human Resources Management and a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Certification from Cornell ILR.

Celeste sits on several Boards including SHARE and an organization that supports women with breast, ovarian and metastatic cancer.  She also spends time mentoring and coaching young minority women in leader development and bringing their best selves to their work. Celeste is a South Orange, NJ resident and the mom of recent college graduate. An admitted workaholic, when she is not helping others live their best life, she enjoys interior design, meditation practice, travel (everywhere), live music and practicing mindfulness.