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Darla DeGrace: Reebok

Updated: Mar 18, 2019

Ethnic Gem: Darla J. Pires DeGrace

Company: Reebok/ The DeGrace Group Title: Talent Acquisition/Diversity Consultant State: MA

By: Natascha F. Saunders, Senior Contributing Writer

The city of Boston can be a challenging place to navigate, especially since it’s now known as a minority majority city. So how does one who is new or even from Boston figure out the landscape of peaks and valleys, especially when it comes to securing a meaningful career opportunity?

Well Ethnic Online would like to introduce you to Darla DeGrace, entrepreneur, consultant, speaker, and talent acquisition professional. With a reputation for leading teams, analyzing diversity metrics, implementing inclusion strategies all with excellence that spans over 15 years, Darla is well known for creating a more diverse and inclusive culture throughout New England and beyond.

As a leader in this space, Darla has been called, ‘proactive, polished, and a dynamic communicator’ who has a lens that can forecast trends with a skill-set that helps to solve the most pressing organizational talent needs. Her reputation and results precede her even before she enters a room.

Well-equipped with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Emmanuel College and later earned her Masters from Simmons University Darla is well qualified and takes pride in being a successful first generation college graduate, knowing that there is much more to be accomplished.

Darla's attributes her 20 years of success and remains inspired by mentors and industry leaders such as Carole Copeland Thomas, Paul Francisco, Jackie Glenn, Robert Lewis Jr., Gary Morton, Colette Phillips, Kenn Turner,  and Darnell Williams; all names synonymous with excellence in their own right.

With a professional track record, having served as President, National Black MBA Boston Chapter, Director of National Diversity Recruitment and Strategic Partnerships at City Year, (Interim) Director of Admissions/Recruitment for Simmons University, as well as roles with Akamai Technologies, PRTM Management Consulting, and Tufts University; there is no doubt Darla is equipped to move D & I issues forward.

Darla is now moving forward full steam ahead! She joined the Talent Acquisition team at Reebok in 2018, where her impact was quickly acknowledged as she was very instrumental in launching Reebok’s first POC ERG, recruiting members, securing executive sponsorship and advocating for budget. The Founder and Diversity Consultant at DeGrace Group, her organization is known for partnering with national non-profits and government agencies to build sustainable diversity recruitment and retention solutions.

The pride of New Bedford, Massachusetts, yet growing up in Cambridge, we are reminded that Darla’s mom served as her very first role model. When not out making a difference in the world of diversity and inclusion you can find Darla experiencing the joys of motherhood to a 9 year old daughter along with serving on multiple Non-Profit boards which has been the hallmark of Darla’s commitment to service. It’s no secret that Darla is as fashion forward as they come, but did you also know she is the Founder and CEO (Chief eyelash Officer) at the Brow and Lash Boutique at Salon Monet on Newbury Street? Make sure you check her out when you’re out in about in the Copley Square section of Boston. 

We here at Ethnic Online cannot capture it all, therefore we encourage you to connect with Darla on LinkedIn where she often updates her timeline with content that helps expand the diversity space.

Join us in congratulating Darla J. Pires DeGrace for being an Ethnic GEM!

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