Influential Leaders

Cheya Keve Dunlap

Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer, Honeywell
Recognition Year(s): 2022
Area of Impact: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
School: The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University
Location: United States

Over the past 20-plus years, Cheya Keve Dunlap has been a champion of diversity and inclusion through her work as a global human resource professional. In her current role as Honeywell’s first Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer, Dunlap leads the company’s global inclusion and diversity strategy and supports the Supplier Diversity Program, which provides critical business partnership opportunities for certified minority-owned, women-owned, and HUBZone businesses; small disadvantaged and small veteran/disabled-veteran-owned businesses; disability-owned and LGBT business enterprises; and historically Black colleges and universities. Prior to Honeywell, Dunlap worked to develop and drive diversity and inclusion efforts at GE and was an active supporter of GE’s affinity networks and volunteers. She has spoken at numerous conferences, including the 2017 Gulf Coast LGBT-Allies Diversity Summit, the 2020 National Diversity & Leadership Conference, and the 2021 China Petroleum & Chemical International Conference. 

Dunlap was selected as one of the 2017 National Women’s Council’s Top 15 Women in Business, earned GE’s African Affinity Forum’s ICON Award, and was named a 2021 Black Leader Worth Watching by Profiles in Diversity Journal and a Top Diversity Officer for 2022 by the National Diversity Council. 

Diversity and the human side of management are fundamental principles of the Peter Drucker School. In 1969 Peter Drucker wrote, “The answer to diversity is not uniformity. The answer is unity. We cannot hope to suppress the diversity of our society. Each … is needed.” Many experiences from Dunlap’s time at the Drucker School of Management in pursuit of her MBA have helped her stand firmer in her principles for leading with diversity and inclusion excellence to drive change. 

Dunlap has shared her leadership and insights not only in her corporate activities but also through community and civic involvement. She has led workshops and strategized to support training and development with key organizations, including the Society for Human Resources Management; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.; The Links, Inc.; Jack & Jill of America, Inc.; The Junior League; Leadership Houston; the National Black MBA Association; Recipe for Success; the Children’s Museum of Wilmington; and the Tuskegee University Alumni Association. 

Dunlap continues to pave the way for future leaders to become change agents and foster inclusive and diverse teams, and her personal, committed approach has touched many. One MBA student shared how much of an impact Dunlap had made on her career trajectory. She met Dunlap over a decade ago at a conference sponsored by GE. The two connected, and the student went on to apply to and thrive in a career at GE and later follow Dunlap’s footsteps and complete her MBA at the Drucker School. This student was the 2021 commencement speaker and, upon graduation, started her post-MBA career as a senior product manager for Apple. 

This is just one example of Dunlap modeling excellence, making personal connections, and demonstrating true passion for valuing individuals.