Dr. Judith Williams is an internationally recognized human resources leader. As a metrics-driven diversity strategist, Dr. Williams is known for focusing on cross functional outcomes across the organizations she leads and advises. With more than twenty years of global human resources and cross-cultural diversity experience, she has deep expertise in building and developing diverse talent pipelines, creating inclusive cultures, and building leadership accountability for all talent outcomes.
Dr. Williams joined Form Energy as Vice President of People in July 2021 and is focused on building the human resources function, developing the enterprise-wide human capital strategy, and scaling Form’s unique and innovative culture.
From September 2018 through June 2021, Dr. Williams served as Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, and Global Head of People Sustainability at SAP, SE, where she was responsible for building and maintaining a healthy and inclusive culture for SAP’s more than 100,000 global employees. As part of this responsibility, she managed the Global Health and Wellbeing Team and Global Diversity and Inclusion Office, in addition to a global team of 45 employees and a $40,000,000 global budget. Her work included designing and deploying a diversity and inclusion strategy for SAP’s full global workforce, global campaigns for healthy habits and preventive healthcare, and the company’s response to COVID-19. Dr. Williams also served as an advisor to SAP’s start-up accelerator, SAP.iO, supporting early-stage founders as they established people practices and organizational culture.
Prior to joining SAP, Dr. Williams was Special Consultant for the ReFrame Project. ReFrame is an influential group of entertainment industry leaders that has developed a research-based action plan to advance gender parity in Hollywood and the media industry at large.
Dr. Williams also served as Global Head of Diversity at Dropbox and held roles at Google and CEB (formerly the Corporate Executive Board). She holds an A.B. from Harvard College, an MA and PhD from Stanford University, and is currently a College Director for the Harvard Alumni Association. Dr. Williams was appointed to the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Equality and Inclusion and Community of Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officers. She has also served on the Business Roundtable Education and Workforce Coordinating Committee and currently serves as a Special Advisor for Brighton Park Capital. In addition to her human resources and diversity and inclusion work, Dr. Williams’ published research focuses on gender, race, and cultural identity in Brazil. Dr. Williams lives in San Francisco and is fluent in Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish. She has been a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. since she pledged Lambda Upsilon Chapter in 1988.