Celeste R. WarrenCeleste R. Warren

Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion Center of Excellence at Merck


Celeste Warren is Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence. As the leader for Merck’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence, she is responsible for working with Merck’s global leaders to advance and embed diversity and inclusion as a strategic approach to maximize business performance and create a competitive advantage.

Ms. Warren joined Merck in 1997 and has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility within its global organization. Prior to joining Merck in 1997, Celeste worked for nine years in Human Resources at Kraft Foods, Inc. and General Foods. She has been honored with many awards, including Black Enterprise’s “Top Executives in Global Diversity and Inclusion”, Savoy Magazine’s “Most Influential Women in Corporate America”, “21 Leaders for the 21 st Century” and Diversity Global’s “Influential Women in Global Diversity.”

Celeste attended the University of Kentucky where she earned her B. S. degree. She received her Masters Degree from Carnegie Mellon University. She is the wife of John Warren and the mother of two children, Christina-Celeste and John Steven, Jr.

Takes part in

Sep, 4 8:00 PM CEST
Stage 1
Panel Discussion

How to Eliminate Racial, Disability, and Gender Biases in Recruitment and Hiring Practices?

  • How to differentiate the policies that work from the well-intentioned policies that fail to increase workplace diversity
  • How to expand your candidate pool and promote gender and racial equity in the hiring process
  • How to develop and implement an interview rubric designed to mitigate bias
James Pogue President and CEO of JP Enterprises
Tanja Sternbauer Co-Founder & Managing Partner of the female factor, Podcast Host of in.sync, Co-Founder of Female Founders Global
Angela Kohama Inclusive Livelihood Policy Lead at Humanity & Inclusion
Todd ''Bowtie'' Jenkins Senior Diversity and Inclusion Lead at J.B. Hunt Transport, Chief Diversity Executive and Consultant at Bowtie Leadership & Development
Celeste R. Warren Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion Center of Excellence at Merck