Minjon TholenMinjon Tholen

Chief Inclusion & Strategic Innovation Officer at Amnesty International USA, Co-Founder & Chair of the Board at Inclusion NextWork

Minjon Tholen is a seasoned global organizational transformation strategist with a specialization in inclusive culture innovation. A people-centered and purpose-driven systems thinker, she has substantial experience in designing and establishing new departments, functions and other organization-wide initiatives in a wide variety of contexts. With a track record of developing and implementing impactful comprehensive change strategies in multi-national companies, non-profit organizations, and public institutions in over 20 countries, she drives collaborative culture change with realistic ambition, agility, resourcefulness, and tireless commitment.

Minjon currently serves as the Chief Inclusion & Strategic Innovation Officer at Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), the country’s largest grassroots human rights organization. She is responsible for leading holistic organizational change at the intersection of inclusion and innovation in both internal culture and systems and in external human rights activism and movement building. Prior to joining Amnesty, Minjon was a Senior Consultant at Cook Ross Inc., a leading consulting firm specializing in organizational transformation and DEI management. In this role, she partnered with leaders at Fortune 500 companies, public institutions and nonprofits all over the world on advancing DEI strategies.

Minjon is a frequent speaker at conferences, serves as an Expert Panelist for the Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Benchmarks, and is the Co-Founder and Board Chair of Inclusion NextWork, a global collaborative of emerging leaders dedicated to driving inclusive and equitable organizations and communities. Minjon’s expertise includes DEI, organizational development, change management, innovation, culture architecture, talent management, and learning & development. She has a particular passion for global collaboration, racial justice, purpose-driven and intergenerational leadership, and creating next-gen organizations.

Minjon received her Bachelor’s degree cum laude from the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands, holds a Master’s Degree in Gender & Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the USA, and has certificates in Strategic HR Leadership and Executive Leadership from Cornell University. Minjon was born in Sri Lanka, grew up in the Netherlands, and resides in the USA.

Takes part in

Sep, 4 10:00 PM CEST
Stage 1
Panel Discussion

How Can Inclusion Boost Performance and Innovation?

  • How leaders can move away from viewing inclusion as a solely social justice matter and instead make it an integral core value of their business
  • How to enact inclusion to be the company's driving force
  • How to ascertain the employees' heterogeneity of thought
Sadé Muhammad Director, Representation & Inclusion Partnerships at Forbes
Michelle Penelope King Gender Equality Expert
Susanna Romantsova Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Leader at IKEA
Margo't Goodson North America Diversity & Inclusion Lead at SAP
Minjon Tholen Chief Inclusion & Strategic Innovation Officer at Amnesty International USA, Co-Founder & Chair of the Board at Inclusion NextWork
Willie Jackson Consultant & Lead Facilitator at ReadySet