Melissa Thomas-Hunt

Head of Global Diversity & Belonging

Melissa joined Airbnb from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where she was the Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence and Professor of Management in the Owen School of Management. Melissa was responsible for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion across Vanderbilt’s community of staff, students, and faculty.

Prior to her role at Vanderbilt University, Melissa served as global chief diversity officer and faculty at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business where she focused on creating a community where all individuals felt respected, heard, valued and supported in achieving success. 

For 25 years, she has taught MBAs and executives leadership, team dynamics, and negotiations  and conducted research on the factors that unleash, leverage and amplify the contributions made by individuals, particularly women, underrepresented individuals and numerical minorities. Her publications have appeared in Research on Organizational Behavior, Organization Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Management Science, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and Research on Managing Groups and Teams.

Melissa holds master’s and doctoral degrees from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Princeton University.

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