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Bernadette Pieters

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer; People and Culture Principal

Executive Summary

As the firm’s Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer and People and Culture Principal, Bernadette oversees and helps drive forward the firm’s DEI strategy, spearheading key programs to create impact, foster change and continue to build a sustainably inclusive culture. Additionally, she leads BDO’s people and culture talent acquisition field teams nationwide with the goal of leveraging the firm’s culture and values to enhance the employee and principal experience.

Bernadette has more than 25 years of human resources experience in both public accounting and private industry. Since joining BDO in 1999, she has collaborated with leaders across the firm to provide guidance on strategic firm priorities, change management, organizational development, talent acquisition, conflict resolution, investigations, coaching and development, employee retention strategies, succession planning, performance management, employee relations, and more. 

Throughout her tenure with the firm, she has been actively engaged in ensuring DEI is an integral part of the firm’s operations and culture, including through her previous role as the firm’s national director of diversity. She is a recognized Diversity Journal thought leader, a catalyst of the firm’s participation in diversity associations and conferences, and the firm’s core values ambassador.

  • Society of Human Resources Management

  • B.A., Psychology & Sociology
  • Certificate in Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations