Dionna Johnson Sallis
Dionna Johnson Sallis
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)
+1 (312) 893-2314
Dionna is Ferguson Partners’ Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) and is based in the firm’s Chicago office. As the Director of DEI, Dionna’s primary area of focus is to lead strategic initiatives – based on industry best practices – informed by her subject matter expertise. Creatively, Dionna offers customizable DEI solutions while also providing consultative services for our clients. With deep perspectives and experience, she develops DEI strategies aligned with our clients’ business and talent priorities. Dionna also guides key stakeholders in her clients’ organizations by coaching and developing senior leaders to create more inclusive work environments.
Dionna started her career in Corporate Finance as a Business Analyst at Sears Holdings where she conducted analyses of value proposition and market positioning strategies to develop new business. From there, she transitioned into recruiting and developed an expertise in creating diverse and scalable sourcing strategies, accompanied with the ability to execute initiatives that drive client and candidate retention. Dionna’s expertise stretches across the financial services, retail, healthcare, technology, manufacturing, consulting, and real assets industries.
Prior to joining Ferguson Partners, Dionna worked at Korn Ferry as a Global Talent Acquisition Consultant. While at Korn Ferry, Dionna created diverse, equitable and inclusive recruiting strategies for the global internal recruiting team along with developing and leading diverse initiatives for internal stakeholders, equipping them to lead their diverse teams. She worked in conjunction with the global thought leaders to create DEI strategies that optimized the productivity of the firm and its clients. Dionna’s work strengthened the cultural components of the firm while serving as the catalyst for change for her client engagements.
Dionna holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance degree from Chicago State University and is in currently enrolled in Cornell University’s DEI Certificate program.