Big Ten Conference named Omar Brown vice president, people & culture officer. In a newly created role, Brown drives diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives throughout the conference, such as the Equality Coalition and the Advisory Commission. Brown will lead all human capital efforts for conference staff including talent acquisition, professional development and performance management.
Omar is a talented, strategic and insightful business leader who is gifted in building organizational culture while empowering people," said Big Ten Conference Commissioner Kevin Warren. "I look forward to working collaboratively with Omar to create a best-in-class environment within the Big Ten Conference office."
Brown brings a people-centric approach to the conference, leveraging his strengths in communications, organizational design, and change management, to modernize traditional human resource practices. He will serve as a strategic people advisor to Commissioner Warren.
Prior to joining Big Ten Conference, Brown was an organizational transformation leader in Deloitte's Human Capital Consulting practice. There, he helped companies navigate through the complex people and process issues associated with business transformation.
Throughout his career, Brown has served organizations such as the University of Illinois system, the Chicago Transit Authority and the City of Chicago. He holds a master's degree in public policy from Northwestern University, a master's degree in business administration from Loyola University Chicago, and a bachelor's degree from Northeastern Illinois.
Big Ten Conference (bigten.org) is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in the lives of students competing in intercollegiate athletics and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness. The broad-based programs of the 14 Big Ten institutions will provide over $200 million in direct financial support to more than 9,800 students for more than 11,000 participation opportunities on 350 teams in 42 different sports. Big Ten sponsors 28 official conference sports, 14 for men and 14 for women, including the addition of men's ice hockey and men's and women's lacrosse since 2013.