Latondra Newton serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer of The Walt Disney Company, a position she has held since February 2017. She leads the company’s strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives, which help Disney and its employees around the world tell stories that entertain, enlighten and inspire.
Newton comes to Disney after 25 years at Toyota, where she was most recently group vice president, Social Innovation, and chief diversity officer of Toyota Motor North America, and project general manager of the corporate citizen division of Toyota Motor Corporation. Newton oversaw Toyota’s diversity and inclusion, as well as shared impact and environment sustainability functions, and she led the Toyota Mobility Foundation, which was established in 2014 to advance the freedom of mobility for more people everywhere.
Latondra has been recognized as a leader in diversity and inclusion and business during her career. Automotive News named Newton a Rising Star Under 35 in 2000, and as one of the 100 Leading Women in the North American Automotive Industry in 2010. And in 2014, Linkage’s Women in Leadership Institute gave her its “Passionate Champion Award”.
Newton holds a bachelor’s degree in management systems from Kettering University.