Matthew S. Harrison, PhD currently works at Comcast as Sr. Director, Talent Management for their Central Division. In this role he establishes, coordinates and executes on all talent management initiatives and corresponding programs across the Central Division – supporting ~30,000 employees. Additionally, Dr. Harrison is responsible for all workforce diversity and inclusion initiatives, which includes overseeing the division’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and ensuring a diversity lens is incorporated in all talent management strategies.
Prior to his role at Comcast, Dr. Harrison served as VP, Talent Management for The Weather Company (aka The Weather Channel). While there, he served as a key member of the HR Leadership Team (reporting to the Chief Human Resources Officer) providing expertise and leadership on initiatives across all areas of talent management including: performance management, talent reviews, succession planning, corporate learning, employee & leadership development, employee engagement, diversity & inclusion, and organizational development & effectiveness.
Dr. Harrison has also served as an adjunct professor of psychology at The University of Georgia (from 2008-2015). He is a published diversity researcher, and is renowned for his research on the topic of colorism. His master’s thesis received wide publicity – being featured on websites such as CNN, CNBC, ABC News, was reported in various newspapers and media outlets across the US (as well as in the United Kingdom), and received an initial inquiry from an executive producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Focusing in the area of workplace diversity, Dr. Harrison has authored a chapter for a general psychology textbook, as well as a number of other books. Additionally, he has authored several academic journal articles. He currently serves as a member of the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), American Psychological Association, Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychologists, Academy of Management, and sits on a few local boards in the Atlanta area.
Most recently, Dr. Harrison has been recognized as one of Atlanta’s Power 30 Under 30, received the Excellence in Diversity Leadership Award from the Technology Association of Georgia as well as the Multicultural Leadership Award from the National Diversity Council. He was also named a Man of Influence by the National Urban League – where he was listed alongside the likes of Chris Rock, Wyclef Jean and Jamie Foxx.
Dr. Harrison is a graduate of Emory University (B.A. in Psychology – c/o 2004) and The University of Georgia (M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology – c/o 2005 and 2008, respectively).