Fair Pay Workplace Appoints Heidi Durham as First Executive Director
March 24, 2021
Veteran executive to lead nonprofit in establishing global standard of pay equity
SEATTLE — MARCH 24, 2021 — Fair Pay Workplace (FPW), the trusted symbol of pay equity around the world, today announced the appointment of Heidi Durham as its executive director. Heidi is a seasoned executive and is FPW’s inaugural executive director. Her appointment comes at an opportune time for FPW as it enters its second year of operation, hires new staff and certifies a growing number of companies to recognize their achievement of pay equity using a transparent and standardized methodology to measure compensation comparisons across gender, race, and ethnicity.
“Fair Pay Workplace was created because there is not a standardized way for companies to measure pay, so anyone can claim pay equity,” said Zev Eigen, president of Fair Pay Workplace and founder and chief data scientist for Syndio. “We’re delighted to have Heidi at the helm, where she will apply her stellar operational expertise to firmly establish the Fair Pay Workplace certification as the globally trusted standard for companies committed to pay equity.”
Established in 2020, Fair Pay Workplace is a nonprofit organization with a mission to dismantle unlawful pay disparities based on gender, race, and ethnicity to create sustained fair pay in the workplace. Fair Pay Workplace Certification recognizes organizations dedicated to true and ongoing pay equity using a transparent and trusted standard of measurement. The certification is based on a methodology developed by a group of leading experts that measures compensation comparisons across gender and race and provides a framework for organizations to proactively manage pay equity on an ongoing basis.
Heidi comes to FPW with over two decades of combined strategy, product innovation, operations, nonprofit and brand management experience. She spent over 10 years at Starbucks launching new products and building brands in the U.S. and in the Asia Pacific region. Her social sector experience ranges from VP Marketing for Seattle-based, IslandWood; capacity building for global nonprofit, Right to Play based in Ethiopia; and CEO of Art with Heart, a national nonprofit using creative expression to help kids through adversity. She has also worked as a brand strategist for global design and strategy firm, Hornall Anderson, supporting brands like the University of Washington, Starbucks, Amazon and others.
Durham added, “I am honored to be joining Fair Pay Workplace at this pivotal time to guide its growth. Eradicating pay disparities and ensuring people are paid fairly and equitably is an incredibly powerful way for organizations to move from verbal declarations to active and ongoing meaningful commitments grounded in trust and transparency.”
About Fair Pay Workplace
Fair Pay Workplace is a nonprofit organization with a mission to dismantle unlawful pay disparities based on gender, race, and ethnicity to create sustained fair pay in the workplace. FPW offers the Fair Pay Workplace Certification, the trusted symbol of pay equity around the world. Using a methodology developed by experts, FPW offers the decisive measures necessary to enable real progress toward fair pay in today’s workplaces. Visit https://fairpayworkplace.org to learn more.
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