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Jon Henes, CEO of C Street Advisory Group, draws on over a decade of experience advising CEOs.

Jon Henes served as the former campaign finance manager for Vice President Kamala Harris’ presidential bid.
The experience changed his worldview and opened his eyes to the importance of diversity.
Henes launched C Street Advisory Group to help CEOs advance diversity and inclusion.

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For most people, working as the national campaign finance manager for Kamala Harris’ presidential bid would be considered an opportunity of a lifetime. But for Jon Henes, it meant a lot more.

On Harris’ campaign trail, Henes, who is white, built rapport with hundreds of people from a multitude of backgrounds, specifically in Black and Hispanic communities. He spent day after day listening to Harris deliver speeches on reducing income inequality and reforming education. But he distinctly remembers being particularly moved at a private event in early 2019 when Harris told him, “The vast majority of us have so much more in common than what separates us.”

After that conversation, he felt inspired to do more meaningful work with his career. Now, after nearly three years of planning, Henes has launched C Street Advisory Group, a CEO consulting firm focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). C Street, whose name is a nod to C-suite, employs 15 people and is financed by Antara Capital, a hedge fund backed by Blackstone.

“I just saw the strength and the power of diversity,” while on the campaign trail with Harris, Henes told Insider. “Her words led me to look for commonality, to fight each day to do better personally, and to make the world a better, more just place.”

C Street Advisory Group has four key pillars: corporate advisory, talent advisory, DEI strategy, and …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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