OhioHealth Corp. has hired a consultant and past Abercrombie & Fitch Co. diversity chief for a newly created executive role to take Central Ohio’s largest health system past diversity to inclusion.

Todd Corley, who left Abercrombie and founded consultancy Tapo Institute three years ago, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in Columbus Business First’s inaugural Diversity Awards last year.

“Diversity alone in the workplace falls short of any effort to promote equity and fairness,” Corley said in an interview accompanying the award. “Once established, there should be an emphasis on authenticity and transparency – otherwise you have an effort on diversity that is not genuine and sustainable.”

Corley’s clients with Tapo included Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Office and John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

In a statement, Corley said OhioHealth has a “strong track record” of promoting “an open and welcoming culture” that translates into better care.

“Today, more than ever, our country needs a voice like OhioHealth to echo the importance of embracing people of different faith communities, genders, racial groups and sexual orientations,” he said.

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