2019 Speaker Profile – Pauling, Corie

Corie Pauling

Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, TIAA


A leader at TIAA for 12 years, Corie Pauling became the organization’s Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer in July 2018.  Corie was instrumental in the launch of the D&I function at TIAA over ten years ago and served as a primary legal and business advisor and thought leader in this area since that time.  In her prior role, Corie held the position of Senior Director, Associate General Counsel in the Employment, Benefits & Labor Law Group, in which she provided counseling, training, risk assessment, and other support to TIAA’s executives, its prior CDIOs and other Human Resources leaders and also business managers on a broad range of workforce issues, and she also managed employment litigation nationally.  In the D&I space, she has extensive experience in strategy development, board interface, equal employment opportunity best practices, policy development, training/learning, metrics, data analysis, and reporting, external partnerships and sourcing, pay equity, global workforce compliance, talent acquisition, workforce development, employee resource groups, culture surveys, federal contractor compliance, and workplace investigations. Having partnered with nearly every area in the TIAA organization over her tenure, she has also led the Culture Action Team for TIAA’s Advocacy & Oversight area since 2016. 


A former shareholder with the international employment law firm Littler Mendelson, P.C. and also Ferguson Stein Chambers in Charlotte, Corie’s experience includes counseling financial services institutions and other Fortune 500 companies as well as representing individual employees in employment and civil rights litigation.  She has significant trial and appellate experience on civil rights matters.  Having presented before the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association, the Practising Law Institute, the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Society of Human Resources Management and other organizations, Corie frequently speaks at legal education programs on emerging employment law topics and D&I strategies.


A competitive marathoner and civic leader, Corie was incredibly honored to be named TIAA’s 2012 Working Mother of the Year in conjunction with the national magazine Working Mother.  She is currently serving a second appointment by the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners to the Arts and Science Council, and she is the recipient of the 2011 Young Civic Leader Award by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and a graduate of Charlotte’s groundbreaking Leadership Development Institute.   Corie has served on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) and as chairperson of the NCBA’s 500-attorney Labor and Employment Law Section.  Among other leadership posts, she has also served as a committee chair of the Board of Directors for the Levine Museum of the New South and co-chair of the Mecklenburg County Bar’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.