Why Being Yourself Is a Competitive Advantage

January 9, 2023

It’s the sum of our unique experiences as people that helps us become better leaders, says banker-turned-chief people officer Kenny Gardner. In this episode, Kenny, who is the CPO for DaVita Kidney Care, talks to RHR Senior Partner and Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Cristina Jimenez about purpose and embracing his journey as a leader. 


For Kenny, staying true to his best self carved a path for a successful career, a diversity of experiences, and the opportunity to build bridges for a diverse range of people. Having walked in many different shoes on his leadership journey, which was rooted in modest beginnings, Kenny’s North Star is to create a company where the best and brightest can achieve their dreams. That starts with diversity.

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Cristina Jimenez is a talent, leadership, and culture expert with 20 years of industry experience. She is the global head of RHR International’s Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging practice and has been instrumental in the firm’s own cultural transformation.