Maria G. Arias

Maria G. Arias is the driving force behind Arias Solutions, a powerhouse consultancy renowned for its groundbreaking work in diversity, inclusion, and multicultural initiatives. With an expansive national network of industry leaders close to her, Maria doesn't just navigate the corporate landscape—she shapes it.

Maria's impact reverberates from coast to coast. As the trailblazing Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Comcast Corporation, she revolutionized the corporate culture. Under her visionary leadership, Maria established the Corporate Diversity & Inclusion department, propelling Comcast to the top spot on Fortune's Best Companies for Diversity list. Her strategic prowess didn't stop there; she orchestrated industry-leading initiatives across Comcast's vast empire, from Comcast Cable to NBCUniversal, Telemundo, and Comcast Spectra.

Maria's career trajectory is a testament to her dynamic leadership. Before joining Comcast, she honed her skills in law and government affairs at industry titans like AT&T Corporation and Adelphia Communications. As a litigation expert at McDermott, Will & Emery, Maria cut her teeth in Chicago's legal arena.

Beyond her corporate prowess, Maria is a stalwart advocate for change. Her board positions at UnidosUS and DePaul University’s CLR/LAS Advisory Board, and the Denver Scholarship Foundation reflect her commitment to fostering inclusive communities. Her past board engagements with organizations like the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA, Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado and Solera National Bank underscore her dedication to social progress.

A lifelong learner, Maria's academic credentials speak volumes. Equipped with a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from DePaul University, Maria is not just a leader—she's a leader of leaders. And, she shares her savvy business experience with students of all ages as an adjunct professor of DEI.

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Maria’s first steps were to gain trust with our internal DEI team as well as with senior leadership. She explained who she was, what her background was, and why she was in the industry. Given Maria’s background in law and her previous companies reliance on billable work, she understood that as a consulting firm, our firm also relied on billable work. This understanding helped gain trust with leadership. Given that she worked her way up the corporate ladder as a diverse person herself, and given her keen ability to listen to others, she gained trust with staff. Ultimately, the recommendations that she provided not only made sense in a DEI aspect but also in a business aspect.

Jeff KleinJeff KleinPrincipal - PCS STRUCTURAL SOLUTIONS

Maria Arias is a seasoned business executive who brings solid judgment, clear-eyed realism and integrity to every project she undertakes. She is an expert in creating and growing infrastructure to support diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace. She understands the legal landscape and will help clients avoid potential pitfalls. Maria sees around corners and has a talent for using data to educate, elevate and execute. She is tireless and results-oriented. No one will work harder for her clients.

Charisse LillieCharisse LilliePrincipal, CRL Consulting, Former SVP Community Investment, Comcast Corporation

Diversity in the workplace can be a challenge to most companies and many have tried and failed. While working with Maria, there was a clear roadmap to our success each step of the way. She is an incredible leader and motivator who can work with all stakeholders required to create lasting change in a corporate environment. I have seen firsthand what a successful DEI program needs and what it takes to make the program a real benefit and not a cost.

Ken LeeKen LeeImmediate Past President of the Organization of Chinese Americans, Former UPS Executive

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