2020 TOP50 Diversity Stars Announcement
A valued Diversity Stars community member and passionate DE&I practitioner, Cheryl Morrison passed away from COVID-19 on April 28, 2020. In honor of her memory and in tribute to her legacy as a DE&I practitioner, we are adding a 51st TOP50 Most Influential Diversity Star for 2020. Cheryl has touched so many people on her DE&I journey and she will always be remembered as a tireless leader and a mentor. RIP Cheryl. – In loving memory from the entire Diversity Stars team and community!
The TOP50 Most Influential Diversity Stars of 2020
This is our second year selecting the annual TOP50 Most Influential Diversity Stars. Each year, our editorial team scores candidates based on a proprietary algorithm that considers social media influence, speaking experience, D&I program enhancements, overall perceived influence and genuine willingness to share thought leadership with their D&I peers.Selected honorees are then ranked in groups according to how many times they have been previously honored. We do not charge a fee nor do we take requests from organizations to have their D&I leadership considered for these honors. Selections are 100% unbiased and independent based solely on research conducted by our editorial team.
In consideration of the recent COVID19 outbreak, we will be hosting our Diversity Stars of 2020 Award ceremony online at our Virtual DEI Campus, in the midst of a 3-day Virtual Diversity Summit on May 13-15, 2020. Our Virtual DEI Campus is the world’s first always-on, 3D immersive, collaboration event campus fostering community engagement, togetherness and presence, exclusively for global DEI executives. See our calendar of events
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Ben Hasan is senior vice president and chief culture, diversity and inclusion officer for Walmart Inc. He is responsible for the continued development of the evolution of the company’s culture, the development of behaviors that embrace diversity and inclusion at all levels of the company and the promotion of the company’s external reputation as a great place to work. He assumed this role in 2015.
Ben joined Walmart in 2008 and previously served as senior vice president of strategic services in Walmart Technology. In this role, he and his team were responsible for strategy, communication, innovation, vendor management, project management, business analysis, quality assurance and the global technology offices in India and Mexico.
Prior to joining Walmart, Ben worked 11 years at Dell, Inc. He progressed through several leadership positions before serving as vice president of corporate and product group information technology. In this position, he directed teams in Texas, Shanghai, Taipei and Singapore. He also served as general manager of Dell’s information technology development centers in Brazil and India. Before joining Dell, he gained broad experience in information technology, human resources, rates and regulatory affairs and customer service during his 14-year career with ENSERCH Corporation, an oil and gas company based in Dallas.
In 2006, Ben received the Temple University Fox School IT Award for Distinguished Alumni. He holds a master’s in business administration from Amber University in Dallas and a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in computer science from Temple University in Philadelphia.
Nzinga “Zing” Shaw is currently the global chief inclusion & diversity officer for Starbucks Coffee Company. She leads the inclusion, diversity, equity & accessibility (IDEA) team and concurrently serves as a member of the partner resources leadership team. Zing provides strategic guidance across the enterprise to promote inclusive practices in every facet of the business. She has developed a strategy to embed equity in all programmatic activities, governance and daily administration of the global retail organization. She is focused on building a foundation that will advance this strategy as a core component of Starbucks’ brand, and to drive the business across every global market. The IDEA strategy extends to external customers, community partners and to every partner within the workforce. Currently, Zing is helping Starbucks achieve 100% global pay equity by working with experts to develop best practices and tools to address systemic barriers impeding equal pay for equal work.
Prior to joining Starbucks, Zing has been at the forefront of leading organizational change through diversity. She was the first person to hold the chief diversity & inclusion officer position in the National Basketball Association, serving in that capacity for the Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena franchise for 5 years. She also served as senior vice president of diversity & inclusion at Edelman, the world’s largest and most profitable public relations/integrated marketing agency. While leading diversity at Edelman, Zing concurrently served as senior vice president of human resources for the southeast and southwest regions. Throughout her career, Zing has worked as a human resources practitioner across a multitude of industries including publishing, sports entertainment, public relations and retail.
Zing is a recipient of several industry awards including Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 and Game Changers awards, Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 and Women Who Mean Business awards, The Network Journal 40 Under Forty and Top 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business awards, PR Week 40 Under 40 award, and many more. She was selected by 39th United States President – Jimmy Carter to serve a 3-year term on the Board of Councilors of The Carter Center. Zing is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and the Atlanta Regional Commission – Regional Leadership Institute. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and The Links, Incorporated. Zing is an alumna of Spelman College (BA), the University of Pennsylvania (MLA) and was a study abroad scholar at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.
Annie Wu is the Global Head for Inclusion and Diversity for H&M Group. She received her J.D. from New York Law School and her B.A. from Boston University. Her interest and passion for fairness and equality led her to start her career working on the management side of labor and employment law, negotiating with international unions in addition to handling sensitive and confidential employment matters. Joining the global brand of H&M in 2012, Annie started working in the H&M North American offices in New York City and moved to the head office of the H&M Group in Stockholm in 2016 where she most recently served as Global Manager of Employee Relations for the H&M Group.
As the Global Head for Inclusion and Diversity for the Group that covers 8 brands, Annie’s responsibilities are to be a catalyst for an internal change journey, and to reinforce H&M Group ́s way of ensuring inclusion and diversity is embedded in the culture and values of all the different brands. This job suits Annie well since she has vast experience in the field and is strongly dedicated and a firm believer in equality, belonging, inclusion and diversity. This is topic is also close to Annie’s heart since her background is being born in Taiwan, growing up in the US and now living in Europe.
Lori George Billingsley has 30 years of public relations experience in developing and implementing breakthrough programs that meet organizational goals, target audience needs and produce results. Currently, she is the Vice President of Community Relations for Coca-Cola North America where she oversees community giving, engagement and volunteerism.
She has led her own public relations consultancy, held positions in a global public relations agency and the District of Columbia Government. Lori has also served as professor, instructor and lecturer at two Ohio-based colleges, as well as her alma mater, Howard University.
Lori received her Bachelor of Arts in public relations at Howard University and her Master of Arts in public communications at American University, both in Washington, D.C. Lori also is an ordained minister. Lori lives in Decatur with her husband, Bishop Jeffrey Billingsley. She enjoys regular spa treatments and traveling to sunny beaches.
Latondra Newton is the Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of The Walt Disney Company.
Newton leads the The Walt Disney Company’s strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives, which help Disney and its employees around the world tell stories that entertain, enlighten and inspire. She partners with all the company’s segments and leaders to build on Disney’s commitment to produce entertainment that reflects a global audience and sustain a welcoming and inclusive workplace for everyone.
Prior to joining Disney, Newton was Group Vice President, Social Innovation and Chief Diversity Officer, Toyota Motor North America, Inc. and Chief Program Officer, Toyota Mobility Foundation, Toyota Motor Corporation.
At Toyota, she led an integrated, holistic social responsibility strategy for the company. She united Toyota’s diversity and inclusion, shared impact and environmental sustainability efforts across North America under one function for the first time.
She began her career at Toyota in 1991 and held a variety of senior roles spanning corporate planning, research, public affairs, marketing, philanthropy, and diversity.
Newton has been recognized as a leader in diversity and inclusion and business during her career. In 2014 Linkage’s Women in Leadership Institute gave her its “Passionate Champion Award.” She also has spoken at the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Shared Value Leadership Summit and she is a member of the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Leadership Forum.
She is a passionate advocate for inclusion and has worked directly with young women to support their educational goals, including supporting them in earning college degrees.
In June of 2017, Newton launched a fine jewelry line, stôn by Latondra. As president and designer of this bespoke line, Newton strives to empower women around the world through the work. Virtually all of stôn’s collaborators are women — including operations staff, photographers, web designers, and branding agents — and the company works in partnership with non-profits that make a positive impact on issues that are important for women.
Newton holds a bachelor’s degree in management systems from Kettering University.
Cynthia H. Bowman is Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Bank of America. In this role, she serves as the chief strategist for diversity and inclusion globally, focused on leading programs, initiatives and policies that actively support the bank’s diverse and inclusive workplace – in thought, style, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, culture and experience. As part of her role, Cynthia serves on the bank’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Council, comprised of senior leaders from across the company responsible for keeping diversity and inclusion at the forefront for managers throughout the company. She leads the company’s global diversity and inclusion organization (GDIO), which supports enterprise-wide diversity initiatives, diversity and inclusion learning, strategic partner management and sponsorships, diversity awards and recognition, and diversity metrics and data reporting. The GDIO also provides strategic oversight to the bank’s 11 Employee Networks, made up of nearly 80,000 memberships and allies around the globe.
Cynthia graduated from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management with an MBA in Organization Behavior and Operations. She also has a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science from Spelman College. Cynthia is married and the mother of four children.
Elizabeth Nieto is Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Amazon and is responsible for implementing Amazon’s comprehensive D&I strategy, focused on attracting and developing a diverse workforce that will delight customers globally.
Before joining Amazon, Elizabeth was the Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at MetLife since 2012 and the Global Talent Management Leader since 2017. Under her leadership, the company defined and implemented their first global D&I strategy supported by the Global D&I Council chaired by MetLife CEO. The strategy focused on the development of women globally and regional initiatives (e.g. emerging talent, LGBTQ+, people with different abilities, veterans) and accountability metrics to achieve the company’s world-class status aspiration. As the Global Talent Management Leader, she was responsible for the senior talent review and succession management process, the MBA global leadership development program and executive coaching.
Elizabeth has used her insights and talent to help people through her work in non-profit organizations that support global girls’ rights to education, access to developmental opportunities for young underserved talent and teenagers at risk. She served as a board member for Girls Learn International, is currently a board member at The Opportunity Network, A Fair Shake for Youth and the All Stars Project.
Born and raised in Argentina, Elizabeth earned her Master’s degree from University of Buenos Aires. In 2014, she was named one of the Top Champions of Diversity by Diversity Global Magazine. In 2016, she was honored by the All Stars Project for her contributions to the development of underserved youth, and in 2017 by El Museo del Barrio in New York City for Excellence in Philanthropy. Crain’s NY recognized Elizabeth in their 2018 Notable Women in Finance.
Maxine Williams is the Global Head of Diversity at Facebook. In this role, she develops strategies to harness the unlimited potential of Facebook’s talent while managing a high performing team of diversity program managers from the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, CA. Prior to Facebook, she served as the Director of Diversity for a global law firm. A graduate of Yale University, she received her law degree with first class honors from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. As an attorney, she has represented clients in criminal, civil and industrial courts in both her native Trinidad and in the U.K. at the Privy Council. She has worked with multiple international organizations on development and human rights issues and has had a parallel career as a broadcast journalist and on-air presenter.
As Chief Diversity Officer at Microsoft, I lead our organization’s diversity and inclusion commitments at the center of the company’s cultural transformation and critical to our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.
With more than 20 years’ experience as a human resources executive for the technology sector, I am passionate about driving business growth through innovative and inclusive people strategies.
Originally from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, I have lived and worked throughout the United States, Dubai, and Singapore.
Jon Muñoz is vice president of global diversity and inclusion at Hilton. Muñoz oversees Hilton’s comprehensive diversity and inclusion management practice focused on culture, talent and marketplace initiatives. He is responsible for leading external engagement with diverse strategic non-profit partners, consulting with internal diversity stakeholders, integrating across HR functions, and overseeing Team Member resource group governance and strategies.
For its comprehensive approach to diversity and inclusion, Hilton has been recognized by DiversityInc, Fortune, Forbes, Great Place to Work Institute, Human Rights Campaign, National Business Inclusion Consortium, LATINA Style and LATINO, among others.
Muñoz joined Hilton in 2011 as Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion and has played a key role in driving Hilton’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Prior to joining Hilton, Muñoz served in diversity roles for Sprint and multicultural marketing roles for Nextel Communications, Bank One (JPMorgan Chase) and NationsBank (Bank of America).
Muñoz actively serves in leadership roles at a number of non-profit organizations including: Conference Board Diversity and Inclusion Center Advisory Board, Friends of the American Latino Museum Treasurer of the Board of Directors, International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA) Chairman of the Board of Directors, League of United Latin American Citizens Corporate Alliance, NAACP ACT-SO Advisory Council, National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Corporate Advisory Council Co-Chair and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Senior Executive Corporate Advisory Board.
He is also a co-founder of the National Hispanic Corporate Council Corporate Executive Development Program offered in partnership with Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business. The CEDP is dedicated to advancing Hispanic managers to executive positions in corporations.
Muñoz holds a Bachelors of Science in communications and advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.
Tia Silas is Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for IBM where she is responsible for driving the worldwide diversity and inclusion strategy. Prior to this role, Tia led Human Resources for the Watson Health division of the company supporting Watson’s mission to advance the quality of healthcare on a global scale, improve lives and enable hope through cutting edge technology. Prior to joining IBM, Tia served in various leadership roles across Talent Acquisitions, Labor Relations, and as an HR Business Partner with companies including Pitney Bowes, Macy’s Inc. and JCPenney. Tia graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in industrial and labor relations and earned her MBA from New York University, Stern School of Business. In addition to her professional and academic endeavors Tia has also worked to serve her community through board activities. Previously, she has served on the Connecticut Board of Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Mill River Collaborative Board, aimed at restoring green space for low income communities in Stamford and the Alumni Board of Miss Porter’s School focused on young women “shaping a changing world.”
Sara is responsible for developing and executing the company’s global strategy on diversity and inclusion, ensuring compliance with federal, state and local laws related to affirmative action and equal employment opportunity, and building partnerships with internal and external diversity stakeholders.
Prior to joining Boeing, Sara was the global leader of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility for Starbucks, a leading global coffee company. Sara’s team was responsible for inclusion strategies, diversity goals, EEO/AAP compliance and analytics, equity analyses and related programs, and the Starbucks Accessibility Office, which Sara launched in 2018. Sara personally spearheaded Starbucks pay equity efforts during her time at Starbucks, culminating in the company’s 2018 announcement of achieving 100 percent pay equity for women, men, and people of all races performing similar work in the United States. Sara’s team served more than 230,000 employees around the globe.
Sara has nearly 20 years of experience in employment law, diversity and inclusion, human resource management and equal opportunity practices. In addition to her latest role, she held a number of senior positions at Starbucks, including serving as director, corporate counsel for the U.S. retail business and leading the OFCCP team. She also co-chaired the Starbucks legal department’s Diversity Committee and served as Convenor of the Starbucks Executive Inclusion Council. She has been a speaker and presenter at numerous venues, including the Women’s Foodservice Forum in Dallas and the United Nations in NYC.
A native of northeastern Wisconsin, Sara earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and her law degree from Stanford Law School. She has lived in seven states and two countries — and has resided in the Puget Sound area (for the second time) since 2010.
Michelle Gadsden-Williams is the author of the award-winning and best selling book, CLIMB. As Managing Director of North America Inclusion and Diversity, Michelle Gadsden-Williams is responsible for further strengthening and accelerating the company’s efforts to foster an inclusive culture. Michelle joins Accenture with more than 25 years of experience as an advocate for equality within corporate America and a thought leader around diversity and inclusion. Michelle is a seasoned diversity practitioner with experience working in the consumer goods and pharmaceutical industries before transitioning to financial services in 2011.
Michelle was the former, Managing Director and Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Credit Suisse AG. She provided strategic direction, thought leadership and championed the development of an inclusive environment by integrating diversity practice into all aspects of the business. She has held positions of global responsibility in the diversity management arena by living in Switzerland for close to 10 years of her corporate career and managed staffing functions for large multinational corporations such as Credit Suisse, Novartis and Merck & Co, Inc. Prior to her tenure at Merck & Co., Inc, Michelle has also held positions in Human Resources and Product Development at PhilipsVan Heusen Corporation and Wakefern Food Corporation, both headquartered in New Jersey.
Michelle earned a B.S. in Marketing, a B.A. in Communications from Kean College of New Jersey and an M.S. in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and the Executive Leadership Council. Michelle serves on several boards including the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Black Girls Rock, the SLE Lupus Foundation and an Executive Committee Member of the Women’s Leadership Board of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Michelle and her husband David Jamal Williams, Co-Founder and CEO of Ceiling Breakers, LLC, live in New York City.
Tamika Curry Smith is Nike’s VP, Global Diversity & Inclusion. She is responsible for leading a global team across brands, and helping to advance Nike’s D&I strategy. Tamika joined Nike from Mercedes-Benz USA, where she led Diversity & Inclusion — developing and spearheading a holistic strategy across the company’s workforce and marketplace.
Tamika brings a breadth of experience to this role. Over the course of her career, she has worked with global companies, nonprofits, academia and the public sector; she designed and implemented D&I strategies to increase awareness and communication, improve representation and retention, and drive accountability. She has also held senior leadership positions with Target Corporation as Director of Diversity, and Deloitte Consulting as Americas Director of Diversity Programs. Tamika holds a BBA in Accounting from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and an MBA in Organizational Behavior, Strategy and Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Tamika is an avid sports fan who especially loves cheering on her Wolverines. She enjoys working out, reading and getting as many stamps on her passport as possible. Tamika is also dedicated to giving back to the community and has served on a number of nonprofit boards focused on young people, education and D&I.
Wanda Hope is responsible for globally advancing J&J’s diversity and inclusion strategy, strengthening D&I capabilities, improving reputation, and driving innovation and growth for future success. Prior to her current role, she served as the Vice President of Global Performance & Development, Vice President of Commercial Analytics, Development & Operations, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Surgery and Chronic Care Franchises, National Sales Director, and Global Marketing Leader. She was recently recognized by Black Enterprise as one of the Most Powerful Women in Diversity and has received several awards including the Healthcare Businesswomen’ s Association’s Rising Star Award, the YWCA Tribute to Women in Industry Award, and the National Sales Network Community Service award. Hope received her B.S. in marketing from The Pennsylvania State University.
Ken Charles has been named American Airlines’ Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer.
In this new role, Charles will lead American’s global inclusion and diversity strategies. This includes establishing the company’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to ensure best practices are implemented across all aspects of American’s people and business processes.
Previously he served as U.S. Bank as senior vice president of enterprise talent. In this role, Charles had responsibility for the recruiting, talent management, learning and development, diversity, equity and inclusion functions across the company.
A proven leader with a rich history of people development and thought leadership. Committed to process improvement and innovation. Extensive experience in sales/marketing and fund development provides a unique results-oriented approach. Polished presentation and consensus building skills result in a record of achievement in building value-added external alliances and exceeding the needs of internal customers.
Caroline A. Wanga is Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Vice President of Human Resources at the Target Corporation. She leads Target’s strategic intent to champion an inclusive society with accountability for, inclusive guest experiences, a diverse and inclusive work environment, and societal impact. As a cultural catalyst, she fuels Target’s business objectives through the company’s first-ever performance based D&I goals. Launched in 2015, Supplier Diversity, Marketing, Philanthropy, Retention, Hiring, Representation and Engagement have significantly improved.
Caroline began her Target career in supply chain in 2005, serving in a variety of transformational leadership roles, including modernizing Supply Chain, Business Intelligence, Digital and Strategy capabilities prior to joining the D&I team, in 2014.
Caroline earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas College, and is an inspirational thought leader and public speaker. Her innovative shared-accountability approach to driving business results, is featured in, “The Innovation Mentality” by Glenn Llopis.
Listed in the global Top 50 Diversity Professionals for the last two years, Amir is ranked as an accomplished diversity leader with a successful 10+ years record of delivering pioneering diversity programs. Last year, Amir also won the prestigious ‘Head of Diversity’ award at the European Diversity Awards.
Leading on global strategies for Burberry (current), Adidas, Vodafone Group, Diageo and RBS Insurance, Amir has worked across the world to effect change and create sustainable, award-winning diversity/talent programs. His work is considered best-in-class, and has been recognised nationally and internationally.
Furthermore, Amir was listed in Telegraph’s Top 50 LGBT Executives in Business List 2015. He won ‘Corporate Rising Star’ Award at the British LGBT Awards 2015 and is in the Young Leaders program for the U.S. Embassy (UK).
Recent speaking engagements include: Speaker at the DBP conference (Zurich & Ireland), CIPD annual conference (London & Scotland), Launch of the Top 100 BAME Leaders list (House of Lords, UK), Radley James diversity breakfast seminar, Opportunities4Women Conference (London), TMC global Webinar, and Association of MBA’s conference (London).
Experienced professional with over 30 years managing large scale global teams across strategy, technology and human capital capabilities. Christie has focused on business expansion and management in both industry sectors and business functions. She has been responsible for the strategy and execution of entry into new markets within the life sciences, financial services and technology industries. She has worked across private, public and government sectors in driving business results and objectives. Christie has engaged in many M&A transactions from pre-deal to post merger implementation ensuring that the investment has driven the most return for the company, people and shareholders. She has been responsible for growth of services, products and customer segments resulting in exponential financial return.
Christie has also focused in her career on executive development, talent management, CEO succession and Inclusion & Diversity. These are foundational to successful execution of any business strategy. Christie has been instrumental in helping develop and design deep analytic capabilities as well as management capabilities to ensure successful execution of company outcomes and objectives.
Christie is a frequent lecturer and author on topics including corporate values, leadership, HR, talent, culture, and inclusion. Her work has been featured in national media outlets such as CNN, NBC, Huffington Post, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, Forbes and Fast Company.
Ms. Orly Lynn is a Global Diversity and Inclusion Practitioner, Head of Inclusion and Diversity at Commvaultand Founder and CEO of Diversity Unfiltered: A Consulting Company. By providing strategic advisory services, she helps her clients develop the competencies needed to cultivate cultures of inclusion and equity. Orly has robust knowledge and institutional awareness of the challenges and opportunities organizations encounter as the workforce changes. She advises and educates leaders and team members on the value of inclusive leadership, embedding best in class practices and strategies to help dismantle diversity challenges. She also provides specified developmental approach to coaching women, of all ages, seeking advice for pursing a higher education, entering and navigating the corporate landscape or those ready to pivot in their career.
Prior to starting Diversity Unfiltered, Orly joined HSBC as the US Head of Diversity & Inclusion. She led the bank’s US regional Diversity and Inclusion initiative, designed to attract, develop and retain diverse top talent. Orly designed and implemented the US strategy for the organization and spearheaded the firm’s diversity and inclusion development programs. In partnership with talent acquisition, she ensured inclusive and diverse strategies for talent recruitment and retention. She oversaw all D&I sponsorships with a strategic eye for driving inclusive collaborative partnerships. Orly also spearheaded HSBC’s Eleven Employee Recourse Groups (ERGs), with a concentration on developing each network into business-driven employee groups. Prior to joining HSBC, Orly served as Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager at Credit Suisse. She was responsible for promoting the firm’s Global D&I Strategy. In her role, she led the firm’s eight Employee Networks and supported the Network leaders by developing a business strategy, implementing best practices, and tracking their progress. Orly oversaw the planning, forecasting, and budgeting for the Americas office and managed all external sponsorships / memberships which helped impact and deliver the firm’s D&I initiatives for underrepresented groups.
Orly is an award-winning diversity professional, a thought leader committed to changing the way organizations drive and deliver diversity and inclusion. She can also be found advocating D&I efforts as a speaker, moderator, panelist and podcast guest. Orly holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Hunter College, where she majored in Sociology, and is a Master’s Degree candidate at Harvard University, majoring in Management and Organizational Behavior.
Visionary, servant leader with an extensive track record of creating and implementing innovative approaches to drive sustainable business results in both nonprofit and for-profit corporations.
In his current role as VP Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement, Clayton leads the strategy, program planning and execution for diversity and inclusion initiatives to strengthen and expand the organization’s efforts to maintain a robust, welcoming and inclusive workplace culture. He also works closely with the organization’s senior leadership group and serves as a mentor, promoting additional educational programs and perspectives on the importance and value of diversity and inclusion throughout the organization. In addition to facilitating a deeper engagement internally, Clayton also works to further enrich the organization’s community relationships externally.
Mita Mallick a corporate change maker with a track record of transforming businesses and cultures. Mita is a passionate storyteller who believes in the power of diversity to spur creative strategic thinking which can ultimately transform brands.
As the Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Marketing at Unilever, Mita’s efforts to build an inclusive culture are being celebrated. Under her leadership, Unilever is gender balanced at manager level and above. Unilever was named the #1 Company for Working Mothers by Working Mother Media in 2018. She also co-created the first of its kind Cultural Immersions series to increase the cultural competency of marketers training over 5,000 marketers to date. One corporate director sums up her work like this: “Mita is not only breaking ground—she’s creating an entirely new playing field within Unilever.”
Mita has also had an extensive career in the beauty and consumer products goods space. She was one of the chief lieutenants in launching The Vaseline Healing Project in the U.S., signing award-winning actress & activist Viola Davis as the brand’s ambassador to help set the brand back to growth.
Mita was named a Working Mother of the Year by She Runs It (Formerly Advertising Women of New York) and a Valiente Award Finalist at SXSW for her inspiring work in 2019. Mita has been featured in Forbes, received the Inaugural Diversity Innovator Award from the National Association for Female Executives in 2018, and was on the “50 People Under 40 Shaking Up Beauty” Youthquake List by Women’s Wear Daily 2017. Mita is also a monthly contributor for FairyGodBoss and Swaay.
Mita has a B.A. from Columbia University and a M.B.A. from Duke University.
Lybra S. Clemons is a seasoned diversity executive with more than fifteen years of professional experience managing a wide range of cross-cultural projects and strategic plans. She has an extensive background in building, creating, and implementing results-driven diversity strategic plans for corporations – as well as nonprofits, foundations, and government organizations.
Currently, Lybra is the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion for PayPal. She is responsible for managing and overseeing all global diversity initiatives for the company — including developing a framework and strategy for diversity talent analytics, engagement, and recruitment. Her work includes extensive engagement with senior leaders to administer and create diversity programs to address the needs of the business for diverse talent.
Prior to her role at PayPal, Lybra held key roles in the diversity and inclusion space with Morgan Stanley, the Brunswick Group, and American Express.
As a global citizen, Lybra has travelled and worked extensively outside of the U.S. In 2009, she took a sabbatical and worked in Nicaragua managing the One Laptop per Child program. She was also a featured speaker at the Diversity Best Practice Conference: “Marketplace, Talent, Culture and Work-life” in Johannesburg, South Africa; a delegate for The Leon H. Sullivan Summit VII in Abuja, Nigeria; and an intern with the U.N. Women (formerly United Nations Development Fund for Women, UNIFEM) in Kenya. She also attended an international Spanish business program in Chile.
Lybra serves on the Board of Directors of MAKERS. She is an active member of Columbia University’s Black Alumni network; a member of The Links, Incorporated; an active member of the Metropolitan Museum of Arts’ Multicultural Audience Development Initiative; a member of the Council for Urban Professionals (CUP); and was recognized by the Feminist Press as one of “40 Women Leaders Under 40.”
She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Spelman College, a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and an Executive Management certificate from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.
David King III leads a global team at Shopify that is responsible for the following:
• conducting qualitative research to develop a deeper understanding of what Shopify needs.
• humanizing data and people insights to help guide Shopify in making key decisions.
• building new, and advance existing products in order to continually evolve the employee experience.
• supporting Shopify in attracting, growing and retaining a diverse array of people with a focus on groups historically underrepresented in the tech space.
• collaborating with internal and external communities with the goal of making commerce better for everyone and belonging actualized by all.
• designing and delivering learning resources based on our people insights and industry best practices, in order to increase employee experience, diversity and belonging acumen.
Mr. Damien Hooper-Campbell has been First Chief Diversity Officer at eBay Inc. since July 18, 2016. Mr. Hooper-Campbell has deep expertise in Diversity and Inclusion and experience spanning the technology industry, finance sector and academia. He is responsible for leading eBay’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts, creating new programs and expanding existing activities that foster an inclusive culture at eBay. He has extensive experience in Diversity and Inclusion, and has worked across the non-profit sector, finance, technology and academia. He served as the first Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Uber Technologies. Before that, he was a Diversity Business Partner and Community Strategist for Google’s Diversity, Integrity and Governance Division. Prior to that, he served as a Vice President within the Pine Street Leadership Development Group at Goldman Sachs. Before that, he served as an Assistant Director of Minority Initiatives for Harvard Business School’s Admissions Board. He also worked in investment banking at Morgan Stanley, and served the Harlem, NY community as an Associate Program Officer for Program and Non-Profit Investments at the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corp. Mr. Hooper-Campbell received his B.A. in Economics from Morehouse College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Suzanne is the Chief Diversity Officer and Head of Talent at Splunk with expertise leveraging high performing global teams to deliver world class HR and talent strategies at scale to shift to higher value. Leveraging global HR processes, systems, data and AI to drive business outcomes and lead in the industry. Developing talent & culture to hire, develop and reward the best, growing globally diverse cultures driving innovation and belonging.
Including everyone in technology is not only the right thing to do, it makes great business sense – our future depends on it.
Erika Irish Brown is currently chief diversity officer at Goldman Sachs.
Brown joined Goldman after having served as the first-ever diversity and inclusion officer at Bloomberg. Prior, she was the senior vice president and enterprise diversity recruiting and program management executive at Bank of America. Before that, she led diversity efforts at Lehman Brothers.
In a 2013 interview with The Network Journal when she was honored with a “25 Influential Black Women in Business” award, Brown said, “With the work that I do in diversity and inclusion, I value every small victory because I’m helping women and people of color achieve their career aspirations at the highest levels.”
A Brooklyn native, she is vice-chair of the board of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and serves on the board of the Council of Urban Professionals.
Brown received her bachelor?s degree in economics from the State University of New York at Albany and her M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
Michele C. Meyer-Shipp joined KPMG LLP as Principal and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer in August 2018. In this role, she leads the National Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) team and oversees its strategy and objectives, including supporting the recruitment, retention, and development of a diverse workforce; inspiring broad perspectives and innovative client solutions; and fostering an inclusive and accessible culture. Michele will work closely with KPMG’s leadership teams to advance its inclusive and diverse culture, which has earned the firm recognition as a top workplace by FORTUNE magazine, DiversityInc, Working Mother, and The Human Rights Campaign.
Rosanna Durruthy is LinkedIn’s head of global diversity, inclusion and belonging. She brings broad, cross functional, human resources leadership experience in attracting and developing high performing talent as the diversity leader at companies like Cigna, Vivendi Universal (Seagram) and Merrill Lynch. At LinkedIn, Rosanna’s focus is on empowering all employees, members and customers to realize their full potential. With Rosanna’s leadership, LinkedIn aims to continue to build on our strong culture that values diversity, inclusion and creating a sense of belonging, for all of our employees.
In addition to her role at LinkedIn, Rosanna is also a member of the Business Advisory Council of the Human Rights Campaign, where she provides expertise and counsel on LGBTQ workplace issues. She has been recognized as one of the country’s leading professional Hispanic women and an influential mind in the diversity and inclusion space.
Lori Costew is Chief Diversity Officer and People Strategy at Ford Motor Company. Lori is an accomplished author, speaker, and innovative HR thought leader on delivering a global transformational people strategy aligned with ever-evolving business priorities. She is a results oriented executive specializing in: Diversity & Inclusion, building relationships, executive coaching, MA&D, talent development, organizational design, change management, negotiations, problem solving, compliance, influencing, and leading teams to positive outcomes.
As Deloitte’s Chief Inclusion Officer, I lead our organization’s efforts to foster an inclusive culture, reimagining inclusion for the workplace of the future. Diversity and inclusion is a business priority and we showcase how inclusion is an essential component of leadership today.
I previously led the Global Healthcare Sector for Deloitte and was a principal in Deloitte Consulting. For more than two decades working in Life Sciences and Healthcare, I have participated in a broad range of strategic advisory services, including creating global business models, product development, regulatory affairs, mergers, marketing, product launches, and reengineering information management processes.
Prior to joining Deloitte Consulting, I worked in the pharmaceutical industry managing clinical development, regulatory affairs, sales and marketing; and I’ve gained a broad range of experience in developing new products and obtaining product licenses in the UK and the U.S.
In addition to my consulting work, I frequently participate in industry conferences, discussing inclusion in the workplace and evolving healthcare and life sciences trends, including emerging cognitive technologies that promise to transform healthcare significantly. My perspective on these topics has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Modern Healthcare, and other publications.
I serve on the Board of City Year NY, which places highly trained young people of all backgrounds full-time in schools as tutors, mentors and role models. Additionally, I am a member of the Board of The Friends of the Patients of the NIH, which provides emotional and financial support to the incredibly brave patients receiving groundbreaking and life-saving treatments at the NIH. I hold a Joint Honors Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry/pharmacology and a PhD in pharmacology from the University of London. .
In her role at Airbnb, Thomas-Hunt will serve on Airbnb’s Executive Team and lead the strategy and execution of our global internal diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging programs for Airbnb’s 5,000 employees around the world.
An expert on building inclusive, global teams, Thomas-Hunt joins Airbnb from Vanderbilt University, where she served as Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence. In that role, she was responsible for helping advance equity, diversity and inclusion in Vanderbilt’s academic research and community of almost 22,000 students, staff and faculty. Prior to her work at Vanderbilt, Thomas-Hunt served as Global Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, where she was focused on ensuring that the student community was seen, heard, valued and supported.
Thomas-Hunt held Full, Associate and Assistant Professorial roles for over 20 years at schools such as Vanderbilt, the University of Virginia, Cornell University, and Washington University in St Louis. Her research and teaching focused on organizational behavior and the factors that unleash, leverage and amplify the talents and contributions made by women and underrepresented individuals. She began her career at IBM as a Marketing Representative and received her master’s and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University.
Angela Roseboro joined Riot Games as their first Chief Diversity Officer and the new leader of their diversity, inclusion, & Riot culture initiative. This is a major milestone for the company and their work to make Riot the most inclusive company in gaming,
Angela oversees all activity relating to diversity and inclusion (D&I), and leads the creation of new programs to foster a more inclusive culture at Riot. Angela also leads the recruiting team in driving inclusivity in Riot’s hiring and talent sourcing processes. Angela reports directly to, and works closely with, Emily Winkle, Riot’s Chief People Officer to ensure D&I is tightly integrated into their broader strategy to identify, recruit, develop, and retain the best talent to make incredible experiences for players.
Angela’s arrival marks six months since Riot redoubled their commitment to make Riot a leader in diversity, inclusion, and company culture. On February 26, Riot released their first major update on the Riot cultural transformation team’s work and launched a new information hub about their work on diversity, inclusion, and Riot culture.
Angela comes to Riot with more than 20 years of experience, including leadership roles in consulting and finance, and was most recently the Global Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Dropbox. At Dropbox, Angela led the company’s development and implementation of initiatives and actions for driving inclusion as a key component of Dropbox’s goal of being an employer of choice for all talent.
Quita Highsmith, MBA, is the Vice-President and Chief Diversity Officer at Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, and leads the diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategy across the organization. In this role, she is responsible for advancing Genentech’s D&I efforts, including recruiting, retaining and developing diverse talent, investing in initiatives to support science education and addressing barriers in clinical trial participation via Advancing Inclusive Research™.
Quita is well known in the biotech industry for being a visionary, promoting patient inclusion and encouraging others to develop their full potential. In 2019, Quita was named a Senior Executive Role Model by EMpower, a global organization that challenges the lack of ethnic diversity within business. Quita was honored in 2018 by BlackDoctor.org and The Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University as one of the Top Blacks in Healthcare for being a leading voice for inclusive research and promoting people of color in the workplace.
Oona King is VP of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Snap, and was previously Google’s Director of Diversity Strategy, YouTube’s Director of Diverse Marketing, and Chief Diversity Officer for British Broadcaster Channel 4. Oona is a member of the House of Lords (a life-time appointment as Baroness King of Bow in January 2011), and former Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street. Oona became a member of the House of Commons at 29 – the second woman of color, and 200th woman of any color elected to the British Parliament. Oona became Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for e-Commerce, and Secretary of State for Trade & Industry. Oona was voted by other MPs “the MP most likely to change society.” In the Lords, Oona’s Front Bench roles included Shadow Education Minister, Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy, and Shadow Minister for Equalities.
Oona founded the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Genocide Prevention in the House of Commons, and received a commendation from the UN Security Council’s Expert Panel for her group’s work on peacekeeping. During her time as an MP, Oona changed the law in five areas, including housing policy and equalities policy; and in 2016, as Shadow Minister for Equalities in the Lords, Oona introduced the amendment to Parliament that requires all companies in the UK with over 250 employees to publish their gender pay gap. Oona’s law has had far-reaching consequences in the UK, Silicon Valley, and beyond.
At Channel 4, Oona designed and implemented a new diversity monitoring tool. Oona’s idea has made British broadcasting the first in the world to have an industry-wide diversity standard, with the software to track onscreen and offscreen diversity. Oona previously worked as a TV presenter for BBC, Channel 4, Sky, Five and ITV. Oona’s political diary of her time in the House of Commons was recently named among “15 of the best political diaries”, by the Guardian Newspaper, alongside Disraeli & Thatcher.
Oona moved in 2016 with her Italian husband Tiberio to live in the Bay Area; they have four young children, three of whom are adopted. Oona’s hobbies include cycling, ice-skating, and listening to AI podcasts in the middle of the night. In case Oona’s career goes very wrong, she is also a qualified aerobics instructor.
Shelly McNamara is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer and Senior VP of HR at P&G. Shelly began her career in sales and has spent the last 25+ years in HR. She has responsibility for a full range of HR work with deep expertise in the areas of organization development, transformation, employee relations, and executive staffing & development. She has served as the senior HR leader for organizations around the world and some of the company’s largest businesses with brand portfolios ranging from $4B to $35B, and employee populations exceeding 25,000.
Shelly is a role model and leader in the area of Diversity & Inclusion. As the Chief D&I Officer, Shelly is responsible for shaping culture, policies, and leadership to promote greater diversity. She is an active member of P&G’s Corporate Women’s Leadership Team, has led the expansion of LGBT employee groups around the globe with external recognition in three regions of the world, and is committed to enabling employees of every background to bring their full selves to work. In 2016 Shelly was recognized with P&G’s inaugural D&I Inspirational Leadership Award.
Shelly has strong equity as an organization strategist who drives meaningful business results through thoughtful organization choices. She is business- and people-focused, results-oriented, and widely recognized for the trusting, collaborative relationships she builds. She has driven both strategic and tactical shifts in the talent system to restore category mastery, and build a pipeline of diverse talent. She has led some of the company’s most critical transitions, including acquisitions and a site shutdown.
Born in Cleveland, OH as the youngest of 15 children, Shelly is also an avid writer, storyteller, and speaker. Her journey has brought her the experience of all that makes us human. She is passionate about building bridges and connections that enable individual growth and the growth of communities and organizations.
Jiun Kimm is the Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Samsung NEXT. Based in New York, Jiun is focused on strengthening internal support and programming for underrepresented groups across NEXT’s offices, and providing thought leadership and strategy to increase NEXT’s engagement with underrepresented founders and businesses serving marginalized communities around the world. Jiun has over 10 years of diversity and inclusion experience in education, philanthropy, and tech. She has a BS in Economics from Wesleyan University, a Master’s from Hunter College through the Teach For America program, and is a trained social justice facilitator.
As Head of Inclusion, Diversity & Corporate Social Responsibility at Electronic Arts (EA), Nadine collaborates with EA’s Executive Team including the Chief People Officer to lead a global approach for hiring, engaging and retaining diverse talent while overseeing community engagement and charitable partnerships. She drives global diversity and community outreach initiatives and programs in close partnership with the business, ensuring enterprise focus on key priorities. Community outreach includes EA’s commitment to corporate social responsibility through employee and player engagement with charitable organizations.
Prior to joining EA, Nadine was Director Business Relevance in the Office of Inclusion and Collaboration at Cisco, where she was responsible for leading the engagement, adoption and amplified impact of Inclusion & Collaboration (I&C) across all levels, functions, and regions at Cisco. She leveraged data to create business-relevant strategies and solutions that deliver inclusion excellence; drive broad adoption and integration of inclusive leadership behaviors and best practices; and instill leadership commitment and accountability.
In addition to that, she was Global Inclusion Excellence & Innovation Strategist in the Worldwide Sales organization. She also served as Chief of Staff and Operations Manager in the Learning & Development Solutions Group, where she was responsible for engineering learning operations; ensuring cross-functional collaboration; and provided strategic direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organization’s philosophy, mission, strategy, annual goals and objectives. Nadine held Senior Manager positions in both the Worldwide Channels Marketing and the U.S. & Canada Channels Marketing organizations. She was with Cisco for ten years.
In addition to being an Inclusion & Diversity Practitioner, Nadine has extensive experience in marketing, brand management and finance with progressive success at companies including General Motors, Verizon, and Procter & Gamble. Nadine has a Bachelor degree in Marketing & Accounting; an MBA in International Business and Advanced Practitioner Diversity Management Certification from Cornell. She is active in the community as an alum of Leadership Gwinnett and served on the Board of Directors for Boys and Girls Club Atlanta and the Advisory Board of Emory’s Executive Women of Goizeuta Business School. She currently resides in California and is on the Board of Directors of Voices of Virtue Inc.
As Executive Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at the National Basketball Association, Oris Stuart is responsible for overseeing diversity and inclusion strategies for the NBA, WNBA, and NBA Development League. He provides best practices and leadership on diversity and inclusion matters to the league offices and teams, oversees efforts to increase the number of minority and women-owned suppliers, and supports efforts to attract, develop and retain diverse talent. Stuart is also leading the creation of a global diversity and inclusion council to ensure engagement on the league’s diversity and inclusion strategies at all levels.
Stuart has nearly 15 years of experience as a business executive in diversity and inclusion issues. Prior to joining the NBA in June 2015, Stuart spent two years as a Senior Partner with Korn Ferry, an executive search and talent management firm, where he led its Inclusion and Diversity practice. Previously, Stuart served as the Chief Executive Officer for Global Novations, the world’s leading provider of diversity and inclusion consulting and training solutions. During his tenure with Global Novations, Stuart supported clients across Asia, Australia, Europe and North America, guided the expansion of the firm’s technology and consulting platforms, oversaw a tenfold increase in the firm’s size, and engineered its ultimate acquisition by Korn Ferry in 2012.
Earlier in his career, Stuart served as a senior business manager and strategy and operations consultant for such organizations as Deloitte, Providian, and Wingspan Technology.
Stuart graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in electrical engineering and holds an MBA from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar and a National Black MBA Scholarship recipient.
Lesley Slaton Brown is the Chief Diversity Officer at HP, Inc. With over 20 years of experience in the technology industry, Lesley has a unique ability to align and build strategy across organizations and drive business outcomes within corporations, start-ups and non-profits. Coupling her global marketing, branding, communications and diversity and inclusion experience, with a deep passion for social entrepreneur and leadership development, she has led key efforts to address the digital divide and build sustainable enterprise in Senegal, West Africa. Most recently, Lesley served as the Principal Investigator for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), “Go West” Computing Project. This project focused on broadening representation of women and minorities in computing education and careers. Lesley was recently awarded the 2016 Woman of the Year in Technology by Silicon Valley’s Chapter of National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., in addition to the 2016 Multicultural Leadership Award by the National Diversity Council. Lesley was twice recognized by Black Enterprise as a Top Executive in Marketing and Advertising, Savoy Magazine as a Top Influential Woman in Corporate America and was featured in Diversity Journal’s Leaders Publication. Lesley believes strongly in giving back to the community. As a former Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor, Charter Co-founder and Chairperson of Volunteer’s For Youth, Lesley has also sat on the Board of Directors for The Boise State University Foundation, Boise State University Alumni Association, and the Idaho Black History Museum. Lesley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with an emphasis in Marketing from Boise State University. She was a NCAA Scholarship recipient where she lettered in Women’s Basketball. Lesley lives in Morgan Hill, CA, and works at HP Inc. headquarters in Palo Alto, CA.
Seasoned Public Affairs, Government Relations, Public Affairs, CSR/Sustainability, Philanthropy and Diversity & Inclusion professional, employed by second-larges largest conventional food and drug retailers in North America. 2018 sales exceeded $60B, with nearly 2,300 stores and 270,000 employees in 34 states and D.C. Significant experience effectively leading teams, and exceeding challenging goals. Highly motivated, collaborative, skilled communicator, passionate advocate, and strong leader.
Recent speaking engagements at USC School of Business, UC Berkeley School of Business, Portland State University, Cal State Hayward; Consero Diversity & Inclusion Executive Roundtable, Illuminators Diversity & Inclusion Luncheon; Albertsons University, among others.
Keyra Lynn Johnson is Managing Director and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Delta Air Lines. She is charged with leading the company in modeling a comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategy with supporting programs, initiatives and action plans that have impact on Delta employees, customers and the community. Under Keyra’s leadership, Delta’s strategy seeks diversity, promotes inclusion and drives accountability for actions that foster sustainable results.
She also oversees The Delta Care and Scholarship Funds Inc., the company’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit available to help Delta people when facing a sudden, unexpected personal crisis or provide scholarships to assist employees and their families advance their education.
Prior to joining Delta’s HR Global Talent team in 2016, Keyra served as Delta’s Managing Director – Corporate Communications. In that role, she set the course for the company’s global communications strategies, overseeing teams responsible for employee communications, public relations, international communications, the corporate intranet and leadership communications.
Keyra began her career at Delta more than 20 years ago on the front line. Under her leadership, Delta has been honored with numerous diversity and inclusion-related distinctions. Keyra also has been named to the top Executives in Global Diversity list, Most Powerful Women in Corporate Diversity list by Black Enterprise, and Corporate Advocate for Inclusion by Rainbow PUSH.
Keyra is a graduate of Georgia State University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication. She is an active member of her church, serving on her ministry’s executive management team, and she serves on the Board for Southern Crescent Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center. The badges she wears most proudly are wife to her husband, Stephen, and mother to her son and daughter – together affectionately known as #TeamJohnson.
James Heighington is Google’s Head of Diversity Strategy working on the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy.
Previously, James was Chief Digital Officer at GLAAD where he founded a collaboration with Google’s parent company to improve artificial intelligence for the LGBTQ community. Prior to that, he led LGBTQ inclusion at Twitter where he spearheaded the company’s global ban on office blood drives in countries that discriminate against LGBTQ donors. James was invited to participate in President Obama’s White House LGBT Tech & Innovation Briefing where he worked with the U.S. Chief Data Scientist to conduct the first federal needs assessment of transgender Americans. Additionally, he provided guidance to the United Nations Free & Equal global business standards. He currently serves on the advisory board of Lesbians Who Tech.
James is a contributor to CNN, The Economist, and his work has been honored with the Trevor Project 20/20 Visionary Award. Oh, and he once hugged a 300 lb. black bear (for real).
Michael is a Vice President and the Chief Diversity Officer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. In this role, he drives the strategies that foster an inclusive experience for HPE employees and diversify our workforce to position the company for success today and tomorrow.
Prior to joining HPE, Michael was the Head of Inclusion and Diversity for Diageo North America, where he also served as HR Director for multiple Supply Chain facilities. He previously was the Head of Global Inclusion and Diversity at Alcoa and Arconic. In these roles, Michael led the global inclusion and diversity strategy and programs across 30 countries and 16 business units.
Before returning to Human Resources and focusing on the Inclusion and Diversity field of practice, he was the Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer at Arconic. In this role, he worked with the CEO and executive leadership team on key strategic and operational priorities for the enterprise. Earlier in his career, Michael held multiple roles across Corporate, Public, Government and International Affairs at Alcoa, and Human Resources at Jefferies & Company and Goldman Sachs.
He is an active member of the Human Rights Campaign and serves on the organization’s Business Advisory Council. In 2016, Michael was named Upstanding’s top 100 Leading Ethnic Minority Executives in the United States and United Kingdom. He is also a former Board of Director at the Hetrick-Martin Institute, which provides critical services to at-risk LGBTQ youth.
He graduated from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts with a Master’s degree in International Affairs, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from New York University with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Organization Behavior. Michael currently resides in Silicon Valley.
Denise Reed Lamoreaux is the Global Chief Diversity Officer at Atos with a proven track record of producing extraordinary results. In her role, Denise strives to
Drive efforts to increase diversity of staff members through education programming, coaching, mentoring and recruitment/retention strategies, while fostering an inclusive workplace that values, and is sensitive to, the diversity of our staff
Interface with legal, communications, marketing, and HR teams to directly impact employee perceptions and corporate culture
Facilitate, moderate, and evaluate corporate programs to provide transformational experiences
Liaise with recruiting and internal first to hire, promote, and retain key talent from all representative groups
Lead both operational and strategic activities for internal and external audiences to affect change and impact decisions in recruiting, hiring, retention, and recognition
Collaborate with Learning and Development to support employee success by offering programs, services, individual assistance and resources designed to enhance the diverse development of 120,000 + global resources in 73 countries
Position Atos as an ethical, diverse, and inclusive employer of choice
Based in Rochester, New York, Denise has been involved in diversity and learning-related endeavors for 30 + years. Her career has encompassed Secondary Education, Professional Leadership Coaching, Leadership, and Instructing at both the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School and Monroe Community College’s Corporate College program.
John is a proven change agent, helping individuals and organizations achieve excellence through his experience as a global law firm leader, diversity professional and executive coach. He serves as Reed Smith’s Chief Diversity Officer, leading Reed Smith’s efforts to sponsor and achieve diversity and inclusion in the legal community. Some of the most notable accomplishments during his tenure as CDO:
• Recognized as one of the top three major law firms to receive the Thomas Sager Award from
the Minority Corporate Counsel Association for diversity & inclusion programming and
• Increased number of women lawyers by 15%; increased number of diverse lawyers by
• Decreased attrition of diverse lawyers from 21% to 11% (2016-2019)
John is a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) from the Institute of Diversity Certification.
John also serves as a Professional Coach, and received his training from The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) and is an Energy Leadership Master Practioner (ELI-MP). His coaching has helped numerous individuals reach their goals and achieve greater awareness.
John previously served as Global Chair of Reed Smith’s Business & Finance Department, overseeing a $400M division of a $1B global law firm. He also served as Chair of the U.S. Corporate & Securities Group and Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office. In 2010, John became the first Asian American to serve on Reed Smith’s Executive Committee and Senior Management Team. He previously served as the Chair of Reed Smith’s Asian American Affinity Group.
John was named one of the nation’s Top 50 Chief Diversity Officers by the National Diversity Council. He has been recognized as “Nation’s Best (Western Region)” by Lawyers of Color (2019) and was one of the inaugural recipients of the “DiversityFIRST™” Award from the California Diversity Council (2019). He was named among the top 500 ”Most Influential People in LA” by the Los Angeles Business Journal (2018) and has been named ”One of the Nation’s Most Influential Minority Attorneys” for two consecutive years (2014-2015). John received the ”Lifetime Achievement Award” at the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Asian Business Awards (2016), the “Volunteer of the Year” Award from Ednovate, Inc. (2019), the Leadership Award from the USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association (2017) and the President’s Award from the USC Alumni Association (2017).
He is a frequent speaker and trainer on topics such as diversity and inclusion, inclusive leadership and law firm management.
Native Detroiter Trina Govan Scott is passionate about creating an equitable workplace where team members can bring their authentic personalities to work. She is an organizational leader who is passionate about shaping a work environment grounded in collaboration and freedom of self-expression. Trina develops people-related strategies and infrastructure that foster a culture of inclusivity and diverse perspectives.
Trina is a proud alumna of Oakland University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in finance and competed on the women’s basketball team. She began her career in the healthcare industry by working for two Detroit-based hospitals before moving to New Jersey where she worked for a major pharmaceutical manufacturing company.
While with the pharmaceutical company, Trina led teams in over 10 countries that focused on risk assessment and analysis. She also worked and lived in Puerto Rico where she implemented compliance requirements for the company.
Trina leveraged her experiences in health care as a consultant for several years at one of the Big Four accounting firms and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. During her tenure at the firm, Trina transitioned into human resources and corporate social responsibility. She launched a youth mentor program that centered around college access and persistence in over 30 U.S. urban cities, which helped over 1,000 young people matriculate through college.
Trina joined Quicken Loans in 2017. As the first Chief Diversity Officer in a dedicated diversity and inclusion role, Trina developed and implemented the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy for 33,000 team members, spanning across eight business sectors for nearly 100 companies in four U.S. cities. In addition to building positive connections between the Rock Family of Companies and local communities, she is committed to attracting and engaging top talent. She has used talent acquisition resources to create a pipeline of candidates and has developed a robust network of team member resource groups to cultivate talent. As a member of the senior leadership team, Trina believes cultivating an inclusive environment along with attracting diverse candidates are business priorities and bottom-line imperatives.
She currently serves on the following boards: Inforum, Oakland University Alumni Association, Rocket Giving Fund and Midnight Golf Program.
Trina resides in Southfield, Michigan, with her husband, daughter and niece. She enjoys giving back to the community and spending free time with family and friends.
Tyronne is a nationally recognized executive, experienced in advancing diversity and inclusion. His unique talent creates extraordinary strategic networking opportunities for the benefit of individuals and organizations. He develops strong inside tracks and grassroots movements, troubleshoots, reengineers and turns around poor or underperforming organizations and business units in the space of D&I. As evidenced by the many panels, keynotes, board placements, leadership roles in external diversity councils, and the recognizable awards he receives, there is ample evidence that Tyronne has deep expertise in D&I and is effective at sharing it. He works in highly productive ways with officers, CEOs, executive leadership teams and line employees on unique and complex issues. His head knowledge on diversity translates into heart actions. He knows in his bones that in the end D&I is about the one-on-one connection. Tyronne’s extensive global network within the diversity profession existed Pre-Linkedin but continues to gets larger and deeper each year. The connection with the Obama network is particularly valuable; United Negro College Fund, HACE, National Urban League, National Hispanic Executive Summit, Menttium 100, Chicago-United, Diversity Best Practices, Working Mother Media, Congo Square, Fraser-net, Music Institute, Historically Black Colleges and Universities…
Specialties: Strategic Networker
Diversity and Inclusion branding
Diversity and inclusion trainer and facilitator
Recruitment, Staffing and Retention Strategies
‘Branding You’ Training and Facilitation
Mediation and Negotiations
Team building and leadership
James has previously been selected by The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as a Keynote Speaker at the SHRM 2016 Diversity & Inclusion Conference and a Presenter at several of the organization’s National Diversity & Inclusion Conferences (SHRM Inclusion 2019 – 2014) based on his expertise in Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging.
In addition, James has been featured in The Washington Post, on NBC and FOX News, LinkedIn, and Diversity Executive Magazine. He also brings experience from working internally with executive leaders at Apple Inc., LinkedIn, and NBCUniversal / Comcast.
In recent years, Wright has built a reputation for enabling organizations to not only achieve and leverage Diversity in the workplace, but utilize it effectively to gain speed and flexibility in trend-spotting, decision-making and building a widespread mindset of Inclusion to deliver high levels of employee satisfaction and increased productivity.
James Wright is a dynamic and compelling leader with a demonstrated ability to inspire and catalyze large corporations to develop strategic plans and programs that frequently receive national recognition for their effectiveness in Diversity and Inclusion.
Sharawn Connors is the diversity and inclusion vice president at Micron Technology. She leads a diversity and inclusion (D&I) function within Human Resources that touches all aspects of the business, particularly attracting and supporting a highly diverse and talented workforce around the globe.
Connors’ professional experience spans human resources, information technology, project management, and operations. She previously led the global D&I efforts at Flex (formerly Flextronics), including initiatives to improve pay equity across its global workforce, establish a D&I center of excellence and create the company’s first employee resource groups. Connors joined Flex in 2013 as director of U.S. Compensation and Benefits and, in 2015, was promoted to vice president of Global Benefits.
Connors holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the California State University and a master’s degree in human resource management from the Golden Gate University, San Francisco. She also has a Senior Professional Human Resources Certification (SPHR) from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification from the Project Management Institute.
Passionate about education and coaching, Connors is currently an adjunct professor at San Jose State University and a mentor to first-generation and underrepresented college students.