TOP50 Most Influential Diversity and Inclusion Stars

2019

Individuals and their organizations do not pay a fee for placement on the list, which is independently determined by the DiversityStars.com’s editorial team

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Deirdre O’Brien is Apple’s senior vice president of Retail + People, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. As the leader of Apple’s retail and online teams, Deirdre supports their work to enrich the lives of millions of Apple customers every year. With a laser focus on the connection between customers and the people and processes that serve them, Deirdre and her team create retail experiences that educate and inspire.

In her role leading the People team, Deirdre works to help Apple connect, develop and care for its employees — and to help those employees do the best work of their lives. Her teams oversee a broad range of functions including talent development and Apple University, recruiting, employee relations and experience, business partnership, benefits, compensation, and inclusion and diversity.

A 30-year Apple veteran, Deirdre holds a bachelor’s degree in Operations Management from Michigan State University and an MBA from San Jose State University.

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Wendy Lewis is responsible for guiding McDonald’s Global Diversity and Inclusion efforts across all McDonald’s Corporation business functions to enrich the organization’s history and culture of opportunity, growth and economic impact within diverse communities and strategic partnerships. Her primary focus is to direct the “Diversity IS Inclusion” business strategy as the value proposition for total employee engagement for business results. She is also responsible for creating innovative and measurable strategic alliances with internal and external stakeholders and partners as well as support the pipeline development of diverse and inclusive representation within the workforce.

A major development of her “Diversity IS Inclusion” business strategy is to execute the development, design and facilitation of a modern and progressive education platform that builds culturally intelligent leaders and grows McDonalds’ brand purpose, “Making delicious feel good moments easy for everyone.”

Wendy holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

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Shortly after David Kenny was appointed Chief Executive Officer at Nielsen in November 2018, he also took on the additional role as Chief Diversity Officer.

Kenny has spent his career in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, especially focused on the retail, marketing, and media industries. He has a deep and holistic understanding of media and advertisers and how best to serve them, and he has been a long time Nielsen customer and partner. Kenny has a proven track record of implementing growth strategies, overseeing strategic transactions and creating value for stakeholders.

Most recently, Kenny served as Senior Vice President of Cognitive Solutions at IBM. There, he oversaw IBM’s artificial intelligence initiatives, using machine learning to support enterprise customers across a large number of verticals, including healthcare, financial services, retail, and media. Prior to that, he was Chairman and Chief Executive of The Weather Company, which was acquired by IBM.

David received his bachelor’s degree in industrial administration from the GM Institute (now Kettering University) and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

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Bo Young Lee leads Uber’s diversity and inclusion efforts in the company, with our stakeholders, and in the communities where we operate. Bo partners with senior leadership, including CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, to build a work culture where radically diverse and inclusive teams drive innovation, accelerate growth, and build a work culture and systems where all employees have the opportunity to excel and grow to their highest potential.

Prior to joining Uber, Bo was the first Global Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Risk and Insurance Services businesses for Marsh and McLennan Companies. Bo also launched and led Aon/Hewitt Associates’ Global Emerging Workforce Solutions consulting practice and held diversity leadership roles at Ernst & Young and National Grid. Bo served as a Director of Advisory Services at Catalyst, the leading nonprofit focused on the advancement of women in business. As a consultant and thought leader, Bo has enabled dozens of clients to achieve their diversity and inclusion goals. Past clients include Marriott International, Northern Trust, John Deere, Allstate, Booz & Co., Discover, Aon, Human Rights Campaign, and McKesson. Bo has an MBA with distinction from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a BBA magna cum laude from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

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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.

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James in an experienced Human Resources Director with a demonstrated track record of success working in the complex global consumer goods environment. Skilled in People Management, Relationship Building, Enterprise-Wide Influence, Performance Management, and Leadership.

As the Sr Director, Global Inclusion (CDO) at General Mills, James is responsible for enterprise-wide Global D&I strategy in partnership with the Executive Management Team.

James holds an MBA in Human Resources from Purdue University – Krannert School of Management and a BA in Organizational Behavior from Xavier University.

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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.

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Elizabeth is the current Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Amazon. Prior to this, she served as the Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at MetLife, where she also led the company’s talent processes. Before joining MetLife, Elizabeth was the Global Head of Talent, Learning, and Diversity for Marsh, Inc. Elizabeth spent almost 20 years with Citigroup in global talent management, diversity, and inclusion roles, and as an HR business partner. Previously, she managed global and regional learning organizations working extensively in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Early in her career, she worked at Andersen Consulting in the change management practice in the US and Latin America.

In 2014, she was named one of the Top Champions of Diversity by Diversity Global and recognized as one of the 2014 Hispanic Business 50 Influentials by Hispanic Business. In 2016, she was honored by the All Stars Project for her contributions to the development of underserved youth. Elizabeth has an MA from the University of Buenos Aires. Born and raised in Argentina, Elizabeth served as a Board Member for Girls Learn International and is currently a Board Member at A Fair Shake for Youth. She joined the OppNet Board of Directors in 2012.

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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.

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Latondra Newton was named Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer of The Walt Disney Company in February 2017. She leads the 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.

The company’s ongoing commitment to inclusion is central to its culture. Every one of the company’s 195,000 employees has a unique story that contributes to Disney’s ability to create moments, memories and magic that last a lifetime.

Latondra 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”. Latondra 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. Newton holds a bachelor’s degree in management systems from Kettering University.

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Ronald’s role at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is to cultivate a corporate culture where diversity and inclusion are aligned with the company’s corporate strategies and values. He provides strategic leadership and counsel for diversity initiatives within the organization, including diversity awareness training, recruitment, cultural competency training, employee development and community outreach. Ronald has served in various management roles at BlueCross for 30 years, and is also a co-founder of the BlueCross BlueShield Association Diversity Alliance. The Alliance acts as a resource to share best practices and address diversity awareness and community outreach across the country. He earned a nomination for the prestigious Robert Shaw Symbol of Hope Award and has been featured in the Equal Opportunity Publication and African American Career World magazines. In 2015, Ronald was recognized by the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute as one of the top five men promoting women in Chattanooga.

Ronald frequently serves as an expert speaker at business functions and conferences nationwide on diversity topics that impact the workplace. His presentations address issues such as generational diversity, disability awareness, stereotypes, effective cross-cultural communication, religion in the workplace and the business case for diversity.

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Vernā Myers is an inclusion strategist, cultural innovator, thought leader, and social commentator. She’s known for her high-energy keynotes, her captivating insights, and her ability to help people bridge differences and connect more meaningfully.

A Harvard-trained lawyer and founder of The Vernā Myers Company, Vernā was recently made VP, Inclusion Strategy at Netflix. In this newly created role, she will help devise and implement strategies that integrate cultural diversity, inclusion and equity into all aspects of Netflix’s operations worldwide.

Vernā is the author of Moving Diversity Forward: How to Go From Well-Meaning to Well-Doing and What If I Say the Wrong Thing? 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People. Her inspiring TED talk, “How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them,” offers three ways any person can become an active participant in countering bias in themselves and in others to create a more just world. Vernā has been cited in The Atlantic, Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, and TED NPR Radio.

For the last two decades, Vernā and The Vernā Myers Company have helped organizations eradicate barriers based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and other differences with the aim of establishing a new, more productive and just status quo. As Vernā puts it, Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.® Vernā calls Baltimore home and when she’s not working, she’s unwinding on long road bike rides, visiting with family, or traveling the globe with her son, Tres.

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Shortly after David Kenny was appointed Chief Executive Officer at Nielsen in November 2018, he also took on the additional role as Chief Diversity Officer.

Kenny has spent his career in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, especially focused on the retail, marketing, and media industries. He has a deep and holistic understanding of media and advertisers and how best to serve them, and he has been a long time Nielsen customer and partner. Kenny has a proven track record of implementing growth strategies, overseeing strategic transactions and creating value for stakeholders.

Most recently, Kenny served as Senior Vice President of Cognitive Solutions at IBM. There, he oversaw IBM’s artificial intelligence initiatives, using machine learning to support enterprise customers across a large number of verticals, including healthcare, financial services, retail, and media. Prior to that, he was Chairman and Chief Executive of The Weather Company, which was acquired by IBM.

David received his bachelor’s degree in industrial administration from the GM Institute (now Kettering University) and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

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Bo Young Lee leads Uber’s diversity and inclusion efforts in the company, with our stakeholders, and in the communities where we operate. Bo partners with senior leadership, including CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, to build a work culture where radically diverse and inclusive teams drive innovation, accelerate growth, and build a work culture and systems where all employees have the opportunity to excel and grow to their highest potential.

Prior to joining Uber, Bo was the first Global Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Risk and Insurance Services businesses for Marsh and McLennan Companies. Bo also launched and led Aon/Hewitt Associates’ Global Emerging Workforce Solutions consulting practice and held diversity leadership roles at Ernst & Young and National Grid. Bo served as a Director of Advisory Services at Catalyst, the leading nonprofit focused on the advancement of women in business. As a consultant and thought leader, Bo has enabled dozens of clients to achieve their diversity and inclusion goals. Past clients include Marriott International, Northern Trust, John Deere, Allstate, Booz & Co., Discover, Aon, Human Rights Campaign, and McKesson. Bo has an MBA with distinction from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a BBA magna cum laude from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

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Stephanie Franklin is the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at Vertex. She oversees all global aspects of human resources, including Talent Acquisition, Total Rewards, Global Organization & Leadership Development, HR Business Partners, Engagement and Diversity & Inclusion.

Stephanie is a business-focused, results oriented executive with over 20 years of experience in diverse industries and geographies who invests in designing & implementing successful HR strategies that enable organizations to achieve their unique potential. She is a leader in the community as Board Member and President of the Human Resources Leadership Forum (HRLF), a member and former Board Chair of the Boston-Manchester March of Dimes, and a member of the Bottom Line Massachusetts Regional Advisory Board. Stephanie was also co-founder & leader of the Procter & Gamble Boston Women’s Network, a senior mentor for the Women Unlimited Leadership Development Program, and Vice Chair of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay Healthy Childhood Development Initiative.

Stephanie holds a B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Corporate and Organizational Communications from Western Kentucky University. She worked there as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Communications prior to moving into the field of Human Resources.

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Judith has been at the forefront of the culture change movement in technology and entertainment – with a deep focus on analytics and strategies to identify and disrupt bias in social systems and corporate culture. She joined SAP in September 2018 as Head of People Sustainability and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer leading both diversity and inclusion and business health programs at SAP.

Previously, she ran an organization which consults with start-ups, venture capitalists, and accelerators on embedding diversity and inclusion into the foundations of their organizational cultures. Judith has also been instrumental in the development of the ReFrame Project, a partnership between the Sundance Institute and Women and Film. The project addresses systemic barriers in the Hollywood ecosystem, and encourages gender parity at every level in film, TV and media.

Prior to that as Global Head of Diversity for Dropbox, Judith was responsible for all diversity and inclusion programs, as well as corporate social responsibility. Her efforts increased the pipeline of women and underrepresented minorities at Dropbox, creating a more inclusive corporate culture and forming deeper ties into the communities where the company operates. Judith lives in San Francisco, CA.

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Melonie Parker is hailed as an advocate for change and is a passionate thought leader. As an HR executive committed to innovative, relevant, and contemporary HR leadership, she is responsible for advancing Google’s employee engagement strategy across diversity, equity and inclusion. Additionally, Parker serves as a Minority in Energy Initiative Champion for the Department of Energy.

Parker previously served as the Vice President of Human Resources & Communications at Sandia Corporation, where she was responsible for the company’s communication efforts, leadership and Labs-wide management of human resources, health, benefits and employee services. Prior to Sandia, Parker held a variety of leadership roles during her 17-year career at Lockheed Martin.

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Author and D&I Expert, Dr. Tony Byers, boldly challenges the status quo and decades of diversity and inclusion practices, is transforming D&I from “the right thing to do” to the business imperative of our time. His presentations provide the perfect balance of “why now” and “how to” that will take your thinking on inclusion — and your organization — to the next level. Author of the book, “The Multiplier Effect of Inclusion: How Diversity and Inclusion Advances Innovation and Drives Growth.”

Dr. Byers is best known for leading and revitalizing Starbucks’ highly respected and successful D&I function and programming. As Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion, he developed and lead the company’s strategic direction to drive engagement, innovation and business growth. Prior to Starbucks, his impressive track record in large matrix multinational organizations included Cargill, where he developed diversity programs for global business units and a pioneering role as a transformational D&I leader at H.J. Heinz. With 20+ years working in the field, Dr. Byers brings a diverse set of experiences and thinking to his D&I practice, including work in the nonprofit and education sector, as an organizational management consultant and as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota, Metropolitan State University and the University of Wisconsin.

He holds a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Development and a M.A. in Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. His doctoral thesis focused on effective strategies for building support for diversity programs among senior leaders.

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Jolen Anderson is Senior Vice President HR and Chief Diversity Officer of Visa Inc. Since joining Visa in 2005, Jolen has developed a broad understanding of the company’s business having held a variety of roles with the legal department and demonstrated a commitment and passion for promoting talent with a particular emphasis on Diversity & Inclusion.

As Chief Diversity Officer, Jolen leads the strategic development and implementation of Visa’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy. She leads a team focused on enterprise-wide change efforts for the advancement and retention of top performing talent inclusive of women and people of color in an inclusive work culture. Jolen also serves as a Human Resources Executive and lead HR Business Partner for the Client Organization in which she serves as the strategic advisor to the President and his leadership team on all “people agenda” and HR-related topics.

She is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Policy from Northwestern University. Jolen is admitted to practice in California and Illinois, and is a member of the Charles Houston Bar Association, Black Women Lawyers Association, Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Association of Corporate Counsel, and the Labor and Employment Section of the America Bar Association. She is also a member of the board of directors for the San Francisco African American Art and Culture Complex.

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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.

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As CDO at Microsoft, Lindsay-Rae McIntyre pushes the company’s current organization-wide initiatives to create a diverse and inclusive environment. As well as internal management, Lindsay-Rae is tasked with building collaborations with outside companies to advance diversity in the tech industry as a whole. Lindsay-Rae is known for implementing innovative, transformational HR strategies that drive business performance and capture HR shifts in the marketplace to keep Microsoft competitive and attractive.

Prior to Microsoft, Lindsay-Rae spent over 20 years with IBM, McIntyre headed several human resources divisions across the company. Managing HR in key global regions, she was a key driver behind IBM’s diversity agenda and talent finding. McIntyre’s work has been recognized by several diversity awards given to IBM.

Lindsay-Rae graduated with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a Morehead Scholar and has an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Lindsay-Rae and her husband have three small children, all born in Singapore. Her family of five have eight passports between them, speak four languages, and have lived and worked on four continents.

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Bernard Guinyard is the Head of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) at Goodwin. In his role, he brings a data-oriented and collaborative approach to drive D&I initiatives. He strives to foster employee engagement that leads to a more inclusive culture. Mr. Guinyard implements programs that embed D&I practices into the fabric of the firm’s culture, systems and process which positively impacts the employee experience. Through this process, he ensures alignment of initiatives with a focus on connecting efforts to business outcomes.

With extensive experience in diversity, organizational strategy, change, and training, Mr. Guinyard brings cross-sector expertise and a passion for creating inclusive workplace cultures to his current role. Prior to joining Goodwin in 2017, he led D&I at Blue Shield of California, Ropes & Gray, and PwC.

Mr. Guinyard earned his B.A. in psychology from Temple University. He is an active leader, volunteer, and contributor to nonprofit organizations that advocate for improving urban education. He is also a founding member and former advisory board member of The Academy of Innovative Technology, a small Brooklyn-based high school, and a board member of the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals (ALFDP).

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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.

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Dina spearheads the development and implementation of Covestro’s diversity strategy and initiatives for the North American region (U.S. & Mexico) including but not limited to: employee engagement efforts, corporate memberships, conducts outreach with professional and community based organizations, and manages all of the company’s Employee Resource Groups across the United States. Represents NAFTA on Covestro’s global diversity and inclusion group, maintains external visibility to development trends in the company’s field, and the implementation of a Supplier Diversity focus.

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Charles Johnson has over 25 years of experience working across industries where he has transformed communities and businesses in the realm of diversity & inclusion. As an operational executive, he has utilized his inspirational leadership skills to build organizations that super serve diverse communities. His expertise lies in uncovering untapped talent and creating dynamic teams within organizations.

Charles was a quarterback on the University of Colorado’s football team from 1987 – 1990, where he was voted Most Valuable Player in the 1990 College Football National Championship game. He took his poise and leadership from the field into a professional business career where he has creatively woven inspirational speaking into action. From his days as a radio talk show host, to leading strategy and development for Ball Corporation’s diversity & inclusion efforts, he brings innovation and insight into today’s big business. His unique portfolio spans many organizations including: Kaiser Permanente, Pfizer Inc. and Chipotle.

Today, as Ball Corporation’s senior director of global diversity & inclusion, Charles is responsible for helping drive strategic focus on diversity & inclusion to help individuals and teams thrive. With three consecutive years having a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, Ball is committed to making real and meaningful changes and Charles is helping lead those efforts. Through strategic tactics such as engagement with Ball Resource Groups and global vlogs focused on Ball’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, Charles challenges the status quo and brings new ideas to a changing business arena.

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Nzinga Shaw is currently the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of the Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena. She is the first person to hold this position in the National Basketball Association. In her role, Shaw is responsible for developing and embedding diversity and inclusion best practices throughout the organization. She has designed a strategic, cross-departmental program that creates deeper cultural awareness and sensitivity. Additionally, Shaw serves as a member of the Executive Committee and provides guidance to the leadership team so that they can engender inclusivity in every facet of the business. Shaw is developing a strategy to embed diversity and inclusion in all programmatic activity, governance and daily administration of the organization. She is focused on building a foundation that will advance this strategy as a core component of the Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena brand, and to drive the business. This initiative extends to fans, customers, community partners and within the workforce.

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Erica J. Bolden serves as the Head of Diversity & Inclusion for Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA). In this role, Erica oversees internal and external relationships and designs strategies to attract, develop and advance the most talented individuals in support of Daimler’s commitment to foster a diverse workforce and inclusive environment. This includes ensuring that employment, dealer development, training, marketing and media, purchasing and philanthropic outreach activities are implemented in ways that direct and uphold the strategic direction of the company’s local and national diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Prior to joining MBUSA, Erica was the Director of Diversity for Perkins Coie LLP, where she focused on critical intervention strategies impacting more than 1,000 lawyers in 19 offices across the U.S. and Asia. Erica is also a 10-year veteran of Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP (PwC), where she most recently served as the National Diversity Programs Senior Manager in the National Office of Diversity. In that role, Erica planned and managed signature earlier minority success programs and special projects to strengthen retention and advancement strategies.

Erica earned a B.A. in Speech Communications and a B.A. in Spanish from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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Randall Tucker is chief inclusion officer for Mastercard, where he is responsible for aligning the company’s global diversity and inclusion initiatives with the corporate business strategy to ensure that every employee has the opportunity to reach their greatest potential.

Before joining Mastercard, Randall served as the senior director of inclusion and diversity at Darden Restaurants Inc., where he led the development of a company-wide inclusion strategy to more closely align to the business and support an inclusive environment. Prior to joining Darden, he led the transformation of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide’s diversity and inclusion strategy from a U.S.-focused model to a global model. During his tenure, he led the development of the organization’s first global initiative to enhance career opportunities for women at senior levels. Earlier in his career, he served in various sales and human resource roles at Marriott International.

Randall holds a Bachelor of Arts from James Madison University. He has been a guest lecturer at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Randall lives in New York City with his husband.

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Travis is a brand & talent evangelist focused on people experience at the forefront of diversity & inclusion. Travis currently serves as Universal Music Group’s first head of global Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging, where he develops the strategy & priorities. Prior to UMG, he was head of global Talent Diversity for Spotify, where he developed its diversity recruiting strategy. Travis was also at J.P. Morgan as vice president in their corporate & investment bank, focused on global program management, campus recruiting and diversity & inclusion. Prior to that, Travis held several HR-related roles at other key brands. Travis graduated from Lee University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration & accounting. He also holds a master’s degree from The George Washington University in strategic public relations. Travis currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

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James Fripp is Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), one of the world’s leading restaurant companies with over 43,500 KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants with over 1.5 million employees in more than 135 countries and territories. Since our spin-off from PepsiCo in 1997, Yum! Brands has become a truly global company going from approximately 20 percent of profits from outside the U.S. to approximately 50 percent in 2016. We’re also very proud to have been named one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America.

James is responsible for leading Yum! Brands’ diversity and inclusion strategies for community relations, corporate culture, workforce, minority and women’s business development and the multicultural marketplace. He works with the Company’s businesses around the globe to leverage diversity initiatives in order to strengthen the recruitment and retention of top talent and expand franchise and supplier opportunities. His position reinforces Yum!’s commitment to create a workplace culture that actively seeks diversity in others to expand the Company’s thinking and reflect the changing demographics of customers worldwide.

Currently James is the Chair of the TDN2K Advisory Board, the Chair of the Conference Boards Global Chief Diversity Officers Council, Chair of the Consortium for Graduate Study’s in Management Advisory Board, and is a Board member of the Multi-Cultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance. He and his wife have 3 young men and reside in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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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.

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Annie is the Global Lead for Diversity and Inclusiveness for the H&M group in Stockholm, Sweden. She received her J.D. from New York Law School and her B.A. from Boston University. She started her career working on the management side of labor and employment law, negotiating with international unions in addition to handling sensitive 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.

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Ezinne Kwubiri is a change agent, diversity leader, innovator, and ally. She is an Alumni of Howard University’s School of Business where she majored in accounting and business strategy. It was here that Ezinne’s passion for project management and cultural development was ignited. Ezinne professional career began in the financial services industry, though she quickly set her sights to the media and entertainment industries. During her 11-year tenure at Viacom Media Networks, Ezinne served in various roles in auditing, compliance, project management, change management, diversity & inclusion and employee engagement. Ezinne’s expertise in project execution and people management, as the Senior Director of Global Business Services – Change Management, quickly landed her on projects in major markets from the United States, to Europe, to Asia. These professional experiences have provided her with a vast portfolio and knowledge, managing different cultures and business initiatives.

Ezinne’s latest professional adventure is at fashion retailer, H&M, as the first Head of Inclusion & Diversity for the brand’s North America market – the largest market for H&M. She is tasked with creating a strategic framework, facilitating, and leading the company’s mission to foster diversity, inclusion, democracy, and respect for all of its employees. Recently named, amongst 30 Black Stars by Face2Face Africa and ESSENCE Magazine’s Black Women in Fashion to watch in 2019; Ezinne’s proven track record for executing with excellence, driving innovative results, and championing for progressive change, speak for themselves. She is a sought after thought leader, that has been featured on various publications, including Forbes, Business of Fashion, CNBC, Black Enterprise, Women’s Wear Daily (WWD), Variety, Network of Women, and TheRoot.com. Community involvement is at the core of Ezinne’s values. The 2017 honoree of the Network Journal’s 40 Under Forty, she uses her experience and network to support organizations that empower young girls and service underrepresented communities. This has provided her opportunities to serve on the Board of Directors for She’s the First and Black Girls Cook Inc. Ezinne currently serves on the Fellows Board for Council of Urban Professionals.

Her world view is one that upholds the values that mandate equality, access, and opportunity for all humanity

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Renée E. Tirado, Esq. is Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Gucci. As a part of her role, Tirado will be at the helm of Cultural Awareness Learning Program, the Global Multicultural Design Fellowship Program, the Internal Global Exchange Program, and the Employee Resource Groups. She will also serve on the Gucci Changemakers Council and the Chime for Change Advisory Board. She will also work with the VP of Brand and Culture Engagement Antoine Philips. Within her position, Tirado will also oversee work dedicated toward gender equality and support of the LGBTQIA community.

Prior to Gucci, Renée E. Tirado, Esq. was the Chief Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Officer for Major League Baseball (MLB), MLB Advanced Media, and MLB Network. As MLB’s first female Chief Officer, Ms. Tirado was responsible for leading the development, communication, and coordination of MLB’s overall D&I strategy, including creating new programs and expanding existing activities to foster an inclusive culture throughout the league and its thirty clubs.

Ms. Tirado advised MLB senior leadership and club owners on all matters related to D&I recruitment, retention, engagement, and related initiatives, including supplier diversity and community outreach. In addition, she oversaw the Diversity Pipeline Program, which is focused on improving the recruitment and development of diverse and female employees for leadership roles in baseball operations and front offices of MLB’s clubs. Under her leadership, a league-wide Fellowship Program and the Katy Feeney Leadership Symposium were launched, as well as MLB’s first business resource groups.

Ms. Tirado is a licensed attorney and graduate of Rutgers University School of Law with a BA degree in International Relations and an MA degree in Education and Curriculum from the University of Rochester.

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David is a management consultant by background and prior to his role of Director, Global Inclusion & Diversity, was Executive Assistant to the Global Head of People, on secondment from KPMG’s Corporate Finance team. He has worked and lived in the USA, Canada, Denmark, the Middle East, India, Australia, New Zealand and Iceland, and speaks French, German, Danish and Spanish.

David leads KPMG UK’s LGBT network (Breathe) and KPMG’s involvement in the AuthentiCITY diversity recruiting event. He has spoken on and chaired numerous panels on diversity and LGBT topics, and has advised numerous organizations on diversity issues. He led KPMG’s submission of evidence to the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global LGBT Rights and sits on the Economist Global Pride and Prejudice Advisory Board and Radius Business’s advisory panel. He is an alumnus of the Stonewall Leadership Programme and a member of Out Leadership’s OutNEXT LGBT leaders cohort.

Prior to joining KPMG, David worked for a range of FTSE100 companies and some of the largest global trading corporations in the world. He has worked on a range of diverse strategic and operational engagements across various sectors through his experience as a management consultant.

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Susan L. Johnson is vice president of Diversity and Inclusion at The Hartford. She is responsible for leading the company’s initiatives to hire and retain diverse talent, as well as develop strategies that drive employee engagement and extend the company’s contemporary work practices. Susan Johnson assumed her current post in 2013. Prior to joining The Hartford, Johnson was Vice President of Executive Succession and Diversity Strategies at Pitney Bowes. She has held a variety of human resource management positions at Pepsi-Cola and Campbell Soup Company. Johnson’s experience also includes participation in local, state and national political campaigns, as well as work on domestic policy and management issues in the public sector. She is a graduate of Spelman College and received a master’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.

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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.

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Wanda Bryant Hope is an accomplished business executive with significant experience in general management, marketing, sales, commercial operations, and human resources. Wanda is currently the Chief Diversity Officer for Johnson & Johnson worldwide. In this role Wanda is responsible for globally advancing J&J’s diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategy, strengthening D&I capabilities, improving reputation, and driving innovation and growth for future success.

During her career Wanda has held a variety of leadership positions including National Sales Director, Global Marketing Leader, Franchise Vice President of Sales & Marketing, and Vice President of Commercial Analytics, Development & Operations. Prior to her current role, Wanda served as the Vice President of Global Performance & Development where she led the Johnson & Johnson enterprise world-class performance management and development approach.

Wanda has been recognized for her ability to exceed business results, deliver innovative solutions to complex challenges, lead global change, develop people for optimal results, and drive diversity and inclusion. Wanda 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.

Wanda received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from The Pennsylvania State University.

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Maruiel Perkins-Chavis is currently Vice President, Workforce Effectiveness and Diversity for Marriott International, Inc. In this role, she is responsible for establishing the strategic direction, development, implementation and management of company-wide workforce diversity and work-life initiatives.

She was previously Senior Director, Leadership Development responsible for talent acquisition, leadership development and retention strategies. In this role, she was involved in the implementation of Marriott International’s enterprise-wide leadership development initiatives, with a specific focus on strategies and programs to identify and develop women and minority leadership talent. She was instrumental in the design and execution of the Leadership Education Series, Women and Minority Leadership Talent Development Inventory, Leadership Development Workshops and Executive On-Boarding Program.

Ms. Perkins-Chavis has over twenty-five years experience in the human resources area with expertise in staffing, leadership development, diversity, equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. She began her career as a human resources generalist in the high tech industry and has spent more than fourteen years in the specialty of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action in various industries. She joined Marriott in 1990, as a Senior EEO Representative. Her Marriott EEO/AA career led to the promotion of Manager, Affirmative Action Compliance in 1991 and Director, Equal Opportunity and Program Development in 1993.

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As Chief Diversity & Inclusion Leader, Assurance Partner Mike Dillon leads PwC’s ongoing commitment to fostering an inclusive environment that enables our people and the communities where we live and work to thrive. Dillon is a member of PwC’s US leadership team, reporting directly to the US senior partner and leads firmwide diversity and inclusion initiatives through PwC’s dedicated US Diversity & Inclusion team.

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Michelle Gadsden-Williams is the Managing Director, Inclusion & Diversity Lead – North America at Accenture. Previously, she was the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Ceiling Breakers LLC, a multi-faceted business focused on diversity consulting, media driven women’s empowerment initiatives and diverse entertainment investments, based in New York City.

Gadsden-Williams is 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. Michelle is a seasoned and highly sought after diversity practitioner with more than 20 years of experience working in the consumer goods and pharmaceutical industries before transitioning to financial services in 2011.

Gadsden-Williams 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. Gadsden-Williams and her husband, David Jamal Williams, Co-Founder and CEO of Ceiling Breakers, LLC, live in New York City.

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Sara Bowen is an Inclusion and diversity leader building environments in which everyone can thrive and succeed. Extensive expertise in pay equity, inclusion strategies, diversity goals, OFCCP and EEO compliance, and accessibility. Strong background in employment law, having practiced as a lawyer many years in Washington and California. As Vice President of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Boeing, Sara works with exceptional people to connect, protect, explore, and inspire the world through aerospace innovation.

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Sandra Phillips Rogers is group vice president, chief legal officer, general counsel and corporate secretary of Toyota Motor North America (TMNA). In this role, she oversees the legal services function for Toyota’s North American operations, Toyota Legal One (“TL1”), and the representation of the company and its affiliates. Rogers directs the strategy to help Toyota navigate significant business and legal challenges while supporting its expansion as a global mobility company, one that is an industry leader in autonomous, connected and sustainable vehicle technologies. She also provides strategic guidance in areas such as global transactions, cybersecurity, privacy, government and regulatory investigations, complex litigation, labor and employment and intellectual property, among others. She serves as an advisor to the TMNA Executive Committee and is a member of the company’s global leadership team.

In December of 2018, Phillips Rogers added the role of chief diversity officer (CDO). Previously, Rogers was vice president and deputy general counsel, Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. Prior to joining Toyota in June 2012, Rogers was a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where she focused on complex litigation management and strategy, including crisis management. She also served as senior vice president, associate general counsel and chief litigation counsel at Pfizer Inc., where she was responsible for the company’s global product litigation and environmental litigation strategies. Previously, she was managing partner of the Houston office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon.

Rogers serves on the board of directors for the YWCA USA, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, and the University of Texas Law School Foundation. She holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

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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, 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).

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.

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Umran Beba is the Chief Global Diversity and Engagement Officer for PepsiCo. PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world, and generated more than $64 billion in net revenue in 2018, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

Beba assumed her current role in November 2018. She leads PepsiCo’s global diversity agenda, working with sector leadership teams to execute a sustainable roadmap for PepsiCo’s people-related sustainability goals. Beba has held a wide range of roles since joining PepsiCo in 1994. In her previous role, she held a variety of accountabilities within the global HR function, including overseeing the Centers of Expertise for Human Capital Management. Prior to that, she served as Senior Vice President and Chief HR Officer for PepsiCo Asia, Middle East and North Africa, based in Dubai. Earlier in her career, she served as General Manager of PepsiCo’s East Mediterranean business unit, comprising Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Iraq, and subsequently as President of two different regions – South East Europe and Asia Pacific. She started her PepsiCo career at Frito-Lay in Turkey, where she held positions including Marketing Director, HR Director and ultimately General Manager.

Beba is a great supporter of all of PepsiCo’s sustainability goals, and has led the development or expansion of numerous programs designed to achieve them. These include Water Hope, a collaborative social enterprise that aims to bring clean drinking water to over one million Filipinos; Liter of Light, bringing clean energy to poor communities across Asia, Africa and South America; and a partnership with UNESCO to build a Business Skills Development Center in Myanmar. Beba has received numerous recognitions for her dedication to diversity and inclusion, including the 2013 “Global Inspiring Women Worldwide Award” from the Women International Network, and PepsiCo’s Steve Reinemund Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Legacy Award in 2012.

A native of Turkey, Beba earned her MBA and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Bogaziçi University in Istanbul. She and her husband have two sons. Beba is based in Purchase, New York

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Ellen Torbert serves Southwest Airlines as Vice President Diversity & Inclusion. In her role, Ellen provides leadership, vision, and advocacy as Southwest continues its work to foster an inclusive work environment. As part of Ellen’s responsibility for Southwest’s diversity and inclusion efforts, she provides coordination and leadership to our supplier diversity, diversity recruiting, and training efforts. Ellen also works with the Corporate Diversity Council on our other “Matter of Respect” initiatives and awareness efforts.

EXPERIENCE: Ellen has previously held the positions of Reservations Sales Agent, IAM Shop Steward, Reservations Supervisor, Reservations Assistant Manager, Manager Reservations Training, Director Reservations Training, and Vice President Customer Support & Services for Southwest Airlines.

EDUCATION: Ellen received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Western Michigan University.

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Emily Pitts began her Edward Jones career in 1995 as a financial advisor in Atlanta, was named a principal in 2004, and moved to the firm’s headquarters to implement marketing of credit cards and mortgage services.

Today, she leads the firm’s comprehensive inclusion and diversity efforts, which helps foster an inclusive environment and deliver results. Pitts helped create and execute the firm’s first Courageous Conversation Program, based on the movie Hidden Figures, to support the CEO Diversity Action Plan and oversees the implementation of the plan. She also created the firm’s first Cross-Cultural Development Program (CCDP), which helps diverse financial advisors learn best practices to serve more clients. She also developed the firm’s first Women’s Leadership Forum, Minority Leadership Forum and Inclusion Mentoring Program, and she oversees the firm’s Inclusion Council and BRGs.

Pitts has a bachelor’s in business administration and an EMBA from Washington University. She serves on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis, the St. Louis Urban League, and is board chair for the Diversity Awareness Partnership. She serves on the diversity committee of the National Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and the Executive Leadership Council, a group of African-American executives from Fortune 500 companies focused on building and developing an inclusive business leadership pipeline of African-American corporate leaders.

Pitts received the 2009 Women’s Leadership Award for Corporate Excellence. Diversity Woman’s Magazine named her one of 50 Diversity Champions in 2013, Savoy Magazine named her one of the 2014 Top Influential Women in Corporate America, the St. Louis Business Journal named her to its 25 Most Influential Business Women. Pitts received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Urban League and the St. Louis Public School signed by Former President Obama. In 2018, she received the YWCA Women’s Corporate Leadership Award.

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Dave Kozel is Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer of PVH Corp. and has been with PVH since 2003.

In this role, Dave is responsible for Human Resources, Compensation, Benefits, Talent Management and Development, Inclusion & Diversity, Communications and Facilities for one of the largest global apparel companies in the world. With a proven track record for creating and developing HR strategies and solutions that drive business results, Dave has been instrumental in building PVH’s rich culture, introducing a comprehensive portfolio of programs at PVH, including associate engagement programs, the Inclusion and Diversity program, and the Company’s award-winning associate training and development program, PVH University.

Under Dave’s leadership, PVH has been recognized for its commitment to creating an inclusive environment where every individual is valued, including being named one of Forbes’ Best Employers for Diversity and earning 100% on the HRC Corporate Equality Index. The Company was also ranked among the top 100 Most Inclusive and Diverse companies globally on the Thomas Reuters Global Inclusion Index and named one of Forbes’ and JUST Capital’s Most JUST Companies.

Dave joined PVH in 2003 as Senior Vice President, Human Resources, and was promoted to Executive Vice President, Human Resources in 2013. He changed to his current title in June 2015. Prior to joining PVH, Dave served as the Executive Vice President of Human Resources for J. Crew and held executive HR positions at Grey Advertising and Deluxe Corporation. His early career was spent at Citicorp and Pacific Gas & Electric in various Human Resource positions. Dave has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Lehigh University and a Masters Degree in Industrial Relations from University of Illinois.

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LaToya I. Jordan is the Director, Talent Management & Diversity at JetBlue and leads the company’s overall talent strategy related to key practices including internal talent movement, developing talent success drivers, career navigation, performance management, diversity strategy and initiatives, and emerging talent strategy.

Prior to this role, she served as the Manager of Organizational Effectiveness, focusing on managing OD-related engagements as well as facilitating leadership training programs. Before coming to JetBlue, LaToya led Pfizer’s Employee Development & Mentoring global strategy. She has also served as an external consultant for diverse organizations, including the Citizen School, United States Postal Service, NAACP Brooklyn Branch, Platform Learning, etc. LaToya also spent nine years as a Director in Student Affairs for several universities across the country, including Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI and Barnard College in New York, NY. She continues to serve as an adjunct professor in business management at universities.

LaToya holds a Ph.D. in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.

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David L. Cohen is a Senior Executive Vice President and the Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast Corporation. He has a broad portfolio of responsibilities, including corporate communications, government and regulatory affairs, public affairs, corporate administration, corporate real estate and security, and community impact. He also serves as senior counselor to the CEO. Before joining Comcast in July of 2002, David served as a partner in and Chairman of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, one of the 100 largest law firms in the country.

A native of New York, David graduated from Swarthmore College in 1977 with a B.A. and in 1981 with a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (summa cum laude). From January 1992 to April 1997, David served as Chief of Staff to the Honorable Edward G. Rendell, the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia. As detailed in the book A Prayer for the City, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Buzz Bissinger, David played a critical coordinating role in significant budgetary and financial issues, in economic development activities, in collective bargaining negotiations, and in a wide variety of other policy and operational issues relating to the city.

David serves as Chairman of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and its Executive Committee. He also serves as a member of the Trustee Board and the Executive Committee of Penn Medicine. In addition, David serves on both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Chamber’s CEO Council for Growth. He is also Honorary Chair of Campus Philly’s Board of Directors, is Chair of the Philadelphia Theatre Company, is a member of the United States Semiquincentennial Commission, and is Chair of the 2026 FIFA World Cup Philadelphia Bid Committee. David also serves as Chair of the national board of City Year and its Executive Committee and Chair of its Governance Committee. He also serves on the national board of the National Urban League and is Chair of its Audit Committee, and is Chair of the Corporate Advisory Board of UnidosUS. Additionally, David is a member of the Board of Directors of FS Global Credit Opportunities Fund and serves as Chair of its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

David has received numerous awards for his civic and charitable activities, including the Americanism Award of the Anti-Defamation League (1993), the American Red Cross Citizen of the Year Award (1999), the National Cable Television Association Vanguard Award for Leadership and Impact in the Cable Industry (2005), the President’s Volunteer Service Award (2007), the MS Society Hope Award (2007), the Drexel University Business Leader of the Year Award (2008), the National Urban League of Philadelphia Business Leader of the Year Award (2008), The William Way Community Center Amicus in Res Award (2009), the William Penn Award from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (2012), the Spirit of Asian American Award (2012), the Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Award (2012), the Community Hero Award (2013), the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Champion of Youth Award (2015), the Peirce College Legacy of Leadership Award (2016), the Minority Corporate Counsel Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2017), the 4-H Brand Champion Award (2018), Kappa Alpha Psi’s “Distinguished Citizens Award” (2019), and has consistently been named to Black Enterprise magazine’s list of top corporate diversity executives. David also was awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Drexel University (1997), Rider University (2010), and Rowan University (2017).

David lives in Philadelphia with his wife.

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