TOP50 Most Influential Diversity and Inclusion Stars
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TOP50 Diversity Stars (21-30)
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.