TOP50 Most Influential Diversity and Inclusion Stars
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TOP50 Diversity Stars (31-40)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.