2011 Top 100 Under 50 Executive & Emerging Leaders

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July 28, 2011

Diversity MBA Magazine Names 2011
Diverse Executive & Emerging Leaders


CHICAGO, IL – DiversityMBA Magazine, an internationally distributed publication targeting women and multicultural professionals in corporate America, government, entrepreneurs and business students, has named the 2011 Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive  & Emerging Leaders.

The leaders were selected based on their position within a publicly or privately held company, a successful entrepreneurial company or not-for-profit organization, and for their scope of responsibility, community service work and education achieved.

“We wanted to celebrate leaders who value higher education, giving back while achieving their career goals,” said Pam McElvane, CEO & Publisher of Diversity MBA Magazine. “Many of the other mainstream publications recognize currently celebrated leaders, but I wanted to show the world that companies have leaders championing change and are the pipeline for the future.”

The honorees will be featured in DiversityMBA Magazine’s Summer 2011 issue and will be honored at the magazine’s Awards Gala held September 13th & 14th  at the Chicago Wyndam Hotel. The gala and leadership forum has proven to be one the of the most powerful and engaging forums of its kind, with 85 percentof the Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive and Emerging Leaders in attendance.

A list of the honorees is at the bottom of this press release.

Diversity MBA Magazine is the global leadership publication for professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge base from a thought leadership perspective.

“As Diversity MBA Magazine celebrates our fifth year of recognizing women and diverse talent in leadership, we know we have established a niche that is second to none in recognizing talented individuals who make significant contributions in the workplace and community,” McElvane said.

Another product of the magazine is “50 Out Front List: Best Places for Diverse Managers to Work,” which recognizes companies that not only demonstrate their strong commitment to diversity, but also understand the value of supporting external programs that enhance leadership and retention within their organizations.

This year’s honorees come from around the world, including China, Africa, and Europe, and from a wide spectrum of industries, including retail, financial services, automotive, railroad, healthcare, education, medical, pharmaceutical, communications, government and consulting. Eighty percent are from corporate America. The percentage of honorees with MBAs (as opposed to other advanced degrees) is 80 percent, up from 50 percent in previous years. The list also shows a small increase in the nonprofit sector.

Please visit www.diversitymbamagazine.com for more information about DiversityMBA Magazine.  To schedule media interviews, use the contact information at the of of this press release.


Jino Ahn, MBA
Nat’l Assoc. Asian MBAs
Maria G. Arias, JD
Exec. Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Comcast Corporation
Orlando Ashford , MS Chief H.R. & Communications Officer
Marsh & McLennan Companies
Aurora Abella Austriaco, JD
Austriaco and Associates, Ltd
Stephen W. Beard, JD, EVP, General Counsel
Heidrick & Struggles
Calvin Butler, JD
Sr.Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Exelon Corporation
Catherine Corley, MBA
VP Member Program Development
Sam’s Club/ Walmart
Anita D’Aguilar, MBA
VP Investments
UBS Financial Services Inc.
Yolanda Daniel, MBA
VP Financial Services
W.W. Grainger, Inc.
Juan M. De Bedout, PhD
Technology Director
General Electric
Pedro DeJesus Jr., JD
SVP, General Counsel & Corporated Secretary
Tampico Beverages, Inc.
Donna G. Dorsey, JD
VP Human Resources
Navistar, Inc.
Karen Eng, PhD
Jinnie English, MA
International & Chicago’s High Achievers
Jared Garza, MBA
Business Program Manager
General Electric
Crystal German, MBA
VP, Economic Inclusion
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
Jules Gianneschi, MS
Sr. Director- Human Resources Midwest Division
Walmart Stores, Inc.
Kristina L. Gilbert, MBA
Sr. Executive Strategy Practice
Victor Golden, MBA
Deputy Superintendent
IL Department of Revenue Lottery Division
Commander Dana Gordon, MBA
Administrative Aide
US Navy, Secretary of the Navy’s Office
Cynthia Hardy Young, JD
President, Encompass Insurance
Allsate Insurance
Alex Hernandez, MBA
Managing Partner
Hernandez Consulting/Carbon Solutions
Mellody Hobson
Ariel Investments, LLC
Eric Douglas Keene, MBA
Keene Advisory Group
Katy Knox, MBA
Consumer and Small Bus. Banking Distribution Executive
Bank of America
Michelle Lanter Smith, MBA , CEO
Hi- Impact
Marketing & Sales Solutions, Inc.
Lily Le, MBA
Executive VP Chief Marketing Officer
AEG Affiliated Energy Group
Daniel Lee, MBA
Vice President
Invacare Corporation
Mariano Legaz, MBA/ME
Verizon Communications
David J. Loo, MBA
Managing Dir. & Founding Principal
Hudson Realty Capital LLC
Vipin Mayar, MBA
EVP Global Dri. Of Marketing Performance
McCann World Group
James McLetchie, MBA
Principal, Merger Management
McKinsey & Company
Cheryl Pearson McNeil, MBA
Sr. VP Public Affairs & Gov Relations
Nielson Company
Sami Miettinen, MS
Executive Director
The Royal Bank of Scotland
Dara T. Munson, MS
President & CEO
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit
Kristin Oliver, JD
Sr. Vice President,
Walmart Stores, Inc.
Richard A. Ortiz, MBA
Managing Dir. & Founding Principal
Hudson Realty Capital LLC
Cathy Peng, MBA
Chief Business Development Officer
Tanesha D.H. Pittman, MBA
Executive Director
Benedictine University
Sameer Prasad, PhD
Professor & Board Member IDSUSA
University of Wisconsin- Whitewater
Lisa M. Quiroz, MBA
Sr.VicePresident, Corp. Responsibility
Time Warner, Inc.
Sumant Ramachandra, PhD
Sr. Vice President
Hospira, Inc.
Anthony J. Rhem, PhD
A.J. Rhem & Associates, Inc.
Debbie Roberts, CPA
VP- General Manager, Midwest Region
McDonalds Corp.
Dee Robinson Reid, MBA
Robinson Hill Hospitality Group, Inc.
Shane Sanders, MBA
S VP Internal Auditing
Verizon Communications
Kiernan A. Seth, PhD
Global Oncology Launch Team Leader
Eisai Inc.
Byron Spruell, MBA
Global Managing Dir. Financial Advisory
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited
Anna Kelligrew St. Clair, MBA
SVP,US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Mg.
Mina Stewart, MS
VP National Network Cration & Provisioning
Verizon Communications
Belinda Stubblefield, MBA, President
Stubblefield Ventures, LLC
Venkat Subramanian, MBA
President & CEO
Angarai International
Suri Surinder, MBA
Managing Vice President
Capital One
Cedric D. Thurman, MBA ,SVP
Jones Lang LaSalle
Eileen M. Timmins, PhD
R.J. O’Brien & Associates, LLC
Carlos Valderrama, MBA
Managing Partner
Valderrama Partners
Nadine Vogel, MBA
Springboard Consulting
Kimberly Waller, MA
AON Conerstone
Mark D. Welch
S VP and Global Chief Diversity Officer
Northern Trust
Clara Wong, MBA
Sr. VP of People Administration & Asset Protection
Walmart (China) Investment Co., Ltd

Elike Mensa Banibensu, MS
Assistant Site Operations Manager
Affiliated Computer Services
Hardik Bhatt, MBA
Dir, Global Smart Connected Communities
Cisco System
Anthony Billinger, MBA
Dir, Corporate Supplier Diversity
OfficeMax, Inc.
Lorelei M. Boyd, MBA
Sr. Mgr. Supply Chain
Ryder System Inc.
Kathleen Brandt, MBA
Asst. VP Applications Development/ Information Technology
Rashida Brown, MBA
Finance Director, Newark Supply Site
Astra Zeneca
Tammy Butler, JD
Director Internal Investigations
Katrina Caldwell, PhD
Director of the Center for Intercultural Programs
DePaul University
Fatu Jalloh Cooper, MBA
General Manager
Liberis Woodwork Construction & Trading Corp.
Xavier E. Corona, MBA
Account Supervisor
Flowers Communications Group
Sonya Davis, MS
Line Manager
The Vanguard Group
Kamila Elliott, MBA
Relationship Manager
The Vanguard Group
Rhom Erskine, MBA
Sr. Diversity & Inclusion Manager
Harland Clarke Holdings Corp.
Sandra Fernandes, MS
Vice President
Shelly L. Flanagan, MBA
Assistant General Operations Manager
United Stationers
Solskin Gomez-Krogh, MBA
Executive Director,
National ALPHA Chicago
Laura S. Hertzog, MBA
Director, Diversity & Inclusion Programs
Cornell University, NYC Extension
Janelle Jones-Rampersad, MBA
Director, Category Management
United Stationers
Cara Lehane, MBA
Global Product Team Finance Director
Astra Zeneca
Jessica Lundquist, PhD
Assistant Professor, Hydrology & Hydroclimatology
University of Washington
VeRonica Mitchell, MBA
Sr. Project Engineer
General Motors
Kingsley Mordi, MBA
Director Brands & Communications
Visaforne Communications
Basil Carl Morris, MBA
Associate V.P.
Nationwide Insurance
Kalyan S. Narayanan, MBA
Director, Head of Ebusiness
Horizon BCBS-NJ
Gina Marotta, JD
Managing Director
Step Up Women’s Network
Lisa Neal-Graves, JD
Business Attorney
Intel Corporation
Jude Pierre-Louis, MBA
Sr. Dir. Of Product Development
Walgreens Corporations
Jamie Pritscher, MBA
That’s Caring
Renai S. Rodney, JD
Assistant U.S. Attorney
U.S. Dept of Justice
Towanna Rovenko, MBA
Site Supervisor
Elizabeth Rubin, MPA
Director of Informatics
Horizon- BCBS-NJ
Joanne Ryan, MBA
Director, Actuarial
Horizon BCBS-NJ
Gurdish Singh, MS
HCP Brand Director Seroquel XR
Astra Zeneca
Felicia L. Townsend, MBA
Assistant Dean of Recruitment
Dominican University
Christina VanDunk, MBA, Director, Communications, Community, Health Policy, Research and Diversity
Kaiser Permanente
Luis Vargas, MBA
Director of Neighborhood Mktg Hispanic
Winn Dixie
Richard Velazquez, MBA Sr. Global Product Manager- XBOX
Microsoft Corporation
Aimee L. Vessell, MBA/MS
Director, Platform Launch
Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Eric Walton, PhD
Business Director
Jeshua Zapata, MBA
Project Management

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