2013 Top 100 Under 50 Executive & Emerging Leaders

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August 2, 2013

Diversity MBA Magazine Names 2013
TOP 100 Under 50
Diverse Executive & Emerging Leaders


CHICAGO, ILDiversity MBA, supports business diversity by advancing understanding, validating best practices and rewarding leadership, has named the 2013 Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive  & Emerging Leaders.

Diversity MBA works with Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs and non-profit agencies to compile a highly selective list from all industries. We are pleased that these companies and organizations have taken a strategic leadership role in the workplace to recognize and promote these leaders for their achievements in the workplace and also in the community.

The honorees will be featured in Diversity MBA Magazine’s summer 2013 issue and will be honored at the magazine’s Awards Gala held September 19h & 20th at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago, IL.

“Our Top 100 under 50 Diverse Executive & Emerging Leaders is recognized highly for their outstanding leadership within their companies and communities. We are pleased and humbled to celebrate these seasoned executives and their achievements. We value the importance of recognizing such leaders who appreciate aligning higher education and leadership” says Pam McElvane, CEO & Publisher.

The first list was created and published seven years ago and each list is compiled of Executive and Emerging Leaders from around the world. Our nomination period begins in February and remains open till June. The Executive team reviews numerous of entries each year, narrowing applicants to those who were recommended by C-Suite Executives, Directors, applicants who have made the news, fit the idealistic profile, and those are generating change in diversity and inclusion.

The List is broadcasted for approximately eight weeks, closing at the Diversity MBA 7th Annual Business Leaders Conference & Awards Gala where the recipients will receive their award and accolades. The 7th Annual Leadership Conference and Gala will feature expert speakers, amazing networking opportunities during the day. At the gala, we’ll recognize our 2013 50 Out Front Companies & our Top 100 under 50 Diverse Leaders. The awards gala and leadership conference is one of the most powerful and engaging conference of its kind, with 90 percent of 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. 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.

Well done to the 2013 Top 100 under 50 Executive & Emerging Leaders. Diversity MBA highly recognizes your outstanding accomplishment


Tom Aiello, MBA
Gil de las Alas, MBA
VP, Talent MGMT & Diversity
Kraft Foods
Christina Alford, MA
VP & Chief Dev. Officer
National 4-H Council
Thaddeus Arroyo, MBA
Chief Investmemt. Officer
Sanjog Aul, MS
Michael Bennett, MBA
Sr. Product Manager
Leap Frog Corp.
David Carter, MBA
VP, Sales & Operations
Yang Chao, MBA
VP, Finance
Gogo, Inc.
Anne Chow, MBA
SVP, Global Svcs
Ellen Chube, JD
VP,Chief of Staff
Ariel Investments
Rashaanda Cook, MBA
VP, Organization Devlpmnt & CLO
Ascension Health Care
Shayna Cook, JD
Attorney & Partner
Goldman Ismail, LLP
Jorge Corral, MBA
Managing Director
Dan Cranshaw, Esq.
Manuel Cuevas, JD
VP, Labor & Employment Law
Motorola Solutions
Stacey deBrauwere, MS
Director, HR
Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc.
Anna DeShawn, MS
Founder, CEO
E3 Radio
Rafael Diaz-Granados, JD
Simplification Leader
GE Healthcare
Angela Elbert, JD
Neal Gerber & Eisenberg
Duriya Farooqui, MBA
Deputy COO
City of Atlanta
Yvonne Garcia, TM
VP, Investment Manager Services
State Street Corp.
Kenard Gibbs, MBA
CEO & Partner
Soul Train Holdings
Cesar Gonzalez, MS
Business Executive Operations
Bank of America
Hari Gopalkrishnan, MS
Sr. Business Exec Tech
Bank of America
Rachel Greene, MBA
Sr. Program Manager
Microsoft Corporation
Joshua Gutstein, JD
Sr. Financial Consultant
Chicago MBDA Council
Amina Harvey, MBA
VP Marketing & Sales
Mignon Faget, Ltd.
Stacee Hasenbalg, JD
Associate General Council & VP
BMO Harris
Dolores Hernandez, MBA
Market Manager
Aero Mexico Airlines
Deidra Jenkins, EL SVP & Chief Diversity Officer
Northern Trust
Rudolph Johnson, MA
President & CEO
Neighborhood House Association
Raquel Karls, MS
Chief Human Resources Officer
Outerwall, Inc.
Maryclare Kenney, MBA
AVP, Intermodal Sales
Lori Lee, MBA
Senior Executive
VP Home Solutions
Rodahl Leong-Lyons, MBA
VP Sales Americas
Hyatt Hotels Corp
Angel Lorente, MBA
Executive Director
Morgan Stanley
Miguel Martinez Noguerol, MBA
Corp.VP & General Mngr
Motorola Solutions
Deidra Merriwether, MBA
SVP & COO, Retail Formats
Sears Holdings Corp
Susan Mullaney , MHA
VP, Hospital Oper.
Kaiser Permanente,
Suzzanne O’Quinn, MBA
SSS Tours
Julie Parsons,
Acturial Fellow
Product SVP
Allstate Insurance
Hemant Porwal, MS
VP Procurement
Sears Holding Corp
Penelope Prett, MBA
Managing Director
Girish Rishi, MBA
SVP, Enterprise Solutions
Motorola Solutions
Rhonda Robinson, MHC
Director, Healthcare MGMT Admin.
HHS, Inc.
Martin Rodgers, MBA
Managing Director
Jeannie Roonie, JD
Judicial Circuit Court Judge
City of Chicago
Angela Roseboro, EL
EVP & Chief Diversity Officer
Jones Lang LaSalle
Janet Smith-Hill, MSN
Novant Health
John Suarez, JD
SVP, Real Estate Strategy & Process Improvement
Walmart Stores, Inc.
James Taylor, PhD
VP & Chief Diversity Officer
Carolinas Health Care System
Keith Terry, MBA
VP Mrktg & Account Management
AHA Solutions, Inc.
Manika Turnbull, PhD
Chief of Staff
Health Care Services Corporation, Inc
John Vu, MPH
VP, Strategy, Community Benefit, Research & Health Policy
Kaiser Permanente
Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, PhD
Dean of Student Affairs
University of SF
Latriece Watkins, JD
VP, Merchandising
Walmart Stores, Inc.
Daryl Williams,
Doctorate Chemistry
Leader of New Product
GE Appliances
Xavier Williams, MBA
SVP, Service Management
Rebecca Wing, JD
General Counsel & Interim CEO
Peregrine Financial Group, Inc.
Dana Wright, MS
Deputy Chief of Staff
Cook County Sheriff’s Office

Praveen Atreya , MS
Director, Technology
Verizon Communications
Stacey Beck, MBA
Global Brand Manager
Vidur Bhandari, MBA
A.T. Kearney
Shantel Davis, MBA
Director of Sales,
Juan Jose Del Real, MBA
Textiles & Apparel Executive Rep.
Proexport Columbian Govt. Trade Bureau
Sydney Dillard, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
DePaul University
Faris El Refaie, MBA
Sr. Dir. Commercial Strategy
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
Lacetti Fields, MBA
Manager, Private Company Services
Angela Foster-Woods, MBA
Sr. Research Manager
Maria Garza-Lennon, MBA
Global Sales Learning Manager,
Francesca Gino, PhD
Assoc. Prof of Bus.
Harvard Business School
Harvard University
April Griffith, MS
AVP & Project Mngr
JP Morgan Chase
Gia Griffith, MBA
AVP, Business Development
Alexander Proudfoot
Michelle Hoy-Watkins, Psy.D
Associate Professor
Chicago School of Professional Psych.
Julie Langdon, JD
Loeb & Loeb
Byron Love, MS
Special Agent State Police Officer
Illinois Gaming Board
Lauren Love-Wright, MBA
Director Marketing
Verizon Communications
Jesse Martinez, TM
Administrator, FEP
State of Illinois
Yvette Martinez-Wilson, MS
Director of Strategy Partnerships
Tiffany Masson, Psy.D
Psychology Director
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Therese McGuire, MBA
Brand Manager
Standard Bourbons
Simone Morris, MBA
Diversity Manager
Manish Nasta, MS
Executive Dir. Global Solutions Design
Verizon Communications
Radhames Nova, MBA
Executive Director
Jesus Palomino Echartea, MS
General Managert of GDC
Intel Technologies
Michelle Peak, JD
Senior Attorney
Jairo Fernando Perez, MBA
Finance Leader
Vasu Raja, MBA
Managing Dir. International Rev. Mngmt
Melissa Romig, JD
Senior Attorney
Lawanda Rutledge Gordon, PhD
District Sales Manager
Lilly USA, LLC
Angela Schema, MBA
Director of Comm & Market Research
Securian Financial Group
Nick Shyamani, MS
Six Sigma Black Belt
Motorola Solutions
Eric Simon, MBA
Director of Student Facilities
University of Illinois
Linda Singh, MBA
Managing Director
Marcell Taylor, JD
Asst. State’s Attorney
Cook County Sheriff Office
Jaime Vazquez, MS
Multicultural Director
Legacy Marketing Partners
Larissa Williams-Staples, MBA
Corporate Inclusive
Diversity Manager
Allstate Insurance
Benjamin Yrun Ostapuk, JD
Sr. Litigation Counsel
Intel Corporation

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