2015 Top 100 Under 50 Executive & Emerging Leaders

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Diversity MBA Names
9th Annual Top 100 Under 50
Diverse Executive & Emerging Leaders


CHICAGO, IL – Diversity MBA Magazine has released its ninth annual Top 100 Under 50 list, a group of leaders selected by the magazine from Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs and nonprofit agencies. The selectees are chosen from a pool of 300 nominees by a prestigious panel of judges, with no repeats from previous years.

“This year’s nominees represent a broader field than ever, according to Pam McElvane, CEO and Publisher of Diversity MBA; they come from 25 distinct disciplines, 15 industries and have 20 different graduate degrees”, McElvane said.

“These 100 mover and shakers were chosen in a highly selective process from all industries,” she said. “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 community. The Top 100 list represents more than just recognizing leaders with a commitment to excellence; it has evolved into a platform where companies are showcasing their leadership talent.”

McElvane said this year’s list also represents a more diverse list of nominees. “While we focus on people of color and women, we have seen an increase of LGBT and veteran honorees, which means we are becoming a comprehensive model to celebrate diverse leadership,” she said.

The list is separated into emerging and executive leaders. The recipients are honored – and receive their official awards – at Diversity MBA’s Annual Business Leaders Conference & Awards Gala, which this year will be held Sept. 16-18 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Oak Brook, IL. The conference will feature expert speakers, panels, workshops and myriad networking opportunities. Diversity MBA’s awards gala and leadership conference is one of the most powerful and engaging conferences of its kind, with 90 percent of the Top 100 attending.

The conference and gala will also recognize honorees of “50 Out Front List: Best Places for Women & Diverse Managers to Work,” another product of the magazine. That list 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.

A list of the honorees follows: (names are in alpha order by first name)

2015 EXECUTIVE Leaders

Abhi Ingle MBA
SVP, AT&T Big Data and Advanced Solutions
Alex Castaneda MBA
Sr. Dir, Services North & Latin America Ops Mgmt
Motorola Solutions
Andrea Almeida Mack MBA, CFA Sr. VP & Sr. Consultant Relations Executive
Trust Company of the West
Andrea Nickel MBA
Chief Financial Officer
Match Marketing Group
Andres LaCambra MBA
Sr. Director, Product Planning
Motorola Solutions
Anshu Prasad MBA
A.T. Kearney
Antonio Fernández JD
Corporate Ombuds Leader
General Electric
Brian Agnew PhD
SVP, Dev & Exec Director Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Camilo Echavarria JD
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Caroline Tsai JD
Chief Legal Officer, U.S. Personal & Commercial Banking, BMO Harris Bank
Cheryl Atkinson MBA/MHA
Vice President of Operations
Carolinas Healthcare System
Chris Louie MBA
Senior Vice President
Cristina Henriquez MFA
New York Times Best Seller
Delia Moore MA
Director, Rating Agency & Investor Relations
Dustin Angelo MBA
President and CEO
Anaconda Mining
Ellie Boldenow MBA
Executive Director, Senior
Relationship Manager
J.P. Morgan Chase
Felipe Paez JD
Chief Compliance Counsel
General Electric
Gary Cao MBA
Vice President
Cardinal Health
George Coleman Jr. MBA / MPA
Deputy Procurement Officer
City of Chicago
Gregory Disher MBA
Director of Electrical Operations
Eversource Energy
Hardmon Williams III MBA
Vice President & General Manager North Texas
Heidi Hattendorf MBA
Director, Employee Learning
Motorola Solutions
Hozefa Lokhandwala MBA, JD
Executive Director
J.P. Morgan Chase
James Jordan Jr. MPA
Regional Administrator
Federal Railroad Administration
Jamie Barton MBA
Senior Vice President,
Contact Centers
Jamie Lofton CMA, CFM
Assistant Vice Provost
University of Arkansas
Jeff Yarvis PhD
Chief of Soldier , Behavioral Health
C.R. Darnall Army Med Ctr
Jeffrey Tovar MBA
President, Owner
Tovar Snow Professionals
Jessica Lochmann JD
Partner, Transactional & Securities Practice
Foley & Lardner LLP
Jimmy Nguyen JD
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
John Rice MBA
CEO & Founder
Management Leadership for Tomorrow
Kevin Price MBA/MHA
Director, Supplier Diversity
Novant Health
Kristen Etheredge MBA, PhD
A.T. Kearney
Kyle Reyes PhD
Special Assistant to the President of Inclusion
Utah Valley University
Laurent Therivel MBA
Senior Vice President, Strategy
Le Ondra Clark-Harvey PhD
Chief Policy Consultant
California State Assembly
Levoi Brown MBA
Managing Director
BMO Harris Bank
Lucino Sotelo MBA
Chief Marketing Officer, U.S. Personal & Commercial
BMO Harris Bank
Marc Washington MBA
President & COO
Beachbody, LLC
Mary Donohue PhD
CEO & Founder
The Donohue Mentoring System
Mecca Sykes-Santana Esq.
VP, Diversity & Community
Westchester Medical Center
Melvin Fogle MBA/ MA
President & Owner
SFx2 Consulting, LLC
Mona Bijoor MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Nerissa McGinn JD
Partner & Co-Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Loeb & Loeb LLP
Nicole Husband JD
Vice President & Senior Employment Counsel
Warner Bros. Entertainment
Prasanna Gopalakrishnan
MBA, Chief Information Officer
Harvard University
Priscilla Tuan MBA
Senior Director
The Clorox Company
Rebecca Boll MHR
Executive Product Manager
General Electric
Rita Johnson-Greene MBA
N.A. Head of Field Sales, Finance & Enabling Functions AstraZeneca
Rachel Stern JD
SVP, Strategic Resources & General Counsel
Robert Mueller EL
RIM Logistics
Robert Reffkin MBA
Founder & CEO
Roshni Joshi MS
Director, Global PreSales Org. Leadership Team
EMC Corporation
Ruben Garcia Espejo MBA
Vice President of Finance
EnLink Midstream
Ryan Parker, CDO & AVP Diversity & Inclusion
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Sarita Bhrat MA
Global Head of Digital Marketing
Sonos, Inc.
Sherrin Ross Ingram JD
Chief Executive Officer
International Center for Strategic Planning
Shilpa Banerjee MA
Chief Information Officer, Corporate Systems
General Electric
Stanley Roberts MBA
Director, Program Management
Ingersoll Rand
Suzanne Henricksen MBA,
Senior Director of Brand & Digital Insights
The Clorox Company
Vijay Murugappan MBA
VP, Analytics & Info. Management, Health Care Service Corporation/BCBSIL
Wendy Race MBA
Executive HR Business Partner
General Electric

2015 DMBA Emerging Leaders

Andrea Moody MBA
Senior Vice President
Northern Trust
Bill Frazier MBA/JD
A.T. Kearney
Christopher Boulanger Marketing Manager
AO Docs
Clarita Santos MPH
Sr. Dir. Community Health Initiatives, Health Care Service Corp-BCBS Illinois
David Cardona MBA
Dir., Shopper Marketing, & Multicultural Capabilities
The Clorox Company
Desiree Haynes PsyD/MBA
Organizational Effectiveness Partner
Alameda Health System
Edgar Delgado MBA
Contracting Officer
General Services Administration
Fernando Diaz MA
Director, College Savings Division, Illinois State Treasurer’s Office
Gokul Varadharaj MBA
Director, Strategic Initiatives Group, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Gustavo Magno MBA
Senior VP, Senior Portfolio Manager
Northern Trust
Harris Ng MBA
A.T. Kearney
John Suarez MBA
Financial Advisor
Merrill Lynch
Joy Barua MBA/MA-OC
Director, Community Benefit & Health Policy
Kaiser Permanente
Karlo Young MBA
Investment Banker, Mergers & Acquisitions
Signal Hill Capital
Kristin Beal MPA
VP of Investments
Wintrust Wealth Management
Latoya R. Conners Gray MS, Sr. Director Marketing Technology
Sears Holdings Company
Leslie Parker MBA
A.T. Kearney
Luis Moreno MBA,
Sr Mktg Mgr, Synchrony Financial (formerly GE Capital Retail Finance)
Mark Green MBA
Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Marsha Castro-Smith MBA
Project Manager, Strategic Initiatives
Sears Holdings Co.
Mary Garcia MS
Senior Diversity & Inclusion Consultant
Oracle, Inc.
Meredith Morales, MA
Director Diversity Chicago SHRM, AonHewitt/Chi SHRM Board Member
Minni Marwaha MBA/MHA
Director, Specialty & Support Services
Advocate Children’s Hospital
Myriam Vidalon MS
Global Quality Process Optimization Leader
Patricia Birdsong MBA , Business Relationships Senior Manager,
Patricia Aliaga MBA
Sr Business Innovation Manager Global R&D
Praveen Akkinepally MBA
Director, Respiratory Care Specialist
Rebecca Roussell MS
Senior Director Diverse Intelligence Series
Reggie Brown MBA/MSSE
Manager, Field Engineering
Motorola Solutions
Reginald Cantave MHA, FACHE Physician Hospital Organizational Director
Advocate Physician Partners
Shane Price MBA
Senior Consultant
Ingage Partners
Shaunte Mears-Watkins MBA, Gen. Mgr & Dir. Of Mktg, Home Healthcare
The Clorox Company
Shawntee Reed MA
Education Consulting College & Career Prep
Waco Ind. Sch District
Shlynn Rhodes MPA
Administrative Manager
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Stacye McCall MBA
Staff Dir, Office Minority & Women Inclusion, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Stephanie Padilla MBA
Wireless Products Quality & Reliability Eng. Manager Intel
Terone Harris MBA
Director, Supplier Diversity Strategy
Office Depot
Victoria Wright-Gibson MA
Director, Human Resources
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

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