2016 Top 100 Under 50 Executive & Emerging Leaders

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July 20, 2016

Diversity MBAs
10th Annual Top 100 Under 50
Diverse Executive & Emerging Leaders


CHICAGO, ILDiversity MBA Magazine has released its tenth annual Top 100 Under 50 list, a group of leaders selected by the magazine from a broad spectrum of business entities, such as, Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, Universities and Colleges, government, and nonprofit agencies. The honorees are chosen from a pool of 282 nominees by a select panel of judges, with no repeats from previous years.

“This year’s 100 honorees are a unique group because they are a part of the exclusive1000 honorees recognized for leadership over the past decade.  Diversity MBA is also celebrating 10 years of diversity achievement,” says McElvane.

Diversity MBAs Top 100 list is like none other.  It is a strategic leadership recognition that embodies higher education, workplace inclusion and community commitment. The honorees are identified and supported by company and community leaders. The selection process is rigorous because 85 percent of nominees qualify. Companies and organizations take this platform very seriously and has systematically made this process an emerging and executive leader phenomena.

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. 14-15 at the Lisle Sheraton Hotel in Lisle, IL. The conference will feature expert speakers, panels, seminars 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.  Go to www.diversitymbamagazine.com for more information.

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

Aaron Bruce PhD
Chief Diversity Officer
San Diego State University
Alyssa Pei MBA
A.T. Kearney
Andrew Lee PsyD
Vice President Diversity & Inclusion
Advocate Health Care
Trust Company of the West
Angelise Rouse PhD
Founder & Owner
Especially 4 Me Publishing, LLC
Angelo Williams EdD
Director of Community Engagement & Mobilization
CA Black Health Network
Ann Marie Wright MS
Chief Operating Officer, N.A. Commercial Banking
BMO Harris Financial Group
Anuradha Hebbar JD
Head of Diversity & Inclusion for North America
Zurich North America
Arthur Miller Veteran
President & CEO
MZI Group, Inc
Arturo Nava MBA
Marketing Director
Nuestro Queso, LLC
Audra Davis PsyD
Managing Partner
The Exeter Group, LLC
Brian Tippens JD
Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Bridget Hurd MBA
Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Calvin Hung MHA
Administrator & Assistant Vice President
Carolinas HealthCare System
Chris Lee MBA
Public Company Board Director
Dixon Advisory (AXS:AUF) Sydney, Australia
Courtney Jones MBA
Vice President, Multicultural Growth & Strategy
Dean Martinez JD
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Derek Robinson MD
Vice President, Enterprise Quality & Accreditation
Health Care Service Corporation
Duane France MA
Director of Veteran Services
Family Care Center
Eric Conley MHA
Division Vice President, Service Lines and Surgical Services
KentuckyOne Health
Fabrizio Galvez Benvenutto
MBA, Director of Risk-Alternative Investments
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Fernando Little ESL
Interim Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer
Carolinas HealthCare System
Guru Gurushankar PhD
Vice President & General Manager
Cardinal Health
Heather Holland MHR
Principal and CEO
Holland Energy Consulting, LLC
Ina Owens MS
VP, Office of Grants & Program Development
Advocate Health Care
Indira Saladi JD
Managing Director &
Director of Patents
Jenné Johns MPH
Director of Health Disparities
AmeriHealth Caritas
Johann Dudley MS
Senior Vice President, Product Leadership
Nielsen Company
Kameka Brown Phd
Executive Officer
Board of Vocational Nursing & Psychiatric Technicians
Kinneil Coltman PhD
Chief Diversity Officer
Greenville Health System
Lisette Martinez MBA
Director, Diversity & Language Services
Mackenzie Phillips JD
Senior Vice President & Chief Corporate Counsel
Marachel Knight MS
Vice President, Construction & Engineering
Mariana Monteiro JD
Global Ombuds Leader & Executive Counsel
General Electric
Michelle Kohanzo MBA
Managing Director
The Land of Nod
Mira Mrcela MBA
Enterprise HR Software Solutions Provider
Nika White MA
Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion
Greenville Chamber of Commerce
Nisha Agarwal JD
Immigrant Affairs Commissioner
New York Mayor’s Office
Paola Gonzalez MBA
Vice President of Finance, Household & Lifestyle Segments
The Clorox Company
Paul Martin MD
Northwestern Physicians Group
Peter Nguyen MBA
Director of Finance
Cardinal Health
Puneet Mahajan MBA
Vice President Corporate, Financial Planning & Analysis
General Electric
Rachna Luthra MBA
Director of Communications
McDonald’s Corporation
Reginald Manning MBA
Owner/Education Consultant
Tutor Doctor: Tutor 901
Sameer Gaur MBA
Executive Business Operations
General Electric
Shikha Kapoor DDS
Dental Dreams
Sandra Washington MBA
Chief Nurse, Nursing Clinical Operations
Department of Veterans Affairs
Sandi Li MBA
Head of Financial
Planning & Analysis
National Material L.P.
Sarita Rao MBA
Vice President, Wi-Fi and Data Patterns
Shaden Marzouk MD
Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations
Cardinal Health
Shoeb Sitafalwalla MD
Medical Director, South Asian Cardiovascular Center
Advocate Health Care
Spiwe Pierce JD
Deputy General Counsel
John Crane
Stephanie Bowers MBA
Project Management Director for Operations
Habitat for Humanity
Suzanne Galvanek MBA
Vice President Marketing, Pricing, & Product
Talvis Love MBA
Chief Information Security Officer
Cardinal Health
Tomás Leoń MBA
President & CEO
Institute for Diversity
in Healthcare (AHA)
Towanda Livingston MBA
Small, Local & Minority Business Enterprise Office Director
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)
Troy Nash EdD
Managing Director & Principal
Newmark Grubb Zimmer
Vincent Torres MBA
Vice President Direct Marketing, Retention, Analytics & Insight
William Baas MA
Vice President of Talent
Comcast-Northeast Division
Yadav Nathwani MBA
Chief Financial Officer
Professional Paving & Concrete Company, Inc.

Ada Mahon MS
Director & Business Manager
Bank of America
Angela Williams MS
Director, Information Security Office
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Beth Sehgal MBA
Global Director, Diversity & Inclusion
A.T. Kearney
Bryan Chapman MBA
Sales Director
VF Jeanswear
Cesar Lostaunau MBA
Strategy & Operations Manager
Cindi Evans Galvan MBA
Regional Sales Vice President
W.W. Grainger
Crystal Andrews MA
Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion
Baxalta (now part of Shire Pharma)
Darcy Brito MBA
Business Public Relations Manager
David Johnson MBA
Founding Partner
Abraxas Group LLC
Deepak Gupta MS
Director of Operations
VF Sportswear
Desiree Otkins MBA
Senior Certification Compliance Officer
City of Chicago
Ericka Carmona-Vega MA
HR Manager
Sterigenics International LLC
Farrah Pepper JD
Executive Counsel – Discovery
General Electric
J.T. Petherick JD
Director, Legal & Tribal Relations
Health Care Service Corporation/BCBS of Oklahoma
Jenni Broyles MBA
Director of Marketing
VF Jeanswear
Jennifer Nichols MBA
Associate General Counsel
Banner Apartments, LLC
John Abney MBA
Finance Director
Jose Bodipo-Memba MBA
Environmental Stewardship Manager
Sacramento Municipal
Utility District
Juliette Buiter MS
Global Talent Development Program Manager
Kamilah White MS
Talent Engagement Business Partner, Supply
Kristie Spivey MS
Director of Performance Excellence & Regulatory Affairs
Advocate Children’s Hospital
Kyra Patterson MHR
Director, Diversity & Inclusion
Lana Powers McKenna MBA
Managing Director
BMO Financial Group
Latonia Walker MN
System Director of Care Management Operations
Advocate Health Care
Lauren Aplin MBA
Associate Director, Marketing
The Clorox Company
Lisa Lee MBA
Brand Manager, Diageo N.A. Whiskey
Lisa Sanchez MBA
Senior Vice President, Market Sales Manager
Bank of America
Maurice Mitchell MBA
Director of Sales Planning, Clorox Healthcare
The Clorox Company
Michele Vargas JD
Associate & Litigation Attorney
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Michelle Prudhomme- Coleman MBA
Assistant Director
Texas Women's University
Muhammad Amir MS
Senior Program
Manager, Engineering
Nemanja Babic MBA
A.T. Kearney
Nikita Mitchell MBA
Senior Manager, Strategy & Planning
Rafael Rivera, Jr. JD
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Remberto Del Real MBA
Vice President, Director of Commercial Marketing
BMO Financial Group
Robin Sircar MS
Director of Finance & Accountable Care Organization & Surgery Service Line
Advocate Children’s Hospital
Shuman Mitra PhD
Department Manager, Research & Development
The Clorox Company
Steve Cade JD
Senior Counsel & Business Lawyer
Foley & Lardner
Sudarshana Bhattacharyya MBA
Senior Manager-Direct to Consumer Operations & S&OP
VF Sportswear
Tiffany Hickerson MBA
Director Supply Management
A.T. Kearney

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