2017 Top 100 Under 50 Executive & Emerging Leaders

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July 14th, 2017

Diversity MBA Names Exclusive 2017 TOP 100
Emerging & Executive Leaders

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Chicago, IL – DiversityMBA, a national leadership organization integrating diversity and inclusion with talent management, has released its eleventh annual list of Top 100 under 50 emerging and executive leaders with advanced degrees.   This group is selected from a broad spectrum of companies with a global reach.  This year we selected only 100 from a pool of 312 nominees.  This award is uniquely special because you can only achieve it once.We continue to be in awe of the quality of candidates we receive for this recognition.  This recognition represents outstanding achievements in community, leadership and education. The honorees go through a screening process before they are selected by Diversity MBA.   The process is rigorous because more than 90 percent qualify.  Fortune 500 companies and others take great care in identifying their leaders for submission.  The nomination alone represents achievement and distinction for a lifetime. McElvane said this year’s list not only represents a more global diverse list of nominees; all of the dimensions of diversity are celebrated and recognized through these individuals. We are proud that the business community champions leaders that are unselfishly putting it on the line every day.”

This list is separated into emerging and executive leaders.  This allows Diversity MBA to recognize both developing and seasoned leaders.  We see this as a process to bridge the gap in the talent pipeline by providing exposure to both groups.  The recipients are honored and will receive their official awards at Diversity MBAs 11th Annual Business Leaders Conference & Awards Gala on September 12th and 13th at the Sheraton Lisle, in Lisle IL.  The conference features expert speakers, seminars and engagement opportunities for building connections.

This conference also recognizes companies from our ’50 Out Front List:  Best Places for Women & Diverse Managers to Work, the only list of its kind.  This recognition celebrates companies that understand the intersection of diversity and inclusion in talent management.

DMBA Publishing publishes DiversityMBA Magazine, a bimonthly publication, Diversity Business Review (DBR), white papers and blogs. Our publications reach more than 1.9 million worldwide, print and online.  For more information, visit www.diversitymbamagazine.com or download our free mobile application DiversityMBA through Google Play. The app is available for all mobile devices.

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


Abdul El-Sayed MD
Candidate for Governor
Of Michigan
Alejandro Galindo MBA
VP & President, Intensive Insulin Mgmt Diabetes Group
Andres Lombana MBA
General Manager
Hoy Media, Part of the Chicago Tribune
Artika Tyner PhD
Associate VP of Diversity and Inclusion
University of St. Thomas
Arun Ramaswamy PhD
Chief Engineer
Anu Codaty MBA
Vice President, Business Development & Strategy
Brooke Story MBA
VP, Regional Sales Great Lakes Region, Restorative Therapies Group
Chad Dreas MBA
Managing Director, Media Analytics
Carlotta Roman MHR MPA
Founder & CEO
Collective Career Consulting
Darrell Guy JD
Vice President – Associate General Counsel
DeAndre Hodo EL
Chief Executive Officer
Jexet Technologies
Denise Barreto EL
Senior Managing Partner
Relationships Matter Now LLC
Dianne McKeever JD
Chief Investment Officer
Ides Capital
Emilene Leonard Ed.D
Admissions Counselor
Blackburn College
Esperanza Segarra JD
Hinshaw & Culbertson
Esteban Lopez MD
Texas CMO & Southwest Texas Market President
Health Care Service Corporation
Esther Wildenberg DDS
Ebonié Carrington MPA
Chief Executive Office & Chief Operating Officer
New York Health & Hospitals, Harlem
Fiona Tan MS
SVP-Engineering, Customer Technology
Walmart Stores, Inc
Heather Kowalski MBA
Senior Vice President
Comerical Bank
Janice Jackson EdD
Chief Education Officer
Chicago Public Schools
Jason Allen JD
Foley & Lardner
Juan Carlos Avila MBA
Managing Partner
TOROSO Investments LLC
Julianne Galloway MBA
Vice President & Assistant Treasurer
Kara Bachman MBA
Executive Director
Chicago Sports Commission
Karyn O'Brien- Flannagan
PsyD, Senior Director of Behavioral Health
Novant Health, UVA Health System
Kelly Chen JD
Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP
Lottie A. Robertson MBA
Sr. Manager, Head of Supplier Diversity & Communication
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, LLC
Manoj Kumbhat MBA, MS
VP IT, Engineering and Applications
Kimberly Clark Corporation
Mark Burrell MA
Public Affairs Office, Master Sergeant
U.S. Army Reserves
Martha Bergstedt MBA
Sr. Director of Strategic Sourcing
Novant Health
Meeta Huggins MBA
Chief Diversity Officer
Ford Motor Company
Michele Meyer - Shipp JD
Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer
Prudential Financial
Michelle Brown MBA
Managing Director of Airport Operations
United Airlines
Miguel Solis M.Ed
Latino Center for Leadership Development
Mukund Kaushik EL
VP Information Technology
Kimberly Clark Corporation
Nancy Harris MA
Chief Executive Officer
Restart Consulting
Nick Sullivan MHA
Vice President, Neurosciences
Novant Health
Olga Camargo MA Managing Partner & Investment Manager TOROSO Investments LLCPam Wasserstein JD
Chief Executive Officer
New York Media
Panissa Caldwell MHA
Director of Clinical Services
Novant Health
Patricia Delgadillo MBA
SVP Administration & CFO
Envoy Air Inc.
Paul Martin MD
Northwestern Physicians Group
Prathibha Rajashekhar MBA
VP, Data and Analytics - Global People
Walmart Stores, Inc.
Ray Feaster MD
NHICS Medical Director
Novant Health
Reginald J. Miller MBA, MS
Senior Director, Global Inclusion & Diversity
VF Corporation
Roslind Blasingame-

Phd, President and CEO
LINK Unlimited Scholars
Ryan Ramirez MBA
VP, IT Global Infrastructure Solutions
Kimberly Clark Corporation
Stan Chia MBA
Chief Operating Officer
Stavonnie S.L. Patterson MD
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
Northwestern Medicine, Feinburg School of Medicine
Subarna Malakar MBA
VP, Global Diversity and Inclusion
AHold Delhaize
Tania DeSa MBA
CEO, Leadership & Diversity Trainer
Desa Global Leadership Inc.
Verne Perigord MBA
Advisory Director
Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
Vilma Chan MBA
Market Diversity Leader
Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
Vinay Patel JD
Co-Founder & CEO
Bee Card
Vinisha Clark MS
Vice President-Global Enterprise Solutions

Abigail Ramirez MBA
Marketing Researcher Analyst
Atlantia Search
Ana Petras MA
Director of Data Science Client Engagement
Annum Ghayas MBA
Financial Coordinator
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Belen Arellano MBA
Sales Team Lead/Associate Director
The Clorox Company
Courtney Getum MBA
Expert (Sr. Engagement Manager equivalent)
McKinsey & Company (Periscope by McKinsey)
Darren Henry MBA
Director of Diversity Initiatives
Purdue University,
Krannert School of Mgmt
David Perez MBA
AVP of Operations, California
MedOptions Inc.
Emily Heintz MS
Associate Director
Michigan Venture Capital Association
Elsy Ocejo MBA
Senior Manager, Supply Chain Logistics
Bimbo Bakeries USA
Florence Holland EdD, MBA, MA,
Lead Manager, Pipeline Initiatives
American Institute of CPAs
Germaine Hunter MBA
Director-Sales Planning
The Clorox Company
Gloria Marron MS
Director of Systems
Grant Clarke-Crews MA
VP, Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Guillero Estrada MBA
Manufacturing Excellence Manager
Jasmine Dolfus MS
Sr. Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager
Jasper Saunders MA
Senior Enterprise Product Management
Georgetown University
Joseph Chen MS
Senior IT Business Relationship Manager
The Clorox Company
Jovonna Palmer MHR
HR Manager
Viacom Media Networks
Joyce Lee MPA
Director, Employee Engagement
VF Outdoor LLC, a division of VF Corporation
Julie Felix MS
Manager of Diversity & Inclusion
Mesirow Financial
Juliette Buiter MS
Global Talent Program Manager
Karen D. King MBA
Director, Int'l Regulatory Strategy Team Lead
Karimiah McKee MBA
Senior Level Collaboration Consultant
Burwood Group
Kathy Bowman-Williams MBA
Head of Diversity and Inclusion
Day Pitney LLP
Kellye Gordon JD
Senior Director, Ethics & Compliance
VF Corporation
Lena McIntyre MS
Project Manager
Marcus Kellum MPA
Director of Beautification
DeKalb County Government
Margaret Fillman MBA
Human Capital Senior Manager
Barilla America
Margaret Trietsch MBA
Sr. Director, Content Strategy and Delivery
Health Care Service Corporation
Meeta Yadava MBE
Managing Director BMO Private Bank
BMO Private Bank
Michael Salazar MS
President, SHPE Chicago
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
Miranda Helmer MBA
Director of Research & Development, Specialty Division
The Clorox Company
Molly M – DHS Hermann MS
Prevention & Training Specialist
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Omar Vargas MBA
Senior Statistical Analyst
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Ravyn Miller MBA
Marketing Director
Reem Seghairoun MBA
Program Manager-Retail Analytic Services
VF Corporation
Ryan Robertson MBA
Brand Director, Ciroc
Sandhya Padmanabhan

Senior Brand Manager, Johnnie Walker
Sarah Jones JD
Director, Government Affairs
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Shannon Swiger MBA
Manager of Internal Communication
Novant Health
Shonna Brackett MBA
Director-Strategy, Innovation, and
Commercialization, Jeanswear
VF Corporation
Stefanie Garcia MBA
Program Manager
Chicago Minority Supplier Diversity Council
Veronica Appleton MA
Asst Director, Diversity & Inclusion
We Are Unlimited
Yediel Melendez MBA
Asset Care Manager

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