Diversity MBA Media Recognizes the Top 100 Under 50 in Corporate America: Reimagining the Pipeline for C-Suite Executives of the Future

CHICAGO – Over the past year corporate America has been in the spotlight regarding its diversity and inclusion track record. Despite decades of efforts to increase the number of Black CEOs and C-suite executives, today there are only five Black CEOs heading Fortune 500 companies, and this number is only up from four in the in the past four years.

Forced to respond to the social unrest prompted by an international pandemic, racist atrocities and tense election, many organizations have had to take a hard look at their practices especially when it comes to hiring, advancement and pay. Some American companies have pledged to address diversity , equity and inclusion and correct pay disparities. So, what does progress and the future look like for corporate America? Diversity MBA, a national leadership organization integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion with talent management, is offering their insights.

On September 22nd and 23rd 2021, the Diversity MBA is hosting its 15th Annual National Business Leaders Virtual Conference & Awards Gala, entitled “Reimagine the Future: Lean into Possibilities”. During the conference the organization will recognize the Top 100 under 50 Executive and Emerging leaders in corporate America and organizations. These companies nominated their “high potential” employees, senior managers, directors, et.al.

When Pam McElvane, who has been a leader in the diversity and inclusion space for nearly three decades, launched the conference and awards presentation in 2006, her vision was to recognize the “unsung heroes” in Corporate America, the “high potential” employees behind the scenes who quietly get the job done internally and externally in the communities served by the corporations. Now, McElvane her vision has broadened to acknowledge how far corporate America has come in celebrating diverse talent and to envision how to create further progress in the future.

“In response to the events of the past year, organizations and companies have shifted their focus significantly to not only retain their existing talent but to build out their management pipeline for women and people of color. When looking at equity in the marketplace it is important to ensure that there is infrastructure in place to make organizations are securing advancement for women and people of color within their systems and practices. We want to recognize all those organizations and leaders who are actively pursuing of the building equitable and diverse business practices,” said McElvane, CEO of P & L Holding Co., which includes Diversity MBA.

There is a benefit, McElvane said, for both the employee and the company who participates in the annual recognition event. “At least 60 percent of those who receive our recognition have been promoted within their organizations, “said McElvane, who tracks the progress of the award recipients.

As for the companies that have positioned their executive and emerging leaders, they also benefit for recognizing their diverse talent. “It is truly a strategy,” McElvane said. “Some companies use this as a leadership development platform. Of course, there is a risk that other corporations will desire to tap into this recognized talent. These high potential employees are loyal and value the recognition opportunity they receive at DiversityMBA. The companies leverage this one-time experience to show value and increase retention.” However, DiversityMBA strives to build a community and pipeline of leaders.

The Top 100 under 50 emerging and executive leaders are selected from a broad spectrum of companies with both a domestic and global reach. Diversity MBA selects 100 from a pool of several hundred nominees. The award is uniquely special because candidates must have an advanced degree or certification, and the honoree can only receive the recognition once and must be age 50 or younger.
For additional information about the awards presentation, conference and DiversityMBA, visit the website: www.diversitymbamagazine.com. See below the full list of Executive and Emerging Leaders in alpha order:


Abel Travis, MBA
Vice President & Head of Fundamental Underwriters
Accident Fun
Adrian Taylor, CDP
Director of Diversity
Premier Health
Alais Griffin, JD
Founding Member
Griffin Strategic Law Advisors
Alisahah Cole, MD
System VP, Innovation & Policy- Population Health
CommonSpirit Health
Angel Williams, MPA
Philanthropist & CEO
Shine Firm
Antonio Samuel, MBA
Head of Inclusion Diversity Equity, Web Services, Global Revenue Services
Ayanna Cummings, PhD
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Compass Group at Microsoft
Benjamin Yrun Ostapuk, JD
VP/Director Intellectual Property Legal Group
Intel Corporation
Bernel Hall, MBA
CEO & President
Invest Newark
Cedric McDonald, MBA
EVP- Director of Operations, Customer Care Center
PNC Financial Services Group, Inc
Christina Sarchio, JD
Dechert LLP
Christine Hernandez, JD
VP and General Counsel, Intellectual Property
VF Corporation
Craig Glover, MBA
President and CEO
FamilyCare Health Center
Emilia Linardakis, MBA
Managing Partner
Language Advisors Network Group
Gus Rojo, CRB
SVP- Head of Diversity and Recruiting
Bold Business
Heather Miller, MBA
Chief Transformation Officer
ServiceNow IT
Jan Harrington David, MBA
VP Talent Acquisition & Workforce Diversity
Henry Ford Health Systems
Jeffrey Benson Jr. MBA Organizational Leadership
Managing Partner
Prominent Insurance
Jeniene Edwards, CHIE
VP- Utilization Management
Jennifer Christian, PsyD
Clincial Psychologist
Private Practice
Joshua V. Barr, MBA
Director of Civil Rights & Human Rights
City of Des Moines
Jyoti Gupta, PhD
CEO & President
Volk Optical, Hamal Company
Kareem Rogers, MBA
Senior Vice President
Kelley Weil, MBA
BOK Financial
Kenyatta Beverly, JD
Labor and Employment Counsel
The Davey Tree Expert Company
Lewis Brown Jr., MA
AVP Talent Development
Zurich North America
Lincoln Cheng, MBA
VP of Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis
VF Corporation
Marcela Aldaz-Matos, MBA
Managing Partner
MCBI Advisors LLC
Mareisha Reese, MBA
The Winters Group Inc.
Marjika Grey, MD
System VP
CommonSpirit Health
Mary Finch, MBA
Human Resources Director/ NA HR Operations
Matt Lutcavage, MBA
CHRO and VP of Team Experiences
The Giant Company
Mehak Sethi, MD
Medical Internist
Advocate Aurora Health
Michael Kopko, MBA
Founder and CEO
Pearl Health
Myriam Vidalon, MB in Marketing
SVP -Diversity, Talent, Culture
Nielsen IQ
N. John Bey, JD
Owner and Attorney
Bey and Associates
Nicole Taylor, DO
Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Wake Forest University
Nicole Andrews, Masters in HR Development & MBA
VP Human Resources/ CEO of Nicole Andrews International
McMillian Pazdan Smith/Nicole Andrews International LLC
Nira Johri, MBA
Director, Global Diversity and Sustainability
Rich Products Corporations
Orley J. Pacheco, MBA
Head of Wealth Management
ARS Capital Advisors
Oscar Holmes, PhD
Associate Dean; Associate Professor of Management
Rutgers University, Camden
Pavan Pidugu, MS, MBA
Chief Technology Officer
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admin US Department of Transportation
Rob Low, MSc & MA
Divisional Senior VP of Data & Analytics solutions
Health Care Service Corporation
Robert Wilson, MBA
Culture Shift Team
Rodrigo Garcia, MA
II. Deputy Treasurer, CIO
State of Illinois
Roseline Nwakanma MSc & MBA
Director, Global Strategic Sourcing, Information Technology and Innovation
Carnival Corporation PLC
Rowena Ortiz-Walters, PhD
Dean; Professor of Management
St. Mary’s University TX
Sara Margulis, MBA
Shankar Madhavan, MBA
Vice President of Innovation
Sheena Mason, PhD
Assistant Professor/CEO
Theory of Racelessness
Sophia Marshall, MS
VP, Organizational Communications
Wellstar Health System
Steven Hunter, MBA
Strategic Alignment
McDonald’s Corporation
Veeral Shah, MBA
Generis Tek Inc


Abhishek Moudgil, MBA
Sr. Manager, IT Solutions
The Clorox Company
Adam Kerns, JD
AVP, State Affairs
Zurich North America
Ali Assareh, , JD
Sr. Corp Counsel
The Clorox Company
Allison Ray, PhD
Research Excellence Officer for Science & Technology
Idaho National Laboratory
Anyssa McMillan, MBA
Associate Product Manager
McCormick and Company
Arlyn Kalinski, MBA
VP- Head of Language Services & Diverse Growth Segments
PNC Financial Services Group, Inc
Ashley Scott, MBA
Data Analyst/ Curriculum Project Manager
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Cindy Villanueva, JD
Intellectual Property Attorney
Dickinson Wright, PLLC
Danielle Alexander, MS
Field Operations Manager, US regulated Industries
Danielle Lower, MS
Research Excellence Lead
Idaho National Laboratory
Alicia Suggs, MBA
Director, Market Strategy Development
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Jane Rudolph, PhD
Senior Director of Global Executive Talent Development
VF Corporation
Kaddra Greene, MBA
Supplier Diversity Program Manager
Atrium Health
Kaiya Dowtin, MBA
AVP Operations, Wellstar Medical Group
Kearia Sams, MHA
Project Manager
Atrium Health
Kyle Roedersheimer, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician
Atrium Health
LaQuoia Johnson, PharmD
Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Lead Facilitator
Novant Health
Leonard Moore, PhD
University of Austin at Texas
Liza Hita, PhD
Director- Online Programming & Digital
Arizona State University
Logan Montgomery, BAS
Director II of IT Services & End User Experience
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Lynette Long, MAC
Managing Director, Talent Management, Talent Acquisition and Labor & Employment
Emergent Holdings
Magaly Arboleda, MILR
Diversity Human Capital Management
Michael Jackson, PMP, CCM
Construction Technology SME
US Air Force
Monica Cervantes, MS
Regulatory Compliance- Environmental Specialist
Idaho National Laboratory
Murray Jenkins, MBA
Plant Manager
The Clorox Company
Nicole Lawrence, MBA, MS
Sr. Associate
Nicole Lynn Walker, MHA
Sr. Director Innovation Incubator, Health Innovation Platform
Health Care Service Corporation
Paolo Balestra, PhD
Nuclear Engineer
Idaho National Laboratory
Paulina Johnson, MBA
Ford Global Account Manager
Arcelor Mittal
Rachel Pront, MBA
Director of Corporate Finance & Risk Management, Treasury
VF Corporation
Rebekah Ramsey, M. Div
Corporate Director of Clinical Pastoral Education
Novant Health
Reginald Sainvil, JD
Attorney, Senior Associate
Baker & Mackenzie, LLP
Rhonda Carter Adams, MBA
Corporate Diversity Lead
Illinois American Water
Richard Lewis, CDFA, AIF
Philanthropist & Wealth Advisor
Hightower Advisors
Sara Fernandez-Cendon, MBA
Content Producer
McCormick and Company
Satish Tatini, MBA
Sr. Director, Global Digital Architecture
VF Corporation
Shikha Parakh, MPhys
Sr. Strategy Execution Manager Office of DE&I
Novant Health
Shriram Paranjpe, PhD
Sr. Marketing Manager
McCormick and Company
Stacey Jones, MBA
VP- Line of Business Risk Manager
PNC Financial Services Group, Inc
Tanyelle Little Mims, MBA
Sr. Partner Talent Acquisition
Freedom Mortgage
Theodore Turman, M. Div
Manager, Spiritual Health Department
Wellstar Health System
Tom Leonard, MBA
Consulting Team Talent Manager
Boston Consulting Group
Yashwanth Chanddaka, MSCS
Sr. Manager Enterprise Data & Analytics Services
The Clorox Company
Yen-Ching Wu, PhD
Principal Scientist in Toxicology & Food Safety
McCormick and Company
Yushuang Zhou, Ph.D
Enterprise Analytics Director
The Clorox Company
Reggie Romain, MSIO
Talent Researcher
Roberta McNeil, MD
Medical Director II- Provider Network
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
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