Diversity MBA Media Salutes the Top 100 Under 50 in Corporate America Leaders of Color are not a Shrinking Group, just not advanced fast enough!

Chicago – July 29, 2022 – Diversity MBA Media announced its list of the Top 100 Under 50 executives and emerging leaders in corporate America who are reaching benchmarks and making a difference in their industry. This class of executive and emerging leaders are selected from a broad spectrum of companies with both a domestic and global reach.  For 16 years, Diversity MBA has shined a spotlight on 100 rising leaders from a pool of several hundred nominees. The award is uniquely special because candidates must have an advanced degree or certification, can only receive the recognition once and must be age 50 or younger.

The 2022 class of honorees is unique in that it reflects more leaders in non-traditional fields for women. This demonstrates a refreshing attention to the movement and elevation of women of color in leadership roles and places of influence in the workplace.  One hundred percent of this class demonstrates a value for education with a mix of advanced degrees from CPA, MBA to PhD and JDs, and a commitment to serve others. In addition, with the average age being 40, this class is more diverse and younger than previous years.

“Our 16th class of Top 100 Under 50 executive and emerging leaders continues to be the brightest and most admired leaders in corporate America and large organizations.  I find that the leaders of today are more intentional than ever before,” said Pamela McElvane, CEO of P & L Holding Co., which includes Diversity MBA Media Group.

“They are clear on what impact they want to make and how to do it. These leaders have demonstrated community commitment and are unapologetic about driving change in their realm. They influence others to be the best they can be while creating ways to stay relevant and innovative. These are the leaders of today and tomorrow,” McElvane said.

McElvane went on to say, this class of honorees reflects where we are regarding diversity and inclusion progress in the workplace. It personifies how leaders of color are not a shrinking group, just not advanced fast enough through the pipeline to the c-suite and CEO level of leadership.

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:


Ada Okafor, JD
General Counsel, Chief Diversity Equity & Inclusion Officer
American Board of Surgery
Adrianna Sameniego
Female Founders Fund
Andrew Bregnzer, MBA
Executive Vice President & Regional President
TD Bank
Anuradha Somani, MBA
Senior Vice President & Head of Faster Payments
US Bank
Barry Givens, BS
Managing Partner
Collab Capital
Brian Olatunji, BS/PMP
LeadFoot Media/Motorsports
Bruce Davis, MBA
Director, Regional Operations
Dr. Carlos Gonzalez, PhD
Worldwide Director, Global Regulatory Affairs
Hill’s Pet Nutrition
Carmiña Santamaria
CEO & President
Shanti – Safer Routes
Chinwe Eismai, JD
Chief Compliance Officer
Dan Graham
David Bubas, MBA
Senior Director
Dr. Doug Thompson, PhD
Vice President for Equity and Inclusion
Gustavus Adolphus College
Gairy Hall
The Carlyle Group
George Sample, MBA
Vice President
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Hansae Catlett
Vice President
Bessemer Venture Partners
Jacqueline Tio, JD
Fish & Richardson P.C.
Dr. Jakki Opollo, PhD
Vice President, Talent Initiatives & Regional Chief Diversity Officer
Atrium Health
Jason Krug, MBA
Sr. Managing Director
Jennifer Kenedy, JD
Locke Lords
Jimmy Chang, MBA
Chief Investment Officer
Rockefeller Capital Management
Justin McKenzie, MBA
Chief Information Officer
Lincoln University of Pennsylvania
Kameelah Benjamin-Fuller, MA
Chief Diversity Officer & CSR Leader
Kayla Konovitch, MS/CPA
Kenny Goodwin, MBA
IT Division Director – Quality Services
Mecklenburg County Government
Kenya Merritt, MS
Chief Small Business Officer & First Deputy
City of Chicago
Kevin Stevens
Energize Ventures
Kimberly Ann Ward, JD
The Ward Legal Justice Group
Kimberly Alula, MBA
Lata Daswani
Tax Expert
Laura Duncan, MHA
Executive Administrator I
Lauren McKenna Surzyn
COO, Americas
Kirkoswald Asset Management LLC
LeYonna Barba, MBA
Managing Director
JP Morgan Chase
Louis Desforges
L’Oreal USA
Mandell Crawley, MBA
EVP & Chief Human Resource Officer
Morgan Stanley
Matthew Kopko
VP of Public Policy
DailyPay, Inc.
Meera Sridharan Iyer
VP, Product Marketing
Melinda Penny-Washington RDN, CDCES
Founder & President
Healthy Balance 3
Mike Simmons
CEO & Founder
Dr. Natasha Winkler-Titus, PhD
Founder & Director
Nicole Winters-Smith, MBA
Sr. Director, National & Key Accounts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Nicole Bocskocsky
CEO & Founder
Nika Martin, MA
Director of Culture and Inclusion
Monogram Foods
Ore Zady, MS
AVP & Actuary
Pacific Life Insurance Company
Paula Comings, MBA
Co-Head of FX Sales
US Bank
Dr. Praveen Vemula, MD
Executive Director, Utilization Management/ Denial & Appeals
Wellstar Health System
Precious Benson, MS
Assistant Vice President
M&T Bank
Dr. Sharon Moise, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Medcor
Chief Medical Advisor, Rivian Automotives
Shekar Natarajan, AMP
EVP – Chief Supply Chain Officer
American Eagle Outfitters
Simeon McMillan, MBA
VP Business Development & Operations
MediaCo Holding Inc. WQHT HOT97 & WBLS 107.5
Suzanne Yoon, Executive Scholar
Founder & Managing Partner
Kinzie Capital Partners LLC
Suzanne Gauron, MBA
Global Head of Private Equity
Goldman Sachs
Tarika Barrett, PhD
Girls Code
Terrell Golden, M.Ed.
Senior Regional Vice President
Pacific Life Insurance Company
Victoria Russell, MBA
Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer
Beam Suntory
Waymond Harris, MBA
Senior Vice President & Treasurer
Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan
Wei Zhou, MS
AVP, Head of Actuarial
Pacific Life Insurance Company
William Jahmal Miller, MHA
Chief Administrative Officer
Dignity Health
Yaoyao Wang, MBA
William Blair & Co
Yemi Akisanya, MBA

Global Head of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


Abhishek (Abe) Chhaya, MBA
Managing Director, Product Management
Agnieszka Sokolowska, MBA
Wealth Relationship Manager
Citibank N.A
Aileen Westover, MBA
Director of Operations of Care Coordination
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Alexandria Samuel, JD
Senior Managing Counsel
PNC Financial Services Group
Amber Bennett, JD
Associate Attorney (Litigation)
Mayer Brown LLP
Anna Omoregie, JD
Chief Operating Officer
PNC Financial Services Group
Dr. Benjamin Simmons, MD
Assistant Professor with the Department of Family Medicine
Atrium Health
Dr. Brisa Urquieta de Hernandez, Ph.D
System Director, Population Health Engagement and Partnerships
CommonSpirit Health
Candi Almon, MSN
Recovery Room Nurse Manager
Wellstar Health System
Chin Kim, MBA
Assistant Vice President, Compliance
Pacific Life Insurance Company
Crystal Redfern, MS, MBA
Director of Clinical Improvement
Novant Health
Daniel Perez, CTP
Director, Treasury
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Dipti Paranjape, MS, MBA
Director, Marketing Effectiveness
McDonalds Corporation
Donna Aaron, MBA
Global Diversity & Inclusion Consultant
Lockheed Martin
Elida Pazmino
Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
L'Oreal USA
Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford, MD
Director of Equity- Endocrine Division; Director of Diversity- Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard
Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School
Guillermo Sanabia, MBA
Executive Director, Health Parks
Wellstar Health System
Housseine Essaheb
Assistant Vice President Actuary
AVP - Actuarial University of Pacific Life Insurance Company
Jarrett Waddy, MS
Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Operations and Employee Resource Group Development
AAA - The Auto Club Group
Karen Chin, BS
Vice President
Cushman & Wakefield
Karimah McFarlane, MBA
Head of Market, Human Resources
Keri Richardson, MBA
Global Director, Consumer Engagement
Mercedes Benz
Kevin Briggs, MS
Administrator-Laboratory & Respiratory Care Services
Novant Health
Laura Hanson, JD
Assistant Vice President, Actuary
Pacific Life Insurance Company
Meeta Gandhi, MHSA
Director of Operations
Novant Health
Melanie D. Evelyn, MPA
Colorado Executive Director
One Million Degrees
Nina Idemudia, MUPCD
Recovery Program Manager
City of Chicago
Nisha Pasupuleti, JD
System Director, Transformative Strategy
CommonSpirit Health
Phillip Kemp, MA
Director Of Corporate Security Operations
Atrium Health
Rachel Fox Weitz, JD
Assistant General Counsel
Delta Airlines
Rashad Shedd, MBA
Imaging Manager
WellStar Health System
Rhondrea Copeland, MHA
CarePoint Health System
Robert Pinard, MBA
Vice President, Branch Manager
City National Bank
Sharon Ortega, MN
Director, Nursing Education
Ambria College of Nursing
Shelby Owusu-Dapaah, MBA
Treasury Management Officer
PNC Financial Services Group
Dr. Stephanie Murphy, PhD
Head of People Insights and Assessments
Dell Technologies
Tyesha Pichardo
Senior Manager of Marketing and Retention
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Dr. Tyrone Grandison PhD
CTO, Public Sector, Global Partner Solutions
Victoria Facchini, PharmD
Manager, Pharmacy Services
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Wadette Bradford, MS
Director Network & Investment Manager
Dealer Network Organization/Stellantis
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