Diversity MBA Media Celebrates Most Diverse List of Top 100 Under 50 Leaders

Elevation of Leaders of Color Continues, yet Speed of Advancement Requires More Attention!

Chicago – August 8, 2023 – Diversity MBA Media unveils its annual list of the Top 100 Under 50 executive and emerging leaders in corporate America who are setting remarkable standards and significantly influencing their respective industries. These chosen leaders, hailing from a wide array of companies with both national and international footprints, continue the proud tradition of the Diversity MBA’s 17-year history of honoring 100 ascendant leaders from a substantial pool of nominees. This honor stands unique due to its criteria, which include holding an advanced degree or certification, being recognized only once, and being 50 years or younger.

The 2023 class of honorees distinctively represents an increasing number of leaders in fields traditionally underrepresented by women, underscoring a positive shift towards promoting women of color to influential roles within workplaces. Each member of this class showcases the value of higher education, boasting an array of advanced degrees, including CPA, MBA, PhD, and JDs, and demonstrating a commitment to serving others. With an average age of 40, this year’s class also surpasses previous ones in terms of diversity and youthfulness.

“Our 17th class of Top 100 Under 50 executive and emerging leaders consistently showcase themselves as some of the most insightful and respected leaders in corporate America and expansive organizations. Today’s leaders are more deliberate and focused on their actions than ever before,” stated Pamela McElvane, CEO of P & L Holding Co., which encompasses the Diversity MBA Media Group.

“These trailblazers are clear on the impact they aim to create and the steps they need to take to achieve it. They have displayed unwavering commitment to their communities and an unflinching desire to catalyze change in their areas of influence. They inspire others to reach their highest potential, while persistently seeking innovative ways to stay relevant. These are our present and future leaders,” added McElvane.

Further, McElvane emphasized that this year’s class of honorees encapsulates the current status of diversity and inclusion progress within the workplace. It illustrates the reality that while leaders of color are not diminishing, their ascent to C-suite and CEO-level positions requires faster momentum.


For additional details about the awards presentation, conference and DiversityMBA, please visit our website: www.diversitymbamagazine.com.


AJ Patton, MBA
548 Capital
Ade Adesanya
Co-Founder & President
Movn Health
Andrea Ellis, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
Angela Spadoni, MA
BKL Architecture
Anissa' Jones, MPH
SVP, Employment & Human Services
Employment & Employer Services, Inc.
Anusha Gibson, JD
VP, Head of Marketplace Diversity & Inclusion
PNC Financial Services Grp
April Toy, JD
Hinshaw and Culbertson
Blake Anthony Johnson, JD
Chicago Sinfonietta
Bridget Kaigler, MBA
Founder & CEO
Bringing Leadership Back, LLC
Carlos Garcia, MA
VP of Finance, Restaurant Division
Carlos Butler-Vale, MBA
Constellation Brands
Cecilia Stanton Adams, MA
The Diversity Institute Powered by Stanton Adams
Chris Shorter, MPA
Chief County Executive
Prince William County
Cory Oliver, MBA
Strength in Management
Dr. Courtney Overton, EdD
Founder & CEO
Speech of Cake
Crystal Moore, MBA
VP, Brilliant Black Minds
Desi Wyatt
Wealth Academy Head
Ethan Silverstein, JD
Executive Vice Chair
Cushman & Wakefield
Faith C .Summersett Ringgold, PhD
Clinical Psychology Fellow
Lurie Children's Hospital, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University
Gabriel Medley, MBA, MHA
VP, Risk Adjustment, Quality & Analytics
Emergent Holdings
Gerardo Garcia, MA
Deputy Commissioner
City of Chicago
Jarrid Tingle
Managing Partner
Harlem Capital
Jenn Tardy, MBA
Founder + CEO
Jennifer Tardy Consulting
Jennifer Pickett Frasier, MBA
Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer
Jennifer Heinzen Krueger, Ph.D.
VP, Team Experience
The GIANT Company
Jigar Parikh
Jigar's Kitchen
John Oxtoby, MBA
SVP & Director ESG Investments
Ariel Investments
Kevin Dedner, MPH
Co-Founder & CEO
Stealth Company
Krystal Pernell-Little, MBA
VP, Hospitality Services & Strategic Planning & Support
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Latonya Garth, MA
CEO & Founder
The Imagine Mentoring Program
Dr. Lethenia Joy Baker, MD
OB/GYN Physician, Women's Health Director for Quality
Wellstar Health System
Maggie Schmerin, ELC
Chief Advertising Officer
United Airlines
Maneesh Sagar
Chairman & CEO
RS Metrics LLC
Manoj Gopi, MBA
Meghan Campbell
Chief Nursing Officer
Hillsdale Hospital
Meizi Li, MPP
Michael Roca
Executive Director, ELEVATE
Omnicom Media Group
Nolvia Delgado
Executive Director
Kaplan Education Foundation
Dr. Paul Spradley, EdD
VP, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Dollar Bank, FSB
Precious Williams, JD
Perfect Pitches LLC
Dr. Prem Sundivskkam
Head, US Medical Communications
Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Rachael McKinney, MPH
Sutter Health
Dr. Roberto Colon, MD
VP Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officers
Premier Health
Samana Hernandez, MBA
Chicago Ventures
Dr. Satyeder Goel
India Health Link Pvt. Ltd.
Dr. Steven H. Kenney, Jr., EdD
Sr. VP for Human Resources, Equity, and Inclusion
St. Catherine University
Suchit Bachali
Tameka Peterson, MBA, CPMSM, CBCS
Vice President, Chief Provider Experience Officer
Novant Health
Tammy Hendricks, MBA
Director of Health Equity and Outreach
Access Health CT
Dr. Thuan Dong, MD
Pediatric Neurologist
Lurie Children's Hospital
Dr. Tina Garrett-Ragland, PhD.
Chief People & Culture Officer
Save the Children
Tony Moraga, MS
VP, Head of Workforce & Workplace Diversity & Inclusion
Tosin Famurewa, MS
Executive Vice President
Ryder Scott Company
Vik Bansal, MBA
Deloitte Cyber
Yasmin Mendoza-Sewell, MBA
Chief Operating Officer
Hispanic Advancement Career Education (HACE)


Aaron Fung, MBA
Manager, Inclusion & Diversity/I&D Business Lead
Arlevea Osemene, MA
DEI Consultant
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Ashley Redding (Rapp), PhD
Henry Ford Health
Astrid Keusseyan, MHA
Laboratory Manager
Novant Health
Caleb Jones
Director of Purchasing
Premier Health
Carmen Shaw, DNP
VP, Enterprise Nursing Excellence
Advocate Health
Chayla Beason, MBA
Director, Medicare Advantage Data Strategy and Execution
Emergent Holdings
Chenille Jones, MS
Executive Director, Nursing Operations & Practice
Wellstar Health System
Christina Busuego
Sr. Director of Warehouse & Distribution
RIM Logistics
Dameone Ferguson, MS
Chief Diversity Officer
Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management
DaVonne Weathers, MBA
Sr. Manager, Service Operations
Horizon BCBS New Jersey
Devika Pathak, MBA
Brand Specialist,
Aditya Media
Dresden Davis, MBA
VP, Underwriter, Regional Credit Products Group
PNC Financial Services Group
Dr. Elimarie Caballero Quinones
Pediatric Psychologist / Assistant Professor
Atrium Health
Elise Lockamy-Kassim, MS
Assistant Vice President, Community Health and Center for Health Equity
Wellstar Health System
Emily Fornara
Sr. Shared Services Manager
Echo Global Logistics
Era Laudermilk, JD
Chief of Staff
Cook County Public Defender
Geneva Greene, MBA
Full Diversity Partners LLC
Jennifer Gunter, MS
Director, Employee Benefits
Premier Health
Jennifer Hrabowski, MBA, MSN
Administrator, Clinic Operations
Emory Healthcare
Josephine Mangiola, MBA
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Kristen Willis, MS
MFC Waste Management Integration & Transport Operations Manager
Idaho National Laboratory
Lina Varela-Gonzalez, MBA
Novant Health
Lizette Arias, MBA
Director of Ethics & Compliance
Conagra Brands
Lynn Wendt, PhD.
Relationship Manager
Idaho National Laboratory
Marcus Penny, Med
Science Instructional Coach
Boston Public Schools
Marne Braddock, MPA
Inclusion Advisor, D&I Strategy and Operations PNC
Financial Services Group
Melissa Crumbey, PhD
Director, Office of the Chief Operating Officer
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Michelle Crane, MBA
Manager, Organizational Performance Management
Idaho National Laboratory
Nashunda Jewels WIlliams, BS/ELC
Global Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
JLL Americas
Rocio Garcia, EMBA
Sr Manager, National Distributor Development
Bimbo Bakeries
Samuel Hosey, MBA
Director, Innovation
AF Group
Shannon Desjardins, MS, CPA
Director II, Corporate and IT Audit and Advisory Services
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Sidonne Hobbs, MHA/MBA
Assistant Vice President, NeuroScience
Atrium Health
Stephanie Kacoyanis, MM
Group Benefits Thought Leadership Content Lead
Guardian Life Insurance
Suheily Natal Davis, JD
Sr. Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
McDonald’s Corporation
Talia Seals, MA
Office of Diversity and Inclusion Manager
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Tamara Dollison, PhyD
Clinical Pharmacist
CVS Health
Tesila Sexton
Business Strategy Program Manager
Atrium Health
Trevor Skeen, ME
Advance Test Reactor, Experiment Engineering Manager
Idaho National Laboratory
Tywauna Wilson, MBA
System Technical Director, Chemistry
Premier Health
Venkat Swaroop, MBA
Associate Director
Dr. Vivek Jain
Lead Expert, Senior Manager
Yahaira G. Corona, MPA
Manager, Diversity & Inclusion
Yasmin Blackburn, JD
Sr Associate Director of HR
Kidambi & Associates
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