2012 Top 100 Under 50 Executive & Emerging Leaders


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July 17, 2012

Diversity MBA Magazine Names 2012
Emerging & Executive Leaders


CHICAGO, IL – DiversityMBA Magazine, an internationally distributed publication targeting business professionals in corporate America, entrepreneurs and students, has named the 2012 Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive  & Emerging Leaders.

The leaders were selected from a group of more than 300 highly competitive candidates from public and privately held companies as well entrepreneurs, and not for profit organizations.

We are pleased that these companies and organizations have taken a leadership role in the workplace to recognize and promote these leaders for their achievements in their communities.

“We are humbled by the success of our Top 100 under 50 recognition program.  We aspired to recognize high potential and seasoned executives for their outstanding leadership within their companies and communities.  We believe that celebrating individuals that value higher education is a unique recognition in aligining leadership and education” says Pam McElvane, CEO & Publisher.

The honorees will be featured in DiversityMBA Magazine’s Summer 2012 issue and will be honored at the magazine’s Awards Gala held September 20th & 21st at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago, IL. The gala and leadership forum has proven to be one the of the most powerful and engaging forums of its kind, with 85 percent of the Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive and Emerging Leaders in attendance.

A list of the honorees is at the bottom of this press release.

Diversity MBA Magazine is the global leadership publication for professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge base from a thought leadership perspective.

Another product of the magazine is “50 Out Front List: Best Places for Diverse Managers to Work,” which 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.

This year’s honorees come from around the world, including China, Africa, and Europe, and from a wide spectrum of industries, including retail, financial services, automotive, railroad, healthcare, education, medical, pharmaceutical, communications, government and consulting. Eighty percent are from corporate America.

Please visit www.diversitymbamagazine.com for more information about DiversityMBA Magazine. To schedule media interviews, use the contact information at the of of this press release.


Lisa J. Acevedo, JD
Quarles & Brady LLP
Berni Anger, MBA
General Mgr. Control & Communications Systems
General Electric
Tomas Arlia, MBA
Chief Investment Officer, Sr. Managing Dir. Hedge Funds
General Electric
Nichole Barnett, MBA
Assistant Medical Group Adminstrator
Kaiser Permanente
Anthony Barrueta, JD
Sr. V.P., Government Relations
Kaiser Permanente
Esther F. Berrozpe Galindo, MBA
V.P. Brand Product Business N.A.
Maya Bordeaux, JD
North Shore Univ. Health System
Jim Butler, MBA
Managing Dir., Corporate Planning
AMR/American Airlines, Inc
Jerome Byers, ELP
Central Region President
Hector G. Calzada Jr. MBA
Managing Director
Deloitte Corp. Finance LLC
Fumbi Chima, MS
Lisa Clyde, MBA
Managing Dir., Head of Americas Retail
Bank oAmerica Merrill Lynch
Titi Cole, MBA
Retail Product Executive
Bank of America
Derrick Collins, MBA
Dean- College of Business
Chicago State University
Kelly Cook, MBA
S.V.P Marketing
DSW Designer Show Warehouse
Christina Crowley,
V.P, Global Renewals
EMC Corporation
Kevin Crump, MBA
Sr. Vice President
Suntrust Bank
Patrick Davis, MBA
V.P Project & Development Services
Jones Lang LaSalle
Karen Donaldson, MBA
V.P. North America
Talking Talent
Javier Farfan, MBA
Senior Dir. Cultural Branding
Arminda Figueroa, MBA
President & CEO
Latin2Latin Marketing and Communications
Rodrigo Garcia, MBA
Agency Assistant Director
IL Department of Veteran Affairs
Juan Pablo Giometti,
President & CEO
Nat’l Hispanic Entrep. Organization, Inc
LaDonna Gooden,
Vice President of Client Services
Gary Harrison-Ducros, JD
V.P, Labor Relations
Frito-Lay N.A.
Angela M. Henderson, MBA
V. P of Enrollment
Chicago State University
Onicca Hinds, MHP
Dir. Of Service Operations
Blue Cross Blue Shield, NJ
Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, Ed.D
DePaul University
Linda Hou, MBA
American Chrome Company
Kevin A. Joy, MBA
V.P, Institutional Sales
Heartland Advisors
Leezie Kim, JD
Quarles & Brady LLP
Balaji Krishnamoorthy, MS
Dir. Data Strategy & Mgt.
Sanjay Kumar, MS
Chief Operating Officer
CoMNet Group, Inc.
Juliann Larimer, MBA
VP Worldwide Channels
Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Katherine LaVelle, MBA
Managing Dir., Talent & Organization N.A.
Iliana Levy, MBA
Joel Martinez, MBA
Manging V.P Human Resources
Capital One
Simrita Mehroke, MBA
Dir., Prov. Reimbursement Implementation
Viju S. Menon, MBA
Staff VP- Supply Chain Mgt.
Verizon Communications
Christina Min, MBA
Vice President
Intel Corporation
JoAnn Neau, MBA
V.P-Dir. Marketing & Communications
RBC Wealth Management –US
Michael Nnadi, MHS
V.P, Pharmacy Corporate
Novant Health, Inc.
Luis A. Ochoa, JD
Quarles & Brady LLP
Shawn Oday, ELP
Marketing Dir. For GE's Bus. & Gen Aviation
General Electric
Subriana Pierce, MBA
S.V.P. Sales & Merchandising
(Albertsons Division)
Alejandro Quiroz, MBA
VP Global Advanced Manfacturing
Pamela Ravare-Jones, MBA
National COO
Alpfa National Office
Sheila Robinson, MBA
Publisher & CEO
Diversity Woman Magazine
Timothy M. Russell
Dir. Public Relations
Sally Saba, MD
Executive Dir., National Supplier Diversity
Kaiser Permanente
Michele Samuels, MBA V.P & General Auditor and Corp Compliance
Lansing Scriven, JD
Quarles & Brady LLP
Fred Shadding, MBA
SVP, Business Development
The CCT Group of Companies
Kekin Shah, MS
Vice President
Collabera, Inc
Stacy Sharpe, MBA
Field V.P. Captial Region
Allstate Insurance
Chia Lin Simmons, JD
VP, Marketing & Content
Harman International
Diana Sorfleet, MBA
VP/Chief Human Resources Officer
Beverly P. Spearman, JD
Cochran, Cherry, Givens, Smith & Montgomery, LLC
Courtney Spitz, ELP
Senior Executive
Ronalyn Stephen, MBA
Physicians Home Care Services
Colette Symanowitz, MBA
Managing Dir.
Angela L. Talton,
SVP, Global Diversity & Inclusion
Arrie Denise Thomas Wiliams, D.MIN.
HR Consultant
Perpetual Consulting
Andre Thornton Jr., MBA
V.P- Supplier Diversity & Bus. Development
ASW Global
Marybeth Torbet Cornwell, MBA
SVP/GMM Ladieswear & Acs.
Charles Vila, MBA
V.P Consumer & Customer Insights
Campbell Soup
Hong Yu Wang, MBA
Panguso Corp
Kristy Williams Fercho, MBA
SVP, Head of Customer Engagement, West
Fannie Mae
Jacky Wu,
Vice President
American Tower Corp

Jocelyn Adams, JD
Agency Field Executive
State Farm Insurance
David Anderson,
Sr. Dir. Finance, Corp. FP&A
Office Depot
Carlos Barajas, MBA
Dir. Finished Product Sourcing N.A.
Chere Chase-Gregory, MD,
Medical Director of Neurosciences
Novant Health, Inc
La Toya M.Dixon, JD
Manager of Employee & Labor Relations
Sinai Health System
Sara Elder,JD
Divisional VP, Fair Employment & Compliance
Sears Holding Corporation
L. Robert Garcia II, MBA
Finance Communications Dir.
Kaiser Permanente
Guillermo Gonzalez-Valadez, MBA
Dir. Sr Portfolio Manager
Berlon Hamilton, MBA
Supplier Diversity Leader
Mark J. Hands, MBA
Supplier Diversity Program Manger
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Terri Hughes Smith, JD
Director, Counsel Patent Operations, Law Department
Motorola Solutions, Inc
Laura Kina, MFA
Associate Prof. Art, Media & Design
DePaul University
Leshawnda S. Larkin, MBA
Strategic Alliances Marketing Manager
Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
Debra M. Lightner, JD
Assistant General Counsel
Blue Cross BlueShield, NJ
Christopher K. Lok,
Director- Subsidiary Information Sys
United Stationers
Kirk McLaurin, ELP
Director, Diversity and FSC HR Support
United Stationers
Ingrid L. Morris, MBA
Xerox Corp.
Julian T. Ortiz, MBA
Senior Executive
Jorge A. Quezada, MBA
Allstate Insurance
Danielle M. Robinson PhD
Director, Diversity & Early Career
Tchernavia Rocker MBA, GM. Employee Relations & Workplace Environment
Harley-Davidson Motor Co.
Frank A. Sanders, MBA
Dir., Corp. Strategic Sourcing
Intel Corporation
Bela Sastry, MPH, Dir., Federal Gov. Affairs
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
Karriem Shakoor,
Sr. Dir., Systems Operations
Jasmine Smith, MSL
Sr. Program Mgr. Community Relations
Cynthia Soledad,
Sr. Dir., KitchenAid Brand and Marketing
Curtis J. Tarver, II, JD Partner
Saulter Taver LLP
Stephanie Wang, MBA
Sr. Manager, Strategic Sourcing
AGL Resources, Inc.
Kim Warren-Martin, MBA
Global Women’s Initiative Mgr.
Intel Corporation
Diane E. Webster, JD
Hishaw & Culbertson LLP
Lisa Wimbush, MBA
Dir., Chief of Staff, EVP US Card Operations
Capital One

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