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Board of Directors

Steve Pemberton Walgreens STEVE PEMBERTON
Vice-President, Diversity & Inclusion,
Global Chief Diversity Office, Walgreens
Chair, US Business Leadership Network

Steve Pemberton is Vice-President, Diversity and Inclusion for Walgreens Boots Alliance, the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise in the world, employing 370,000 people in 25 countries. Prior to that he served as Chief Diversity Officer for Walgreens, becoming the first person to hold that position in the historic company's 114 year history. He is widely considered a subject matter expert on matters of diversity and inclusion and its importance to the sustainability of organizations and the communities they serve.

Steve is responsible for overseeing the company's global efforts to create and maintain a diverse and inclusive environment that reflects the culture, people and perspectives of the nations in which it does business while mirroring its current and future customers and communities. He and his team are specifically focused on the following areas: strategic diversity management, global diversity councils and business resource groups, disability initiatives, supplier diversity and compliance objectives. He has also served as a valued internal consultant to Marketing, Community Affairs, Government Affairs, Legal and Merchandising functions.

Under Steve's leadership, Walgreens reached record levels of performance on nearly every measure of diversity and inclusion from representation to supplier diversity spend. An extended part of his responsibilities has been to serve as a public ambassador for the company on matters of employing people with disabilities. In that capacity, he has frequently represented Walgreens' employment model at the White House and on Capitol Hill. In 2015, he was appointed by United States Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez to serve on an Advisory Committee for the Competitive Integrated Employment of People with Disabilities.

Prior to assuming his role at Walgreens, Steve was Chief Diversity Officer and Vice-President of Diversity and Inclusion at, the leading global online careers property where he had end-to-end management responsibilities for the Diversity and Inclusion business unit which focused on helping employers diversify their workforce. It was during his tenure at Monster that Steve coined the term 'Next Practices', to reflect the need for a stronger alignment between diversity and inclusion and driving shareholder value.

One of America's most inspiring executives, he brings a deep personal understanding of human differences and the human experience to his position. Steve was a ward of the state for much of his childhood, an experience he chronicled in his 2012 best-selling memoir, A Chance in the World (Thomas Nelson). Steve's extraordinary life journey, featured in People Magazine, has been translated into multiple languages and continues to inspire audiences across the world; his tireless advocacy for the disenfranchised has earned him national recognition including The Trumpet Foundation. His dedication to public service and personal and professional achievement have also earned him Honorary Doctorates from Winston-Salem State University (2014) and Boston College (2015). In 2015, Steve was awarded the prestigious Horizon Award by the United States Congress, presented to individuals from the private sectors who have contributed to expanding opportunities for all Americans through their own personal contributions, and who have set exceptional examples for young people through their successes in life.

A graduate of Boston College, he is a Bostonian by birth and a Chicagoan by choice. Steve resides on several non-profit boards including UCAN, The Home for Little Wanderers, Bernie's Book Bank and The United States Business Leadership Network. He and his wife Tonya are the proud parents of three children.

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Colleen Fukui-Sketchley NordstromCOLLEEN FUKUI-SKETCHLEY
Corporate Center Diversity Affairs Director, Nordstrom, Inc.
Vice Chair, US Business Leadership Network

As the Corporate Center Diversity Affairs Director for Nordstrom, Inc., Colleen Fukui-Sketchley focuses on developing and executing diversity initiatives that support the entire company. Her work enhances the company's efforts to recruit, hire, retain and improve customer service by weaving diversity into people, product and service initiatives at Nordstrom. Colleen has been with the company since she graduated with a degree in Speech Communication from the University of Washington in 1994.

Colleen currently serves as a Board member for the Center for Asian Pacific American Women and the Washington State Business Leadership Network. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the US Business Leadership Network, is a member of the Governor's Taskforce for Disability Employment serving at the pleasure of the Governor of the State of Washington and is a Past-President of the University of Washington Alumni Association.

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Regina Heyward Wells Fargo & Company REGINA HEYWARD, Senior Vice President
Head of Supplier Diversity, Wells Fargo & Company
Secretary/Treasurer, US Business Leadership Network

Regina Heyward is Senior Vice President and head of Supplier Diversity for Wells Fargo. With more than 15 years of multi-industry global supply chain and supplier diversity strategy experience, she leads a team that is responsible for developing and engaging certified diverse suppliers to integrate them into the company’s sourcing and procurement processes. Ms. Heyward joined Wells Fargo in 2014.

Throughout her career, Ms. Heyward has developed high impact supplier diversity programs and led strategic supply chain initiatives globally in regions including Asia, Latin America and Europe. Prior to her current role, she served as the director of enterprise supplier management for Capital One, a role in which she led the supplier diversity team and was responsible for corporate real estate category sourcing. Prior to that role, she served as the director of global supply chain compliance at MeadWestvaco, where she implemented a supplier diversity program and was responsible for global supplier risk management.

Ms. Heyward, a native of Thomasville, Georgia, is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and earned her J.D. from North Carolina Central School of Law. She serves as a national board member for the National Minority Supplier Development Council, the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the US Business Leadership Network National Council, the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization, as well as an Advisory Board Member for the Clark Atlanta University School of Supply Chain Management. She is a member of the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) Conference Board and, from 2010 to 2013, was Chair of ISM’s Diversity Committee, where she implemented a diversity undergraduate student mentoring program focused on increasing diversity within the supply chain management profession.

Ms. Heyward has been featured twice by DiversityPlus magazine as one of the “Top 25 Women in Power Impacting Diversity,” and has received numerous other awards for her leadership in supplier diversity, including honors from Minority Business News and DiversityInc. Magazine.

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Procter & GambleAnn AndreosatosANN ANDREOSATOS, Vice President
Human Resources, New Chapter (Procter & Gamble)

Ann is VP of Human Resources for New Chapter, a subsidiary of Procter and Gamble that sells organic vitamin and food supplements. Previous to this role; Ann was part of the Global Diversity & Inclusion Practice at Procter & Gamble. Her roles included D&I Culture and Capability leader for North America, manager for global flexibility strategy, consultation with P&G business units on a variety of Diversity & Inclusion tools and methodologies, and HR leader for People with Disabilities initiatives.

Ann joined P&G in 2004 as Gillette's Director of Workforce Diversity & Inclusion and works a location free role in Boston, MA. Prior to Gillette, Ann led the development of work/life effectiveness programs at Fidelity Investments for 16 years, including work/life programs, work climate surveys and relocation, and employee relations.

Ann serves on the national board of directors for the US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®), is past president the Boston-based Human Resources Council, supports the annual Linkage Summit on Leading Diversity as a learning team facilitator, and is a past team mentor with Women Unlimited.

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CVS HealthDavid L. CaseyDAVID L. CASEY, Vice President
Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer, CVS Health

David Casey serves as Vice President, Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer for CVS Health. Casey joined the company in 2010 and is responsible for developing and driving diversity and engagement strategies across the company. He is also focused on ensuring that diversity and inclusion are embedded in CVS Health's recruitment, talent development, performance management and succession planning efforts.

In prior roles, Casey was Chief Diversity Officer at WellPoint, where he led the development and execution of enterprise-wide strategies to leverage diversity management for the workforce, workplace and marketplace. Casey was also a Regional Director of Business Development for Bernard Hodes Group, where he consulted with regional, national and international clients. Casey is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served in Operation Desert Storm.

Casey has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.

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Jenny Lay-Flurrie MicrosoftJENNY LAY-FLURRIE
Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft

Jenny Lay-Flurrie has a passion to see people of all abilities reach their full potential. Jenny is Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft leading the Trusted Experiences Team (TExT) which focuses on accessibility, privacy and online safety. The Trusted Experiences Team is at the forefront of creating positive experiences that apply technology to make a difference in the world and the lives of individuals.

Jenny is also the Chair of DisAbility@Microsoft, an employee resource (affinity) group focused on "Enabling people to be successful regardless of ability or disability." With the help of her team and broad community within Microsoft, Jenny leads many initiatives to empower people with disabilities both in and out of Microsoft. These initiatives range from creating the Disability Answer Desk which provides specialist customer support to people with disabilities to hosting the annual Microsoft Ability Summit which focusses on empowering attendees (800+ in 2014) with the inclusive and innovative thinking necessary to enable people of all abilities around the world. Also instrumental in projects such as Cities Unlocked and recent 'ALS Hackathon', focused on empowering people with disabilities with new technologies and capabilities.

Outside of Microsoft, Jenny is a board member of the US Business Leader Network (USBLN) and an active member of the Washington State Disability Taskforce working to increase employment for people with disabilities in state government. Was recognized as a 'Champion of Change' by the White House in October 2014.

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Apoorva N. Gandhi Marriott International APOORVA N. GANDHI,
Vice President, Multicultural Affairs, Marriott International, Inc.

As Vice President, Multicultural Affairs for Marriott International, Apoorva Gandhi is responsible for creating and executing an externally-focused global strategy that builds preference and loyalty from diverse customer segments for the Marriott portfolio of brands. He helps ensure the company's marketing, sales and operations consider and reflect multi-cultural markets and alliances as Marriott continues its aggressive growth throughout the world.

Mr. Gandhi has nearly 25 years of proven strategy, business process, program management and organizational change skills, leadership and delivery expertise. He also has extensive management and delivery experience working with diverse business clients and a solid track record delivering measurable success to clients across various business disciplines.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Gandhi was senior director for organizational capability where he led the company's global reorganization program in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He has held other positions with Marriott, beginning as a front desk associate when he first completed college. He also worked as vice president for global lodging services where he helped deliver critical brand initiatives.

Before joining Marriott, Mr. Gandhi was a senior consulting manager in Accenture's Communications and High Tech practice for more than a decade, where he managed merger and integration programs as well as process reengineering efforts for large telecom clients. He also led diversity programs at Accenture.

Mr. Gandhi is an honors graduate of the University of Maryland, School of Business and Management. He is a member of the J.W. Marriott, Jr., Diversity Award committee, Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity and Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society.

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Megan Hobson Ernst & Young MEGAN HOBSON
Partner & Principal - Ernst & Young

Megan is the Americas Administration Leader and the Executive Sponsor for the AccessAbilities professional network.

A partner at EY since 2005, Megan has over 25 years of business experience. She spent the majority of her career in the firm’s Transaction Advisory Services practice, including serving as the Americas TAS Quality and Risk Management Leader. Prior to joining EY, she worked in the financial services audit practice of another Big Four firm.

Megan has significant experience in providing transaction-related services to a variety of companies, including corporate and private equity clients. She holds an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a BA in economics/accounting from the College of the Holy Cross.

Megan is on the Board of Trustees for Ursuline Academy (a private college preparatory school for girls) and is an active supporter of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization.

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Preety KumarDeque PREETY KUMAR, CEO,
Deque Systems, Inc. (Deque)

Preety Kumar, CEO of Deque Systems, Inc. (Deque), co-founded Deque in 1999 to pave the way for digital equality both from both user and the technology perspectives. Under Preety's vision and leadership, Deque has developed a uniquely robust suite of software tools that include WorldSpace Sync - our enterprise level testing and remediation tool, FireEyes - a free testing plugin, and Amaze - a game-changing new software tool for accessibility triage and remediation.

Deque has been a market leader, and a thought leader, in digital accessibility software and services for over a decade; and since the commercial launch of Amaze in 2012, Deque has experienced rapid growth and secured its place as the top accessibility software and services provider. In June 2013, Deque was awarded the Computerworld 21st Century Achievement Award for Innovation for the Amaze technology, and the company has been recognized four times in the Inc. 5000 List of America's Fastest Growing Companies.

Preety's central tenet is to help her customers achieve their digital accessibility goals and to educate and empower them to work towards a self-sustaining accessibility model. Preety herself is a recognized accessibility thought-leader and frequent industry spokesperson. She was recognized for her contributions to the field of accessibility by being offered the position of vice-chair of the GSA-sponsored Accessibility Forum.

She serves on the board of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals and the Yes I Can Foundation, is an active member of the World Wide Web Consortium, and is a member of Women in Engineering, Women in Technology, Northern Virginia Technology Council, IEEE, and the Association of Computing Machinery. Preety is also a contributing author to a book published by the United Nations G3ICT to promote information accessibility to countries around the world.

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Janice Little McKesson JANICE LITTLE
Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion
McKesson Corporation

Janice has enjoyed a career that aligns her personal passion and professional interest. As a trained financial professional that successfully transitioned to HR, she has a proven track record of getting results by implementing innovative strategies that support business objectives.

Currently, as the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Janice establishes the strategic direction for diversity initiatives at McKesson. She ensures diversity and inclusion is integrated into McKesson’s business, talent and culture strategies. Since joining McKesson in 2010, Janice has 1) Improved representation and inclusion; 2) Launched 7 national employee resource groups; 3) Developed a full education curriculum and 4) Created link between Diversity and business impact.

Prior to joining McKesson, Janice led Diversity & Inclusion for a business unit, university and diversity recruiting, global employee volunteerism/giving programs and corporate responsibility report at Dell.

Before transitioning into human resources, Janice enjoyed a successful career in finance and accounting at Dell, IBM and Ernst & Young. Janice holds both a Masters of Business Administration in Finance/Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.

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Tim Newman MSS Solutions, LLC TIM NEWMAN
Business Development Manager - MSS Solutions, LLC

Tim serves as Business Development Manager for MSS Solutions, LLC, a Comprehensive Facilities Solutions provider headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina with regional offices in Asheville, Raleigh and Winston-Salem, NC and Charleston, Greenville and Myrtle Beach, SC. In this role, Tim is responsible for securing construction and service contracts in the Mechanical, Building Automation, Fire and Security service areas for MSS Customers across the Carolinas. Tim joined MSS in early 2014.

Tim's prior experience includes service as CEO of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority where he managed a team of 200 employees to oversee the marketing of the Charlotte region as a travel and tourism destination and the management of Charlotte's publicly owned assembly facilities. Tim served in this capacity from 2004 to 2013. Prior to this role, Tim was President of Charlotte Center City Partners, with oversight of the marketing and management of Charlotte's central business improvement district from 2002 to 2004. Tim served as Vice President and General Manager of the Charlotte Knights Baseball Club from 2000 to 2002 and was Vice President of Beaver Sports Properties from 1997 to 1999. Additional professional experience for Newman includes Vice President of Public Finance for Wachovia Securities and Associate in Public Finance for Morgan Stanley.

Tim is active in the special needs community as a co-founder in 2002 and current Board Member of Autism Speaks' Carolinas Chapter. This Chapter has raised over $5 million for autism research since its inception and will celebrate its 13th Walk Now for Autism Speaks in October, 2015. Tim was also a charter Board Member of the North Carolina Business Leadership Network. Tim has been very active with Victory Sports Outreach, a sports ministry whose offerings include a Conquer League for individuals with special needs.

Tim is married to Kelly Weatherman and has a daughter Rebecca and twin sons David and William both of whom are on the autism spectrum. Tim holds an MBA from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Gloria Pualani Northrop Grumman GLORIA PUALANI, Corporate Director,
Global Supplier Diversity/Government Relations
Northrop Grumman Corporation

Gloria Pualani is the Corporate Director, Global Supplier Diversity/Government Relations for Northrop Grumman Corporation. In this position, she is responsible for the direction, management and implementation of all socio-economic business programs from a corporate perspective. She has been employed by Northrop Grumman in various assignments for over 30 years. She has used her expertise to advance the course of small, women and minority-owned businesses in the aerospace industry. She is a strong advocate for increasing business development opportunities and inclusion of Ability One organizations, veteran and service-disabled veteran owned and small business firms.

Ms. Pualani has developed several programs in support of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI). Under her direction she has successfully incorporated the HBCU/MI's as a part of the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program. Ms. Pualani represents the corporation on the USBLN Board of Directors and serves as a representative at various small business outreach events, federal procurement conferences and symposia. Ms. Pualani has received several awards and recognition for her dedication, active engagement and support to the small business community.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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Robert (Bob) J. Vetere Northrop Grumman ROBERT (BOB) J. VETERE
Senior Workplace Accommodation Specialist, Global Corporate Responsibility, Northrop Grumman
Corporate Advisory Board Chair, US Business Leadership Network

Bob Vetere previously served as an EEO/Diversity specialist at Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems Sector. He is currently Senior Workplace Accommodation Specialist for Northrop Grumman's Global Corporate Responsibility organization. In this role, Vetere assists in providing a harmonized approach to the reasonable accommodation process across the Enterprise.

Vetere recently celebrated his 35th anniversary with Northrop Grumman. During his career he has held a variety of roles. He created the Victory Over Impairment & Challenge Enterprise Employee Resource Group at Northrop and has a passion for serving both his community and corporation. He has served on the USBLN®'s Corporate Advisory Board since 2011 and was an invited speaker at the Maryland & Virginia Governor's forums on employing people with disabilities. Vetere attended York College of Pennsylvania where he pursued an accounting degree.

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Chair, Student Advisory Council - (SAC)

Jonathan Duvall is a PhD student in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2010 and a Master's in Rehabilitation Science and Technology in 2013 from the University of Pittsburgh. Jonathan's goal is to become a rehabilitation researcher at a university and to build a career that could lead to an appointment to the US Access Board or National Council on Disability.

Jonathan is a graduate student researcher at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories. His research has focused on developing assistive technologies for people with disabilities. His Master's thesis consisted of developing a roughness standard for pedestrian pathways to limit harmful vibrations to wheelchair users. He was a co-founder of Pathway Accessibility Solutions, a company that evaluates and tracks accessibility issues of pedestrian pathways.

Jonathan was a founding member of the Students for Disability Advocacy at the University of Pittsburgh and served as President from 2012-2015. This student group is a resource for students with disabilities to share their experiences and advice with other students and to assist the Disability Resource office with diversity training and advocacy.

In his free time, Jonathan enjoys watching sports and movies and traveling around the country. He currently lives in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.

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