Board of Directors
KEITH P. WIEDENKELLER
Chief People Officer, AMC Theatres, (AMC) (Retired)
Chair, US Business Leadership Network
Keith P. Wiedenkeller is the recently retired Chief People Officer for AMC
Theatres. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of human resources,
including recruitment, diversity, training, organizational development,
compensation & benefits, recognition, community relations, change management,
cultural communication, and employee & labor relations.
Wiedenkeller started in "the movie business" as an usher in 1975. He began
his career with AMC as a manager in 1985, working his way up through various
operations, training and human resources roles before being named to his
HR leadership role in 2002.
During his tenure at AMC, Wiedenkeller has been instrumental in developing
and implementing numerous ground-breaking initiatives, including AMC's FOCUS
outreach program for employing youth with disabilities. His efforts have
earned the company recognition from many sources, including "Best Employer"
from the Missouri Governor's Council on Disability and the US Business Leadership
Network, a consistent 100% rating from the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate
Equality Index, as well as "Best Place to Work" awards from Ingram's Magazine
and the Kansas City Business Journal.
Wiedenkeller earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of
Missouri-Kansas City and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources
(SPHR). He currently serves as past-president and founding member of the
Business Leadership Network of Greater Kansas City and chairs the Board of
Directors of the US Business Leadership Network. His insights on human resources
have been regularly featured in Film Journal International magazine. He is
also a top-ranked speaker, presenting on HR topics at numerous local, state
and national seminars and conferences, most recently at IBM's annual world
conference in Orlando, Florida.
Wiedenkeller recently made the transition from the corporate to non-profit
world by taking on the role of President & CEO of the Humane Society
of Greater Kansas City, the area's oldest and most comprehensive animal welfare
non-profit group. He currently resides in the Kansas City area with his wife
of 30 years, and "way too many" dogs.
CEO, Deque Systems, Inc. (Deque)
Vice Chair, US Business Leadership Network
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
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.
VP Human Resources, New Chapter (Procter & Gamble)
Secretary/Treasurer, US Business Leadership Network
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.
APOORVA N. GANDHI
Vice President, Multicultural Affairs, Marriott International, Inc.
As Vice President for Multi-Cultural Markets and Alliances 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 20 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
Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, OfficeMax
Carolynn Brooks currently serves as Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer
for OfficeMax. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic direction
of all initiatives designed to create a diverse workforce and promote inclusive
practices to achieve the company's strategic business imperatives. Ms. Brooks
has responsibility for Workforce Diversity, Supplier Diversity, EEO/AAP and
Community Affairs. She is the chairperson for the OfficeMax Diversity Council
and President of the OfficeMax Charitable Foundation.
Ms. Brooks joined OfficeMax in 2001 in human resources. In 2006, Ms. Brooks
was promoted to Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer to create a culture
of inclusion and serve as a champion for change efforts related to a diverse
work environment that promotes diverse perspectives and solutions to help
our customers and associates do their best work. Under her leadership, the
OfficeMax Diversity Council oversees the strategic plans, metrics and
accountability that embeds diversity and inclusion related initiatives at
all levels within the organization.
Ms. Brooks also led in the creation and launch of OfficeMax Associate Resource
Groups to help OfficeMax promote broader associate understanding, appreciation
of diverse experiences and perspectives, and identify solutions to workplace
barriers. She also oversees OfficeMax's community outreach to ensure that
the company expands into the communities where we do business through our
associate volunteer program and community outreach efforts.
In 2011, Ms. Brooks was recognized by Black Enterprise as a top executive
in Diversity. She was also profiled in the Diversity Business Journal as
an Executive Woman Worth Watching and was awarded the AWBC Magazine Award
for her service in the community. In 2010, Ms. Brooks received National Diversity
Council's award as one of Illinois' Most Powerful and Influential Women.
In 2009, Ms. Brooks was awarded the Diversity Officer Leadership Award by
Diversity Best Practices in Washington, D.C., for her innovative solutions
and outstanding contributions to workplace diversity and inclusion.
Ms. Brooks attended Howard University and is a Board member for The Kids
in Need Foundation and the National Hispanic Corporate Council (NHCC). She
is a former board member of Chicago Metropolitan YWCA, Du Page County Workforce
Board and Exceed Financial Credit Union.
Chief Diversity Officer and Divisional Vice-President, Walgreens
Steve Pemberton is a Child Advocate, Motivational Speaker & Author of
A Chance In The World (Thomas Nelson, 2012). He currently serves as the Chief
Diversity Officer and Divisional Vice-President for Walgreens, living a very
different life than the one initially envisioned for him. He has become
recognized as one of the nation's leaders on matters of diversity and inclusion
and its importance to the growth of the American industrial complex. In 2006,
Fortune named Steve Pemberton one of the Top 20 Chief Diversity Officers
in corporate America. In 2007, Steve was called to Capitol Hill to provide
expert testimony on best practices in diversity recruiting and in 2008 he
was named by Savoy as one of The Top 100 most influential African-Americans
in corporate America.
A ward of the state for much of his childhood, Steve has made opportunity,
access and equality pillars of his personal and professional life. He is
recognized as one of America's most inspiring executives. His unconventional
journey to corporate America has had a profound influence on the lives of
others, inspiring young people and teaching professionals and care givers
what is possible when you overcome tragedy and become more than your
circumstance. A Chance In The World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and
How He Found a Place Called Home (Thomas Nelson), is Steve's riveting
autobiography that chronicles his difficult path through foster care and
determined search for his family. It is an inspirational story that crosses
generations and cultures, but specifically speaks to those who have had the
odds stacked against them. His relentless journey to overcome, find his
biological family, and right the wrongs of his parents' past, is a model
for all children to follow. His powerful story has been featured by People
Magazine, The Boston Banner, The Boston Herald, Crain's Chicago Business,
Chronicle News Magazine, and multiple news networks across the country.
Steve currently serves on several boards including The Home for Little Wanderers
and UCAN to provide guidance and inspiration to children in need. The Pemberton
Fund For The Future has been established in his name at The Home For Little
Wanderers to assist children aging out of the foster care system.
Steve is a graduate of Boston College. He is married and has three children.
Corporate Director, Socio-Economic Business Programs/Government Relations,
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Gloria Pualani is the Corporate Director, Socio-Economic Business
Programs/Government Relations for Northrop Grumman Corporation. In this position,
she is responsible for the direction and management of all Socio-Economic
Business Program issues 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. This includes a strong
advocacy for increasing business development opportunities for veteran and
service-disabled veteran owned small business firms. Ms. Pualani developed
and implemented the Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority
Institutions (HBCU/MI) program for Northrop Grumman Corporation, and has
successfully incorporated the HBCU/MI program as a part of the Small Business
Innovative Research (SBIR) program. Ms. Pualani represents the corporation
at various small business outreach events, federal procurement conferences
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.
Senior Director, Trusted Experience Team (TExT), Microsoft
Jenny Lay-Flurrie is Senior Director of Trusted Experience Team (TExT), leading
a team focused on three important areas of Accessibility, Online Safety and
Privacy. Company wide mission to drive customer experience for customers
with disabilities, creating initiatives such as the Disability Answer Desk
which provides support to customers with disabilities. Also Chair of the
'DisAbility' group at Microsoft, an employee resource group (affinity) focused
on 'enabling people to be successful regardless of ability or disability'.
Previously, Jenny spent 2 years building the new division in Microsoft focused
on the Customer Experience for Accessibility and 5 years leading the Advertising
Support and Services (AdSS) organization responsible for service and support
of Microsoft Search Online Advertising Products (Bing / AdCenter). Originally
hired by Microsoft in London where she led the EMEA consumer support team
for Customer Service and Support (CSS).
Jenny was born in Birmingham, UK and spent much of childhood playing music,
going onto gain a degree in Music/Clarinet. Spent post college years in
technology service and support sector, working for companies including The
Mirror Group, Energis (now Cable and Wireless) and T-Mobile. She lives in
Mercer Island, WA with her 6 year old daughter, partner Tom and cat 'Marmite'.
Corporate Center Diversity Affairs Director, Nordstrom, Inc.
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.
Director, Human Resources, Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Kevin Foster has worked for Motorola for over 15 years and currently manages
the Global HR Quality and the Digital Six Sigma function. Prior to this,
Kevin held various leadership roles in Organization Development, Global Inclusion
and Diversity, and EEO/AA Compliance.
Kevin is also the founder and co-leader of the Motorola Business Council
for People with Disabilities and has been active on several boards and committees
including USBLN®, American Foundation for the Blind, Career opportunities
for Students with Disabilities, and the Foundation for Blind Children. Kevin
graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of
Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Industrial Organizational Psychology.
Abilities Strategy Leader, Americas People Team, Ernst & Young, LLP
Lori Golden is Ernst & Young's Abilities Strategy Leader, driving efforts
to build an enabling and inclusive work environment for people of all abilities.
She consults on work adjustments (aka accommodations) and career development
issues for EY people working with differing abilities, and advises the firm's
AccessAbilities professional resource network, which includes several hundred
people from across the organization's geographies, ranks and functional groups,
the Abilities Champions network of leaders who advocate for abilities
inclusiveness within their respective geographies and functional groups,
and the firm's veteran's network. Lori leads initiatives to enhance ergonomics
and accessibility in Ernst & Young offices, communications, meetings,
training and technology and to educate Ernst & Young people on
She is a member of the US Department of Labor's Circle of Champions, and
TransCen, a non-profit helping young people with disabilities transition
from school to competitive employment. She's been with Ernst & Young
15 years and is a graduate of Harvard University.
SUSAN PALMER MAZRUI
Director, Global Public Policy, AT&T Services Inc.
Susan Palmer Mazrui began work at Pacific Bell in 1994 where she gained
experience in marketing, external and regulatory affairs. In 1998, she moved
to the wireless field where she developed strategies for addressing Hearing
Aid Compatibility and other state and federal compliance-related activities.
Ms Mazrui also assisted in the development of Section 255 and 508 product
development strategies in SBC and Cingular Wireless. From 1996-2007, she
facilitated the Wireless Access Task Force, composed of national consumer
advocates and currently works on a range of disability and consumer related
initiatives at AT&T. Over the last fifteen years, Ms. Mazrui presented
at numerous conferences including Telecommunications for the Deaf, Inc. and
the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators and wrote articles
in consumer publications including Critical Issues in Aging and
Ms. Mazrui received her Masters Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies
in Education with an emphasis on computer education at San Francisco State
University, magna cum laude. Prior to work in telecommunications, Ms. Mazrui
taught graduate and undergraduate courses in computing and assistive technology
at San Francisco State University and Special Education in San Jose, California.
Ms. Mazrui served on two terms of the Federal Communications Commissions
Consumer Advisory Committee, as well as terms on the national advisory committees
of the Telecommunications Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center and
the Information Technology Technical Assistance and Training Center (ITTATC)
and as an alternate on the Access Boards Telecommunications Access
Advisory Committee (TAAC) and the Telecommunications and Electronic and
Information Technology Access Committee (TEITAC). She currently serves on
the Program Committee for the American Foundation for the Blind, the Business
Advisory Committee for the National Spinal Cord Injury Association and the
Board of Directors of the World Institute on Disability. Ms. Mazrui was the
2002 Summit on Leading Diversity Corporate Fellow and inducted into the Spinal
Cord Injury Hall of Fame in 2008.
CHRISTINE MORANDA, LSW, CDMS
Manager, Disability Services, OhioHealth
Ex Officio Affiliates Representative, US Business Leadership Network
Board of Directors
Chris Moranda is the manager of disability services for OhioHealth, one of
the largest employers and healthcare systems in central Ohio. Her team supports
associates needing leave of absence and return to work services. Chris remains
committed to developing vocational programs and services to assist OhioHealth
associates with disabilities as well as create pathways for employment for
people with disabilities from the community, through numerous internship
opportunities. Through her efforts, OhioHealth has received numerous disability
employment awards and recognition including being a Certified Disability
In her 10th year with OhioHealth, Chris has over 25 years of experience in
the field of vocational rehabilitation including: 11 years as Director of
Case Management with Parman Group - a private case management consulting
firm; field case manager, vocational evaluator and work adjustment specialist
for Vision and Vocational Services.
Chris is honored to serve as President of the Ohio Business Leadership Network
and as the 2014 Affiliate Board Representative to the USBLN. She also serves
on the Certified Disability Management Commission as past chair.
A graduate from Western College, Oxford, Ohio, she later received a Masters
of Arts from Goucher College, Towson, MD in Dance/Movement Therapy. Chris
is a Licensed Social Worker, and Certified Disability Management Specialist.
ROBERT (BOB) J. VETERE
Senior Workplace Accommodation Specialist, Global Corporate Responsibility,
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.
Chair, Student Advisory Council
Ex Officio Member, US Business Leadership Network Board of Directors
Matthew Shapiro is a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond,
Virginia. He is creating his own degree through the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary
Studies program. He is integrating Sociology, Public Policy, and Special
Education classes to create an Advocacy for Social Justice Degree. Upon
graduating in December, 2013 he will also have earned another major in Sociology
and a minor in Psychology. He hopes to use this background to become a disability
advocate in the future.
Matthew has interned twice in the Washington DC area. In the summer of 2011
he worked at the Disability Resource Center in the United States Department
of Transportation. During the fall of 2012 he took a semester off from school
to intern at the White House Office of Public Engagement working with both
the Disability and the Critical Engagement Programs directors. During the
summer of 2012 he worked at the Partnership for People with Disabilities
setting up outreach programs for the disabled in the Richmond area.
Annually Matthew attends numerous youth related events where he mentors middle
school and high school students to become more self-determined. He sits on
the national boards for the Division on Career Development and Transition
which is part of the Council for Exceptional Children. Additionally, he is
on the board of the Virginia Business Leadership Network. He has recently
joined the advisory board for the National Secondary Transition Technical
Assistance Center. At VCU he started and annually oversees Disability History
and Awareness Week where speakers and outside vendors are brought to the
school to educate the students about disability.
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