Board of Directors
Vice-President, Diversity & Inclusion,
Global Chief Diversity Office, Walgreens
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
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
Prior to assuming his role at Walgreens, Steve was Chief Diversity Officer
and Vice-President of Diversity and Inclusion at Monster.com, 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
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
PREETY KUMAR, 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.
ANN 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
(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.
DAVID 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
Casey has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Indiana
JENNY LAY-FLURRIE, Senior Director
Trusted Experience Team (TExT), Microsoft
Jenny Lay-Flurrie has a passion to see people of all abilities reach their
full potential. Jenny is Senior Director 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
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.
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
REGINA HEYWARD, Senior Vice President
Head of Supplier Diversity, Wells Fargo & Company
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 companys 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
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 Managements (ISM) Conference
Board and, from 2010 to 2013, was Chair of ISMs 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.
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 firms 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
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.
Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion
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 McKessons 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - (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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