Corporate Advisory Board (CAB)
The USBLN® Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) was
launched by the USBLN® Board of Directors on
January 1, 2009 to draw upon members for their expertise and wisdom to advance
the mission of the USBLN. The CAB is comprised of 30 USBLN member companies
that are appointed by the USBLN Chairperson in consultation with the Executive
Director and the Board of Directors. Each company is invited to name two
company representatives for the CAB.
The Corporate Advisory Board provides strategic direction to USBLN programs,
ensuring a focus on relevant and realistic activities and goals. The CAB
contributes an awareness of the business environment, including reports on
competitive activities, strategies, and directions to Board and staff. The
CAB also provides a forum for its members to discuss and define their collective
company needs in the areas of disability employment, disability marketing
and disability supplier diversity, along with identification of emerging
trends in these fields.
CAB appointments are for two years. In addition to periodic telephonic meetings,
the members meet in person at the USBLN Annual Meeting.
For additional information, please contact Maggie Roffee, Senior Corporate
Relations Manager, at
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.
Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Manpower Group
Regina Blair is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for ManpowerGroup
U.S. She partners with company leadership to ensure that ManpowerGroup attracts,
develops and retains the very best diverse talent, and implements diversity
best practices within the ManpowerGroup culture.
Since accepting her position in 2011, Regina has launched employee resource
groups within ManpowerGroup, introduced a diversity scorecard for senior
management, brought diversity training to people managers, and leveraged
industry best practices to improve internal and external compliance reporting
capability. In addition to overseeing a corporate diversity recruiting plan,
Regina leads the organizations' strategic partnerships with local and national
A native of Philadelphia, Regina holds a Bachelor's degree in Business
Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master's degree in
Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate
School and Public and International Affairs. Regina lives in New Jersey with
her husband and two sons. She serves on the Pohatcong Township Board of
Education, where she chairs the personnel and finance committees. She is
an active member of the Lehigh Valley Women's Executive Group, and offers
interview, resume, and personal development workshops for the Warren County
African American Chamber of Commerce.
Director, Diversity Communications, Comcast Corporation
Cecilia Isaacs-Blundin joined Comcast in 2012 as Director of Diversity
Communications, responsible for communications regarding the company's diversity
and inclusion initiatives spanning governance, workforce, procurement,
programming, and community investment. She works extensively with
Comcast-NBCUniversal's external Joint Diversity Advisory Council. Cecilia
also serves as Co-Lead of OUT@Comcast, an LGBT-focused Employee Resource
Group (ERG), and was previously Co-Lead of Comcast's Abilities Network, an
ERG focused on disability inclusion.
From 2006-2012, Cecilia practiced law as an associate with Ballard Spahr
LLP. She represented clients in a range of industries, focusing on commercial
litigation, regulatory compliance, export control, and data security.
Cecilia is a graduate of Penn State University's Schreyer Honors College,
where she earned a B.S. in Spanish (Business emphasis), B.A. in English,
and International Studies minor. She earned a J.D. from the George Washington
University Law School, and was Articles Editor of the George Washington
University International Law Review.
Cecilia serves on the Board of Directors of Philadelphia's SeniorLAW Center.
She has completed three marathons, is a published poet, and holds an FCC
amateur radio license.
CHRISTOPHER L. BROWN, CPA
Partner, KPMG, LLP
Chris Brown is an audit Partner in KPMG's US Banking and Finance practice
with over 18 years of experience serving clients ranging from start-ups to
Fortune 500 entities. Chris is currently based in Orange County California
and work with banks, mortgage companies, auto finance lenders, trading entities
and other commercial entities that require audit, advisory or other services.
Prior to his current role Chris spent two years in New York with KPMG's
Department of Professional Practice in KPMG's Practice Advisory / SEC Group
which has principal responsibility for responding to inquiries from engagement
teams on accounting and financial reporting matters, and on rules and regulations
of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Chris is the co-chair of KPMG's Abilities in Motion Committee, the group
charged with developing and supporting a network for KPMG's employees with
disabilities or caregivers of those with disabilities. Chris is a founding
member of the Emerging Tocqueville society for the Orange County United Way
and is actively involved with KidWorks, an organization supporting youth
in Santa Ana, California. Chris earned his Bachelor of Business Administration
with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Washington. Chris
is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and
California Society of CPAs.
JASON J. BRYN, J.D.
Workforce Disability Compliance and Inclusion Programs Manager, BAE Systems,
Jason Bryn has over 20 years EEO, ADA and disability program experience that
spans the federal contractor, private industry, county government, non-profit,
government enforcement agency and public university sectors.
In addition to leading BAE Systems disability compliance and inclusion
strategy and programs, Jason has served as outsource ADA compliance officer
to hundreds of small and mid-size companies, ADA attorney in private practice
and county government, ADA grievance mediator for a state enforcement agency,
EEO consultant, EEO investigator and workforce inclusion program director
for the largest U.S. employment program for people with blindness and low
Jason leads BAE Systems Abilities Beyond Limits and Expectations (ABLE)
Network Employee Resource Group.
L. JAY BURKS, PhD
Manager of Supplier Diversity, Comcast Corporation
L. Jay Burks, PhD, is the Manager of Supplier Diversity at the Comcast
Corporation where he is responsible for implementing policies and procedures
to increase opportunities for diverse owned businesses in procurement. Prior
to joining Comcast, he served as Executive Director of the State of Delaware's
Office of Supplier Diversity.
Dr. Burks has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses for nearly ten
years as an adjunct professor at Lincoln University. He especially enjoys
sharing with his students his professional work experience that also includes
responsibility for sales and marketing at some of the nation's most recognizable
corporate brands. Dr. Burks has held board positions, authored grant proposals,
and presented at several conferences on multiple entrepreneurial topics,
but his passion remains in higher education.
Dr. Burks received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Morehouse
College, a Master of Business Administration from the WP Carey School of
Business at Arizona State University, and a PhD from the University of Maryland,
The title of his PhD dissertation was Examining the Relationships Between
Entrepreneurial Orientation, Procedural Justice, and Entrepreneurial Leadership
with the Reward and Performance Expectancies of Minority and Women-Owned
Businesses in Government Contracting.
Global Program Lead, Diversity & Inclusion, Hewlett-Packard
Jesse Cortez is a Global Program Lead in Hewlett-Packard's Global Diversity
and Inclusion office reporting to the Chief Diversity Officer. In his role,
amongst other responsibilities, he is charged with providing global leadership
and governance for programs focused on Persons with Disabilities.
Throughout his career, Jesse has focused on talent and diversity, fostering
an inclusive environment for our people to succeed. He has extensive experience
in leadership talent acquisition, large scale diversity initiatives and working
with non-profit organizations over the past 13 years.
He currently sits on the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) Advisory Board
and frequently participates and contributes to a number of other partner
Originally from Chicago, Jesse holds a Bachelor of Business Administration
in Strategic Management and an MBA with a focus in Strategy, both from the
University of North Texas. Jesse lives in the Dallas area with his wife,
son and daughter.
Vice President, Human Resources, Anthem
Jenn Crenshaw is vice president of Human Resources at Anthem, Inc. In this
role, Ms. Crenshaw oversees strategic human capital planning, employee relations,
compensation and benefits administration, and leadership development for
associates supporting all of Anthem's Commercial and Specialty Business Division,
as well as the Government Business Division.
Ms. Crenshaw has extensive human resources management experience in the health
care, information technology and hospitality industries. Among previous
leadership positions, she served as vice president of Human Resources, North
America, for the Burger King Corporation and as Chief Human Resources Officer
at New Signature, a Washington, D.C.-based technology solutions integrator.
Ms. Crenshaw earned certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources
through the Society of Human Resources Management. She is a graduate of the
Center for Leadership program at Florida International University, earned
her Master of Science degree in Human Resource Development from Villanova
University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management
from Messiah College.
JOYCE E. ERICKSEN
Associate Director, Contracts and Supplier Diversity, Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Joyce E. Eriksen Eggers, Associate Director, Contracts and Supplier Diversity
for Takeda Pharmaceuticals International is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
She has over 25 years' experience as a Contracts Manager for various industries,
including 11 years in procurement at Takeda.
Her current responsibilities include leading Takeda's Strategic Sourcing
Contracts Group in Cambridge, MA and the Supplier Diversity program for Takeda
in the US. Joyce works closely with the Takeda's Strategic Sourcing Groups
to develop and maintain partnerships with Diverse Suppliers who meet their
requirements for excellence and innovation, and are competitive in their
Joyce represents Takeda as a board member of Diversity Alliance for Science,
GNEMSDC, and most recently joined as member of CAB of USBLN. She is also
a member of the NMSDC Healthcare Industry Group, and 2012-2014 Co-Chair of
the ISM Supplier Diversity Pharmaceutical Forum.
DAN ELLERMAN, MBA, SPHR
Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Northrop Grumman Corporation
As the Director for Diversity and Inclusion with Northrop Grumman Corporation,
Dan's focus is developing and executing programs that support the company's
D&I strategy. Northrop Grumman's strategy is focused on attracting diverse
talent, as well as, increasing workplace inclusion and employee engagement.
This includes aligning D&I with the business; supporting the company's
14 ERG's; designing the company's D&I education strategy; and providing
guidance to HR and business organizations on issues related to diversity
Dan is a certified Senior Human Resource Professional (SPHR) by the HRCI
and holds a Master's of Business Administration degree from the University
of Maryland University College. Dan has more than 12 years of HR experience
and has held various roles in HR, including Learning and Development, Employee
and Labor Relations, EEO/AA Compliance, Talent Acquisition, and Diversity
Abilities Strategy Leader, Ernst & Young
Lori Golden is Ernst & Young's Abilities Strategy leader, driving efforts
to build an enabling, inclusive environment for people of all abilities.
She advises the firm's over 1,000 member AccessAbilities professional resource
network and its Abilities Champions leaders network. Lori leads initiatives
to enhance ergonomics and accessibility in Ernst & Young offices,
communications, meetings, trainings and technology, educate EY people on
abilities-related issues and create new diverse abilities recruiting strategies
and employment models. She also consults on accommodations and career development
issues for EY people working with differing abilities.
Lori serves on the US Department of Labor's Circle of Champions, the NYC
Mayor's Office People with Disabilities Business Development Council, the
NYC Mental Health Alliance, served on the Board of Directors of the US Business
Leadership Network (USBLN), serves on the USBLN Corporate Advisory Board,
and is Vice Chair of the Board of TransCen.
She's been with Ernst & Young 17 years and is a graduate of Harvard
Global Business Talent Acquisition Leader - Cloud and HP Labs,
Jeff Gray is the Global Business Talent Acquisition Leader for the Cloud,
Labs and Software businesses for Hewlett-Packard.
With nearly 20 years of talent acquisition, he's held leadership positions
with companies such as Cisco Systems, St. Jude Medical and HP. Academically,
he holds two MS degrees - Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Human
Jeff is also visually impaired and is highly passionate with respect to
disability and diversity hiring.
Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Capital One Financial Corporation
Stephanie Miller Halish currently serves as Director, Diversity and Inclusion
for Capital One, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in McLean, Virginia.
One of the nation's top 10 largest banks based on deposits, Capital One Bank
serves banking customers through branch locations in New York, New Jersey,
Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
In this role, Ms. Halish leads all Diversity and Inclusion reputational and
regulatory efforts for Capital One to support a long standing commitment
to diversity and inclusion and ensure the company's employment practices
and programs foster a diverse workforce and culture of inclusion. A key
accomplishment in this role was launching Capital One's CapAbilities (Individuals
with Disabilities) and Military Associate Networks, which provide support
in the form of programs, resources and tools that enable Capital One's associates
to achieve their full potential in an environment that values the differences
we all bring to the workplace.
Since joining Capital One in 1993, Ms. Halish served in various roles for
the company in areas including Human Resources, Risk Management and Employment
Ms. Halish is a graduate from Roger Williams College with a Bachelor's Degree
in Political Science. She also holds a Master's Degree in Human Resource
Development from George Washington University.
An active member of the community, Ms. Halish has served as an Executive
Committee Officer on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Business Leadership
Network. In January 2014, Ms. Halish accepted the Co-Chair position for the
Richmond Industry Liaison Group. She also sits on the CEO Council of The
National Organization on Disability. Ms. Halish also participated in and
supported national and state initiatives around disability and diversity
inclusion practices including the National Governors Association 2013 Chair's
Initiative "A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities'" and
Virginia's Executive Order 55 Summit.
Senior Oncology Sales Specialist, Novartis
Adrian Hawkins began his twenty four year career at Novartis as a Marketing
Systems intern. Today he is a Senior Oncology Sales Specialist after
transitioning through several Novartis sales divisions. He has demonstrated
ongoing leadership in driving Diversity and Inclusion initiatives at Novartis
and in the community earning multiple CEO Diversity & Inclusion awards.
Mr. Hawkins is Co-Chair of the Novartis' disability ERG, CapABLE, and Chair
of Novartis' Oncology Field Diversity Council. He also is a Board Member
of the NJ Metro Chapter MS Society and the LIONS Club of Summit, New Jersey,
as well as President of the NJ/NY Chapter of the National Sales Network.
Adrian Hawkins has the execution expertise and passion to be involved within
the greater community and strives to "make a difference." He is originally
a native of Newark, NJ, currently resides in Berkeley Heights, NJ, and holds
a B.S. degree in Information Technology from Kean University.
CEO & Founder, inQUEST Consulting LLC
Scott Hoesman is CEO & Founder of inQUEST, a forward-thinking collective
of Diversity & Inclusion thought leaders developing strategic and pragmatic
initiatives for a transforming marketplace. The company's work is based on
the belief that in order to be competitive in today's global economy,
organizations must capitalize on their people to drive innovation and business
CEO Scott Hoesman is an accomplished and sought-after speaker, executive
facilitator, author and senior organizational strategist. He is most known
for his ability to implement full-scale, long-term people strategies across
a wide spectrum of industries and geographies. His approach is based on three
strategic pillars that he believes are critical components for sustained
success: include, engage and innovate.
Scott's personal D&I subject matter expertise centers around workplace
inclusion for people with disabilities, LGBT employees and those of all
generations. inQUEST is a certified minority business as a certified LGBTBE
through the NGLCC.
Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion Practice Management, Microsoft
Tisa is a visionary leader with purposeful passion who believes being a diversity
and inclusion leader is a privileged obligation. She's a respected strategist,
disruptive thought leader, speaker, community builder, and business leader.
Tisa has received several personal accolades and for her employers including
DiversityInc's Top 10 Regional Companies for Diversity, Global Organization
for Leadership & Diversity's Bridge Builder Award, and Emerson College
2014 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Throughout her 20 year career she has been a key architect in the creation
and transformation of Diversity & Inclusion strategies & functions,
provided global strategic direction & consultation for the Americas,
Asia, the Oceania, and/or Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) regions,
managed human capital departments (e.g., Recruitment and Organization
Development), developed & implemented community development & branding
programs, built internal & external consortiums, conceived & executed
employee engagement initiatives, and deployed training & development
Her work has been performed for diverse companies ranging from Global 100
and Fortune 35 to start-ups and non-profits in the software, gaming, internet,
semiconductor, financial services, telecommunications, and management consulting
industries including Deloitte, What's Up Doc?, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, Advanced
Micro Devices (AMD), Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, and the Y.W.C.A. of
the West End.
Tisa's work has been featured the Wall Street Journal and HR Magazine, and
others. Her columns have been published in Diversity Journal, addressing
topics such as cultural competency, market intelligence, creating a training
plan, and the future of Diversity & Inclusion.
Her volunteer leader positions include the Global Organization for Leadership
& Diversity, Millennium Momentum Foundation, California State University
at Los Angeles Professional & Global Education Advisory Board, STEAM
Coders, and Department o Rehabilitation Diversity Employment Source.
Tisa holds a BS in Management and Organizational Behavior and Political
Communications from Emerson College in Boston, MA.
MARJORIE (MARJI) R. MCMILLAN,
People Manager, ADA and Career Transitions Resources Program, Southwest
Marji joined Southwest Airlines in March, 1989. She worked with the Customer
Support & Services Department for 19 years in several different roles
before moving into the People Department.
She currently manages the ADA and Career Transitions Resources Team. The
Team works with applicants, candidates, and Employees to provide reasonable
The Team also works with Employees who are transitioning their careers, by
helping them prepare for their next step.
They are dedicated to building awareness for inclusion strategies to enhance
the workplace experience and the Culture of Southwest Airlines.
KATY JO MEYER
Senior Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Microsoft
Katy Jo Meyer is a Senior Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Microsoft.
As a part of the Global Diversity & Inclusion team, she partners with
Business and HR Leaders across the company to attract, retain, and develop
diverse talent for Microsoft.
Meyer has been with Microsoft for fourteen years. Prior to working in Global
Diversity & Inclusion, she spent seven years building and launching
Microsoft's integrated worldwide platform for managing and developing people.
Katy Jo spent her first five years at Microsoft within the Staffing organization,
where she developed a Disability Toolkit designed to provide recruiters with
guidance around recruiting candidates with disabilities.
North America Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Dow
Greg works at Dows corporate headquarters in Midland, MI and has been
in his current role since April 2015. Greg started his career in Public Affairs
as a PA Specialist for Dows Feedstocks and Energy Division in 2012
after graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and interning
in Public Affairs during the summer of 2011. Greg later served as the Public
Affairs Manager for all six Dow sites in Louisiana. During his time at Dow,
he co-founded Dows Project SEARCH program which provides meaningful
employment skills for transitioning students with developmental disabilities.
He also represents Dow on the US Business Leadership Network (USBLNs)
Corporate Advisory Board.
At RIT Greg served as the first re-elected deaf Student Government president
(campus population 18,000 students). Greg currently serves as Board
of Directors for the Disability Network of Mid-Michigan (Board Vice-President),
the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTIDs) National Visiting
Committee (NVC) and is Vice President of the NTID Alumni Association Board
Greg was appointed by Governor Snyder to Michigans Barrier Free
Design Board. He has been featured on Lt. Governor Calleys
Hidden Talents Tour, ABCs What Would You Do?
on the employment of deaf & hard of hearing people and is a frequent
keynote speaker, including events such as the commencement address at the
Michigan Career Training Institute (MCTI), Bay City High School and Disability
Mentoring Day in the Great Lakes Bay region.
Lead Systems Analyst, Business Intelligence, Information Technology
Chair, Starbucks Access Alliance
Starbucks Coffee Company
Cori Pudelko is Lead Systems Analyst, Business Intelligence, Information
Technology for the Starbucks Coffee Company. Cori also chairs Starbucks Access
Alliance. Cori's Starbucks career journey began in October of 1999 in support
of their partners (employees) and customers around the world.
On July 27th 2012, Cori had a brainstem stroke and embarked on a mission
to reinvent herself while living with a condition known as Wallenberg's Syndrome
(aka Lateral Medullary Syndrome).
In February 2015, she joined the Starbucks Access Alliance leadership team
to share her experiences and to look for ways to support the Starbucks partner
community through partner engagement and inclusion. This opportunity provides
a unique platform to serve others, increase awareness of the broad spectrum
of disabilities, and, most importantly, to constantly expand accessibility.
ANNETTE F. ROSTA
Associate Director, Recruiting Diversity & Compliance, Experienced Hire
Recruiting, KPMG LLP
Annette has been with KPMG for over seventeen years during which she has
supported the recruiting team in various aspects. Initially executed full
life-cycle recruiting across the practices, Annette currently develops and
executes innovative diversity strategies and processes to drive top quality
talent pools. She also develops and implements recruiting compliance policies,
procedures and internal controls to ensure all recruiting activities are
conducted in full compliance with applicable laws, OFCCP and EEOC regulations
and firm's policies. As a member of DirectEmployers Association, Annette
is a Board of Directors member since 2008. Annette is also an alumni member
of the National Labor Exchange Steering Operations Committee (NLX) and co-leader
of the Recruiting Regulatory Compliance Committee. Based in northern New
Jersey, Annette is a member of Abilities in Motion, KPMG's disability ERG,
holds her PHR, received her bachelors degree in Human Resources Management
from Kings College and is the proud parent of three children.
Military & Disability Affairs, McKesson Corporation
Greg Rutherford is the Military & Disability Affairs Strategist for McKesson
Corporation and is responsible for developing and implementing the strategy
for both the Military & Disability groups within a Fortune 11 Company
with over $170 billion in annual revenues.
Prior to his current role, Greg spent time with Health Mart, McKesson's
independent pharmacy franchise, in a variety of roles including: Director
of Data & Analytics (2014), Director of Franchise Administration (2011-2013),
and Franchise Manager (2009-2011). Greg joined McKesson in 2008 (-2009) as
a Six Sigma Black Belt within the Distribution Operations segment of US
Prior to joining McKesson, Greg spent 4 years at Orion International Consulting
working to provide employment assistance and coaching for veterans seeking
employment upon completion of their military service.
Greg is a former Armor Captain in the US Army and received a BA from Binghamton
University. He lives in Connecticut with his wife Meghan, and his three children,
Kellen (5), Liam (3) and Finley (1).
Talent Acquisition Manager, Human Resources, Boehringer Ingelheim USA
Danielle Scesa serves as the recruiting specialist for the Research, Development
and Medicine (Clinical Development/Medical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Global
Pharmacovigilance, Biometrics and Data Management, Quality Management and
Clinical Operations) areas for all operating units in the US at Boehringer
Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals. She ensures adherence to Talent Acquisition identified
recruiting processes and oversight of relationships with our third-party
recruiting partners (inclusive of RPO). Danielle designs, delivers and oversees
the customized recruitment strategy and business plans, competitive and needs
analysis and participate in talent review and workforce planning discussions
with the Human Resources business contact and/or the business. Danielle is
also an active member of 2 Business Resource Groups at BI, CABS (Combining
Abilities for Business Success) and WLI (Womens Leadership Initiative).
Prior to joining BI, Danielle spent 4 years as a recruiter in the RPO
(Recruitment Process Outsourcing) industry directly supporting BI. Leading
up to this experience Danielle brings a wealth of agency recruitment experience.
She provided support for R&D, marketing roles within the
pharmaceutical/biotech industry and also general administrative and finance
Danielle is also very active in community service. She and her husband created
the East Coast Chapter of Wiggle Your Toes
which provides resources, education and funds to the amputee community in
the Northeast. Our mission is to empower those who have lost a limb to move
forward, take action and get back to the life they want.
Manager Inclusion & Diversity, GSK
Rick has worked in the field of Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) for 15-years.
He is responsible for driving alignment of GSK's Employee Resource Groups
(ERGs) with business strategies, expanding I&D communications, providing
oversight for the Outreach strategy, and facilitating benchmarking and research
Prior to joining GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), he was with Campbell Soup Company,
Shell Oil, and provided consulting services to BP, and Lockheed-Martin. He
began his career in I&D in 1998 with Shell Oil Company.
Rick authored "Finding The Energy - Coming Out In Corporate America", which
captures key learnings and observations leading up to his decision to come
out in the workplace in 1994 and the journey that followed.
Rick has degrees from Idaho State University (ISU) and Eastern Kentucky
University (EKU). He is a member of the Dean's Advisory Board for the College
of Arts & Letters at ISU. In addition to the US Business Leadership Network
(USBLN) Corporate Advisory Board, Rick is also a member of the Disability
Equality Index Advisory Committee - a joint venture between USBLN and the
American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).
Senior Manager - Corporate Affairs, Constituent Relations, Walmart Stores
Russell Shaffer is Senior Manager - Corporate Affairs, Constituent Relations
for Walmart Stores Inc. and has responsibility for the company's national
stakeholder engagement for the people with disabilities and aging communities.
He joined Walmart in 2006 and has held a variety of roles managing global
internal communications and benefits communications.
His career as a professional communicator spans nearly 15 years and includes
roles in advertising, corporate communications, marketing, print journalism
and public relations. Russell has held positions at May Department Stores,
The Timken Company and The Ohio Optometric Association.
He previously served as Chair for Walmart's Advocates for Disability Awareness
and Education (ADAE) resource group and has been a board member of Sources
for Community Independent Living in Fayetteville, Ark. since 2012. Russell
is a graduate of Malone University in Canton, Ohio, and holds a bachelor
of arts degree in business administration and communication arts. He resides
in Bentonville, Arkansas, with his wife, Jessica, and their children, Sophia
Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement, Boehringer Ingelheim
Betsy Silva serves as the Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement
for Boehringer Ingelheim. She is responsible for providing strategic leadership
for the overall vision and execution of the company's US diversity and inclusion
strategy, for managing external relationships and partnerships and for
strategically aligning business resource groups with associated business
units to ensure value and support from the business.
Betsy has more than 20 years of senior-level operations, human resources
and global diversity leadership experience. Most recently, Betsy served as
Senior Director of Diversity for Sodexo with responsibility for learning,
employee business resource groups, client consulting in North America and
for the Diversity and Inclusion strategy in Central, South and Latin America.
She led the development and implementation of a multi-year strategy that
contributed to Sodexo being ranked as the #1 and #2 Best Company for Diversity
by Diversity, Inc. for the past four consecutive years.
Betsy has also served as the Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President for
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. As the company's first Chief Diversity
Officer, Betsy successfully led a business growth study focused on multicultural
marketing and implemented a process to operationalize a company-wide cultural
Her prior experience includes leadership roles with American Express, Freddie
Mac and Sara Lee Hanes Branded Apparel Group. Betsy is a former Board Member
of the Winston-Salem, North Carolina Urban League and a commissioner for
the Winston-Salem, North Carolina Human Relations Commission. She has served
as Chair of the Hispanic League of the Piedmont Triad and is a co-founder
of the Hispanic League.
Betsy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master's degree in Business
Administration from Inter-American University in Puerto Rico. She earned
a Leadership Coaching certification from Georgetown University, is a 2005
National Hispana Leadership Fellow and completed a leadership program at
the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy
School of Government.
Vice President, Senior Recruiting Manager - Specialty Recruiting, Talent
Management & Human Resources Division, PNC
Amanda joined PNC in June 2010, as an Assistant Vice President for PNC Campus
Recruiting team. Amanda was responsible for managing the campus recruiting
efforts for PNC's Corporate Services businesses, in addition to managing
PNC's Campus Diversity Recruiting strategy.
In August 2011, Amanda was asked to lead PNC's enterprise Diversity &
Inclusion Recruiting Strategies as PNCs' D&I Recruiting Manager.
In September 2013, in her addition to her responsibilities as the Diversity
& Inclusion Recruiting Manager, Amanda was asked to lead PNC's Campus
Recruiting Team for PNC's Development and Summer Internship Programs.
In September 2014, she asked to lead PNC's Specialty Recruiting. She is now
responsible for managing of all functions which provide recruiting support
across the enterprise. These functions include: Corporate Diversity Recruiting,
Executive Recruiting, Performance Enablement, Contingent Labor, Recruiting
Marketing, Sourcing and Internal Placement Recruiting teams.
Prior to joining PNC, she was an Assistance Vice President of Citi's Investment
Banking Graduate Recruitment Team. Amanda began her career at Mentor4/Aerotek.
Amanda obtained her bachelors degree from Elon University, NC in Business
Administration. Amanda currently resides in Hoboken, NJ and actively works
in New York, NY for PNC.
Supplier Diversity Manager, Global Procurement Services, Capital One Financial
Kimberlee Sours currently serves as Supplier Diversity Manager for Capital
One, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in McLean, Virginia. One of the
nation's top 10 largest banks based on deposits, Capital One Bank serves
banking customers through approximately 900 bank locations in New York, New
Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
In this role, Ms. Sours assists in leading all Supplier Diversity efforts
for Capital One. In addition, she is the Liaison for the Asian, Disability,
Latino and LGBT Business Community and manages the Supplier Diversity Tier
Since joining Capital One in 1998, Ms. Sours has served in various roles
for the company, in areas including HR, Finance and Accounting, IT, and the
TPM Card Risk Office. Prior to joining Capital One, Ms. Sours served as a
sales rep for WorldCom along with holding a Management role in the Limited
Ms. Sours is a graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University. She also holds
a real-estate license in the State of Virginia.
An active member of the community, Ms. Sours has served as a member on both
the National Gay and Lesbian Corporate and Procurement Councils, along with
being a committee member on their Certification Committee, Development and
Engagement Committee and volunteering for site visits. In October 2012 Ms.
Sours accepted the Vice Chair position for the National Gay and Lesbian's
Corporate Council. She has also participated on the conference board for
both Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council and the US Pan American
Asian Corporate Council as well as Certification Committee for the US Business
Leaders Network. She is also an active volunteer with the Central Virginia
Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity and Junior Achievement.
Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager, Booz Allen Hamilton
Emily Sylling is a Lead Associate on Booz Allen's Diversity & Inclusion
Team where she manages the LGBT and disability work streams. In this position,
Emily collaborates with LGBT and disability diversity leadership teams and
ERGs to recruit, develop, engage and enable LGBT+ staff and individuals with
disabilities. Emily manages and leverages Booz Allen's LGBT and disability
external partnerships, and collaborates with colleagues across the firm to
design and implement high-visibility events and programs. Her secondary roles
include advising seven additional ERGs, 35+ local employee engagement programs,
and market teams on their D&I activities.
Prior to joining the D&I team, Emily was a member of Booz Allen's internal
talent management team for 2.5 years, working to fill open positions and
identifying new opportunities for available staff. Emily previously spent
10 years supporting Booz Allen's clients. Emily's background includes project
management, talent management, business process reengineering, change management,
strategic communications and strategic planning.
Emily holds a BA from the University of Richmond and lives in the Seattle
area with her spouse, daughter and two Golden Retrievers.
Vice-President, Global Diversity Manager, JPMorgan Chase
Elizabeth Daly-Torres is Vice-President, Global Diversity Manager for JPMorgan
Chase. In this role, she consults with various lines of business and key
stakeholders across JPMorgan Chase globally on diversity strategy, processes
and practices in alignment with business objectives.
Beth also partners with external organizations and internal stakeholders
on marketplace recognition for the firm's workplace and workforce diversity
efforts and accomplishments. Beth started her JPMorgan Chase career with
Hambrecht & Quist in San Francisco, CA in 2000 in a Learning, Development
and Diversity role and re-joined the firm in 2005 in New York.
Before joining the Global Diversity team in 2011, she worked in the Asset
Management Technology & Operations Risk group. She is certified in video
production and film editing and received her Bachelor's degree in Political
Science from Wheaton College and earned a Master's in Comparative Political
Science with a focus on Public Policy and Social Movements from the University
Global Disability & Inclusion Program Manager, IBM
Yves Veulliet started his career in IBM in 1992 and in his current position
as Program Manager & Workforce Diversity Leader - Europe Major Markets,
his responsibilities include global disability and inclusion, identifying
existing inhibitors to a successful work experience, and leading diversity
for BeNeLux (Belgium / The Netherlands /Luxembourg).
One of the key programs he manages is the "Academic Partnership" which
facilitates the professional integration of university students with disabilities
in scientific and IT curricula. Yves is also a published author whose book,
"Les Roues de l'Infortune," explains, through his own experience, what it
means to become disabled after an accident, the psychological consequences
and the impact on the social and professional life. He also explains how
to make other people, including employers, disability confident.
Vice President HR Compliance & Enterprise Risk Management, Kaiser
Yvonne Webb joined Kaiser Permanente in 2003 and has served in numerous roles
at Kaiser Permanente which include the Controller for Procurement & Supply,
the Assistant Controller of Internal Controls and Financial Policies, and
the Director of Financial Governance and Fraud Control for the California
Division. In these roles, her primary focus is strengthening the internal
control environment and minimizing organizational risk from fraud, waste,
Before joining Kaiser Permanente, Yvonne served as an external consultant
to Kaiser Permanente, Agilent Technologies, Hewlett Packard, and California
State Auto Association. Additionally, Yvonne held various roles in Finance
including Controller/Director for the Northern California Shared Services
Operations of the nationally-recognized employee placement firm, Manpower;
CFO/Controller for various organizations - Relocation Services, Consolidated
Publications, JC Paper, and Seaboard Paper Company; Finance Manager for the
high-tech firm Silicon Graphics; Finance Manager with Mead Corporation in
Dayton, Ohio; and auditor and tax associate with Deloitte.
Yvonne received her BS in Accounting from Bowling Green University, an MBA
with a concentration in tax from the University of Michigan, and earned her
CPA in the State of Ohio. She is also a member of American Institute of Certified
Public Accountants (AICPA) and National Association of Black Accountants
In 2012 Yvonne was awarded the Role Model Mentor Award by Kaiser Permanente
Women in Technology.
Yvonne served on the Board of Directors for the Center for Domestic Violence
Prevention in San Mateo from 1995 through 2002 (Board Chair in 2001) and
as County Commissioner for the Commission of the Status of Women for San
Mateo County from 1993 to 1997 (Commission President in 1997).
RICHARD BRIAN WEITZMAN, M.D.
Medical Director, Drug Safety & Epidemiology, Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Dr. Richard Weitzman is a Medical Director in Novartis' Drug Safety and
Epidemiology group working primarily on products in the neuroscience therapeutic
area. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, and practiced both as a
community and hospital based physician prior to joining the pharmaceutical
industry in 2001.
Dr. Weitzman offers the unique perspectives of being a physician with a
disability, and is committed to education, opportunity, and equality in the
workplace. He has served as the co-chair of the Novartis ERG for people with
Dr. Weitzman obtained a BA in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania
and MD from the New York University School of Medicine. He completed residency
training at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital and is Board
Certified in Internal Medicine. He is an author on published research in
hypertension and kidney disease.
Director, Equal Opportunity Programs, Lockheed Martin
Marina Williams, Director, Lockheed Martin Equal Opportunity Programs, is
responsible for the Corporation's EOP and Affirmative Action Programs mission
and strategy, as well as interpreting, developing and implementing EOP and
affirmative action initiatives. Marina joined Lockheed Martin as Director,
Diversity Programs and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) leading the diversity
and inclusion program as well EEO efforts across the Lockheed Martin IS&GS
business area. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Marina served as the Vice
President and Chief Diversity Officer for Lear Corporation. In this role,
Marina was responsible for implementing and executing the company's diversity
She spent three years as an instructor with Cornell University Diversity
Management Studies Program where she developed and delivered courses on diversity
management. Marina has a Master of Business Administration from Michigan
State University and a Bachelor of Arts from Hampton University. In addition,
she is a Six Sigma Black Belt and has held certification as an advanced
practitioner in diversity management through Cornell University.
Talent Acquisition Specialist, Dow
Tim Williamson has been specialized in talent acquisition for over twelve
years and has been in a national talent sourcing role with Dow for 2.5 years.
He started his recruiting career in agency staffing before becoming a specialized
certified diversity recruiting and sourcing expert.
With over 10 years of experience recruiting in a manufacturing setting, he
also acts as the Diversity & Inclusion Co-Lead for Workforce Planning.
In addition, he also acts as the strategic leader for Dow's NA disability
hiring efforts and is heavily involved with many diversity-based affiliations
Tim currently lives and works virtually in Toledo, OH with his wife, Andrea.
They keep very busy with their four children ages 14, 12, 5, and 2 and two
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