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

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

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

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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 diversity organizations.

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.

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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.

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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.

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L. Jay Burks, PhDL. 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, Eastern Shore.

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.

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Global Program Lead, Diversity and 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 organizations.

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.

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National Diversity and Inclusion, Program Director, Kaiser Permanente

In her role as National Diversity and Inclusion, Program Director for Kaiser Permanente, Yvette Crespo is responsible for the strategic leadership and the pipeline development of a diverse and talented workforce. With more than 25 years of human resources experience, she has a successful record of supporting senior leadership in change management and process design and improvement. Prior to her current role, Yvette served as Director of Northern California Recruitment Operations with responsibilities for leading change management efforts, implementing new systems, and leading a team that served 19 hospitals and 300 medical offices across the region including regions outside of Northern California.

Yvette has implemented and supported several internship programs that benefit the community and prepare young adults for today's workforce. This includes Project SEARCH, a one-year internship program for students with disabilities. The program currently is implemented in four California hospitals and a call center. Interns are individually placed in worksite rotations and integrated into the workplace. The work rotations focus on teaching essential marketable skills for the healthcare field. The Project SEARCH team partners with a Kaiser Permanente business liaison and provides insight and support for the interns and Project SEARCH team. Since its inception in 2008, the program has helped 200 interns become more employable by gaining competitive work skills.

Yvette's passion for diversity is reflected in her work with National Diversity's Disability Resource Group, for which she develops strategic and tactical approaches to advance the organization's National Diversity and Inclusion Strategy Plan. In addition to managing Kaiser Permanente's national strategic partnerships and sponsorships related to workforce diversity, Yvette served on the implementation team of the Latino Business Strategy (LBS) and is currently partnering with National HR Compliance and Enterprise Risk Management in the development of a Veterans and Disability strategy. The workforce strategy focuses on increasing the representation and skills of the Veterans and Disability workforce and enhancing the cultural competency of Kaiser Permanente. She is also a board member of the Mosaic Project and the Silicon Valley Business Leadership Network.

Yvette has a certification in Human Resources Management from UC Davis, UCLA Latino Institute and will be obtaining her MBA in 2015.

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Associate Director, Contracts and Supplier Diversity, Takeda Pharmaceuticals International

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 offerings.

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.

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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 and Inclusion

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 and Inclusion.

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Senior Director, Disability Policy Engagement, Anthem Inc.

Merrill Friedman leads the Disability Policy Engagement and advocacy efforts for Anthem. She works closely with consumers, advocates and stakeholders to ensure the diverse needs and preferences of people with disabilities and aging adults are addressed in Medicaid and Medicaid/Medicare managed care programs.

Ms. Friedman oversees the integration of the independent living philosophy, principles of self-determination and the National Advisory Board's six foundational principles throughout the programs, interactions and practices.

Currently, Ms. Friedman serves on the board of directors for the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), TASH, Family Voices, the Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA) and also serves on the Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary's Blueprint for Livable Communities Citizen Advisory Group.

Ms. Friedman has held a number of leadership positions in the child and adolescent services field, including foster care, behavioral health, intellectual and developmental disabilities and juvenile justice, and has extensive experience in program development, new business growth, and operations management of home and community-based services and facilities.

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Global Business Talent Acquisition Leader - Cloud and HP Labs, Hewlett-Packard

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 Resource Management.

Jeff is also visually impaired and is highly passionate with respect to disability and diversity hiring.

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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 Law.

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.

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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.

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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 performance.

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.

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Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, McKesson

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 leader of Diversity and Inclusion, Janice establishes the strategic direction for diversity initiatives at McKesson. She ensures diversity and inclusion is integrated into McKesson's business, talent and culture strategies. Since joining McKesson in 2010, McKesson 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 business unit diversity, university and diversity recruiting, global employee volunteerism/giving programs and corporate responsibility report at Dell.

Before transitioning into human resources, Janice enjoyed a successful career in finance and accounting at Dell, IBM and Ernst & Young.

Janice holds both a Masters of Business Administration in Finance/Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.

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People Manager, ADA and Career Transitions Resources Program, Southwest Airlines

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 accommodations.

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.

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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.

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Annette F. RostaANNETTE 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.

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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 opportunities.

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).

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Senior Manager - Corporate Affairs, Constituent Relations, Walmart Stores Inc.

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 and Brady.

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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 competence strategy.

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.

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Vice President, Senior Recruiting Manager - Specialty Recruiting, PNC's Talent Management & Human Resources Division

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.

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Supplier Diversity Manager, Global Procurement Services, Capital One Financial Corporation

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 II Program.

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 Corporation.

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.

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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.

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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 of Kentucky.

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Program Manager & Workforce Diversity Leader - Europe Major Markets, 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.

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Alicia M. WallaceALICIA M. WALLACE
EEO Compliance Director, Diversity & Inclusion Department, Anthem Inc.

Serves as EEO Compliance Director on the Corporate HR Diversity & Inclusion Team at Anthem Inc. (formerly WellPoint), one of the nation's largest health benefit companies. Alicia manages enterprise wide oversight of EEO and Affirmative Action regulatory compliance. In this role she also supports Diversity strategies and initiatives focused on individuals with disabilities and Veterans. Alicia was the inaugural Co-Chair of WellPoint's Veterans associate resource group (VOA) and supported the development of their first disability focused resource group (ABLE) and African-American Resource group (APEX).

Prior to joining WellPoint Alicia served 21 years in various government positions including, Senior Compliance Officer with the Department of Labor, OFCCP and Contracting Officer/Purchasing Manager with the Department of Defense. Alicia is a veteran of the United States Army where she served on active duty as a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Staff Sergeant and well as both athlete and first female selected coach on the United States All-Army Track & Field Team.

Alicia holds a MBA from Anderson University, Indiana and a Bachelors of Science Degree from Troy State University, Alabama. Alicia is past Chair of the Indiana Industry Liaison Group (ILG) and 2013 Co-Chair of the ILG National Conference, held in Indianapolis. She is a board member of the Equal Employment Advisory Council (EEAC), serves on the Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) of the USBLN, the steering committee of the Indiana Business Leadership Network (BLN), as well as board member of Connect 2 Help (211) a local non-profit organization which provides referral services connecting people in need with a variety of social services.

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Vice President HR Compliance & Enterprise Risk Management, Kaiser Permanente

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, and abuse.

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 (NABA).

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).

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Medical Director, Drug Safety & Epidemiology, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

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 disabilities.

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.

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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 strategy.

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.

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Adrian C. Bing-ZarembaADRIAN C. BING-ZAREMBA
Director of Consumer Insights and Market Intelligence
Boehringer Ingelheim Consumer Health Care (BI CHC)

Adrian C. Bing-Zaremba is the Director of Consumer Insights and Market Intelligence for Boehringer Ingelheim Consumer Health Care (BI CHC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc., based in Ridgefield, Connecticut. BI CHC focuses on the sale and marketing of over-the-counter remedies such as the stomach remedies, Zantac and Dulcolax.

Adrian has over twenty years of experience with major corporations such as Boehringer Ingelheim, Johnson & Johnson, and Campbell Soup Company where the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility is a focus as vital as sales and profit. Adrian is the BI Chairperson for CABS (Combining Abilities for Business Success) a Business Resource Group focused on individuals, family, and friends of those with disabilities. The shared goal of CABS is to make BI a top employer for persons with disabilities.

Adrian earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the George Washington University, and has a Master in Marketing Research from the University of Georgia. Adrian lives in New Fairfield, Connecticut, with his wife Debbie and two daughters. Throughout his career, Adrian has been an active sponsor of Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), and the National Alzheimer's Association. His inspiration is to help shape a Corporate America where his children will never feel the need to hide a disability for fear of impacting their employability.

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