Top 50 Diversity Professionals in Industry - 2017
This category recognises the achievements of individuals who have made the practice of diversity and inclusion their career and who currently work as a professional in the field of diversity.
Amir Kabel – Global Director of Diversity and WLI, Adidas Group (Europe)
Winner of the Diversity Head of the Year at the European Diversity Awards 2017 and the Corporate Rising Star Award at the British LGBT Awards 2015, Kabel is the Global Director responsible for Diversity & Work Life Integration at adidas Group. At his previous role at Vodafone Group, he won plaudits for his support of their pioneering global maternity policy, and has organised and hosted global conferences on homophobia, transphobia, and disability. Kabel has travelled the world with his message of inclusion and diversity, and is a mentor for the Terrence Higgins Trust.
Andy Woodfield – Lead Partner for International Aid Development Consultant, PwC (Global)
Andy Woodfield is the lead partner for the International Aid Development Consulting practice in the UK for multinational professional services firm, PwC. His business leverages the global network of PwC member firms and associated subject matter experts to improve the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable in the world. Andy started his career straight from school as an engineering design apprentice and joined PwC in 1998. He was rapidly promoted through the ranks and is also part of a team that is responsible for the development and delivery of leadership, culture, talent and diversity programmes within PwC and with its clients. In addition, he is the founding sponsoring partner for the firm’s inclusive business network, GLEE@PwC - an inclusive business network for gays, lesbians and everyone else. Andy is a regular TED speakers and also a trustee for Diversity Role Models, Action Breaks Silence and Opening Doors London.
Anita Krohn Traaseth – CEO, Innovation Norway (Norway)
Anita Krohn Traaseth is an author, diversity professional, and her government's official instrument for the development of Norwegian enterprises and industry. She's a public figure in the Norwegian media, with a strong interactive online presence promoting her diversity policies and a fresh, open approach to rethinking tired business models and mindsets.
Annika Freyer – CEO, Male Champions of Change Institute (Australia)
Annika Freyer is CEO of the Male Champions of Change Institute, an organisation that works with influential leaders to redefine men's roles in taking action on gender inequality, driving the adoption of positive actions across private sector and government. Under Annika's leadership, the institute is thriving, with more than 150 Male Chief Executive Officers, Chairs of Boards, Department and Community Leaders on board to take practical action on gender equality.
Anthony Watson – Founder and Chief Executive Officer of UpholdBank (Global)
In February 2017 Anthony stood down as President & CEO of Uphold, Inc (whilst remaining a member of its Board of Directors and equity holder in Uphold) to create and lead a next-generation, technology-led, london based, global payments bank as its Founder & Chief Executive Officer. The first openly gay chief information officer of a Fortune 100 company, Watson was also the first Briton to be appointed to the board of directors of GLAAD in the US. He is a Stonewall ambassador, a treasurer of the Albert Kennedy Trust and a patron of Diversity Role Models.
Beth Sehgal – Global Director, Diversity and Inclusion, A.T. Kearney (Global)
Sehgal is responsible for advancing the firm's extensive programmes. In 2010, she led the rollout of D & I training for all employees globally, and has carved out wins on flexible working, the advancement of women and diverse talent, and 'return to work' options for new parents. Under her energetic leadership, A.T. Kearney has repeatedly been recognised as one of Working Mother magazine's Top 100 Employers, as a Top Employer for Working Mums, and been on DiversityMBA's 50 'Out Front for Diversity Leadership' list.
Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie – Chief Executive, Diversity Works NZ, (New Zealand)
Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie has been in the Chief Executive seat since 2012 following roles in marketing and relationship management across both private and public sector and a time running her own business. In the past two years she has witnessed a sea change in attitudes towards, engagement with and ideas around, workplace diversity and inclusion and is committed to helping businesses across New Zealand to be better-by-diversity. Bev believes that to bring out the best in diverse individuals and teams we need to cultivate a workplace culture that values difference and makes the most of everyone’s talents; an approach that values the transmission of valuable knowledge and experience from one generation to another, from one culture to another, and from one team to another.
Brian Tippens – Chief Diversity Officer, Hewlett-Packard (Global)
Tippens has enthusiastically embraced the challenge to create a more inclusive and equal society for women, BAME, LGBT, disabled and veteran staff. His work promoting supplier diversity outside the U.S. has already resulted in successful diversity programmes in Europe, Canada, Australia, China, India and Central and South America.
Carol Rosati OBE – Founder, Inspire Women’s Network (Global)
Carol has championed women in senior leadership for nearly a decade since founding the women’s board network Inspire in 2008. What started as a ‘spare time’ project, the network has grown from 280 to over 6,000 women globally, with chapters in the UK, US, Asia, and Europe. An inspiring leader, coach and mentor to her peers and emerging female talent, Carol is responsible for promoting women to some of the most senior roles in business and changing the hearts and minds of boardrooms around the globe.
Chhaya Sinha – Director, Inclusion and Diversity, People Operations and Development LEGO, (Global)
Before moving to Danish toy manufacturer LEGO, Sinha has 16 years' experience working in consumer durables, IT, insurance and banking. In her former role as Standard Chartered Banks’ global lead on gender, nationality and culture, Sinha was recognised for her excellent leadership and interpersonal, coaching and people management capabilities. She successfully created several high-performance workplaces populated by leaders and managers sharing the vision for progressive inclusivity.
Chris Parke – Founder and CEO, Talking Talent Ltd (UK)
Chris is the founder and CEO of Talking Talent, a niche coaching consultancy specialising in gender diversity. He is committed to shifting the dialogue on tough gender and commercial targets by building more inclusive cultures where everyone is engaged and can reach their potential. He personally wants to support organisations to retain and develop their talented women. To date, Talking Talent has coached over 15,000 women and supported 4,000+managers. He has featured on coaching senior women in the FT, Sunday Times, Guardian, Lawyer Magazine, Women in Banking, Director, HRD and various BBC programmes. He is also change-maker for WorkingFamilies, volunteered for ChildLine, and he provides support to the UN.
Claire Harvey – Paralympian and CEO, Diversity Role Models (UK)
Claire Harvey MBE joined Diversity Role Models as their Chief Executive Officer in 2017. Also known as a GB Paralympian, Claire developed her expertise in diversity and inclusion through roles in the Criminal Justice System, Financial Services Authority and Youth Sport Trust. She started her career in the prison service. After eight years as a fast-tracked prison governor she joined the Ministry of Justice to lead policy on young adult offenders. Most recently, she led KPMG’s two-year progression from 156th to 10th in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index. In June 2017, Claire was awarded the MBE for services to Diversity, Inclusion and Sport.
Cindy Patman – Vice President HR, Orica (USA)
Voted one of the "Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas" by the National Diversity Council in 2014, Cindy Patman is a regular speaker at global diversity conferences. She is changing the mind-set of the energy industry and currently serves on the Diversity Advisory Boards for Louisiana State University and the University of Houston.
Daniel Winterfeldt – Partner, Reed Smith (Global)
Daniel is a partner in the firm’s Financial Industry Group. Currently based in Reed Smith’s London office, Daniel’s practice focuses on representing U.S., UK, European and Asian investment banks and corporate issuers in a wide range of securities transactions. Daniel is founder and co-chair of the The InterLaw Diversity Forum for LGBT Networks, an inter-organisational forum with more than 1,500 members and supporters from more than 70 law firms and 40 corporate and financial institutions. He successfully established diversity programs at his previous position at CMS, and has been involved in the Law Society's International Women's Day report and launch, the 30% Club's professional services project, and the ground-breaking InterLaw Diversity Career Progression Report, which strongly featured gender along with all strands of diversity.
Deirdre Golden – Principal, Mercer Global Diversity Forum (Global)
Through her work at Mercer, Golden has worked with global organisations to improve D&I strategies, practices and insights into global diversity trends and developments at over 150 organisations. She leads the firm’s D&I network providing employers a ‘safe space’ to work on their D&I issues. Her core belief is that employers have a special responsibility to make differences for their people. Golden co-founded the Global Diversity Forum in 2004; and was an early member of the UK Working Group for the EU for the 'Diversity Against Discrimination' campaign. Outside of work she is an active volunteer and a mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.
Emma Cusdin – People Director, AVIVA (UK)
Cusdin was a tireless representative for transgender people in her previous position at Thomson Reuters before taking on a new position at Aviva Investors and continuing her trans campaigning in the industry. She is also a founding member of her own charity, the Trans*formation network alongside her role as a facilitator of the National Trans Youth Conference, and also organises events aimed at the greater understanding of trans issues in the wider world. She is currently placed at Number 21 in the Telegraph Top 50 list of LGBT executives in the UK.
James Rottman – Global Head Pharma Diversity and Inclusion at Roche (Global)
As Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Rottman leads the strategy and implementation for Roche Pharmaceutical's global diversity and inclusion initiatives. Rather than follow traditional paths, Rottman’s use of contemporary and innovative practices has focused on the changing nature of work, starting with engaging top talent at all levels, developing diverse great leaders and delivering inclusive business results through innovation.
Jerome Hamilton – CEO, Open Therapeutics (Global)
As CEO of Open Therapeutics, Hamilton is currently leading the global expansion of the hybrid life science and information technology company. Having evolved his skills and insights in the automotive and engineering industry working for General Motors, Ford Motor Company and 3M Corporation, Hamilton now sits on several charity boards. Among his many innovations, he transformed businesses by building effective social networks. Hamilton is listed as one of the ‘Top 100 Most Influential African-Americans in Corporate America’ by Savoy Magazine.
Julie Thomas – Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing, Zurich Insurance
Company Ltd (Global)
An award-winning diversity and inclusion specialist, Thomas is Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing at Zurich Insurance Group. Driving the global D&I strategy, Thomas works on cultural transformation initiatives that include employee engagement, designing toolkits, governing policies and guides, and implementing communications and activity planning.
Kirti Lad – Executive Director, Meraki Executive Search and Consulting (Asia)
Lad has been responsible for placing some of the world's most senior women in their board roles and operates the Asia division of Harvey Nash's Inspire network. Promoting best practice and sharing experiences between senior executive-level women globally, she is able to influence many organisations about the importance of the diversity agenda. To ensure diversity is a top priority for boards across the region, Lad works closely with the 30% Club, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, and the Singapore Stock Exchange.
Kumar Mangalam Birla – Chairman, Aditya Birla Group (India)
In 1995, ages 28, Birla took command of the Aditya Birla Group. He has increased the turnover to $40bn, with operations in manufacturing, telecoms, financial services and fashion in over 40 countries. Taking on a number of CSR projects in field education, healthcare, sustainable livelihoods and infrastructure development programmes, he is a passionate believer in D&I in the workplace and the benefit to business this creates.
Lucile Kamar – European Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Lendlease (Europe)
Lucile started with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in May 2016 and has since contributed to the first ever state of the profession report “Building Inclusivity”, launched the RICS Diversity Hub with best practice and case studies, and empowered the UK regions to increase the level of awareness of diversity issues by developing a series of regional events. She is currently working towards strengthening the RICS Inclusive Employer Quality Mark – the industry diversity benchmark – as well as helping to roll it out globally. Her strong stance towards making the UK land, property, and building environment sector more diverse stems from statistics about the diversity in the workplace which affect Britain’s build rate substantially.
Mark Gossington – Partner, Financial Services, PwC (UK)
Gossington is a Partner in PwC’s Financial Services practice. He plays a key role as one of the leading sponsor Partners for GLEE@PwC, PwC UK’s LGBT+ inclusive business network. He featured in the 2015 Financial Times OUTstanding Leading LGBT Executives Top 100, 2016 Telegraph Out at Work Executives Top 50 and 2016 Guardian Pride Power List. He has been nominated for the European and National Diversity Awards and WearetheCity Rising Stars Champion in 2016. Gossington also advises Financial Services clients on diversity and inclusion issues. He is a founding Partner of PwC’s internal Diversity Mentoring Programme, sponsoring a gay graduate and a female high potential future leader on their career progression. He is a Member of PwC’s Global LGBT+ Board, and was instrumental in pushing for gender transition to be successfully covered by PwC’s private medical cover in 2016. He is also a Stonewall Ambassador, Purple Circle Sponsor of The Albert Kennedy Trust and an Equality Champion for All Out. He is also on the Membership Committee for OUTstanding and supported the UPstanding initiative and in in 2017, he was a British LGBT Awards judge.
Mark McLane – Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion, Barclays Bank (Global)
McLane's leadership is shaping socio-economic change for diverse communities through robust governance and targeted accountability. Gender objectives promote the benefits of balanced boardrooms and Barclays is now a Corporate Impact Champion, joining with the UN focus group to advance women's empowerment. Global sponsorships, from Pride in London to Pink Dot Asia, are also encouraging greater community/business engagement with the LGBT agenda.
Melissa Donald - General Manager, Group Human Resources, Programmed (Australia)
Melissa Donald is a diversity champion. During my time working alongside Melissa, she has designed, built and implemented and range of policies and practices for our business. She is a wealth of knowledge within the team and pays particular attention to areas of interest such as generational diversity, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, people with a disability, LGBTI+ inclusion and gender balance. Some of Melissaäó»s most commendable work includes working to implement better workplace flexibility practices, improving gender balance and senior female representation at executive and board level, designing and implement the organisationäó»s first domestic violence policy for those directly impacted needing immediate assistance as well as arranging and providing company-wide disability and LGBTI+ awareness training. This has resulted in the following achievements over the past 6 years: a 10% lift in women in leadership; recruitment of over 5000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; increased representation of women in trades, people with disability, cultural and generational diversity, to name a few. She leverages talent, commercial and customer drivers to create a safe and inclusive workplace where all of our people can reach their full potential. Melissa is a commendable and dedicated professional within her field and always looking to better improve diversity awareness.
Melissa Soh – Project Manager, Consumer Banking D and I, Standard Chartered Bank (EMEA)
Melissa is a diversity professional working with senior market leaders in engineering, mining, education, financial services and government. Among her many roles, she has been managing Project EmployAbility, an initiative to increase opportunities for talent with disabilities across eight Asian geographies. This programme was developed to challenge the bias about disability through partnerships with local universities and agencies.
Mitra Janes – Diversity and Inclusion Manager, DLA Piper (Global)
In 2014, Mitra Janes made a transition from the automotive to to take up a newly-established Diversity and Inclusion position in the legal industries, after leaving her equality role at Ford Motor Company, to a newly created position at DLA Piper. Here, she has implemented regional diversity and inclusion action plans for every region, introduced resource groups, ensured a progressive approach to agile working and the management of parental leave and has developed a diversity training curriculum focused on unconscious bias training. Her focus and specialism in Diversity and Inclusion stems from her passion for ensuring that everyone feels valued and included and has an opportunity to contribute.
Namrata Yadav – SVP, Head of Inclusion Strategy and Diversity and Inclusion Learning, Bank of America (Global)
Yadav is the head of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) and the Learning and Inclusion strategy at Bank of America. In this role, she is responsible for the enterprise strategy and initiatives focused on creating a work environment and culture where all employees have the opportunity to achieve their full potential and contribute to the bank’s success. Since she has been in role, she has created a progressive and holistic inclusion strategy to engage the bank’s 220,000 employee workforce with a special emphasis on its mid level leaders. Through this strategy the bank has been able to evolve the D&I dialogue to be able to move past just race and gender and talk about how everyone plays a role in creating a culture of inclusion and that they matter. The D&I learning programming has also evolved from being a standalone training to now been integrated into all Manager, Leader and Top Talent programmes.
Nina Pusek – Global Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, Ericsson (Global)
Nina joined Ericsson in December 2016 as a Global Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator. Since that she has project managed two key D&I initiatives as the Girls in ICT (including Ericsson Innovation Awards: Girls Who Innovate competition) and Global Diversity Awareness Month. She is now moving to a new role, where she will lead the three areas of University Relations, Employer Branding and Diversity & Inclusion in Europe and Latin America.
Nirmala Menon – Founder and CEO, Interweave Consulting (Global)
Menon has helped a large number of organisations define and execute their D&I strategy. Her clientele is spread across multiple industries and over 100 marquee organisations. Nationally recognised, she has been engaged with various industry bodies in India, and is a sought-after speaker and media commentator. She contributed to the international advisory group of UN Global Compact & the UNIFEM, to formulate the Women's Empowerment Principles.
Pamela Hutchinson – Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Bloomberg (EMEA)
With more than 20 years’ experience in managing diversity within the engineering and financial services sectors, Pamela has worked at firms including Deutsche Bank, Barclays, and Goldman Sachs. She is currently the Head of Diversity and Inclusion EMEA at Bloomberg LP. In 2014, Hutchinson was awarded a spot on Timewise’s Power Part Time List. That same year she was recognised by the Black British Business Awards as a Financial Services Leader Finalist.
Pamela Stewart – Vice President in the National Retail Sales , Coca-Cola Company (Global)
Pamela Stewart has spent 17 years across the Coca-Cola System and currently leads the National Retail Sales organization of the Coca-Cola North America Group. Pam serves on the Board of Directors of Camp Twin Lakes; Junior Achievement of Georgia; and GLAAD where she also is the national Co-Chair of the prominent LGBTQ media advocacy organisation. She also is an inaugural member and the current Chair of The Coca-Cola Company’s Multicultural Leadership Council and an alumna of Leadership Atlanta.
Pam is the recipient of the following honors: 2016 AGLCC Business Woman of the Year, 2016 ADCOLOR Advocate Award; 2016 P.U.R.E. Humanitarian Award; 2016 Progressive Grocer’s Top Women in Grocery of the Year; 2016 Atlanta Tribune’s Coca-Cola Game-Changer; 2016 Woman of Influence in the Food Industry by Griffin Report of Food Marketing; 2013 AGLCC’s Business Woman of the Year; 2013 Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 and the 2011 recipient of the YWCA Corporate Achiever of the Year.
Paul Polman – CEO, Unilever (Global)
Paul Polman believes in changing business culture for the benefit of all, forging progressive corporate policies that embody fair working practices and social responsibility. His foresight, energy and innovative strategies have positioned Unilever as a world-class employer that prioritises green issues and wellbeing for staff and customers, while still maximising commercial acumen.
Peter de Norville – Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion, Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (Global)
Peter de Norville leads the Global Diversity and Inclusion Division of enei - Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion, working with global organisations to define and deliver their global diversity and inclusion strategies. Prior to joining enei, Peter was a Management Consultant and worked with global business leaders to develop their executive leadership potential, and helped them to deliver their companies strategic talent agenda. Peter’s other roles have included the Head of International Talent, Resourcing, and Diversity at Legal & General, HR Business Partner for Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank, and a Bomb Disposal and High Risk Search Operator with the British Army. Peter has specialised in global diversity and inclusion projects for almost fifteen years but has worked with clients across all elements of strategic talent consulting.
Philip Bourchier O’Ferrall – Executive Vice President, Viacom (Global)
Philip O’Ferrall is Senior Vice President at Viacom International – the company that owns a number of media brands including MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, BET & in the UK, Channel 5. Philip is Executive Champion for Viacom Emerge, The LGBTI & Straight ally employee group for Viacom. Emerge’s mission is to empower the lives of LGBTI people within Viacom and beyond. Philip helps Emerge drive companywide initiatives including LGBT History Month and Global Diversity Week. Emerge worked with the UK MTV TV Channels to turn them to Pride for a day. Philip is an advisory board member and fundraising champion for MTV Staying Alive Foundation – the foundation focuses on HIV and AIDS prevention through media and entertainment.
Richard Chapman-Harris – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Mott MacDonald (UK)
Richard Chapman-Harris is bringing 10 years of diversity experience to the world of global engineering and construction. He has changed outmoded business culture, sweeping away entrenched biases with a programme of inclusivity. His previous clients include the British Transport Police, the Army, the Royal Navy, investment banks, and financial services.
Richard Rosenbaum – Executive Chairman, Greenberg Traurig LLP (Global)
As CEO, Rosenbaum has consistently stood for inclusion within and outside law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP and their 38 offices worldwide. His commitment to diversity is in both word and deed, whether sending a firm-wide email late at night or taking the time to attend conferences and events on diversity. He founded and developed the firm's renowned 'Commitment to Excellence' programme, and he makes it known that diversity makes good business and social sense.
Roland Kwemain – Chairman, Go Ahead Africa Ltd (Africa)
An outstanding leader, trainer, teacher and entrepreneur, Kwemain is recognised for creating programmes that empower youth, both economically and with vital ITC skills. He founded Go Ahead Africa, aimed at strengthening and developing the abilities and goals of the stakeholders and decision-makers who will carve out the social future of Africa. His motivational speaking has touched the lives of thousands of Africans in what has been described as an "impactful" career so far.
Ambassador Ruth Davis – 24th Director General, United States Foreign Service (USA)
US diplomat Ambassador Ruth Davis was the first woman of colour to be appointed as Director General of the Foreign Service, and the first African-American Director of the Foreign Service Institute. Born in the era of segregation, Davis has worked in Nairobi, Naples, Tokyo and Kenya and is recognised for her diligent work to increase diversity among international diplomatic corps.
S. Shariq Yosufzai – Vice President of Global Diversity, Chevron Corporation (Global)
S. Shariq Yosufzai has a 40-year career as a business leader. Under his stewardship, the company has won many awards for diversity initiatives and is recognised as one of the 'Best Places to Work' by Business Insider, Glassdoor, and CareerBliss. Sought after as a keynote speaker, Yosufzai promoted women's careers in chemical engineering, formalising Chevron's tracking of hiring, attrition and development.
Sarah Kate Ellis – President, GLAAD (Global)
Sarah Kate Ellis has been President and CEO of GLAAD since 2014. A powerful communicator, Ellis has used GLAAD’s position as the world’s leading media advocacy organization to demand fair and accurate coverage of the LGBTQ community. Ellis also commissioned GLAAD's annual Accelerating Acceptance report, providing a window into national sentiment towards the LGBTQ community. Under her leadership, GLAAD has traveled to many states in the U.S. South to meet with LGBTQ leaders and community members, as part of Southern Stories. Ellis also launch GLAAD's first international operation in London as a springboard to increase GLAAD's international work. Ellis was included on Variety’s 2016 New Power of New York List, a collection of 50 movers and shakers who are upending the entertainment business in Manhattan and beyond.
Shunee Yee – Founder and CEO, CSOFT (Global)
A 'Fortune Most Powerful Woman Entrepreneur', Shunee Yee built her company CSOFT from her apartment in Beijing to be a global entity with over 450 employees and 6,000 contractors. CSOFT champions a global integrated market. It equalises the business playing field by offering cultural expertise, document translation services, and local regulatory compliance to international businesses.
Stephanie Oueda Cruz – Lead Officer, Gender Advisory Services Team, Inter-American
Investment Corporation (Global)
Stephanie Oueda Cruz is the Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion of Coca-Cola European Partners. She is responsible for the creation, deployment and rollout of the diversity and inclusion policy in the subsidiaries of the Group. Born in Mexico with very little opportunity, she emigrated to Europe alone with a dream to make a difference. As Head of International Diversity at L’Oréal she designed and adapted the D&I efforts of the Group in all 65 subsidiaries outside France, creating the first global campaign on disability inclusion, which became an award-winning programme in gender, disability and social and ethnic origins. In 2016, Oueda Cruz joined Coca-Cola European Partners to develop their efforts on D&I. In a few short months, through policy, programmes and networks, she has already made a significant difference.
Terilyn Juarez Monroe – Chief People Officer and SVP HR at Varian Medical Systems (UK)
Monroe has built a systemic, culture-based approach to diversity, including a parental leave policy and special needs abilities network. At her previous position with Intuit, they hosted 200+ diversity events across its global sites and sponsored 50+ external partner events over the last year. Monroe has also served as an external diversity expert and spoken at Jesse Jackson's PUSHTECH2020 Summit.
Tim Jarman – Assistant Director, Diversity and Inclusion, EY (Global)
Tim is an agent of change in support of LGBT equality globally. At EY he leads the firm’s LGBT strategy in the UK and Ireland, and is a linchpin of EY’s global ‘network-of-networks’ – Unity. Tim sits on the global Advisory Board of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), the Steering Committee of National Student Pride and is a Trustee of the United Nations Association - UK. A Stonewall Leadership Programme alumnus, Tim has been invited to speak on LGBT workplace equality at numerous events across the UK, Ireland and in the USA.
Velma I Grover – Adjunct Associate Professor, McMaster University (Canada)
Born in Canada with an East Indian background, Grover has lived at the leading edge of multiculturalism in the academic world, which informed her of the problems faced by international students and instructors in a foreign environment. She developed the concept of "quizzes" to help her identify how students were learning new concepts in an entirely foreign language – and used her experiences to design inclusive lessons that work across nationality, ability and language.
Victor Nieves – Director EMEIA Capital Markets, EY (Global)
Victor currently works with companies throughout Europe looking to raise capital via initial public offerings in US markets or through debt offerings to US investors as part of EY’s EMEIA Capital Markets centre alongside helping large, multi-national companies currently publicly listed in the US to meet their accounting and regulatory reporting requirements. As a chair of the Unity LGBTA network (previously EYGLES), Victor has been extensively involved in EY’s diversity and inclusiveness efforts throughout the United Kingdom & Ireland since 2010, including consulting and providing input to a number of Global and Europe-wide EY initiatives. Victor was part of the team which helped lead EY’s efforts in being named Stonewall “Employer of the Year” in 2012. He was also previously involved in a number of EY initiatives surrounding gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation in the US.
Vincent Francois – Regional Head of Audit, Societe Generale (EMEA)
Vincent leads Societe Generale’s LGBT agenda. He is founder and Chair of the Societe Generale LGBT network, won Diversity Champion of the Year at the 2013 Out in the City & g3 Reader’s Awards and was ranked #46 in the Guardian’s World Pride Power List. A member of the company’s diversity committee, Francois has been instrumental in the company’s involvement in many LGBT+ events and charities.
Wilbert W. James, Jr. – President, Toyota Motor Manufacturing (USA)
Now president of the company, James has led diversity and inclusion efforts in plants across the U.S., Canada and Mexico and has been named one of the ‘Top 100 Most Influential African-Americans in Corporate America’ by Savoy magazine. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and is a board member of the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement.
Zeina Barr – Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Raise The Barr (USA)
Zeina Barr’s passion for diversity started while she was working in banking and saw the lack of inclusion in the corporate world. She is the Founder and CEO of Raise the Barr, a company connecting Diversity and Inclusion training with Artificial Intelligence, to provide a modern solution to an age-old problem and allow the people that are interacting with the trainings to also shape them. In this way, employees actually help to create a Diversity and Inclusion training that reflects what they are seeing in their daily working environment.