2018 Diversity Leaders

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Profiles in Diversity Journal® Announces its 10th Annual Diversity Leader Award Winners

Leading the Way to Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion


CLEVELAND, OH (November 14, 2017) - Profiles in Diversity Journal is pleased to announce the organizations selected to receive the publication's 10th Annual Diversity Leader Award. The companies and individuals whose efforts will be recognized in the upcoming issue (Winter, 2017–2018) view challenges and opportunities through the lens of diversity and inclusion, as a means to achieving business success.

Organizations selected as diversity leaders employ the expertise of their diversity team members to help them meet the evolving needs of today’s business environment. In these organizations, the work of the diversity officer is viewed not as a series of programs, but as a strategy for change.

Listed below are Profiles in Diversity Journal's 2018 Diversity Leader Award recipients (in alphabetical order by company, diversity leader, and corporate headquarters):

  • Aflac–Jo Anne Hill, Director of Diversity and Employee Engagement; Columbus, GA
  • American Airlines–Patrick O'Keeffe, Senior Vice President–People; Fort Worth, TX
  • Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo–Elizabeth Zamora-Mejia, Partner; Cerritos, CA
  • Dechert LLP–Vincent Cohen, Litigation Partner; Philadelphia, PA
  • Excellus BCBS–Joseph Searles, Director of Diversity; Rochester, NY
  • First Horizon National Corporation–Lynne Walker, Executive Vice President of Affinity Strategy (First Tennessee Bank)
  • Fish & Richardson–Kristine McKinney, Chief Professional Development Officer; National
  • GCG–Shandarese Garr, Senior Vice President of Communications; Lake Success, NY and Seattle, WA
  • HP Inc.–Lesley Slaton Brown, Chief Diversity Officer; Palo Alto, CA
  • Huntington Bank–Marlon Moore, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer; Columbus, OH
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine–James E. Page, Jr., Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer; Baltimore, MD
  • KPMG LLP–Sue Townsen, Chief Diversity Officer; New York, NY
  • Krungthai-AXA Life Insurance–David Korunic, Chief Executive Officer; Bangkok, Thailand
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance–Dawn Frazier-Bohnert, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer; Boston, MA
  • Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP–Greg Olaniran & Kevin Friedmann, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Co-Chairs; Los Angeles, CA
  • New American Funding–Patty Arvielo, President; Tustin, CA
  • New York Life Insurance Company–Andrew Vito, Corporate Vice President of Enterprise Technology; New York, NY
  • Robins Kaplan LLP–Kellie Lerner, Partner and Diversity Committee Co-Chair; Minneapolis, MN
  • Squire Patton Boggs–Frederick R. Nance, Alethia Nancoo, Traci Rollins, Margie Tannock, and Alison Treliving (UK), Partners and Diversity Committee Co-Chairs; Cleveland, OH
  • State Street Corporation–Paul Francisco, Managing Director and Chief Diversity Officer; Boston, MA
  • Sullivan & Cromwell LLP–Kathleen S. McArthur, Litigation Partner; New York, NY
  • SunTrust Banks, Inc.–Wendy McSweeney, Senior Vice President and Enterprise Inclusion Lead; Atlanta, GA
  • United States Olympic Committee–Jason Thompson, Director of Diversity and Inclusion; Colorado Springs, CO
  • WilsonHCG–Marisol Hughes, Executive Vice President of People Operations; Tampa, FL

About Profiles in Diversity Journal
Profiles in Diversity Journal, now in its 19th year, is a quarterly B2B magazine, focusing on diversity and inclusion in business, government, nonprofit, higher education, and military settings. The Journal focuses on senior leadership, best practices, workforce diversity and inclusion strategies, and individual contribution.

Since 1999, Profiles in Diversity Journal has recognized the individuals and teams within organizations who create, develop, and promote initiatives and programs that support diversity and inclusion.

James R. Rector, Publisher
Profiles in Diversity Journal
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