PDJ Announces Black Leaders Worth Watching for 2020

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PDJ Announces Black Leaders Worth Watching™ Award Winners for 2020

Recognizing the Achievements of Black Leaders at Work, in the Marketplace, and in Communities across the Globe

CLEVELAND, OH, October 1, 2020 Profiles in Diversity Journal® is pleased to announce the 54 winners of the magazine’s inaugural Black Leaders Worth Watching Awards. These outstanding leaders demonstrate their talents and skills, their dedication to excellence in all they do, their willingness to mentor and support the next generation, and their commitment to the larger community.

“We are proud and pleased to honor these outstanding leaders and recognize the organizations that support their success,” says James Rector, Profiles in Diversity Journal publisher. “With this year’s Award, we introduce our first class of Black Leaders Worth Watching. We look forward to featuring many more remarkable black leaders in the pages of our magazine over the coming years.”

Each Black Leader Worth Watching Award recipient’s abilities, commitment, and achievements will be showcased in Profiles in Diversity Journal’s fall 2020 issue. And each Award recipient will share his or her experiences, opinions, and words of advice with our readers, many of whom may become tomorrow’s Black Leaders Worth Watching.

The organizations that nominate candidates for this Award demonstrate C-suite support of people of color in leadership, and the inclusion of the Award winners in the magazine enhances the reputations of those organizations that employ, support, and empower these high achievers. The 2020 Black Leaders Worth Watching edition of Profiles in Diversity Journal will be available online, at, in late November.

Below are the names and job titles of this year’s award recipients, along with the names of the organizations who nominated them for this honor.

The 2020 Black Leaders Worth Watching Award Recipients

Company / Organization  Award Recipient Title 
Aetna Better Health (a CVS company) Mark W. Faulkner  Vice President of Medicaid Operations
Advanced Micro Devices Kim Steele  Senior Manager, Global Planning & Strategy
Advanced Micro Devices Olatunde Gbolahan  Manager, Finance Process & Systems
Charter School Business Management–FOREsight Stephan B. Reid II  Chief Growth Officer
Corteva Agriscience Craig Reed  Chief Procurement Officer & Head of Corporate Real Estate
Crescent School David Grant  Dean of Studies
Dechert LLP Vincent H. Cohen Jr.  Partner
Dickinson Wright PLLC Aaron Burrell  Member, Co-chair of Diversity & Inclusion Committee 
Dickinson Wright PLLC Lloyd Pierre-Louis  Member
Fannie Mae Danielle McCoy  Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Fair Lending Officer
Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc. Ayana Champagne  Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
Fiserv, Inc. Leslie Pearce  Senior Vice President, Inside Sales
Fish & Richardson P.C. Ahmed J. Davis  Principal
FordHarrison LLP Destiny S. Washington  Counsel
Fullscreen, a WarnerMedia Carron Brown  Senior Vice President, Group Director Client Service
Gibbons P.C. Robert L. Johnson  Chief Diversity Officer & Director– Corporate Department
Greenberg Traurig, LLP Karen M. Kennard   Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig, LLP A. Michael Pratt  Shareholder
HARMAN Sidney Johnson  Vice President, Procurement & Automotive Sourcing
GABA Candice S. Blacknall  CEO & Cofounder
Ivy Planning Group Janet & Gary Smith  Cofounders
JND Legal Administration Charles Lawson  Senior Vice President, Government Services
Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP Jonathan K. Waldrop  Partner
Kindred Healthcare Deidra L. Byrd  Senior Vice President & Chief Employment Counsel
Latham & Watkins, LLP Kevin Andrew Chambers  Partner, Co-Chair of Litigation & Trial Department in Washington, DC office, and Global Chair of the firm’s Diversity Leadership Committee
Latham & Watkins, LLP Laura R. Washington  Partner, Litigation & Trial Department, and Entertainment Sports & Media Practice
Liberty Mutual Insurance Bob Thomas  Senior Vice President & Regional Executive, Northeast Region
Lincoln Financial Group Allison Green Johnson  Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, Head of Culture & Engagement
Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP Jonathan C. Hughley  Partner
Mayer Brown LLP Marcus Christian   Partner
Mayer Brown LLP Oral Pottinger  Partner
MetLife Legal Plans Ingrid Tolentino  Chief Executive Officer
Moss Adams  Terry Pierce  Regional Campus Recruiting Senior Manager
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP Michael A. Brown   Partner
New American Funding Anthony Holt  Sales Manager
New American Funding Dwayne Graham  Branch Manager
New York Life Eric Jackson  Corporate Vice President
OneAmerica Karen Sarratt  Executive Vice President
OPTrust Audrey Forbes  Senior Vice President, Member Experience 
Orange County Community Foundation Tammy Tumbling  Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
S&P Global Caliph Mathis  Vice President & Chief Security Officer
S&P Global Cheryl Baxter  Global Head of Compliance for S&P Dow Jones Indices
S&P Global Mona-Lisa Chandler  Administrative Professional
S&P Global Richard Rodney  Senior Director, Head of Content Systems Development
Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP  H. Vincent McKnight Jr.  Managing Partner, Washington, DC office 
Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP Saba Bireda  Partner
Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. Eldora L. Ellison, PhD  Director
The Proctor & Gamble Company Dara M. Kendall  Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Global Fabric & Home Care
The University of Chicago Medicine Brian Williams, MD  Associate Professor of Surgery
Ulmer & Berne LLP Inajo Davis Chappell  Partner; Group Leader, Nonprofit Practice; Chair, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee 
Vortex Companies Candace L. Strother  Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Walmart U.S. Neighborhood Markets Kelvin Buncum  Executive Vice President
WilmerHale Danielle Conley  Partner; Co-chair, Anti-Discrimination Practice

About Profiles in Diversity Journal
Profiles in Diversity Journal is a quarterly publication dedicated to promoting and advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity in the corporate, government, nonprofit, STEM, and higher education sectors. Since 1999, Diversity Journal has helped stimulate organizational change by profiling the visionary leadership, innovative programs, and individual commitments that make it happen.

James R. Rector, Publisher
Profiles in Diversity Journal
Phone: 440.892.0444
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