Honoring Leadership Excellence at the 2021 National Diversity & Leadership Conference

SOURCE: National Diversity Council


HOUSTON, April 15, 2021 /3BL Media/ - DiversityFirstTM will be hosting the 17th Annual National Diversity and Leadership Conference on April 21-22 and April 28-29, 2021. The conference will be held virtually with this year’s theme being “Be a Changemaker”. The four-day conference will honor a number of diverse talent from different industries.

The Leadership Excellence Award distinguishes a select group of individuals from diverse fields who exhibit exceptional leadership qualities. The focus of the award is to give prominence to accomplishments of men and women who exceed the scope of what is expected in their organizations and communities. The award is open to upper level executives who hold considerable clout within their organizations. Recipients of this award must be nominated and undergo a rigorous selection process. To be considered for this award, individuals must meet the criteria in the following categories.

To see the full list of the 2021 awardees please visit; http://top50le.org/2021/

About The National Diversity & Leadership Conference

With thousands of attendees, the 2021 National Diversity & Leadership Conference remains one of the largest diversity conferences in the nation. Offering extraordinary networking opportunities, professional development, and critical conversations surrounding diversity and inclusion, attendees are able to curate their experience for optimal learning and growth. This year’s conference will take place virtually on April 21-22 and 28-29. More information about the Diversity & Leadership Conference is available at their website.

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2021 Awardees

Alissa Lieppman

Vice President, Planning & Culture, National Football League

Andre Persaud

Executive Vice President, Retail, RITE AID

Arianne D. Dowdell

Vice President Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Houston Methodist Hospital

Caroline Young

Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, LA Sparks

Claude Robinson

Executive Vice President of External Affairs and Diversity, ucan

Claudia Aguirre

President & CEO, Baker Ripley

Danit Marquardt

Vice President of Global Corporate Communications, Mattel, Inc.

Dawn Christian

CEO, Belong by Dawn Christian, LLC

Deborah Stamps

Executive Vice President Chief Nursing Education and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Rochester Regional Health

Dionne L. Mack

Chief Diversity Officer, iPEC Coaching

Donna McNeill

Chief Operating Officer, GreenPath Financial Wellness

Ervin Rodriguez

Vice President, Quality Systems, GSK

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Evan Ray

Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, HCA Gulf Coast Division

Fernando Claussen

Vice President & General Manager, Taco Bell Ibero-America (Latin America, Spain and the Caribbean)

G. Scott Fiddler

Partner, Jackson Walker LLP

Glorimar Medina

Executive Vice President, Ben Taub General Hospital, Harris Health System

Guillermo Cisneros Finck

Sr. Vice President – Corporate Audit Services, Fiserv

Heather L. Nelson

Senior Vice President and CIO, UChicago Medicine

Ivette Mayo


James Johnson II

Vice President, Chief Information Officer at Carpenter Technology

Jesse Walton Jr.

Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley

Johann Laville

Chief Learning Officer, Global Learning & Development, Merck & Co., Inc.

Jorge Lopez

Vice President of Sales, iHeart Media

Juan Alvarez

Deputy Laboratory Director for Management and Operations & Chief Operations Officer, Idaho National Laboratory

Judith Toland

Vice President, Head of Scaled Solutions, Global Business Marketing, Facebook

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Julia Fare

Senior Vice President of Alliances, BigID

Julianne Cenac

Executive Director, Organizational and Talent Development Human Resources, UTHealth

Kalon Z. Stephen

Regional Vice President, Commerce Cloud, Salesforce

Karla Perez-Larragoite

National Vice President of Business Development, Sysco

Keira Emerson

Vice President of Strategy and Business Intelligence, St. Louis Blues

Kelly Hermann

Vice President of Accessibility, Equity and Inclusion, The University of Phoenix

Kim Sharan

Founder & CEO, Kim M. Sharan, LLC

LaTanya Jones Love, MD

Executive Vice President for Student Affairs and Diversity, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Lisette Martinez

Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Jefferson Health and Thomas Jefferson University

Maria Martinez

Vice President, HR & Administration, Murphy Oil Corporation

Marsheila J. Hayes

Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Fox Corporation

Marty Belle

Partner, OrgShakers Ltd.

Mauricio Camargo

SVP Strategic Planning and Business Intelligence, HCA Gulf Coast Division

Paul Paradis

Executive Director and Co-Founder, Sezzle

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Rashida Willard

Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Clark College

Robert Rodriguez, PhD

President, DRR Advisors LLC

Sandeep Satish

Vice President, Strategy & Analytics, E15, Levy Restaurants

Santiago Hernández García

First Vice President. Financial Advisor and Portfolio Manager, Morgan Stanley

Shane Portfolio

Senior Vice President, Reliability Engineering, Comcast Cable

Sohail Azeem

CEO, Kindred Healthcare

Sunil Dravida

Managing Partner, Ideasoft

Theresa Schroeder

Vice President of Community & Citizenship, Turner Construction

Tim Wilkerson

Vice President of the Merchandising Execution Team, The Home Depot

Valoria Armstrong

Chief Inclusion Officer & Vice President, External Affairs, American Water

Willie French

Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc.

Yolanda Murphy

Vice President, Communications, Northrop Grumman


Alexus Christian
Communications Specialist

KEYWORDS: diverse and inclusive work environment, diversity, inclusion, equity, diversity and inclusion, National Diversity Council

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