The 2022 Diversity Leader Awards
The 14th Annual Diversity Leader AwardsPDJ Celebrates the Creativity and Commitment of this Year’s Diversity Leader Award Recipients Every year, since PDJ began celebrating organizations and individual Diversity Leaders who are committed to taking diversity to the next level, we have been impressed and encouraged by their commitment, their... Read more
Rebecca Shields – Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), York Region & South Simcoe
Rebecca Shields CEO Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), York Region & South Simcoe Headquarters: Newmarket, Ontario, Canada Industry: Community Mental Health & Addictions CEO: Rebecca Shields Website: Her Credentials: Bachelor of Science, University of British Columbia In 2021, CMHA’s DEI efforts focused on health equity, as well as... Read more
Nickoria Johnson – Credera
Nickoria Johnson Chief Diversity Officer & Partner Credera Headquarters: Addison, Texas Industry: Professional Services/Consulting CEO: Justin Bell Website: Her Credentials: BBA, management/ computer science, Benedictine University; studied at Howard University; Diversity & Inclusion Certificate, Cornell University Her Philosophy: DE&I must be woven into the very nature of our... Read more
Yusuf Z. Zakir – Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Yusuf Z. Zakir Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer Davis Wright Tremaine LLP Headquarters: Seattle, Washington Industry: Law CEO: Scott MacCormack Website: His Credentials: HBA, business management), University of Toronto; JD, Loyola Law School (Los Angeles) His Philosophy: To foster a culture where all talented individuals—including those from... Read more
Satra Sampson-Arokium – Dechert LLP
Satra Sampson-Arokium Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer Dechert LLP Headquarters: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania & New York, New York Industry: Law CEO: Henry N. Nassau Website: Her Credentials: Master of Public Administration, Marist College; BA, political science, State University of New York at Albany Her Philosophy: In the words... Read more
Nikki Lewis Simon – Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Nikki Lewis Simon Litigation Shareholder and Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer Greenberg Traurig, LLP Headquarters: N/A Industry: Law CEO: Brian L. Duffy Website: Her Credentials: JD cum laude, University of Miami School of Law; University of Miami Law Review Member & Moot Court Board; BA cum laude,... Read more
Mark Smalls – JAMS
Mark Smalls Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer and Chair of the JAMS Diversity Committee JAMS Headquarters: Irvine, California Industry: Alternative Dispute Resolution CEO: Christopher K. Poole Website: His Credentials: MBA, marketing, Columbia University (a Johnson & Johnson Leadership Fellow); BA, management, Duke University His Philosophy: To reap... Read more
Harsh Arora – Kelley Kronenberg
Harsh Arora Partner; Co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee Kelley Kronenberg Headquarters: Fort Lauderdale, Florida Industry: Law CEO: Michael Fichtel Website: His Credentials: Certificate, Program on Negotiations, Executive Education, Harvard Law School; LLM, taxation, Boston University School of Law; JD, University of Central Florida, BS, Rosen College... Read more
Katerina Taylor – Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Katerina Taylor Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP Headquarters: Columbia, South Carolina Industry: Law CEO: Jim Lehman, Managing Partner Website: Her Credentials: MBA, finance, Argosy University; BBA, marketing, Texas Wesleyan University Her Philosophy: I base all my leadership decisions in humility and... Read more
Patty Arvielo – New American Funding
Patty Arvielo Co-Founder & President New American Funding Headquarters: Tustin, California Industry: Mortgage CEO: Rick Arvielo Website: Her Credentials: La Mirada High School New American Funding has long outperformed other large lenders when it comes to lending to minorities. This is a result of our Latino Focus and... Read more