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Category: Diversity Leader Award

The 2022 Diversity Leader Awards

The 14th Annual Diversity Leader Awards PDJ 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 intelligence, and their creativity. The… Read the full article

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: www.cmha-yr.on.ca Her Credentials: Bachelor of Science, University of British Columbia In 2021, CMHA’s DEI efforts focused on health equity, as well as a safe and inclusive workplace. From… Read the full article

Nickoria Johnson – Credera

Nickoria Johnson Chief Diversity Officer & Partner Credera Headquarters: Addison, Texas Industry: Professional Services/Consulting CEO: Justin Bell Website: www.credera.com 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 daily activities, core to our company’s… Read the full article

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: www.dwt.com 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 traditionally underrepresented communities—can have, and can… Read the full article

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: www.dechert.com Her Credentials: Master of Public Administration, Marist College; BA, political science, State University of New York at Albany Her Philosophy: In the words of Dr. Maya Angelo, “People will… Read the full article

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: www.gtlaw.com/en Her Credentials: JD cum laude, University of Miami School of Law; University of Miami Law Review Member & Moot Court Board; BA cum laude, journalism, Florida A&M University; Reporter, The… Read the full article

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: www.jamsadr.com His Credentials: MBA, marketing, Columbia University (a Johnson & Johnson Leadership Fellow); BA, management, Duke University His Philosophy: To reap the full benefits of DEI, it… Read the full article

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: www.kelleykronenberg.com 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 of Hospitality Management; DP, International Management… Read the full article

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: www.nelsonmullins.com Her Credentials: MBA, finance, Argosy University; BBA, marketing, Texas Wesleyan University Her Philosophy: I base all my leadership decisions in humility and humanity. In a year of firsts… Read the full article

Patty Arvielo – New American Funding

Patty Arvielo Co-Founder & President New American Funding Headquarters: Tustin, California Industry: Mortgage CEO: Rick Arvielo Website: www.newamericanfunding.com 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 New American Dream initiatives, and the… Read the full article