Category: Diversity Leader Award

Tran Taylor – Upbound Group

Tran TaylorEVP – CHRO – CDO Upbound GroupHeadquarters: Plano, TXIndustry: RetailCEO: Mitchell FadelWebsite: Credentials: Master’s Public Policy, Bachelor’s International Relations and Affairs, Certification on Strategic Human Resources Planning, West Virginia University Our company’s goal is Inclusive workplaces, where every individual feels welcome, valued, and empowered to bring their whole selves to work. It drives… Read the full article

The 2023 Diversity Leader Awards

The 15th 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 intelligence, and their creativity. The Diversity… Read the full article

Reggie Willis – Ally Financial, Inc.

Reggie WillisExecutive Director and Chief Diversity Officer Ally Financial, Inc.Headquarters: Detroit, MichiganIndustry: Financial ServicesCEO: Jeffrey J. BrownWebsite: Credentials: M.B.A., Queens University; B.A., College of Holy Cross DEI is a core value at Ally and the financial services company doesn’t hide its light. Leadership holds media interviews and meetings with other leaders within the industry… Read the full article

Roshan Rajkumar – Bowman and Brooke LLP

Roshan RajkumarManaging Partner, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair Bowman and Brooke LLPHeadquarters: Minneapolis, MNIndustry: Law FirmCEO: Paul Cereghini, Firm ChairWebsite: Credentials: University of Minnesota Law School, J.D.; Australian National University; M.A., Boston College, B.A. This firm works hard to fight complacency in DEI work and sees both a lack of focus and complacency as… Read the full article

Satra Sampson-Arokium – Dechert LLP

Satra Sampson-ArokiumChief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Dechert LLPHeadquarters: Philadelphia, New YorkIndustry: Law FirmCEO: Henry N. NassauWebsite: Credentials: Masters of Public Administration, Marist College; B.A., State University of New York at Albany Philosophy: In the words of author and activist Maya Angelo, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did… Read the full article

William Heath – Lilly Research Laboratories-Eli Lilly and Company

William HeathGroup Vice President- Medicines Innovation Hub, Lilly Research Laboratories Lilly Research Laboratories-Eli Lilly and CompanyHeadquarters: Indianapolis, INIndustry: Pharmaceutical research and development, manufacturing and commercializationCEO: Dave Ricks and Dan Skovronsky, executive vice president, Chief Scientific and Medical Officer and President of Lilly Research LaboratoryWebsite: Credentials: Ph.D., The Rockefeller University Philosophy: Believes in “the coalition… Read the full article

Kem Ihenacho – Latham & Watkins

Kem IhenachoPartner and Chair of Leadership Committee Latham & WatkinsHeadquarters: Los Angeles, CAIndustry: Law FirmCEO: Richard TrobmanWebsite: Credentials: LL.B, Cardiff Law School (Hons) Philosophy: Belong as you are. Latham & Watkins’ goal is to cultivate an environment in which all colleagues belong as they are. In 2022, the firm held a diversity speaker series… Read the full article

Patty Arvielo – New American Funding

Patty ArvieloCo-Founder and President New American FundingHeadquarters: Tustin, CAIndustry: MortgageCEO: Rick ArvieloWebsite: Helping diverse customers is key to New American Funding. It has long out-performed other large lenders when it comes to lending to minorities. This is a result of its Latino Focus program, aimed at new Hispanic homeowners, and the New American Dream… Read the full article

David Cruz – New York Life

David CruzSenior Vice President New York LifeHeadquarters: New York, New YorkIndustry: Financial ServicesCEO: Craig DeSantoWebsite: Credentials: M.B.A., William Patterson University; B.S., Villanova University Philosophy: “Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.” — a quote from primatologist and ethnologist Jane Goodall. This firm is always looking for… Read the full article

Katherine Tapley – Norton Rose Fulbright

Katherine TapleyU.S. Chief of Diversity and Inclusion Norton Rose FulbrightHeadquarters: Houston; New York; LondonIndustry: Law FirmCEO: Jeff Cody, Managing PartnerWebsite: Credentials: J.D., St. Mary’s University School of Law; B.A., B.J., The University of Texas at Austin Philosophy: While we are proud of the strides we have made toward greater gender and racial equity, we… Read the full article