Melvin Gravely II
Director of Diversity
Maria L. Campbell is director of diversity for SC Johnson. In her more than 20 years at SC Johnson, Campbell has held positions in engineering, marketing and human resources. In 2000, she developed a business case and seven-tier diversity strategic plan, now implemented across the company. Campbell’s efforts have brought national visibility for SC Johnson as one of DiversityInc’s "Top 50 Companies,” Fortune’s "100 Best Places to Work For,” Hispanic Business’ "Top 60 Elite Corporate Companies for Latinos” and Working Mother’s "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers.” SC Johnson also has been recognized as "Best Large Company to Work For in Southeastern Wisconsin” and "Best Large Company to Work for Women” by The Management Association Inc.’s annual ranking in Milwaukee Magazine. Campbell has brought numerous awards to SC Johnson, including AARP’s Best Companies for Workers Over 50, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association Employer of Choice Award and the National Disability & Business Council 2004 Gold Employer of the Year Award. Other recognitions Campbell has helped SC Johnson earn are inclusion in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equity Index on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Social Responsibility; the PlanetOut Partners’ and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates’ Champion for Workplace Equality Award; and the Employee Resource Group of the Year Award, presented to SC Johnson’s Gay & Lesbian Business Council. Campbell has been featured in BusinessWeek, Forbes, Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology and DiversityInc. Campbell serves as spokeswoman for the company’s Abilities First Business Council, African- American Business Council, Gay and Lesbian Business Council, Hispanic Business Council and Women’s Business Council. She holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University and a master degree in management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. She is a member of the President’s Council on Diversity for University of Wisconsin Systems, the board of directors of the United Way of Racine, the Neighborhood Housing Services of Southeast Wisconsin, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and The Girl Friends Inc. She was recognized as one of Uptown Professional magazine’s "Top 100 Executives in Corporate America” for 2010. She is the recipient of the 2007 Distinguished Black Woman Award from Black Women in Sisterhood for Action Inc.
Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion
Chief Diversity Officer
Johnson & Johnson
Anthony P. Carter is the vice president, global diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer for Johnson & Johnson. Carter is responsible for building a strategy that enhances the company’s vision to be a benchmark for diversity and inclusion and aligning D&I with Johnson & Johnson’s strategic business objectives. A member of the corporate group operating committee, Carter reports directly to the chairman and CEO and works closely with the worldwide vice president of human resources and the worldwide human resources leadership team. He joined Johnson & Johnson in 2002 as director of corporate communications and was promoted to vice president, corporate communications in 2005. In this role, he was responsible for organizational communications, executive communications and all communications for human resources and the office of diversity and inclusion worldwide. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Carter was senior director of culture and diversity for Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and, prior to that, the company’s director of public affairs. He is the former assistant press secretary to New York City Mayor David Dinkins and the former director of public affairs for the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. Carter served for 10 years in corporate communications for Avon Products Inc. In 1983, he served as press secretary to Congressman Edolphus Towns of Brooklyn. Carter is a member of the executive committee of the Board of Visitors of Howard University and the Georgetown University Chief Diversity Officers Consortium. He serves as an officer of the board of the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick Inc. and is a board member of National Medical Fellowships. Carter received a bachelor of arts in communications and journalism from Fordham University in 1976. He and his wife Wendy reside in Hillsborough, N.J. They have three children.
Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion
General Mills Inc.
Kenneth Allen Charles is responsible for the development and execution of General Mills Inc.’s global diversity and inclusion strategy. He works closely with the CEO and senior vice president of human resources on business and people strategies to create value for each of the company’s stakeholders. With his team, Charles addresses issues such as workforce representation, retention and development. He also is responsible for General Mills’ $500 million supplier diversity program and flexibility initiatives. As chief staffing officer, Charles led campus recruiting efforts and recruiting for experienced professionals. He was responsible for the development of the GMI employment brand and enhancing relationships with key university and community partners, plus championed diversity recruiting activities across General Mills. Charles joined General Mills in 2000 and was promoted to corporate officer in January 2008. He started his career in sales and marketing with U. S. Steel in Pittsburgh. As operations manager for INROADS/Atlanta Inc., he led the affiliate of the national career development organization for talented minority youth to record growth. Charles also served as the director of corporate affairs and development with Golden Key International Honor Society. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas and a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Duquesne University. Charles serves on the executive committee of the board of the Minneapolis Urban League and chairs the trustee board of the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church and the Threads Dance Project. He chaired the corporate advisory board and was a member of the board of trustees of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, receiving the organization’s Peter C. Thorp Corporate Leadership Award in 2005. He served as chairman of the 2008 Martin Luther King Holiday Breakfast, sponsored by the UNCF and General Mills Foundation. Charles is a past member of the Association of College Recruiting Executives and is a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity – Omicron Boule and the Monitors. He is a lifetime member of the National Black MBA Association and is the recipient of the organization’s 2009 Chairman’s Award. He lives in Golden Valley, Minn., with his wife Karen and two children, Rachel and Matthew.
Chief Diversity Officer
Senior Vice President, Global Business Services
Procter & Gamble
Linda W. Clement-Holmes is chief diversity officer and senior vice president of Procter & Gamble’s Global Business Services. She leads efforts to embed diversity and inclusion in P&G ’s culture, enabling the company to be recognized as a global leader. Clement-Holmes is leading P&G’s diversity and inclusion strategy to attract and maintain employees who reflect the consumers served — a competitive advantage for P&G’s growth strategy. She has a strong track record of high standards, performance and collaborative leadership and is a passionate advocate of diversity. In Global Business Services, Clement-Holmes is responsible for designing a best-in-class employee and workplace experience, aimed at helping P&G people work simpler, faster and with greater agility. She leads the Flow-to-the-Work organization, which helps to quickly bring resources to P&G’s most important business priorities. Clement-Holmes also leads the strategic relationship framework for GBS’s external suppliers. She joined P&G in 1983 as a systems analyst, going on to hold global leadership roles across multiple disciplines, including leading the first vision and strategy for P&G’s e-mail system. Clement-Holmes also led a partnership with Hewlett Packard to provide core information technology services and delivery of a broad range of business and employee services to Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, a P&G business spanning 114 countries. She serves on a number of advisory boards, including Cincinnati Financial Corp.’s board of directors, University of Michigan Center for Engineering Diversity & Outreach External Advisory Council, the Executive Leadership Council, the IT Senior Management Forum, the Conference Board Council of Diversity & Inclusion Executives, Jack & Jill of America and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Clement-Holmes holds a degree in industrial management and computer science from Purdue University. She resides in Cincinnati.
Vice President of Human Resources
Schwan’s Consumer Brands
Diane Cooke’s 20 years of business experience encompass roles in accounting, finance, project management, strategic planning, sales and human resources. As the vice president of human resources for Schwan’s Consumer Brands, she works closely with business leaders and teams to improve organizational effectiveness. Cooke uses human resources tools and practices to help add strategic and economic value to the organization and create customer value. She joined Schwan’s in 2003, and in eight years at the company has held positions in both business unit and corporate capacities in finance, sales, business improvement, strategic planning, compensation and human resources. Prior to Schwan’s, she gained experience in banking, IT software and consulting, and multimedia. Cooke has been involved with the Schwan’s Women’s Network since its inception, and is involved in Deloitte’s 100 Wise Women program. She also served on the board of directors for Women’s Advocates, a women’s and children’s domestic violence shelter. She has a passion for college football, golfing, writing, financial investing and shopping. Cooke believes a career has the opportunity to take many twists and turns, and demonstrating strong business acumen, commitment and passion can open many doors, if you are willing to knock and walk through those doors. Cooke holds a bachelor of arts degree in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa.
Vice President, Global Diversity Officer
Sue Dodsworth is vice president, global diversity officer for Kimberly-Clark Corporation, reporting directly to the chief human resource officer and CEO. Dodsworth joined Kimberly-Clark in April 2002 as senior director for organizational effectiveness, working in Europe and managing globally. She moved to Roswell, Ga., in late 2004 and was promoted to vice president of organizational effectiveness. Two years later, she was named vice president for innovation capabilities, including strategy, capabilities and innovation talent. In 2007, Dodsworth moved to the company’s K-C Professional business as vice president of strategy and M&A. Previously, Dodsworth worked at KPMG international accounting and consulting firm and McKinsey management consulting firm. She worked as a consultant for 15 years, gaining experience in organization design, strategy and management, including integrations. She attended college in the United Kingdom, where she studied medicine and psychology. Dodsworth earned her doctorate degree and became a clinical psychologist, working for the United Kingdom’s National Health Service before moving to a corporate setting.
Chairman and CEO
Singled out as one of Advertising Age magazine’s "100 Best and Brightest Women in Advertising,” Lynn Fantom brings more than 25 years of advertising experience to her role as founding chairman and CEO of ID Media, the largest direct and digital media services company in the United States. Clients include American Express, Verizon, Johnson & Johnson, Nationwide, LivingSocial.com, Intuit, Match.com and Nikon. Previously, Fantom served as president and CEO of web services pioneer K2 Digital and as CEO of Lowe Direct. She spent 15 years with Draft, one of the world’s largest integrated marketing agencies, where she rose to the senior ranks of the New York office as general manager, president and then vice chairman. Fantom has been profiled by The Wall Street Journal and her talents as an executive are profiled in Moral Intelligence, which internationally acclaimed psychologist Daniel Goleman called "required reading” for the world of business. Under her leadership, ID Media has been voted one of the "Best Places to Work in NYC” for the last three years by Crain’s New York Business. The company has been honored by the Interpublic Group of Companies, of which it is a member, with three awards for diversity and inclusion. Interpublic’s Multicultural Resource Group for Excellence (MERGE) also named Fantom its "Agency CEO to Watch,” in recognition of her leadership and commitment to diversity and inclusion at ID Media. Additionally, she has spearheaded ID Media to intense cultural diversity and growth. In 2010, 100 percent of employees promoted to officer and manager levels were women and two-thirds of those promoted to this level were people of color. ID Media has consistently achieved diversity levels exceeding two-thirds women and 40 percent people of color. The company is run by two women — Fantom and Gaye Sussman, who is president — and women make up more than half of its executive committee. Fantom is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Smith College, where she majored in Latin and Greek. She is active in fundraising for cancer causes, has served on the board of directors of Gilda’s Club Worldwide and now works with Gilda’s Club New York City, which honored ID Media with The Bill Modell Heart of Gold Award during its 2011 gala. Fantom blogs on topics about Maine and has created a website on Acadia National Park.
Founder and President
Steve Garcia founded Lynx Marketing in 1993, growing it to a $3 million firm developing national and regional advertising and promotional campaigns for leading consumer products companies, including Frito-Lay, Kellogg, General Motors, Samsung, Snapple and Nestlé Purina PetCare. Prior to founding Lynx Marketing, Garcia served as national sales development manager for Univision from 1990 to 1993, where he supervised sales team members developing a new client base of national advertisers. Garcia helped grow company revenue from new clients by $16 million during his tenure. He previously served as marketing manager for Knudsen-Kraft and as market research manager and brand manager for Minute Maid. Garcia has a master’s degree in demography from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona.
Global Head of Gender Balance and Diversity
As global head of gender balance and diversity, Sue Johnson is responsible for broadening and deepening the diversity of the Nestlé employee base of 280,000 people, working in more than 100 countries. She works closely with the Nestlé executive board, particularly the deputy executive vice president for human resources, advising on strategies and key performance indicator improvements. Nestlé started its diversity journey in gender balance in 2008; Johnson is responsible for improving the gender balance of market leadership teams through understanding and effectively managing the nonlinear careers of today’s workforce. Key focus areas include senior mentoring programs, flexible working arrangements, training programs and mobility. Johnson is founder of the International Dual Career Network, linking more than 30 multinational companies together to "give insight into the rules of the game” and provide visibility on job availability to international spouses of employees. The program is being rolled out globally in 2012 after the successful launch in Switzerland. Johnson began her career in supply chain with a United Kingdom retailer, gaining experience in distribution and logistics before moving to Nestlé 14 years ago. After spending nine years in the United Kingdom, where her last role was head of supply chain for the food service business, Johnson moved to the Nestlé world headquarters in Switzerland to head up the customer service and collaboration function, where she launched the customer facing supply chain strategy.
Vice President, Diverse Women and Inclusion Research
Dr. Katherine Giscombe, vice president of diverse women and inclusion research for Catalyst Inc., leads the nonprofit organization’s initiative to address specific challenges faced by diverse women around the world. These include women of color and Canada's "visible minorities,” or underrepresented groups in Canadian corporations. Giscombe directed Catalyst’s groundbreaking study, "Women of Color in Corporate Management: Opportunities and Barriers,” and formerly led the Women of Color Issue Specialty Team, a Catalyst internal group. She also led a Catalyst study,"Women and the MBA: Gateway to Opportunity,” that examined women's and men’s experiences in top-tier master of business administration programs and their subsequent careers. Giscombe speaks on topics including career development, the glass and concrete ceilings, strategies for businesswomen, mentoring and managing diversity. She has been a spokesperson and frequent speaker for Catalyst on major media programs and at national and international conferences. Giscombe has extensive corporate experience, having supported marketing and new product development at several Fortune 500 companies for many years prior to joining Catalyst. She combines her doctoral training in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan and at the Institute for Social Research with her professional experience to conduct comprehensive, solutions-based research. Giscombe was selected by The Network Journal as one of its "25 Influential Black Women in Business 2005.” In 2007, she received the Spelman College Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement Legacy of Leadership Award, which recognizes individual leadership extending across gender and race.
Vice President, Supplier Diversity
Diversity Services and Inclusion
Walgreen’s Vice President of Supplier Diversity Gleatha W. Glispie has more than 17 years of business diversity experience in the chemical and health industry. A nationally recognized corporate diversity supply chain expert, Glispie joined Walgreens in October 2007 to develop a companywide process that incorporates supplier diversity as a daily business practice. As the internal liaison and innovation-planning strategist, Glispie develops programs and processes to sustain and increase spending with diverse suppliers over Walgreen Company’s more than 7,500 stores. At Walgreens, Glispie has created two brand strategy programs, Community Corner and Power of Alignment, demonstrating the value and ROI for diversity in the retail industry. Previously, Glispie developed the business diversity initiative for Premier, the nation’s largest healthcare group purchasing organization (GPO). She is the founder of the GPO Annual Diversity Award program and was the first chair of the Premier Council on Diversity and Inclusion. Glispie is a board member for Sinai Health System, DuSable Museum, US Business Leadership Network and the Chicago Minority Business Council. She serves as a diversity trainer, speaker and facilitator and is the recipient of numerous awards. Glispie earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Fontbonne College in St. Louis.
The Institute for Entrepreneurial Thinking
Dr. Melvin J. Gravely II is the founder of The Institute for Entrepreneurial Thinking, a leading think tank focused on issues related to minority business entrepreneurship and improving minority business development efforts. The Institute is nationally known for providing thought leadership and industry-changing research on issues at the intersection of business and race. The Institute is a trusted advisor to entrepreneurs, chambers of commerce, major corporations and community leaders across the nation. Gravely is the author of eight books, including When Black and White Make Green, The Lost Art of Entrepreneurship, Getting to the Next Level and What Is The Color of Opportunity? He is a frequent guest on radio stations from Los Angeles to New York and has been featured in many national publications, including Black Enterprise, MBN USA, Entrepreneur Magazine and American City Business Journals. After 10 years working for a large corporation, Gravely co-founded a civil engineering firm and grew it into a multimillion dollar company. He holds a bachelor of science in computer science and business finance from Mount Union College, a master of business administration from Kent State University and a doctorate degree in business administration and entrepreneurship from The Union Institute & University.
Frito-Lay North America
Tom Greco is president of Frito-Lay North America, where he leads PepsiCo’s $13 billion snack and convenient foods business. A Network of Executive Women Hall of Fame inductee, Greco assumed his current role in September 2011, after serving as executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Pepsi Beverages Company, where he was responsible for leading retail selling efforts across the United States and Canada. Previously, he served as executive vice president of sales for PepsiCo’s North America Beverages organization and president of global sales for PepsiCo. He also served as president of Frito Lay Canada and senior vice president of sales for Frito-Lay North America. He joined PepsiCo in Canada in 1986. Before joining PepsiCo, Greco worked at Procter & Gamble. He graduated with a bachelor of commerce degree from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, and received a master of business administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario. He serves as co-chair of the Food Marketing Institute's Associate Member Advisory Board.
Senior Vice President, Strategic Sales
Eva Kohn is senior vice president, strategic sales at Valassis, one of the nation’s leading media and marketing services companies. She is responsible for more than $1 billion in revenue and oversees Valassis' largest retail clients. Kohn began her career as a territorial sales representative for the Baltimore market in May 1984, and in 1985, was promoted to district sales manager. Two years later, she relocated to the Philadelphia area as the regional vice president for the Northeast. During Kohn’s tenure, the region consistently achieved targeted revenue and operating income goals, with the Northeast continuing to be one of the company’s most profitable regions. In March 2003, Kohn was promoted to national vice president, strategic accounts, and relocated to Windsor, Conn., where she was responsible for leading the newly formed cross-functional client teams, focusing on the company’s most important clients and opportunities. In those three years, revenue increased by 25 percent. Following Valassis' acquisition of ADVO in 2007, Kohn was promoted to senior vice president, strategic sales, focused on selling consultative solutions to Valassis' largest retail clients across all products and services. Kohn is known for her strong client relationships, strategic solutions, leadership — most notably as a mentor— and commitment to the company’s diversity initiatives. As a senior-level leader at Valassis, Kohn is focused on improving career-pathing and recruiting for women and ethnic minorities. She is active in ECHO, Valassis’ diversity awareness program, and serves on its strategy committee. Kohn’s vision has led to the creation of the Valassis Women’s Network, a virtual community for women and a forerunner for a women’s affinity group at the company. Kohn was named by Working Mother "Valassis 2011 Mother of the Year,” in the Master Mentors category, for her efforts in developing associates.
Senior Vice President, Chief Customer Officer
The Clorox Company
Grant J. LaMontagne was promoted to senior vice president, chief customer officer and appointed to The Clorox Company's executive committee in June 2009. LaMontagne, who previously served as vice president, sales, is responsible for the customer organization worldwide. LaMontagne joined Clorox in 1980 as a district sales manager and has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility, including vice president, specialty sales, with responsibility for the company's seasonal, food, litter and auto care businesses. LaMontagne has strengthened the customer organization through his driving commitment to recruit, train and develop outstanding talent. Since 2005, LaMontagne has served as chairman of the Grocery Manufacturers Association Sales Committee. A native of Greenfield, Mass., LaMontagne holds a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
President, CEO and Co-Founder
XL Edge/XL Alliance
Armando Martín is a co-founder of XL Edge/XL Alliance, a leading retail strategy and activation firm, and is a senior marketing and cultural insights consultant to the Kroger family of stores. Martín is passionate about helping clients build successful and sustainable franchises in the Hispanic market and other minority markets. He has conducted business in every country in the Spanish-speaking world, developing both broad experience and an intimate knowledge of the Hispanic consumer, nationally and internationally. Previously, as senior vice president and general manager at Western Union, he managed $1.5 billion in annual transactions to Mexico. Martín has worked with the Franklin Covey consulting firm, opening retail stores and multiple training centers for them throughout Latin America. Early in his career, he worked in broadcast syndication, then later transitioned into media planning and buying, where he was the youngest senior vice president, managing director at Western Media, now Initiative Media/IPG. He led the Hispanic media, marketing, promotional and grassroots efforts for GlobalHue, the largest multicultural agency in America. After his departure from GlobalHue, Martín co-founded Alturas Communications and quickly developed one of the largest multicultural programs on behalf of Kmart, where he and his colleagues developed the Gear 7 proprietary brand. During his time at the retail giant SUPERVALU, Martín was responsible for the company’s multicultural efforts. He has been writing the multicultural editorial column for Progressive Grocer since 2008, with the objective to inspire industry members to continue their efforts to connect with ethnic shoppers. Martín is a prominent speaker at industry conferences and roundtables, evangelizing the need for inclusivity. He has served as master of ceremonies for the Hispanic Retail 360 Summit, the industry’s definitive Hispanic retail conference, since 2008. He serves on the advisory board for the Florida State University Center for Hispanic Marketing.
Senior Business Development Lead, Supplier Diversity
A Target Corporation executive with more than 25 years of experience, Kathryn Mazon has contributed in both the retail and non-retail areas of the organization. Her positions have included various roles within property development, including retrofit strategies as a senior project lead and in merchandising as a buyer in grocery. Now serving as senior business development lead in Target’s supplier diversity initiative, Mazon identifies potential business partners for the organization, as well as coaches and counsels diverse business enterprises. Mazon provides insights into the company culture, vendor partner expectations and business objectives by category, as well as alerts diverse businesses to procurement opportunities. While at Target, Mazon led an initiative to deliver non-retail freight via Target’s retail distribution network, led the implementation of scan-based trading within grocery for dairy vendors, and identified and launched multiple opportunities for diverse business partners throughout the company. Mazon attended Northwestern College in Roseville, Minn., majoring in business management. She is a member of the Target Women’s Business Council Advisory Board and sits on both local and national committees for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. She also serves on the Food Marketing Institute Supplier Diversity Committee.
Global Chief Diversity Officer
Senior Vice President, Corporate People
Walmart Stores Inc.
As global chief diversity officer and senior vice president, corporate people at Walmart Stores Inc., Sharon Orlopp is responsible for advancing a diverse workforce with 2.1 million associates worldwide. She oversees and leverages global diversity and inclusion efforts, associate relations and human resources policy. Orlopp joined Walmart in 2003 as vice president, people. In 2004, she was promoted to senior vice president, people for Sam’s Club. Prior to joining the company, she was vice president of human resources for Gart Sports, where she was responsible for compensation, benefits, training, recruiting, public relations and investor relations. Orlopp also spent 17 years with Foot Locker, where she held various leadership positions in operations and human resources. Orlopp has made it her mission to advance diversity initiatives, sponsor immersive learning trips and lead by example. A lifelong advocate for inclusion, education and opportunity, Orlopp is a member of the national advisory board of Students in Free Enterprise, serves on the board of the Women's Foodservice Forum and is a member of the advisory council for the Center for Entrepreneurship at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, N.C. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Denver, where she graduated magna cum laude.
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Government Relations
As senior vice president of public affairs and government relations for Nielsen, Cheryl Pearson-McNeil is responsible for widening the scope of Nielsen’s government, community and corporate social responsibility programs, as well as the company’s philanthropic commitment to multicultural communities. Pearson-McNeil’s biweekly consumer-oriented column, which appears in more than 200 African-American newspapers in the United States, showcases the $967 billion annual buying power of the African-American consumer and gives insights on how they can use it. Pearson-McNeil led the development of "The State of the African-American Consumer Report,” Nielsen’s first comprehensive compilation of trends and insights of a multicultural demographic group, done in collaboration with The National Newspaper Publishers Association. She leads Nielsen’s multimillion dollar diversity advertising strategy and its external African-American Advisory Council. In 2011, the Chicago Tribune profiled Pearson-McNeil as a "Remarkable Person,” the Chicago Defender named her one of its "Newsmakers of The Year,” Diversity MBA Magazine recognized her as one of the "100 Most Influential Corporate Leaders,” and Uptown Professional Magazine named her to its list of "100 Most Diverse Leaders.” Chicago United, an advocacy organization, honored her as one of its distinguished Business Leaders of Color. Pearson-McNeil has won numerous other awards and honors and is a lecturer and panelist on multicultural, diversity and business and women issues. A native of Fort Wayne, Ind., Pearson-McNeil earned a bachelor of arts degree in public relations from Purdue University and a master of business administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management.
Senior Vice President, Sales and Merchandising
In February 2010, Subriana Pierce was named senior vice president, sales and merchandising for the Southern California division of Albertsons, one of the largest divisions of the $40 billion SUPERVALU family of grocery stores. Pierce leads a team responsible for developing sales and merchandising strategies across more than 250 stores in Southern California and Nevada. Prior to joining SUPERVALU, Pierce spent more than 10 years in sales and marketing with PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division. In 2005, Pierce received a U.S. patent for one of her shelving designs. She was recognized by Supermarket News in 2009 for leading Frito-Lay to the Category Excellence Award for Shopper Marketing. Pierce was named one of The Network Journal’s "2011 Top 25 Influential Black Women.” Additionally, she was honored by the Food Industry Management Association of Los Angeles as one of the "Top Women in the Food Industry.” Pierce has been featured in Black Enterprise. She was recognized in 2007 by Spelman College as a Distinguished Alumnae in Business. Pierce was a founding member and chair of the PepsiCo Women of Color organization. Working with inner-city high schools in Dallas, Pierce founded the Resume Writing and Interviewing scholarship program, now in its seventh year. She was recognized by the Dallas Independent School District as Person of the Year for DECA. Pierce is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, where she majored in economics and became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. In 2002, Pierce received her master of business administration degree from the University of Chicago, where she majored in marketing. Pierce and her husband Allen have been married for 20 years and are the parents of six children.
Senior Human Resource Manager
North American Diversity Practice
Procter & Gamble
Bridgette Porter, senior human resource manager for Procter & Gamble’s North American Diversity Practice, joined Procter & Gamble in 1990 as a sales representative in the Dallas food sector, leading business strategies with local and national retail customers. She has held a number of positions with growing responsibility, including customer business development manager for the Southwest region team and market manager for the West region team. She has trained, developed and promoted staff members to top corporate business roles within the company and has successfully led organizational design, change management and staffing strategies. Porter has developed performance assessment tools and personal career development material to build individual capability and skills. As the program coordinator for the Procter & Gamble 2007 African-American Women Managers’ Event in Cincinnati, she designed and delivered content and tools focused on personal empowerment and career management strategies. The event attracted 400 African-American women globally. She received the 2010 NEW Texas Best of the Best Award for her work as the region’s program director. Porter serves on the advisory board of the Network Affinity Leadership Congress and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and Jack & Jill of America Inc. Porter earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Oklahoma and her master of business administration degree from University of Phoenix.
Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer
Jacqueline Reynolds is executive vice president, chief development officer of Lambesis, a fully integrated brand development company. She is responsible for the agency’s organizational, business and future growth development. Reynolds joined Lambesis in January 2012 when the firm merged with The ShopShop Inc., the first and only multicultural shopper marketing practice in the United States, which was founded by Reynolds in 2009. Reynolds began her career in 1983 at the advertising agency Bernard Marko & Associates, working on travel and leisure accounts. In 1984, she was account executive at Diario Las Américas before joining Editorial Americas SA in 1986, where she served as marketing supervisor on top Hispanic magazines such as Vanidades, Buen Hogar (Good Housekeeping) and Cosmopolitan En Español. In 1994, Reynolds was hired by The Coca-Cola Company as Hispanic market manager. She was soon promoted and led more than 500 consumer promotions for the company, including waters, sports drinks, juices, teas and Coke’s core brands. Reynolds’ 10-year career at Coca-Cola included a role as senior brand manager, where she was responsible for business plans, consumer strategies, partnerships and alliances, research, packaging, new product innovations and launches, advertising, licensed merchandise and consumer promotions for the company’s non-carbonated beverages. Reynolds left The Coca-Cola Company in 2004, relocating to Los Angeles as vice president, promotions of Casanova Pendrill Inc., one of the top U.S. Hispanic agencies. Later she joined SiTV, the first Hispanic television network in English, as vice president of marketing, responsible for all consumer and trade branding, advertising, on-air promotion, affiliate, public relations and social platform marketing initiatives. As an expert in youth marketing, Reynolds’ most significant achievement was her rebrand of the network in 2007. Soon after, GlobalHue Inc. asked Reynolds to head one of its sister agencies, MultiConnect Marketing. Within 10 months, Reynolds was promoted to executive vice president, business development. Bilingual and bicultural, Reynolds was raised in Miami, where she obtained her bachelor of science degree in marketing at University of Miami.
Senior Vice President
General Manager, South Region
As senior vice president and general manager, South Region, for Coca-Cola Refreshments, Mark Schortman oversees business in Texas and the surrounding states, representing one-fifth of the U.S. Coca-Cola business. He also serves as chairman of the board of Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Sales and Services Company, which is responsible for procurement of packaging and ingredients and certain indirect goods and services for North American Coca-Cola bottlers and Coca-Cola North America. Schortman’s career has spanned several regional, country and corporate-level positions, including director of operational marketing for Coca-Cola Enterprises, director of sales development for The Coca-Cola Company Canada, vice president of national sales for Coca-Cola Beverages and vice president and general manager for the Ontario Canada, Rocky Mountain and Great Britain divisions. He has served as a member of the company’s Global Customers and Revenue Growth Management Councils. When Schortman returned from Europe in 2005, he was named chief customer officer for North America, which included participating on the Coca-Cola Research Council for supermarkets and convenience stores. Prior to Coca-Cola, Mark was an account executive with McCann-Erickson , where Coca-Cola was a primary client. Schortman was appointed to the executive board of the Cox Business School at Southern Methodist University in 2009. Mark was elected in 2010 to the advisory board of the Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Command. He is a founding member of the Super Bowl XLV Legacy Program for the NFL Youth Education Town (NFL YET) regional board. He holds a business management degree from California Polytechnic State University and an executive master of business administration degree from St. Mary’s College.
Senior Marketing Director, Fragrances
Linda Singh is senior marketing director of fragrances at Coty Beauty, a division of New York-based Coty Inc. She oversees the strategic direction of fragrances and personal care for the U.S. mass market and is responsible for more than $150 million in annual revenue. The brands within her portfolio include adidas, Beyonce, Halle Berry, Nautica, Baby Phat, Jennifer Lopez, Calvin Klein, Harajuku Lovers, Shakira and Antonio Banderas. Singh has been with Coty for 16 years, spending the last 10 in marketing roles. Previously she spent time developing new business and gaining distribution of adidas into sporting goods chains and opening Coty’s first free-standing Healing Garden Kiosk in the Boston Logan Airport. She has also served as a national account manager calling on Rite Aid and Kmart. Singh began her career at Revlon, where she was an account executive. She also spent several years at Dana Perfumes as a national account manager handling the Walmart account. Singh earned her master of business administration from Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa.