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Iván Espinoza-Madrigal is the Executive Director of Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) in Boston, an organization founded at the request of President John F. Kennedy in the 1960s at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. LCR is one of the largest and oldest organizations in New England working on legal and policy issues at the intersection of racial justice, immigration, public health, and entrepreneurship.
Best known for his work on immigration, education, housing, voting, LGBTQ+ rights, public health, and entrepreneurship, Iván has 17 years of experience in complex federal and appellate litigation. He has represented a wide range of clients as both plaintiffs and defendants in the corporate and non-profit sectors.
Executive Chairman & CEO
Eric Gertler is the chief executive officer of the multifaceted digital media company, in addition to his current Gertler serves as Executive Chairman & CEO of U.S. News & World Report, the nation’s leading news authority on rankings and expert guidance on life decisions, where he has overall responsibility for both editorial and business operations of this multifaceted digital media company. The company reaches almost 500 million people annually.
In August 2019, Gertler was nominated to serve as Acting Commissioner and President/CEO-designate of Empire State Development, New York’s principal economic development agency, a position held through July 2021. Gertler’s tenure focused on four main priorities: meeting the unprecedented economic needs of the State arising from the Covid-19 pandemic; completing critical infrastructure; attracting companies to NY state and expanding job growth; and implementing economic initiatives with long term benefits.
Vice President, Learning, Development, & DEIB
Naznine brings more than 20 years of human resources experience to this new role, in which she oversees the functional teams across DEI&B, learning and development, and talent cultivation. She focuses her creativity and expertise to develop organizational DEI&B capabilities and impactful initiatives that will drive inclusion and diversity outcomes.
Naznine joins Pega from Waters Corporation, where she was the global head of talent management. She has global experience working for companies across various industries including Santander Bank, State Street, Accenture, and MphasiS. She also holds two degrees in human resource management – a master's degree from The University of Texas at Arlington and an MBA from Christ University in Bangalore.
Vice President & Branch Manager
Melvin Tutiven has been nicknamed the “ambassador of Jamaica Plain” by his coworkers, and the sheer amount work he does in that corner of the city makes the epithet seems only appropriate.
Melvin Tutiven has been nicknamed the “ambassador of Jamaica Plain” by his coworkers, and the sheer amount work he does in that corner of the city makes the epithet seems only appropriate. Besides running the day-to-day operations of Besides running the day-to-day operations of Rockland Trust Bank (formerly East Boston Savings Bank (EBSB) J JP location as branch manager, Tutiven serves as president of the Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association, treasurer for both The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts and the JP Centre/South Main Streets organization, sits on the boards of the League of United American Citizens and the Coalition of Tenants Boston Housing and has been a volunteer for over 17 years for the Latinos en Accion, while also – one would like to assume – finding time to eat and sleep.
President & CEO
Torrie Allen has more than 30 years of wide-ranging experience in national, regional, and local arts leadership including executive and artistic management, fundraising, marketing, policy, adjudication, grantmaking, and international performance. He has appeared as keynote speaker for international, national and regional conferences, and a guest lecturer at University of Pennsylvania, Yale, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, and other schools.
In 2019, he succeeded David Fraher as the new president and CEO of Arts Midwest. From 2016 to 2019, he presided over all philanthropic activity at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He was chief officer of development and marketing at Alaska Public Media from 2012 to 2016 and executive and artistic director of Anchorage Opera from 2006 to 2012. Prior to joining Anchorage Opera, he was the director of the National Patrons Council at Americans for the Arts.
Angela S. Dixon
Senior Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer
Angela Dixon, a 30-year veteran in the Human Resources and the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion space has joined the Company as Chief Diversity Officer, reporting to EVP, Chief Human Resources and Culture Officer Jackie Courtwright. Dixon brings a range of experience working with public and private sector organizations on workforce and strategic management issues, including strategic planning and leadership development. global leaders to advance and embed diversity and inclusion as a strategic approach to maximize business performance and create a competitive advantage.
As Chief Diversity Officer, Dixon is responsible for driving the Company’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy in collaboration with executive management and each of Berkshire’s business lines. She also works to enhance the impact of Berkshire’s existing diversity initiatives and programs.
Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence
As the leader for Merck’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence, she is responsible for working with Merck’s global leaders to advance and embed diversity and inclusion as a strategic approach to maximize business performance and create a competitive advantage.
Ms. Warren joined Merck in 1997 and has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility within its Human Resources organization. Most recently, she was Vice President, Human Resources of Merck’s Global Legal, Compliance, Communications, Population Health, Patient Health and Global Public Policy Organizations. Prior to that, she held the role as Vice President, Human Resources for Merck’s Manufacturing Division and Global Labor Relations and US Employee Relations Center of Excellence.
Software Sales Executive
Bill is a versatile, innovative, results-oriented professional with over 25 years in corporate sales & marketing, including a broad range of headquarters staff experiences. These assignments included: product analysis & development, service & support, business controls, strategic planning, marketing & promotion, as well as education development & delivery.
A Proven leader & problem solver with demonstrated analytical, organizational, business development, strategic planning skills with over 18 years of management experience. Ability to manage several projects simultaneously, working effectively on an independent basis or as an executive lead. Capable of communicating with technicians, clients & senior level executive management.
Alberto Vasallo III
President & CEO
President and CEO of El Mundo Newspaper, the largest Latino newspaper in New England which recently celebrated its 42nd anniversary. He is also the 100% shareholder of Caribe Communications and Publications, the parent company of El Mundo Boston.
He has received numerous awards for his work in the community as well as for his groundbreaking events and exclusive and in-depth coverage of the Latino community through his various media platforms. He, along with his family, is considered to be the face of the Latino community in many quarters.
Mr. Vasallo is one of the longest running Latino television personalities and producers in the Boston market. Beginning in 1995, he has worked for two television shows on Channel 7, NBC (Revista Hispana and Urban Update) as both producer and host.
Senior Director of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion
Beverly (Bev) Richardson joined AECOM in 2016, she leads Equity, Diversity & Inclusion for the Americas. For over 25+ years, prior to joining AECOM Bev held roles in Human Resources with increasing responsibilities in healthcare and biotech organizations such as Baxter Healthcare and Amgen, Inc.
Matthew Boyle brings strategic business insight to the AAFCPAs Partner team. As the firm’s Chief Marketing Officer, he is the leader of the brand and focuses on AAFCPAs’ client experience, ensuring the authenticity of the value proposition across all practice areas.
Matthew joined AAFCPAs in 2013 and has 13 years of diverse experience in public accounting and professional services consulting. He closely monitors the needs of AAFCPAs’ client base, and continuously studies trends on the changing role of the CFO to ensure the firm fulfills its promise to provide the highest quality assurance, tax, and consulting solutions to buyers who appreciate exceptional value.
Kori S. Carew
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Seyfarth Shaw LLP has welcomed Kori S. Carew, Esq. as Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, who joins from Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, where she was the Director of Strategic Diversity Initiatives for the past seven years. In this newly created role, Carew is responsible for advancing Seyfarth’s inclusion and diversity strategy, and accelerating its existing portfolio of award-winning programs and external partnerships.
Dr. Timothy Babineau
President and CEO
Prior to his appointment as Lifespan’s president and chief executive officer, Timothy Babineau, MD served as president and chief executive officer of Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital. Before coming to Rhode Island in 2008, he was the senior vice president and chief medical officer for the University of Maryland Medical Center and School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.
He has been a trustee for the University of Massachusetts and a member of its Audit and Finance Committee.
Elaine Powell enters her sixth season leading the Langston University Women’s Basketball program in Fall 2021. In her fifth season at the helm, the Lady Lions overcame a COVID-19 shortened 2020-21 season to reach their first bid to the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship Opening Round under Coach Powell and 14th overall in program history.
Robin McDowell - Associate Press, Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist
Robin McDowell, an Associated Press reporter who lives in Afton, was one of three AP reporters who won a Pulitzer this year for their series of stories on Thailand’s commercial fishing industry’s use of slaves. Their investigation led to the release of more than 2,000 slaves and traced the seafood they caught to supermarkets and pet-food providers throughout the U.S.
Vince DiPofi, PE, President & CEO SSOE Group
SSOE Group is a global architecture, engineering, and construction management firm. With 70 years of history, 900-plus employees, and projects in more than 60 countries, SSOE is recognized the world over as a leader in its field. Vince DiPofi is the President and CEO of SSOE. Though he took on his current role in 2019, Vince has been with SSOE for more than 20 years, during which he’s worn many hats. Now, he works to continue the firm’s history of excellence while executing its strategic plans for growth.
Vince first started at SSOE in 2000. In today’s talent market, more people tend to hop between companies. But Vince has been a permanent fixture at SSOE for half of his 40-year career. He only worked at one other company—a place where he spent his first 20 years.
Alastair Moock is a GRAMMY-nominated American folk and family music performer from Boston, Massachusetts. He is known for his gruff voice, playful lyrics, and fingerpicking guitar style.
Moock's interest in traditional music started at a young age when his father took him to see Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie in concert. What he heard and saw that evening affected him strongly. While invigorated by the music, he noticed how the audience became part of the event by joining in the singing. A few years later he discovered Woody Guthrie's Library of Congress recordings.
Alastair says that he's always been moved by music "that connects me to progressive issues and social involvement.
It's always been a big part of what I've wanted to do as a musician."
That social involvement has resulted in Moock often organizing benefits to help those in need.
Lisa Blackshear is the Senior Vice President for Communications and Digital Operations at Comcast. She oversees a team of several hundred individuals who get to communicate directly with our customers every single day.
Lisa began at Comcast in 2007 as a Director of Strategic Communications for Comcast Business. Prior to joining Comcast, she spent twelve years at a global shipping and logistics company in communications and led employee and merger and acquisitions communications for North America, Asia and Europe. Lisa got her start in broadcast journalism, and the “breaking news” skills she developed in the newsroom still serve her.
Lee Wong (黄良华) is an Asian-American ethnic Chinese man from Ohio who served in the U.S. Army for 20 years.
He was 18 years old when he immigrated from Malaysia to the U.S. in the early 1970s. He went on to earn a bachelor’s
degree in pharmacology in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
While in the U.S. Army, Lee earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal science and served as a special agent for the U.S. Army police force’s Criminal Investigation Command (CID). He was the first Chinese American to get in one of the most elite U.S. Army organizations.
Mr. Hugh C. Welsh is the President & General Counsel of DSM North America. Mr. Welsh currently serves on
several DSM global and regional management teams and is responsible for legal, government affairs, corporate communications,
financial and HR and other shared services, corporate partnerships and DSM’s sustainability, inclusion and diversity initiatives
in the region North America. Before joining DSM, Hugh worked for the American Standard Companies McCarter & English LLP and others.
Donald Fan serves as senior director of the Global Office of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion in Walmart Inc.Donald has been responsible for leading various functional areas at different times, including strategy development, marketing & communications, analytics, business insights, program design & implementation, and stakeholder relations. Prior to it, Donald worked in Walmart Information System Division with various technical and analytical roles.
Dr. Franklin Evans
Dr. Franklin Evans is the first Black president in West Liberty State University’s 183-year history.
Evans – who is West Liberty’s 37th president – is formerly president of Voorhees College and was previously interim president of South Carolina State University.