Darice Brown

Darice believes that identification leads to inspiration and motivation; she daily models her life accordingly. As the immediate past president of Rockwell Automation’s African American Professionals Network, she is a lead partner in the company’s global strategy to positively impact diversity and inclusion efforts to attract, retain and nurture diverse talent. Darice is a strategic communications advisor, currently serving in the newly created Global Supply Chain Communications and Marketing Manager role. She has a passion for improving and helping to eliminate issues impacting diverse women and children through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) exposure, education, and professional development opportunities. Darice is regularly invited to serve as a panelist or moderator on diversity and inclusion topics and shares her time and talent through her board membership with Mentor Milwaukee and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Communications and Marketing Advisory Committee.

Ernest Nicolas

Ernest is an Executive Advisor for the African American Professional Network at Rockwell Automation and founded the Black Executive Leadership Team focused on elevating inclusiveness for black executives within the organization. He continues to sponsor recruitment at national diversity engineering conferences including the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. He has championed establishing Rockwell Automation’s ‘Navigating Your Career as a Black Professional’ development series which has become a staple at the National Society of Black Engineers – regional, national and professional development conferences.  As a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), he has introduced Rockwell Automation to the ELC’s training programs which serve to complement existing programs to enrich development for black professionals. He serves the board of directors for the Milwaukee Urban League and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s supply chain program advisory board. 

Ernest Nicolas

As Rockwell Automation began its Culture of Inclusion (COI) Journey in 2007, Ernest was already busy diversifying his global teams and providing opportunities for people of colour. Following the company receiving the prestigious 2017 Catalyst Award, Ernest was asked to provide his unique perspective in a Bloomberg article entitled, ‘White Men Can Change at Rockwell Automation: A common sense approach has diversified the workforce.’ Ernest also leveraged his influence and established the Black Executive Leadership Council for director and vice president level leaders at Rockwell and serves as the first executive advisor for the African American Professionals Network. As the first Rockwell Automation executive invited to join the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the preeminent membership global organization for the development of Black leaders, Ernest, in turn, introduced the ELC to the company to help continue to develop leaders whose impact would permeate throughout the company. Additionally, he leads Rockwell Automation’s recruiting efforts at key national diversity engineering and tech conferences, such as the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). Ernest is regularly called upon by external organizations to help address diversity issues and consult on initiatives to help increase opportunities for people of colour. He is an advocate of building sustainable change on a local level, he served on the board of directors for the Milwaukee Chapter of Habitat for Humanity and is currently serving on board of directors for the Milwaukee Urban League as they usher in their centennial year of existence. A continual advocate for students of colour graduating from college, he regularly contributes to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) through his financial and volunteer efforts.