Julia Brown

Julia has created a highly diverse leadership team at Carnival Corporation by hiring and promoting people of colour.  Her direct staff is over 40% people of colour and that percentage is continued at deeper levels. As the most senior woman of African descent at Carnival Corporation & plc, she has purposefully and intentionally built a diverse leadership team through hiring and promoting from within. Julia’s team is known for having driven transformational results to the company and is recognized internally and externally within the cruising industry. She has been recognised in Black Enterprise’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America, and in their Top 100 leaders in Corporate America, in addition to being recognised in Savoy Magazine’s Top 100 Leaders in Corporate America.

Bill Kornegay

As Senior Vice President of Hilton Supply Management, LLC., Bill is the senior executive of Hilton’s wholly owned procurement company and their most senior African American executive. His role positions him in Hilton’s Senior Leadership Group, the top 75 business executives within Hilton’s $25 billion global enterprise. He manages over 150 Team Members globally.
Serving on the Executive Board of Directors for the National Minority Supplier Development Council, and previously holding board roles with the National Urban League and United Way, Bill has engrossed himself within the diverse community in order to lend his years of expertise to growing WMBE suppliers. He was recognized in 2015 by Minority Business News USA for “Best of the Decade” with a focus on leadership and inclusion.
His other recent achievements include being named in “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America” in 2012/2014/2015, being a recipient of the 2015 Corporate Procurement Leadership Award by the USPAACC as well as recognition by Black Enterprise and also being recently quoted in Fortune Magazine as a leading voice for Supplier Diversity. Under his leadership, Hilton Worldwide has been recognized as a “Top 10 companies for Supplier Diversity” by Diversity, Inc. in 2013, 2014, & 2015.