Robert currently serves as a member of FINRA’s Executive Diversity Leadership Council whose purpose is to assist in the development and implementation of programs in connection with the company’s business imperative diversity and inclusion process. He also serves as the Executive Sponsor for the FINRA’s Women’s Network Employee Resource Group. In addition, he participates in speaking engagements and committee work with efforts focused on enhancing opportunities of BAME people in the financial services industry. Robert is also Chairman and Board member of the Community Coalition on Race of South Orange-Maplewood, NJ (a 20 year organization focused on equality). He is also a board member of PFLAG National, Operation HOPE and NSHSS Foundation.
Yin’s team at Wolfe is highly diversified and he actively works with the founder and other senior members of the firm to promote workplace diversity. There is a strong belief that everybody should have equal opportunity at hiring, promotion, and compensation, and employees are encouraged to preserve their own culture. Externally, Yin regularly speaks at a number of universities to help minority students to better understand the cultural differences from their home countries and how to find jobs in the finance industry in the US and Europe. He serves on the advisory board of the Asian Quant Group whose mission is to help Asians in the systematic investing industry. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Finance at Renmin University of China and gives regular seminars with the goal to bridge the cultural and knowledge gap between China and the rest of the world.
By deciding to remain in the corporate world as a Senior Vice President, Ukonwa has assured that in her industry and company, people become more used to seeing people of colour in the room, with a voice and seat at the table. She has built her leadership team to be very inclusive, and is intentional about developing a pipeline of diverse leaders. Being the senior vice president of an iconic beauty brand like COVERGIRL means that Ukonwa also has the opportunity to impact popular culture by highlighting and celebrating the beauty in diversity.
In partnership with D&I, Arlene has led conversations with the Diversity Council that haven driven the development and execution of an impactful D&I strategy over the last 5 years, including the implementation of effective KPIs that impact compensation and monitor progress. She advocated for executive coaching and external career development programs for high potential BAME employees and has encouraged Moody’s to form long-term strategic partnerships with the top HBCU’s to improve their brand as an employee of choice, recruitment, and retention of BAME talent. Externally she is a board member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), and chair of the Global Expansion Committee. The ELC members are the most senior black business leaders, and its mission is to support the professional development for a pipeline of black business leaders. Arlene is also a member of Howard University’s Business School Board of Visitors which ensures that the School has strong partnerships with companies that offer internships/permanent employment for students.
At Ogilvy, Suresh is actively involved in a myriad of programmes for both the BAME as well as Pride communities. This includes being an Executive Sponsor of the Ogilvy Professional Network which are specialist groups across the Black, Asian, Latin communities as well as Womens, Military Veterans & Reservists and Young Professionals. Suresh also runs mentoring programmes for employees in and outside of the group across London, Dubai, South Africa, and India as well as externally including promising academic students in North America, EMEA and APAC. Additionally, in the last year, Suresh was invited to be on a number of advisory boards including The Village Voice Pride Awards in New York. He also continues to speak, on a personal level, at various ground breaking forums in emerging markets like Armenia, and in June this year at an event in Prague. He is also regular contributor to industry events and in May this year, will speak at the Diverse Intelligence Series in New York alongside leadership from Mondelez, Buzzfeed, Facebook, and Nielsen. Additionally, Suresh continues his personal mentorship to three young students of Black and Latino backgrounds.
Torrence is the Executive Sponsor for the Black Googlers’ Network, an employee resource group focused on recruitment, retention and professional development for Black Googlers, and is Co-founder and Co-Chair of the Black Leadership Advisory Group, a team of the organisation’s most senior African-American staff that advocates at the highest levels of Alphabet for issues of diversity and inclusion across the company. He also serves as a mentor for several African-American staff. Externally, Torrence is President of the Board of Directors for Citizen Schools New York, an educational reform organization focused on reimagining the school day for inner city middle school students. As part of his role there he drove record recruitment of Google volunteers to teach after-school apprenticeships spanning robotics, computer programming, ad campaign design, business plan development and many other diverse areas of activity that close the opportunity gap.
A 17-year veteran of the league office, Mark is responsible for the NBA’s business operations, including leading the NBA’s international efforts. Mark also leads the NBA’s Global Inclusion Council, which is made up of league senior leaders and team representatives, to guide their diversity and inclusion efforts. The council creates benchmarks and processes that measure, evaluate and share how teams can create diverse and inclusive environments. Externally, Mark serves as a trustee at the Princeton Day School and is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council, a national organization that empowers African-American corporate leaders to make significant and impactful contributions in the global marketplace and their communities. He is also on the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors and the Harvard Business School Club of New York Board, is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi and sits on the Board of Trustees for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Board of Directors for USA Basketball, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Central Board and Executive Committee, and the Board of Directors for The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Outside of these organizations, he mentors several young people introduced to him via his personal and professional networks.
In July of 2016, Timothy was selected by Chambers USA as the National Minority Lawyer of the Year in Private Practice. His practice focuses on cross-border mergers, and prior to moving to New York, Timothy practiced for 8 years in Tokyo. As co-chair of Freshfields’ Diversity & Inclusion Committee, he pioneered a Diversity Film Series and celebrated his 10th anniversary with Legal Outreach mentoring public high school students. Timothy is active in several initiatives to broaden diversity outside his firm and has been recognized by Council of Urban Professionals, PureEarth and Global Counsel. Timothy was featured in the New York Times story, “The Disrupters” (July 31, 2016) which highlighted his role on the Board of the Public Theater and the work of other pioneering African Americans to disrupt the board composition of New York’s major cultural institutions. For the past 3 years, Timothy has been appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to serve on the Board of Directors of the NYC Economic Development Corporation where he chairs the Governance Committee. Timothy is an Adjunct Professor of International Law at Hunter College and a graduate of Harvard College (magna cum laude), Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School.