Keith’s team identifies the best talent across channels, evaluates and screens applications, and hires them into Bain. This includes leading recruiting activities for Bain’s diversity groups, including Blacks at Bain, Latinos at Bain, Veterans at Bain, BGLAD, the firm’s worldwide LGBT-employee network, and Women@Bain. Keith also supports Bain’s client work in areas related to talent acquisition, development and diversity. Additionally, he was the global leader of Blacks at Bain (BABs) for 10 years. During his tenure as head of BABs, he was in charge of several initiatives, including coordinating the annual BABs conference, organizing pre-MBA recruiting activities for black students and working with local office teams to organize mentoring and community-building activities. Outside of Bain, Keith currently serves on the board of the Ancona school, where he previously served as Chairperson. Ancona is the only independent school to adopt Multicultural Curriculum Strands for learning, introducing students to authors, experiences and materials that reflect scholars from around the globe. Keith’s also holds a leadership role at Trinity UCC, a predominantly African-American church in Chicago, and a board membership at Alternatives Inc. Most recently, Keith was honoured with the first annual Marty Edelman Distinguished Alumni Award from the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
Ukonwa has advocated for, and built her COVERGIRL team, to be as diverse as the communities they serve. In doing so, she has also built a strong bench and pipeline of future leaders. She has supported the Odyssey Network of Multicultural women’s network through active participation, and encouraging her direct reports to take part too. She has also served as a formal and informal mentor to many ethnic minority employees, sharing insights to help them navigate the corporate environment. Ukonwa was named one of 25 women changing the world by Black Enterprise magazine and the COVERGIRL “I am what I make up” campaign was named “Campaign of Year” by Refinery 29 for getting inclusivity right. She has served as a visible ethnic minority leader in the marketing, advertising, and business community, aiming to inspire future ethnic minority leaders on what is possible and what they can achieve. Among a whole host of accolades, Ukonwa was placed on the Brand Marketer of the Year list by Ad Age, named as one of 11 Inspiring Women Changing the Beauty Game, and won a Gold Award at the Festival of Media North America.
During his career at Mastercard, Shawn has built and evolved the company’s public policy efforts across the globe. He expanded the role beyond traditional government relations to include a broader set of stakeholders, including NGOs, academics, think tanks and community organizations. Shawn is a founding member and chair of Mastercard’s Black Executive Network, an internal program to support the company’s business resource groups and develop and recruit black leaders. He also led the creation of the Master Your Card program to drive financial literacy and financial inclusion for poor and underserved communities. Shawn regularly gives motivational lectures to schools, non-profits and community groups to inspire minorities to excel. He serves on the Board of the Pro Bono Partnership which provides free legal services to local non-profit organizations and was recently recognized by Ebony Magazine as of one the top 100 influential black leaders in America.
Wolfe Research LLC is one of the world’s leading boutique investment banks in the world, and Yin strives to create teams which are ethnically diverse. In the recruiting process, in the promotion process, and in the day-to-day business, Yin strongly encourages a positive work environment for everybody, regardless of ethnic background. Externally, he has been actively involved in a number of community services to encourage the inclusion and promotion ethnic minority people. He regularly speaks at a number of leading universities around the world, on a wide range of topics, from economics and finance to machine learning. He is actively involved in a number of organisations promoting workplace balances for ethnic minorities, including a non-profit organisation called the Wall Street Mentorship Program. Yin has been consistently ranked top in the most prestigious annual Institutional Investor’s magazine ranking, called Institutional Investor’s Equity Research Survey, in a variety of disciplines. He is also regularly quoted in the media on diversity and inclusion across industries.
Mo is currently involved in several D&I areas at OppenheimerFunds including the Asian Professionals Network, the Veterans Network and targeted recruiting and retention initiatives. Previously, he served as the Chair of the New York People Committee within Global Fixed Income at BlackRock. The objective of the committee is to enrich Blackrock’s office culture and support inclusion and diversity across 300+ employees. Activities included four headline events per year, a leadership lunch series, an InMotion active series, as well as happy hours and pop up lunches. Outside of work, Mo dedicates his time and attention to promoting opportunities for individuals from diverse backgrounds including after school programs, supporting high-risk youth, and is active in Persian American Leadership networks.
Mark was recently appointed co-lead of the Black Heritage Affinity Group, to renew a near and long-term focus to embed diversity in Citi’s talent initiatives. He is working to increase the focus on diverse recruitment, selection, promotion, retention, development and succession. His work with the affinity group has been integral to many awards for Citi, including ranking on Thomson Reuters’ list of Top 100 Most Diverse & Inclusive Organizations Globally, and Stonewall’s Top 100 UK Firms for Diversity. Externally, Mark is on the board of trustees for Howard University, and supports the Apollo theatre.
For Amit, the key in supporting ethnic minority colleagues is making sure they get more than their fair share of client interaction, both with existing and prospective clients, and attending events where they can get used to the ‘small talk’ and engaging with clients. The other area is mentoring, which he takes part in particularly prior to appraisal or promotion requests. He focuses on being forthright and taking responsibility for their own career advancement. Externally, Amit often coaches young people in his community to be more open to a life of varied careers and the key of building your skill set. He has also supported numerous people in the community around how to develop their CV’s, get the right work experience and prepare for interviews or answering questions from partners.
A Singapore-born Chinese, Sonia is a Director of Business Operations at Intuit, leading a team of 200 people responsible for payroll tax operations and risk operations. Throughout her career, Sonia has been driven by a lifelong appreciation for multicultural environments, and has led globally diverse teams around the world. During the 17+ years she was in Visa, she had championed a host of Diversity and Inclusion initiatives to counter potential biases and perceptions,. Last year, she co-hosted a Visa volunteer event with Peninsula College Fund to help low-income ethnic minority students navigate the journey from college to career. She was also the co-chair for Visa Women’s Network up until April 2018 when she joined Intuit. She has been an active mentor for a number of years, and is determined to continue her diversity work at Intuit and committed to building a pipeline of diverse talent. Externally, Sonia was a mentor for Aspire Foundation, mentoring aspiring women from the charities and social enterprises sector around the world of various backgrounds. She is currently a mentor for Everwise, to elevate Women in Tech.
As one of less than a handful of African American female executives at SAP, Vanessa has certainly seen the level of diversity increase over her 14 years with the company. However, she understood that in order to reflect that increase at a senior management level, they had to get more candidates in the pipeline at every level. To support that goal, in her prior role as Chief of Staff to the CEO, she hired a Chief Diversity Officer. Through participating in external benchmarking, they were able to raise awareness across the Board on how they compared on key diversity statistics to peers in the technology industry. That led to increased funding and focus on recruiting from historically black colleges, creating partnerships with associations focused on minority talent, and bringing added focus in the hiring process on ensuring diverse cohorts of early talents. Vanessa is an active member of Jack and Jill America, where she spends several hours per month developing and executing key programs for children in the area of leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.
To truly drive an inclusive culture within SAP Ariba, April is instrumental in aligning business goals with HR goals, and has helped push an innovative diversity initiative. Through a variety of diversity and progression programmes, she has set targets for diversity representation with the organisation, to be reached by 2022. She has also worked to promote Supplier Risk and Supplier Diversity solutions that help SAP Ariba buyer and supplier customers support ethnic owned and women owned businesses. Externally, April mentors and coaches young future business leaders through a variety of community projects aimed at students from ethnic minority backgrounds. She was on the board of Liberty Foundation, and served for 2 years as the Lead of Visionaries, the business community of Liberty Church in NYC. In this role she mentored, coached and supported business people in both the entrepreneurial fields and corporate functions. April is regularly asked to speak on gender and ethnic pay parity, and often appears in the media discussing the importance of diversity and inclusion.