CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Guy Vickers is the President of the PVH Foundation at PVH Corp., based in New York City. Guy’s leadership was instrumental in establishing and upholding the three main pillars of the Foundation: Education, Health, and Youth & Culture.
As an award-winning corporate attorney, former BAE Systems CIO, and Presidential USPS Board nominee, Bennett’s corporate executive experience includes navigating complex, multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions, Information Management and Cyber Security strategy and execution, Organizational Management, and IT Transformation as well as Executive Leadership.
Kenneth E. Bentsen Jr.
Mr. Bentsen is President and CEO of SIFMA. He is also the CEO of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA), SIFMA’s global affiliate, Co-Chair of the British American Finance Alliance (BAFA), and Chairman of Engage China. He also serves on the boards of the Unit The Memorial Foundation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation.
Joel is a business leader with a track record of successfully improving the performance of retailers, wholesalers, and services companies. He received a BA from Bates College and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.
Zafar Brooks is the Global Leader of Diversity and Inclusion at Infoblox. In this newly created position, Brooks’ is responsible for strategic planning, talent development, constituent relations, and global alignment for diversity and inclusion of the software company.
LaDavia Drane is the Global Head of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity for Amazon Web Services. LaDavia is a bridge between the worlds of technology and inclusion, diversity, and equity. Leveraging technology for good, in ways both big and small, and with a global impact is her personal and professional mission.
Christian Jahrling is the vice president and general manager of Turner Construction Company‘s federal services division, located in the Washington D.C. office. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of the firm with particular focus on the technical and contractual aspects of government, commercial, and healthcare projects.
Will Jurist is a Managing Director in Evercore's strategic advisory business. He is focused on advising clients on a wide range of financial and strategic transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and restructurings. He leads the firm’s practice in the restaurant sector and, more broadly, has experience across food, specialty retail and consumer services.Since joining Evercore in 2012, Will has been a thought-partner to executives on several notable transactions, including advising Whole Foods in its sale to Amazon, Pinnacle Foods in its sale to Conagra, Coach in its acquisition of Kate Spade, and Kellogg in its sale of Keebler Brands to Ferrero.
William F. Pickard
William F. Pickard, Ph.D. is Chairman and Executive Founder of GAA Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management, GAA New Ventures, Co-Managing Partner MGM Grand Detroit Casino, CEO of Bearwood Management McDonald’s, and co-owner of five black-owned newspapers.
Reverend Dr. Joe Samuel Ratliff
Reverend Dr. Joe Samuel Ratliff is a native of Lumberton, North Carolina; where in 1962, he began his Christian journey with Mt. Sinai United Holy Church of Lumberton. Seven years later, he answered his call to ministry while attending Morehouse College. His current congregation has reached a plateau of more than 7,000 members with over 5,000 worshipers attending its two Sunday morning worship services.
Ms. Sampson is the Chief of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity (EEOD) within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). She is the principal advisor to the Director of National Intelligence on all matters relating to diversity within the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC). She also oversees compliance with the federal EEO laws, policies, and directives that impact the ODNI workforce and the IC.
Angela A. Shippy
Angela A. Shippy, MD, FACP, FHM is Amazon Web Services (AWS) Senior Physician Executive, Nonprofit Healthcare. She earned a B.S. in biology from Texas A&M University and an M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where she also completed her residency in internal medicine. Dr. Shippy has served on local, state, and national councils and committees and held volunteer clinical faculty positions at Baylor College of Medicine and UT Health in Houston.
Lawrence is a results-oriented senior executive with demonstrated successes in leading multinational companies through difficult strategic and operational transformations. With 25 years of experience in senior corporate management, he has a track record of improving financial returns by driving costs and refocusing operations while also positively affecting the top line. Lawrence has served in a variety of roles to drive success, including as CEO, chief financial officer (CFO), and chief restructuring officer (CRO).