Washington Diversity Council Highlights Leadership Excellence at 2016 Washington Diversity & Leadership Conference

Seattle, WA – – the Washington Diversity Council will be hosting the 2016 Washington Diversity and Leadership Conference on November 17, 2016 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. The conference will feature multiple speakers presenting on a variety of topics. In addition, business leaders will be recognized with a series of awards highlighting their commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. This year’s theme is “Diversity: Driving Business Forward.”

“I am always honored to be in the presence of outstanding individuals who advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace,” said Dennis Kennedy, Founder and Chairman of the National Diversity Council. “Their achievements epitomize the exceptional capabilities of individuals from all backgrounds.”

Throughout the day, a variety of notable speakers will lead workshops discussing diversity, leadership, and power. Headlines such as “Racism, Power & Privilege,” “Maintaining Balance in a 24/7 World,” and “Cross-Generational Competence” are only a few of the exciting featured workshops. Featured keynote speaker, Dr. George C. Wright, Prairie View A&M University President, will also be present to share the knowledge he has gained throughout his careerAttendees will have the opportunity to share their thoughts during question and answer sessions following each discussion.

Two awards will also be presented at the Washington Diversity & Leadership Conference: The Most Powerful and Influential Women Award and the Leadership Excellence Award. During breakfast, top female business leaders will be presented with the Most Powerful and Influential Women Award. This award highlights women that exemplify undeniable leadership by demonstrating commitment to community, and significantly impacting company revenues and profitability. The Leadership Excellence Award will be presented during the mid-day luncheon. This award distinguishes individuals from all backgrounds who are committed to fostering equality and demonstrate exceptional leadership skills.

Registration for the Washington Diversity and Leadership Conference is currently open and can be completed at: www.washingtondiversityconference.com/registration. For more information, please contact Kelsea Haught at kelsea.haught@nationaldiversitycouncil.org.

2016 Most Power & Influential Women Awardees

  • Carla M. DewBerry, Partner, K&L Gates LLP
  • Jennifer Hurshell, CEO & Co-Founder, OMNI Retail Group
  • Sue Kozik , Executive VP & CIO, Group Health Cooperative
  • Ambika Kumar Doran, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Lilly Ley, General Manager & CIO, Paccar
  • Kelly McGill, Chief People Officer, Avvo
  • Jennifer Price, VP, Global Client Account Management Lead, CH2M Hill
  • Maria Renz, VP, Technical Advisor to CEO, Amazon
  • Karen Saunders, Partner, KPMG
  • Liz Sullivan, Executive VP, Human Resources, T-Mobile
  • Phyllis Turner-Brim, VP, Assistant General Counsel IP & Technology, Starbucks
  • Ruby White, VP, Global HR & Administration, Rhapsody International

Leadership Excellence Awardees

  • Orlando Ashford, President, Holland American Line
  • Scott Baker, VP, Global Human Resources, INRIX
  • Christiaan Brown, Senior VP, Edelman
  • Adriane Brown, President & Chief Operating Officer, Intellectual Ventures
  • David Carey, Executive VP, T-Mobile
  • Manuvir Das, Senior VP, Advanced Software Division, EMC
  • Eric De Los Santos, Associate General Counsel & Senior Director, Employment Law, TrueBlue
  • Rickey Hall, Chief Diversity Officer, University of Washington
  • Dave Hiatt, Senior VP, Risk, Audit & Compliance Outerwall
  • Gerrod Parchmon, Senior VP, Financial Center Sales Region Executive, Bank of America
  • Sarah Pillmore VP, Human Resources, Expedia
  • Kyle Quinn. Senior VP, Paccar
  • Sandeep Sachdeva, VP, Medical Affairs, Swedish
  • Alisha Valavanis, President & General Manager The Seattle Storm
  • David Zapolsky, Senior VP, General Counsel & SecretaryAmazon

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