Editorial guidance and story ideas for Racing Toward Diversity Magazine are provided by Advisory Board Members. Our board includes:

 

 

Jino Ahn CEO and Founder of Asian Diversity Inc.

In 2009, Jino organized the first-ever annual Asian MBA Leadership Conference and Career Expo, similar to the highly influential Black MBA and Hispanic MBA conferences. With 2,500 attendees and over 120 exhibitors, the conference became the largest and most influential event to take place within the United States for the Asian professional community.
 
Jino earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing & International Business from New York University and an MBA from Baruch College, with a concentration in human resource management. Jino served in the U.S. Army Reserve through the R.O.T.C. program achieving the honorable rank of First Lieutenant. He is a Certified Personnel Consultant and Certified Diversity Consultant. Jino is also involved in various organizations, including serving as the current President of the Korean Alumni Association of New York University, as well as a Founding Board Member of the Asian Healthcare Leaders Association. He makes frequent appearances as a speaker at various events throughout New York City, on radio, and on television. In January 2011, Jino was appointed by the Boy Scouts of America to lead the Leadership Mission Critical Task Force Committee "Establishing Boy Scouts of America as an Employer Brand."  
 
He currently resides in New Jersey with his wife and two children.

 

 

 

Jennifer Brown, Founder & CEO of Jennifer Brown ConsultingJennifer Brown is the Founder & CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting, a certified woman- and LGBT-owned strategic leadership and diversity workplace consulting firm based in New York.  JBC’s guiding principle is to transform human potential by creating more inclusive and therefore innovative workplaces, while aligning individual performance with organizational results.  The company provides consulting, facilitation, coaching, workshops, products and seminars that unleash the power of traditional and diverse talent.  The Company’s groundbreaking diversity expertise and models have informed corporate strategies at Cisco, Toyota Financial Services, Disney, Wells Fargo, McKesson, Bank of America, and many others. Jennifer is an acknowledged expert on future workplace practices, specializing in career dynamics for women, LGBT, and emerging leaders.

Web site -  http://www.jenniferbrownconsulting.com  Twitter -  http://twitter.com/jenniferbrown


 

Heather R. Ettinger Executive Vice President & Senior Advisor. Fairport Asset MgmntAs a Partner of the firm, Heather brings over 20 years of financial industry experience, a plethora of awards, accomplishments and passion to Fairport Assets Management. Heather's wealth management practice focuses on high net worth clients and foundations and endowments. In 2008, Heather was named as one of the Top 50 Distinguished Women in Wealth Management according to Wealth Manager magazine. Heather dedicates both her professional practice and community involvement to advancing the interests of women and girls. In 1999, she began a series of seminars called "Solutions for Women" that aimed to enlighten women on investing, financial planning and socially responsible philanthropic giving. Other commitments include Heather's strong association with her Alma Mater, Laurel School, as well as co-charing a committee on youth mentorship and leadership for the Cleveland Sports Commissions project for the Women's NCAA Final Four. Additional board and civic engagements include United Way of Cleveland, University Hospitals Health System, Sisters of Charity Foundation, Tri-C Foundation and the Planned Giving Council at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Web site - www.fairportasset.com

 

Geoff Foster, Chief Executive Officer and President of Core Technology Molding CorporationGeoff Foster graduated in 1990 and 1996 with a BS & MS in Industrial Technology with a concentration in Applied Engineering Technology from North Carolina A & T State University. Foster attended the Babcock Graduate School of Business at Wake Forest University and went on to complete his MBA with a concentration in Marketing Management in May 2001.

 

In 2006, Foster founded Core Technology Molding Corporation where he is the Chief Executive Officer and President. Core has quickly grown and provides parts for BMW Manufacturing to Spartanburg, SC as well as Germany, China, Russia and South Africa. Core Technology recently signed a long-term contract with their newest customer, Merck, with the Vaccines division with their certified Class 10,000 and Class 1,000 Clean Room. Other customers include Newell Rubbermaid and Consolidated Metco. Core also provides parts for Heavy Truck OEMs like Volvo/Mack, Freightliner, Peterbilt, and Kenworth. In 2015, Core Tech was awarded business with Altria, Parker Hannifin, Husqvarna and most recently with BMW as a Tier I supplier providing parts for X5, X3 & X4 SUVs.

 

In 2016, Geoff was invited by the Chancellor to join the Board of Visitors at his alma mater, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Foster is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Applied Engineering Technology and has been one since 2007. Foster is also the faculty advisor for the Society of Plastics Engineers on the North Carolina A & T campus. Foster has been married 25 years and he and his wife have a daughter who is a senior graduating in May 2018 (Clemson University) and a son who is a Freshman at Elon University, North Carolina.

 

 

Reggie Howard - President and Executive Director of the United Athletes FoundationReggie Howard is the current President and Executive Director of the United Athletes Foundation. After a life-altering injury during his senior season as a collegiate football player, Reggie persevered and reached his goal of becoming an NFL player, spending five seasons with the Carolina Panthers and two seasons with the Miami Dolphins.   He is a strong advocate of community service and has worked with the United Way, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, United Negro College Fund, Young Family YMCA, St. Jude Hospital and the Boys and Girls Club. Reggie is also the founder of his own initiative, the Reggie Howard Foundation, whose mission is to build self-esteem among children, teach them the value of setting goals, and give kids today a better chance at becoming the leaders of tomorrow. 

Mr. Howard is a graduate of the University of Memphis where he earned a degree in Marketing/Management as well as the “Outstanding Young Alumni Award”.   He has participated in the Stanford University Entrepreneurship Program, Kellogg University Business Internship Program, Wachovia Wealth Management Internship Program and High School Coaching Internship Program. 

Reggie is also the founder of Howdel Trucking Inc., a loving husband and a proud father of three.

Twitter   https://twitter.com/reggiehoward

 

 

Bill Imada Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the IW GroupBill Imada, Chairman and Chief Collaboration Officer of the IW GroupChairman and Chief Collaboration Officer of IW Group (formerly Imada Wong Communications Group), a full-service marketing communications firm that specializes in the growing of multicultural markets in the U.S. With more than two decades of experience in marketing, public relations, advertising and cross-training, Bill and his company represents some of the top brands, including American Airlines, The Coca-Cola Company, GODIVA Chocolatier, McDonalds USA, Verizon Wireless, Wal-Mart Stores, Walt Disney Imagineering, Warner Bros. Pictures and several others. 

The IW Group also represents a number of prominent governmental agencies and non-profit organizations, including AARP and The California Wellness Foundation, 

His firm has more than 60 full-time employees and offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City - three of the top markets for the U.S. Asian consumer and B2B markets

Web site - www.iwgroupnc.com   Twitter - https://twitter.com/#!/IWGroup

 

 

Greg Jenkins, Founder, Greg Jenkins Consulting

"Greg draws extensively from a successful US Army career, one that ranges from Germany to South Korea to Iraq, as well as a number of stateside assignments to include his final mission at the Pentagon.  While being assigned to the Army’s highest levels, Greg was selected by the Director of the Army’s Diversity Task Force to help establish the Army’s Diversity program, policy and products.  
Greg’s military background helped shape his perspective towards diversity & inclusion, leadership and equal opportunity in the workplace.  In addition to his military experience, Greg has provided training, facilitation and oversight for thousands of personnel, ensuring quality and relevant equal opportunity, diversity and leadership training and education for mid-, senior- and executive-level managers and leaders. 
Greg is a published author, holds a master’s degree in human resources development, has started and operates two small businesses and provides mentoring and coaching to veterans and others wanting to improve their professional lives.  He enjoys spending time with his friends, family, and staying physically fit while volunteering for organizations within his community."

 

Website: - www.gregjenkinsconsulting.com and www.jenkinslipmanprosocialresearch.com Twitter - @GregBJenkins  LinkedIn -  www.linkedin.com/in/gregjenkinsconsulting  Facebook - www.facebook.com/gregjenkinsconsulting

 

Mirta M. Martin, Ph.D.

Fairmont State University, Fairmont, West Virginia, Fairmont State University Board of Governors announced Dr. Mirta M. Martin as president of the university.
Prior to this appointment Dr. Mirta Martin was the ninth president of Fort Hays State University, HAYS, Kansas. 
 
Dr. Mirta M. Martin served as Dean and Professor of Management at the Reginald F. Lewis College of Business. Martin holds a baccalaureate degree in psychology and political science from Duke University; an MBA from the University of Richmond; and a doctorate with an emphasis on strategic management and leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Her career involves work in both the public and private sectors.
 
As a senior banking executive, Martin was recognized as a highly effective and innovative practitioner, positioning companies for growth and profitability via leadership in strategic planning, investment management, operations, business development and legislative advocacy.  Dr. Martin’s higher education experience is equally diverse and successful.  She has served as tenured professor and Interim Dean at Averett University, Associate Dean and Executive Director of the Management Institute at the University of Richmond’s Robins’ School of Business, Executive Vice President and Executive Director of the John Tyler Community College Foundation and Special Assistant to the Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System.
 
Governor Bob McDonnell appointed Dr. Martin to the Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment and to the State Board for Community Colleges, where she serves as Chair of the Audit Committee.  She also serves as ex-officio member on behalf of the Secretary of Education to the Virginia Latino Advisory Board. Former Governor Tim Kaine appointed Martin to the Virginia Council on the Status of Women.  She is active in many educational, civic and charitable organizations serving among others, as President of the Virginia Latino Higher Education Network (VALHEN), Chair of the Hispanic College Institute, Co-Chair of the Citizenship, Core Values and Innovation Team/Strategic Planning Committee for Chesterfield County Public Schools; director for the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the Metropolitan Business League, Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME), and Safe Harbor.
 
Under Dr. Martin’s leadership, the Reginald F. Lewis School of Business made history by delivering its core curriculum through digital textbooks at no cost to its students.  Six semesters after its implementation, the program has increased student retention by over 30% and has resulted in out-of-pocket savings to students in excess of $1,121,000.  Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell awarded Martin and the School of Business his prestigious Governor’s Award for Technology in Innovation in Higher Education.  The RichTech Technology Council awarded Martin and the Business School its Innovation Deployment Award.  In 2013, the school transitioned to a college status.  Martin created a Foundation to benefit of the College of Business students.
 
Martin has received many awards for her volunteerism and commitment to education, including the Metropolitan Business League Humanitarian Award for Educational Excellence, the Hispanic College Fund Legacy Award, and The President of the United States’ Volunteer Service Award – President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.
 
Born in Havana, Cuba, Dr. Martin is the first in her family to attend college in the United States.  She uses her interpersonal and cultural expertise to work diligently to create a pathway to achieving the American dream by actively promoting access to an affordable education.
 

 

 

Brian Moran Founder & CEO Brian Moran & AssociatesAs the Founder & CEO of Brian Moran & Associates, Brian is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs achieve their objectives & to run better businesses. Brian, along with a team of subject matter experts, leverages his 20+ years of experience in publishing magazines for business owners to assist entrepreneurs with everything from social media to accessing growth capital to expanding into the global marketplace.

Separately, Brian works with marketers targeting small business owners to increase their efficiency and effectiveness. A 2013 roster of clients includes: American Express OPEN Forum, Staples, Bank of Montreal, Visa, PEX Card, Hawkeye Management, The Company Corporation and Sage.

Prior to rejoining the world of entrepreneurship, Brian was the Executive Director of Sales Development at the Wall Street Journal where he oversaw the sales development and marketing programs for the financial and small business categories among the many Journal brands.

From 2002-2010, Brian was President of  Veracle Media and Moran Media Group, two companies that provided relevant and practical information to business owners which helped them start, manage and grow their companies. The companies published three national magazines for the small-to-midsize business market: Small Business Success, Urban Success and Winning Bids.

In addition to magazines, the companies partnered with many leading small business organizations in running workshops, seminars and national conferences aimed at various segments of the small business market.

Prior to running his own businesses, Brian was the Associate Publisher at Inc. Magazine, a Publisher and Associate Publisher at Entrepreneur Media and held managment positions at Success Magazine and Medical Economics Magazine.

In August, 2012, Brian was given the prestigious Lou Campanelli award at SCORE’s national conference in recognition for his years of service in the small business market.

In 2012 and 2013, Brian was named one of the top 100 SMB Influencers in the country by Small Business Trends & Small Biz Technology.

Brian is a graduate of Marquette University’s School of Journalism.

 
 
Tanya M. Odom
Tanya M. Odom is a highly regarded consultant, coach, facilitator, teacher, writer, and thought leader.

As a speaker, presenter, facilitator, and consultant, she focuses on several areas including: Mindfulness, Inclusive Leadership, Innovation and Creativity, Diversity and Inclusion, Team building, Mindfulness, Coaching, Well being and Leadership, Women of Color,  Educational Equity, and  Girls’ Leadership Development. Tanya's work has focused on civil and human rights, dialogue, and education for over 20 years.

Tanya’s unique portfolio career has allowed her to work in the education, private sector/corporate, not-for-profit/NGO, law enforcement, and university/college arenas.

She is the co-author of "Evaluation in the Field of Education for Democracy, Human Rights and Tolerance.” Tanya is also a contributor to the Huffington Post, where she has written posts about diversity, leadership, civil rights, self-compassion, and mindfulness. Tanya has also written for cnn.com and Diversity Woman Magazine.

Tanya was named by Diversity Best Practices as “One of the Five Diversity Thought Leaders to Follow on Twitter.”
 
Ms. Odom has traveled extensively, and has both lived and worked abroad. Tanya has lived and/or worked in more than 30 countries. She is fluent in Spanish.
 
A recent area of work focus has been working with the U.N and 15 U.N. entities in 7 countries on their gender equity education and strategy efforts.  
As a mindfulness practitioner, Tanya weaves in mindfulness research and practice into her work with individuals and groups and connects it to leadership, teams, and the mitigating of unconscious bias.
 
Ms. Odom has a Masters degree in Education from Harvard University. She received her B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology with a correlate sequence in Women’s Studies from Vassar College. Follow Ms. Odom on Twitter @TMODOM

 

 

Allison WaymyerAllison Waymyers, Clemson FB, Inaugural Director of Career & Professional Development
 
Allison Waymyers made history as the first female hired in a leadership role in Clemson Football.  Waymyers leads the 5TH QUARTER Program, which is the career and professional development area in the leadership program P.A.W. (Passionate About Winning) Journey.  This is the first position of its kind in the country.  The 5TH QUARTER focuses on ensuring each athlete successfully catapults into their next phase of life whether the focus is on entering the N.F.L., or pursuing purposeful employment. “Success is the expectation as each man prepares to excel in the next phase of life,” Waymyers said. “I am a change agent who transforms the lives of our men by strategizing their trajectory of success.  We empower our student-athletes to thrive off the field in the biggest game of all…LIFE.”  Waymyers has a diverse 10 years of experience in athletics working with the NFL, the NBA and Augusta National Golf Club.  She created an inaugural course called “Paradigm Shift: Women Leading in Men’s Sports” and was an adjunct instructor at Columbia College. She has worked as a lobbyist in the education sector, a fundraiser in the non-profit and higher education sector, and led procurement for two one billion dollar facilities in the energy sector. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina in marketing with a specialization in international business and minor in Spanish, and her master’s in organizational change & leadership from Columbia College.
 
Recognized in 2012 as a Top 20 Under 40 in The State newspaper of Columbia, S.C., she is a Leadership Columbia graduate and has been a leader on numerous boards such as the United Way of the Midlands, S.C. Science Academy, Columbia Chamber of Commerce, (Columbia Opportunity Resource), and the youngest President in history of the American Association of Blacks in Energy.  She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Junior League of Columbia. She and her husband William have one son, Trey.  They enjoy family time, traveling, and empowering youth.

 

Emeritus Board Member 

 

Consuella “CJ” JordanConsuella “CJ” Jordan, Special assistant to the Secretary of Commerce and National Director with the Department of Commerce, is the former CEO of the Jordan Management Group, where the firm taught Politics and Business development 101.
She most recently served as the lead on President Trump Transition Landing for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

 

This following a successful Cleveland RNC Convention where she served as Deputy Political Director, with responsibility for MBE participation. She devotes time to Minority Recruiting for the United States Military Academy at West Point and other Military Service Academies as well as Chairman and Co-founder of “I am Not A HERO Foundation, Inc” which encourages athletes and entertainers to visit our Troops and Wounded Warriors.

 

CJ served as director of the coalition to get former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based and Community Based Bill HR7 passed the US Representatives in 2001. She also served as project director for a US Lead Trade Mission to West Africa with included 6 members of Congress and 31 US Businesses and 7 Government agencies. CJ attended St. Paul’s College, and fully understands the role and importance of our HBCUs and MSIs. She became the first major Black consultant to the RNC where she advised former Chairman Rience Preibus now White House Chief of staff to President Trump.

 

CJ is a published poet, who says that a true leader is one who can be heard and not always seen as a critical thinker who will have to make tough decisions that might not be popular but are right.

 

 

Bob Ontiveros Retired Founder & Chairman of Group O CompaniesLast year, Group O was named the 9th largest Hispanic owned business in the U.S. by Hispanic Business Magazine. The Milan, Illinois based company offers marketing, packaging and supply chain products and services. Group O has about 1,500 employees throughout its 34 U.S. facilities and has clients across a broad range of industries including food and beverage, telecommunications, manufacturing, health care, technology, financial services, pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods.

Bob is one of the founders of the Greater Quad-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

April 2013 - Group O Founder and Chairman Robert (Bob) Ontiveros was recognized with Illinois' highest honor, the 2013 Order of Lincoln Award, April 13th in a ceremony at Augustana College in Rock Island. Presented annually by the Lincoln Academy, the award honors Illinoisans who have excelled at both their occupational and volunteer efforts.

The Order of Lincoln Award was established in 1965 to recognize individuals whose contributions to the betterment of humanity have been accomplised in Illinois. The proclamation establishing the Order requires that the award shall recognize those individuals whose "dedication to the principles of public service inspire all Illinoisans to respond to what Lincoln called 'the better angels of our nature'."

Web site - www.groupo.com  Twitter - http://twitter.com/#!/groupoinc