Editorial guidance and story ideas for Racing Toward Diversity Magazine are provided by Advisory Board Members. Our board includes:
Jennifer 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.
As 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
Reggie 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.
Bill 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 draws extensively from a successful US Army career that has only recently come to a brilliant close. From Germany to South Korea to Iraq, as well as a number of stateside assignments in the nation’s capital, Greg’s military background has 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 military equal opportunity, diversity and leadership training and education for mid-, senior- and executive-level managers and leaders. Additionally, 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 is a published author and recent graduate of Webster University, attaining his master’s degree in human resources development. He enjoys spending time with his friends, family, and staying physically fit while volunteering for organizations within his community."
CJ Jordan is President/ CEO of the Jordan Management Group, Principal and VP of government relations for the Steptoe Group. Co-founder of "I Am Not A Hero" Foundation, Inc. "I Am Not A Hero" conducts numerous events to support members of the armed forces, military families, and veterans.
Jordan has organized a multicultural board with more than 20 sports and entertainment figures, bringing together musicians and actors and NFL, soccer and collegiate leaders. She also has a military advisory board and a small business advisory board.
May 2, 2014, the Kansas Board of Regents announced Dr. Mirta Martin as the ninth president of Fort Hays State University, HAYS, Kansas. The Board voted to approve the appointment and officially introduced the new president during a special meeting in the Fort Hays Ballroom of the Memorial Union on the FHSU campus. Martin will begin her presidency on July 1.
Dr. Mirta M. Martin serves 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.
As 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.
Last 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'."