Tri-State Diversity Council Highlights Leadership Excellence at 2018 Diversity & Leadership Conference

Aug 1, 2018 3:00 PM ET

NEW YORK, August 1, 2018 /3BL Media/ - the Tri-State Diversity Council will be hosting the 2018 Diversity and Leadership Conference on August 23, 2018, at the New Yorker Hotel. The conference will feature multiple speakers presenting on a variety of topics regarding the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. In addition, top business leaders will be recognized with a series of awards highlighting their commitment to effective and progressive leadership. This year’s theme is “Inclusion: The Source of Innovation.”

“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.”

This half-day event will open at 8:00 a.m. with registration and breakfast. Throughout the day, a variety of notable speakers will lead workshops discussing topics such as “Organizational Politics & Power Dynamics,” “Leading with Emotional Intelligence,” and “Women of Color in Leadership.” Featured keynote speakers, Melissa Ben-Ishay, Founder, President & Chief Product Officer of Baked by Melissa, and Carla Moore, Vice President of POS Strategy & Education at HBO will also be present to share the knowledge they have gained throughout their career. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their thoughts during question and answer sessions following each discussion.

Two awards will also be presented at the Tri-State 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 a commitment to the community, and significantly impacting company revenues and profitability. The Leadership Excellence Award will be presented during the mid-day luncheon. This award recognizes individuals from all backgrounds who are committed to fostering equality and demonstrate exceptional leadership skills.

Registration for the Tri-State Diversity and Leadership Conference is currently open and can be completed at For more information, please contact Sofia Reed at

2018 Leadership Excellence Awardees

Annemarie Crouch
Global Director, Human Capital Management
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Brian Vaught
Senior Vice President
Publicis Media

Claudia Coplein
Chief Medical Officer

Deborah Stanley-McAulay
Chief Diversity Officer
Yale University

Gerald Lamadieu
SVP, Global Controllers
Brown Brothers Harriman

Gil Quinones
President & CEO
New York Power Authority

Kenneth Cole
Senior VP
Goldman Sachs

Luis Diaz
General Counsel & Chief Cybersecurity Officer
Vision-e and Affiliates Companies


Meika Roberson
Chief Diversity Officer
CarePoint Health

Melissa Rioseco
Director, Business Partner Communication
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Orly Lynn
US Head of Diversity & Inclusion

Smita Pillai 
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Dow Jones

Thomas Massaro
SVP, Marketing, Customer Service & Energy Efficiency
New Jersey Natural Gas Company



2018 Most Powerful & Influential Women Awardees

Angela Thompson 
VP, Human Resources -East Region


Cheryl Palmerini
Chief of Staff and Head of D&I
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Christina Herrmann
Chief Talent Officer
Shipman & Goodwin

Christina Komporlis
Senior VP
The Wall Street Journal

Jacqueline Woods
Chief Marketing Officer

Kathleen Navarro
Chief Diversity Officer
New York Life Insurance

Linda Hassan
Head, Diversity & Inclusion - Americas
Thomson Reuters

Rosemarie Lanard
Chief Diversity Officer
S&P Global

Singleton Beato
Chief Diversity & Engagement Officer
McCann World Group

Vivian Greentree
SVP, Head of Global Corporate Citizenship
First Data




About the Tri-State Diversity Council

A non-profit organization committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity. The council affords opportunities for organizations to share best practices and learn from top corporate leaders in the areas of diversity and inclusion.

More information about the Washington Diversity Council is available at

Media Contact:

Jasmine Mack
Sr. Communications Specialist
National Diversity Council