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THE INAUGURAL REGIONAL COMPETITION AND AWARDS PROGRAM

• Diversity Champions • Diversity Marketplace Will be celebrated APRIL 4, 2017

A SUPPLEMENT TO THE WESTCHESTER AND FAIRFIELD COUNTY BUSINESS JOURNALS | DEC. 19, 2016

PRESENTED BY: WESTCHESTER & FAIRFIELD COUNTY

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MEET THE DIVERSITY CHAMPIONS They don’t just talk diversity — they walk diversity

Vote to select THE FINAL FIVE nominated in the categories of: Most Promising Millennial, Most Socially Conscious, Outstanding Entrepreneur, Standard-Bearer and Visionary. These will be awarded at the April 4 event. To vote go to: westfaironline.com/celebrating diversity PRESENTED BY: WESTCHESTER & FAIRFIELD COUNTY

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CELEBRATING DIVERSITY IN BUSINESS

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

THE BUSINESS OF DIVERSITY By Geneive Brown Metzger Multicultural marketing and diversity specialist, Westfair Communications Diversity Partner

Geneive Brown Metzger

he Westchester County Business Journal and the Fairfield County Business Journal are proud to launch their inaugural “Celebrating Diversity” program and I am equally proud to be associated with this important initiative. Home to hundreds of major corporations, including Fortune 500 companies, and an impressively large number of small businesses, both Westchester and Fairfield are key to the robust economic strength of the region, in which diversity plays a key role. While many would agree that diversity is important, it is interesting to note the business case for diversity. The 2015 study of 366 public companies titled “Diversity Matters” by McKinsey & Co. finds that there is a correlation that “indicates that when companies commit themselves to diverse leadership, they are more successful.” I like to say, simply, that “diversity is good for a

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company's bottom line.” As for the 40 individuals highlighted in this publication, they are true Diversity Champions and are the inspiration for this initiative. We celebrate them as entrepreneurs, leaders in their workplaces and communities. They represent a wide crosssection of sectors from fashion design to technology to community advocacy. As a Jamaican American and a resident of Westchester, having moved my family from Manhattan, I enjoy the richness of a county that is the fourth most diverse in the entire state of New York, tied with Manhattan. I invite you to meet the Diversity Champions profiled in these pages and to also attend the Diversity Marketplace and awards program, which will take place April 4, 2017. Thanks to all who have helped make this initiative a success.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Published by: WESTFAIR COMMUNICATIONS Custom Publishing Division 3 Westchester Park Drive, Suite G7 White Plains, NY 10604-3407 Tel. 914–694-3600

Each of the champions is nominated in one of the following categories: MOST PROMISING MILLENNIAL A champion (age 21-34) who has a clear sense of self, business and the community and sets a dynamic direction.

PUBLISHER: Dee DelBello

MOST SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS A champion who is knowledgeable about the needs within the community and does something about them.

ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER : Anne Jordan Duffy DIRECTOR OF CUSTOM PUBLISHING: Barbara Stewart Hanlon

OUTSTANDING ENTREPRENEUR A champion who has launched and operated a business while tackling all the financial risks involved.

WESTFAIR COMMUNICATIONS, DIVERSITY PARTNER: Dr. Geneive Brown Metzger

STANDARD–BEARER A champion who by words and action in business and life dealings is respected and praised within the community.

ACCOUNT MANAGERS: Susan Barbash, Lisa Cash, Patrice Sullivan

VISIONARY A forward-thinking champion with the ideas and creativity that just might change the way the world works.

CELEBRATING DIVERSITY ART DIRECTOR: Alison Kattleman

EVENTS MANAGER: Danielle Brody

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Stamford Health is a network of inpatient and outpatient health care services, including the new Stamford Hospital, the Stamford Health Medical Group and a wide range of ambulatory services throughout Fairfield County. With nearly 3,000 employees working in clinical and nonclinical areas, Stamford Health is one of the largest private employers in the area.

From left. Anthony Pili, Greater Hudson Bank, director of strategic planning; Fannie Aleman, MyQTB.com (Ambassador); Edward Lutz, Greater Hudson Bank, president and CEO; Rosemarie Pelatti, Keller Williams Hudson Valley & Hudson Valley United (Ambassador); John Gisondi, Peter Gisondi & Co, (Ambassador); and Markham Rollins III, Brown & Brown of NY Inc. (Ambassador).

The New Stamford Hospital Opened in September 2016, the new Stamford Hospital is the most advanced and sophisticated health care facility in the region. Featuring large, all-private patient rooms with private baths, the new Stamford Hospital embodies a holistic approach to healing not just the body, but the mind and spirit with a calming patient-centered environment that embraces our concept of Healing. Reimagined. Other features of Stamford Hospital include:

Greater Hudson Bank is a locally owned growing community bank operating in the counties of Westchester, Rockland and Orange, N.Y. The Bank was founded in 2002 by local business leaders, who envisioned a truly local bank to serve the financial needs of the community. In 2008, during the midst of the U.S. banking crisis, the bank was recapitalized by a group of forward-thinking locally based business people to provide local businesses, municipalities and nonprofits with high-quality banking products combined with oldfashioned personal service. Today, almost 15 years from its humble beginnings, Greater Hudson Bank has grown to six branches, more than 50 employees and nearly $500 million in assets.

• A larger, greatly enhanced Emergency Department (ED), with the only dedicated pediatric ED in lower Fairfield County; • The Heart & Vascular Institute, the only comprehensive cardiovascular program in lower Fairfield County. Specialties include cardiac surgery, interventional cardiology, structural heart and valve disease as well as advanced arrhythmia procedures;

Greater Hudson Bank is recognized throughout the industry for its financial strength and quality. But what truly distinguishes the Bank is its personalized service and long-term relationships with its customers. Greater Hudson Bank strives to be the best and remains committed, not only to remaining independent, but to serving the individual banking needs of our customers and the communities where we live and work.

• The Carl & Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center, which is accredited as an Academic Comprehensive Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons and is the first in Connecticut to be a member of the DanaFarber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Care Collaborative;

The Bank continues to invest in future growth by strengthening its foundation. Recently, the Bank opened its newest office located at 155 White Plains Road, Suite 222 in Tarrytown. This new location, absent the customary teller line, continues the “private bank” model.

• A wide range of surgical specialties, enhanced by eight new operating rooms in the new hospital; • The Cohen Children’s Institute, which provides access to highly skilled pediatric specialists for kids of all ages; and

Believing that banking is a “people business” built around advice and service, and not simply products, Greater Hudson Bank was delighted to welcome William “Bill” Mooney Jr., president and CEO of Westchester County Association and life-long banker to its board of directors. Additionally, a new appointment to senior management includes Timothy Florio as chief lending officer, as well as commercial relationship officers, Anu Nagpal and Larry Strichartz.

• An expanded Intensive Care Unit (ICU), reflecting the hospital’s commitment to critical care services. Stamford Health Medical Group The Stamford Health Medical Group (SHMG) includes more than 130 primary care and specialty care providers in communities throughout lower Fairfield County. SHMG also offers the Walk In Center, located at 292 Long Ridge Road, which offers morning, weekend and evening hours.

In addition to the board, senior management and managerial appointments Greater Hudson Bank relies on its board of ambassadors. This center of influence, includes Fannie Aleman, a Westchester & Fairfield County Business Journals’ diversity champion.

Ambulatory Network Stamford Health offers a large network of conveniently located ambulatory services for the community. Among them are physical therapy, laboratory services and imaging services.

With this team in place, the right focus and strategy, Greater Hudson Bank is confident that we will continue to provide exceptional service to our clients and be the preeminent private bank for businesses, nonprofits and municipalities.

For more information visit: StamfordHealth.org

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DIVERSITY CHAMPIONS ANSWER A QUESTION: How have you contributed to the culture of diversity in your business practices and why is diversity in the workplace important to you? Pullman & Comley congratulates

Jessica Grossarth and all Diversity in Business nominees. We share your vision of inclusion and the celebration of diversity everywhere.

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Most Promising Millennial

Most Promising Millennial

Most Promising Millennial

DANIELLE GESUALDI

MARIE O'CONNOR

NICKAY PIPER

ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER SKANSKA USA BUILDING INC.

CEO AND FOUNDER NORDIC CRYOTHERAPY

“As a young woman in construction, I am constantly reminded of how our industry is behind the times in terms of diversity. It can be difficult to be heard and respected when the numbers are against you. By employing women- and minorityowned businesses, we are introducing fresh ideas and innovative ways of thinking to our projects. Inclusive environments open the door to collaboration and success. I know that we are paving the way for the bright, driven individuals who will come after us. The hope is that someday, diversity won’t be a goal, but rather a way of doing business.”

“At NORDIC Cryotherapy, we pride ourselves as being a woman-owned business diversifying our work staff with multicultural employees with varying generational backgrounds. As the only Cryotherapy Center in Westchester County, being creative and flexible are top priorities as this new alternative therapy has little references to be based upon. I reward my employees to think outside of the box to grow and expand the business. This is important to me because our work environment and clients increasingly consist of various cultures, races and ethnicities, therefore my workplace needs to adapt.”

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MANAGING DIRECTOR PIPER & CO. (formerly Market Grub Media) ADJUNCT PROFESSOR AT WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE “As a millennial tech entrepreneur, I know the importance of having a diverse team because it increases profitability for our clients. As an adjunct professor at Westchester Community College and board member for the college's Gateway to Entrepreneurship Program, I advocate for diversity inclusion through the courses I teach and the entrepreneurial programs we create, such as our yearly Westchester Grow Conference. In 2017, my team and I have committed to launching 30 minority and women-owned businesses via our live e-learning platform, DigiCampus. The “Launch” accelerator (first of its kind) will provide promising tech entrepreneurs in Westchester and New York City with rigid course work, mentorship and access to funding. We'll help bridge the diversity gap in the tech sector by giving these entrepreneurs the tools they need to launch viable and scalable enterprises. If we only invest in the same few, we’re ignoring the lucrative possibilities of many. Let's change that.”


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ALL-PRIVATE PATIENT ROOMS. THE NEW STAMFORD HOSPITAL. BUILT WITH YOU IN MIND. At Stamford Health, we believe that true healing requires looking beyond injury or illness in order to treat the whole person—mind, body and spirit. It is on this foundation of patient-centered care that we have built the first hospital in Fairfield County to offer all-private patient rooms. Designed to support the healing process through surroundings essential to every patient’s comfort, our rooms have private baths, ample natural light and spacious floor plans to accommodate friends and family. Putting patient needs at the center of care—this is much more than a state-of-the-art healthcare facility. This is Healing. Reimagined.

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CELEBRATING DIVERSITY IN BUSINESS

Most Promising Millennial

Most Socially Conscious

Most Socially Conscious

JONELLE WARD

DELIA M. FARQUHARSON

LINDSAY FARRELL

DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION, HUDSON VALLEY, NEW YORK CHAPTER “As a millennial woman from Canada, I have the opportunity to draw from my multifaceted experiences to be the first director of outreach for the Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley, New York Chapter. I have cultivated relationships within diverse communities to increase awareness of and access to Alzheimer’s care and support. Appreciating diversity in the workplace reminds me that our strengths lie in our differences. These differences, both visible and invisible, deserve recognition. To be inclusive and to work collaboratively with one another can only add to the success of any organization.”

CONCIERGE THERAPIST EXECUTIVE MEDICAL SOLUTIONS

PRESIDENT AND CEO OPEN DOOR FAMILY MEDICAL CENTER

“The consumers of mental health services are often people of color who are disproportionately affected by life stressors. As a therapist of color diversity plays a significant role in how I operate my business. Diversity in this field means consumers can be served by professionals who look like them and who may share greater cultural awareness.”

“Walk into Open Door and see a multicultural staff resembling the patients we serve. Diversity is one of our core values, building creativity, delivering impact. It’s key to retaining quality professionals. Cultural competency is embedded within our strategic plan, facilitating the achievement of community health outcomes. We listen carefully to our staff; about their jobs and their interactions with our patients. We train, run focus groups and engage around best practices. In health care, it’s imperative we understand our own biases, recognizing their influence on caregiving decisions.”

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Making Every Voice Count. Through strategic communications and inclusive public engagement, ASC facilitates change that helps save and improve the lives of

Americans. A powerful resource for diversity since 1992.

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A small business certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) and a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE). GSA contracts in Public/Media Relations, Web Marketing, Conferences & Events.

We extend heartiest congratulations to our newly appointed CEO, Sabrina HoSang Jordan, a Diversity Champion Nominee. Wishing you and fellow nominees best of luck! /caribbeanfooddelights /cfdny

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Most Socially Conscious

Most Socially Conscious

Most Socially Conscious

JOAN GRANGENOIS-THOMAS

MICHELLE HOPSON

ALLISON MADISON

PRINCIPAL JGT PUBLIC RELATIONS

PRINCIPAL HOPSON CONSULTANCY LLC

PRESIDENT MADISON APPROACH STAFFING INC.

“As a woman and a person of color, I am highly sensitive to making sure when clients tell me they want to 'reach' their audience, that they be prepared to do so in a culturally appropriate way. This includes language and visuals as well. When people can see themselves in media or marketing materials, they are more likely to have a positive response and will be more receptive to the message. The people on my team reflect our diverse county and it keeps us all honest in how we approach our work.”

“I’ve led and managed diversity initiatives in partnership with schools, agencies, nonprofits, and local businesses in Fairfield County. From strategic human synergy to creative organizational development approaches, I've helped bridge socioeconomic gaps via community-based programs; racial, ethnic and cultural identity awareness; and crosscultural communication. Diversity in the workplace is key because it remains the best vehicle for adult development. The problems we're trying to solve require professionally credible and innovative talent comfortable with diversity, equity and inclusion.”

“Our total workforce is 66 percent minority and 71.4 percent women. So why is that important? A Forbes Insights study found that workforce diversity and inclusion are key drivers of internal innovation and business growth. We believe that having a diverse workforce is more than just numbers; it is a philosophy, a paradigm by which you view the world. While we provide a valuable service of ensuring that our clients have the workforce necessary to perform the business tasks and objectives of the day to day, we also ensure that our clients have the intellectual and experiential diversity to thrive as an organization.”

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Building What Matters Skanska congratulates all nominees, including our Danielle Gesualdi, recognized as a finalist in the Most Promising Millennial category. At Skanska, we know that building better communities starts with building the best construction teams.

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Congratulations to our own Mecca Santana and all the honorees for being 2016 Celebrating Diversity Champions.

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CELEBRATING DIVERSITY IN BUSINESS

Most Socially Conscious

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Outstanding Entrepreneur

CRISTOPHER OLDI

NTIM ABROKWA

REYNOLD ALABRE

SUPERVISING ATTORNEY

DIRECTOR OF SALES ALUMNUS APPAREL LLC

SENIOR ACCOUNTANT H&R BLOCK

“As a member of the LGBTQ community, I was thrilled when my organization tasked me with implementing the LGBTQ Legal Project, allowing us to provide low-income LGBTQ individuals in Westchester and the Hudson Valley with free civil legal services in order to protect this vulnerable community from discrimination, alienation and bias. I feel that by being a diverse member in my workplace, as well as representing a diverse community in the courtroom, I am helping create environments of tolerance and acceptance, which in my estimation can only lead to more productive and successful society.”

“As black business owners, my company represents perseverance and provides inspiration to the youth of Yonkers. We often use the phrase "WE CULTURE" because of our deep roots in our community and organic urban fashion sense. Diversity in the workplace is important to me because the more with whom we can identify, the more WE can grow.”

“Diversity is the art of uniting. When you gather people of varying backgrounds, cultures and beliefs, you round up different work styles, thought processes and perspectives. These advantages help spark creativity, improve efficiency and get businesses closer to customers. Businesses can boost innovation, improve decision-making and use their workforce more effectively by being diverse. Our H&R Block office at 1375 Madison Ave in Bridgeport, has a staff as diverse as our customer base. Those differences help us drive businesses and enable us to effectively reach out to our community.”

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CONGRATULATIONS TO

Tyneadrian Bledsoe and all the honorees for being named 2016 Celebrating Diversity Champions! Tyneadrian Bledsoe, finalist and nominee for the Outstanding Entrepreneur and Visionary Award, is probably best represented by the stories that depict her humble beginnings and the businesses that are the realizations of her dreams. All in between lies her hands-on, life-giving work she refers to as her mission. Behavioral Solutions NY, Inc. 2150 Central Park Avenue, Suite 208 Yonkers, New York 10710 914.793.2900 | www.bsnyi.org Elite Success Community 26 Legion Drive Valhalla, New York 10595

Congratulations to Evena Williams Stamford Health congratulates our colleague Evena Williams on her nomination in the “Visionary� category. For over ten years Evena has brought innovation, passion, and an exemplary level of customer service to our Human Resources department and its recruiting efforts. Her dedication to our organization and its mission is truly remarkable and we are proud to have her as part of the Stamford Health team.

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DIVERSITY CHAMPIONS

CELEBRATING DIVERSITY IN BUSINESS

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Outstanding Entrepreneur

FANNIE ALEMAN

WILEY HARRISON, CPA

SABRINA HOSANG JORDAN

FOUNDER AND CEO MYQTB.COM — INTERNATIONAL BILINGUAL BUSINESS DIRECTORY “Diversity contributes to a richer and better rounded workplace. I am fortunate to have role models that taught me to see the qualities that make me different as assets and stepping stones instead of roadblocks. This inspired me to promote the development of immigrants, women and other minorities by encouraging them to take on roles of leadership, pursue entrepreneurship and aim to excel in their personal and professional lives. MyQTB.com embodies this belief by connecting worldwide users with product and service providers in spite of language and technology gaps.”

CEO THE BUSINESS OF YOUR BUSINESS

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER CARIBBEAN FOOD DELIGHTS

“Diversity is about inclusion and ensuring that as many perspectives as possible are at the table. I am very fortunate to work with a diverse set of business and nonprofit organizations in Westchester, a county that is itself very diverse. I believe that business can do good, even as they do well. The internship program at my company, in which I am involved hands-on, is an opportunity as much for the interns, as it is for the company, to ensure that we remain responsive and relevant to young people from diverse backgrounds. Nothing is more important to me than service to my community and that includes the opportunities I've had to contribute on both the state and county levels. What rings true across the board, is that each of us has a role to play in building a culture of inclusion — indeed to “champion diversity,” a role we shouldn't take for granted. We all stand on the shoulders of others and we should be prepared to offer our shoulders to the next generation.”

“Having been born and raised in the Bronx and having a multicultural background of Jamaican, Chinese and Scottish, I grew up in a diverse culture. My parents, ChineseJamaicans, instilled in me the importance of embracing diversity despite one’s difference. Therefore, I grew up with a sense of inclusion, accepting diversity, which is more than race, class or religion. At work, our employees are a diverse group and we are accommodating to all, no matter who they are and where they are from. Our business lies in the talents of our diverse workforce and we wouldn’t change that for anything.”

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Congratulations to Glenn Wu for being named a Diversity Champion. We’re honored to have you on our team.

Glenn Wu

Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS# 430023

All of us at Tompkins Mahopac Bank would like to congratulate Glenn Wu on being named a Diversity Champion by Westfair Communications. Glenn has helped countless customers over the last few years achieve their dreams of homeownership. We are pleased to see him recognized. We are even more pleased that he works with us.

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Congratulations to Philharmonic Executive & Artistic Director Joshua Worby, a Diversity Champion Nominee!

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Outstanding Entrepreneur

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Outstanding Entrepreneur

NORA MADONICK

AGATHE NGO LIKOBA

JACQUELINE VAZQUEZ

FOUNDER AND CEO ARCH STREET COMMUNICATIONS INC.

PRESIDENT AND CEO LIKOBA LLC

CEO AND EVENT PLANNING SPECIALIST LIFETIME EVENTS BY JACQUELINE

“I founded Arch Street Communications on the principle that diversity drives better outcomes. Our strategic communications and public outreach work focuses in part on engaging under-served and underrepresented populations in public and private sector transportation and energy projects. That work is complemented by a focus on related policy initiatives, collaborating with elected officials and large prime contractors to further their commitment to building diversity in the workplace and the marketplace. I proudly lead our team in advancing meaningful work that changes, saves and improves the lives of Americans and work tirelessly to promote the advancement of women and minorityowned businesses.”

“I have been involved in the community by volunteering, donating and contributing. I am a Junior Achievement volunteer at Mead School in Ansonia. I participate in different fundraising and races for pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, miscarriages, veterans and Hirschsprung disease, which my daughter was diagnosed with at birth. The amazing care of doctors and nurses at Yale New Haven hospital saved her life. It is a commitment for me to raise awareness about this rare disease and donate to the children’s hospital at Yale New Haven. My goal for next year is to fundraise for our veterans, the wounded warriors and hunger.”

“As an entrepreneur and leader in the event industry, my contribution has been to educate and build relationships. The event industry is extremely diverse and as we better educate ourselves we are strengthening our connections and experience with our clients, colleagues and our community. A few key points important to my company are accountability, respect and knowing that it’s not about us it’s about everyone. At Lifetime Events by Jacqueline we not only celebrate events, we celebrate everyone’s unique value. Our diversity motto: Understanding+Empathy+Respect +Commitment+Teamwork=Diverse Workforce.”

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Outstanding Entrepreneur

Standard-Bearer

Standard-Bearer

BRANDALYN FULTON WILLIAMS

IZORA EBRON

LAQUITA E. HARRIS

MAKEUP ARTIST AND COUPLEPRENEUR WILLYUM ENTERPRISES, INC. “The foundation of any and all my relationships are intertwined with inclusiveness and genuine dialogue. To truly succeed in business, it is important to take the time to be sincere, aware and recognize that business is personal. I celebrate on a daily basis what makes all cultures unique through education, inspiration and connecting with people to share thoughts, feelings and ideas. I love that through beauty and WillYUM Spice I actively contribute to realworld experiences that embrace and promote diversity in beauty, entertainment and the culinary arts.”

ASSOCIATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OPEN DOOR SHELTER INC.

EMPLOYER RELATIONS MANAGER THE WORKPLACE

“I have contributed by helping to create and maintain a diversified environment in hiring practices for the population we serve and teaching training staff and clients the importance of respecting one's difference. Diversity in the workplace is important because it helps to present and promote a culture that we truly have an interest in all people and their well-being.”

“My direct contribution has been to use a holistic approach to diversity, identifying new target markets to cultivate customers and sales efforts. I’ve been able to reach new ethnic and niche markets to leverage multicultural community initiatives. Multigenerational and multicultural customers bring talent with fresh ideas and perspectives. When people feel respected and their differences are embraced, they are better able to realize their full potential and make a meaningful contribution to their workplace. Diversity in the workplace should go beyond race and gender, it should encompass lifestyle challenges such as family, alternative work schedules, child and elder care resources and referrals.”

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Standard-Bearer

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JACQUELINE HATTAR

NELSON MERCHAN

JENNIFER RUOFF

PARTNER WILSON ELSER

CEO AND BUSINESS ADVISOR CLICROI LLC & CT SBDC

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

“Promoting diversity is woven into the fabric of my business. Not only do I work for a firm that supports diversity, but I help to further its commitment to diversity. I serve on its national diversity and inclusion committee and help to plan its annual firmwide Diversity Day event. I also played a pivotal role in launching Women Attorneys Valued & Empowered (WAVE), an initiative created to ensure the firm continues to meet the needs of its women attorneys. Diversity in the workplace is important as it fosters creativity and innovation and as a result, contributes to a business’s success.”

“As an entrepreneur, I have always worked with a diverse group of web designers and experts managing online advertising campaigns. As a business advisor, I go the extra mile to identify entrepreneurs from diverse groups and invite them to become my clients. Pursuing the American dream is alive. I have worked with 200-plus startups and existing companies and love providing business advice and seeing many of them grow. I do not speak Portuguese but I managed to make a brief presentation to Portuguese-speaking Danbury residents. The more than 20 attendees appreciated the effort.”

“As the executive director of the Irvington Diversity Foundation Inc., I sponsor anti-bullying and diversity awareness and acceptance programs and produce performances in the Irvington schools and community. My goal is to have a community where differences are embraced instead of merely tolerated. I believe that everyone, regardless of anything that makes them a minority by looking or feeling different, has the right to live free of discrimination or harassment. Everyone has the right to feel comfortable in his or her own skin and I strive to make that a reality.”

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Standard-Bearer

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MECCA SANTANA

DESIREE WOLFE

LARRY WOODARD

VICE PRESIDENT, DIVERSITY & COMMUNITY RELATIONS/ CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICER WESTCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER HEALTH NETWORK “I ensure that diversity best practices are tied to our mission, aligned with our goals and woven into the fabric of our culture. Working with internal leadership and external partners from the community, I lead initiatives that leverage the strength of our diversity to create inclusive environments, promote patient-centered care, support enriched work experiences and foster health and wellness in the region. Having spent my entire career advocating for equity, access and increased opportunities for vulnerable populations, I truly appreciate the importance and the impact of this work.”

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT MANAGEMENT WEBSTER BANK “As a second-generation American born to Jamaican immigrants, I've always understood that our strength lies in our differences. We harness that strength by embracing a diversity that goes beyond just gender and race to include the diversity of thoughts and ideas. I bring this perspective into every team meeting, boardroom, negotiation — every leadership decision I make. Diversity in the workplace leads to more: better decisions, greater innovation, higher profits. It is through the constant care and celebration of our differences — at times extraordinary and exasperating — that we will succeed.”

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PRESIDENT AND CEO GRAHAM STANLEY ADVERTISING “My long-held belief and one that has fueled the success of my company has been to view diversity as a nexus for broad-based, impactful creative development. Ad agencies are asked to create campaigns that reach large segments of the population. Our psychographic approach works best when the people creating it have a broad worldview. We accomplish this by hiring a diverse staff and using a diverse pool of freelancers. The success of our business and the businesses of our clients depends on our ability to curate ideas from a group that is multicultural and diverse in gender and perspective.”


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GLENN WU

KATIE BANZHAF

TYNEADRIAN BLEDSOE

MORTGAGE LOAN ORIGINATOR TOMPKINS FINANCIAL BANK

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR STAR INC., LIGHTING THE WAY

CEO BEHAVIORAL SOLUTIONS NY INC.

“I am honored and take great pride being named a diversity champion. As a mortgage loan originator, when I perform any task, I challenge myself to be the best no matter who I am working for. Every mortgage application is unique in its own way. Therefore, every loan application is diverse. I always proceed with the thought, “What is best for my client and how can I help them achieve their homeownership goals?” I perform my duties with the utmost in professionalism. Here at Tompkins Mahopac Bank, we know how important diversity is and I uphold our values every day.”

“Throughout my career I have witnessed the benefit to companies that hire a diverse workforce, which includes people with disabilities. In the right job, with the right supports, it is their abilities that shine and the company who benefits. STAR was founded on the principles of diversity and inclusion. Our mission is to create opportunities for our neighbors with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live full lives with independence and personal growth by providing support, services and advocacy. We encourage the community to recognize and appreciate the value of all individuals.”

“Behavioral Solutions NY Inc. (BSNYI) has established a diversity culture by its hiring practices. We give at-risk individuals from all cultures opportunities for growth and empowerment. BSNYI's mission is be a change agent and innovative network for people in need. In our direct community, our agency offers comprehensive supportive services to a diverse population in communities where there is a great need. As a single mother with three AfricanAmerican males, I learned (quickly) the importance of diversity and education. I developed a business that has and will continue to offer jobs, education and support and services to at-risk individuals. My background in behavioral training allowed for the clinical applications to enhance my agency business practices. As the founder and CEO of Behavioral Solutions NY, we are highly honored to serve all cultures, races and economic backgrounds.”

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JORGE GARCIA

JESSICA GROSSARTH

MONA LAU

DIRECTOR OF NEW ENGLAND OPERATIONS A PLUS TECHNOLOGY AND SECURITY SOLUTIONS “Our diverse backgrounds and experience define us. Here's my story: I grew up in Bridgeport and attended public schools. Not too long after graduation, I landed a custodial opportunity in city government. After several promotions, I left city government for an opportunity with an international nonprofit to build schools globally. I then came back home to run the city's Public Facilities Department, managing over 400 employees and overseeing hundreds of millions of dollars of transformational projects. Today, I'm director of New England Operations for A+ Technologies. Diversity drives success.”

PARTNER PULLMAN & COMLEY LLC

PRESIDENT M LAU ADVISORS LLC

“Our firm's culture has always been an inclusive one grounded upon an acceptance of its people no matter what sets each person apart from the next. To celebrate that culture, I led an effort, including outside diversity organizational leadership and involvement, education concerning implicit bias, recruiting goals to attract attorneys of color, joining and supporting a local minority supplier organization and creating the LGBT Section of our bar association. Diversity is a basic characteristic of human society. Without it and without embracing it, we cannot and won't effectively function.”

“When I started the Women on Wall Street conference, I aimed to create an industry forum for connecting all Wall Street professional women. Networking was fun and much needed in 1994. Fast forward to 2000, when I received my first angry threat from a European colleague over my GLBT work in the continent. I knew I was on the right track. Diversity work was not just about fun networking, it was also about corporate decency and human rights. Today, global diversity is a necessity for all businesses to succeed in managing employees and clients alike, across gender, geography and generations.”

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MARCIA MACNEILL

DR. JACKQUELINE MCLEAN-MARKES

MERRY MOUROUZIS

FINANCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONAL NEW YORK LIFE INSURANCE CO.

DENTIST MCCLEAN SMILES

PAYROLL MANAGER HISCOX INC.

“Being 100 percent Ecuadorian I understand that life insurance is somewhat foreign to our Latino culture so my job at my company has become one of an educator. Seeing the look in my clients’ eyes when I deliver a policy to them is priceless to me. I believe in paying it forward and I sympathize with many having been an immigrant in a new country myself not too long ago. Diversity is the spice of life. Everyone has something special to contribute and to teach. Keeping an open mind and embracing different cultures is key in contributing to the incredible melting pot that makes our country so great!”

“Diversity in the workplace is important for growth and strength. As a company we are constantly trying to improve internally as a staff as well as our interaction with the community. Diversity from a variety of ethnic and racial groups as well as age and sex are crucial to improve all aspects of a business. Our ultimate goal is customer service and satisfaction. As a employer I will always listen to new ideas and be open to change. Everyone has a voice and must be heard with respect.”

“I embrace and recognize the beauty and benefits of diversity, as each one of us have different talents and experiences, which can contribute to an overall greater variety of solutions and ideas. Diversity enables me to perform at my highest level and contributes to my ability to adapt and communicate effectively with individuals from various levels and backgrounds. Even in the most diversity-challenging circumstances, opportunities arise allowing for focus on solutions rather than situations. The result is a perspective with a glass half-full view that helps to increase productivity and morale.”

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SHARON ROWE

CHANEL WARD

EVENA WILLIAMS

CEO AND FOUNDER ECO-BAGS PRODUCTS INC. “ECOBAGS® — Our contribution is baked into how and why we exist. We are a values-based brand, focused on doing well for the commons, with a "leave no trace," triple bottom line, people, planet and profit approach. Our team, partners, suppliers, customers and fans are global. Working for clean air and clean water is what unites us. If, in 2016, we are still asking "why" diversity is important, then I'm flat out floored. The answer is obvious. We need to activate and address the urgent problems affecting all of us, together. We need to be the change we want to see in the world.”

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, DIVERSITY EDUCATION AND TRAINING NEW YORK UNIVERSITY “As the former director of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs at Fairfield University, I had the honor of implementing diversity and inclusion strategies on multiple levels. I supported daily operations, which included academic and social-emotional support, as well as programming. I also had the pleasure of partnering with senior leadership to explore campus climate and its connection to short- and long-term goals. Diversity in the workplace is important to me because it supports the overall message and goal of higher education. It allows community members to expand scope, perception and relation to oneself in our global world.”

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SENIOR HR LEADER STAMFORD HEALTH “As an HR leader at Stamford Health, I ensure we recruit and retain a superior workforce that lives our values, is reflective of the community we serve and embraces health care today. I am successful because I model the organization’s value and implement innovative ideas. Recently, I presented at a national conference and shared our success of hiring 22 employees in 45 days using online tools, local organizations and an “American Idol”-style career fair. Our partner agreements also address diversity. An expansive network provides us with candidates that stimulate creativity for an engaged workplace guided by our “patientcentered” model.”


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ARTISTIC AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WESTCHESTER PHILHARMONIC “A lack of diversity in classical music has taken on an industrywide urgency, but has long been a priority for us. Even with earnest efforts that get instruments into kids’ hands, dividends are incremental. We cannot wait years to attract a diverse audience. Our approach is to personify on stage what we hope to see in the audience. Over the past 10 seasons, we engaged 27 conductors and soloists of African-American, Hispanic and Asian backgrounds. Women conductors and composers (similarly underrepresented) appeared in seven of those seasons. Work needs to be done but our efforts are unique among U.S. orchestras”

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JOSHUA WORBY

Congratulations DR. JACKQUELINE MCLEAN-MARKES MCLEAN SMILES Thank you for your outstanding support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and your positive impact on the community. - LLS Staff

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Ntim Abrokwa, We Are Alumnus • Reynold Alabre, H&R BLOCK • Fannie Aleman, Genesis Companies • Katie Banzhaf, STAR, INC., LIGHTING THE WAY • Tyneadrian Bledsoe, Behavioral Solutions NY Inc. and Elite Success Community • Izora Ebron, The Open Door Shelter • Delia Farquharson, Executive Medical Solutions • Lindsay Farrell, The Open Door Family Medical Centers • Jorge Garcia, A Plus Technology and Security Solutions • Danielle Gesualdi, Skanska USA Building • Joan Grangenois-Thomas, JGT Public Relations • Jessica Grossarth, Pullman & Comley, LLC • LaQuita Harris, The WorkPlace Inc. , Platform to Employment & The Retail Career Academy • Wiley Harrison, CPA, The Business of Your Business • Jacqueline Hattar, Wilson Elser • Michelle Hopson, Hopson Consultancy, LLC • Sabrina Hosang, Caribbean Food Delights • Marcia MacNeill, New York Life Insurance Company • Allison Madison, Madison Approach Staffing • Nora Madonick, Arch Street Communications, Inc. (ASC) • Dr. Jackqueline Mclean-Markes, McLeanSmiles • Nelson Merchan, CT Small Business Development Center • Merry Mourouzis, Hiscox Inc. • Agathe Ngo Likoba, Likoba LLC • Dr. Marie O’Connor, NORDIC Cryotherapy • Christopher Oldi, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley • Nickay Piper, Market Grub Media, DigiCampus • Sharon Rowe, Eco-Bags Products, Inc. • Jennifer Ruoff, Irvington Diversity Foundation • Mecca Santana, Westchester Medical Center Health Network • Mona Siu- Kan Lau, Manhattanville School of Business • Jacqueline Vazquez, Lifetime Events by Jacqueline • Chanel Ward, Fairfield University • Jonelle Ward, Alzheimer’s Association • Brandalyn Williams, WillYUM Spice • Evena Williams, Stamford Health • Desiree Wolfe, Webster Bank • Larry Woodard, Graham Stanley Advertising • Joshua Worby, Westchester Philharmonic • Glenn Wu, Tompkins Mahopac Bank

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