PDJ Announces Winners of the 2016 Women Worth Watching Awards

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2016 Women Worth Watching Award Winners

Profiles in Diversity Journal today proudly announces the winners of the 15th Annual Women Worth Watching Awards®. In celebrating the 15th year anniversary, there have been 162 nominations selected as 2016 winners.

These leaders join the ranks of thousands of past winners, several whom have gone on to become CEO of fortune 500 companies. While countless others have moved forward to lead new business units, drive new markets, launch new ventures, and help develop the next generation of women leaders.

“Collectively, these women are forging ahead with global acclaim in strategies that are making a difference in their workplace, marketplace and around the world,” PDJ Publisher James Rector said. “These leaders bring an array of life experiences and views that consistently produce a variety of new concepts and ideas,” he added.

The 2016 Women Worth Watching Award® recipients are:

  • 3M, Tamie Minami, Vice President, Latin America
  • Aflac Incorporated, June Howard, Senior Vice President, Financial Services; Chief Accounting Officer
  • Akraya, Inc., Sonu Ratra, Co-Founder/ President
  • Alcoa, Vas Nair, Executive VP HR & Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability
  • Allegheny College, Ande Diaz, Associate Provost for Diversity & Organizational Development
  • American Airlines, Heather Garboden, Vice President Financial Planning
  • American Express, Nicole Stoner, Head of Supply Chain Inclusion
  • Applied Materials, Joanne Bal, Managing Director, Segment Business Counsel
  • Arrow Electronics, Allison Sabia, Vice President, Sales Enablement
  • Assurant Brazil, Ana Paula Almeida Santos, Legal Director
  • Assurant, Inc., Rebekah Biondo, Vice President, Strategy and M&A
  • Assurant, Inc., Tammy Schultz, President, Global Preneed Business
  • AT&T, Anne Chow, President Integrator Solutions
  • AT&T, Jennifer Biry, Senior Vice President, Global Solutions and Sales Operations
  • AT&T, Norberta Noguera, Vice President, Global Service Delivery
  • AT&T, Kay Kapoor, President, Global Public Sector Solutions
  • Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider, Gail Gottehrer, Partner
  • Barry University, Leticia Diaz, Dean and Professor Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
  • Booz Allen Hamilton, Dee Dee Helfenstein, Senior Vice President
  • Brinker Capital, Amy Magnotta, Senior Investment Manager
  • California Community Foundation, Nike Irvin, Vice President, Programs
  • Campbell Soup Company, Tara Smith, Deputy Corporate Secretary and Corporate Counsel
  • Canadian Mental Health Association, Rebecca Shields, Chief Executive Officer
  • Capital One, Emilia Lopez, Managing Vice President
  • Carmeuse Lime & Stone, Melissa Croll, Vice President, Human Resources
  • Catalyst, Brande Stellings, Vice President, Corporate Board Services
  • Cathedral Capital, Inc., Brooke Lively, President
  • CBRE, Jennifer Ashley, Global Director of Human Resources
  • Charter School Business Management Inc., Heather Blumberg, Director
  • Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, Brenda Herschbach Jarrell, Co-Chair of Intellectual Property and Life Sciences Groups
  • Choate, Hall & Stewart, LLP, Melissa Tearney, Partner
  • Cisco, Francine Katsoudas, Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer
  • Comcast Corporation, Myrna Soto, Senior Vice President, Global Chief Information Security Officer
  • Cooper Standand, Christine Krathwohl, Vice President, Global Supply Chain & Corporate Officer
  • Cox Automotive, Inc., Nuan Openshaw-Dion, Vice President, Professional Services
  • Cox Automotive, Inc., Lydia V. James, Senior Director Inside Sales
  • Cox Automotive, Inc., Jane Gitere, Senior Director Commercial Sales
  • Craig Communications, Tracy Craig, Principal/Owner
  • Dechert LLP, Catherine Botticelli, Partner, White Collar and Securities Litigation
  • Delta Airlines, Inc., Marguerite "Meg" Taylor, Associate General Counsel
  • Denny's, April Kelly-Drummond, Director, Diversity Affairs and Multicultural Engagement
  • Dialog, Tania Oppedisano, National Director of Human Resources
  • Diverst, Inc., Lucy Keoni, Senior Advisor
  • Elektrobit, Manuela Papadopol, Director Business Development and Communications
  • Entergy Texas, Inc., Sallie Rainer, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Equis Staffing, Carrie Nebens, Principal
  • ERA Real Estate, Sue Yannaccone, Chief Operating Officer
  • ESPN, Rosalyn Durant, Senior Vice President, College Networks
  • Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Jocelyn Evans, Vice President, Enrollment Management
  • EY, Leslie D.J. Patterson, Southeast Region Talent Leader/Strategic Growth Markets Leader
  • FedEx Express, Jill Brannon, Senior VP Sales in Europe/ Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa
  • First Tennessee, Lynne Walker, Executive Vice President, Director of Affinity Banking Strategy
  • Fish & Richardson, Linda Liu Kordziel    Principal
  • Fish & Richardson, Cynthia Johnson Walden, Principal and Practice Group Leader, Trademark and Copyright Group
  • Fish & Richardson, Natalie Arbaugh, Principal
  • FordHarrison LLP, Tiffany Downs, Partner
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Valerie Ford Jacob, Partner
  • Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies, Vicky Jandreau, Director of Growth, North America
  • Full Circle Insights, Bonnie Crater, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Garden City Group, Christi Cannon, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Development
  • GE, Linda Boff, Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer
  • Georgia Power, Lisa Smith, Region Manager, Metro South Region
  • Gibbons P.C., Camille Otero, Director, Real Property & Environmental Department
  • Golden State Foods, Shellie Frey, Group Vice President, Corporate Communications
  • Great Basin Scientific, Inc., Sandra Nielsen, Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing & HR
  • Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Annapoorni Sankaran, Shareholder
  • HARMAN International, Sripriya Raghunathan, Senior Director, Systems and Software Engineering
  • HARMAN International, Jessica Garvey, Vice President and General Manager, Headphones & Wearables
  • Hawthorne, PNC Family Wealth®, Nicole Perkins    Executive Vice President, Managing Executive of Hawthorn, PNC Family Wealth
  • Haynes and Boone, LLP, Kenya Woodruff, Partner
  • HD Supply, Inc., Susan Stucker, Vice President - Legal, Litigation, Risk and Employment
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Caroline Tsay, Vice President and General Manager, Online Channel
  • Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP, Dorit Ungar Black, Founding Partner
  • Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP, Blair Kaminsky, Associate
  • Honeywell UOP, Rebecca Liebert, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • HP Inc., Tracy Keogh, Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Hudson Allergy, Julie Kuriakose, M.D. and Co-Founding Partner
  • IAC Applications, Niti Bashambu, Chief Analytics Officer
  • ICON Information Consultants, Pamela O'Rourke, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Imprint Plus, Kristin MacMillan, President
  • IMS Technology Services and Operations, Dorothea Henderson, Senior Director, IT Systems
  • Integra LifeSciences Corporation, Abigail Epane-Osuala, Human Resources Leader
  • Jones Walker LLP, Marjorie A. McKeithen, Partner
  • Juniper Networks, Lisa Guess, Vice President of Systems Engineering
  • Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP, Linda Kornfeld, Partner
  • Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP, Jennifer Recine, Partner
  • Kelly Services, Dinette Koolhaas, Vice President and Operations Leader, EMEA Region
  • KeyCorp, Trina Evans, Executive Vice President, Director of Corporate Center
  • KPMG, Tracy Benard, National Managing Partner, Advisory
  • Latham & Watkins LLP, Sarah Ray, Global Co-Chair of the Women Enriching Business (WEB) Committee, Litigation & Trial Partner
  • Leadspace, Inc., Sherrod Patching, Vice President of Customer Success
  • Legg Mason Global Asset Management, Ursula Schliessler, Chief Administrative Officer
  • Levenfeld Pearlstein, Angela Hickey, Executive Director
  • Lincoln Financial Group, Jamie Ohl, President, Retirement Plan Services
  • Linkage, Laura Stone,     Vice President, Inclusive Leadership
  • LinkedIn, Joanna Pomykala    , Senior Director - Sales Productivity
  • LinkedIn, Zoë Diamadi, Senior Director - Business Operations
  • LinkedIn, Lora Blum, Vice President, Legal - Corporate & Assistant Secretary
  • LinkedIn, Shannon Stubo, Senior Vice President - Global Head of Marketing & Corporate Communications
  • Lucasfilm, Lynwen Brennan    , EVP & General Manager
  • Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP,    Katherine Neville, Partner
  • Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP, Heather Kissling, Partner and Chair, Biotechnology
  • Mayer Brown LLP, Lisa Ferri, Partner and Lead of IP New York practice
  • MillerCoors, Britt Dougherty, Senior Director, Marketing Insights
  • Mindtree Ltd., Joelle Smith, Travel, Transportation & Hospitality Industry Group Head
  • Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, Melanie Figueroa, Corporate and Office Managing Partner for New York
  • Moss Adams LLP, Bertha Minnihan, Partner
  • MUFG Union Bank, N.A., Marianne Bamonte, Managing Director, Global Trust Services Division Manager
  • NASA Johnson Space Center, Vanessa Wyche, Director of Exploration Integration and Science
  • Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, Leah Schleicher, Partner
  • New American Funding, Patty Arvielo, President
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Denise Sharperson, Assistant General Counsel and Director of Diversity Initiatives
  • New York Life, Kelli Parsons, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer
  • New York Power Authority, Kristine Pizzo, Senior Vice President Human Resources and Enterprise Shared Services
  • NextGear Capital, Patty Turner, Senior Director of Corporate Administration
  • Northwestern Mutual, Kimberley Goode, Vice President, Communications & Corporate Affairs
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Ester Banque, Vice President & Head, Immunology & Dermatology Business Unit
  • Optimus Ventures / Meera Kaul Foundation, Meera Kaul, Chief Executive Officer, Optimus Ventures; Chair, Meera Kaul Foundation
  • Pay it Forward Processing, Renee VanHeel, Founder and President
  • Plan International Canada, Deborah Singh, Vice President, Organizational Effectiveness
  • PNC Bank, N.A, Alicia Powell, Managing Chief Counsel
  • Prudential Financial, Inc., Michele Alcazar, Vice President, Operations & Strategy
  • RBC Wealth Management-U.S., Janet Engels, Director, Portfolio Advisory Group
  • Reed Smith LLP, Kit Chaskin, Partner and Global Director of the Women's Initiative Network
  • Renzei Holdings, Inc., Julia Huang, President/ Chief Executive Officer
  • Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP, Julia Lu, Partner
  • Robins Kaplan LLP, Kathleen Flynn Peterson, Partner
  • Rocana, Rachel Taylor, Vice President of Operations
  • Rocket Fuel, Kiwoba Allaire, Executive Director
  • Salt River Project, Lori Singleton, Director of Customer Programs & Operations Support
  • SAP, Penelope Delgadillo Valencia, SVP, Audience & Strategic Partners Marketing
  • SAP, Zarina Lam Stanford, Head of Marketing, Asia Pacific & Japan
  • Seasons, Linda Conklin, President, Chief Executive Officer
  • Sodexo, Inc., Deborah Gutierrez Schloss, Regional Vice President, Operations
  • Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C., Tracy-Gene Durkin, Director
  • Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C., Eldora Ellison, Director
  • Stikeman Elliott LLP, Ramandeep Grewal, Counsel, Knowledge Management
  • Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Sharon Nelles, Partner
  • Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP    , Vanessa Scott, Partner and Chief Diversity Officer
  • Syniverse, Mary Clark, Chief Marketing Officer
  • Terex Corporation, Linda McAvoy, President, Terex Financial Services
  • Textron Systems, Kim Schleiff, Vice President of Marketing and Communications
  • The Walt Disney Company, Catherine Powell, Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand
  • The Walt Disney Company, Tricia Wilber, EVP, CMO and GM of Disney Media +, EMEA
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific, Sue Rice, Corporate Senior Vice President, Human Resources
  • Totum Wealth, Min Zhang, Chief Executive Officer
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing    , Janette Hostettler, General Manager, Paint, Plastics, & Plant Engineering
  • Troostwijk Auctions & Valuations, Ghislaine Duijmelings, Chief Executive Officer
  • Ulmer & Berne LLP, Patricia Shlonsky, Partner and Chair, Tax and Employee Benefits Practice Groups
  • UnitedHealthcare, Vidya Raman-Tangella, Head of Innovation Center of Excellence
  • UnitedHealthcare Community & State, Ana Fuentevilla, Chief Medical Officer
  • Universal Reprographics Inc., Rikki Gerson-Parry, Chief Executive Officer
  • Vectren Corporation, Susan Hardwick, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
  • Walden University, Janet Williams, Dean, Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
  • Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., Kimberly R. Scardino, Senior Vice President, Global Controller and Chief Accounting Officer
  • Walmart Stores, Inc., Phyllis Harris, General Counsel Legal Operations
  • WellCare health Plans, Inc., Kelly Munson, Senior Vice President, Division President and Medicaid Product
  • WilmerHale, Jeannie Rhee, Partner
  • WilmerHale, Lia Der Marderosian, Partner
  • WilsonHCG, Kim Pope, Executive Vice President, Recruitment Solutions
  • YMCA of the USA, Lynda Gonzales-Chavez, Senior Vice President/Chief Diversity Officer

Their profiles in the upcoming Women Worth Watching edition will recognize and publicly celebrate their commitment and achievements. As the companies select the nominees for this award, it represents C-suite support of women in leadership, so we also enhance the visibility and reputations of the companies and organizations that empower, support, and employ these incredible women. The 2016 Women Worth Watching magazine edition will be available to the public in September.

Profiles in Diversity Journal is dedicated to promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the corporate, government, nonprofit, STEM, and higher education sectors. For nearly two decades, Diversity Journal has helped stimulate organizational change by profiling the visionary leadership, innovative programs, and individual commitments to making it happen.

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