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LaQuenta Jacobs Appointed Chief Diversity Officer at XPO Logistics

Leading U.S. logistics company appoints LaQuenta Jacobs to newly created position


XPO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE: XPO), a leading global logistics provider of cutting-edge supply chain solutions to the most successful companies in the world, has announced the appointment of LaQuenta Jacobs to the newly created position of chief diversity officer, effective August 3, 2020. Jacobs will provide cultural leadership and strategic direction as an advocate of diversity, equity and inclusion at XPO, and will report directly to the chief executive officer.

Ms. Jacobs is a progressive human resources executive with 23 years of experience leading organizational development initiatives for global public companies. She joined XPO in 2018 as head of human resources for the company’s last mile business unit, with responsibility for HR and recruiting operations in the United States and Canada. Prior to XPO, Jacobs championed inclusivity in senior HR roles with Delta Air Lines, Inc., The Home Depot, Inc., Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc. and Georgia-Pacific Corporation, among others. She has a degree in psychology from Clark Atlanta University.

Bradley Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer of XPO Logistics, said, “I’m delighted that our first chief diversity officer is such a qualified candidate from within our own organization. LaQuenta is a unique talent – she cares deeply about the human aspects of diversity, and also knows how to advance cultural development within a public company of XPO’s size, with almost 100,000 employees. I look forward to working with LaQuenta in her new role.”

Source: XPO Logistics, Inc.

Wells Fargo Names New Head of Strategy, Digital and Innovation

Ather Williams will lead corporate strategic planning; define and manage digital platform standards and capabilities; and manage innovation priorities, opportunities, and company-wide efforts to drive transformation.


     Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) has announced that Ather Williams III will join the company this October as head of Strategy, Digital and Innovation. Mr. Williams will report to CEO Charlie Scharf and serve on the company’s Operating Committee.
     “Ather is a strong, experienced leader with nearly three decades of global banking experience and deep expertise in strategic planning and delivering digital and innovative solutions for customers and clients,” Scharf said. “He is uniquely qualified to lead this group that aligns our strategic, long-term planning efforts with our strong focus on creating a more innovative, digitally enhanced company.”
     In his new role at Wells Fargo, Williams will lead corporate strategic planning; define and manage digital platform standards and capabilities; and manage innovation priorities, opportunities, and companywide efforts to drive transformation. His team will work closely with the company’s Technology Group and business lines to deliver digital solutions and innovation to customers that are integrated, intuitive, and seamless across channels. The formation of this group was part of the company’s February 2020 organizational announcement.
     Ather Williams joins Wells Fargo from Bank of America where he worked for nine years and most recently served as head of Business Banking, which provides strategic advice and solutions to small and mid-sized United States companies. He also served as head of Global Transaction Services, which delivers traditional, mobile, and digital transaction banking solutions to companies and institutions globally and was awarded two patents in payments under his leadership. Mr. Williams spent eight years in leadership roles at JPMorgan Chase with responsibilities that included business segment strategies, products, and technology solutions in Treasury & Securities Services.
     He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and in 2019 was named to EMpower’s Top Ethnic Minority Executive Role Models and Diversity MBA Magazine’s “Top 100 Executive Leaders under 50.” Williams holds bachelor’s and master’s of business administration degrees from Harvard University.
     “I look forward to joining Wells Fargo and helping lead the transformation that is underway,” Williams said. “This new group will play a critical role in driving the company’s strategic planning efforts and working across businesses to deliver simple, easy, and convenient access to digital solutions and innovation and provide long-term value to customers and clients,” he added.
Source: Wells Fargo

Georgie Brophy Joins Noblis as Director of Business Development

Noblis Names Georgie Brophy as Director of Business Development for Space Systems

Noblis, a leading provider of science, technology and strategy services to the federal government has named former General Dynamics Missions System executive Georgie Brophy as Director of Business Development. Ms. Brophy brings significant experience in space systems including satellite ground systems and mission operations, and will focus on the growth of the company’s Space Systems portfolio.

“Georgie brings strong analytical and operational skills in satellite ground systems and mission operations,” said Mile Corrigan, vice president, Noblis Federal Civilian Solutions. “Her experience with NASA and NOAA satellite programs, including the former Space Shuttle program, spans over 20 years and we look forward to her contributions across our space business.”

Noblis applies its space systems expertise across many clients, including systems engineering for space situational awareness sensors, testing space protection systems and doctrine, and enhancing ground architecture to help ensure our nation’s space resilience. Noblis also provides high-quality advisory and technical services for clients’ C5ISR missions in space and other domains, and engineering services for the telecommunication and networking infrastructure of the National Airspace System. The company leverages its expertise in traffic management, from space traffic to autonomous surface transportation, to help enable new entrants like drones operate alongside existing traffic. Noblis also provides systems engineering for the development of multiple key systems required to ensure safe launch range operations.

“Georgie has extensive strategy and business development expertise and a true passion for the space sector,” said Matt Salter, vice president of Business Development, Noblis Federal Civilian Solutions. “In addition to her work with NASA and NOAA she has been active in the aerospace industry community serving as president of the board of the Maryland Space Business Roundtable and as co-founder of the Goddard Advocacy Partnership, where she now serves as vice president.”

Prior to joining Noblis, Brophy has served in senior management roles in strategy, client relations, business management and business development in the federal government and commercial sectors. In previous government contracting roles Brophy led Space Shuttle mission operations for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Hitchhiker Program and supported satellite mission operations for numerous science missions.

Brophy earned a master’s degree in International Business from the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Source: Noblis

Department of Commerce Appoints David Byrd as National Director of MBDA

The U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, has announced that David J. Byrd will be the new National Director of the Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA).  Mr. Byrd will be the eighteenth National Director of the agency.

Established by an Executive Order in 1969, MBDA is the only Federal agency solely dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of minority-owned businesses in the United States.

“David’s vast experience in public service and as an entrepreneur are true assets to MBDA and the Department of Commerce,” said Secretary Ross. “In his new role, I fully expect him to continue to provide the type of leadership that will lay the foundation to usher in the next 50 years of opportunities and growth for minorities as well as the country as a whole.”

Mr. Byrd joined MBDA in October 2019 as the National Deputy Director responsible for overseeing the day-to-day departmental operations and establishing a streamlined information portal to track Agency milestones and program execution. As MBDA National Director, Mr. Byrd will oversee the development and implementation of Agency initiatives, policy agenda, and federal grant programs.

“I am honored to be selected by Secretary Ross to lead the Minority Business Development Agency”, said Mr. Byrd. “I am proud to take the helm as the National Director following several of my career mentors who were instrumental in shaping the mission and strategic direction of MBDA since its founding in 1969. I look forward to continuing the Agency’s work ensuring the resiliency and growth of America’s minority-owned firms today, tomorrow, and for future generations of minority entrepreneurs.”

Prior to accepting the fourth presidential appointment of his career at MBDA, Mr. Byrd served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy Development, at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  His more than 28-year career in public service has included executive positions at the county, state, and federal levels. Mr. Byrd is also an experienced entrepreneur who owned and operated a consulting firm specializing in government relations, political consulting, executive and life skills coaching.

About the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

MBDA,, is the only Federal agency dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of U.S. minority-owned businesses through the mobilization and advancement of public and private sector programs, policy, and research. Our services better equip minority-owned firms to create jobs, build scale and capacity, increase revenues and expand regionally, nationally and internationally. For nearly 50 years, MBDA has been a dedicated strategic partner to all U.S. minority-owned businesses, committed to providing greater access to capital, contracts, and markets.

Source: Minority Business Development Agency

CMS Energy Names Angela Thompkins Chief Diversity Officer

CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), and its principle subsidiary Consumers Energy Corporation, announced Angela Thompkins, currently executive director of Inclusion and Strategic Talent Sourcing, will be appointed vice president & Chief Diversity Officer, effective August 1, 2020.

Ms. Thompkins will be responsible for setting and monitoring the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy, as well as partnering with leaders across the organization to improve results related to DEI. Additionally, she has responsibility for establishing and building relationships with communities and organizations that increase the availability of diverse talent within our long-term talent pipeline.

“Angela has a true passion for her work and is a champion for her co-workers and our company,” said Cathy Hendrian, senior vice president of People and Culture at CMS Energy and Consumers Energy. “Angela’s extensive background and wealth of experience helps her understand the unique perspectives we need to build a stronger, more inclusive organization, while ensuring every voice within the company is heard.”

Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, provides natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

Diversity Leader Beverly Jennings Launches the SEE Company

Advising, consulting and coaching corporations and business leaders to “see everyone elevate”

Beverly Jennings, former Head of Global Supplier Diversity and Inclusion at Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), has launched SEE Company to enable diversity-forward and inclusion-focused enterprises to achieve significant growth.

As Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Jennings brings her C-level business knowledge, values-driven leadership and supplier diversity expertise to corporations and business owners, preparing them to succeed in an ever-changing environment.

With her signature approach and energy, Jennings is leading SEE Company with her vision to “see everyone elevate.” As a trusted advisor and certified business coach, she offers strategies and guidance for executives to deliver measurable success. Her three decades of experience span customer service, process excellence, end-to-end supply chain management and business development.

Jennings also extends her knowledge to Boards of growth-oriented organizations. She is Vice Chair and Executive Committee member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable (BDR), a non-profit of companies spending $1 billion or more annually with diverse suppliers, which J&J joined as the first healthcare company. She co-chairs the BDR Global Committee and leads the BDR Triad, which connects corporations, diverse businesses and investors for growth.

She is a member of the Board of Directors for Turtle & Hughes, one of the largest independent electrical and industrial distributors in the nation, and serves on the Board of Rose International, one of the leading minority- and woman-owned providers of workforce and technology solutions.

Her previous role at Johnson & Johnson was Vice President, Worldwide Process Excellence, Consumer Group. Earlier, she was Director of Manufacturing at Vistakon, now Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, with responsibility for 1,200 employees. Prior to that she served in a variety of Director positions including Quality, Customer Service and Distribution. For eight years, she co-chaired the African American Leadership Council National Employee Resource Group with 35 chapters and 1,500 members. In addition to healthcare, Jennings’ management experience encompasses the retail and food industries.

Jennings previously served as a board member to the Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance, the Women Presidents’ Education Organization (WPEO), Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), Community First Credit Union and the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council.

She has been recognized as a champion, sponsor, mentor and advocate for business and community. These include J&J’s Top 25 People of the Year, the Diverse Manufacturing Supply Chain Alliance (DMSCA) Legacy Award, the WBE Hall of Fame and a Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneur (LWE) in New Jersey. She also received the WBENC Applause Award, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Masked Award, and was a Gateway Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction.

Source: See Company

Former NAACP President Ben Jealous Joins People for the American Way

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WASHINGTON, DC — The boards of directors of People For the American Way and People For the American Way Foundation are honored to announce that Benjamin Todd Jealous has been selected as the next president of both organizations. Jealous will take office on June 15. He succeeds Michael Keegan, who has served as president of the organizations for 11 years and will continue to serve as a member of both boards.

Over the last decade, PFAW donations grew by more than 50 percent, the number of individual donors doubled, and the number of activists who call themselves PFAW members grew threefold. The organization has won key political victories, expanded its programs to nurture the next generation of progressive leaders, brought fresh awareness to the dangerous increase in far-right influence and influencers, and helped bring issues including democracy reform and federal judicial nominations to the fore.

Jealous brings to the organization decades of experience as a leader, coalition builder and campaigner for social justice, and the ability to combine the heart and soul of an organizer with the change-making skills of a seasoned nonprofit executive. In 2008, he was chosen as the youngest-ever president and CEO of the NAACP. During his tenure, he doubled the organization’s budget, grew its online activist base by hundreds of thousands and increased its number of donors eightfold, from 16,000 to 132,000. He also positioned the organization at the forefront of critical social justice issues such as the Trayvon Martin case, the fight against voter ID laws and major protests over the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policies. He pushed for the organization to fight more aggressively for marriage equality, led efforts to register 374, 000 voters and mobilize 1.2 million new voters to the polls, and worked to pass key legislative accomplishments during President Obama’s first term, most notably the Affordable Care Act. In 2013, the Baltimore Sun named Jealous Marylander of the Year for his work on marriage equality, abolishing the death penalty and passing the DREAM Act. Jealous was the 2018 Democratic nominee for governor of Maryland, and most recently served as a partner at Kapor Capital. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and he has taught at Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania.

“Michael Keegan has been a visionary political leader at People For the American Way, investing strategically in key states and constituencies. At a time when so much is riding on Americans’ engagement in the political process, I am thrilled that we are passing the baton to Ben Jealous, who has a clear vision of what we’re fighting for and how to move us forward,” said Lara Bergthold, chair of the board of People For the American Way.

“Michael Keegan has led a transformed and transforming People For the American Way Foundation, one that is raising up and supporting progressive leaders who reflect the best of all of us. Ben Jealous embodies leadership that is committed to a more just and equitable America. We have been colleagues in the struggle and I am grateful to now have him as a colleague at People For,” said Rev. Timothy McDonald, chair of the board of People For the American Way Foundation.

“Serving as president of People For the American Way has been the honor of my life, and I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Ben Jealous as our incoming president. Ben is a proven leader, and an inspiring and visionary individual who will continue building PFAW’s advocacy for progressive values and policies. I look forward to cheering Ben on and helping in any way I can at this critically important juncture in our country’s and our organization’s history. PFAW is committed to shaping a more just future for all our communities and Ben is the right person to lead us in that mission,” said Michael Keegan, president of People For the American Way and People For the American Way Foundation.

“I could not be more grateful to Michael Keegan for his leadership of People for the American Way over the past decade, nor could I feel more honored and proud to welcome its new president, the former head of the NAACP, a stalwart American, the honorable Ben Jealous,” said Norman Lear, founder of People For the American Way and People For the American Way Foundation.

“I am thrilled to be joining PFAW at this critical moment, when the people of our nation urgently need change,” said Ben Jealous, president-elect of People For the American Way and People For the American Way Foundation. “We are facing critical elections this fall. The pandemic has highlighted the necessity of finishing the work of MLK, Barbara Jordan and FDR. And the rising generation in America has made clear that we must finally and fully reform the relationship between police and our communities. I’m honored to build on PFAW’s long tradition of multiracial organizing and defending freedom, opportunity, justice and equality. With the support of our great members, staff, and board, we will win the fights we must win.”

Jealous will assume leadership of PFAW/PFAWF following an extensive nationwide search for a visionary leader to continue the organizations’ trajectory of success. Jealous’s selection comes at one of the most challenging moments in our nation’s history, as we confront the need to address the systemic racism that infects our nation, fight a global pandemic that disproportionately affects communities that have been historically marginalized, and prepare for the most consequential election of our lifetimes.

About People For the American Way

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity.  Learn more:

Contact: Kawana Lloyd at People For the American Way


Phone Number: 240.472.2860

Source: People For the American Way

Brian Lamb Joins JPMorgan Chase as Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion

For Immediate Release(New York) – JPMorgan Chase announced that Mr. Brian Lamb has been named the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, a newly created position at the firm. Lamb, who will report to the firm’s Co-Presidents, will be responsible for executing a strategy that builds on the firm’s existing work and further incorporates a diversity lens into how the firm develops products and services, serves clients, helps communities and supports employees.

“Brian’s deep experience is precisely what we need to help our firm build on our diverse and inclusive culture, and drive it into every corner of our company,” said Gordon Smith, Co-President for JPMorgan Chase and CEO for Consumer & Community Banking. “Building a culture where all employees and customers are treated equally and feel welcome is a business imperative, and we’re fortunate to have Brian’s leadership in this critical area.”

This new role will strengthen and improve coordination of the firm’s existing strategy to support underserved communities as well as elevate the firm’s existing Diversity & Inclusion initiatives, including Advancing Black Pathways, Advancing Black Leaders, Military & Veterans Affairs, Women on the Move, the Office of Disability Inclusion, Global Supplier Diversity, and regional and line of business diversity functions. These focused efforts to-date have strengthened the firmwide culture in important and measurable ways.

The firm recently identified a number of areas across the company that, with enhanced, scaled or new programming or processes, would serve to ensure the firm’s culture is not one where racism can live or thrive. Those include enhancing the employee feedback process, making it easier for customers to access products and services in all branches, bolstering hiring to build a stronger pipeline of diverse talent, implementing additional required diversity and inclusion training firmwide, and increasing the diversity of businesses the firm partners with across the world.

“I’m excited to join JPMorgan Chase and help to further foster a culture where diversity and inclusion are a central and driving force,” said Brian Lamb, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, JPMorgan Chase. “A company that is diverse and inclusive can better serve our customers, employees and communities — and that is good for business.”

“Applying a diversity lens to everything we do is critical to running a successful business,” said Daniel Pinto, Co-President for JPMorgan Chase and CEO, Corporate & Investment Bank. “We are more effective when we take a diverse and inclusive approach to our work, and with Brian on board, I believe we’ll be more successful all around.”

Lamb joins JPMorgan Chase from Fifth Third Bank where he served as Executive Vice President and Head of Retail Banking. His 13 year career there included time as Head of Wealth & Asset Management and Chief Corporate Responsibility & Reputation Officer, where he was responsible for building the comprehensive strategic framework for the Bank’s civic commitments, inclusion & diversity and reputation management.

Throughout his career he has remained passionate about diversity and inclusion. Notably, he partnered with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition to launch a $30 billion community commitment that focused on access to capital for small businesses, first-time home ownership and educational opportunities for underserved communities and people of color.

He currently serves on the United Way Campaign Cabinet, Greater Cincinnati Urban League and is Vice Chair of the Florida Board of Governors. He previously served as Chair of the University of South Florida (USF) Board of Trustees where he also helped to lead a campaign to close the graduation rate achievement gap between women and people of color as compared to white students. While at USF, he mentored hundreds of women and minority students and established a scholarship fund for first-generation minority and female college students.

Brian also served as Chair of the Tampa Bay Partnership and held board positions with the Florida Bankers Association and Florida Council of 100.

Lamb holds a graduate degree from the Stonier Graduate Banking School at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of South Florida.

To learn more about JPMorgan Chase’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts, please visit

Source: JPMorgan Chase