California Diversity Council Honors Professionals of 2013 at the Diversity and Leadership Conference

( April 15, 2013 -- Distinguished Professionals to be honored at 2013 California Diversity and Leadership Conference

CONCORD, CA - The California Diversity Council is hosting the 4th Annual California Diversity and Leadership Conference, in an effort to recognize and empower multiculturalism and leadership throughout the state of California. The event will be held from April 18-19 at the Hilton Concord, Concord, CA.

Throughout the conference, a series of awards will be given in recognition of leadership and excellence, including the 2013 Most Powerful &Influential Women Award, and the Multicultural Leadership Award.

"I am very proud to recognize these extraordinary individuals, who have risen above the numerous challenges and barriers barring their paths, and achieved success in their distinguished careers," said Dennis Kennedy, Founder and CEO of the National Diversity Council.
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Most Powerful and Influential Women Award Winners:

Mona Ameli         
General Manager  

Cristina Amorim
Chief Sustainability Officer
Life Technologies

Marie Andel
Northern California, Nevada & Utah Insurance

Eva Andres
Vice President, Human Resources
EMC Corporation

Elizabeth Atkins
Executive Vice President, Head of Global Expansion
Wells Fargo

Mary Cha-Caswell
Vice President, International I.T.
Gap Inc.   

Paula Collins
Chief Executive Officer
WDG Ventures

Clothide Hewlett
Nossaman LLP

Elana Hobson
Vice President, Operations
Jack in the Box                            

Karen Kahn
Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Communication

Valerie Lewis
Assistant Vice President & Assistant Secretary
Safeway Inc

Melissa Lora
Chief Financial and Development Officer
Taco Bell

Cheree McAlpine
Vice President and General Counsel
Avnet Inc.

Stephanie Neuvirth
Chief Human Resources and Diversity Officer
City of Hope National Medical Center

Kate Renswick-Espinosa
Chief Marketing Officer
VSP Global

Jennifer Rickard
Chief Diversity Officer
Hewlett Packard Company

Marci Rubin
Executive Director
California Minority Counsel Program

Jeanette Sanchez
Senior Vice President, Information Technology
AMN Healthcare

Robyn Tingley 
Vice President, HR & Communications
Ingram Micro

Wendy Urushima-Conn
President & CEO
Asian Business Association

Amy Wakeham
Vice President, Corporate Communication & Investor Relations
Cricket Communications

Multicultural Leadership Award Winners:

Renu Bhatia
Vice President, Business Development & Sales
Marvell Semiconductor Inc.

Tamara Blue
Vice President, Financial Consultant
Charles Schwab

Monica Bouldin
Executive Vice President, Consumer & Multicultural Marketing

Adriana Cabré
Vice President, Human Resources Amylin

Giri Durbhakula
Vice President, IT Business Partner CMO(Merchandising, Marketing, eCommerce) & Supply Chain

Rohit Ghai
Senior Vice President, Products & Solutions

Joan Harantani
Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius, LLP

Simon Kim
Pacific Group Business Line Director
Rail/Transit & Surface Transportation

Kurt Kwok
Vice President, Corporate Marketing 
Applied Materials

Paul Martin
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sharon Piper-Diggs
Director Global Diversity & Talent Acquisition

Myla Ramos

Sheldon Quan
Vice President, Associate General Counsel
The Clorox Company

Regina Wallace-Jones
Technology Operations Director
Parviz Yegani
Vice President, Architecture & Technology
Juniper Networks

About the California Diversity Council

The California Diversity Council (CADC) is a non-profit organization that was established in 2008 to help organizations and individuals expand their knowledge about diversity and inclusion in today's global society. The Council provides organizations with the opportunity to share best practices and learn from top corporate leaders about diversity and inclusion efforts. The California Diversity Council is part of the larger National Diversity Council, and has regional advisory boards in Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, Silicon Valley, and San Francisco.

More information about the California Diversity Council can be found at

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National Diversity Council
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