Honoring the 2021 CEOs of the Year at the National Diversity & Leadership Conference

May 12, 2021 12:25 PM ET
Press Release

HOUSTON, May 12, 2021 /3BL Media/ - DiversityFirstTM will be hosting the 17th Annual National Diversity and Leadership Conference on April 21-22 and April 28-29, 2021. The conference will be held virtually with this year’s theme being “Be a Changemaker”. The four-day conference will honor a number of diverse talent from different industries.

Recipients of The CEO of the year must meet the following criteria:

  • Serve as President and/or CEO of an organization for at least three years
  • Demonstrate effective leadership toward advancing DEI at an enterprise level
  • Lead an organization that has financial solvency and good corporate citizenship
  • Be a recognized leader in his/her field or industry
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively create sustained organizational growth
  • Have a proven track record of investment and development of diverse groups within the organization

2021 Awardees

Andrew Hill
CEO, Excelsior

Calvin Butler
Chief Executive Officer, Exelon Utilities

Jeff Zucker
Chairman, WarnerMedia News and Sports & President, CNN Worldwide 

John Schlifske
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Northwestern Mutual 

Loretta J. Mester
CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland 

Lori J. Ryerkerk
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Celanese

Norman Abdallah
Chief Executive Officer, Gordon Ramsay North America

Sheila Talton
CEO, Gray Matter Analytics

About The National Diversity & Leadership Conference

With thousands of attendees, the 2021 National Diversity & Leadership Conference remains one of the largest diversity conferences in the nation. Offering extraordinary networking opportunities, professional development, and critical conversations surrounding diversity and inclusion, attendees are able to curate their experience for optimal learning and growth. This year’s conference will take place virtually on April 21-22 and 28-29. More information about the Diversity & Leadership Conference is available at http://nationaldiversityconference.com/2021/awards/ 


Alexus Christian
Communications Specialist