National Diversity Council's Tech Inclusion Conference Announces Top 100 Diverse Leaders in Tech

Mar 23, 2021 2:30 PM ET
Press Release

United States, March 23, 2021 /3BL Media/ - The National Diversity Council is hosting the 2021 Inaugural Tech Inclusion Conference taking place Tuesday, March 23 through Thursday, March 25. This year's theme is “Inclusion Leads to Innovation.”  This virtual conference will have over 80 speakers who will discuss a variety of topics related to our ever-changing workplace, while affording organizations the opportunity to explore tools and resources necessary to build a diverse workforce and remain competitive on the global stage. During the conference, professionals will gain access to learning sessions held by industry experts and organizational tracks that highlights the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

The Top 100 Diverse Leaders in Tech meet the following criteria:

The Top 100 Diverse Leaders in Tech Award distinguishes a select group of individuals from diverse fields who exhibit exceptional leadership qualities. The focus of the award is to give prominence to the accomplishments of men and women who exceed the scope of what is expected in their organizations and communities. The award is open to upper level executives who hold considerable clout within their organizations. Recipients of this award must be nominated and undergo a rigorous selection process. To be considered for this award, individuals must meet the criteria in the following categories.

Professional Leadership

  • Retain an extraordinary background of developing, growing and improving organizations the individual has been or is currently affiliated with.

  • Demonstrate honesty, integrity, and fairness through ethical and moral leadership, enhancing the credibility of the individual and the organization as a whole.

  • Serve as a role model for other individuals in the profession by setting the example in ways that are consistent shared values and goals of their respective organizations.

Effective and Efficient Management

  • Empower those around them by promoting achievement, goal attainment and continuous advancement of his/her organization.

  • Effectively builds relationships with subordinates while encouraging and inspiring personal and professional development in colleagues.

  • Foster collaboration by promoting cooperative goals and building trust through employee inclusion and teamwork.


  • Challenge the norm by investigating and formulating challenging opportunities to change, grow, innovate and improve the organization’s mission and overall goals.

  • Inspire a shared vision by developing and communicating his/her vision for the future, and engaging others to actively participate in accomplishing that vision.

  • Foster a positive, creative work environment and embraces innovation and creativity in all aspects of their professional activities.

“The 2021 Top 100 Diverse Leaders in Tech showcases top upper level executives that are creating sustainable change and innovation within their organizations,” said Dennis Kennedy, Founder and Chair of the National Diversity Council. “Each year, we are amazed and inspired at the achievements of each awardee. The 2021 class is truly a powerful force.”

Aanchal Gupta


VP, Azure Security

Alexis Bjorlin

Broadcom Inc.

SVP & General Manager

Andrea Leszek


Chief Operating Officer, Technology

Anil Bhatt

Anthem, Inc


Antonio Daniels

Charter Communications

VP, Information Technology

Aylin Basom


Chief Customer Officer of the Americas

Brian Kuramoto


Vertical Vice President, Technology

Carol Houle


Senior Vice President, Global Head of Consulting & Marketing, FSI

Chandra Gundlapalli


Global VP, Applications

Cathleen Nilson


Vice President of Finance

Cheryl Keeler

T Mobile

Vice President

Christina Montgomery


VP, Chief Privacy Officer

Dana McGraw


Vice President, Audience Modeling & Data Science, Disney Advertising Sales

Dara Bazzano


SVP, Chief Accounting Officer

Dawn Drewry

Tyson Foods

Vice President, Global Functions Technology

Deepali Trehan

Intel Corporation

VP, General Manager

EJ Liao


VP of Product Management & Design

Evers-Hood, Melissa


Vice President, Consumer Sales and Operations

Ezrick Wiggins


Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions and Restructuring

Francisco Ramos


Vice President, Latin American Originals.

Haroon Taqi


Vice President of Information Technology

Indranil Nath Ph.D.

DXC Technology

Global Vice President & General Manager, Property & Casualty, Technology and Insurance Operations

JoAnne Kennedy


VP Technology

Jose Quesada


VP Global Healthcare

Justine Hastings


Chief of People-centered Science, VP HR Science

Kaniz Mahdi


VP Advanced Technologies

Keith Sanders


VP Coworker Services

Kim Blue


VP People Experience (HR)

Kurt John


Chief Cybersecurity Officer

Laith Abu-Taleb


General Counsel, VP of Corporate Affairs

Leonora Miller

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager

Lisa Maxwell


Vice President Marketing, Data & Services

Lo Li


CTO Global Consumer Solution

Mariely Franzetti


VP, IT Services

Matthew D. Gonzalez

US Department of Defense

Chief Data Officer

Melissa Massa


Vice President, CSP Sales

Mingu Lee

Samsung SDS

Chief Business Officer and Senior Vice President

Murali Kulathumani


VP Portfolio Management

Muthukumar Easwaran



Nancy Estell-Zoder


VP, Product Strategy

Nate DeMarco Wells

XPO Logistics, Inc.

Senior Vice President of Global Transformation

Navneet Govil


Managing Partner & CFO

Neil Wilcox


Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility

Paul Lau


CEO & General Manager

Paul Lopez

UnitedHealth Group

VP, Tech Development

Rabbani FurQaan

Andiamo Partners

VP of Diversity Recruiting Services

Ralph Martinez


Regional Senior Vice President

Ravi Karra

American Express

VP, Technology, Global Digital Acquisitions & Platforms

Radhika Josyula


VP Corporate Strategy

Sanyogita Shamsunder


VP Product Innovation

Senthil Padmanabhan


VP, Technical Fellow

Sherri Madison


Senior Director of Planning and Operations

Sujata Kosalge


Vice President of Engineering

Tram Phi


SVP & General Counsel

Vinod Muthukrishnan


Chief Growth Officer

Wanda Ma


Sr. Vice President, Technology

Ye Ouyang

Asia Info

CTO & SVP at AsiaInfo Technologies

Registration for the Tech Inclusion Conference is ongoing and can be completed at For 2021 sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dennis Kennedy at

About The National Diversity Council
A non-profit organization committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity. The council affords opportunities for organizations to share best practices and learn from top corporate leaders in the areas of diversity and inclusion.  More information about the National Diversity Council is available at:

About The Tech Diversity & Inclusion Council
The mission of the Tech Diversity & Inclusion Council is to be a provider of DEI resources and tools for the Tech industry. The vision of the council is to create an environment where people from all races, orientations, genders, abilities and cultural backgrounds feel welcome and valued equally and equitably. More information about the National Diversity Council is available

Media Contact
Ashana Outler 
National Diversity Council