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2018 NBMBAA® Board of Directors

Board Chairman

Staff Vice President, Operations Analysis FedEx Corporation

Donald W. Comer is Staff Vice President Operations Analysis, FedEx Corporation. In this role Comer’s charter is to solve complex business problems, exploit credible options for innovation and drive operational change that supports near term and strategic business goals.

Prior to his current role Comer was Director, Digital Access Marketing with responsibility for a portfolio of technology solutions that provides global customer access to FedEx transportation services impacting nearly $28 billion in revenue.

Over his career he has assumed increasing levels of responsibility in varying business disciplines including finance, marketing, project management, strategic planning, and leadership.

Comer holds a bachelor degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin in accounting and a MBA from the University of Memphis’ Executive MBA program.

He is a recipient of the FedEx Five Star Award, awarded each year to the top two percent of employees and the Ambassador’s Club a FedEx award given to a select number of staff for high performance and outstanding contributions to furthering business objectives.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Stillman College and LeyMoyne-Owen College. He is a life member of the National Black MBA Association® where he was named to the National Black MBA Magazine’s Top 50 Under 50 Executives; is a recipient of the National Black MBA Association’s Chairman’s Award, the organizations signature award presented by the board chairman in recognition of demonstrated visionary leadership and service to the organization and larger community; and currently serves as treasurer of the national board of directors. He is also a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. where he has been named Memphis Alumni Chapter Kappa Man of the Year.

Gena Ashe


Board Vice Chair Advancement & Development

Independent Corporate Board Director & Chief Legal Officer Advisor

Gena Ashe is currently a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee for XPO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE: XPO), a publicly traded top 10 global provider of transportation and logistics solutions in 34 countries, with more than $15 billion in annual revenues, 50,000 corporate customers, and 84,000 employees world-wide. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Vice Chairman of the Board for XPO Logistics Europe SA (Euronext: XPO), a top European transportation, logistics, and global forwarding enterprise with more than €5 billion in annual revenues based in Lyon, France and servicing customers in France, UK, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, and Russia. In addition, she is a two time former Chief Legal Officer with extensive experience in serving as a strategic business and legal advisor to CEOs, Boards of Directors, and senior management on a wide range of corporate initiatives and currently serves as consultant and coach to Chief Legal Officers and General Counsel in the U.S., South America, and Europe.

Ms. Ashe’s experience spans a broad range of businesses, both publicly traded and privately held, including executive and senior level legal positions with large domestic and multi-national companies such as IBM, AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Public Broadcasting Service (“PBS”), and Darden Restaurants. Prior to embarking upon a career as an attorney, Ms. Ashe was an Electrical Engineer and Scientist for IBM where she developed and designed microcomputer based product solutions for the company.

Ms. Ashe was named to Savoy Magazine’s 2017 list of the Most Influential Black Corporate Directors and was one of Savoy Magazine’s 2016 “Power 300 – Most Influential Black Corporate Director.” She was named by Spelman College as one of its “2016 Alumnae Influencers of The Year” and is a National Association of Corporate Directors Fellow. Ms. Ashe holds a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center, where she served on the American Criminal Law Review, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, where she was selected as the Most Outstanding Engineering Student in the Dual Degree Program, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with a minor in Physics from Spelman College, where she graduated summa cum laude and class valedictorian. She also earned an international management certificate from the University of Oxford in England and completed the Executive Development Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (2015) and the C-Suite Academy sponsored by McKinsey & Co. Leadership Institute and the Executive Leadership Council (2016). In addition to serving as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Black MBA Association, Ms. Ashe currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Spelman College and the Board of Advisors for the Georgetown University Law Center.

Ms. Ashe also holds membership in many civic and professional organizations including the National Association of Corporate Directors, the National Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Executive Leadership Council, Corporate Counsel Women of Color, the American Corporate Counsel Association, the Charting Your Own Course Foundation, the Links, Incorporated, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and Girl Friends, Inc. She currently resides in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband, sports and entertainment attorney, Mason Ashe, and their daughter, Kyndall, who is currently a college senior.

Michael McNeal


Board Vice Chair of Policy and Programs

Head of Product Security & Services Office
Royal Philips

Michael C. McNeil is the current Global Product Security & Services Officer for Royal Philips.  In this capacity, McNeil is responsible for leading the global product security program for the company and insuring consistent repeatable processes are deployed throughout their products and services in the Healthcare market.  Prior to this assignment, McNeil was the former Global Chief Privacy & Security Officer at Medtronic responsible for the development and design of their initial product security and incident response management programs; Chief IT Security Officer at Liberty Mutual Group; Global Chief Privacy Officer at Pitney Bowes, and Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer of Data Services for Reynolds & Reynolds.

McNeil is a noted security and privacy expert, he has recently provided expert testimony before Congress on Cybersecurity; conducted in-house training and presentations for industry, customers and clients at several security and privacy conferences worldwide.

Michael is a current member of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Healthcare Industry Cybersecurity Task Force; current Chair of the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) Cybersecurity Committee; Board member of National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center  (NH-ISAC) and is an active member of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), Medical Device Safety & Security Consortium (MDISS) organizations.

He was recently named an inaugural,  2013 Top 10 Breakaway Leader of Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), and was also awarded in 2013 as the First Minneapolis CISO Visionary Award, in addition to these accomplishments, he was also awarded the 2011 Outstanding MBA of the Year by the National Black MBA Association®.

Michael is married to Devita McNeil and they are the proud parents of two children (Danielle and Vincent) and grandfather of Jadyn.


Board Treasurer

President & CEO
Take The Limits Off, LLC

Mel Parker is President and Chief Executive Officer of Take The Limits Off LLC, a business consulting company focused on leadership optimization, business transformation, executive coaching and talent management.  Based out of Austin, TX, T.T.L.O. specializes in customized individual and team programs for clients in every industry and leaders at every level.

Mel is the Former President of Brink’s North America. In this role, Mr. Parker oversaw the commercial and operational business of Brink’s in the United States and Canada, with approximately $1 billion in annual revenue and 11,000 employees.

Before joining Brink’s in 2012, Mr. Parker served as Vice President and General Manager in the North America Consumer and Small Business organization at Dell. During more than 22 years in operations, sales and marketing, Mr. Parker has held numerous senior leadership roles such as Managing Director, Senior Vice President of Sales North America, Strategic Account Team Leader, General Manager and Brand Manager at multiple Fortune 500 Companies that include Corporate Express(Staples), Newell Rubbermaid and PepsiCo.

Mr. Parker has delivered leadership expertise through panels, seminars and keynote addresses, with a special focus on: Inspirational/Servant Leadership, High Performance Teams, Transformational Change Leadership and Crisis Management.

Mel has been featured in Black Enterprise, Savoy and Vetrepreneur magazines. Along with various military and civilian awards, Mel was also named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America in 2012 and then again in 2014.

Mr. Parker graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point(NY) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science.  He is a decorated combat veteran that served with the 319th Airborne Field Artillery in the 82nd Airborne Division. During his service Mel attended Airborne School, Ranger School, Jumpmaster School and Airborne Operations School along with service in combat in Iraq and Kuwait during Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield.

Mel currently serves on the Board of Directors for Vectrus (NYSE: VEC). Vectrus delivers global infrastructure, IT and logistics services primarily to the Department of Defense. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, National Association of Corporate Directors and served on the Executive Advisory Board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Texas.


Board Secretary

Director, Corporate Relations
Georgia Power

Charmaine Ward-Millner is Corporate Relations Director for Georgia Power. She is responsible for building and maintaining key state and national relationships with diverse organizations and opinion leaders. Her efforts focus on forming strategic alliances with diverse segments of the company’s 2.5 million customers, corporate partners and civic organizations to garner support and promote advocacy for important industry and company issues. She also works closely with internal executives and community leaders to develop sustainable initiatives aligned with the company’s business goals and philanthropic strategies supporting its mission to be “a citizen wherever we serve.”

Charmaine has held senior-level positions with Georgia-Pacific, John H. Harland, Bank of America, Showtime Networks and IBM. She has created tremendous value as a corporate leader in the areas of philanthropy, corporate affairs, diversity, marketing, and sales.

She is a noted speaker, a serial entrepreneur, an adjunct professor at Georgia State, a certified John Maxwell Leadership Coach, and an Associate Certified Coach with ICF (International Coaching Federation).

Charmaine’s service to the community is widespread. She serves as Secretary for the National Black MBA national board, Vice Chair for the National Black Arts Festival Board, Secretary for the Atlanta Business League board and Chair of Special Events for Kenny Leon True Colors Theatre board. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Links, Inc. She is also an alumna of United Way VIP, Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP), Leadership Georgia, and Leadership Atlanta.

Charmaine is humbled by the numerous awards she has received recognizing her civic contributions:

Atlanta Technical College “Bridge Builders Award”
Atlanta Tribune Magazine “Women to Watch”
Uptown Professional Magazine “Catalyst Award”
NBMBAA “Chapter President of the Year”
YWCA Greater Atlanta “Women of Achievement”
Who’s Who In Black Atlanta “30 Powerhouse Women”
Rolling Out Magazine “25 Women of Achievement”
Atlanta Business League “100 Most Influential Black Women in Atlanta”
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. “Torch Award”
Concerned Black Clergy “Corporate Award”

Charmaine graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics from Clark Atlanta University and earned an MBA with honors from Kennesaw State University.

A native of Chicago, she is an avid reader, loves the theatre, and enjoys international travel. She is married to Keith Millner and has two step daughters, Hershey and Kameron.

 Charmaine’s personal mission is to be a CATALYST, creating positive change in individuals and organizations through servant leadership.


Managing Director & Head of GTS Strategy, Advisory and Strategic Solutions Delivery in Global Transaction Services
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

William (Bill) Borden is a financial professional with more than 30 years of experience working in some of the world’s largest financial institutions and technology corporations.

Bill is currently managing director and head of GTS Strategy, Advisory and Strategic Solutions Delivery (SSD) in Global Transaction Services (GTS) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In his role, Bill leads the development of and communication around the strategy for GTS, a business that generates more than
$6.5 billion in annual revenues. He also oversees GTS Advisory, a team of former corporate treasury professionals who consult with clients around highly strategic changes to their treasury organization.
The SSD team he manages produce high-impact sales and client communications.

Previously, Bill was global head of Client and Account Management, Equity Asset Management Services in the bank’s Global Markets organization, where he was responsible for client on-boarding and account management for a number of institutional investor financing products. Before that, Bill led the global product sales team for GTS.

Prior to joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2012, Bill spent 13 years at Citigroup where he held several senior positions including managing director and head of the North America Public Sector State and Local Government team in the company’s Treasury & Trade Solutions organization. He also held senior strategic positions within Citi’s Chairman and Chief Executive Office, and in Citi Cards.

During his four years at R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, Bill worked in sales, becoming vice president in the General Sales Atlantic & Government Region where he was responsible for managing, organizing, and developing sales for the region. Under his leadership, the team achieved 115% of sales plan objectives and 20% year-over-year revenue growth.

At International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), Bill performed a number of roles in marketing and sales and rose to become a sales manager in the company’s Consulting Group, leading a team that sold business transformation, application development, and systems integration consulting services to  solve client business problems. The team’s efforts contributed more than $20 million in revenue to IBM.

Bill is committed to helping the communities in which he lives and works through board membership, volunteering and mentoring. His board memberships include: Chicago Cares (1992-1995); The Robert Toigo Foundation (2006-2008); The Beyond Diversity Resource Center (2005-2015); New Jersey Advocates for Education Advisory Board (2006-2010); and Bank of America Black Executive Leadership Council Advisory Board (2012-present).

He has volunteered and mentored with the following organizations: Citigroup African American Heritage Network (2001-2012; founding member and executive sponsor); Bank of America African American Heritage Network NYC Chapter (2014-present; executive sponsor); Bank of America Global Banking & Markets Diversity and Inclusion Council (2013-2016); Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children Essex County (donor and volunteer); Sigma Pi Phi Mu Boule Foundation (donor, volunteer, mentor); The Chicago Housing Project’s Cabrini Green Tutoring program (past mentor); The Long Island
City PS 78 Tutoring Program (past mentor); The Community Food Bank of NJ (volunteer); NY City Harvest (volunteer).

Bill is a member of The Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the preeminent membership organization for the development of global black leaders. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University, where he was a varsity football letterman. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management.

Bill and his wife Terri reside in New Jersey and are the proud parents of two children, Kyle and Kara.

Cassius F. ButtsCASSIUS F. BUTTS

Managing Executive
CFB Advisors, LLC
Executive-In-Residence Entrepreneurship & Innovation Institute Robinson College of Business Georgia State University

Cassius F. Butts is an accomplished business executive with over 25 years of private and public sector experience. He brings a unique skill set in having served in leadership roles with Bank America, Fleet Bank and two presidential administrations. He is the Chairman and co-founder of CFB Advisors  (CFBA) a boutique management-consulting firm located in Atlanta, GA ( Originally initiated in 2005, CFBA now offers strategic management, access to capital and communication services.  CFBA is also a strategic partner with The American Express Open Forum series.

In the spring of 2011, President Barack Obama appointed Cassius as Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). It was with SBA where he managed five record-breaking years for SBA lending within the eight southern states. Nearly $30 billion in SBA-backed loans were awarded to small businesses representing a 53% increase in lending during his tenure. Cassius previously served as a Presidential Management Fellow under the George W. Bush Administration within the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). He successfully helped established HUD’s multimillion marketing procurement process.

After 15 years of federal service, Cassius accepted the prestigious role as Executive In Residence at The J. Mack Robinson College of Business with Georgia State University (GSU). As an Executive In Residence, he focuses on the university’s entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives. Additionally, he is responsible for the development of strategic alliances with key private sector organizations, non-profit organizations and philanthropic stakeholders. Cassius continues to serve as an equity partner and executive team member with Latimer Lighting, Corp., an advanced LED lighting technology and innovation firm based in Suwanee, Ga. He is also an equity partner with EQ Labs, Inc., which produces the natural energy beverage Last Shot®.

Cassius is a graduate of Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University’s Graduate School of Public Administration where he teaches a course in Entrepreneurship. He holds a Certificate in Grant Writing from Emory University’s Life Learning Institute and is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Atlanta. He remains civically active and enjoys volunteering by serving on Operation Hope’s Southeast Board, the National Black MBA Association, and Professional Sports Lives Magazine. He is also a member of Sigma Pi Phi, Fraternity (Kappa Boule), Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc. and H.R. Butler Masonic Lodge #23 in Atlanta, GA. Cassius live by his motto, “Your passion is your purpose and your purpose is your plan.”

Bruce Thompson


Vice President, Corporate Strategy

Principal Financial Group®

Michael Hamilton is Vice President – Corporate Strategy with Principal Financial Group® — where he brings structure, discipline and focus to company efforts to achieve near and long-term strategic objectives.

Prior to joining Principal®, Michael served as owner and principal of Hamilton Consulting International — advising clients on the exploration, qualification and execution of strategic planning, sales and marketing efforts in the United Kingdom, Switzerland and the United States.

Before starting his own firm, Michael was Director of International Business Development for John Ryan Performance, Inc. in London, where he focused on delivering sales and marketing strategies to the global retail banking market.  Prior to that, he served as Director of Strategy and Business Development at Carlson Companies, supporting the corporate center, and has held various sales and corporate development roles at Target Corporation and Honeywell International, Inc.

Michael is a Sloan Fellow having received his Masters of Science in Leadership and Strategy from the London Business School.  He also holds an MBA in operations management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Bachelors of Science degrees in both Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Having a strong desire to give back to the community, Michael currently serves on the Board of Directors for The University of Northern Iowa-College of Business as well as Variety-The Children’s Charity®.  He has previous Board experience with The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota®, the Twin Cities Chapter of the National Black MBA Association, and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.

Gail M. Johnson


Vice President, Leadership Development & Strategic Partnerships

As vice president-leadership development and diversity initiatives at AT&T, Gail M. Johnson manages a team of talent management professionals responsible for the company’s Future Leaders Internship Experience (FLITE), leadership development and business sales leadership programs. Her organization also oversees diversity initiatives that help build AT&T’s diverse talent pipeline. These efforts include relationships with HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities), minority-serving institutions and diverse stakeholders.

Gail also serves as the HR leader for the Flight Ops and Executive Operations organization, which supports the office of the AT&T chairman.

Previously, Gail served as AT&T’s executive director-human resources and managed a team of HR strategic partners who supported 5,000 domestic and international employees. In this role, in 2014, she received an AT&T Diamond Award based on her leadership in creating an organizational design that provides technical and business solutions for the federal government.

Since joining the company in 1987, Gail has held management positions in human resources, sales, new business development and operations.

She gives back to the community by mentoring more than 25 AT&T employees, college and high school students on their careers.

She also is president of the Harbor City chapter of The Links Inc. The Links Inc. promotes educational, civic- and inter-cultural activities to enrich the lives of African-Americans. The Harbor City chapter recently adopted an inner-city school in Baltimore to encourage students to consider a STEM career. In the past, Gail served as the eastern area representative to The Links Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Links Inc. She has also served as the Eastern Area HBCU chair.

In addition, Gail is secretary of the Tuxedo Ball, a nonprofit organization that provides workshops and career counseling to African-American college students.

She is a past national vice president of Jack and Jill of America Inc., which supports African-American children’s leadership development. She also served on the organization’s Foundation board of directors and those of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the National Institute of Health Community Ambassador Program and INROADS, which helps prepare youth for corporate and community leadership.

Gail earned a bachelor of science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and an Executive Education Certification from Harvard University. She is a lifelong member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and a member of the Girl Friends, Inc.

She launched a mentoring program for African-American students at VCU in 2015.

Gail and her husband, Pastor Kevin Wayne Johnson, live in Clarksville, Md. They have three sons, Kevin, Christopher and Cameron.


Global Vice President Human Resources – Supply Chain Enterprise Functions

Johnson & Johnson

Valerie Love is the Global Vice President Human Resources – Supply Chain Enterprise Functions for Johnson & Johnson Enterprise Functions (Quality & Compliance, Customer Logistics and Services, WW Engineering and Employee Health & Safety).  Prior to this role, Valerie served as Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Worldwide Vice President Human Resources. Valerie joined Johnson & Johnson in April 2013 with over 20 years of Finance, Operations, Labor Relations and HR experience.

Prior to joining J&J, Valerie was the Vice President Human Resources at Tyco Integrated Security (Tyco International).   While at Tyco, Valerie supported the Global Thermal Controls Division and Commercial Security operations.

Valerie started her professional career at General Motors and during her 20 year tenure she spent time in both local and international assignments (Argentina and Germany) where her levels of responsibility increased with each new appointment to include roles within finance, operations (manufacturing) and HR: global compensation, leading and providing overall direction and coordination of salaried HR activities for  Sales  &  Marketing,  Global  Design,  Global  Research  &  Development  and  Strategic  Initiatives; growing the talent base of both technical and leadership staff; providing HR consultation advice and support  during  the  design  and  implementation  stages  of  new  facilities  in  emerging  markets  (key leadership  role  in  launching  Greenfield  sites  (startup  plants)  in  China,  Thailand,  Poland,  Brazil, Argentina and Tel Aviv, Israel).

At J&J, Valerie serves as co-Executive Sponsor for JJVC African American Leadership Council (AALC) and Executive Champion for JJVC Diversity & Inclusion Council.   Valerie also serves as a Board Member for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) North East Florida chapter.

In her spare time, Valerie enjoys running (has completed 3 marathons), reading, exploring different cultures and spending time with family.

Valerie has a BA from Tennessee State University and an MBA from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Valerie currently resides in the New Jersey area.

Louise Perrin


Senior Vice President
State Farm Insurance Companies

Louise Perrin is a Senior Vice President for State Farm Insurance Companies. State Farm, a fully integrated insurance and financial services company, based in Bloomington, Illinois, is the largest auto and homeowners insurance company and the second largest life insurer in the United States. State Farm generates more than $50 billion in annual property and casualty revenues with 81 million policies and accounts serviced through its almost 18,000 independent contractor agents in 48 states and Canada, online at® and via its customer contact centers.

Perrin was appointed Senior Vice President in 2009 after 24 years with the company. She has held numerous positions in leadership, sales, marketing, product and agency distribution, executive development and succession planning, and community development. With profit and loss and strategic visioning responsibilities for State Farm’s insurance and financial services sales operations spanning four states with over 4 million State Farm households, Louise has been instrumental in providing the vision and strategic direction that has created a high performing execution culture. As the chief architect of a multi-year growth strategy, she successfully repositioned 4,300 diverse and highly engaged agents and employees to consistently deliver superior and accelerated market share growth through differentiated sales and service generating over $7 billion in annual direct written premium.

In addition to her strategic visioning and leadership collaboration strengths, Louise believes strongly in giving back to the community, as demonstrated by her roles as former Vice Chair of the American Red Cross of Southeastern Wisconsin Board of Directors, and member of the boards of directors of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, the Milwaukee Ballet and Friends of the Milwaukee Art Museum. She is a founding member of several organizations including P.R.I.D.E. (People Responsible for Improving the Development of Education) in Evansville, Indiana; B.E.S.T. (a State Farm adopt-a-school program) in Chicago, Illinois; and the Tri-Taylor Community Association. She also served as a past chairman of NHS Annual Neighborworks Day and is currently a member of the Board of Overseers of the Rutgers University Foundation.

In 2007, Louise was selected as a Woman of Influence/Inspirational Leader by the Business Journal of Greater Milwaukee and featured in the Cornell University Alumni publication that same year.

Perrin received her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and a MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson School of Business. She has also earned her Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF) designation from the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and is working on her Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation.

Oris Stuart


Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
National Basketball Association

As Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at the National Basketball Association, Oris Stuart is responsible for overseeing diversity and inclusion strategies for the NBA, WNBA, and NBA Development League. He provides best practices and leadership on diversity and inclusion matters to the league offices and teams, oversees efforts to increase the number of minority and women-owned suppliers, and supports efforts to attract, develop and retain diverse talent. Stuart is also leading the creation of a global diversity and inclusion council to ensure engagement on the league’s diversity and inclusion strategies at all levels.

Stuart has nearly 15 years of experience as a business executive in diversity and inclusion issues. Prior to joining the NBA in June 2015, Stuart spent two years as a Senior Partner with Korn Ferry, an executive search and talent management firm, where he led its Inclusion and Diversity practice. He provided organizational, strategic, and technology advisory services that helped directors, chief executives, and senior leaders address a wide range of global talent, diversity, and inclusion challenges. His industry focus included life sciences, financial services, utility, quick service restaurant, retail, professional services, and healthcare. Previously, Stuart served as the Chief Executive Officer for Global Novations, the world’s preeminent diversity and inclusion consultancy and training firm. During his tenure with Global Novations, Stuart supported clients across Asia, Australia, Europe and North America, guided the expansion of the firm’s technology and consulting platforms, oversaw a tenfold increase in the firm’s size, and engineered its ultimate acquisition by Korn Ferry in 2012.

Earlier in his career, Stuart served as a senior business manager and strategy and operations consultant for such organizations as Deloitte, Providian, and Wingspan Technology.

Stuart graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in electrical engineering and holds an MBA from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar and a National Black MBA Scholarship recipient.

Bruce Thompson


Vice President, Internal Audit

Bruce E. Thompson, a board member since 2011 he previously served as Chairman of the Board of the Directors of the National Black MBA Association® and chaired its Audit and Advancement & Development Committees. He previously co-chaired the association’s National Conference, and served as Treasurer, Vice President and President of its Detroit Chapter.

In 2015, Bruce was elected an Officer and Vice President – Internal Audit of Alcoa.  He currently serves in this role for Arconic, Alcoa’s successor company.  He is responsible for worldwide audit activities in the areas of Financial & Business Processes and Information Technology as well as audit reporting for Environment, Health & Safety.  Bruce also serves on the Board of Directors of Arconic Foundation.

In his previous role as Vice President, Business Analysis and Planning at Alcoa, Bruce had responsibility for Company forecast consolidation as well as financial and business analysis.  Bruce managed the Degrees of Implementation (DI) process, doubling Corporate employee participation in generating profit improvement ideas while leading development and implementation of an upgraded DI system.  He also led efforts to enhance Alcoa’s capital spending, financial forecasting and reporting, and long-term planning processes and systems.

Prior to joining Alcoa in 2011, Bruce served as Vice President – Finance in the Building Efficiency group of Johnson Controls and as Chief Financial Officer for VITEC, an automotive supplier.  He also has led Finance organizations at Ford Motor Company and has significant leadership experience in Marketing, Strategic Planning, Corporate Development and Operations. He holds an MBA from Stanford, an MPA from Princeton, and a BA from Howard University.

Bruce also has served on the boards of CTK Credit Union, Iconics (a leading industrial automation technology company), and Michigan Avenue Business Association.  In addition, he taught a graduate Entrepreneurial Finance course at Wayne State University.

Bruce’s community involvement includes support for the Young Entrepreneurial Scholars (YES) Program and serving as a sponsor for its minority high school summer internship program.  He has volunteered as a mentor and tutor through Efficacy Detroit and the Detroit Public Schools Student Motivational Program, and with the Food Share Ministry of Triumph Baptist Church.  In addition, he spearheaded fundraising efforts for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History and the Luard Scholarship of the English-Speaking Union.

A tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion, Bruce serves as Steering Committee Chairman of the Arconic African Heritage Network.  In addition, he plays an active role in recruiting as Arconic’s Campus Executive for Howard University.

Janet Uthman


Vice President of Inclusion and Multicultural Marketing

Janet Uthman serves as Vice President of Inclusion and Multicultural Marketing for Comcast’s Northeast Division comprised of 22k employees and 7.5 million customers.  In this role, Janet oversees the planning and execution of diversity and inclusion efforts and multicultural marketing strategy.  She acts as a resource to develop and recommend strategies to attract, retain a diverse workforce, and spearhead marketing efforts to increase awareness and favorability among multicultural consumers.

Previously, Janet served as Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Comcast’s Western New England Region. Her responsibilities included ensuring all marketing and sales goals were communicated and supported for all channels.  Janet developed competitive marketing and sales strategies to reduce churn from fiber and satellite providers which led the way for Western New England being recognized as Comcast’s 2014 Region of the Year.

Janet brings 18 years of experience in marketing, sales and entrepreneurial leadership to her role, having previously served as director of product management for Comcast’s Western New England and Beltway regions.  Prior to joining Comcast, she owned her own cable industry consulting company, and served as corporate marketing director for Black Entertainment Television, and held management positions with The Disney Channel and Coopers & Lybrand (now known as PriceWaterhouseCoopers).

Janet’s commitment to her role in the Comcast organization extends beyond the workplace and into the community.  She serves on the National Board of Directors for the Black MBA Association and previously completed a three year term on the board of the Urban League of Hartford.

Janet holds a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing from UCLA Anderson School of Management and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Finance from UC Berkeley.

Recognized by Ebony Magazine as a 2016 Ebony Power 100 honoree in the Corporate Crowns” category, which salutes the boldest and brightest African-American stars in corporate America.

Janet graduated from Women in Cable Telecommunication’s Betsey Magness Leadership Institute in 2014.  In 2011, she was one of 12 executives across the country that was honored by NAMIC with a Luminary Award and was also named one of the “Most Influential Minorities in Cable” by CableFAX: The Magazine the same year.