These dynamic diversity thought leaders will provide advice, promote, advocate, and help steer the future direction of our fast-growing organization: D.A. Abrams, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA); James Fripp, Senior Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Yum! Brands; and Nereida (Neddy) Perez, Global Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer at Ingersoll Rand.
These Champions have generously committed to a two-year term to influence and provide professional advice and resources to help the ISDIP, now in its second year, strategically move to the next level.
“I am so excited to welcome these seasoned leaders from very diverse companies to the International Society of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals team!” says Cassandra D. Caldwell, Ph.D., founder and CEO. “Their support, wisdom, and insights will greatly contribute to the sustainability and future strategic direction for our association.”
D.A. Abrams - D.A. Abrams is the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the United States Tennis Association, a position he assumed in February 2012. In this role, Abrams focuses on developing and innovating the USTA’s diversity and inclusion initiatives on both the national and grass-roots levels. He works out of the USTA’s national headquarters in White Plains, N.Y. D.A. has been involved professionally in tennis since 1989 and has worked with the USTA in various capacities since 1993. He began his tennis career as the director of recruitment and head teaching professional at the Philadelphia Youth Tennis Center before founding his own company, Dave Abrams Tennis Services, Inc., in 1991. Two years later he joined the USTA as a national coordinator with the National Junior Tennis & Learning network (NJTL). In 1997, D.A. became the first African American to serve as the executive director of a regional/sectional office, assuming the post for the USTA Missouri Valley Section. There, he increased USTA individual and organizational membership and exceeded goals set for growth in USTA programs, including USA Tennis 1-2-3, Team Tennis, Community Tennis Associations, NJTL, schools and park and recreation organizations. For more about D.A, go to http://diversityandinclusionprofessionals.org/
James Fripp – James Fripp is Senior Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion for Yum! Brands, Inc., the world’s largest restaurant company in terms of system units with approximately 38,000 KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell restaurants in more than 110 countries and territories. In 2010, Yum! Brands generated more than $11 billion in total revenues, including company sales and franchise fees. James is responsible for leading Yum! Brands’ diversity and inclusion strategies for community relations, corporate culture, workforce, minority, and women's business development and the multicultural marketplace. He works with the company’s businesses around the globe to leverage diversity initiatives in order to strengthen the recruitment and retention of top talent and expand franchise and supplier opportunities. His position reinforces Yum!’s commitment to create a workplace culture that actively seeks diversity in others to expand the company’s thinking and reflect the changing demographics of customers worldwide while driving outstanding business results. Find out more about James here http://diversityandinclusionprofessionals.org/
Nereida (Neddy) Perez - Nereida (Neddy) Perez serves as Global Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Ingersoll Rand. In that capacity, she is responsible for developing and leading the company’s Progressive, Diversity and Inclusion efforts. Neddy's background includes more than 20 years of experience in Human Resources, Diversity Management, Corporate Relations, and Internal Communications. Prior to joining Ingersoll Rand, she worked with a number of global companies in building their diversity efforts including National Grid, KPMG, Sodexo, and Royal Dutch Shell (Shell Oil). She has worked in the UK, Netherlands, and Latin America. Born in Havana, Cuba she has received numerous awards and recognition for her contributions to advancing the work of diversity and inclusion. To learn more about Neddy, go to http://diversityandinclusionprofessionals.org/
To view the full list of the ISDIP’s Champion team, visit http://diversityandinclusionprofessionals.org/
About the International Society of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals
The International Society of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals is the first global comprehensive professional association that spans across industries and across public and private sectors. The ISDIP views diversity and inclusion through a comprehensive lens that includes four strategic pillars: organizational development, supplier diversity, workforce diversity, and community engagement. Membership is open to all public-sector and private-sector professionals with diversity and inclusion job responsibilities and/or interests.
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