2010 Gala Co-Chairs - Straight For Equality

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2010 Gala Co-Chairs

  

 Howard J. Ross is one of the nation’s leading diversity training consultants and a nationally recognized expert on diversity, leadership, and organizational change. Howard is past chairman of Leadership Washington and a former director of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. He also was the 2007-2008 Visiting Professor of Diversity for Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, North Carolina. Howard received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and pursued postgraduate studies in administration, management, and organizational development at Wheelock College in Boston. He can be heard on NPR the first Monday of every month at noon, as a regular guest on the Kojo Nnamdi Show.

Cook Ross Inc. is a nationally recognized, certified woman-owned consulting firm. They increase profit, performance and collaboration by transforming organizational cultures, strengthening leadership, and leveraging diversity, inclusion & cultural competency.

 As Senior Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, Tiane Mitchell Gordon works to ensure that AOL lives up to its goal of creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace.

In this role, she heads the company's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which manages all initiatives designed to foster inclusive attitudes and opportunities among employees. These initiatives include coaching on diversity issues, creating educational vehicles for expanding workforce knowledge about diversity, and developing employee networks and communications plans for diversity.

Mitchell Gordon also serves as chair of AOL's Diversity Leadership Action Team, a group of employees from various levels and areas of the company who are dedicated to shaping an AOL culture that respects diversity and promotes inclusion in the workplace as well as in the marketplace.

Before she was named to her current position, Mitchell Gordon was Director of Diversity and Inclusion and devoted her efforts to laying the foundation upon which AOL could build, formalize, and implement its diversity program. She joined AOL in 1995 as Director of Human Resources and served in several areas of HR ranging from strategy and policy to the integration of employees of newly acquired companies into the AOL workplace.

Earlier in her career, Mitchell Gordon worked in human resources roles with Newfield Publications, publisher of Weekly Reader, and Aetna Life & Casualty, both based in Connecticut.

Her interest in diversity grew from her work as a diversity consultant and positions on the Board of Governors for St. Catherine's School, an independent church school in Richmond, VA., a board on which she still serves. Mitchell Gordon is also on the board of Women in Community Service (WICS), a national nonprofit organization that works to reduce the number of women and youth living in poverty by promoting economic independence.

She is a motivational speaker and a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.

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