2013 Gala Co-Chairs - Straight For Equality

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2013 Gala Co-Chairs


JimmieJimmie Paschall is executive vice president, Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion for Wells Fargo where she is responsible for developing strategies, initiating action and driving organizational change in support of the company’s diversity and inclusion priorities. This includes providing transformational thought leadership and guidance to help the company develop and maintain a diverse and inclusive culture, leading the company’s Enterprise Diversity Council and Team Member Network program, and advising executive management on direction and progress. 

Paschall joined Wells Fargo in January 2012 from Marriott International where she served as the company’s global diversity officer and senior vice president of external affairs.  In this capacity, she spearheaded the company's domestic and global diversity outreach, broadening the footprint of Marriott's award-winning diversity initiatives among the company's workforce, owners and franchisees, suppliers and customers. Paschall also played a primary role in the company’s Board of Directors’ “Committee for Excellence,” which was established in 2003 to set significant diversity objectives and monitor progress and oversaw the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities and its national "Bridges.....from school to work" program, which trains and links young people with disabilities to productive employment with companies across the country.

Paschall also served as executive vice president of external affairs at Volunteers of America, Inc. where she led seven key areas of the company including public policy, marketing communications, and fundraising and development. In this role, Paschall developed and implemented a strategic plan to dramatically expand the visibility, stature and impact of the 111-year old organization. Prior to that, Paschall was instrumental in launching a new telecommunications start-up company, XO Communications, leading the company’s Human Resources function and corporate outreach programs for employees and the community. She also held executive positions in human resources and corporate relations with Sodexo and Host Marriott Services Corporation (now HMSHost Corp.). 

A graduate of Howard University, Paschall serves on the Consortium of Chief Diversity Officers at Georgetown University and Patton Boggs' Diversity Advisory Board, is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and the Conference Board's Council of Global Diversity and Inclusion Executives and is a graduate of Leadership Washington. She was also selected as one of Black Enterprise's Top Executives in Diversity and Uptown Profesionals' Top 100 Executives in America.


Apoorva As Vice President for Multi-Cultural Markets and Alliances for Marriott International, Apoorva Gandhi is responsible for creating and executing an externally-focused global strategy that builds preference and loyalty from diverse customer segments for the Marriott portfolio of brands. He helps ensure the company’s marketing, sales and operations consider and reflect multi-cultural markets and alliances as Marriott continues its aggressive growth throughout the world.

Mr. Gandhi has nearly 20 years of proven strategy, business process, program management and organizational change skills, leadership and delivery expertise. He also has extensive management and delivery experience working with diverse business clients and a solid track record delivering measurable success to clients across various business disciplines.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Gandhi was senior director for organizational capability where he led the company’s global reorganization program in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He has held other positions with Marriott, beginning as a front desk associate when he first completed college. He also worked as vice president for global lodging services where he helped deliver critical brand initiatives.

Before joining Marriott, Mr. Gandhi was a senior consulting manager in Accenture’s Communications and High Tech practice for more than a decade, where he managed merger and integration programs as well as process reengineering efforts for large telecom clients. He also led diversity programs at Accenture.

Mr. Gandhi is an honors graduate of the University of Maryland, School of Business and Management. He is a member of the J.W. Marriott, Jr., Diversity Award committee, Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity and Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society.



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