The increased mainstreaming of hate in our society is careless and dangerous to millions of people of all races, religions, cultures and abilities. Transgender Equity, Black Lives Matter, Muslims for Peace, Women’s Rights, Fair Wages and the list goes on. Every day new headlines reveal the realities of how important diversity and inclusion are to the fabric of this world. We also learn the ugly truth of the harmful impact of bias and bigotry.

We have a collective responsibility to make sure we preserve the richness of humanity by promoting respect and understanding. We cannot let the “sound bites of bigotry” divide our nation. How can we protect our borders from threats if we can’t protect the people within these borders from hatred?

We must continue to live out the true meaning of our nation’s creed that “all are created equal.” This is the “unfinished business” of America and the challenge we present to our future leaders.

The American Conference on Diversity is dedicated to promoting respect through awareness, leadership education, and advocacy. It is our vision to create an inclusive society for all of us — not just some of us.


The American Conference on Diversity Board of Trustees


Angela Guy, Senior Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion L’Oreal USA

Thomas F. Hayes, Director, Customer & Community Relations NJ Natural Gas


Vice Chair

Michele C. Meyer-Shipp, Esq., Vice Chair Chief Diversity Officer Prudential Financial




Daniel Eatman Jr., VP Branch Manager Piscataway Investors Bank


Angelo J. Genova, Esq.,  Partner Genova Burns

Lola Holness, Director HR Client Relations Services PSEG

Andrew Joseph, Esq., Partner Drinker Biddle & Reath

Katherine Kish, President Market Entry, Inc.

Pam H. Kwatra, President Kripari Marketing

Ava-Marie Madeam, Vice President, State Government Relations Verizon

Craig Mourton, Assistant Provost of the Metropolitan Campus Fairleigh Dickinson University

Vanessa Nazario, VP, Community Development Program Manager PNC Bank

Michael L. Rodburg, Esq., Lowenstein Sandler

Patricia Rossman, Chief Diversity Officer and HR Communications BASF

Linda A. Savino, CEO HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital

William Sumas, Executive Vice President Village Supermarkets, Inc.

Dr. A. Zachary Yamba, President Emeritus Essex County College


Trustees Emeritus

Allen I. Bildner*

Anne Evans Estabrook

Thomas D. Sayles, Jr.*



President and CEO

Elizabeth Williams-Riley