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The American Conference on Diversity will honor an exceptional female executive on April 7: PwC’s Diversity Strategy Leader Jennifer Allyn. Ms. Allyn will be presented with the Corporate Ambassador Award for her tireless work to promote diversity initiatives within the workplace.

As a Managing Director in the Office of Diversity for the US firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC, she is responsible for designing programs to retain, develop, and advance diverse professionals. Ms. Allyn also serves on PwC’s global diversity council, which drives alignment among member firms across territories. Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Allyn spearheaded PwC’s enhanced parental leave policy and launched Full Circle, a program assisting parents who want to “on-ramp” after taking extended time off from work. She was instrumental in developing the firm’s first PwC Talks interview with Sheryl Sandberg and is a featured expert on discussing Communicating with Confidence.

Ms. Allyn is a recognized subject-matter expert on gender, LGBT, and work/life issues. A frequent public speaker, she has been widely quoted in the media including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, and Prior to joining PwC, Ms. Allyn was a senior consultant at Catalyst where she advised a diverse group of Fortune 500 clients, among them PwC. In 2008, Jennifer received the Crossing Borders Award from the Feminist Press. From 2007-2009, she served on the Executive Committee of the Women’s Leadership Board at the Harvard Kennedy School and is currently a member of Barnard’s Athena Leadership Council. Ms. Allyn is a graduate of Brown University and earned her Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

In addition to recognizing Ms. Allyn, the American Conference on Diversity will present awards to:

The Luing Family, Berkeley College (Legacy Award)

Seham Abdala, Director of Islamic Networks Group of New Jersey (Interfaith Diversity Champion Award)

Deborah Dagit, Principal of Deb Dagit Diversity (Diversity Ambassador Award)

Sue Henderson, Ocean High School Counselor (Education Diversity Champion Award)

This year’s awards fundraiser is more important than ever because it supports education that opens minds to help end hate! The American Conference on Diversity’s mission is to build just and inclusive schools, workplaces, and communities through awareness, education, and advocacy. By bringing together top executives and community leaders, we hope to raise $300,000 to continue to provide diversity and inclusion services, including the signature Lead for Diversity Institute. The yearlong program has positively impacted the lives of more than 3,200 high-school students over the past two decades by providing leadership development so youth can take action against all forms of hate in their schools and communities.

In addition to networking, dining, and entertainment, this year’s fundraiser will include a silent auction of artwork, sports memorabilia, and fine jewelry items. The annual event will kick off with a stellar cocktail reception at 6 p.m. at the historic Pleasantdale Château (757 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052).

Only a few seats remain! Reserve your tickets today by contacting Gala Coordinator Barbara Getze at or (800) 626-8097 today. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Want to demonstrate your commitment to youth leadership-development and diversity & inclusion? Various sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Dinner sponsors include: PwC, Prudential Financial (Executive Advisory Leadership), Berkeley College (Lead for Diversity), PSEG, Verizon (Executive Founder), BASF, Investors Bank, L’Oréal USA, New Jersey Natural Gas, NJM Insurance Group (Community Underwriters), ADP, Drinker Biddle, Genova Burns, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ, NAI James A. Hanson, and PNC Bank (Justice Sponsors).

About the American Conference on Diversity

The American Conference on Diversity is dedicated to building just and inclusive schools, workplaces, and communities through awareness, education, and advocacy. The nonprofit organization was founded in 1948 as the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Today the programs, services, and initiatives of the American Conference on Diversity are among the most important work focused on creating a more inclusive society. It is the unfinished business of living in a highly diverse nation: educating and empowering our next generation of leaders; enhancing our workplaces; and helping to create inclusive communities. The American Conference on Diversity builds on a historic mission and creates programs and activities relevant and vital to 21st Century life. It is a journey we can all take together. The American Conference on Diversity operates Regional Community Networks covering all of New Jersey. Visit to learn more.


Gail Zoppo

Media Relations Consultant

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New Brunswick, NJ 08901