SPEAKERS

Wayne Spooner

Managing Director
Enlightened Research, Training and Consulting, LLC

Career Planning and Execution - Maximizing the Two Paths to Success - October 22, 2019

Wayne is a retired property and casualty insurance industry executive.  He began his career with an Actuarial Consulting firm and subsequently with three Fortune 500 international multi-billion dollar insurance companies; he earned the distinction of having won Chairman’s Awards in two of those insurance companies.  During approximately 30 years, he built an extensive career and acquired broad cross-functional expertise in sales disciplines and management, distribution management, change management, strategy development, business analytics, program and project management, marketing communications, agency and broker automation, operations management, and actuarial and underwriting practices used to drive positive results for his teams and companies.  Overall, his teams and colleagues throughout the years have described Wayne as a passionate, results-oriented executive who puts people first, coaches for success, and inspires a winning culture based upon excellence and collaboration, along with having a proven track record of success in solving complex business problems.

Wayne has also lent his talents and leadership capabilities to various academic, professional and civic organizations including serving as an Executive Board member on the NAAIA National Board of Directors and NAAIA Chicago Chapter Board of Directors.

 

Academic excellence is a cornerstone of Wayne’s background, having graduated Magna Cum Laude from Howard University’s School of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Insurance and a concentration in Actuarial Science.  He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree in General Management from the University of Connecticut’s School of Business with performance securing him an invitation to join Beta Gamma Sigma, The International Business Honor Society.

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IVY KUSINGA

SVP, Chief Culture Officer

Chubb

Up Close & Personal, Chicago, IL - September 24, 2019

Ivy is currently Senior Vice President, Chief Culture Officer, a role she assumed in 2016. Within this role, Ivy is responsible for overseeing the culture integration by ensuring the cohesion and clarity of Chubb’s culture. Chubb’s culture of craftsmanship is characterized by its commitment to superior underwriting, execution and service.


Prior to this role, Ivy worked for Chubb Overseas General within the Accident and Health team as VP of Business Development. She was Vice President of Talent and Development for ACE North America responsible for supporting the assessment, development of talent, while also providing the overall management of the Learning and Development function. Ivy joined the ACE Group in 2000 as Project Manager of Global Training & Development in Bermuda. She was appointed to the Director of Learning & Development in 2002 and subsequently, as the Head of Learning and Development for ACE North America in 2006.

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JUDY BUSBY, MBA, MSMOB, PMP

Senior Vice President, Executive Search and Corporate Strategy

The Jacobson Group

Effectively Implementing An Individual Development Plan For Career Advancement, Chicago, IL - April 11, 2019

Judy Busby is the Senior Vice President of Executive Search and Corporate Strategy for The Jacobson Group. In this role, Judy offers leadership and strategic direction to the firm’s executive search practice, which provides executive search and selection consulting for insurance leadership positions across all disciplines. Judy is also a key member of Jacobson’s Executive Management Team and is accountable for directing corporate-wide initiatives that ignite the continued development and growth of the entire organization. In addition, she manages select executive-level search engagements for clients from all sectors of the insurance industry.

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Denise Thomas

President

The Effective Communication Coach, LLC

Cross Generational & Cultural Communication in the Workplace, Chicago, IL - February 27, 2019

Denise Thomas is the President and Owner of The Effective Communication Coach, LLC, a consultancy focused on helping new and existing professionals master the arts of communication and networking.

 

With 17 years of experience in working for Fortune 100 companies, Denise has honed the ability to deliver and receive messages across language, cultural, and communication-style barriers.  She has served and been recognized for excellence in leadership at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Inc., Rockwell Automation, ConAgra Foods, PepsiCo, General Electric and MillerCoors.

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Joyce Trimuel

Chief Operations & Diversity Officer

CNA Insurance

Executive Up Close & Personal - November 8, 2018

As Chief Operations & Diversity Officer, Joyce Trimuel provides overall leadership in developing and executing strategies that drive innovation, efficiency and process optimization in CNA’s Operations department, improving the overall customer experience. She’s also responsible for leading CNA’s enterprise-wide efforts to develop and implement a diverse and inclusive culture, and build upon strategic priorities that attract, cultivate and retain the best talent within CNA and throughout the marketplace — spanning recruiting, talent management, succession planning, workplace flexibility, and relationships with agent and broker partners.

 

Prior to joining CNA in 2017, she honed her diversity and inclusion leadership skills at Chubb, where she served as the corporate chair for the carrier’s Multicultural Development Council. It was in this position that she developed and implemented Project Ignite, a first-of-its-kind leadership program that gave select employees access and exposure to senior executive leaders to solve critical business issues.

 

Joyce spent nearly 20 years at Chubb, beginning her career as an INROADS intern and then working her way up the management ladder. Most recently, she served as Vice President and Kansas City Branch Manager, a position she leveraged to identify and capitalize upon market opportunities to drive revenue and profitable growth. She also held underwriting and marketing leadership roles for the carrier in Chicago and Washington, D.C., respectively.

 

Joyce holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Business Administration degree from Washington University’s Olin Business School in St. Louis.

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Tanya Hinton, CPC, CDR

President/CEO 

DSS Global, Inc.

Executive Up Close & Personal (Moderator) - November 8, 2018

Tanya Hinton, CPC, CDR is an Entrepreneur and serves as President/CEO of DSS Global, Inc., an executive search firm she founded in 2001 in Chicago, IL. The firm specializes in finding multicultural talent nationwide and internationally for Fortune 100 companies and national nonprofit organizations. She has over 20 years of experience in identifying high potential senior leadership candidates for clients. 


She has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal on finding diverse talent and has been a speaker for various professional associations that includes the NBMBAA, BDPA, NAAAHR, UFSC, Employment Management Association and numerous corporate client’s events.


Ms. Hinton is currently has philanthropic interests in as the BDPA Director of Corporate Sales.  Former roles included a board member at NBMBAA Chicago 2015-2017 and Urban Financial Services Coalition Chicago. She is the former Executive Vice President for the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources Chicago 2008 to 2010. She was the former Vice President of Sponsorship for the Staffing Management Association (SMA) of Chicago and served on the board from 2001 to 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences and Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Wayne Spooner

Coaching and Career Consultant

Public Speaking Workshop - September 6, 2018

Wayne Spooner is the former Vice President of Underwriting for the Midwest Region of AmTrust North America.  In this role, he led the commercial lines risk evaluation, selection and pricing for the business sourced through independent agents and brokers located in a seven state territory.  In addition to managing the standard lines commercial portfolio, he was a key member of the leadership team partnering to address product, sales, agency management and other challenges and opportunities to grow the business profitably.  Wayne is in the process of starting his own consulting company in the areas of professional career and coaching development.

Prior to joining AmTrust, Wayne spent seven years with CNA in the Small Business Customer Segment.  In this role, he served on the leadership team as a Small Business Territory leader for a third of the United States partnering with Zone and Branch leaders to profitably grow the small commercial portfolio in the Northeast and Midwest.  In addition to Wayne’s role in Small Business, he served on a variety of key corporate initiatives and is one of the chief architects of “Sales Advantage,”CNA’s sales model, which has been adopted across the company. In recognition of his many contributions, he is a CNA Chairman's Award recipient. 

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Hansford Johnson

Director, Talent Acquisition | Enterprise Diversity Sourcing & Engagement

Travelers

 

Executive Up Close & Personal - August 14, 2018

Hansford Johnson is a human resources and diversity leader that drives growth and results through clear linkage between Traveler’s business strategy and effective human resources and people strategies. Hansford has over 10 years of experience, including project management, talent evaluation and development, diversity & inclusion, strategic sourcing, mentoring, strategy, program development, curriculum design, career management, business development and negotiations.

 

Hansford joined the Travelers Companies as a member of the Talent Acquisition Leadership Team where he serves as the diversity & inclusion subject matter expert and internal consultant/partner responsible for the assessment, design and execution of targeted enterprise-wide diverse talent sourcing strategies.

 

Prior to joining Travelers, Hansford served as a strategic human resource business partner in Cigna’s Global Finance organization where he was responsible for the people strategy across six lines of business. Before managing the Global Finance people strategy, Hansford served as a Manager on the Early Career & Diversity Hiring team, responsible for the global diversity recruiting strategy, university engagement strategy and served as a talent partner for leadership development programs in technology, human resource and general management. Prior to joining Cigna, Hansford served as Senior Associate Director at the Yale School of Management (SOM) responsible for the business school’s global employer engagement strategy and on-campus recruiting, primarily focused on building the brand, reputation and culture of various degree programs.

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Robert Johnson, Esq.

Managing Partner

Solomon Group, LLC

 

12th Annual Scholarship Luncheon - May 16, 2018

 

A proven expert in the areas of management, risk assessment, crisis management and dispute resolution both domestically and internationally. Mr. Johnson has more than 20 years experience in providing guidance to a wide range of entities.

 

Mr. Johnson is the Managing Partner of The Solomon Group LLC, a management-consulting firm that provides business management, individual and organizational transformation and business intelligence. Prior to becoming Managing Partner, Robert was the Franchise Relations Officer for McDonald’s Corporation’s Central Division. He was responsible for being an advocate for the McDonald’s System and providing leadership to strengthen the relationship between McDonald’s and its Owner/Operators.

 

He was also responsible for resolving conflicts between the Company and its Owner/Operators and represented the Black McDonald's Owner Operators.

 

Prior to assuming the role as Franchise Relations Officer, Robert was responsible for the management of McDonald’s $55 Million a year Worker’s Compensation program for all of the domestic corporately owned restaurants. Mr. Johnson created the department in 2006 and implemented programs that saved the corporation over $60 million dollars.

 

Mr. Johnson is an expert in risk assessment and reduction. Mr. Johnson has provided advice and counsel to senior management relative to cost reduction strategies, crisis management, customer relations, brand protection and media relations both internationally and domestically. Mr. Johnson has provided expertise in customer claims handling and crisis management for McDonald’s markets in Europe, Australia, Latin America, Canada and Asia.

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Denise Thomas

President

The Effective Communication Coach, LLC

NAAIA Chicago Professional Development Workshop: “Building Your Brand”, Chicago, IL - April 20, 2018

Denise Thomas is the President and Owner of The Effective Communication Coach, LLC, a consultancy focused on helping new and existing professionals master the arts of communication and networking.

 

With 17 years of experience in working for Fortune 100 companies, Denise has honed the ability to deliver and receive messages across language, cultural, and communication-style barriers.  She has served and been recognized for excellence in leadership at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Inc., Rockwell Automation, ConAgra Foods, PepsiCo, General Electric and MillerCoors.

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Matthew McWherter, CFP®

Financial Advisor

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Practitioner

 

Financial Planning Workshop: "Will Your Expectations Match Your Finances When the Time Comes?", Chicago, IL - March 20, 2018

 

I help my clients achieve their dreams for today, tomorrow, and well into the future — using our exclusive Confident Retirement® approach. It starts with a personalized conversation about covering essentials, ensuring lifestyle, preparing for the unexpected and leaving a legacy. By breaking your financial goals down into doable steps, we can help take the uncertainty out of planning for your financial future. Take a few minutes now for a quick confidence check.


I’m here to help you live the life you’ve earned. When you have the right financial advisor, life can be brilliant.

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Oyauma Garrison, MBA, CPCU, AIC
President & Chief Executive Officer
A Kid Again, Inc

Professional Development - Executive Up Close & Personal Series, Chicago, IL - November 14, 2017

 

Oyauma Garrison serves as the first national office President & Chief Executive Officer at A Kid Again, Inc, a nonprofit organization that provides adventures for kids facing life threatening illnesses.  The organization, now in its 22nd year of operation will expand nationally and internationally under his leadership, providing opportunities for sick kids to be a kid again, along with their families.  Oyauma will lead strategic efforts around sustainable chapter advancement that enables the organization to reach over one million kids by delivering hope, happiness and healing through local and national kid centric adventures.    

 

Oyauma most recently served as the Senior Vice President of The Jacobson Group. In this role, Oyauma provided leadership to Jacobson’s temporary staffing arm, which delivers experienced insurance professionals to help organizations seamlessly manage workload fluctuations. As a member of Jacobson’s Executive Leadership Team, he was a contributor to the strategic direction and continued growth and development of the company.  He currently serves as an Advisory Board member to the Co-CEO’s.  

An industry veteran, Oyauma offers more than 20 years of proven leadership experience in the insurance and financial services industry, including tenures with Allstate, Nationwide and State Farm. His deep-seeded insurance knowledge extends from sales, underwriting, pricing and marketing to claims and operations. Oyauma earned his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter and Associate in Claims designations and holds his Ohio property and casualty, life and health, and Series 6 licenses. Oyauma remains active in the industry and is often called upon to share his insights on recruiting, talent development and succession planning.  

Extremely active in his community, Oyauma has received numerous awards for leadership and community service. Most recently, in 2017, he has been featured in several insurance industry publications as a thought leader.  In 2016, Oyauma presented his first TedTalk (TedX) on Corporate Social Responsibility. He was named the inaugural 2015 Emerging Leader Award recipient for the United Way of Central Ohio. His positive impact on the community has also been recognized with the United States of America Presidential 2014 Gold Standard Award for Community Service, proclamations from the Ohio General Assembly, and a Resolution of Expression from the Columbus City Council. 

Oyauma earned his bachelor’s degree from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and his MBA from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. Oyauma was named the national 2007 MBA of the Year for demonstrating outstanding leadership and a commitment to business development. As President of the National Black MBA Association – Columbus Chapter, the organization went on to win Chapter of the Year four years consecutively. 
 

Richard L. Jacobson

Co-Chief Executive Officer

The Jacobson Group

 

Richard L. Jacobson is Co-Chief Executive Officer of The Jacobson Group. He maintains shared leadership and management of the firm’s day-to-day operations and strategic direction and plays a significant role in its continued growth and success.

 

Since joining the company in 1997, Rick has contributed to the substantial development and recognition of its flexible talent service offering. Previously, Rick served as Vice President of Operations and President of Jacobson’s temporary talent business unit, leading its growth to become the largest and most recognized provider of temporary talent to the insurance industry.

 

Rick is actively involved in the insurance industry, the staffing industry and especially the intersection between the two.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Detroit-based Center for Staffing Excellence, a risk-management education organization for the staffing industry, as well as serving on the Policy Council for the American Staffing Association (ASA).

 

Prior to his tenure with the firm, Jacobson worked as an IT integration consultant for Andersen Consulting in Chicago. He received his masters of business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business in Evanston, Ill., with concentrations in management and strategy, as well as marketing. Jacobson earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

Curtis E. Johnson, Jr. 

Agency Business Consultant

Country Financial

Professional Development Lunch & Learn, Chicago, IL - September 28, 2017

 

Curtis is passionate about speaking, coaching, and training LEADERS!   As a business consultant with COUNTRY Financial, Curtis has the unique responsibly of helping future insurance agency owners establish their brand and business in the Chicago marketplace.   From the inception to a successful conversion to career agency status, Curtis is there to support the development of the agent.  Currently, Curtis supports six agencies throughout the Chicago marketplace. 

As if this was not enough, Curtis, with his 25 years of corporate experience coupled with a passion for speaking, coaching, training and business consulting embarked upon a personal growth development plan which has resulted in the formation of his entrepreneurial business: The CUVEY Group, LLC.   As an independent speaker, coach and trainer with the John Maxwell Group, The CUVEY Group strives to inspire current and future leaders by utilizing sound leadership principles that "accelerates human performance." 

The CUVEY group works with individuals, organizations, and businesses utilizing proven leadership principles that are shared through speaking, coaching, and training. 
 
Credentials
Certified thru John Maxwell Leadership Training 2017
HPN Certified Manager Direct Learning-Coaching, Training, Leadership
Certified in Adult Learning Principles American Society of Training and Development
MBA Marketing Florida A&M University School of Business
Series 6 & 63 licenses
 

Wayne Spooner

Interim Vice President of the NAAIA Chicago Chapter

Vice President of Underwriting, Midwest Region for AmTrust North America

 

Project Management Essentials - Critical Skills for Your Success, Chicago, IL - July 26, 2017

 

Wayne was recently announced as the new Vice President of Underwriting, Midwest Region, Am Trust North America. Most recently, he was the Assistant Vice President, Small Commercial Territory Leader at CNA. Wayne Spooner is a passionate, results-oriented executive who puts people first and inspires a winning culture based upon excellence and collaboration. 

Nichole Barnes Marshall

Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion

Aon Plc

 

11th Annual Scholarship Luncheon, Chicago, IL - May 23, 2017

With a deep and abiding commitment to diversity and inclusion, Nichole Barnes Marshall has built a remarkable career in Diversity and Inclusion leadership.  Always seeking to empower others, Nichole has dedicated her time and talents to endeavors that enable people to take their lives to the next level.

Nichole currently serves as Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Aon plc, the world’s leading provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services.  She is responsible for the development and implementation of inclusion and diversity strategies for Aon’s 72,000 colleagues in more than 120 countries.  She is responsible for the integration of diversity and inclusion into every element of Aon’s talent agenda, including performance management, learning and development, succession planning and talent acquisition.

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Matthew McWherter, CFP®

Financial Advisor

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Practitioner

 

Financial Planning Workshop: "Is Your Financial House In Order", Chicago, IL - March 30, 2017

 

I help my clients achieve their dreams for today, tomorrow, and well into the future — using our exclusive Confident Retirement® approach. It starts with a personalized conversation about covering essentials, ensuring lifestyle, preparing for the unexpected and leaving a legacy. By breaking your financial goals down into doable steps, we can help take the uncertainty out of planning for your financial future. Take a few minutes now for a quick confidence check.


I’m here to help you live the life you’ve earned. When you have the right financial advisor, life can be brilliant.

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Wayne Spooner

Interim Vice President of the NAAIA Chicago Chapter

Vice President of Underwriting, Midwest Region for AmTrust North America

 

Professional Development Webinar: "Finding Your Voice to Enlighten & Influence People" - A Public Speaking Seminar , Chicago, IL - December 1, 2016

 

Wayne was recently announced as the new Vice President of Underwriting, Midwest Region, Am Trust North America. Most recently, he was the Assistant Vice President, Small Commercial Territory Leader at CNA. Wayne Spooner is a passionate, results-oriented executive who puts people first and inspires a winning culture based upon excellence and collaboration. 

Robert Johnson, Esq.

Managing Partner

Solomon Group, LLC

 

Up Close & Personal with Robert Johnson, Esq., Chicago, IL - August 24, 2016

 

A proven expert in the areas of management, risk assessment, crisis management and dispute resolution both domestically and internationally. Mr. Johnson has more than 20 years experience in providing guidance to a wide range of entities.

 

Mr. Johnson is the Managing Partner of The Solomon Group LLC, a management-consulting firm that provides business management, individual and organizational transformation and business intelligence. Prior to becoming Managing Partner, Robert was the Franchise Relations Officer for McDonald’s Corporation’s Central Division. He was responsible for being an advocate for the McDonald’s System and providing leadership to strengthen the relationship between McDonald’s and its Owner/Operators.

 

He was also responsible for resolving conflicts between the Company and its Owner/Operators and represented the Black McDonald's Owner Operators.

 

Prior to assuming the role as Franchise Relations Officer, Robert was responsible for the management of McDonald’s $55 Million a year Worker’s Compensation program for all of the domestic corporately owned restaurants. Mr. Johnson created the department in 2006 and implemented programs that saved the corporation over $60 million dollars.

 

Mr. Johnson is an expert in risk assessment and reduction. Mr. Johnson has provided advice and counsel to senior management relative to cost reduction strategies, crisis management, customer relations, brand protection and media relations both internationally and domestically. Mr. Johnson has provided expertise in customer claims handling and crisis management for McDonald’s markets in Europe, Australia, Latin America, Canada and Asia.

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Wayne Spooner

Interim Vice President of the NAAIA Chicago Chapter

Vice President of Underwriting, Midwest Region for AmTrust North America

 

Professional Development Webinar: Project Management Essentials, Chicago, IL - June 30, 2016

 

Wayne was recently announced as the new Vice President of Underwriting, Midwest Region, Am Trust North America. Most recently, he was the Assistant Vice President, Small Commercial Territory Leader at CNA. Wayne Spooner is a passionate, results-oriented executive who puts people first and inspires a winning culture based upon excellence and collaboration. 

Oyauma Garrison

Field Vice President, Midwest Region

Allstate Insurance Company

 

10th Annual Scholarship Luncheon, Chicago, IL - May 24, 2016

 

Oyauma Garrison is Vice President of the Allstate Insurance Company Midwest Region responsible for achieving P&L results engaging all departments and distribution channels.

 

Oyauma has over 19 years of proven experience in the insurance and financial services industry across all major functions and disciplines.  He provides a holistic viewpoint with a proven track record of success.

 

He has been recognized on numerous occasions for his leadership and community service.  The United Way 2015 Emerging Leader, a featured professional in the Top 20 People to Watch by Color me Excellent.   Honored with the United States of America 2014 Presidential Gold Standard Award.  A Business First 40 under 40, MBA of the Year – NBMBAA, and two time honoree by the Ohio Legislative Assembly for leadership. 

 

Oyauma is Past Board Chairman of St. Vincent Family Center; co-chair Tocqueville Society and serves on the Columbus Marathon Diversity Advisory Council.  A member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., St. Mark’s #7 F&AM, PHA, and Lifetime Member of NBMBAA and NSHMBAs. 

 

Oyauma has his MBA, CPCU and industry certifications, licenses and designations. 

 

Dr. Indigo Triplett

CEO & Founder

Careers In Transition

 

Professional Development Workshop - Playing By The Unwritten Rules, Chicago, IL - April 13, 2016

 

Indigo's dynamic personality and irrefutable expertise is the reputation that precedes her. As the CEO and Founder of Careers In Transition, Inc, she leads the successful Performance Management consulting firm that provides wise strategies for performance and productivity. From the Federal Government to Fortune 500 Corporations, Careers In Transition, Inc. helps organizations attract, develop, and retain employees for improved results. As a renowned Speaker, Indigo is hilariously honest and refreshingly blunt giving a professional twist that captures her audience’s imagination and inspires their spirit.

 

Indigo launched Careers In Transition as an independent consultant in 1995, which quickly parlayed into a successful venture resulting in the company becoming incorporated in 1997. Initially, the company provided career transitional assistance during a period when many companies needed to downsize, but ultimately changed its focus as companies became more enlightened to the concept of motivating their remaining employees to perform and excel. Consulting companies come and go, but under Indigo’s leadership, the company has thrived and experienced consistent growth, becoming an indispensable resource for federal agencies and organizations by positively impacting their bottom lines. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, her company was recognized as one of America's Fastest Growing Companies by INC. Magazine. Indigo is admired for her down-to-earth methods and techniques, but perhaps more known as an authentic leader who tackles organizational development and workforce topics such as employability, under-employment, diversity, mentoring, workplace relationships, and communications. Some of the organizations that Indigo has worked with range from the Environmental Protection Agency to Halliburton--which demonstrates her profound knowledge and versatility in meeting the specific needs of her client base. Stateside to abroad--from Atlanta, Georgia to Shanghai, China--she delivers a message and philosophy that is insightful; thus, resonating with people at every tier of their career or within an organization.

 

Manika M. Turnbull, PhD

Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer

Health Care Service Corporation

 

Up Close and Personal with Manika Turnbull, Chicago, IL - March 9, 2016

 

Manika Turnbull is Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), which is the parent company of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.  

 

In her role, Manika is responsible for managing HCSC's Center for Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) initiatives, ensuring that diversity and inclusion remain cornerstones of HCSC's culture and continue to be integrated into its business operations. Prior to her role as Chief Diversity Officer, Manika was Chief of Staff for Blue Cross and 

Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL), responsible for supporting all activities of the Office of the President, including strategic planning, messaging and positioning, budget and personnel administration and coordination.  Turnbull has been with HCSC for more than nine years.

 

Manika is an active member of the Chicago community.  She is a member of several boards and councils, most notably United Way Women’s Leadership Council, Facing History and Ourselves, an organization that teaches children about racism and prejudice to prevent it from happening in the future, and Playworks Illinois, which aims 

to improve the health and well-being of children through physical activity.  A graduate of James Madison University, where she was team captain of JMU’s NCAA Division I women’s basketball team, Manika holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she also serves on the Board of Trustees.  She is a 2015 Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) fellow and serves on LGC's Board of 

Directors.  Manika was named a 2013 Diversity MBA Top 100 Under 50 Emerging & Executive Leader.

 

Nichole Barnes Marshall

Head of Diversity and Inclusion

Aon Corporation

 

Up Close and Personal with Nichole Barnes Marshall, Chicago, IL - November 5, 2015

 

With a deep and abiding commitment to diversity and inclusion, Nichole Barnes Marshall has built a remarkable career in Diversity and Inclusion leadership.  Always seeking to empower others, Nichole has dedicated her time and talents to endeavors that enable people to take their lives to the next level.

 

Nichole currently serves as Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Aon plc, the world’s leading provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services.  She is responsible for the development and implementation of inclusion and diversity strategies for Aon’s 66,000 colleagues in more than 120 countries.  Her charge is to leverage diversity and inclusion as an engine for growth and foster a corporate culture that champions all of its colleagues.  She is responsible for the integration of diversity and inclusion into every element of Aon’s talent agenda, including performance management, learning and development, succession planning and talent acquisition.

 

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