Inclusive Leadership in 2021: Creating Transparency, Accountability and Real Equity
Jennifer Abbondanza is the Vice President of Corporate Initiatives for NBCUniversal’s Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, where she works with executives across the company to advance DE&I efforts in the areas of workforce, content, and philanthropy. She leads a team that drives diversity strategy, analytics and insights across NBCUniversal.
Jennifer has worked at NBCUniversal since 2007 and previously served as a Vice President in the Corporate Strategy & Development group where she focused on acquisitions, divestitures and strategic partnerships. Prior to NBCUniversal, she worked at Intel Corp, Deutsche Bank, and Brera Capital Partners. Jennifer graduated from Princeton University with a degree in economics and holds a Master of Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Business. She currently resides in New York City with her wife and two children.
New York University
New York University
Pamela Newkirk, PhD, is a journalist, New York University professor, author and multi-disciplinary scholar whose work examines contemporary and historical depictions of African Americans in popular culture. Her latest book Diversity Inc.: The Failed Promise of Billion-Dollar Business, exposes the decades-old practices and attitudes that have made diversity a lucrative business while they fail to realize diversity. The book was included on TIME magazine’s “Must-Read” books of 2019 and featured in numerous publications, including TIME, FORBES and Fortune magazines. Her previous book, Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga, was awarded the 2016 NAACP Image Award and was selected as a New York Times Editor’s Choice and named a Best Book of 2015 by NPR, The Boston Globe, and The San Francisco Chronicle. Dr. Newkirk has compiled and edited two collections of African American letters and is the author of Within the Veil: Black Journalists, White Media which won the National Press Club Award for Media Criticism. Prior to joining the journalism faculty at New York University she was a daily reporter at four news organizations including New York Newsday where she was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting team. She holds journalism degrees from Columbia and New York universities, and a PhD from Columbia University. Her freelance articles have appeared in a number of leading publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and TIME magazine.
Weill Cornell Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine
Jamal Lopez has been a diversity practitioner for more than a decade, and currently serves as the Senior Director of Institutional Equity at Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) in New York City, where he leads the Office of Institutional Equity to advance and operationalize the Dean’s diversity, inclusion, and equity goals. Jamal oversees WCM’s Title IX compliance efforts and investigations of all claims of harassment and/or discrimination, and collaborates with external and internal institutional partners to advance efforts on equity, inclusion, and respect.
Prior to working at Weill Cornell Medicine, Jamal worked as a federal police officer for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a social worker for the Administration for Children’s Services, and held senior roles in diversity at the NYC Department of Education, NYC Human Resources Administration and Con Edison.
Jamal’s educational portfolio includes a Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School, a Master’s in Public Administration/Human Resources Management, and a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice, both attained from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.
As a testament to Jamal’s leadership and passion to align HR and diversity strategies to organizational goals, Jamal has a certification from the Society for Human Resource as a Senior Certified Professional, and recently completed professional diversity certification at the Society for Diversity.
Additionally, Jamal has been an adjunct professor at Berkeley College in New York City since 2012, where he teaches undergraduate courses in Berkeley’s Justice Studies program.