Speakers 2017-05-11T13:58:15+00:00

Building on Diversity Speakers

In order of appearance.

José Rosa

José Antonio Rosa, Ph.D., is Professor and Dean’s Fellow in Marketing at Iowa State University.  As an academician, Rosa has studied topics such as subsistence consumer behavior and innovativeness, low literacy consumer behaviors and decision making, the social evolution of markets, and the role of embodied knowledge in consumer and managerial thinking. He has taught on marketing management, consumer behavior, and managing for innovation to undergraduate, professional graduate, and doctoral students.  In addition, Rosa has been involved with the PhD Project since the mid-90s, and has mentored and advised students throughout his career.  He was recently recognized for such efforts with the American Marketing Association’s Williams-Qualls-Spratlen Multicultural Mentoring Award and induction to the PhD Project Hall of Fame. Rosa holds degrees from University of Michigan, Dartmouth College, and General Motors Institute (Kettering University).  In his professional career he held marketing and manufacturing management positions in the automotive and banking industries.

Jonathan Wickert

Jonathan Wickert

Jonathan Wickert, Ph.D., serves as Senior Vice President and Provost at Iowa State University, overseeing the university’s Division of Academic Affairs.  Major reporting units include the university’s seven academic colleges, the Graduate College, the University Library, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Office of the Vice President for Extension and Outreach, and the Ames National Laboratory which is managed by Iowa State for the Department of Energy.

Wickert has responsibility for the division’s allocation of resources, planning, and policy, all with a view to advance Iowa State as a student-centric major research university.  The Senior Vice President and Provost works with a team of academic deans, associate provosts, vice presidents, senior staff, and faculty, staff, and student governance bodies.  In that work, Wickert emphasizes student access and success, educational opportunities that prepare students to make a difference in the world, and collaborative partnerships. He graduated from the University of California-Berkeley with a BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.


David Spalding

David P. Spalding is the fifth dean of the College of Business at Iowa State University. Before arriving in Ames in August 2013, he served for eight years at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Most recently, Spalding served as senior vice president and senior advisor to Dartmouth’s president, responsible for implementing strategy, vision, and direction for the institution. Previously he had served as the president’s chief of staff.

Spalding was appointed as Dartmouth’s vice president for alumni relations in October 2005, his first position in higher education. In this role, he led the school’s efforts to increase engagement with its nearly 70,000 alumni. Also a Dartmouth alumnus, Spalding was very active in fund-raising as a member of the Dartmouth College Fund Committee and as a member or co-chair of the reunion giving committees for his four most recent class reunions. He had also served as a member of Dartmouth’s President’s Leadership Council.


 Scott Jenkins

Scott Jenkins serves as the Director of State Policy for Lumina Foundation. In that role, he leads development and advancement of the Foundation’s State Policy Agenda. Scott has a broad and extensive background in institutional, state, and federal policy development and execution.  A few of his career highlights include serving as the Education Policy Director to former Michigan Governor John Engler and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, the Director of External Relations for Western Governors University, and as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the US Department of Education in the Bush administration. Jenkins has a BS in Political Science from The University of Central Florida.

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 Reginald StewartReginald Stewart, Ph.D., is Iowa State University’s first Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion (VPDI) and holds an adjunct appointment in the School of Education. The VPDI serves as Iowa State University’s executive level diversity and inclusion strategist reporting directly to the President and supporting all functions of the university by utilizing the matrix leadership model. Departments and initiatives reporting to Stewart include the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX, the Faculty and Staff Affinity Councils, the Women’s Leadership Consortium, the University Committee on Women, the VPDI Council and the VPDI Advisory Committee.

Stewart has been the recipient of numerous honors from organizations including the U.S. Department of Education, the College Board, Excelencia in Education and NAACP. His TED Talk, Cultural (il)Literacy: What Modern America Needs to Know is widely used as a teaching tool in both corporate and educational settings.

Stewart earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology (1993) from San Francisco State University, and master of education in educational leadership (2003) and doctorate in higher education administration (2010) from the University of Nevada.

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Matt Hazenbush

Matt Hazenbush is Research Communications Manager for the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). In his role, Hazenbush supports GMAC’s mission to advance the art and science of admissions through writing research-focused web content and reports on issues affecting graduate management education and leading presentations and workshops at industry conferences. Recent projects Hazenbush has been involved with include the mba.com User’s Guide to Full-Time MBA Rankings and the Global Graduate Management Education Segmentation Study. His prior higher education experience includes custom research projects, state policy analysis, and graduate admissions. Hazenbush earned a B.A. in History and Communication from Boston College, and an Ed.M. in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Rebeca Perren

Rebeca Perren, Ph.D.,  is an assistant professor of marketing at California State University San Marcos.  Her professional experiences are very diverse, spanning from managing marketing activities for several firms in the skydiving industry to providing service and expert advice to financial advisors in the brokerage industry. She earned her doctoral degree in Marketing from the University of Central Florida, her MBA from Stetson University and her undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida.  Her research focuses on collective and individual value creation in online communities, interpersonal interactions among consumers, influential consumer behavior and sustainable consumption.  Perren is the recipient of multiple fellowships and awards during her doctoral studies, including the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship and the AMA Foundation Valuing Diversity Scholarship. She was also awarded the Dean’s Presentation Award for outstanding accomplishments and exemplary contribution to the graduate fellowship community at UCF.  Perren was an inaugural co-chair of the PhD Project Committee for Hispanic Excellence, an initiative focused on enhancing higher education completion rates for Hispanic students nationwide and recognized by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.


Samantha Cross

Samantha Cross is an Assistant Professor in Marketing at Iowa State University. Her research examines how diverse entities, identities, perspectives, beliefs, ways of sensing and consuming co-exist in individuals, households and society. She has received several awards for her research, including the Jane K. Fenyo Best Paper Award for Student Research, the American Marketing Association Foundation (AMAF) Valuing Diversity Ph.D. Scholarship and the ACR/Sheth Foundation Dissertation Award. Her work has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Marketing, the International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, Journal of Business Research, and Consumption, Markets and Culture. She has been a member of the PhD Project since 2004, first as a student and then as a faculty member. She received her Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of California, Irvine; her M.B.A. in International Business from DePaul University and a B.Sc. in Management Studies from The University of The West Indies.


Yone Dewberry

Yone Dewberry is the Vice President of Supply Chain for Land O’Lakes.  In this role, he has responsibility for Supply and Demand Planning, Transportation, Warehousing, Analytics, Talent Management and Supply Chain Strategy.  Prior to this role, Yone was the Director of Planning for the Dairy Foods division of Land O’Lakes. Before joining Land O’Lakes, Yone spent 12 year traveling extensively throughout the world as a Supply Chain consultant working in the food, chemical and agriculture industries.  Prior to that, he worked for Fast Moving Consumer Goods and Chemical companies for 15 years. Dewberry has also served on the Board of Directors for Delaware Special Olympics from 1987 to 1992 and as their president from 1990 to 1992.  He was appointed to the State of Delaware Council of Housing from 1989 to 1994, from 1992 to 1994 served as their president.  From 2003 to 2006 he taught Sunday school at Columbus Baptist Church in New Jersey.  Dewberry has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in finance from Lehigh University and is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Inc.  In his spare time, Yone enjoys snowmobiling and spending time with his family.


Joe Downs

Joe Downs is senior business manager in marketing for Union Pacific Railroad (UP). He is responsible for developing and coordinating daily marketing activities and long-term strategies in UP’s Line Pipe and Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) petroleum industry business area. Downs has held multiple positions within UP’s Marketing and Sales area, most recently as senior business manager of sales for UP’s Automotive team. In this position, Downs was responsible for establishing strategy and leading the sales efforts for international automotive customers.  Downs was co-chair for Union Pacific’s 2008 Black Employee Network (BEN) national conference and served as BEN’s Los Angeles chapter president in 2007 and 2008. In 2015, he received UP’s Marketing and Sales Summit Award for Outstanding Achievement.  He graduated from the University of San Diego in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He and his wife, Erin, have one son.


Bernard Milano

A KPMG senior partner, Bernard J. Milano is the president of the KPMG Foundation and KPMG Disaster Relief Fund.  He is also president of The PhD Project, an organization that since 1994 has helped quadruple the number of minority faculty members in university business programs. Milano serves on professional, community, religious, and educational boards including Beta Gamma Sigma, Enactus, Points of Light Foundation, and Campus Compact. He previously chaired the business school advisory boards at James Madison University, Ramapo College of New Jersey and North Carolina A&T State University. From 2002-2009 he was a member of President Bush’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Milano is the recipient of many awards, mostly for his work in promoting academic diversity. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Temple University and Honorary Doctorates from North Carolina A & T University, Kent State University and William Paterson University. He lives with his wife and two sons in Allendale, NJ. He has four older children and six grandchildren.


Daniel I. Moore

Daniel I. Moore is Principal Account Manager for Airborne Communications at Rockwell Collins, a position he has held for the last two years.  His primary responsibilities involve engineering sales and business development for US Army Aviation.  Throughout his 10-year career with Rockwell-Collins, Daniel has also served as a Systems Engineer, Engineering Manager, and Technical Project Manager – and as a technician and RF Engineer for seven years before joining Rockwell-Collins.  In addition to his professional duties, Daniel serves a formal mentor for new hires in Systems Engineering and Management, and New Hire Lead for the African American Professionals Forum (AAPF) employee resource group.  His professional achievements are complemented by thirteen years in the Army National Guard with four years in communication systems and nine years as a helicopter pilot and commissioned officer.  He holds certification as a commercial/instrument helicopter pilot and a private/instrument airplane pilot, and bachelor degrees in electrical engineering and interdisciplinary sciences.

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 Brian S. Dreibelbis

Brian Dreibelbis is the Senior Director of Supply Chain Human Resources / Labor and Employee Relations for Land O’Lakes. In his role, his key responsibly is to be a strategic Human Resources Business Partner with Corporate Supply Chain professionals, as well as to support Directors, Plant Managers, and Plant Teams for over one hundred sixty Land O’Lakes manufacturing and distribution facilities as well as develop broad company Labor and Employee Relations Strategy and deal with top Labor Leaders across the United States. Prior to joining Land O’Lakes, Dreibelbis held Human Resources and Labor and Employee Relations positions of increasing responsibility with The Walt Disney Company, General Mills, and Kraft Foods. He has negotiated collective bargaining agreements, arbitrations and mediations, and has led successful defense of union organizing campaigns and decertification. Dreibelbis is a nationally recognized labor leader with organizations such as US LERN, The National Food and Dairy Board, and the Labor Negotiations Institute. He has an undergraduate degree in Supply Chain / Operations Management from Penn State University and Professional Certification in Labor and Employee Relations from the University of Michigan, where he studied under Dave Ulrich.

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 Margarita Benitez

Margarita Benítez, Ph.D., was born and raised at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), where she was a Professor of Humanities, Chancellor of UPR’s Cayey Campus, and Acting Chancellor of the Humacao Campus.  As a senior official at the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) in the U.S. Dept. of Education (1998-2004), Benítez directed the nationwide launch of GEAR UP and the Title V Institutional Development for Hispanic-Serving Institutions programs.  She also headed all minority-serving institutional development programs at OPE. At the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), she directed the 100-institution BEAMS Project (Building Engagement and Attainment for Minority Students), and the National Articulation and Transfer Network.  As director for higher education at The Education Trust, she coordinated the Access to Success Initiative, made up by twenty-three state systems of higher education. Since 2006, she is a Senior Associate at Excelencia in Education, a research and policy organization focused on Latino student success in higher education.  Most recently, she served as Interim Assistant Vice President of Leadership Programs at the American Council on Education, overseeing the nation’s most renowned higher education leadership development initiative, the ACE Fellows Program. In 2013, Benítez was one of four educators in the United States selected as a Lumina Fellow by Lumina Foundation for Education, in recognition of her work on behalf of access and success in higher education. She holds degrees from Vassar College, Middlebury College, and Columbia University.

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 William Perry

William Perry, Ph.D., served as president of Eastern Illinois University for eight years, 2007 to 2015.  Prior to this presidential appointment, he served as Executive Associate Provost and subsequently as Vice Provost at Texas A&M University from 1998 to 2007.  Under Perry’s leadership, both institutions increased under-represented minority student enrollment at double digit rates.  At Eastern Illinois University, Perry and his executive team recognized early the demographic changes affecting the state and the growing importance of under-represented minority students and their families to the state’s economy.  He encouraged EIU’s academic and student affairs areas to greater effort with underrepresented minority students, and deployed resources to improve recruitment and retention among Hispanic students.  Particularly important was the redesign of potential applicant outreach to include the family when reaching out to Hispanic students.  Perry has received multiple awards for his diversity enhancement achievements as a professor and higher education administrator.

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Jerome Williams

Jerome Williams, Ph.D., is Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost of Rutgers University-Newark.  He also is a Distinguished Professor and the Prudential Chair in Business.  Prior to joining Rutgers, he held endowed chair positions at four different universities, including the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Visiting Associate Professor in the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, the Anheuser-Busch/John E. Jacob Professor at Howard University, the F.J. Heyne Centennial Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Wee Kim Wee Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.  Prior to being on the Howard faculty, he was on the Penn State University Marketing Department faculty for 14 years.  He has published extensively in the areas of multicultural marketing and public health communication. Williams was a member of an Institute of Medicine Committee that authored the landmark report Food Marketing to Children and Youth: Threat or Opportunity?  and appointed by the U.S. Census Bureau to Chair the 2010 Communications Contract Academic Assessment Team.  He is co-author of Diversity in Advertising: Broadening the Scope of Research Directions, Consumer Equality: Race and the American Marketplace, and Advances in Communication Research to Reduce Childhood Obesity.


Jim Larimore

Jim Larimore is Chief Officer for the Center for Equity in Learning at ACT, where he leads ACT’s strategy to engage students, families, educators and communities to promote equity in learning and success.  His team develops programs and partnerships to improve college and career readiness for all students.   Larimore’s career in higher education focused on college access and student success.  He served as deputy director for student success at the Gates Foundation, and as a student affairs leader at campuses including Stanford, Dartmouth, and NYU Abu Dhabi.  He served on the Gates Millennium Scholars Advisory Council, and now serves on the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions Advisory Council, and as an Affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education.


Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds

Kim Reynolds, a former state senator and county treasurer, serves as Iowa’s 45th Lieutenant Governor. She was elected Iowa’s Lieutenant Governor on November 2, 2010. Kim truly understands the importance of fiscal responsibility, job creation, education, and technology. Each year, Kim travels to all 99 counties and enthusiastically listens to Iowans of all ages. She actively seeks to learn how Iowa can become an even stronger state. Whether it’s meeting with women business owners or rural farmers, Kim embraces the opportunity to gain insights into their concerns or encourage collaboration. On the global front, Kim knows that one in five Iowa jobs is attributed to international trade. Her travels have taken Kim from China to Germany to Brazil to South Korea to Vietnam to the Philippines and Thailand. In leading these trade missions, she has established long-term relationships that already are resulting in increased exports, more foreign direct investment and new jobs for Iowans.

Kim tirelessly works to provide access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs for students, especially the underrepresented and underserved. She co-chairs the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council in Iowa. Kim also is known throughout the country, as one of the strongest advocates for STEM. Her passion for STEM education was recognized by STEMconnector™ when she was named to their “100 Women Leaders in STEM.”


Governor Terry Branstad

Governor Terry Branstad was born, raised and educated in Iowa. A native of Leland, Branstad was elected to the Iowa House in 1972, ’74 and ’76, and elected as Iowa’s lieutenant governor in 1978. Branstad was Iowa’s longest-serving governor, from 1983 to 1999. As the state’s chief executive, he weathered some of Iowa’s worst economic turmoil, during the farm crisis of the ‘80s, while helping lead the state’s resurgence to a booming economy in the ‘90s. Following his four terms as governor, Branstad went on to serve as president of Des Moines University (DMU). During his 6-year tenure, he was able to grow the university into a world-class educational facility.

In October of 2009, sensing a need for change in the way state government operates and wanting to “lead Iowa’s comeback,” Branstad retired from DMU to explore running for governor in 2010. This team traveled to each of Iowa’s 99 counties, sharing their commitment to the creation of 200,000 new jobs for Iowans, a 15 percent reduction in the cost of government, a 25 percent increase in family incomes, and a renewal of national excellence of Iowa’s schools. As a result, Branstad and his running mate, Senator Kim Reynolds were elected as Iowa’s governor and lieutenant governor on November 2, 2010 and were sworn into office on January 14, 2011.