Bryant is a Vice President in Research and Innovation for L′Oréal USA. He currently oversees three departments; Analytical chemistry, microbiology and Demi-Grand (similar to a pilot plant) critical to the innovation and development process. Prior to starting this new role in early 2012, Bryant was the director of the L′Oréal Institute for Ethnic Hair and Skin Research in Chicago. He joined the L′Oréal team in 2004 after a successful career at Unilever. Bryant recently coauthored a book chapter on hair ethnicity and has presented the Institute’s research as an invited speaker at numerous national and international meetings. He received his bachelor degree in chemistry from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and completed a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He enjoys cooking and currently resides in the northeast New Jersey.
Charles is the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Specialist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. She administers the Laboratory’s TARGET Program, a STEM summer internship program for traditionally underrepresented high school sophomores and juniors and works with its undergraduate Summer Internships in Science and Technology (SIST) program, a minority outreach initiative.
Collaborative outreach initiatives utilizing facilitated dialogue have been an integral part of Charles' professional and civic life. Her experience and interactions in the private, public and non-profit sectors focus on cross-cultural communication and consensus building to positively impact student achievement, community engagement, and diversity awareness and appreciation.
In 2006, Charles was appointed and continues to serve as, Chairwoman of Indian Prairie School District 204, Parent Diversity Advisory Council (PDAC) in Naperville, IL. The PDAC engages parents, PTAs, school faculty and staff, and district administrators to positively impact the academic achievement of a diverse student population by addressing disparate academic performance. She served the Board of the Indian Prairie Educational Foundation (IPEF) from 2004 to 2013, and has served on the Admissions Student Review Committee of the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA).
Charles holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
Susan D. Johnson
Johnson is the Director of Equity and Inclusion at Lumina Foundation based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Throughout her career in higher education, she has acquired intimate knowledge of the policies and practices affecting student success, student engagement, and institutional accountability. After joining Lumina in 2008, Susan served as a Strategy Officer for five years with a portfolio consisting of over 70 grants centered on issues of preparation, success, and productivity in higher education designed to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials. In her current position, she actively seeks to engage professionals, scholars, and partners in action committed to the promotion of equity and excellence in postsecondary education—particularly for populations that have historically been and remain underrepresented.
Prior to joining Lumina, Susan held professional positions in student affairs at Louisiana State University and the University of North Dakota and in institutional research at Indiana University. She is actively involved in Grantmakers for Education (GFE) and currently serves on the executive team of Indiana Blacks in Philanthropy (IBIP). Johnson earned her B.S., M.S., and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Florida and her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Indiana University.
Schroeder founded the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) with a single student in 1995. The program has evolved into a national model for excellence in engineering and science education by engaging students from sixth grade, extending through middle school, high school, the undergraduate years to graduate school and the PhD. At each step of the way the focus is on creating excitement and empowerment around careers in engineering and science. There are now 1,250 Alaska Native students and alumni. ANSEP components have been replicated in 12 states with other Indigenous groups.
Schroeder received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. He is currently a professor of engineering and the Vice Provost for ANSEP and Founder at the University of Alaska Anchorage. In 2009, Schroeder was honored by the creation of an endowed chair in his name at the University of Alaska Anchorage with $4.4 million in donations from the ANSEP partner organizations. He is the recipient of the White House 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring; the Alaska Federation of Natives 2005 Denali Award, the greatest honor presented by the Federation to a non-Native; the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) 2009 Reginald Jones Award, and ANSEP was recently honored by Harvard University as one of the top 25 Innovations in Government.
Jamal L. Smith
Smith currently serves the State of Indiana as Executive Director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission; transitioning from his role as the Governor's Senior Advisor for Minority Affairs. Prior to his position with the State of Indiana, Smith was the Director of Marketing and Business Development for United States Synchronized Swimming (USSS), the National Governing Body for the Olympic Sport of Synchronized Swimming.
Over the past 13-years, Smith’s professional experiences have included government affairs, marketing & business development, event management, as well as community engagement. He has managed teams of professionals and oversees a budget of more than $9 million. Smith participated on sales teams that have generated an excess of $16 million, developed and implemented organizational marketing plans, and led recruitment campaigns resulting in increases of more than 300%. In addition, Jamal has overseen more than twelve (12) international events including the selection and announcement of the 2008 Olympic Synchronized Swimming Team.
Smith's recent focus has been the oversight and implementation of many of the State's programs and initiatives; ensuring the inclusion of Indiana’s most underrepresented populations. As Executive Director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, Smth’s focus has been the enforcement of civil rights for all Hoosiers, understanding the delicate balance between providers and patrons. His collaborative efforts include both public and private sectors, state agencies, as well as community and faith based organizations.
Correspondingly, Smith is recognized as a leader professionally as well as throughout the community. His diverse group of board appointments includes serving as Chair of the Governor’s Commission on Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises, the Indiana Blood Bank Board of Directors and the Indiana Health Information Technology, Inc. Board of Directors. Smith also spends a great deal of time as a basketball coach and mentor within the city of Indianapolis.
Smith graduated from Wright State University in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in History; completing his MBA in 2000, also from Wright State University. His undergraduate tenure includes a successful career as an intercollegiate basketball player. As a student athlete, Smith has received many awards and much recognition for his performances on the court as well as in the classroom. Smith went on to continue his education at Purdue University where he graduated in 2002 with an MS Degree in Sports Management & Athletic Administration.
Karmell Thomas is a Cummins Certified Functional Project Manager experienced in leading multiple cross-functional projects from inception to completion across global markets. She holds a MS degree in Industrial Engineering from Wayne State University.
James C. Wimbush
As the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, Wimbush works to create a learning environment that promotes cultural, ethnic, and gender diversity. He also seeks to find meaningful ways to improve the performance of all campuses in retaining, educating, and graduating students, especially those from underrepresented and diverse populations.
As Dean of the University Graduate School—which oversees academic master’s and doctoral programs on Indiana University’s eight campuses—Wimbush advocates for the enhancement of graduate education and improvement of the overall quality of graduate student life, and works to increase funding for programs promoting educational equality in science, technology, engineering, and math. Currently a member of the President’s Cabinet, he is active in service and advisory roles at IU.
Nationally, he works to advance graduate education by serving as the former Chair of the Board of Directors of the GRE; Chair-elect of the Council of Graduate Schools’ Board of Directors; and, a member of the Executive Committee of the AAU’s Association of Graduate Schools. Wimbush also served as a member of Educational Testing Service’s and the Council of Graduate Schools’ joint Commission on the Future of Graduate Education, which released the 2010 report The Path Forward: The Future of Graduate Education in the United States.
A Professor of Business Administration, Wimbush has received multiple awards for his teaching of management and leadership, and formerly chaired various units in the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, including the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship; Doctoral Programs; and the MBA Program.
An acknowledged national authority, he has published numerous articles on business ethics in human resource practices. Wimbush earned a doctorate in management and a master's degree in human resources management and industrial and labor relations from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia.