Leadership Diversity Summit

The state of leadership diversity is changing at a fast pace nationally and internationally. To get a more in-depth understanding of today's leaders, five APA divisions are inviting 20 representatives from different gender, racial, sexual orientation and cultural groups to attend a Diversity Leadership Summit to be held Jan. 16, in conjunction with the 2013 National Multicultural Conference and Summit in Houston, January 17–18. Conference participants will discuss leadership styles, successes, challenges and more.

Participating Leaders

Leaders have been invited from four sectors: Corporate, Government, Higher Education and Non-profit. Each selected leader brings years of experience working within their sector and within the areas of diversity and diversity management.
  • Linda Akutagawa, President and CEO, Leaders Education for Asian Pacifics
  • Selisse Berry, Founding Executive Director, Out and Equal
  • Teresa Chapa, Senior Policy Advisor for Mental Health with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Michelle Crecca, Chief Marketing Officer, Webster Bank
  • Ann Dobmeyer, Primary Care Behavioral Health Proponent, Department of Defense
  • Ruth Fassinger, Dean, John F. Kennedy University
  • Lori Gonzales, Provost, Appalachian State University
  • Michael Guest, Senior Advisor, Council for Global Equality
  • Jennifer Kelly, Board of Directors, American Psychological Association
  • Punam Mathur, Former Senior VP for Corporate Diversity & Community Affairs, MGM Mirage 
  • Fred Millan, President-Elect, Association of State and Province Psychology Boards,  Professor & Director of Graduate Mental Health Counseling Program, SUNY College at Old Westbury
  • Ken Pepion, Associate VP of Academic Affairs, Fort Lewis College
  • Colonel Shirley Raguindin, Chief Diversity Officer, Air National Guard
  • Pam Reid, President, University of Saint Joseph
  • Beau Stubblefield-Tave, Principal and Co-Founder, Cultural Imperative

Goals and Results

The goal of this Leadership Diversity Summit is to 1) advance research and practice by drawing on the expertise of diverse leaders like yourself to highlight challenges in a diverse, changing leadership landscape and 2) to discuss how diverse leadership may differ from “traditional” leadership paradigms. This Leadership Diversity Summit will advance our understanding of diverse leader identity, styles, and lived experiences. In order to provide a broad perspective, we will draw on challenges across four sectors (corporate, government, community and higher education leadership in psychology).

Serving as a panelist in the Leadership Diversity Summit, you will be able to:

  • Network with other subject matter experts

  • Establish business development opportunities 

  • Contribute to the advancement of knowledge on the state of diversity

Participating APA Divisions