Candice Barnhardt is Chief Diversity Officer leading Nationwide’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Nationwide is one of the largest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the world.
Candice has led diversity work at Nationwide for three years. The vision for Nationwide is to be a place where all voices are heard and valued and customers know Nationwide is On Your Side®. The work of the office of diversity and inclusion focuses on the workplace, workforce, marketplace, community and supplier. Through strategic planning and execution, Nationwide is focused on bringing their vision to life in these five key areas.
Prior to this position Candice was vice president of Nationwide’s Organizational Effectiveness Practice. She was responsible for leading strategies that support a healthy, high-performance culture including change leadership, cultural transformation, diversity and inclusion, and associate engagement.
Candice serves on the Board of Directors for the King Art’s Complex of Central Ohio. She is a member of the audit, development, operations and nominations committees.
Among her accomplishments is the development of culture change workshops that have touched more than 20,000 Nationwide associates since 2001. She has also implemented company-wide associate engagement measures.
Candice joined Nationwide in 1999 after spending 18 years at JP Morgan Chase (formerly Bank One), a leading financial services company. During that time, her experience included managing a network of retail banking sites, developing and leading a regional leader development function, and subsequently, developing and leading an executive development function for the retail line of business. She also was responsible for leading the cultural transformation work for Chase’s retail line of business.
Marvin Clayton is Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for Limited Brands. In that capacity, Marvin leads the total enterprise inclusion strategy driving initiatives associated with talent, community & philanthropic engagement, supplier diversity and inclusion education and awareness across the corporation.
Prior to his current role, Marvin was the Vice President of Human Resources for Victoria’s Secret Stores and Store Operations functions. Marvin led activities associated with talent acquisition and retention, succession planning, leadership and organization development, legal and associate relations. He has also served in other leadership positions in Human Resources at Bath & Body Works and the White Barn Candle Company. Marvin’s extensive retail experience also includes 16 years at Macy’s where he held a number of human resources leadership positions.
Marvin earned a Bachelors degree in Communications/Public Relations from Clark Atlanta University and is a member of several human resources associations. Marvin is also active in the community and devotes time to mentoring African American youth. Marvin serves on the Board for the Columbus Urban League, The Gathering, and is a member of the United Way of Central Ohio Diversity and Inclusion Committee. In addition, Marvin is a member of the National Black MBA Association as well as the Columbus, OH affiliate.
Marvin and his family reside in Gahanna, Ohio.
Mr. Corley is an accomplished executive with more than 20 years of experience in change management, organizational behavior, business development and financial analysis.
In November 2004, Mr. Corley joined Abercrombie & Fitch as their first-ever corporate officer in charge of diversity and inclusion. In his role, Mr. Corley reports directly to the Chairman & CEO. He is a director of the A&F Foundation, member of the team that has oversight for the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative and supports the A&F board of directors’ CSR committee. Under his leadership, the percentage of U.S. in-store managers and in-store models have become more racially and ethnically diverse than the U.S. population.
"Todd joined the company during a period of great expansion and immediately became the focal point for existing diversity initiatives and an innovator of valuable new ideas" - Michael S. Jeffries, Chairman & CEO (Source: The Columbus Dispatch – November 9th, 2008)
Throughout his career, he has created and executed innovative practices in the areas of: human capital management, diversity strategy, training and education, change management, talent acquisition and retention for numerous organizations, including: Toys R Us, American Express, The New York Stock Exchange, UBS PaineWebber, JPMorgan Chase, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Kraft Foods and Starwood Hotels.
Mr. Corley is the co-founding member of the country’s first-ever Diversity Management concentration housed at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies and is a regular guest lecturer at the university. This groundbreaking educational opportunity is part of a larger Master’s in Professional Studies (MPS) degree program.
Since 2007, he has been listed as one of the "Top 100 African Americans in Corporate America" by SAVOY magazine, was named to EBONY magazine’s “30 Leaders under 30” list and The Network Journals "40 Leaders under 40" listing.
Locally, he serves on the board of directors for the Columbus Urban League, The Jazz Arts Group, The Lincoln Theatre and board of advisors for the Columbus College of Art & Design. Alongside those efforts, he also chairs the district-wide diversity committee for the Olentangy school system, which remains the fastest growing school district in the state of Ohio (while also being ranked among the top 7% across education performance indicators, statewide).
He is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the nation’s premier leadership organization comprised of the most senior African-American corporate executives in Fortune 500 companies. The ELC represents those in positions one to three steps from chief executive officers of Fortune 500 companies, CEOs themselves and entrepreneurs.
In addition to being a contributing writer for publications, like Diversity Executive magazine, he continues to participate in diversity forums and conferences hosted in cities around the world – e.g., Atlanta, London, Madrid, New York, San Francisco and Toronto.
Mr. Corley received his MBA from Georgetown University and is married to Dr. G. Penelope Fleming and they have two children, Olivia & Austin.
Stephen Francis is manager of diversity relations within the Administration Division at Honda of America Mfg., Inc. He oversees Honda’s cross-functional diversity management initiatives, diversity outreach efforts and supports procurement diversity and staffing activities. Francis is also a member of the Honda of America Foundation Board.
In his role as cross-functional diversity leader for Honda of America, he also helps coordinate Honda diversity efforts across North America for its manufacturing, sales and research and development companies in the areas of minority recruitment, diversity outreach, planning and strategy development.
Francis joined Honda of America in 1995 as an attorney in the Legal Department providing services in the areas of worker’s compensation law, benefits, medical and disability programs. He also helped to coordinate legal services for Honda of South Carolina Mfg.
Named senior assistant counsel in 1998, his responsibilities were expanded to include leadership roles on projects to develop Honda’s Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliance program and the Medically Inactive Transition and Integrated Disability Management programs.
In addition to his Honda responsibilities, Francis is a member of the Columbus Urban League Board, the Columbus Clippers Baseball, Inc. Board of Directors, the Morehouse College Alumni Association, the United Way of Central Ohio Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and the Second Baptist Church Board of Deacons. Francis also is an active volunteer with the American Heart Association.
Francis is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Law and Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Francis and his wife, Carolyn, live in Dublin. They have two sons, Stephen, Jr. and John.
David Sullivan is the Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Worklife Planning for OhioHealth. In this position David is responsible for all diversity initiatives and programs that support a culture of inclusion and honoring the dignity and worth of employees, physicians, patients, as well as internal and external customers. David is also responsible for Human Resources at Doctors Hospital. David was previously the Director of Clinical Laboratories for Doctors Hospital OhioHealth for 16 years and has worked for OhioHealth for 34 years. David is also a founding member and current President of the Central Ohio Diversity Consortium.
David is a graduate of the Leadership Columbus 2000 class. In 2003 he was recognized by the Greater Columbus Chamber as the Mentor of the Year, and was a finalist for State recognition that same year, for his efforts in mentoring high school students. David regularly participates in community events such as United Way’s Community Care Day and Columbus Reads. In 2007 David was a recipient of OhioHealth’s Prism Award for Integrity. Additionally, in 2008 David is serving as Co-Chair for the Start! Central Ohio Heart Walk Campaign for OhioHealth.
David received his B.S. degree from Ohio Dominican College.
Shayne Downton is Director, Diversity and Inclusion for United Way of Central Ohio. In this role, he defines and executes diversity and inclusion strategy for the central Ohio United Way system and internally within the organization of United Way. Shayne is passionate about his work and insists that all people have a voice at decision making tables, particularly not-for-profit boards and committees. Shayne serves on a number of committees and task forces throughout central Ohio. Prior to joining the United Way, he spent more than 5 years as an Executive Director of a local non-profit organization.
Shayne is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, and resides in Grove City, Ohio with his wife, two children and three dogs.
Anne Carter has served for twenty years in corporate leadership roles. As a diversity and inclusion officer, she was most recently Senior Vice President and Diversity Director for Huntington, a regional bank headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to Huntington, Anne served as Vice President of Diversity for the former May Department Stores. In both roles, Anne directed corporate strategy, served as a company resource and as an ambassador to external organizations.
Anne began her career as an Executive Trainee at G. Fox, a former division of May, following her graduation from Yale. She then expanded her experience in a variety of merchandising, store and sales support positions. Anne served as Vice President of Merchandise Information Systems for Kaufmann’s, also operated by May, before conceiving, proposing and developing the diversity role for May.
Anne is currently on the board of National Church Residences and is treasurer for the Central Ohio Diversity Consortium. Committees include the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the United Way of Central Ohio and the Programming Committee for the McCoy Community Center for the Arts. Anne has been a frequent speaker and panelist throughout the United States on topics related to leadership, career and family balance and diversity. Her accomplishments have been recognized by Who’s Who in Black Columbus, Kaleidoscope Magazine and the Black Retail Action Group (BRAG).
Anne and her husband, the Reverend David S. Carter, reside in Columbus, Ohio, with their three children. Anne is a member of the New Albany Symphony Orchestra and also directs the Women of Power Ministry for the Worship Center of Central Ohio.
Carmen West is a strategic Human Resources and Project Management Professional; an established HR Generalist leading and consulting on diverse areas including organizational management, performance management, compensation, legal/ethics, compliance and diversity & inclusion officer, employee relations, talent management, mergers and acquisition, project management and change management methodologies. She has over 15 years of progressive human resource management experience along with 10 years of project management experience.
Recently employed as the Sr. Change Management Project Manager at NiSource Corporate Services; providing organizational change management on various business and IT projects. Carmen was hired to collaboratively and strategically build an integrated change management and project management methodology. Previously worked for Time Warner Cable – Regional HR Project Manager, and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company – Director of Human Resources leading several areas of HR. Known for her strong relationship building skills and viewed as the go to person for results around people, processes, and technology. Additionally, she has experience on Corporate Councils.
Overall, Carmen is regarded as the go to person for design and implementation of cost effective HR initiatives around people, processes, and technology. She is results-oriented and a highly effective project manager delivering initiatives on time, within budget, and aligned with the business strategy including loyalty to the team, the project, the stakeholders and to herself.
In her community, Carmen is a volunteer for The Center for Healthy Families, utilizing her skills to build and maintain the HR infrastructure within a newly incorporated non-profit organization. She is a volunteer for The New Directions Career Center "Hands on Help" program, partnering with the Columbus Metropolitan Libraries and provides consulting on networking skills.
She has received recognition for her ability to exceed exceptions on deliverables including her determination to quickly identify the necessary action to produce the best results for a greater return on investments.
Carmen is the wife of former naval aviator, Gregory C. West, project management business analyst with Nationwide Insurance. They live in Westerville, Ohio and enjoy traveling.