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2016 straight for equality gala co-chairs

2016 Straight for Equality Gala Co-Chair
Wanda Bryant Hope, Chief Diversity Officer, Johnson & Johnson

Wanda Bryant Hope is an accomplished business executive with significant experience in general management, marketing, sales, commercial operations, and human resources. Wanda is currently the Chief Diversity Officer for Johnson & Johnson worldwide. In this role Wanda is responsible for globally advancing J&J’s diversity and inclusion (D&I) outcomes, strengthening D&I capabilities, improving reputation, and driving innovation and growth for future success.

During her career Wanda has held a variety of leadership positions including Vice President, Sales & Marketing; Vice President, Commercial Analytics, Development & Operations; and Vice President, Global Performance & Development.

Wanda has been recognized for her ability to exceed business results, deliver innovative solutions to complex challenges, lead global change, and develop people for optimal results. Wanda has received several awards including the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association’s Rising Star Award, the YWCA Tribute to Women in Industry Award, and the National Sales Network Community Service award.

Wanda received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from The Pennsylvania State University. Wanda and her husband, Bobby, are the proud parents of their 10-year-old son, Tyler.

2016 Straight for Equality Gala Co-Chair
Apoorva Gandhi, Vice President, Multicultural Affairs, Marriott International, PFLAG National Business Advisory Board

“I am excited to be part of this important team working to accomplish business goals and to help position Marriott as a global diversity leader. Diversity is the one thing that we all have in common and I am proud to show how we at Marriott celebrate it everyday.”

As Vice President for Multi-Cultural Affairs for Marriott International, Apoorva Gandhi is responsible for creating and executing an externally-focused global strategy that builds preference and loyalty from diverse customer segments for the Marriott portfolio of brands. He helps ensure the company’s marketing, sales and operations consider and reflect multi-cultural markets and alliances as Marriott continues its aggressive growth throughout the world.

Mr. Gandhi has nearly 20 years of proven strategy, business process, program management and organizational change skills, leadership and delivery expertise. He also has extensive management and delivery experience working with diverse business clients and a solid track record delivering measurable success to clients across various business disciplines.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Gandhi was senior director for organizational capability where he led the company’s global reorganization program in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He has held other positions with Marriott, beginning as a front desk associate when he first completed college. He also worked as vice president for global lodging services where he helped deliver critical brand initiatives.

Before joining Marriott, Mr. Gandhi was a senior consulting manager in Accenture’s Communications and High Tech practice for more than a decade, where he managed merger and integration programs as well as process reengineering efforts for large telecom clients. He also led diversity programs at Accenture.

Mr. Gandhi is an honors graduate of the University of Maryland, School of Business and Management. He is a member of the J.W. Marriott, Jr., Diversity Award committee, Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity, and Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society.

In 2013, Apoorva Gandhi, Marriott VP for Multicultural Affairs, proudly served as co-chair for our Fifth Annual PFLAG Straight for Equality Gala. And in 2015, Marriott International is CEO Arne Sorenson accepted the Straight for Equality in the Workplace award on behalf of Marriott International and its associates worldwide.