Scott Wright

Scott Wright

Scott M. Wright is Executive Director, Corporate Communications, and the Chief of Staff for the Chief Patient Officer at Merck & Co., Inc. Additionally, he is also an adjunct professor of communications at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. For Scott, the unspeakable murder in 1998 of Matthew Shepard was a defining moment in both his coming out journey and life, given how…

Cherilyn Williams

Cherilyn Williams is the Vice President of Purpose Driven Marketing at Marriott International. In this role, she is responsible for leading the company’s initiatives aimed at driving deeper bonds with consumers over shared values around diversity, inclusion, and social impact.  During her tenure at Marriott she has been recognized as a change agent for developing…

Corey Smith

Corey B. Smith [he/him] is Senior Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion [DEI] & Accessibility at NIKE, Inc. He oversees DEI for global operations & logistics, as well as all of Nike’s corporate functions. Corey graduated with a B.A. in Organizational Leadership from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. While driving cross-country from California to Minnesota in…

Erica Johnson

Erica Johnson

Erica Johnson is a Partner in the law firm of Ambler | Keenan | Mitchell | Johnson. She is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of the State of Colorado and the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. Erica received her B.S. in Broadcasting Management from Northern Arizona University in…

Jay Brown

An experienced non-profit leader with nearly 20 years of experience, Jay Brown drives the innovative work of the HRC Foundation, the organization’s educational arm. As the Senior Vice President of Programs, Research, and Training, he works with a team of professionals who manage HRC Foundation programs — aiming to ensure equality for LGBTQ people at…

Wesley Bizzell

Wesley Bizzell

Wesley Bizzell serves as Senior Assistant General Counsel, Governmental and External Affairs, and Managing Director of Political Law & Ethics Programs for Altria Client Services.    An authority on political law compliance, Wesley oversees a comprehensive compliance system covering the regulation of government affairs.  Previously, Wesley was an attorney in Winston & Strawn LLP’s Federal Government…

Jon Barrett

Jon Barrett

Jon Barrett is editor-in-chief of Bloomberg Cities, an initiative of Bloomberg Philanthropies. He previously served as editor-in-chief at The Advocate, Los Angeles Bureau Chief at Entertainment Weekly, features director at O at Home, and senior editor at a number of other magazines. Additionally, he has written and collaborated on a number of books, including Hero of Flight 93: Mark…

Katina Banks

Katina Banks

Katina is a knowledge attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP in Denver, CO, where she leverages her expertise in intellectual property, technology transactions and corporate law. Her well-rounded legal background includes positions in private practice at Dorsey & Whitney LLP (partner) and Baker Hostetler LLP (counsel), at an in-house law department (HCL America (senior…

Jeff Mack

Jeff Mack

Jeff Mack is the Matthew Shepard Foundation’s Executive Vice President of Outreach and Operations.  He oversees the daily operations of the Foundation and is responsible for the mission-driven programmatic management of the organization.  He was born in Chugwater, Wyoming and attended the University of Wyoming, where he received a BS in Political Science.  After graduating…

Allison Down

Allison Down hails from northern Virginia where she graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Social Work. Allison started her career in the DC area with Keppler Speakers as an Event Services Manager. In this position, she had the opportunity to support Judy Shepard’s corporate and university public speaking events developing a keen…