Updated: Mon, Oct 01 12:18 PM EDT
American Institute for Managing Diversity Announces First Class
Of Diversity Leadership Academy of Atlanta
ATLANTA, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Institute for Managing Diversity
(AIMD) announced today an innovative partnership with The Coca-Cola Company
(NYSE:KO) in which Juan Johnson, vice president and director of Diversity
Strategies for The Coca-Cola Company, will assume the new role of President
of the Diversity Leadership Academy.
Last year, the Diversity Leadership Academy of Atlanta was formed as a
nonprofit unit of AIMD with a $1.5 million grant from The Coca-Cola Company.
AIMD developed a comprehensive curriculum in which community leaders will
invest five days in workshops, experiential learning and classwork facilitated
at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.
Over the next four years, over 300 leaders will be accepted into the Academy
and attend on fellowship funded by The Coca-Cola Company's grant.
Due to widespread interest in the DLA concept, AIMD is partnering with The
Coca-Cola Company to expand the DLA programs into other communities nationally
and internationally under Mr. Johnson's leadership.
"We are thrilled to have The Coca-Cola Company partner with us to expand the
DLA into other communities," said Roosevelt Thomas, founder and president of
AIMD. "To have an executive of Juan's caliber lead this effort is
Mr. Johnson, who will continue as a vice president of The Coca-Cola Company
said, "This role offers an exciting opportunity for me to lead DLA's
expansion into more communities and help address diversity issues broadly. I
am pleased to do this as an officer of The Coca-Cola Company and proud of my
AIMD also announced the first class for the Diversity Leadership Academy
of Atlanta, which begins sessions at the Andrew Young School of Policy
Studies this month.
"We are pleased to have such an impressive group of leaders in this first
Academy class," said Mr. Thomas. "The time and energy they are investing
exemplifies genuine commitment to diversity, and models true community
A listing of the inaugural class of the Diversity Leadership Academy of
Atlanta follows. Individuals interested in applying for fellowship to the
Diversity Leadership Academy of Atlanta may contact The American Institute for
Managing Diversity at 404-302-9226 or visit the website at www.aimd.org.
Diversity Leadership Academy Inaugural Class
Dr. Fahed Abu-Akel
Atlanta Ministry with International Students
First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta
Jacquelyn H. Barrett
Fulton County Sheriff's Department
CEO and Executive Director
Atlanta Community Food Bank
Fred L. Bradley
President & CEO
YMCA of Atlanta
Brenda Foye Cornelius
Governor's Office of Human Relations
Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund
James K. Davis
Sr. VP, Employee/Corporate Relations
Rene M. Diaz
Curly Dossman, Jr.
Executive VP and COO
Coca-Cola North America
John H. Downs, Jr.
Sr. VP, Public Affairs
Dr. Clinton Dye
President & CEO
The Atlanta Urban League, Inc.
Imam Plemon T. El-Amin
Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam
Southeast Area Director
The American Jewish Committee
Ronald E. Frieson
Chief Diversity Officer
Sara J. Gonzalez
Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Rabbi Arnold M. Goodman
Ahavath Achim Congregation
The King Center
Atlanta Baha'i Regional Training Institute
Dr. David B. Hawley
Harriet Paulk Hessam
The Girl Scout Council of Northwest Georgia
Lynn Walker Huntley
Executive VP, Comparative Human Relations
Southern Education Foundation
Booker T. Izell
VP, Community Affairs & Work Force Diversity
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Ingrid Saunders Jones
Sr. VP, Corporate External Affairs
The Coca-Cola Company
Dr. James E. Kantner
Secretary, Office of Catholic Charities
Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta
Maritza Soto Keen
The Latin American Association
YWCA of Greater Atlanta
Stephen M. Macauley
The Macauley Companies, Inc.
Jewish Family & Career Services, Inc
C. David Moody, Jr.
President and CEO
C.D. Moody Construction Co.
Dr. Robert E. Moore
Associate Dean, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Georgia State University
Randy L. New
Georgia Equality Project
Milton Nix, Jr.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation
President and Chief Professional Officer
United Way of Metro Atlanta
Vicki R. Palmer
Sr. VP and Special Assistant to CEO
Melanie M. Platt
Senior Vice President
Business Support & Corporate Secretary
100 Black Men of Atlanta
National Federation of Indian-American Associations
Dr. Lisa A. Rossbacher
Southern Polytechnic State University
Southern Regional Council
Vice President, Global Diversity
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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