Dress for Success® Worldwide expands its Board of Directors to include Anu Aiyengar from JP Morgan, Cheryl Kern from MillerKnoll and Janessa Cox-Irvin from AllianceBernstein
NEW YORK, Dec 16, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Dress for Success Worldwide has three strong executives added to its board of directors – Anu Aiyengar, JP Morgan Global Co-Head of Mergers & Acquisitions; Cheryl Kern, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at MillerKnoll; and Janessa Cox-Irvin, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion and Corporate Citizenship at AllianceBernstein.
Anu, Cheryl and Janessa represent companies actively involved in advancing the Dress for Success mission through a variety of initiatives, which makes their additions to the organization’s board of directors particularly meaningful. In addition, Anu, Cheryl and Janessa will use their expertise in fueling growth and building diverse, equitable and inclusive environments to advance Dress for Success as the company seeks to improve its services and offerings to battle worst economic crisis women around the world face.
“We are thrilled to have these three dynamic women on our board of directors at a significant time in the history of our organization amid the first global recession for women,” said Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide. “Anu, Cheryl and Janessa will join us when we get into our 25th birthdaythat Anniversary of the economic empowerment of women around the world, and I am sure that their insights will be invaluable in enhancing our strategic vision. ”
About Anu Aiyengar, Janessa Cox-Irvin and Cheryl Kern
Anu Aiyengar is Global Co-Head of Mergers & Acquisitions at JP Morgan, a member of the Global Banking Management Team and a member of the Steering Committee of Women on the Move for JPMorgan Chase.
Since 1999, Anu has been advising both national and international clients to almost $ 1 trillion-Value of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestments / separations, leveraged buyouts, proxy contests, unsolicited transactions, and special committee duties. She recently advised LVMH on the acquisition of Tiffany, E * Trade on the sale to Morgan Stanley, Home Depot on the acquisition of HD Supply, Navistar on the sale to Traton, Siemens Healthineers on the acquisition of Varian, Allergan on the sale to Abbvie, Standard Industries on the acquisition of WR Grace and Waddell & Reade on sale to Macquarie.
Anu was recognized by American banker as one of the “most influential women in finance” and named after Barrons List of “Most Influential Women in US Finance”. She also received the â2021 Asian American Business Awardâ, the âImpact and Innovation Awardâ from Dress for Success and the âRising Star Awardâ from the Women’s Bond Club. Anu is involved in several initiatives at JP Morgan and Wall Street to recruit, mentor, and develop women. Anu is a panelist and speaker at several events including the Wall Street Women’s Forum, Women Corporate Directors, Women’s Private Equity Summit, The Asian Women in Business, and the South Asian Bar Association Leadership Awards. Anu is visiting professor at the Chicago Booth and Harvard Business School.
Anu lives in New York City With her husband. She has a BA in Economics from Smith College and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. Anu is on the board of trustees of Smith College and the Board of Directors of Youth INC. She is also a founding member of the Smith Business Advisory Council. She is also actively involved in Rock the Street Wall Street.
Cheryl Kern is Vice President Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at MillerKnoll, leading the strategic development and alignment of key priorities related to increasing business results, maximizing employee contributions, driving supplier and community engagement, leading to a better world , and promoting a workplace culture of inclusion.
She is a seasoned executive with interdisciplinary expertise in manufacturing, distribution and consumer goods, where she led diversity and inclusion for Lockheed Martin, Johnson Controls, Amway and International Paper.
Cheryl was from. named Top Diversity Executive in Corporate America Black company, received the Champion of Diversity Award, was honored with the Diversity Salute Award and was awarded by. recognized as one of the 10 Top Global Leaders in Diversity and Inclusion Diversity Global Magazine. Cheryl was recently named a Top DEI Influencer 2021 by the National Diversity Council. As a thought leader, she has worked with stakeholders in North and South America to develop solutions for inclusion, Asia, Europe, and Australia.
Cheryl is often invited to share on complex diversity and inclusion challenges, including her recent perspectives on COVID-19 and racial inequality issues where Forbes showed her how she shared her views on the pandemic and the realities faced by different diverse communities.
Cheryl is a member of the African American Policy Forum, the Women’s Business Collaborative, and the Chief Diversity Officer Board. Cheryl is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is married and has two daughters and enjoys spending time with family and friends. Her hobbies include hiking and a focus on becoming a lifestyle guru.
Janessa Cox-Irvin is Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) and Corporate Citizenship at AllianceBernstein (AB) and a member of the Operating Committee. In her role, she works closely with the CEO, fellow board members and human capital to lead AB’s global D&I strategy and provides thought leaders in advancing efforts that are aligned with business priorities to meet the needs of a wide variety of needs Fulfilling customers and having a positive impact on the entire industry 3,800 AB employees worldwide. After the relocation of the headquarters to Nashville, Tennessee, Janessa has developed a formalized D&I philosophy for Nashville, including a framework for community and employee engagement and corporate partnerships.
Since D&I continues to be an important focus area for many customers and potential customers worldwide, she has successfully positioned AB’s D&I approach as a differentiating factor. Janessa and her team were personally involved in several customer proposals and mandates. Known for her dynamism, she creates spaces for authentic discussions on challenging topics and often provides advice to clients to provide thought-provoking, practical solutions for organizations and individuals at various stages of the D&I journey.
Before joining AB in 2015, Janessa worked for Deutsche Bank for 11 years, where she was the Diversity & Inclusion Manager for the Americas region and was responsible for the integration of diversity practices in the corporate and securities business as well as the global transaction banking business worldwide. She has a BBA in Human Resource Management from Pace University.
Janessa’s Thought Leadership was written in. presented Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, Inflamed, FundFire and CNBC and she was recognized in Oprah daily for their commitment to the advancement of women in management positions. She was a 2018 Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Catalyst in Finance award winner and was named by Crain to Crain’s 2020 list of Rising Stars in Banking & Finance. She is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAHR), the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), the D&I Advisory Council and the Investment Company Institute (ICI .). ) Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.
Janessa lives in Brooklyn, NY with her wife Lanaya.
About Dress for Success
Dress for Success is a global not for profit that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, workwear, and development tools to help them thrive in work and life. Since starting business in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to 143 cities in nearly 25 countries. To date, the organization has helped more than a million women become financially independent. Visit www.dressforsuccess.org to learn more.
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