The American Conference on Diversity Appoints Woodbridge Resident President & CEO
New Brunswick, NJ – The American Conference on Diversity is pleased to name Woodbridge resident Elizabeth Williams-Riley President and CEO, the organization’s first Black woman leader under the age of 40. During the organization’s 65-year history in New Jersey, Williams-Riley is the second female to serve as transitional President and CEO.
True to the American Conference on Diversity mission to value diversity, educate leaders, and promote inclusion and respect in schools, workplaces, and communities, Williams-Riley will be responsible for the development of long-term strategies of the organization.
Headquartered in one of the nation’s most racially and ethnically diverse states, the work of the American Conference on Diversity is critical to developing leaders locally and nationwide who will implement initiatives that address issues of diversity, inclusion, conflict management, cross-cultural communication, advocacy, and social justice.
“Our diversity is an asset! My work at the American Conference on Diversity is purpose driven and I am committed to promoting the promise and power in valuing the diversity of NJ and effectively utilizing the rich diversity of our state to practice inclusion,” says Williams-Riley. “The power among us to create a legacy of inclusion begins with
each individual taking responsibility to embrace our differences. Because we each have a role in shaping the culture of our workplaces, schools, and communities, we also have a shared responsibility in making sure that each
individual is valued for his or her distinct characteristics and qualities that enhance the success of our state.”
After serving as a key executive leader for the National Conference for Community and Justice ( NCCJ) for 15 years, Williams-Riley brings unbridled energy, two decades of experience in diversity and inclusion, and a wealth of insight on human relations and diversity initiatives for both adults and youth. She has provided organizational-development guidance, strategic planning, board development, executive coaching, and program implementation expertise to agencies in the public-health sector. Williams-Riley’s community work includes designing and implementing conferences, trainings, interfaith events, community dialogue forums, cultural awareness events, and citywide celebrations for thousands of youth and adults from all segments of the community. She has also served as lead facilitator, panelist, and motivational speaker in a number of national initiatives, working with
diversity professionals as well as business and other professionals to examine the impact of bias and prejudice in schools, workplaces, faith communities, and
Williams-Riley is the former National Director for Programming for The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), founded in 1927 as The National Conference of Christians and Jews. She has also served as the Executive Director of the Greater New York
Region of NCCJ.
She is a graduate of University of Central Florida with a BA in Advertising and Public Relations and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Williams-Riley has been featured on radio and television in numerous cities and recognized in news articles for her outstanding work with youth and adults to challenge stereotypes and create
change agents. These include NBC, PBS, CW11 and Faith & Values Media in Central Florida and New York, NY.
She is proud to have worked with AARP, ADL, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Central Florida School Districts, City of
Orlando Mayor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, Cornell University Workplace Diversity Network Initiative, Federal Business Centers, Georgian Court University, GLSEN, Monmouth University, MTV, NAACP, National Underground Railroad, NJR, Simon Wiesenthal NY Tolerance Center, NYC Department of Education, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Prudential Financial Agency
Distribution, PSEG, Rutgers University, University of Central Florida Department of Social Work, University of Michigan, and Walt Disney World, among others.
Elizabeth Williams-Riley resides in
Woodbridge, NJ, with her family. For more on her strategic direction as the new President and CEO, watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMt-p_QlZPI&feature=relmfu.
About the American Conference on Diversity
The work of the American Conference on Diversity is among the most important activities we can participate in to create a positive, inclusive society. It is the unfinished
business of living in a highly diverse state: educating and empowering our next generation of leaders; enhancing NJ workplaces; and helping to create inclusive
communities. The American Conference on Diversity takes an historic mission and creates programs and activities relevant and vital to 21st Century life. It is a journey we can all take together. The American Conference on Diversity operates eight chapters to help us to educate and empower leaders and bring our messages of inclusion and respect to communities throughout New Jersey: Atlantic County Chapter, Bayonne Chapter, Greater Bergen Area Chapter, Central Jersey Chapter, Essex County Chapter, Hudson County Chapter, Jersey Shore Chapter and Mercer County Chapter. Visit www.AmericanConferenceonDiversity.org to learn more.
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