2024 New York City Virtual NDC Certification Program
Karen A. Clark
Karen A. Clark, the first Multicultural Strategy Manager at City National Bank, creates and executes marketing strategies to attract diverse clients; and oversees diversity and inclusion strategies internally. Prior to, she was the first multicultural marketing manager for U.S. Bank and the first development director for non-profit Operation HOPE. Karen began her career in Wells Fargo’s construction lending group; then Bank of America as a commercial real estate manager of a $7 billion portfolio. She later served as a corporate diversity specialist for BofA, trained and certified by J. Howard and Associates. In that role, she traveled BofA’s footprint internationally, teaching managers how to attain greater bottom line productivity. Karen serves the following boards: Educating Young Minds (president); L.A. Women’s Theatre Festival (secretary); PCR small business development Center (treasurer); Streetlights (PA training program), and financial education director for the Duke Media Foundation. She holds a certificate of strategic marketing management (Harvard Business School), a BA in economics (CSU Sacramento); was named one of the “Top 20 Black Female Power Players in L.A. Business” Focus Magazine 2012; and received a Diversity Leadership award from the California and National Diversity Council, 2015. She is a frequent speaker on D&I topics. She is an actor, singer, songwriter, and producer. Her sophomore album, the Karen A. Clark Project, is available on iTunes, & CD Baby. Karen’s one-woman theatrical show, “The Women”, has been featured numerous times (2013 – present) at the Ivy Substation (home of The Actor’s Gang), The Electric Lodge, and The Fremont Centre Theatre.
Julie Fink is a Vice President of Human Resources for the University of Phoenix and chairman of the University’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. In her current role, Julie and her team are responsible for HR support to the Chief Operating Officer at the University and the University’s HR Shared Services functions including HRIS, Affirmative Action, Employee Services and Reporting and Analytics. Julie was instrumental in launching the University’s first Employee Resource Groups which have grown from two to five with twelve hundred members. Julie was also key to the University achieving a 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, signifying UOP is a Best Places To Work for LGBT employees. Julie has over twenty years of HR experience in various industries including public utility, healthcare, distribution, transportation, energy and hi-tech. Julie has a Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Arts in Organization Management from the University of Phoenix. Julie is a Senior Certified Professional in Human Resources from SHRM, and a Certified Diversity Professional from the National Diversity Council. Julie’s life philosophy is simple – Character is what you do when no one is watching.