2023 Honorees & Host

Karyn Twaronite

Global Vice Chair
Diversity, Equity & Inclusiveness, EY

Karyn Twaronite is EY Global Vice Chair – Diversity, Equity & Inclusiveness. In her role, she is responsible for driving innovations that maximize the strength and effectiveness of EY’s diverse workforce of over 350,000 people across 150 countries in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Karyn oversees the strategic implementation of the firm’s integrated approach to DE&I that equips leaders to build an inclusive environment and enables equitable experiences for all EY people. She co-chairs the EY Global Diversity & Inclusiveness Steering Committee, along with EY’s Global Chairman and CEO. She also helped create and leads EY’s Global Social Equity Task Force, which works to develop and prioritize cohesive global actions specifically addressing inequity and discrimination, including racism.

Karyn’s perspectives on DE&I topics are frequently cited in the media, including Harvard Business Review, The Economist, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, The New York Times, Fortune, Fast Company, The Washington Post and Forbes among others.

Karyn began her EY career as a tax professional before shifting focus to help shape the firm’s talent management and DE&I practices. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Miami University of Ohio and a Master’s degree in Taxation from Fordham University. She holds a certificate in Strategic Human Resource Management from Harvard Business School and is a graduate of the Partnership for New York City’s David Rockefeller Fellows program.

Karyn is a long time New Yorker and has lived in the city with her husband and son for many years. She believes in the power of philanthropy, community, and service to make a difference in the lives of others. In that capacity, Karyn is a longstanding proud board member of the United Way of New York City and a member of the Catalyst Board of Advisors.

Cher Porties

North Atlantic District, UPS

Cher is currently the President of the North Atlantic District at UPS. She began her UPS career in 2004 as a Security specialist in the Metro Detroit area. In 2011, she became a package car driver and was promoted to on-road supervisor later that year. Since 2011, Cher has held many operations’ positions, always seeking greater knowledge and responsibility.

In 2016, Cher was promoted to Package Division Manager, and the next year she was named Package Operations Manager.

Cher has a strong commitment to community engagement and civic responsibility. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee and United Way of Greater Nashville. She is also active with the Advancing Women in Nashville organization. During her time in Detroit, she was deeply engaged with United Way of Southeastern Michigan and the National Association of Women Business Owners.
Cher earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 2004 and MBA in 2011 from Wayne State University. She also attended an Executive Education Program at Emory Goizueta Business School in 2019.

Joanna Dubin

Fendi Americas

Joanna Dubin was named President of Fendi Americas in January 2019. In 2016, Joanna joined Louis Vuitton Americas as Senior Vice President, Merchandising in New York. Prior to that, she was based in Japan as Chief Executive Officer of Gilt Groupe Japan, having earlier been General Merchandising Manager. Previously, Dubin was Senior Director of Digital Merchandising and Planning at Coach, and before that was with Ralph Lauren as Senior Director of Merchandising for Asia and Japan for the women’s, men’s, home and children’s categories.

She started her career in the buying division of Bergdorf Goodman. Joanna graduated from New York University, she lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, and daughter.

Hosted by

Lilliana Vazquez

Emmy-Winning Host, Author & Mom