Arisa Batista Cunningham
Vice President, Global Diversity, for the Johnson & Johnson Comprehensive Care and Surgical Care Groups. In this role, she is responsible for the comprehensive global diversity strategy and action plans within all franchises of the $21 billion plus groups to accelerate the achievement of the global diversity vision throughout the J&J enterprise.
What has Arisa learned in her role of responsibility over diversity strategy for a huge company? What has been difficult? What has been easy?
Arisa has extensive experience in U.S. and global management, marketing, strategic planning, business development and advocacy across various product categories with major consumer and pharmaceutical companies including Procter & Gamble, American Can Company, Revlon, Chesebrough-Pond’s/Unilever and Whitehall Labs, division of Wyeth.
We’ll be talking about her background business experience and advice she can give women from her various corporate roles. Her work has been acknowledged by many organizations and she has been honored with several awards for creativity, business excellence and leadership.
How does Arisa make sure her contributions are noticed, and what can she tell us about her awards?
Arisa has also made significant contributions in diversity as a member of the Johnson & Johnson Steering Committee of the Women’s Leadership Initiative, co-chair of the Women of Color/Multicultural Women subcommittee, chapter leader of HOLA and winner of the J&J Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Award.
In these decision-making and influential positions, what kinds of changes does she think have made the most difference, and which haven’t worked so well?
Among her many community and professional endeavors, she serves on the Board of Directors of The National GEM Consortium, Empatha subsidiary of the American Social Health Association and of The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families.
She is also on the Advisory Board for the National Hispanic Health Foundation, a Congressionally mandated project for HealthCare Disparities and is President of Madrinas, a national network of Latina leaders.
How does Arisa choose her community involvements, and how does she balance her commitments with work and family?
A native of the Republic of Panama, Arisa has an MBA from Ohio University and undergraduate degrees from James Madison University and Sta. Maria La Antigua University.
What did Arisa learn from her childhood in Panama and what lessons did she bring with her in life?
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