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DAIP’s Annual Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion Awards

  • 18 Nov 2022
  • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Bryant University’s George E. Bello Center 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917

DAIP’s Annual Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion Awards


This year’s awards reception will highlight our 2022 award winners and their incredible contributions to creating a better, more equitable Rhode Island. The evening will also feature a panel of powerhouse DEI leaders who are deeply committed to this work to discuss “The Clap Back: The Inevitable Shift of DEIJ Efforts.” Moderated by Guillaume Bagal, the panel will feature compelling leaders in the DEIJ space from a variety of industries and sectors.

The panel will explore how many organizations have stood strong in their response to the racial and social unrest in the last two and a half years, and yet, despite these efforts, disparities persist and continue to harm marginalized and underrepresented communities.

Where do we go next as a community? How can we continue to address system issues? How do we remain strategic in our commitment to the additional components of DEI, such as justice, equity, belonging, and reparations? We hope you’ll join us for this critical conversation.


  • 5:00 PM Event Begins with Networking
  • 5:45 PM - 6:00 PM Awards Ceremony 
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Panel Conversation 
  • 7:00 - 7:30 PM Networking

Location: Bryant University’s George E. Bello Center 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917

This program has been submitted for HRCI and SHRM credits.

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Angela Bannerman Ankoma

For supporting, empowering, and inspiring a sense of belonging within her sphere of influence. For providing opportunities and access to BIPOC communities across Rhode Island. For leading the Rhode Island Foundation’s Equity Leadership Initiative (ELI) to nurture a community of leaders and create an inclusive environment. For her ability to disrupt in the DEI space when injustice is faced in the community, and for 25 years of service in a variety of professional roles challenging inequities, barriers, and biases.

Organizational Award Winner: Amos House

For making incredible strides to provide basic needs to Rhode Island’s most desperate communities during the pandemic. For serving as a statewide leader in addressing food insecurity with 159 member agencies, including food pantries, meal sites, shelters, youth programs, and senior centers.


Panel moderator: Guillaume Bagal, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion at UNFI

Guillaume Bagal serves as vice president of diversity, equity & inclusion at United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI), a Fortune 100 company and largest distributor of wholesale bulk food & products in North America.

Guillaume’s career path includes global health, consulting for pharmaceutical companies, leading policy efforts in a healthcare delivery setting, and heading diversity, equity, & inclusion in a health insurance company.

Deeply committed to community service, Guillaume serves on a number of boards including Amos House and Rhode Island Public Health Institute, where he chairs the community advisory and advocacy group for Open Door Health (RI’s first LGBTQ health center). He previously served on the Rhode Island Governor’s Equity Council, the National Institutes of Health Community Advisory Board, and was elected president of GLAA (Gay and Lesbian Activist Alliance), the nation’s oldest continuously active gay and lesbian civil rights organization.

Angela Bannerman Ankoma, Vice President, Executive Director at Rhode Island Foundation

Angela Bannerman Ankoma is the Vice President, Executive Director at Rhode Island Foundation where she leads their Equity Leadership Initiative, a component of the Rhode Island Foundation’s three-year, $8.5 million plan to eliminate inequality and racial disparities and promote inclusion and diversity.

Throughout her time at the Rhode Island Department Health, United Way of Rhode Island, and now the Rhode Island Foundation, Angela has been known for challenging inequities, barriers, and biases, and for providing opportunities and access to BIPOC communities throughout the state.

Anna Cano Morales, Interim Vice President of External Relations and Diversity Equity and Inclusion at Rhode Island College

Anna Cano Morales is Vice President for External Relations and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Rhode Island College, where she leads the campus community in engaged work towards a more inclusive, diverse, and equitable institution. In this role, she oversees the Institutional Equity Office which includes Title IX, Affirmative Action, and RIC Disability Services Center, and leads the RIC Alumni Affairs office and College Events and Engagement office.

Anna has over 25 years of experience working in nonprofit, educational and government settings where she leads initiatives, programs and policy development that promote a collective culture of equity and well-being for Rhode Islanders and their communities. She previously served as Executive Director of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University, and as Associate Vice President for Grants and Programs for the Rhode Island Foundation.

Anna has served on several state and nonprofit boards, including the University of Rhode Island Foundation, the Rhode Island Latino Political Action Committee, the International Charter School, Community Preparatory School, and the Rhode Island Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education, among others. She has sat on numerous task forces and councils in service of Mayoral and Governor transition teams, the Rhode Island Foundation special initiatives and corporate philanthropy.

Sean Edmund Rogers, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at University of Rhode Island

Dr. Sean Edmund Rogers serves as Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer and the Spachman Professor of Human Resources and Labor Relations at University of Rhode Island. In this role, he serves as a strategic advisor to the university president and cabinet and leads diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy and initiatives for URI and its more than 17,000 students and approximately 3,000 faculty, staff, and graduate assistant employees.

Before joining URI, Sean held faculty and leadership appointments at Cornell University, New Mexico State University, and University of New Mexico. Earlier in his career, he held corporate roles in industrial engineering, finance, and marketing at several Fortune 500 firms. Sean is also a US Army Reserve veteran and currently serves as a healthcare administration officer in the US Air Force Reserve.

Sean is an internationally-recognized scholar and has published more than 20 peer-reviewed academic articles and two books on topics such as employment discrimination, workforce diversity, labor unions, and volunteerism.

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