Former Director of Diversity and Strategic Collaborations, Alzheimer’s Association
Janis Robinson served as the Director Diversity and Strategic Collaborations at the Alzheimer’s Association National Office in Chicago from 2009 to 2012. In that position she provided leadership and strategic direction to the diversity and inclusiveness program to advance the Association’s mission. Working with thought leaders in all areas of the Association, they implemented diversity events, activities and new/modified programs to integrate diversity outreach in the Association’s public image and market strategies. She also identified, developed, and stewarded strategic collaborations and initiatives to create opportunities to heighten the Association’s visibility and goals in new organizations and diverse populations. Janis also provided leadership and coordination for the Association-wide Diversity Team, the Diversity and Inclusiveness Council, and the Diversity Interest Group.
Janis was the Director Corporate Initiatives at the Alzheimer’s Association from 2008 – 2009. In that position, she developed the Alzheimer’s Early Detection Alliance, (AEDA) and conducted several National kick-off meetings which led to success in recruiting over 300 companies and organizations to the AEDA. She also developed and executed Eldercare Workplace Strategy which included establishing the Alzheimer’s Association’s Eldercare Workplace Advisory Council, (EWAC), comprised of representatives from Fortune 1000 companies.
Janis held the position of Director of Diversity at Aon Corporation from 2001 – 2004 where she established Aon’s Diversity initiative which included establishing Aon’s first Diversity Council, training program and supplier diversity fair. Prior to that, she was Director of Diversity Affairs at the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business where she also served as first Director of LEAD/SBI Program.
She has over 10 years of combined experience in marketing, business consulting, sales, corporate human resources, recruiting/staffing and project management.
Janis received her MBA in marketing from the Krannert Graduate School of Business/Purdue University, Exxon Fellowship and her BA in Urban Studies/Economics from Barnard College/Columbia University, Sachs Foundation Scholarship
She currently is a member of Chicago Chapter of Links and has served on the boards of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, the Breast Cancer Network of Strength and Marwen.