Men As Allies

/Men As Allies

Discussion Event

Men As Allies

Wednesday May 2nd - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Record North

Feminism by definition is the belief that men and women should have equal opportunities. This panel will look at how men can be true allies in the effort to achieve gender equality in the workplace and all walks of life.


Chris Mondzelewski

Chris Mondzelewski is the general manager of natural brands for Mars Pet Nutrition North America, headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee. In this role, Chris leads strategic growth and development across the Naturals business for the North American division of the world’s largest petcare company, supporting brands like NUTRO®, CRAVE™, and GREENIES®. Recently, Chris led his team through a successful re-launch of the NUTRO™ dry dog food portfolio, introducing the new NUTRO. FEED CLEAN™ philosophy, focusing on key pillars that align with category growth and human food trends. Additionally, Chris and his team celebrated the launch of CRAVE™, a new ancestral pet food, which the team brought from concept to market in under nine months.

As a member of the Petcare Leadership Team, Chris leads the business in achieving growth and profitability, and leads Associates in achieving their personal development and career aspirations.

Prior to his current role, Chris served as vice president of Marketing for Mars Petcare US, where he led a team responsible for marketing strategy, innovation, and development of the core petcare brands for the US market. He also served as the global brand lead for CESAR®, driving the global brand strategy. Chris joined Mars Petcare in 2011 as the director of Marketing for the Pedigree® brand.

Before joining Mars, Chris worked for Kraft Foods for over 12 years. During his time at Kraft, Chris was a senior business director and led businesses in both North America and China, working on well-known brands such as Oreo, Jell-O, and Kraft Natural Cheese.

Prior to his business career, Chris served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps for five years. Today, Chris continues to support the veteran community as the executive sponsor for Mars Petcare’s Dog Tags Associate Network group, which aims to provide an inclusive work environment for veterans and military families.

Chris has a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and received his Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Chris lives in the Nashville area with his wife, Melissa; their four children – Sydney, Josh, Pete, and Ellie; and their husky mix, Minnie Pearl. Outside of work, Chris enjoys spending time with and coaching his kids.

Jim Breach

James “Jim” Breach – Professional Biographical Profile

Jim Breach has served as Vice President of Customer Development for Unilever since 2009. Since joining Unilever in 1987, he has held numerous senior-level roles in business and customer development, as well as customer marketing. He is currently responsible for Walmart US and Global businesses where he leads a team of 120 cross-functional and direct team members responsible for delivery of US sales and profit goals across the Unilever portfolio. Jim is a native of Canada, and received a BA in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University. He has been married to his wife Holly since 1989, and they have three children; two daughters Natalie and Meredith, and son Adam. They consider Rogers, Arkansas their home. Jim enjoys serving in the community and currently serves on the Jones Center Family Trust Board, as well as the American Heart Association Board.

Mark Rahiya

Mark Rahiya is Chief Retail Sales Officer at Coca-Cola North America (CCNA). In this position, he has responsibility for global and national customers operating within the National Retail Sales (NRS) channels of business in the United States. Prior to his current role, Mark served as Senior Vice President, NRS working closely with the teams to expand partnerships and drive growth across CCNA’s retail and e-commerce customer base.

Previously, Mark was President, U.S. Region and Chief Commercial Officer for
Coca-Cola Refreshments (CCR). He led operations and commercial programs for the company-owned bottler and also supported North America refranchising.

With 20 years of extensive Coca-Cola system experience, Mark has a strong background in sales, marketing, operations and management.

Prior to working at The Coca-Cola Company, Mark served as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Force. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School.
Mark serves as the Executive Sponsor of the Coca-Cola Military Veteran’s Business Resource Group and is a passionate Trustee for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and The First Tee. Mark also serves on the Board of the East Lake Foundation.

Mark resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, Shelley, and their three sons.

Brickson Diamond

Brickson Diamond has dedicated his career to the cause of advancing opportunity and access for those who should have it, but do not. He has and continues to build and transform businesses across industries including entertainment, investment management and non-profits.

Diamond is CEO of Big Answers, LLC., a consulting firm. It generates new partnerships and leverages impactful connections in order to successfully execute its clients’ objectives. Focus areas include accessing new voices in entertainment and media, formulating and executing diversity and inclusion strategy and the introduction and advising of unique partners to investment organizations.

He previously served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of The Executive Leadership Council, Inc. (ELC). The ELC is a +30 year-old global membership organization comprised of over 700 current and former Black board members, CEOs and senior executives at Fortune 1000/Global 500 companies. The organization works to expand diversity at the senior levels of corporate enterprise.

Diamond is a co-founder and chair of the board of The Blackhouse Foundation. Established in 2006, Blackhouse is renowned for expanding access to acquisition-focused film festivals and advancing the development of commercially viable careers across platforms for Black independent filmmakers and content creators.

He began his career with a 15-year tenure at the Capital Group Companies. His principal contribution to the firm was building and running of its $1.2 billion practice selling to and supporting investment management consultants serving high net worth and institutional clients.

Diamond is a member of the board of trustees of Brown University, Tides and the Middlesex School. He speaks nationally on the topics of leadership, philanthropy and fundraising.
He is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Business School.

D'Angela Proctor

D’Angela Proctor is TV One’s SVP of Original Programming & Production. In this role, she maintains creative and business oversight for all original programming, including a portfolio of true crime, factual, reality, scripted, specials, original movies and a daily news and entertainment program.

Under her original programming leadership, TV One has become the premiere destination for viewers who desire a multi-dimensional view of African American life and culture. In addition to overseeing the network’s franchise series Unsung and the juggernaut true crime and justice night of programming anchored by Fatal Attraction and For My Man, Proctor launched the country’s first and only daily news program dedicated to the African American audience, News One Now featuring Roland S. Martin. Proctor was also the driving force behind ushering the network into the production of original movies, including the development and production of 26 original movies in less than 3 years that have premiered to record-breaking ratings results. Last year, the original movie and true crime strategies intersected with the premiere of When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story. When Love Kills, based upon a true story that first appeared on For My Man, premiered in August 2017, attracting 1.2 million unique viewers (1.6 million unique viewers for the night). It now ranks as TV One’s #1 original movie premiere of all time among all key demos and made the premiere night TV One’s best Monday prime performance of all time.

Proctor’s accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. For four years straight from 2014-present, Proctor has been honored by Cablefax Magazine as one of the most influential minorities in cable and in 2015, she was honored by Multichannel News in conjunction with Women in Cable Television as a Woman to Watch.

A veteran of music, film and television entertainment, Proctor joined TV One from Strange Fruit Media, where she was a co-owner and co-president. During her 15 years with Strange Fruit, Proctor developed, created and/or produced music videos, live music and comedy recordings, documentaries, feature films and television series. In the television arena, Proctor served as an executive producer and creative consultant to Black Entertainment Television from 2008 to 2010. During that time, she developed and/or executive produced multiple film and television projects, including Sunday Best, which earned the 43rd Annual NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Reality Series in 2011. She later created OWN’s first female-centric docu-reality series, Love in the City.

Before entering the media business, Proctor practiced labor and employment defense law at Reed, Smith, Shaw & McClay in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she litigated cases for clients in the banking, public utilities and corporate sectors. Proctor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Spelman College and a Juris Doctorate and Master of Science in Leadership from Duquesne University. Proctor currently resides in Washington, DC.

Michelle Ebanks

Michelle Ebanks serves as President of Essence Communications Inc., the leading omni-channel media company dedicated to Black women with a global brand reach of over 15 million. Through the development of creative media and entertainment properties, Ebanks is setting a bold agenda for ESSENCE to serve an engaged community of Black women who are joyful, independent, socially-conscious and culturally-aware. Most recently, she led the team that helped reestablish ESSENCE as an independent, 100% African-American owned business at the nexus of content, community and commerce.

At the helm of ESSENCE since 2001, Ebanks has emerged as a foremost authority on women and the multicultural market, as well as a passionate brand steward focused on the cross-platform expansion of ESSENCE from traditional magazine media to an international powerhouse comprising digital, video, television and experiential. Under her leadership, the ESSENCE Festival is now the country’s largest annual consumer event—attracting over 450,000 attendees, with support from the world’s top enterprise partners.

Ebanks has also successfully spearheaded a variety of ESSENCE partnerships and new business initiatives, including the international expansion of the ESSENCE Festival to Durban, South Africa; the debut of the weekly video series ESSENCE Now; content partnerships with Twitter and Snap; and the annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards live event and television special on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. Through diverse storytelling, empowering images and transformative original content across all platforms, ESSENCE is set to encompass Ebanks’ vision for the triumph of everyday women.

Before taking the reins at ESSENCE, Ebanks began a 15-year career at Time Inc. as the general manager and financial director for Time Inc.’s Money magazine. Subsequently, she was a vice-president in Time Inc.’s corporate division, where she led the acquisition of ESSENCE. Prior to joining Time Inc., she served as the corporate business manager for Condé Nast’s 13 titles.