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October 22-23, 2018

MaryAnne Howland

Founder & CEO, Ibis Communications & Global Diversity Leadership Exchange
Vice Chair, American Sustainable Business Council


As Founder & CEO of Global Diversity Leadership Exchange (GDLE), MaryAnne is the executive producer of the forum designed to facilitate an on-going dialogue with thought leaders, influencers and C-Suite executives at the nexus of inclusion and sustainability. The annual summits began in 2012 and have been held at the New York Stock Exchange and at the United Nations Headquarters. GDLE is a member of the UN Global Compact.

As the CEO of Ibis Communications, MaryAnne leads a team of creative professionals who work together to provide comprehensive marketing solutions including brand strategy and execution, direct and digital marketing for external and internal audiences. The company specializes in bridging to new markets with innovative and inclusive communications that have multicultural and social impact.

MaryAnne has been diversity and multicultural marketing consultant to well known brands such as HCA Healthcare Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Toyota, N.A., and Vanderbilt University. Ibis has worked alongside the cable and telecommunications industry for over twenty years with leading networks, MSOs and organizations such as Comcast, TV One, Scripps Networks, Black Entertainment Television (BET), National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), and the Walter Kaitz Foundation. She is a member of the NAMIC Multicultural Marketing Committee and a judge for the cable industry’s annual Excellence in Multicultural Marketing Awards (EMMA), and has represented the cable industry as a member of the People to People Cable and Telecommunications Marketing Delegation to India.

The success of her business has been recognized by the Obama and Clinton Administrations. Among several boards, she currently serves as Vice Chair of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), a DC-based advocacy agency. The mission of ASBC is to advance public policies that ensure a vibrant, just, and sustainable economy.


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