Advisory Board

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Rosanna Durruthy
Head of Global Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at LinkedIn

Rosanna is considered a thought leader, strategist and business influencer. Her orientation toward diversity and inclusion enables solutions that drive talent engagement, business growth, customer satisfaction, thriving partnerships and empowered communities. 

As the leader of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at LinkedIn, Rosanna is leading a team who focused on creating economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. 

Rosanna has held several leadership roles prior to joining LinkedIn, including serving as CEO of AEQUUS Group, Rosanna led an organizational consulting practice designed to empower adaptive emerging leaders. Through executive coaching and personal network analysis, I coached women and people of color to achieve new thresholds of leadership and successful career progression within “Fortune 150” companies. Operating from a different philosophy on talent and leadership, Rosanna's practices have been cited in several publications, including the books Chasing Stars: The Myth of Talent and the Portability of Performance by Boris Groysberg, Princeton University Press (2010), and Latinos in College (2010) and Poder de Mujer (2012), along with the English translated Find Your Inner Red Shoes (2012) by Mariela Dabbah.


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Raul Martinez, Esq
Raul is a Southern California native who serves as a contract patent attorney.  Raul lost his wife Kelly Abraham Martinez to postpartum psychosis in 2010, just 3 months after the birth of their first child.  He brings the perspective of loss, the hispanic culture, and both an appreciation of out-of-the-box ideas and the need to focus on what will make an impact to the Influencers advisory board.


George Mathew Jr.
George is an expert in marketing, sales, business development with a special interest in market shaping and forecasting, lifecycle planning, start-ups and new product launches. He has a talent for building strategic alliances, including leveraging thought leaders, voice of the customer and executive management. George resides in Los Angeles, CA.


John M. Smith
John is a corporate executive responsible for strategic innovation and new product development.  John often negotiates multi-million dollar contracts and has led significant merger integrations.  He understands that in the end consumer engagement and corporate social responsibility are critical to next generation solutions.  John was the first in his family to attend college.  He resides in St. Louis. MO and is a father of 5.


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Ngozi Tibbs, M.P.H., LCCE, IBCLC
Ngozi is a certified childbirth trainer and educator through Lamaze International (LCCE) and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).  She is a nationally recognized speaker and educator on maternal child health, cultural competency, diversity and health disparities.  Her work focuses on health care disparities in women’s health and breastfeeding. She resides in Pittsburgh, P.A., is married to her high school sweetheart and has five children.


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Shireen Thor
Shireen Thorhas had a successful career spanning nearly 15 years as a medical device design engineer and product marketer and Big 3 business consultant solving incentive compensation problems for big brands.  After running $25M plus product P&Ls and working with large companies like Accenture, Össur and CareFusion, Shireen wanted to do more, and have more independence in her professional endeavors.  She is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Maria Shireen® a functional fashion accessories company headquartered in San Diego, CA. Though the company only launched in 2015, they already have distribution in over 45 countries. Her flagship patent protected product has been featured in over 100 fashion and beauty print, online publications, and national broadcast. Since July 2016, Shireen has been awarded 5 utility patents, 8 design patents, 10 trademark registrations and won the Red Herring North America Top 100 and was a Retail Innovation finalist. Shireen combines a positive and thoughtful leadership style to what is becoming a major brand in functional fashion and wants to redefine versatile accessories for every occasion and design solutions for everyday life that complement an individual’s personal style and interest. The brand also has a dedicated celebrity following which includes Gabby Douglas, Candace Cameron, Lauren Makk, Chrissy Teigen, Brandy and many others. In addition, Maria Shireen is actively involved in a number of social good initiatives through its CHARITY TIES™ program which supports non-profits like Bright Pink and the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health (NCMMH).

Shireen grew up in Southern California where she was a competitive cheerleader and even made a cameo in the cheerleading blockbuster Bring It On. A diehard Wolverine, Shireen graduated the University of Michigan where she majored in Industrial and Operations Engineering with a Mathematics minor. Shireen makes her home in San Diego, California with husband Arni and their son, Tristan Alexander.