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Women in Research Announces WIRe MRX Diversity Champion Award Nominees

September 8, 2023

September 8 2023 — LOS ANGELES, CA — Women in Research (WIRe), a global non-profit organization that champions diversity in the marketing research industry, has announced a shortlist of nominees for this year's MRX Diversity Champion award—presented in partnership with the Insights Association and FUEL + The Focus Room. The award recognizes those making a positive difference in others’ lives and our industry through their significant contributions in the arena of diversity. This year Women in Research received more than 50 entries nominating a total of 30 market research and insights professionals.

The award nominees, in alphabetical order, are:

  • ‍Aarti Mishra Tripathi, AMT Market Research
  • Abhilash Mankad, Azure Knowledge Corporation
  • Abigail Hutchings, UNICEF UK
  • Alisa Nudar, Student
  • Amy Tildesley, Harvest Insights
  • Angelica Jump, EMI Research Solutions
  • Caroline Frankum, Kantar
  • Claire Kearney Volpe and Joanne McDonough, Verizon
  • Deena Class, Ph.D, Coforma
  • Dr. Tchicaya Robertson, Independent Researcher
  • Hilary Borndahl, Miix Analytics Inc
  • Jane Rowe, YouGov
  • Jennifer Newsome, Vector Solutions
  • Julie Brown, Horizon Therapeutics
  • Kai Fuentes, Ebony Marketing Systems
  • Kerry Sette, Voya Financial
  • Keshia Peris, Highlight
  • LaShanda Seaman, Opinium
  • Lindsay Bach-Moore, Moore Research
  • Lisa Herceg, National Association of Realtors
  • Mario Carrasco, ThinkNow
  • Nicole Mitchell, Dynata
  • Pam Cusick, Rare Patient Voice
  • Sarah Francis, YouGov
  • Sequoyah Glenn, 924 Cooperative
  • Shannon Danzy, Independent Qualitative Researcher
  • Sherri Dansby, Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan
  • Stella Igweamaka, Servus Credit Union
  • Zekeera Belton, Collage Group

Submissions for the award opened mid-year and asked for nominees who embody the values of respect, dignity, autonomy and equality. The award judges will now select winners, who will be formally announced at the Insights Association’s Corporate Researchers Conference (CRC) in Chicago this November.

The judging panel includes WIRe Founder, Kristin Luck; Insights Association CEO, Melanie Courtright; WIRe Advisory Board member, former Diversity Champion, and Burke’s VP of Community and Culture, Damon Jones; and WIRe in Color program chair Shazia Ginai.


About WIRe
Women in Research (WIRe) is a global non-profit that champions diversity in the marketing research industry, supporting events and educational programming across five continents. WIRe programming facilitates leadership, entrepreneurship, mentoring and other career development goals. WIRe’s mission is to foster inclusion and advance the contributions and voice of women and other marginalized groups in research, both for themselves and the greater good of the market research industry. womeninresearch.org

About FUEL + Focus Room
FUEL + Focus Room offers global front-to-back fieldwork management for all your online and in-person qualitative and quantitative research needs. With a worldwide network of heavily-vetted partners and 24/7 support our consultative and powerful team mobilizes our network of moderators, recruiters, data experts, facilities, translators, and anything else you may need, to deliver dependable research that empowers your clients to make decisions with clarity and confidence. fuelyourworld.com focusroom.com

About Insights Association
As the leading voice, resource and network of the marketing research and data analytics community, the Insights Association empowers intelligent business decisions. All revenue is invested in quality standards, legal and business advocacy, education, certification, and direct support to enable members to thrive in an evolving industry and drive business impact. insightsassociation.org