The Regions Diversity Advisory Council is composed of academic, community and business leaders. Council members provide Regions with an objective outside perspective and offer guidance on diversity-related matters in the workplace and marketplace.
Regions Diversity Advisory Council Members
John O. Hudson, Diversity Advisory Council Chair
Senior Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Alabama Power
John O. Hudson III serves as a senior vice president at Alabama Power Company. In this role, he has broad oversight of Alabama Power’s marketing, economic development, business development and corporate entrepreneurship functions, as well as the company’s customer service centers in Birmingham and Montgomery. Prior to serving in his current role, Hudson served as the chief executive of the Alabama Power Foundation, one of the largest corporate philanthropic organizations in the state, and as vice president of Public Relations and Charitable Giving. Prior to rejoining Alabama Power in 2010, Mr. Hudson worked with the Department of External Affairs at Regions Financial Corporation as Senior Vice President of Corporate Diversity and Public Affairs. He is an attorney who was engaged in the private practice of law and also served as a principal and senior vice president of The Partnership – a public policy consulting firm that provides strategic communication and governmental affairs counsel to a vast array of clients. Hudson serves as a member of the board of directors of several civic organizations and is a member of the Alabama State Bar and the Alabama Lawyers Association. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Miles College and is a member of the board of directors of the Jefferson State Community College Foundation.
Dr. George T. French, Jr., President of Miles College, Fairfield, Ala.
In March 2006, Dr. George French became the 14th president of Miles College. Under his leadership, Miles College has seen the largest capital campaign fund drive its 100 year history, helping the college to exponentially develop and expand. A more deliberate focus has been placed upon research under Dr. French, allowing the faculty to secure some of the largest grants in the history of the College. He previously served as director of Institutional Planning and Development, and as such, directed the offices of Alumni Affairs, Federal Contracts and Grants, Title III, Institutional Research and Effectiveness, and Congressional Relations and Public Relations. He is a native of Louisville, Ky.
Dr. Bernice A. King, Founder of Be A King Enterprises
The youngest daughter of the late Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Bernice A. King began her oratorical journey when she spoke in her mother’s stead at the United Nations at the age of 17. She is known nationally and internationally as one of the most powerful, motivating and life-changing orators and speakers on the circuit today. As founder of Be A King, she hopes to develop a nation of young people who will impact the global marketplace and transform the world culture with a KINGdom mindset. She is an ordained minister at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., a member of the Georgia State Bar, and author of the book, “Hard Questions, Heart Answers.”
Isabel Rubio, Executive Director and Founder of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama
Isabel Rubio is a native of Mississippi and a third generation Mexican American. Born in 1965, she was greatly influenced by the changes brought to Mississippi by the struggle for Civil Rights. After earning degrees in history and social work, she worked eight years in social services in the greater Birmingham area. In 1999, she was moved to co-found the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (¡HICA!). She now serves as executive director of that non-profit organization which facilitates the social, civic, and economic integration of Hispanics in Alabama. She is a former member of the National Council of La Raza executive committee and is a member of the Alabama ARISE and the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham boards of directors.