Vila ’74 selected to join Herndon Directors Institute

Adis Vila ’74 has been selected for the inaugural class of the Herndon Directors Institute, a joint effort by The Herndon Foundation and NASDAQ to place people of color on the boards of companies listed on NASDAQ. The organization has partnered with America’s leading corporations to expand minority board participation and is seeking out the best and brightest to help them achieve that goal.

Vila was chosen based on her career-defining contributions to politics, business, and diversity. She served in the U.S. Departments of State and Commerce under Ronald Reagan, assistant secretary for administration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture under George H. W. Bush, and secretary of Florida’s Department of Administration under Gov. Bob Martinez.

Vila was the first chief diversity officer for the U.S. Air Force. Although Vila retired in 2013, she remains invested in fostering diversity within corporate and government organizations. She is the founder of Vila & Associates, a consultancy firm focused on helping clients achieve diverse and inclusive workplaces.

The Herndon Foundation is a national nonprofit that aims to provide mentorship, education, and support to future entrepreneurs.