About Luke Visconti – CEO of DiversityInc

Luke-ViscontiOver the course of his entrepreneurial career, Luke Visconti has positioned himself as an expert on diversity management. Luke is the founder and CEO of DiversityInc, which he launched as a website in 1997 and went on to become the leading print and online publication focused on issues of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. He further grew the company into a successful benchmarking consulting business and produces diversity conference events, including the coveted annual DiversityInc Top 50 competition, now in its 16th year.

In 2016, the competition welcomed more than 1,800 participants. Using the data collected from the DiversityInc Top 50 survey, Luke created DiversityInc’s Consulting and Benchmarking practice, which currently boasts over 70 corporate clients, many among the Fortune 500.

A longtime philanthropist, Luke Visconti founded the DiversityInc Foundation in 2006. Using 4 percent of gross revenues from DiversityInc as its funding source, the DiversityInc Foundation provides scholarships at Rutgers University, New Jersey City University and Bennett College. Luke holds or has held board seats at all three institutions.

Before launching his career in corporate diversity, Luke Visconti received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Rutgers University. After completing his undergraduate studies, he went on to serve eight years of active duty as a Naval Aviator and another 18 months in the reserves. A member of the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel, he is occasionally called upon to help Chiefs of Naval Operations address diversity issues.

In recent years, Luke Visconti received an honorary doctorate from New Jersey City University, and in 2015 received an honorary doctorate from Bennett College.

The New Jersey City University Foundation, which aims to support academic programs without increasing tuition, elected Luke as chair of its board of directors in August 2013 for a three-year term. He became a board member of the National Organization on Disability in March 2015, and was elected vice chair in 2016.

ASSOCIATIONS


  • Board Chair, New Jersey City University Foundation
  • Vice Chairman, National Organization on Disability
  • Former Trustee, Bennett College for Women (10 years)
  • Former Trustee, Rutgers University (9 years)
  • Overseer, Rutgers University
  • Board Member, The PhD Project
  • Member, Corporate & Philanthropic Council, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
  • Member, United States Navy Chief of Naval Operations, Executive Panel

AWARDS


  • May 2015: Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters, Bennett College (Historically Black College)
  • May 2014: The Rutgers Veteran and Military Service Award
  • May 2013: Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters, New Jersey City University (Hispanic Serving Institution)
  • June 2011: “Champion of Diversity Award” from the American Association of Affirmative Action
  • October 2009: “2009 HerMANO Award” from Alma Morales Riojas, President and CEO, MANA, A National Latina Organization
  • May 2007: Distinguished Alumnus, Rutgers University
  • January 2006: “Bridge Builders Award” from the Rev. Jesse Jackson at the Wall Street Project conference
  • May 2006: “Legacy of Leadership” award from Dr. Beverly Tatum, Spelman College