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
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. Dr. French 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. President French is a native of Louisville, Ky.
Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center
Bernice A. King is the Chief Executive Officer of The King Center, which was founded by her mother Coretta Scott King in 1968. She was appointed to this position in January 2012 by the Board of Trustees. Nationally and internationally known as one of the most powerful, motivating and life-changing orators and speakers on the circuit today, Bernice leaves her audiences speechless and challenges people to RAISE THE STANDARD. Born the youngest daughter of the late Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bernice began her oratorical journey when she spoke in her mother’s stead at the United Nations at age 17. Over the years, she has had the occasion to speak in such places as the steps of The Lincoln Memorial, The White House, major corporations and universities, and in places throughout the world including South Africa, Germany, and New Zealand to name a few.
Bernice is a graduate of Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Law Degrees from Emory University. She has also received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from Wesley College. In honor of her mother, Coretta Scott King, Bernice returned to her alma-mater at Spelman College to announce the establishment of the Be A King® Scholarship. She is currently a member of the State Bar of Georgia and a trained mediator. Bernice serves on the HOPE Southeastern Board of Directors of Operation HOPE and is a member of the International Women’s Forum and National Council of Negro Women.
Lamell McMorris, Founder and CEO of Perennial Strategy Group and Managing Partner of Perennial Law Group
Lamell McMorris is the founder and CEO of the Washington, D.C., based companies, Perennial Strategy Group and Perennial Sports and Entertainment. In his work, Mr. McMorris offers strategic insight and external affairs services to some of the nation's leading decision-makers in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Additionally, he manages an in-house team of experienced government and public relations professionals, lawyers, and sports agents, offering a multitude of services to clients in a wide range of disciplines and specialty areas. Mr. McMorris's unparalleled expertise in government and community affairs, strategic consulting, political campaigns, policy-making, grassroots advocacy, and broad-based coalition building has earned the Perennial companies acclaim inside the beltway and around the nation. Under Mr. McMorris's stewardship, the Perennial companies have developed deep and sustained relationships with influential leaders and decision makers across a wide range of constituencies.
Isabel Rubio, Executive Director and Founder of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama
Ms. Rubio is a native of Mississippi and a third generation Mexican American. Born in1965, Ms. Rubio was greatly influenced by the changes brought to Mississippi by the struggle for Civil Rights. After earning degrees in History and Social Work, Rubio worked 8 years in social services in the greater Birmingham area. It was 1999 when she was moved to co-found the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (¡HICA!). Ms. Rubio now serves as Executive Director of that non-profit organization which facilitates the social, civic, and economic integration of Hispanics in Alabama. Rubio serves on several boards including the Alabama Poverty Project, Alabama ARISE, Brookwood Medical Center and the University of Alabama Institutional Review Board. She is also Treasurer for the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice.