Diversity & Inclusion and
As director of diversity & inclusion, Harris develops policy, creates programming and sets the strategic direction for the company and the (11) regional diversity councils across the state. This program creates value for all stakeholders, which operationalizes the D&I strategy for the company.
Harris leads the supplier diversity strategic direction for the company. He creates, collaborates and connects local, small, minority, disabled and veteran business owners to the company’s procurement and sourcing process. His approach to all things business to move from transaction to transformation.
James serves as director and advisor on many boards and councils; Texas Diversity Council Board of Directors, TrueBlue Inclusion, FMI (Food Marketing Institute) Chair Supplier Diversity Committee, Texas NAACP Corporate Advisory Council, Chair and Houston Area Urban League.
Harris has received many awards and accolades, because of his business acumen. Most recently, he received the “Outstanding Head of Diversity Award” from Houston Business Journal’s Diversity in Business. He has the reputation of being approachable, charismatic, strategic thinker, advocate and passionate negotiator. He is a transformational thought leader.
He is married to wife, Shavonda for almost 34 years and has two adult children.
Madeline Burillo-Hopkins, Ed.D.
Southwest College President,
Houston Community College
As the President at Houston Community College Southwest College, Dr. Madeline BurilloHopkins oversees all operations at HCC’s Southwest campuses including the Centers of Excellence in Digital and Information Technology and Advanced Manufacturing and five locations with over 17,000 students per semester. Over the past 19 years, Dr. BurilloHopkins has been instrumental in bringing innovative educational projects to HCC, including the HCC Drilling Skills and the Safety Simulation Platform facility, named Rig One, and most recently a partnership with Apple to teach coding skills using Apples’ new Swift coding language curriculum. Dr. Burillo-Hopkins earned the Hispanic Women in Leadership Award for outstanding service in education in 2001.
In 2003, she received the HCC Chancellor’s Medallion for Outstanding Service, and in 2010, Dr. Burillo-Hopkins was an HCC Eagle Award recipient for Administrative Leadership. In 2013, D’Mars Magazine selected her as one of Houston’s Top 30 Influential Women. She was again recognized as one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women in 2015, by Houston Women Magazine. Proof that hard work pays off, in 1983 Dr. Burillo-Hopkins moved to the U.S. mainland from Puerto Rico, and after completing ESL classes she started as a receptionist in a college financial aid office. Her diligence and thirst for knowledge has propelled her to the top of the education field. During her over 30 years in higher education, she has held multiple administrative positions, culminating with her college Presidency in 2016.
She credits her parents, her father from Spain and her mother from Puerto Rico, for teaching her the importance of higher education and planting the values of hard work, kindness, respect, diversity, integrity, determination and positive thinking, which she still lives by today. Dr. Burillo-Hopkins holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Puerto Rico, a Master’s in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and a Doctorate in Education in Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University