Wanda Bryant Hope, a 1987 graduate with a degree in marketing, was one of 22 alumni to receive the Penn State Alumni Association’s Alumni Fellow Award.

Since 1973, the Alumni Fellow Award, the highest award given by the Alumni Association, has been presented to alumni who are considered leaders in their professional fields.

In her current role as chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer at Johnson & Johnson, Hope leads efforts to implement programs, policies, and processes that ensure that diversity and inclusion are at the core of everything the company does.

Hope helped launch a $100 million commitment to eliminate health inequalities for people of color and has worked to cultivate a workforce that reflects the diversity of the patients and communities Johnson & Johnson serves.

In July 2020, she was appointed to the University’s Presidential Commission on Racism, Bias, and Community Safety.

Hope also holds positions on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the New Equality and Inclusion, and is chair of Business Roundtable’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group.

She received the Smeal Diversity Leadership Award in 2018.