Luke Visconti is the Chief Executive Officer of DiversityInc Media LLC. He directs all consulting, editorial and business operations, including the methodology for The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity, now in its 14th year. His Ask the White Guy column is a top draw on DiversityInc.com.
In the past year, Luke has made 34 presentations to executive or executive-diversity committees, met with 40 CEOs and had almost 50 other senior-level corporate meetings. He spoke at 35 events, with all speaking fees donated to the DiversityInc Foundation, where 100% of donated money goes to fund endowed scholarships. Among the senior leaders Luke has interviewed are: Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf, Procter & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Ernst & Young Chairman and CEO Jim Turley, AT&T Chairman, CEO and President Randall Stephenson, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen (retired) and Sodexo Global CEO Michel Landel. Luke has appeared on FOX, MSNBC, CNBC and NPR.
Luke also has a combined 22 years of higher-education board experience: He is a trustee of Bennett College, a historically Black college; on the foundation board of NJCU, a Hispanic-serving institution; and a trustee and overseer of Rutgers University, where he chairs the fundraising committee for Rutgers Future Scholars, a program with 1,000 students enrolled (8th grade–12th grade). Luke is also on the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Committee, where he has co-chaired three subcommittees regarding diversity and women’s issues, reporting out to the Chief of Naval Operations.
Luke founded DiversityInc in 1998. He founded the DiversityInc Foundation in 2006 and has endowed scholarships at Bennett College, New Jersey City University and Rutgers University. The DiversityInc Foundation has distributed more than $800,000 since 2006.
Prior to entering the publishing industry, he was on active duty as a naval aviator and commissioned officer with the U.S. Navy from 1982 to 1990, and in the reserves until 1992.
Luke holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Rutgers University.
Trustee, Bennett College for Women
Trustee, Rutgers University
Overseer, Rutgers University
Board Member, New Jersey City University Foundation
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
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
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
January 2007: Member of the Year, PRIMER
May 2007: Named Distinguished Alumnus, Rutgers University