Marc Bland - Keynote SpeakerMarc Bland

Chief Diversity Officer
S&P Global – Mobility

As the Chief Diversity Officer for S&P Global – Mobility, Marc is responsible for the development and enhancement of S&P Global – Mobility business opportunities within the growing and diverse automotive market. In this role, Marc works across the S&P Global – Mobility organization to ensure their broad suite of products and custom solutions address the unique marketing needs of those seeking to reach the growing African American, Asian, Hispanic, Women, Military, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual & Transgendered) and Disabled (focused on individuals with perceived challenges) automotive communities.

The co-founder of Diversity Volume Leadership Awards which recognizes the top selling vehicles to ethnic minorities, Women and the LGBT community.  Marc is also a highly sought-after speaker and his thought leadership has been published in the following books: The 85% Niche: The Power of Women of All Colors – Latina, Black, and Asian by Miriam Muley, Black Is the New Green: Marketing to Affluent African Americans by Leonard E. Burnett & Andrea Hoffman and Black Still Matters in Marketing by Pepper Miller along with other highly respected publications including: Advertising Age, Automotive News, Black Enterprise, Hispanic Business Magazine, The Michigan Chronicle, and  Marc has also received National and Global recognition for his efforts in the growing diverse market including:  2011 Emerging Leader award from Rainbow Push, 2012 Michigan Chronicle Man of Excellence, 2012 National Research Executive of the Year from Target Market News in Chicago, 2013 Diversity Executive of Distinction by Diversity Global Magazine, 2013 and 2017 Corp Magazine Salute to Diversity Award winner, 2013,2014 and 2017 Global Diversity Innovation award recipient by Diversity Journal Magazine and was recognized by the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD) with the prestigious 2015 National Diversity Advocate Award.

A proud graduate of Frank Cody High and the Detroit Public School system, Marc holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University and a Master of Science degree from Central Michigan University.