5th GOLD Symposium, 2013

Bridge Builder Awards
Supporting Organizations

Bridge Builder Awards

The mission of GOLD is to advance the status of women in leadership across the Pacific by promoting diversity initiatives to increase inclusion in the workplace and society. The “Bridge Builder Award” has been presented to an individual or organization to acknowledge significant contributions to GOLD’s mission.


2013 Honorees

Individual Category

Marilyn Johnson
Former Vice President, Marketing Development, IBM

Ms. Johnson led an organization responsible for developing IBM’s strategy for and marketing to businesses owned or operated by Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans and Women in the Americas. In 2005 she expanded her mission to include women-owned and women-led businesses in selected markets, expanding IBM’s market share significantly. Ms. Johnson has extensive management experience in sales and marketing in the information technology industry. A graduate of John Marshall University, she holds two advanced education degrees. She has held leadership positions in many business and professional organizations, including membership on the Executive Board of the Council for Better Business Bureaus and the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Foundation. Ms. Johnson has received numerous awards including the "Corporate Supporter of Women Entrepreneurs Award" in Beijing, China, and “The Profiles of Prominence Award” from the National Women of Achievement, Inc. She was named one of “The Top 25 Influential Black Women” by The Network Journal Magazine.

Graciela Meibar
Vice President, Global Sales Training and Global Diversity, Mattel, Inc.

Ms. Meibar is responsible for creating, launching and implementing a comprehensive Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) strategy for Mattel, Inc., a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys, with annual sales of more than $6 billion. Her accomplishments include development of a D&I strategy tied to Mattel’s business strategies and its values. Ms. Meibar holds a BA in international relations from the University of Southern California and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Prior to this role she held the position of Vice President Latin America Export for Mattel; in this role she was responsible for sales and marketing and financial performance of all Mattel brands in a region that included 22 countries. She is passionate about building cross cultural relationships and advocating for inclusive cultures in which people are given an opportunity to grow and excel.

Corporate Category

Cisco Systems G.K., Japan

Cisco has shaped the future of the Internet by creating unprecedented value and opportunity for our customers, employees, investors and ecosystem partners and has become the worldwide leader in networking - transforming how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Cisco Japan marked its 20th anniversary, and was awarded Japan Quality Award last year. Cisco Japan positions Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) as one of the key business imperatives and has focused on promoting activities to promote I&D across the organization.