Melissa Ben-Ishay to Keynote the 2018 Tri-State Diversity and Leadership Conference

May 1, 2018 3:00 PM ET
Press Release

NEW YORK, May 1, 2018 /3BL Media/ – The Tri-State Diversity Council is proud to welcome Melissa Ben-Ishay as a keynote speaker for the 8th Annual Diversity and Leadership Conference. The conference will take place in New York, NY at the New Yorker Hotel on August 23, 2018. The theme of this year’s annual conference is “Inclusion: The Source of Innovation.”

“It is such a privilege to have Melissa Ben-Ishay join us at the Diversity and Leadership Conference,” said Dennis Kennedy, Founder and Chairman of the National Diversity Council. “Her undeniable passion and determination for success proves that women are a force to be reckoned with in the workplace and beyond.”

Melissa Ben-Ishay is a mom, baker, and founder of Baked by Melissa, the New York City-based brand famous for its signature, bite-size cupcakes and treats. Passionate about baking since childhood and with the idea that people should be able to taste more flavors without a post-dessert guilt trip, she decided to do what she loved and launched Baked by Melissa in 2008 after being let go from her job in advertising. Today, the company operates 14 stores and ships nationwide. Melissa currently serves as the company’s President and Chief Product Officer. In October of 2017, she released her first cookbook, Cakes by Melissa.

The 8th Annual Tri-State Diversity & Leadership Symposium will open at 8:00 AM with breakfast, registration and networking. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend various informational sessions covering topics such as “Leading with Emotional Intelligence,” “Best ERG/BRG Practices,” “Destination C-Suite,” and more. Awards such as the Tri-State area’s Most Powerful and Influential Women and Leadership Excellence will also be presented to some of the most notable diversity and leadership advocates in the area. If you know a leader deserving of recognition for their success, please submit your nominations for the Most Powerful and Influential Women and Leadership Excellence awards as soon as possible.

Registration for the Tri-State Diversity & Leadership Symposium is ongoing and can be completed at If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Sofia Reed at

About the Tri-State Diversity Council
A non-profit organization committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity. The council affords opportunities for organizations to share best practices and learn from top corporate leaders in the areas of diversity and inclusion.

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Media Contact:
Jasmine Mack
Communications Specialist
National Diversity Council