Smeal Alumni Diversity Award
Honors an alumnus who has demonstrated a commitment to the college’s goal of being a diverse and mutually supportive community that provides a climate of sensitivity, open-mindedness, and respect.
2013 Award Recipient: Heather A. James '92 Accounting
James is assistant sales manager, cosmetics for Macy’s Inc. In her role, she focuses on driving the prestige brand portfolio sales, annual beauty event growth, and omnichannel initiatives. Previously, James was senior vice president and chief marketing officer for the Advertising Research Foundation, Inc. where she was responsible for many aspects of the company’s brand strategy and marketing. James has also held senior marketing roles with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Revlon, Inc., and The Coca-Cola Company. Heather earned her M.B.A. in marketing from Clark Atlanta University. Prior to earning her M.B.A., James served as an internal auditor for Bank of America, Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York, and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. James is a life-member and executive board member of the Penn State Alumni Association Alumni Council, where she is immediate-past chair of the Diversity Committee. She is also a member of the Educational Equity Advisory Board and a volunteer for the For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students. Heather resides in her hometown of Upper Montclair, New Jersey.