Gail Williams

Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee Chair

Gail Beatrice Williams is the Chief Diversity Officer for Hodges University, in Naples, FL.

Gail is a proud graduate of Hodges University Master of Business Administration, August 2001. Gail became the Hodges University Chief Diversity Officer in the fall of 2011.

Prior to 2011, Gail held the position of Director of Student Accounts 2000-2011. Gail was the recipient of the 2012 Diversity Face Award in Education.The award was presented by the D’latinos Magazine and the GulfShore Business Magazine.For the exemplary work being done under Gail’s leadership, Hodges University was the recipient of the 2012 Insight into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (HEED); this award was given in public recognition of Hodges outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.Gail was the 2012 Hodges University employee of the year in recognition of her achievements above and beyond the call of duty. Gail was the 2013 recipient of the Hodges University Hispanic Institute Promise Award.

In March of 2014, Gail was one of the 14 women out of 125 recognized by WGCU as “Women Who Make Southwest Florida,” and received the “Makers Award”. In 2015 Gail became a member of the Hodges University President’s Cabinet.

Gail reaches out to various organizations in Southwest Florida including the NAACP; the Council of Hispanic Business Professional; Dress for Success; the American Cancer Society; the Multicultural Center of Southwest Florida; the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida; the Harry Chapin Food Bank; Youth Haven; Champions for Learning; Raaga Inc.,; the Philippian American International Society (PAIAS); Southwest Florida Chinese Association (SWFLCA) and the Southwest Florida Human Trafficking Coalition.

Gail serves on the WGCU Diversity Advisory Committee, the Harry Chapin Food Bank Action Committee, the Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida Board, the Darlene and Friends Board, and is a Board Member of the House of Gaia.