November 10, 2022

Tribeca Rooftop, New York City

6pm – Cocktail Reception

7pm – Dinner and Evening Program

10pm – Young Professionals After Party

2022 Gala Honorees

Javier Evans

Javier Evans

Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer at Webster Bank

Javier Evans is Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer at Webster Bank (NYSE: WBS), a leading commercial bank with more than $60 billion in assets. He is responsible for the company’s overall HR operations and oversees organizational design and cultural development.

Immediately preceding his position as Chief Human Resources Officer, he served as Chief Business Operations and Services Officer at Sterling National Bank, where he directed the operations and service channels of the bank’s commercial, consumer and digital client segments.

Javier’s career started at GreenPoint Bank working in Deposit Operations. He then held various HR positions at leading companies across the banking industry, including National Financial Services Corp (Fidelity Investment Company), HSBC USA, TD Bank, Astoria Bank, and Sterling National Bank.

Committed to community, Javier holds positions on several boards and community organizations, some of which include National Association for African Americans in HR, YMCA of Long Island, Education Africa, and United Cerebral Palsy of Long Island, to name a few.

Javier earned a Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University and an M.S. from New York Institute of Technology.

Rovena Schirling

Rovena Schirling

Lifelong Friend and Former Board Chair of the TAA

Rovena first became involved with the Tourette Association of America when her youngest son was diagnosed with TS at the age of nine. She has served as a board member and chair at the TAA for over 23 years. Although her career working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and her service as a trustee and board chair of the Queens Botanical Garden and other organizations is highly rewarding, she still considers her most important job to be wife, mother, and mother-in-law. Rovena’s husband Bob, a retired partner at Ernst & Young, her three amazing sons and daughter-in-law, all continue to remind her of what is most important on a daily basis.

TAA Global Ambassador

Aidy Smith Picture

Aidy Smith

Co-Founder, Producer and Presenter at The Three Drinkers

Aidy Smith is an award-winning TV presenter and journalist. As one of the world’s only TV hosts with Tourette Syndrome, Aidy shines the light on diversity empowerment and is the Executive Producer and Presenter of THE THREE DRINKERS series on Amazon Prime. Currently on its third season, the show is distributed to 120 countries worldwide in 39 languages. He has also just launched a major documentary on BBC Radio 4, THE TRUTH ABOUT TOURETTE’S which for the first time in media history reframes the condition as a Superpower instead of a deficit.

With over a decade of journalism experience, Aidy writes the regular drinks articles including a weekly column for The Evening Standard. He’s also the Global Brand Ambassador for Vivino, the world’s largest wine marketplace and community, with over 52 million users. His irreverent presenting and unique social media style has led to him having one of the largest Instagram followings within the drinks industry.

As a keen LGBTQIA+ and Disability Diversity spokesperson, he frequently hosts motivational speaking classes and corporate seminars to inspire others through his own experiences and is a frequent moderator and panellist in forums. Aidy has become a known figure for championing disabilities across the board and empowering people from all walks of life to see their true potential.

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