Madinah McDonald


HRBP/Operations Manager

EMC Corp.

New York, N.Y.

Age: 32


New York City native Madinah “Dina” McDonald, a first-generation American born to Jamaican immigrants, is the human resources operations manager at EMC Corp., a $25 billion global leader in enabling businesses to transform deliver information technology as a service (ITaaS). She holds a bachelor’s degree from Wilberforce University’s College of Business and Economics, an MBA in finance and strategy from Long Island University’s Graduate School of Business, and Certification in Negotiation and Leadership from Harvard School of Law. 


McDonald’s academic background and years of experience with human capital staff augmentation consultancies primed her for EMC’s highly competitive, two-year Global Enterprise Services Leadership Program. Among mentors she acknowledges EMC global chief diversity officer Jackie Glenn as “an authentic role model for women of color at EMC,” who consistently provides access and creates “forward-looking development opportunities for diverse employees across all levels at EMC.” Duly inspired, McDonald describes herself as “insatiably passionate about giving back and developing the next generation of talent.”


In her role as as president of EMC New York/New Jersey Women’s Leadership Forum, McDonald rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange in observance of this year’s International Women’s Day. This summer, she plans to launch Kuamp Kares, a nonprofit with a mission to inspire underserved and high-potential youths in a “call to the arts” via media. McDonald says, “Our Big Harry Audacious Goal is: by year 2020 to be known as the next-generation Boys & Girls Kuamp of Media, enabling ordinary youths to create extraordinary messages in the media!”


McDonald’s aims to live life copiously and honestly, devoted to bridging the generational diversity gap. She quotes Jacki Zehner, the first female trader partner at Goldman Sachs: “Invest in relationships at all levels — don’t choose to manage up or down, but rather build networks in all directions.”