First Impression Rx | Speaker
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April Powers is the Managing Director of First Impression Rx, a full service consulting firm that helps companies manage differences through training and diversity and inclusion strategy. She is a highly-rated trainer for Fortune 50, government and non-profit companies. She has consulted for and trained at Amgen since 2010, most recently project managing a cultural dexterity roll-out and delivering certified training in the areas of Generational Diversity, Communication, Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Competence.


April began her recruiting career with Ryan, Miller & Associates, a boutique search firm specializing in accounting and finance. In 1999 she launched her own executive search firm that focused on middle market and fortune 500 companies. She also helped staff and recruit for smaller start-up companies during the dot-com boom.


In 2005, she joined Nestlé USA as an in-house executive recruiter where her passion for diversity recruiting was recognized. She was soon asked to be the Manager of Diversity and Recruiting for Nestlé USA. A Southern California Leadership Fellow, April has served on the West Coast Advisory Board for the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the California Diversity Council Board and chaired the 2009 California Diversity and Leadership Conference.


A Los Angeles native, April received her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of California, Berkeley, where she also had a focused area of study in African American Studies.  She has lived in the US, South America and Europe, is bilingual and thus brings a global

perspective with local understanding to her clients’ goals in the diversity space.