SimmieRay Niang-Dinkins

International Finance Corporation

Global DEI Talent Officer

SimmieRay is the Global DEI Talent Officer at the IFC (International Finance Corporation). He is passionate about creating opportunities for underrepresented communities. SimmieRay is a strategic corporate professional and consultant with over 13 years of experience in Human Resources across HR Management, HR Operations, Organizational Development, and Recruitment and Talent Acquisition. He is a self-starter, detail-oriented, an expert team builder, and a trusted management and leadership advisor who is motivated to engage, inspire, and empower confident, results-driven individuals. SimmieRay is a multifaceted professional with strong business acumen at all levels of operations and approaches his work with a global perspective. Others have described him as possessing standout qualities in his passion for people, being purpose-driven, and genuinely caring about the impact on people. SimmieRay has an encouraging and motivational leadership style that inspires individuals to reach their full potential.

DK Bartley

Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Global Chief DEI Officer

DK Bartley serves as the Global Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer at WPP and Hill and Knowlton Strategies. With a fervent dedication to talent acquisition, he stands as a seasoned Human Resources professional, specializing in diversity, talent acquisition, leadership, marketing, and global talent management. His strategic acumen is matched only by his passion for driving DEI initiatives, viewing them as integral to both corporate success and employee fulfillment. DK's coaching prowess has earned him widespread acclaim, lauded for his knack for identifying raw talent, inspiring teams, and nurturing the potential of each team member.

Bridget Hurd

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Chief Diversity Officer

Bridget Hurd serves as the Vice President of Inclusion and Diversity and holds the role of Chief Diversity Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. She is dedicated to facilitating connections between individuals and the resources necessary for them to thrive. Her commitment extends to fostering employee growth, fostering connections, and promoting understanding across cultures, communities, generations, work styles, and perspectives. With more than 27 years of experience, Bridget has demonstrated expertise in addressing inclusion, diversity, health equity, community relations, and corporate social responsibility.

Aisha Losche

Draper

Chief Diversity Officer

Aisha Losche, the Chief Diversity Officer at Draper and Co-Founder of Cardinal Coaches, is renowned for her commitment to fostering inclusion and innovating workplace environments. With a rich background of over 15 years in leadership, Aisha leads strategic diversity, equity, and access initiatives. Her efforts earned her the 2023 Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Inspire Award, highlighting her impactful work and passionate dedication. A voracious reader, Aisha's commitment to continuous learning is evidenced by her annual consumption of 40-50 books, underpinning her dynamic approach to professional and personal development.

Dr. Charlyn Hilliman

Capella University

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer

Explore DEI as an Innovation Strategy with Dr. Charlyn, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Capella University. Leveraging her IT expertise and background in criminal justice, including service in the United States Air Force and holding two Master's Degrees and a PhD, Dr. Charlyn integrates innovation with inclusion. She focuses on creating strategies for engaging diverse learners, emphasizing trust, open communication, and tailored teaching methods to meet individual needs.

Dr. Ketwana D. Schoos

Community College of Allegheny County

Chief DEI Officer

Gain insight into the Affirmative Action Ruling with Dr. Ketwana, Chief Diversity Officer at the Community College of Allegheny County. With extensive experience in diversity and inclusion and expertise in civil rights and DEI planning, Dr. Ketwana offers a deep dive into the ruling's past, present, and future impacts on education and employment. Explore this landmark decision's broader implications through her knowledgeable lens.

Anjali Patel

Georgetown Law

Chief DEI Officer

An engaging discussion with Anjali Bindra Patel, JD, a successful practicing lawyer and currently Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at Georgetown Law. When she is not in "professional hat" mode, she is a proud mom, native Clevelander, and a military spouse. She is also a celebrated TEDx Speaker and author of the book "Humanity at Work: Diversity, Inclusion, and Wellbeing in an Increasingly Distributed Workforce." Anjali is impassioned about building inclusive environments that support multi-perspective teams, allowing for authentic innovation and growth. Anjali comes with over 20 years of DEI strategy experience, complemented with expertise in employment law, and inclusion leadership.

Aliah Berman

TBWA Worldwide

Chief Diversity Officer

Aliah Berman locates the intrinsic value of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work deep in the heart with passion towards it from the very soul of being as a profound alignment. In her pivotal role, she spearheads the vision, strategy, and execution of TBWA's DEI efforts on a global scale. Aliah is currently serving on the TEMPO board, an organization to support women in leadership, and the Marquette University Institute for Women's Leadership advisory board. Aliah tells stories for children with her gift of the many character voices, which is the fun during story time. Although Aliah is one such lively character who influences, she takes pride in one fact: that she is an introvert. She lives through it uniquely and multitalented and this smashes all kinds of stereotypes attached to it.

Jaslyn Nguyen

University of Colorado Denver

DEI Officer

Jaslyn Nguyen reflects on From Internalized Racism to Interconnection: Exploring an Asian American Experience. Through the heading "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at the University of Colorado Denver," there is an orientation in helping to ensure sustainability in the development of skills in relation to aspects of a strong sense of belongingness, and she offers networking and career development opportunities. Jaslyn stays engaged in the cultural activity area as President of the Vietnamese Student Association for her respective campus. Actually, it is inspired by the active engagement that her course Empowering Women in Business will require; indeed, some of the lessons from it are reflected in her on-campus activities. With three older brothers and parents who are all UC Denver alumni, Jaslyn will continue a rich family legacy as she embarks on becoming a University of Colorado alumna herself.

Jobi Martinez

Harris Health System

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer

Jobi Martinez, a DEI trailblazer with over two decades of experience, discusses post-Supreme Court Ruling on Affirmative Action, emphasizing future inclusivity steps. As VP and Chief Diversity Officer for Harris Health System, Jobi advocates passionately for accessibility in health, wellness, work, and education. Hailing from Muleshoe, Texas, her warm style naturally sparks dialogues, complemented by her vibrant personality and love for salsa and Tejano dancing. Her nature is vivid and dynamic, which vividly complements her personality.

Turquoise Peart

Centuri Group

HR Business Partner

Turquoise Peart, a dynamic motivational speaker, fosters inclusive cultures through impactful communication. Featured in USA Today's "Race in America" Special Edition, she brings bold ideas to DEI leadership roles. Recently appointed to Oak Park's Community Relations Commission, Turquoise drives equitable initiatives. With commendable emotional intelligence, she champions professionalism, compassion, and innovation. A bilingual MBA graduate at 19, she embodies leadership and diversity.

Jorge Quezada

Granite Construction

Chief Diversity Officer and VP of People & Culture

In a compelling dialogue, Jorge Quezada, Chief Diversity Officer and VP of People & Culture at Granite Construction, emphasizes the importance of Belonging in the Workplace. With over 25 years in HR, diversity, and leadership, Jorge hosts the Construction DEI Talks podcast, offering actionable steps for inclusion in the industry. As a certified coach and consultant, he inspires leaders to translate insights into tangible actions, fostering belonging and challenging perspectives.

Jessica Michaels

The Neurodiverse Workplace

Neurodiversity Leadership Coach and Speaker

Jessica Michaels, a Neurodiversity Leadership Coach at The Neurodiverse Workplace, emphasizes the importance of embracing neurodiversity and inclusion in leadership. Advocating for workplaces that support all employees, Jessica's presentations debunk the myth that neurodivergent traits hinder leadership, arguing instead that such leaders can leverage their unique skills and tackle communication challenges effectively.

La’Chara Holbrook

Elite Potential LLC

Founder & CEO

La’Chara Holbrook, Founder & CEO of Elite Potential LLC and a leading DEI expert, discusses the importance of DEI commitment. With a background as a Global Strategic Leader in DEI, Executive Educator, Subject Matter Expert at NASA, and Chief Empathy Officer at #BiasCorrect, she combines deep passion for equity with significant insights into personal and organizational growth.

Netta Jenkins

Aerodei

CEO

Engage with Netta Jenkins, CEO of Aerodei, on the topic of the Democratization of DEI, a leading figure celebrated globally for her contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Named by Forbes as one of the top 7 Anti-Racism educators and featured on LinkedIn's Top Voices for Equity in the Workplace, her work including the impactful TEDx talk “Reimagining the Workplace,” and her book “The Inclusive Organization,” highlights her dedication to making equitable opportunities accessible for all.

Saqi Mehta

GoodRx

Head of Talent Acquisition & DEI

Explore healthcare disparities in a conversation with Saqi Mehta, Head of Talent Acquisition and DEI at Good Rx, who has over 20 years of experience in the startup and Fortune 500 space. Known for her focus on health equity and intersectionality, Saqi is an influential speaker and advisor on HR and DEI strategies. Her unique talent for fostering collaboration and creative thinking makes her a respected leader in promoting inclusivity.

Dr. Roque (Rocky) Diaz

MacPhail Center for Music

Senior Director of DEI

Join a conversation with Dr. Roque Diaz on enhancing representation and capacity in music and arts education. As the Senior Director of DEI at MacPhail Center of Music and founder of Progressing Forward LLC, Diaz champions inclusivity in the arts. With roles including the Equity and Diversity Chair for the Minnesota Music Educators Association and a performing trumpeter, his leadership in DEI extends across national stages.

Hector Martinez

US Bank

Vice President of Supplier Diversity, Senior Procurement Relationship Manager

Hector, the Vice President of Supplier Diversity and Senior Procurement Relationship Manager at US Bank, is dedicated to addressing socio-economic disparities through impactful leadership. With expertise in human resource development and program management, he empowers entrepreneurs with the resources needed for lasting success. Known for his motivational leadership and deep understanding of community dynamics, Hector stands out as an exceptional leader.

Kimberly Wolf Price

Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC

Chief Strategy and Diversity Officer

Join a conversation with Kimberley Wolf Price on the Nexus of Well-being to discuss the critical roles of Inclusion & Belonging. As Chief Strategy and Diversity Officer at Bond, Scheneck & King PLLC, Kim leads in developing training, programs, & leadership opportunities, highlighting her commitment to transforming the legal industry. Hosting the 'Legally Bond!' podcast and actively participating in the New York State Bar's Executive Committee for Women in Law and Committee on Diversity & Inclusion, Kim is celebrated for her leadership and dedication to amplifying emerging voices in law.

Kasey Price

Braskem America

DEI Leader

Kasey Price is a prominent Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leader at Braskem America, dedicated to advancing equity and access in education, race, and economic equality. With over 15 years of experience in both nonprofit and for-profit sectors, she excels in training, strategic planning, and developing equitable initiatives. Kasey is particularly esteemed for her expertise in financial literacy and her ability to lead open, empathetic conversations on race and identity, marking her as a transformative leader in her field.

Yiselle Santos Rivera

HKS Inc.

Global Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Engage with Yiselle Santos Rivera on leveraging the Intercultural Development Inventory for transformative change. As the Global Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at HKS Inc. and founder of WIELD, she champions inclusivity and empowerment in design. Recognized for dismantling barriers and advocating for equitable care, Yiselle has earned accolades such as one of the Top 50 Women Leaders of DC and the AIA 2022 Young Architects Award. Her work embodies a commitment to empathy and intercultural understanding in the design profession.

Jeronda Hill

Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin

Chief Club Experience & D.E.I. Officer

Join a dialogue with Jeronda Hill on the nuances of privilege and its impact. As the Chief Club Experience & DEI Officer at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County, Jeronda leverages over 18 years in the nonprofit sector to educate youth on DEI and civic responsibility. She combats hate through compassionate teaching, fostering inclusion and acceptance. Jeronda's leadership has seen the implementation of programs promoting diversity, love, and open conversations.

Brittney Lee

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture

DEI Officer

Join a discussion with Brittney Lee on tackling pay inequity through adjustments, advocacy, and negotiation. As the DEI Officer at Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, Brittney applies over 10 years of HR recruitment experience towards championing underrepresented voices. Her expertise includes employee engagement and diversity training within an organizational context. Known for her dedication and intentional approach, Brittney focuses on impactful diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

America Baez

Verizon

Head of DE&I Talent Acquisition Programs and Partnerships

Join America Baez in a dialogue on the Latin & Hispanic experience and promoting equal opportunities. A leader in Talent Acquisition & DEI, speaker, author, and coach, America is dedicated to empowering individuals to achieve their potential. Co-author of "Today's Inspired Leaders Volume 4," she encourages leadership development. Honored with the 2023 Latino Leadership Award and named a 2020 Top 100 Under 50 Executive Leader by Diversity MBA, America is celebrated for her expertise and ability to turn ideas into reality.

Heather Hansen

Global Speech Academy

Founder

Explore Accent Bias & Privilege in a conversation with Heather Hansen, a Global Communications Specialist, Pronunciation & Public Speaking Coach, and Author. As the founder of the Global Speech Academy, Heather focuses on amplifying and empowering traditionally unheard voices, showcasing her commitment to inclusive communication.

Chad Nico Hiu

YMCA of San Francisco

SVP in Strategy, Equity, & Impact

Explore Re-humanizing DEI work with Chad Nico Hiu, Senior VP of Strategy, Equity, and Impact at the YMCA of San Francisco. Chad advocates for DEI to foster human connections and bridge global divisions. Boasting over 20 years in the field, he is known for his genuine approach and dedication to community-based solutions, establishing himself as a key thought leader and proponent for significant change.

Evelyn Parker

K12

Head of Diversity and Inclusion

Engage with Evelyn Parker, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at K12, on Employee Retention and Development. Evelyn, known for her advocacy and support for underrepresented voices, has over 20 years of experience in HR, DE&I, and coaching. Recognized as a finalist for the 2023 Athena International Award, she excels in creating programs for the development and retention of diverse talent. Join us to learn from her expertise and dedication to fostering inclusive growth.

Necko Fanning

Havas Creative

North America Director of DEI&B

Dive into a discussion with Necko Fanning, North America Director of DEI and Belonging at Havas Creative, on enhancing DEI initiatives. With experience overseeing DEI for over 70 agencies globally and a background as a military intelligence analyst, Necko is a DEI expert and strategist. He brings a unique perspective to the conversation, bolstered by his recent recognition with the 2023 National Diversity Conference DEI Champion Award.

Vivi Caleffi Prichard

Chemeketa Community College

Chief Diversity and Equity Officer

Engage with Vivi Caleffi Prichard in a discussion on Ageism and Age Discrimination. As the Chief Diversity and Equity Officer at Chemeketa Community College, Vivi champions DEI across campus life, emphasizing the importance of community, inclusivity, and recognizing the value of individual life experiences for true inclusion.

Priya Garg

American Osteopathic Association

Chief engagement and Diversity Officer

Discuss Imposter Syndrome and Success with Priya Garg, Chief Engagement and Diversity Officer at the American Osteopathic Association. Priya focuses on leadership diversity and its positive effects on organizational culture. Known for her innovative approach and commitment to inclusivity, she has initiated programs to enhance diversity in leadership, offering development opportunities for students and early career physicians.

Janae Hubbard

The Fielding School of Public Health

Director at the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Explore "Calling In" and sustainable EDI programming with Janae Hubbard, leader of the Office of EDI at The Fielding School of Public Health. Janae focuses on inclusivity, ensuring everyone feels valued and heard, especially in supporting LGBTQ+ youth and fostering culturally inclusive communities. She's dedicated to integrating EDI principles for enduring social justice.

Cornell Verdeja-Woodson

Headspace Health

Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Discover essential DEIB advancements with Cornell Verdeja-Woodson, Director of DEIB at Headspace Health and Founder of Brave Trainings LLC. Boasting more than ten years in DEI, Cornell specializes in leading educational sessions and discussions on intricate subjects, enhancing understanding beyond individual experiences. Recognized for his strategic insight and meticulous methods, Cornell also draws from his diverse experiences, such as being a wedding planner and pursuing doctoral studies.

Robin Johnson

Cottage Health

Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Explore supporting leaders and teams through organizational change with Robin Johnson, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Cottage Health. Robin is dedicated to cultural transformation and strategic equity planning, creating opportunities for impactful change management. She highlights the need to blend emotional and rational elements in DEI initiatives. Robin also brings a unique perspective from her background as a competitive tennis player with significant rankings in the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Michael Maclin

Special School District of St. Louis County

Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

Explore Systems Change in Public Education with Dr. Michael Maclin, the Executive Director of DEIA at the Special School District of St. Louis County. With two decades of educational leadership, Dr. Maclin champions equitable opportunities for over 23,000 students, supporting all aspects of the district's operations. An award-winning leader, he is recognized for his effectiveness in achieving DEI results and fostering cultural diversity in educational settings, highlighted by his accolade as Educator of the Year.

Guishard Revan

Expedia Group

Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager

Learn how to support DEI & ERG leaders for sustained success in a chat with Guishard Revan, Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Expedia Group. With 6+ years in employee engagement and DEI, Guishard emphasizes community, amplifying underrepresented voices, and fostering belonging. He's also a published poet and knowledgeable in American Sign Language from NYU.

Jyl Feliciano

Highspot

Global Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging

Explore Empathetic Leadership with Jyl Feliciano, Global VP of DEIB at Highspot. With a focus on intentional and inclusive conversations, Jyl, with over 15 years in corporate culture and global DEI strategies, emphasizes the importance of embedding DEIB into the workplace. Inspired by her civil rights leader parents, she's dedicated to creating a lasting impact in the DEI space.

Michael Nixon

Andrews University

Chief Diversity Officer

Explore DEI in Faith-Based Institutions with Michael Nixon, VP for University Culture & Inclusion at Andrews University. Michael focuses on fostering inclusive spaces for meaningful dialogue and understanding within the diverse campus community. He emphasizes trust-building, interfaith conversations, and strategic planning to integrate DEI, wellness, and faith engagement, aiming for a unified approach.

Cameron Poole

School District of Clayton

Chief DEI Officer

Discover grassroots and systematic DEI strategies in public education with Cameron Poole, Chief DEI Officer at the School District of Clayton. Cameron champions recognizing and including diverse identities by reevaluating norms and practices for inclusivity. Known for his dynamic leadership and commitment to developing all students, he is also celebrated for his equitable coaching approach, ensuring every individual receives equal dedication.

Bernita Dillard

DoorDash

Global Head of DEI Recruiting Enablement

Learn about DEI in talent acquisition with Bernita Dillard, Global Head of DEI Recruiting Enablement at DoorDash. With a focus on inclusive hiring practices, Bernita has over a decade of experience transforming talent management to promote diversity. Her notable achievements include a 700% increase in hiring underrepresented talent at Facebook and recognition as one of the Untapped Top 100 DEIB Leaders of 2022.

Tiffany Yu

Diversability

CEO

Explore Disability Inclusion & Economic Justice with Tiffany Yu, CEO of Diversability and a prominent figure in disability advocacy. As a LinkedIn Top Voice and three-time TEDx speaker, Tiffany has made notable contributions, including participation on the San Francisco Mayor’s Disability Council and the creation of The Anti-Ableism series. Celebrated in Forbes and named an API TikTok Trailblazer, Tiffany is renowned for her captivating presentations and commitment to promoting inclusive dialogues.

Kevin Antoine

Bucks County Community College

Chief Diversity Officer

Explore Welcoming & Belonging in Higher Ed with Kevin Antoine, AVP of Government Relations & Chief Diversity Officer at Bucks County Community College. An expert in DEI and social justice, Kevin focuses on supporting historically marginalized communities in education, employment, and economic self-determination, emphasizing the importance of reparations and social justice. Notably, he was the first African-American Democratic Nominee in Mississippi's 4th Congressional District, advocating for health equity, and civil & human rights.

Miguel Poblete

Procore Technologies

Diversity Equity Inclusion and Belonging Manager

Explore the integration of Learning & Development with DEI alongside Miguel Poblete, DEIB Manager at Procore Technologies. Leading the firm's Training and Development strategy, Miguel is committed to driving change and growth, emphasizing equity and belonging via data-informed methods. His collaborative leadership style is admired for qualities such as kindness, active engagement, and integrity.

Jera Oliver

Ohio State University

Director of Development at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Explore Diversifying Philanthropy with Jera Oliver, Director of Development at Ohio State University's Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Owner of Mahogany Manifesto. Jera aims to address systemic barriers in philanthropy, focusing on breaking down obstacles related to racism, classism, and gender discrimination. A leader in collaboration and champion for equity, she also co-founded Growing and Growth Collective, enhancing well-being and supporting BIPOC community through urban agriculture in Central Ohio.

Melissa Berry

Lane Powell

Director of Professional Development and Diversity

Examine Systemic Barriers and Inclusive Leadership with Melissa Berry, Director of Professional Development and Diversity at Lane Powell. Spearheading the firm's DEI initiatives and a member of the Institute for Well-Being in Law's DEI Committee, Melissa actively engages with the National Association for Law Placement on topics such as professional identity formation and neurodiversity in law. She underlines the significance of fostering belonging, inclusion, and the vital connection between DEIB and well-being.

Kamilah Mahon

Distill Ventures

Inclusion and Diversity Program Manager

Explore DEI Strategy, Employee Engagement, and Inclusion through an Industrial and Organizational Psychology perspective with Kamilah Mahon, Inclusion and Diversity Program Manager at Distill Ventures and Consultant at Guidepoint. An organizational psychologist, Kamilah specializes in engagement strategies, DEI planning, and enhancing the internal employee experience, emphasizing the importance of listening to and centering often overlooked voices.

Celso Afonseca

Staples Promotional Products

Supplier Diversity Business Partner

Discover Supplier Diversity with Celso Afonseca, Supplier Diversity Partner at Staples Promotional Products Canada. Celso focuses on promoting diversity in business spending, ensuring small businesses owned by underrepresented groups have equal opportunities to work with larger corporations. Through collaboration and advocacy, he supports the growth of these businesses by addressing their unique challenges and enhancing their market presence.

Lori Mackenzie

Stanford University Graduate School of Business

Lead Strategist for DEI

Learn about using Strategic Language for Inclusivity with Lori Mackenzie, Lead Strategist for DEI at Stanford University Graduate School of Business and Co-Founder of Stanford VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab. Lori emphasizes the significant role of language in promoting belonging and aligning with personal and organizational values, aiming to create authentic spaces where everyone feels they belong

Abenaa Hayes

Elysee Consulting

Founder & CEO

Explore Authentic Inclusion with Abenaa Hayes, Founder & CEO of Elysee Consulting and 2021's Medical, Marketing and Media’s “Woman to Watch”. A veteran in communication, brand marketing, and DEI within healthcare, Abenaa excels in addressing today’s social and racial justice challenges. She's dedicated to helping brands create inclusive systems and cultures for historically marginalized communities, emphasizing the importance of building equity authentically.

John D. Patton

TD Bank Group

Vice President - Head of U.S. Diversity & Inclusion

Explore Comprehensive Equitable Talent Programs with John D. Patton, head of the U.S. Diversity & Inclusion team at TD Bank Group. Boasting over two decades of experience in transformational leadership and HR, John is committed to weaving DEI into talent initiatives to enhance workplace equity. His dedication to public health further motivates his active participation in community nonprofits and volunteer efforts to foster public health equity.

Necko L. Fanning

Havas New York

Director of DEI

Explore DEI for People and Product with Necko L. Fanning, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Havas New York. Neecko drives DEI initiatives across North America and has extensive experience overseeing global efforts from his time as Senior Global DEI Manager, managing 70+ agencies in 42 countries.

Camila Whyte

Nielsen

Global DEI Program Manager

Explore the influence of ERGs and BRGs with Camila Whyte, Global DE&I Program Manager at Nielsen. Camila emphasizes the critical role of Business Resource Groups in promoting inclusion and representation in organizations. With her expertise in DE&I metrics and ERG management, she also brings a unique perspective as a Pilates instructor.

Amie Ninh

Clever Inc.

Head of DEI

Explore Ethics and Success with Amie Ninh, Head of DE&I at Clever Inc and Racial Equity Coach at Amie Ninh Coaching. Amie emphasizes the need for innovative DE&I strategies informed by critical reflection. She delves into how her identity as a Southeast Asian American woman influences her commitment to challenging systemic oppression.

Jarrod Harden

Google

DEI Program Manager for Cloud Marketing

Explore the nuances of Language and Binaries in DEI with Jarrod Harden, DEI Program Manager for Cloud Marketing at Google. Jarrod highlights the significance of fostering a sense of belonging and views all experiences, both positive and challenging, as chances to deepen empathy.

Alysha Campbell

CultureShift

CEO

Explore Supporting Leadership and Scaling DEI with Alysha Campbell, CEO of CultureShift and author of “Building Beyond the 9-5”. Awarded DEI Leader of the Year for 2022 by the International Association of Top Professionals, Alysha is dedicated to transforming historically exclusive spaces. Known for her eloquence and coaching prowess, she's a driving force in DEI.

Alison Bodor

Options Clearing Corporation

Executive Director of DEI

Explore Strategic Data Collection in DEI with Alison Bodor, Executive Director of DEI at Options Clearing Corporation. A 2023 Leadership Greater Chicago class member, Alison emphasizes the importance of acknowledging diverse identities and utilizing sophisticated data to drive cultural transformation. With a background in Occupational Therapy, she plays an active role in the Financial Services Pipeline Initiative and various DEI forums in Chicago.

Dionn Schaffner

Aurea Software

Chief Diversity Officer

Explore Welcoming Diverse Allies with Dionn Schaffner, Chief Diversity Officer at Aurea Software and founder of Geri’s Locker. Dionn focuses on eliminating barriers and amplifying opportunities for marginalized groups. She contributes to Texas House District 47’s Anti-Racism Advisory Group, advocating that everyone possesses the resources to be an active ally today.

Nick LaRoche

Klaviyo

Global DEI Business Partner

Explore Empowering Self-Sustaining ERGs with Nick LaRoche, Global DEI Business Partner at Klaviyo and ERG & DEI Advisory Board member at Joyn. Nick champions workplace authenticity and focuses on creating DEI programs that are both operational and scalable, transcending typical workday boundaries.

Michele Heyward

PositiveHire

Founder

Explore DEI in Equitable Layoffs & Retention with Michele Heyward, civil engineer and Founder of Positive Hire. With 15+ years in engineering and a focus on D&I, Michele is dedicated to retaining underrepresented talent in STEM, especially among Black, Indigenous, and LatinX women. She emphasizes that retention issues stem from cultural, not pipeline, problems.

Amira Barger

Edelman

Executive Vice President

Explore Institutional Change & Healthcare with Amira Barger, Executive VP on Edelman's Global Health Sector team. With over 17 years in strategic communications and a dedication to DEI, Amira provides expert counsel and champions community service and empowerment for underserved communities. She emphasizes inquiry and trust as core to achieving DEI goals.

Nancy Geenen

Flexability

CEO

Explore 'Critter Brain' and Psychological Safety with Nancy Geenen, CEO of Flexability LLC, recognized for exceptional governance as a B Corp. Serving on various boards like the Golden Gate Business Association, Nancy is dedicated to improving organizational culture and ensuring psychological safety.

Adam Boone

PagerDuty

Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Program Manager

Join our enlightening session with Adam Boone, a distinguished DEI practitioner, to delve into the nuances of his role and the pathway to professional development in the field of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Adam will share insights from his extensive experience, highlighting the essential skills, strategies, and challenges faced by DEI professionals.

Matthew Coons

Xero

Sr. Manager - Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Explore using data in DEI work with Matthew Coons, who champions inclusion across the Northern Hemisphere team. Matthew emphasizes integrating D&I into an organization's core, the importance of learning journeys for inclusion, and how data can enhance DEI strategies. This conversation will delve into evolving expectations of diversity, equity, and inclusion within organizations and how practitioners can leverage data to meet these challenges.

Hillary Davis

Ochner Health

Regional Director of Diversity & Inclusion

Discover how to partner with HBCUs in a conversation with Hillary Davis, a DEI expert focused on equitable healthcare experiences for Black women, and opportunities for disadvantaged individuals and those with disabilities. Hillary is committed to advocating, strategizing, and educating on these critical issues.

Jainaba Seckan

Amazon Prime Video & Studios

Senior DEI Program Manager

Explore Leading through Crisis with Jainaba Seckan, experienced in guiding senior leadership through organizational change and creating inclusive environments. Jainaba focuses on culture, engagement, retention, and fostering conditions for people to thrive and excel in their work.

Juan Taveras

Petsmart Charities

Director of HR and DEI

Gain insights on Belonging with Juan Taveras, a people-focused leader with over 15 years in fostering inclusive HR initiatives. Known for his engagement, intuition, and collaboration, Juan emphasizes the importance of recognizing and valuing diversity and supports inclusivity across all backgrounds.

Nick Davis

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Director - Diversity and Inclusion

Explore Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education with Nick Davis, who focuses on identifying systemic barriers, understanding neurodiversity's role in inclusion, and fostering active allyship for creating equitable and just spaces for all.

Lisa M. Ong PCC, CPA

Wishing Out Loud LLC

President

Join our discussion with Lisa on DEIB Practitioner Experience, focusing on leadership, "talent gardening," and ROI. Discover how DEIB initiatives drive organizational change, develop diverse talent, and improve business outcomes. Learn effective strategies for enhancing diversity, measuring DEIB impacts, and their role in boosting employee engagement and competitiveness. Ideal for those interested in leveraging DEIB for organizational excellence.

Anu Mandapati

IMPACT Leadership Partners

CEO

Join us for an enlightening conversation with Anu Mandapati, a leading voice in the realm of Inclusive Leadership & Self Care. Delve deeper into how leaders can foster an environment of inclusivity while also prioritizing their own well-being. Anu shares her expert insights on the critical balance between driving diversity and inclusion efforts and maintaining personal health and resilience.

Richard Leong

Collective

DEI Strategist

Explore the Asian American Identity in a conversation with Richard Leong, an independent DEI Consultant, Facilitator, and Coach, and Strategist at the DEI consulting firm, Collective. Richard brings expertise in leading DEI workshops, embedding DEI into organizational systems, and providing leadership development coaching. Join us to gain insights into the nuances of the Asian American experience through his professional lens.

Chris Warren

Jabil

Director of DEI and Community Partnerships

Explore a Philosophical and Systems-Based Approach to DEI with Chris Warren, a dedicated servant leader, educator, and community engagement expert. Chris focuses on designing systems that address bias and foster equity, ensuring access and opportunities for underrepresented groups. Additionally, Chris shares his enthusiasm for comics, sci-fi, and science, adding a unique perspective to his work.

Cordelia Seidel

Medix

Director of DEI & Employee Experience

Discover DEI and the Employee Life Cycle with Cordelia Seidel, Director of DEI & Employee Experience at Medix. With over seven years in recruitment and leadership roles, including serving as President of the Associate Board of Cara Chicago, Cordelia is dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for success and goal achievement for all.

Lindsey Novak

Videojet

Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Explore proactive customization of DEI Programming with Lindsey Novak, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Videojet. Lindsey combines her passion for communications and strategic organizational efforts with a creative and thoughtful approach to facilitate change and foster a collaborative, results-driven culture. She views DEI as integral to people strategy, company culture, and employee advocacy.

Thomas Harris

University of Arizona Athletics

Associate Athletic Director of Diversity, Inclusion, & Employee Engagement

Explore DEI & Engagement in Collegiate Athletics with Thomas Harris, Associate Athletic Director of Diversity, Inclusion, & Employee Engagement at the University of Arizona Athletics and co-founder of the Diversity Inclusion Equity Council of Excellence (DEICE). With over 13 years in collegiate athletics, Thomas is committed to fostering inclusive teams and spaces and is dedicated to diversifying the field of college athletics.

Bernadette Smith

The Equality Institute

CEO

Discover how to tackle micro-aggressions and apply the ARC Method from Inclusive 360 in a discussion with Bernadette Smith, keynote speaker and CEO of the Equality Institute. Bernadette aims to demystify DEI, making it practical and accessible, especially for hourly front-line employees. She emphasizes the importance of highlighting positive developments in the DEI space.

Vijay Pendakur

Zynga

Chief DEI Officer

Explore creating a Roadmap for DEI Investments and Human Flourishing with Vijay Pendakur, Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at Zynga. Vijay excels in leading teams, nurturing passionate allies, and establishing clear, measurable returns on DEI investments.

Ethriam Brammer

University of Michigan, Rackham Graduate School

Assistant Dean / DEI Implementation Lead

Explore strategies for supporting underserved students in higher education with Ethriam Brammer, Assistant Dean and DEI Implementation Lead at the University of Michigan, Rackham Graduate School. Ethriam, committed to social justice and civil rights, leverages DEI initiatives to affirm and safeguard the dignity and human rights of all individuals.

Matatea Changuy

Good Works

(DEI) Practitioner / Consulting Lead

Explore strategies for Corporate Leaders to address workplace burnout in a session with Matatea Changuy, a DEI Consultant at Good Works. With over a decade of experience in developing organizations, teams, and programs, Matatea brings valuable insights into combating the burnout cycle effectively.

Constance Wilson

Udemy

Global Head of Belonging, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Discover the art of Strategic Planning for Authenticity and Inclusion in the workplace with Constance Wilson, Global Head of Belonging, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Udemy. Constance is dedicated to achieving equity for systematically marginalized individuals across all life facets.

Amy Cole-Smith

The Institutes

Director of Diversity-Partnerships

Explore changing views on accountability and HBCUs with Amy Cole-Smith, who has a deep background in higher education and collaboration with historically black universities and institutions to foster success and growth. Amy champions the right for individuals to be authentic without fear.

Dr. Jadon Waller

Oswego Community Unit School District 308

Director Of DEI

Discover the integration of Culturally Responsive Teaching and a Holistic DEI approach in schools with Dr. Jadon Waller. Dr. Waller is dedicated to fostering connections and encouraging vulnerability among students, families, and teachers for a lasting impact.

Monique Smith

Chicago Public Schools

Director of DEI

Engage in an enlightening conversation with Monique Smith as we explore the critical topics of Equity and Access in Education. Monique brings a profound dedication to the realm of public education and services, where her passion for advocating for equity resonates strongly. With a steadfast commitment to ensuring equal opportunities for all individuals, Monique's advocacy extends beyond the educational sphere, encompassing workplaces of every kind.

Matthew Soto

BuzzFeed

Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Manager

Delve into the multifaceted dynamics of Intersectionality, Feedback, and Leadership alongside Matthew Soto, an adept leader with a keen focus on the interconnectedness of identities and experiences. With a deep understanding of how intersectionality shapes societal structures and individual perspectives, Matt brings a unique lens to leadership that prioritizes inclusivity and empowerment.

Aaisha Hamid

Alliant Insurance Services

DE&I Manager

Embark on a deep exploration of Systemic DEI and Change Management alongside Aaisha Hamid, an esteemed global diversity professional. With extensive experience in leading DE&I initiatives across prominent legal and financial services organizations, Aaisha brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to the conversation.

Kimberly Singletary

University of Chicago

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Communications Manager

Delve into the intricate relationship between Rhetoric and Perceptions of Blackness with Kimberly Singletary, an accomplished visual rhetorician. Kimberly's expertise lies in analyzing the impact of imagery on the global perception of Americans of Color. Through her work, she sheds light on the subtle yet profound ways in which visual representations shape and influence societal views, particularly in an international context. Join us as we navigate the complexities of rhetoric and image, exploring their implications on cultural understanding and identity formation.

AJ Conway

Kent State University

Diversity & Career Development Director

Engage in a dialogue with AJ Conway on Strategic Planning for Belonging. AJ (They/Them) is a DEI & B Trainer & Consultant, specializing in tailored workshops for diverse organizations. AJ prioritizes creating inclusive environments where individuals feel empowered to express their true selves.

Justin Oliver

UC Berkley

Lead Diversity Officer

Explore Approaching Change with Peace alongside Justin Oliver, the Lead Diversity Officer at UC Berkeley's Office of Summer Sessions, Study Abroad, Lifelong Learning & Extended Education. Justin advocates for protecting personal peace while championing diversity, equity, and inclusion. He prioritizes fostering environments where individuals feel seen, heard, valued, and safe while nurturing students' personal visions.

Priscilla Smith

KIPP NYC

DEI Facilitator

Join us for a conversation with Priscilla Smith, a DEI Facilitator at KIPP NYC, as we delve into Solution-oriented Inclusion in the Educational sector. Priscilla is an innovative change agent known for leading solution-based discussions in her classroom and community. She extends DEI principles beyond the workplace, emphasizing their importance in interpersonal relationships. With an eclectic personality, Priscilla challenges stereotypes and fosters understanding of the human experience.

Alexandria Ray

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Sr. Diversity Equity and Inclusion Manager

Join us for a conversation with Alexandria Ray, DEI Manager at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in San Francisco, as we explore Inclusive Leadership and cultivating an Inclusive Culture. Alexandria is known for her self-driven approach to leadership, building trust, and fostering relationships across all levels of her organization. Passionate about enacting meaningful change, she believes in the power of education and connection to create a better world, despite challenges portrayed in the media.

Podcast

Are you interested in building a more diverse workforce? Join us as we delve into the experiences of well-known DEI experts in implementing DEI programs at leading organizations. Listen to get inspired on how to roll out DEI initiatives in your organization.

Host

Jolene Mei

Jolene has over 7 years of experience in the mental health field as a coach, trainer, teacher, and thought leader. With her experience serving on DEI & B councils, she aims to foster a space that brings people closer to genuine human connection and gain mutual understanding. She’s a promoter of spectrum thinking, a growth mindset, and open-mindedness. Jolene considers herself a lifelong learner and welcomes challenges as an opportunity for growth. During her free time, she enjoys hiking, nature, and teaching her rabbit tricks.

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