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North America’s Most Influential D&I Leaders 2021-2022

Here at Hive Learning, we spend countless hours trying to glean what we can from our peers. We believe that in order for a cause to be successful, it needs to involve dedicated champions that lead, innovate, and have a hunger for continuous education. Every year we do research and find the most influential DEI champions out there.

These are the people you should follow on LinkedIn, keep an eye out for in panel sessions, and soak up every nugget of wisdom you can from. They have caught our attention and influenced us in the DEI space this year. Check out the full list below.


Iesha Berry

Chief Inclusion, Equity and Diversity Officer,
DocuSign

Iesha is currently the Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer at DocuSign. She previously served as Slalom’s first Chief Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity Officer. In her role, she delivered meaningful progress on DEI practices — fostering a culture where every employee feels valued, safe, and successful. Berry formerly held the position of Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Diversity and Inclusion Executive for Bank of America, where they partnered with the Wealth Management Leadership Team to enable and accelerate DEI progress.

Why them?

Iesha was a recipient of Face2Face Africa’s 2019 “30 Black Stars Award”. She also servesas a member on the Board Of Directors for the Racial Justice Institute, which promotes leadership, education, engagement, and more to advance racial justice and empower individuals to address and eliminate systemic racism.

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Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards

Co-Founder,
Supermajority

Cecile is the Co-Founder of Supermajority, a community designed to educate and train women to further women’s political agenda for the 2020 elections. Cecile was a former president turned lifelong supporter of Planned Parenthood and was part of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World (2012).

Why them?

Cecile received the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Cecile is a nationally respected leader in women’s health and reproductive rights and has grown advocacy efforts to fight for expanded access to health care. They also led innumerable nationwide campaigns to preserve patients’ access to preventive health care at Planned Parenthood health centers through federal programs.

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Greg Jenkins

Greg Jenkins

Founder and CEO,
Greg Jenkins Consulting

Greg is a Service-Disabled Veteran who loves serving as a dedicated and passionate diversity & inclusion consultant, trainer, facilitator, and mentor. Greg is a life-long learner in diversity, inclusion, leadership, and culture, and cares about helping people and organizations learn and grow to become higher-performing.

Why them?

Greg was recognized by Onalytica, London, England, as #5 of the top 100 global influencers focusing on Gender Equality and Diversity.

Greg also took part in our pulse report sharing their insights on diversity fatigue and how to overcome it.

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Michelle Kim

Michelle Kim

Co-Founder and CEO,
Awaken

Michelle supports teams and leaders to develop inclusive leadership skills through their venture, Awaken, with top-notch experiential diversity, inclusion, and equity workshops. Awaken creates experiential journeys to spark personal and organizational change. Through compassionate, engaging, and personal experiences, we empower individuals to create more inclusive organizations.

Why them?

Michelle was recognized under “21 Diversity & Inclusion Influencers You Should Know” by Culture Amp as well as under “99 Women that Forbes Missed” in 2019 by BAM Communications. Michelle is a Medium Top Writer in Diversity and a diversity and inclusion advocate and speaker.

Michelle also took part in our pulse report sharing their insights on diversity fatigue and how to overcome it.

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Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani

Founder and CEO,
Girls Who Code and Founder and CEO, Marshall Plan for Moms

Reshma Saujani is the author of three books, including the International Bestseller Brave, Not Perfect, Women Who Don’t Wait In Line, and the New York Times Bestseller Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World. Reshma’s goal: one million women in computer science by 2020.

Why them?

Reshma is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology while teaching girls confidence and bravery through coding. They are also the Founder and CEO of Marshall Plan for Moms, a company that makes “workplaces work for moms by working with moms and companies to reimagine a better, more equitable future of work.” A lifelong activist, Saujani was the first Indian American woman to run for US Congress.

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Jackie Glenn

Principal and Founder,
Glenn Diversity and HR Solutions

Jackie Glenn is a pioneering Diversity and Inclusion expert who lives by the mantra, “It’s better to be respected than liked.” Jackie’s groundbreaking initiatives have reshaped organizational policies, unified a multidimensional corporate culture, and generated international interest and intrigue. Jackie holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management from Leslie University, Cambridge, MA, and a bachelor’s degree from Emmanuel College, Boston.

Why them?

Jackie was cited as one of Boston’s 100 Most Influential People of Color (Get Konnected!), one of the Top 10 Influential Women in Diversity (Diversity Global Magazine), and given the 2018 Mosaic Award by MassTLC among other honors. In Jackie’s book, Lift As I Climb ~An Immigrant Girl’s Journey Through Corporate America, Jackie encourages the importance of mentorship in an organization.

Listen to our interview with Jackie on the Inclusion Works podcast where Jackie shares four secret weapons for creating inclusion programs with impact.

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Jennifer D. Franklin

Principal Consultant,
Sentient Strategy

Jennifer is a principal consultant at Sentient Strategy delivering guidance on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging strategy.

Why them?

Jennifer is on the frontline helping leaders who are influencers within their organizations. Jennifer helps them through training with their diversity, inclusion, equity, and inclusion strategies as well as with their resilience and emotional intelligence.

Jennifer has been key in helping organizations through the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, providing them with actionable steps to help their Black employees.

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Jennifer Brown

Founder, President, and CEO,
Jennifer Brown Consulting

Jennifer is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, diversity and inclusion consultant, and author. As the successful founder, president, and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting, headquartered in New York City, Jennifer is responsible for designing workplace strategies that have been implemented by some of the biggest companies and nonprofits in the world. Jennifer has harnessed more than 14 years of experience as a world-renowned diversity and inclusion expert through consulting work, keynoting, and thought leadership.

Why them?

Jennifer was recognized as “Woman of the Year” by Pace University in 2017. As the founder of a certified woman- and LGBT-owned strategic leadership and diversity consulting firm, Jennifer understands how important it is to empower leaders to drive positive organizational change and the future of work in today’s rapidly changing business landscape.

Jennifer also took part in our pulse report sharing their insights on diversity fatigue and how to overcome it.

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Joe Gerstandt

Keynote Speaker and Inclusion Strategist

Joe is a keynote speaker, inclusion strategist, and author, and was the former Diversity Director at Alegent Health. With a passion for helping people interact differently in the world, Joe is dedicated to throwing out old rules and replacing them with creative new strategies that better serve today’s society. They bring their unique perspectives and trademark energy to keynote at conferences nationwide and facilitate training workshops for corporate and professional groups.

Why them?

Joe specializes in authenticity, diversity, inclusion, and innovation and has provided training and workshops for organizations like Wells Fargo, Target, and Habitat for Humanity. Some of Joe’s recent keynoting and speaking events include South by Southwest, Home Health Leadership Summit, and the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting. They wrote the book “Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships” where they discuss how to harness the power of relationships to fuel one’s success. 

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Joelle Emerson

Founder and CEO,
Paradigm

Joelle partners with the leaders of some of the world’s most innovative companies to consult and advise on diversity and inclusion strategies. Joelle has written extensively about diversity, inclusion, and unconscious bias, and their work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Harvard Business Review, Fortune, and on the cover of The Atlantic.

Why them?

A women’s rights employment lawyer, Joelle is the Founder and CEO of Paradigm, a strategy firm that partners with leading technology startups and Fortune 500 companies to build stronger, more inclusive organizations. Joelle was named as one of the 100 most influential people in business by Recode and as one of Marie Claire’s “New Guard” list of 50 women changing the world in 2017.

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Karen Brown

Karen Brown

Founder and Managing Director,
Bridge Arrow

Karen is the Founder and Managing Director of Bridge Arrow, a consultancy that links diversity and inclusion to business solutions that make leaders more effective.

Why them?

As well as Karen’s work at Bridge Arrow, they are an author, having featured in the Harvard Business Review for their article, To Retain Employees, Focus on Inclusion – Not Just Diversity. Karen is also a public speaker focusing on topics surrounding inclusion, making people count, and cultivating great leaders. Before their work at Bridge Arrow, Karen held roles as Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at law firm Baker & McKenzie, Monsanto and Baxter.

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Aubrey Blanche

Senior Director of Equitable Design and Impact
Culture Amp

Aubrey is the current Senior Director of Equitable Design and Impact at Culture Amp and was previously the Global Head of Diversity and Belonging at Atlassian. Aubrey worked with teams across Atlassian to create a culture that welcomes everyone to do the best work of their lives. Through all their work, Aubrey seeks to question, reimagine and redesign the systems and practices that surround us to ensure that all people can access equitable opportunities and build a better world. Aubrey relies heavily on empirical social science in their work and has developed an industry-leading, team-level paradigm for external diversity reporting. Aubrey is the Founder and CEO of The Mathpath, where they are the principal consultant, strategist, and advisor across all aspects of equitable enterprise operations.

Why them?

On Aubrey’s first day at Atlassian, the company was hiring roughly 10% women into its technical workforce. Under Aubrey’s leadership, Atlassian boosted its female technical hires by 80%. Aubrey’s work spans the talent lifecycle from increasing access to technical education for underrepresented minorities through recruiting, retention, and advancement of all Atlassians. Aubrey invented the ‘Balanced Teams’ approach to building proportional representation and belonging in the workplace and is also one of the pioneers behind Atlassian’s influential State of Diversity report.

Listen to their interview with Inclusion Works where Aubrey talks about the negative impact of “culture fit” and the theory behind their Balanced Teams approach.

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Sarah Kheir

Sarah Kheir

Head of Enterprise Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Sun Life

Sarah is the current Head of Enterprise Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Sun Life, a financial services company providing financial planning, life insurance, health insurance, investments, and more. Sarah has been part of the Sun Life team for the past 14 years and promotes a comfortable work environment where employees can bring their most authentic selves to work. Sarah and her team recently won Gold at the Brandon Hall award for the best advance in D&I innovation for their “Kaleidoscope” program.

Kaleidoscope helps employees learn how to embed small, but powerful acts of inclusion into their daily behaviors and routines and share their perspectives and insights to deliver to their highest potential. Sarah has been instrumental in the creation of Sun Life’s latest DE&I strategy, helping Sun Life take stronger measures to build inclusivity in the workplace and within their communities. Sarah was interviewed on the Inclusion Works podcast where they speak on Sun Life’s response to the events of 2020 and how they were able to connect life experience with technology to engage employees in their DEI strategy.  Listen to the full podcast here.

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Katelin Holloway

Founding Partner,
SEVEN SEVEN SIX

As the Founding Partner at the venture capital firm SEVEN SEVEN SIX, Katelin is passionate about building scalable, inclusive institutional cultures. Having spent their early career at Pixar Animation Studios, they transferred their culture-building skills from film to tech, dedicating over a decade to developing teams as a senior executive at some of the internet’s most influential startups, including Klout and Reddit. 

Why them?

A keynote speaker and culture creator, Katelin was recognized as Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2021 Top 100 Women of Impact, on Hive Learning’s list of 2020 North America’s Most Influential Diversity and Inclusion Leaders, and Corinium’s 2019 Top 50 Leaders in Learning and Development.

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Kimberly Bryant

Kimberly Bryant

Founder and CEO,
Black Girls CODE

Kimberly is the Founder and CEO of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to “changing the face of technology” by introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer science with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts.

Why them?

Kimberly has been awarded the prestigious Jefferson Award for Community Service for their work to support communities in the Bay Area, named by Business Insider on its list of “The 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology”, and named to The Root 100 and the Ebony Power 100 lists in 2013. Kimberly has been named one of FastCompany’s Most Creative People as well as at the White House as a Champion of Change for work in tech inclusion and for focusing on bridging the digital divide for girls of color. Kimberly has also received an Ingenuity Award in Social Progress from the Smithsonian Institute.

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Leann Pittsford

Leanne Pittsford

Founder and CEO,
include.io

Leanne launched include.io, a mentoring and recruiting platform to fight bias in technology by scaling access to direct referrals for underrepresented candidates; and the Tech Jobs Tour, which traveled through 25 cities in 2017 to connect diverse and non-traditional talent to over 600,000 open jobs.

Why them?

Leanne is the entrepreneur and founder behind Lesbians Who Tech, the largest LGBTQ community of technologists in the world — committed to visibility, intersectionality, and changing the face of technology with 40,000 non-binary, LGBTQ women, queer women of color (and our allies) in tech and over 40+ city chapters worldwide.

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Lenora Billings

Lenora Billings-Harris

President and CEO,
Ubuntu Global and Co-Founder at The Inclusive Leaders Institute

Lenora Billings-Harris is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), diversity strategist, and author. Lenora aims to help individuals and organizations understand “we are all connected, thus we can all achieve more significant results when we learn how to build relationships with all people regardless of their packaging”.

Why them?

Lenora has been included as one of 100 Global Thought Leaders on Diversity and Inclusion by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and was named one of the top twenty influential diversity leaders in the US by Diversity Woman Magazine.

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Lisa Russell

Lisa Russell

Co-Founder and CEO,
Aleria

Lisa passionately tackles real-world problems with innovative and impactful solutions. After several years in the financial services industry, Lisa gained extensive entrepreneurial experience holding key positions on the founding teams of funded and acquired technology startups.

Why them?

Lisa has been recognized for their commitment to the community and the impact of their efforts focused on mentorship, education, and creating opportunities for women. In 2016, Lisa was recognized at the Worthy Women inaugural awards ceremony honoring 100 select #WomenOfWorth who exemplify what it means to lead and live in integrity. Lisa also took part in our pulse report sharing their insights on diversity fatigue and how to overcome it.

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Max Masure

Max Masure

Co-Founder,
Argo Collective

Max Masure is a Gender Inclusion Strategist and Co-Founder of Argo Collective, a trans nonbinary queer-owned mission-driven organization that educates through collaborative workshop sessions that empower teams to combat gender bias.

Why them?

Max was vice president of the Paris-based organization Girlz in Web, promoting women in STEM, and currently works with diversity and inclusion teams to improve safety and support for all identities, using Design Thinking methodologies.

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Dr. Rohini Anand

CEO,
Rohini Anand LLC

Rohini is the CEO of Rohini Anand LLC, focusing on strategic global diversity, equity and inclusion thought leadership. Rohini was previously the Global Chief Diversity Officer for Sodexo, responsible for the strategic direction, implementation, and alignment of Sodexo’s integrated global diversity and inclusion initiatives, as well as Sodexo’s corporate social responsibility and wellness strategies.

Why them?

Under Rohini’s leadership, Sodexo received the prestigious 2012 Catalyst Award and has ranked in the top 10 for nine consecutive years on the DiversityInc business index of Top Companies for Diversity and Inclusion.

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Ruchika Tulshyan

Founder and CEO,
Candour

As Founder and CEO at Candour, Ruchika advises companies on diversity and inclusion strategy and communications. Ruchika writes regularly for publications including the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and The Seattle Times, and their articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Time, and Bloomberg. Ruchika’s new book “Inclusion on Purpose” outlines “how organizations can foster diversity, equity, and inclusion: taking action to address and prevent workplace bias while centering women of color.”

Why them?

Ruchika is an award-winning inclusion strategist and keynote speaker. In 2019, Ruchika was named to the Thinkers50 “On the Radar” list, a global community of influential management thinkers to watch.

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Stacia Sherman Garr

Stacia Sherman Garr

Co-Founder and Principal Analyst,
RedThread Research

Stacia is a researcher and thought leader on talent management, leadership, diversity and inclusion, people analytics, and HR technology. Stacia co-founded RedThread Research in 2018, after leading talent and workforce research for eight years at Bersin by Deloitte. Before Bersin, Stacia spent nearly five years conducting research and creating learning content for the Corporate Leadership Council, part of CEB/Gartner. Stacia has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.

Why them?

Stacia is a thought leader, speaker, and writer, whose work has been featured in Fortune, Forbes, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal as well as in numerous HR trade publications.

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Tiffany Edwards

Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion,
Droga5

As Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Droga5, Tiffany is a change agent and unshakable advocate for DEI. Tiffany is committed to raising awareness of the benefits of diversity in the workplace and growing the next generation of advertising, marketing, and media professionals.

Why them?

Tiffany was awarded the 2018 Female Frontier Award – Championing Change – honoring those who are constantly pushing the boundaries of culture and making dynamic and brave changes within their workplace or industry.

We sat down with Tiffany for The Inclusion Works Podcast to learn how the power of digital learning can create lasting change when it comes to inclusion.

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Tinay Moore Gilbert

Tina Moore Gilbert

Managing Director,
Management Leadership for Tomorrow

As Managing Director, Tina provides DEI consulting services to global organizations and executive guidance to senior leaders. Tina designs programs, trainings, and initiatives to create meaningful impact and sustainable change. Before joining Management Leadership for Tomorrow, Tina was the Inclusion and Diversity Leader for Accolade.

Why them?

Throughout their career, they have led efforts to transform organizations’ operating models, business processes, and employee culture to create measurable impact. Tina’s achievements were recognized in 2017 by Diversityinc Magazine.

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Tony Prophet

Chief Equality Officer and Recruiting Officer,
Salesforce

As the Chief Equality and Recruiting Officer of Salesforce, Tony works to build a workplace that reflects the diverse communities Salesforce serves and further Equality for All. Tony is a board member of College Track. Previously at Microsoft — Tony was Corporate Vice President (CVP) Windows and Search Marketing — Relevant Brands included Windows, Bing, MSN, and Cortana.

Why them?

Tony’s work has been widely recognized — including by appointment to the National Academy of Sciences Board on Energy and the Environment; in China through the prestigious Three Gorges Award as well as the Magnolia Silver Award; and by the Booz Allen Professional Excellence Award.

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Wayne Sutton

Wayne Sutton

Co-Founder, Change Catalyst and Chief Growth and Community Officer,
Hurdle Health

Wayne Sutton is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Change Catalyst and its Tech Inclusion programs. Change Catalyst builds inclusive tech ecosystems through strategic advising, startup programs and resources, and a series of events around the globe. Wayne also serves as the Chief Growth and Community Officer at Hurdle Health, which provides culturally-intentional teletherapy.

Why them?

As a leading voice in diversity and inclusion in tech, Wayne shares thoughts on solutions and culture in various media outlets where they have been featured in TechCrunch, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. In addition to mentoring and advising early-stage startups, Wayne’s life goal is to educate entrepreneurs who are passionate about using technology to change the world.

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Wendy Garcia

Chief Diversity Officer,
NYC Comptroller

As Chief Diversity Officer, Wendy is responsible for increasing contracting opportunities for Women- and Minority-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) and managing the Comptroller Office’s internal supplier diversity initiative, as well as other diversity-related projects across all bureaus of the agency. Wendy has received numerous accolades for their leadership in DEI, including making the “Top 10 People Changing the World” list by Siempre Mujer Magazine (HOLA).

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Natasha Soobramanie

Vice President of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion,
BentallGreenOak

Natasha is the current Vice President of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at BentallGreenOak, a leading global real estate investment management advisor and a globally-recognized provider of real estate services. Natasha is a passionate advocate for organizational effectiveness through talent management, employee engagement, and leadership development initiatives. Their professional experience and industry certifications allow them to respond to diverse business needs surrounding employee learning and continuous development.

 

 

 

Tina Bigalke

Chief Diversity Officer,
PepsiCo

As PepsiCo’s Chief Diversity Officer, Tina is responsible for the continued advancement of the company culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and engagement at all levels of the company. They develop programs that integrate DEI practices into the company’s business strategy, which includes diverse representation and inclusive talent practices throughout the organization. Tina has worked with PepsiCo for over 20 years.

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Carmen Arocho-Blanco

Senior Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity,
Tapestry

Experienced human resources professional Carmen Arocho-Blanco is Tapestry’s, a multinational luxury fashion holding company, Senior Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity. They bring their expertise in diversity and inclusion, organizational development, change management, and more to help organizations realize their strategic goals.

Why them?

Carmen has been featured in Vanity Fair and WWD. You can learn what diversity and inclusivity mean in their role at Tapestry in Fifth Avenue NYC’s ‘Diversity and Fashion: Where Do We Go From Here?’ webinar.

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Ron Adams

Vice President,
Northwestern Mutual

Ron has climbed the ranks at Northwestern Mutual over the last seven years and is now their Vice President. They built a diverse team in a predominately white male industry, with 83% women and 67% BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). Ron helped lay the groundwork for creating inclusive cultures in 76 field offices nationwide. You can learn more about Ron’s in BizTimes’ “Notable Minority Executives”.

Why them?

Ron’s achievements have been recognized among numerous recognitions, including 2020’s North America’s Most Influential Diversity and Inclusion Leaders by Hive Learning and the Equal Employment Opportunity/Diversity/Outreach to Non-Traditional Communities Award by the Greater Madison Federal Agency Association. They also received the prestigious Roy Wilkins Renown National Service Award by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). 

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DK Bartley

Chief Diversity Officer,
Moody’s

DK is the current Chief, Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Moody’s. He is responsible for accelerating DEI as a business imperative at the company globally through internal and external initiatives.

Why them?

DK joined Moody’s in 2019 and since then has been working with the executive team and global diversity and inclusion councils to ensure that all employees of Moody’s feel like they have a sense of belonging and have clear inclusion practices. Before joining Moody’s, DK Was the Senior Vice President, Head of Diversity and Talent Acquisition at Dentsu Aegis Network. During their time there, DK led on incorporating diversity and inclusion into all the brands within the network, partnering with external partners to focus on initiatives surrounding talent acquisitions, organizational development, human resources, and leading the strategic plan for multiculturalism as a business strategy. In 2022 DK was featured in Fintech magazine for the outstanding strides he and Moody’s are taking in the DEI space.

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Brian Reaves

Chief Belonging, Diversity, and Equity Officer,
UKG

With more than 30 years of experience in the world of technology and 5 years in diversity and inclusion, Brian joined UKG as their Chief Belonging, Diversity, and Equity Officer. At UKG, an American multinational technology company, Brian expands upon existing initiatives and works to strengthen a culture built on trust, fairness, and equality so all employees can thrive in their careers. They specialize in the development, articulation, and execution of technical, business, and innovative DEI strategies for start-up, emerging, and global companies.

Why them?

Brian has held executive software development and management roles at companies ranging from established firms to startups, and across industries including cloud computing, supply chain, healthcare, finance, and more. They were named a Top Chief Diversity Officer at the 2020 National Diversity and Leadership Conference.

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Jarrod Harden

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Manager, Cloud Marketing,
Google

Jarrod is the current Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Manager, Cloud Marketing for Google. Executing projects for Fortune 500 companies, along with previous roles in project and community engagement and HR, they believe people are the common thread that runs through their career and why it is so important to focus on serving employee needs. See why Jarrod says listening is the key to creating workplace inclusion and belonging on the HR Bartender podcast.

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Keisha Bell

Head of Diverse Talent Management and Advancement,
DTCC

Keisha is the first Head of Diverse Talent Management and Advancement at DTCC (The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation) and has been working for the company for over 18 years. In this newly created role, they lead and enhance DEI and corporate social responsibility with a specific initiative to attract, retain, and progress diverse talent within senior management and across the organization.

Why them?

They were a founding leader of the LGBTQA professional network and represented DTCC at The Alliance, an inaugural gathering of the world’s most influential LGBTQ leaders held in Lisbon, Portugal. They were recognized on the 2021 World Federation of Exchanges Women Leaders List and as The OUTstanding Top 100 Role Model LGBT+ Executives in 2020 by Yahoo Finance.

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Linda Blackerby

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer,
Informa

Linda is the current Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Informa, a leading international intelligence, events, and scholarly research group. In their role, they want “to help create the most inclusive culture that we can and help inform and become more diverse over time. Because we also know that businesses are way more successful when they have diversity of thought, it can create innovation faster.” Hear their career story and career advice for young people in an interview by Circl Leadership Development.

Why them?

Linda was one of 20 women selected in 2018 for the Women in Bio Boardroom Ready Program – an exclusive development platform designed to fuel women’s participation on corporate boards in the life sciences. You can hear Linda’s thoughts on how DEI leaders should kickstart 2022 here.

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Sheri Crosby Wheeler

Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion,
Fossil

Sheri Crosby Wheeler is a diversity leader, employment lawyer, and avid community volunteer. In their current role as Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for Fossil, they focus on diversity and inclusion strategies and initiatives for the company. One of their goals is to create new programs that allow DEI learning tools to be shared globally across employees, develop more leaders from minority groups, and lead in women’s empowerment.

Why them?

Sheri is a member of the State Bar of Texas and has been honored as an Outstanding Young Lawyer by both the Dallas and Texas Young Lawyer Associations. Sheri is a longtime volunteer with Attorneys Serving the Community and a founding member of the Village Giving Circle at the Texas Women’s Foundation – with the mission of honoring, sustaining, and expanding the legacy of African American women’s philanthropy by funding organizations and initiatives that positively impact the African-American community in North Texas.

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Rekha Daniel-Kimani


Division Director Total Rewards and Recognition,
BAYADA Home Health Care

Rekha is an accomplished recognition and well being strategic partner and leader who serves as BAYADA Home Health Care’s Division Director of Total Rewards and Recognition. They have a proven record of achievement in human resources initiatives that align with the business plans and objectives of an organization. They thrive at developing, streamlining, and implementing total rewards strategies, which provide monetary, beneficial, and developmental acknowledgement to employees who achieve specific business goals.

 

 

Blandine Lacroix

Corporate Vice President, Biopharm and Strategy,
Novo Nordisk

Blandine has been working for Novo Nordisk, a leading global healthcare company, for over 19 years, and is their current Corporate Vice President, Biopharm and Strategy. They are responsible for managing the U.S. biopharmaceuticals commercial team that specializes in treatments for people with hemophilia, other rare bleeding disorders, and growth hormone-related disorders. They also lead the U.S. organization’s enterprise strategy.

Why them?
Blandine is a proven global commercial leader who brings over 20 years of experience in marketing and commercial leadership within the pharmaceutical industry and has managed teams and business opportunities for several international companies across diverse industries. They were awarded the 2017 Princeton YMCA Centennial Award for Healthy Living, which recognizes leaders in environmental wellbeing and sustainability.

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Telaireus Herrin

Vice President of Global Inclusion and Diversity Programs,
Medtronic

Telaireus is a business-focused diversity and inclusion, human resources, and organization development executive who has led global teams in talent management, organizational design, change leadership, and more. They bring their passion for accelerating business growth through strategic partnering in their role as Vice President of Global Inclusion and Diversity Programs at Medtronic.

Why them?

They authored the book “The L.I.P.S. Career Advancement Method™: Stand Out by Mastering Four Essential Career Advancement Strategies and Achieve Personal Success!”, which offers job-seekers the necessary tools to give them a competitive advantage in the workforce.

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Keni Thacker

Chief Diversity Creative,
Keni Thacker LLC

Keni is the Chief Diversity Creative of Keni Thacker LLC, a diversity consultancy for companies wanting to be more intentional regarding their diversity, equity, culture, and inclusion. They are also the founder of 100 Roses from Concrete, a network for people of color in advertising, marketing media, and public relations to connect, collaborate, and grow. 

Why them?

Keni earned themselves a long list of awards and achievements, including the 2021 Creative Visionary Award Honoree/Change Creator of the Year award by Adweek, the Innovator Award by the Advertising Club of New York, and many more. Learn about Keni’s take on advertising and diversity in their talk at the Industry Hero Summer 2016 Speaker Series for the Miami Ad School.

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Lois Durant

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer,
Sheppard Mullin Richter and Hampton LLP

As Sheppard Mullin Richter and Hampton LLP’s first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Lois is responsible for leading the firm’s internal and external DEI efforts as well as developing, implementing, and leading talent management programs and initiatives. They work with the company’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee to support the retention and promotion of diverse talent. They have worked across all functional areas of talent management and have spent most of their career working at large law firms.

Why them?

Under their leadership, Sheppard Mullin Richter earned awards for its diversity and inclusion initiative, including the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s prestigious Thomas Sager Award. They also lead the firm to earn Starbucks’ Law & Corporate Affairs 2018 Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award.

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David Encizo


Vice President of Marketing Technology and Operations, Social Media,
Wells Fargo

David is Wells Fargo’s current Vice President of Marketing Technology and Operations, Social Media. In their role, they have established a multi-year roadmap for social media marketing technology by consolidating and elevating disparate work streams into a single, cohesive strategic program. They also enable AI capabilities that improve data accuracy, resulting in faster insights and improved prioritization of inbound customer service inquiries.

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Juliet Schuler

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer,
Global Client Partner, Zeta Global

Working at Zeta Global, a cloud-based marketing technology company, for over seven years, Juliet has made their way to the top of the organization as their current Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Global Client Partner. With over 20 years of experience as a marketing tech leader, Juliet has worked internationally managing omnichannel marketing for global leading brands. They have implemented digital transformation strategies across a variety of verticals including retail, travel, healthcare, and more.

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Derek Gordon


Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer,
Colgate – Palmolive

As Colgate – Palmolive’s Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, Derek is focused on transforming how people feel about where they work. In their role, they try to cultivate a sense of belonging in the workplace where employees can be their authentic selves to achieve their full potential. They emphasize the importance of holding the company accountable when necessary and being transparent in measuring and communicating their inclusion and representation aspirations and progress with the public.

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Eli Weiss

Community Lead,
Clearset

Eli is passionate about driving positive change in the world by creating opportunities that inspire people to learn, grow, and take action; focusing on social and environmental justice. They are the Community Lead at Clearset – their mission: to foster widespread and effective climate action. They previously worked as Zillow’s Manager of Equity and Belonging, working on DEI initiatives across the organization and managing equity and belonging engagement programs that supported over 7,000 U.S. employees.

Why them?

Outside of Clearset, they are part of the National Network of Ocean and Climate Change Interpreters (NNOCCI) for Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, WA. The goal of the NNOCCI project is to build a national network of informal science interpreters who are devoted to increasing effective education about climate change. Participants in the NNOCCI project include professional interpreters and educators, selected by application, for year-long facilitated learning groups.

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Oona King

Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,
Snap Inc.

Oona brings extensive experience and an impressive background to their current role as Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Snap Inc., Snapchat’s parent company. Their main focus at the organization is to ensure employee culture represents the diversity of the company’s global users.

Why them?

They became the second black woman to be elected as a member of the British Parliament and ran as a mayoral candidate in London. Before joining the organization, King was Google’s Director of Diversity Strategy and YouTube’s Global Director of Diverse Marketing.

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Lori Costew

Chief Diversity Officer and People Strategy,
Ford

An accomplished author, speaker, and innovative human resources thought leader, Lori is focused on delivering a global transformational people strategy that aligns with the ever-evolving business landscape. Working at Ford for nearly three decades, Lori has held positions within human resources for the organization’s mobility division, as well as The Lincoln Motor Company. Lori serves as their current Chief Diversity Officer and People Strategy and oversees the company’s corporate DEI efforts to cultivate a culture of belonging and advance the organization’s mission and business objectives.

Why them?

Lori is an award-winning author for their “Sherpa’s Adventure” book series.

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Dr. Lisa Toppin

Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion,
Illumina

Dr. Toppin is an experienced human resources executive serving as Illumina’s Chief Diversity Officer. They believe the most sustainable path to an innovative culture is through leaders who practice inclusion. Before this role, they held human resources leadership positions with large national firms, including LPL, where they led the diversity, inclusion, learning, and organizational development function, as well as executive recruitment.

Why them?

They are a passionate keynote speaker and trainer that provides consulting to practitioners and business leaders. They are the creator of the “Blazin’ Your Path – Career Podcast” and “Inputs to Action Diversity Podcast”.

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Melissa Donaldson

Chief Diversity Officer,
Wintrust Financial Corporation

Melissa is Wintrust Financial Corporation’s Chief Diversity Officer. They serve as the advisory and strategic partner to executive leaders and other organizational stakeholders regarding the proliferation of diversity and inclusion practices throughout the organization. As a speaker, writer, and facilitator, their mission is to demonstrate the bottom-line of the financial and competitive impact of sound diversity management practices, empower emerging women and leaders of color to reach their potential, and bring real humanity into business.

Why them?

Recognized by Diversity Woman Magazine, Melissa earned the 2014 Rising Star Peer Award, a diversity and inclusion leaders’ award for demonstrating growth and leadership to advance DEI practices. They also won the Diversity Officer Leadership Award by Diversity Best Practices; earned by individuals who innovate, inspire, and work above and across corporate borders to strengthen and grow the entire diversity sector.

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Tamara Jackson Wyre

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Hancock Whitney
Tamara is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Hancock Whitney, providing clients with expertise in banking, financial planning, and wealth management. They are a purpose-driven leader that believes we are stronger because of the dimensions of our diversity.

Why them?

Through Tamara’s steadfast commitment to creating a company culture built around respect, diversity, and teamwork, they helped land Hancock Whitney on Forbes’ list of America’s Best Midsize Employers.

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Lourdes Diaz

Head of Diversity and Inclusion,
US Foods

In their role as Head of Diversity and Inclusion for US Foods, they are responsible for leading the design and execution of US Foods’ company-wide diversity and inclusion strategy. They work to enhance and implement a roadmap to deliver programs, solutions, and connections to enable a more engaged workforce, leveraging diversity and inclusion to create a culture of belonging.

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Reginald J. Miller

Global Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer,
McDonald’s

Before they landed the role of Global Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at McDonald’s, Reginald worked in various DEI positions at the VF Corporation and Walmart. They deem themselves an inclusion champion, talent management professional, and experienced business leader who takes an innovative and creative approach to problem-solving, with an eye towards return on investment for businesses.

Why them?

As VF Corporation’s former Vice President of Global Inclusion and Diversity, they developed the company’s award-winning diversity and inclusion strategy which landed the organization on Forbes’ 2020 Best Employers for Diversity list.

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Alicia Petross

Chief Diversity Officer,
The Hershey Company

Working at The Hershey Company for over eight years, Alicia landed the company’s Chief Diversity Officer position. They previously worked for over 13 years at Target Corporation in multiple DEI and human resources roles. Target Corporation recognized Alicia with the 2012 Diversity and Inclusion Award and 2010 Strategic Problem Solver Award.

Why them?

With their leadership, they helped catapult The Hershey Company’s DEI success; ranking the organization No. 10 on The DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021.

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Alison Banks-Moore

Chief Diversity Officer,
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

With over thirty years of experience as a human resources professional, Alison has held various positions at major corporations including AT&T, KPMG, Cablevision, & 32 BJ Benefit Funds. They now serve as Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey’s Chief Diversity Officer.

Why them?

Alison is a decorated business development professional, earning them awards like Champions of the C-Suite and the Ted Childs Life Work Excellence Award. They also earned the Distinguished Leadership Award, which recognizes a leader who possesses a sustained record of excellence in promoting a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace.

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Marvin Boakye

Chief People and Diversity Officer,
Papa John’s International

As Papa John’s International’s Chief People and Diversity Officer, Marvin brings over 25 years of experience in building and transforming human resources strategies that lead to tangible improvements in business performance. They are experts in organizational effectiveness, talent management and acquisition, leadership development, and more. They held previous DEI and human resources roles at Andeavor, Bell MTS, and Goodyear.

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Angela Bretz

Chief Diversity and Talent Acquisition Officer,
Nationwide

With over three and a half decades working for Nationwide, Angela now serves as their Chief Diversity and Talent Acquisition Officer. In their role, Bretz creates and implements strategic programs, procedures, and policies to advance the organization’s culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. They elevate the brand through diverse community engagements, philanthropy, and strategic partnerships.

Why them?

Outside of Nationwide, they serve on their local community’s steering committees: the United Way of Delaware County – Women’s Leadership Network and the Risk Management and Insurance Board of Advisors at Franklin University.

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Donald Dennis

Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer,
Huntington National Bank

Donald develops and implements DEI strategies, programs, and policies as Huntington National Bank’s Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer. They focus on attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and are responsible for fostering a sense of belonging across the company.

Why them?

Donald serves on the Boards of Directors of The Mid-Ohio Food Bank and Columbus, Ohio’s Community Kitchen. They are an experienced technology management professional, holding positions at large companies like Nationwide Insurance, Victoria’s Secret Stores, and BISYS Fund Services.

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Michael Matthews

Chief Diversity, Inclusion, and Corporate Responsibility Officer,
Synchrony

Michael works as the Chief Diversity, Inclusion, and Corporate Responsibility Officer for Synchrony, a consumer financial services company. They launched a diversity and inclusion task force of senior-level leaders to identify measurable areas of improvement within the company: workforce development and inclusion, financial growth and wellness, and racial equality and social reform. Listen to Michael’s DEI organizational goals in Atlanta Business RadioX Podcast’s “Roadmap to Diversity” segment.

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Ronald Reeves

Chief Diversity Officer,
AIG

Ronald has worked for AIG for over 22 years, serving in roles in talent development, training, and is now the Chief Diversity Officer. In their position, Ronald is responsible for partnering with AIG’s leaders, managers, and employees to design and implement sustainable and measurable diversity and inclusion strategies. They focus on attracting diverse talent and leading conversations about race, advancement, and equity at the organization.

Why them?

They have proven experience in coaching and the DEI field, holding over 14 certifications and licenses, including a Certified Administrator for The Myers-Briggs Company and Face5 Ltd, and a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) for DiversityFIRST.

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Miriam Warren

Chief Diversity Officer,
Yelp

Miriam Warren is the Chief Diversity Officer at Yelp. Miriam joined Yelp in 2007, serving in a variety of marketing and operational roles, including leading the company’s expansion efforts internationally as Vice President of New Markets. In their current role, they lead a team working at the intersection of culture, engagement, social impact, and DEI and belonging. Miriam is also the Board Chair of the Yelp Foundation, which includes non-profits like La Cocina in San Francisco and Hot Bread Kitchen in New York, among its grantees.

Why them?

Miriam is a speaker and moderator and has been quoted in The New York Times, Fortune, Mic, and Good Morning America online, among others. They have been published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review and Fast Company.

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Ruchi Jalla

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer,
Anthem, Inc., and Founding Member of Chief

Ruchi is the current Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Anthem, Inc., and previously held the same role at BAE Systems, Inc. Ruchi is also a founding member of Chief, the only private membership network focused on connecting and supporting women executive leaders.

Why them?

Ruchi is a leader in the diversity and inclusion space and has brought BAE systems to the forefront through several external awards including being recognized as an employer of choice on the Disability Equality Index and Corporate Equality Index.

We sat down with Ruchi to talk about how BAE Systems is harnessing the power of the Black Lives Matter movement to create lasting change by understanding what the issues of systemic racism are inside the company. Check out the interview here.

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Khambrel (Kham) Ward


Head of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging,
LiveRamp

Kham is a diversity and inclusion strategist with more than 10 years of experience, holding director-level roles among senior academic leaders in higher education and C-suite executives. They are now the Head of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at LiveRamp, a SaaS (Software as a Service) company that offers a data connectivity platform.


Why them?

Kham founded BLK Men in Tech, with the mission to elevate the voice of Black men in the technology space by making philanthropic contributions and offering year-round engagement opportunities for people in their community.

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Quita Beeler Highsmith

Chief Diversity Officer,
Genentech

Quita is the Chief Diversity Officer at Genentech, a biotechnology corporation, and is the first to hold the position in the company’s 46-year history. They are responsible for enterprise-wide strategic initiatives that drive business impact by investing in commercial efforts, stakeholder engagement, research innovation, and community relations.

Why them?

Quita is the co-founder of Advancing Inclusive Research, an initiative to embrace equitable access. They are also Chair of Genentech’s Diversity and Inclusion Board.

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Gary Nix

Founder and Chief Strategist,
The Brandarchist

Gary describes themselves as working, educating, and speaking at the intersection of media, tech, and culture. With this focus, they founded The Brandarchist, where they help businesses understand successful concepts and facts about brand creation, maintenance, and evolution outside the boundaries of the status quo. Gary is an award-winning brand and marketing strategy executive and speaker who teaches business stakeholders why their brand is their most important business asset.

Why them?

They have authored multiple publications, discussing social media, marketing, community, and more. They were named the 2020 Innovator Honoree by The Advertising Club of New York along with numerous #PricelessNewYear recognitions by Midas Awards.

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Cheya Dunlap

Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer,
Honeywell

Cheya is an experienced human resources executive with a passion for developing people and helping organizations by building inclusive environments where all employees can contribute at their full potential. Cheya is Honeywell’s Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer and previously worked at GE Power in the same role.

Why them?

They bring over 25 years of experience leading and supporting teams in growth and mature business cycles across diverse business environments. Outside of work, Cheya is active in the community and champions several causes, particularly those focused on improving the health and development of women and children.

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Michael Boulware Moore

Diversity and Inclusion Officer,
Blackbaud

Michael serves as the first Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Blackbaud, a global cloud software company. Before to joining Blackbaud, they were the founding president and CEO of the International African American Museum in Charleston, SC.

Why them?

Michael is an experienced executive with over 25  years of management and leadership expertise in a variety of corporate and entrepreneurial environments. They are a dynamic keynote speaker who shares compelling and actionable insights on brand strategy, leadership and innovation, and diversity.

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Lesley Slaton Brown

Chief Diversity Officer,
HP Inc.

Lesley is the Chief Diversity Officer at HP Inc. With over 20 years of experience in the technology industry, Lesley has a unique ability to align and build strategy across organizations and drive business outcomes within corporations, start-ups, and nonprofits.

Why them?

They were instrumental in the partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Intel, and Microsoft to launch a first-of-its-kind technology conference for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the U.S. Lesley was awarded Girl’s in Tech’s 2019 Woman of the Year in Tech, was named as Black Enterprise Magazine’s Top 100 Women in Marketing and Advertising, and Savoy’s Top 100 Women of Influence.

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Suzanne Cardwell

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer,
CarMax

Suzanne serves as the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for CarMax and is accountable for developing and driving the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy that directly supports employees, customers, and the community. They serve as a member of CarMax’s Diversity and Inclusion Executive Steering Committee and is a chairwoman of the Diversity and Inclusion Council.

Why them?

Suzanne is an Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) practitioner, a certified coach, an LGBTQ business owner, and a keynote speaker. They specialize in action-oriented partnerships with executives and organizations ready for social amplification.

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JT Saunders

Chief Diversity Officer,
Korn Ferry

Over the course of their tenure with Korn Ferry, a management consulting firm, JT has served in multiple roles in executive search and consulting, and as a key member of the company’s Diversity and Inclusion Team. Over the past 10 years, they have provided the organization with expertise in executive recruitment and leadership development. JT seeks to support organizations that aim to nurture, retain, and promote talent as a means of driving strategic business and organizational objectives.

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David Casey

Chief Inclusion and Social Impact Officer
Tapestry

David is a published, award-winning, and highly sought-after diversity speaker who served as CVS Health’s Chief Diversity Officer and became the Chief Inclusion and Social Impact Officer at Tapestry in 2022. They are passionate about civil and human rights, education, health, economic empowerment, closing the opportunity divide, and social action. They speak on these topics in their blog, with articles including  “The Truest Reflection of America – Boots on the Ground, Voices From the Grave” and “Sometimes Words Speak As Loud As Actions”.

Why them?

With 20 years of experience in DEI, they have participated in White House initiatives, consulted with Members of Congress, advised international political appointees and delegations, spoken to private-sector corporations, and more.

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Clinton Johnson

Racial Equity Unified Team Lead,
Esri

Clinton is the Racial Equity Unified Team Lead at Esri, an international supplier of Geographic Information System (GIS) software. In their role, they help individuals and organizations apply GIS as a framework to advance racial equity and social justice.

Why them?

As an advocate for belonging and equity for people from underrepresented groups in GIS and STEM, Clinton founded and leads NorthStar, an employee community focused on increasing representation, inclusion, and belonging for people of African descent in GIS.

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Eric Pliner

Chief Executive Officer,
YSC Consulting

Eric is the Chief Executive Officer of YSC Consulting, an independent provider of leadership strategy services, and has worked for YSC for more than ten years. They have more than 20 years of experience in leadership development, organizational culture, and strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives. Eric’s expertise includes onboarding and executive coaching for CEOs, fostering high-performing executive teams, building inclusion and diversity skills among senior leaders, and more.

Why them?

Eric has designed and implemented leadership strategies in partnership with some of the world’s best-known leaders, companies, and organizations. Eric’s writing on leadership has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Forbes, and more. They are also the author of “Difficult Decisions: How Leaders Make the Right Call with Insight, Integrity, & Empathy”.

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Desiree Coleman

Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Desiree is the current Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and was previously the First Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Wells Fargo. They are an experienced executive with expertise in leading teams for the successful execution of diverse customer marketing, corporate social responsibility, employee engagement, diversity and inclusion, and philanthropy strategies. 

Why them?

While working at Wells Fargo Advisors, Desiree was instrumental in moving the organization’s diversity and inclusion efforts forward. Desiree was responsible for establishing and co-facilitating the organization’s diversity and inclusion council which helped senior leaders promote inclusion. Desiree also led major gifts fundraising for the African-American affinity group while working at the United Way of Great St. Louis. They were also recognized with Investment News’ 2019 Rising Star in Diversity and Inclusion Award.

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Fields Jackson

Fields Jackson, Jr

CEO, Chief Cheerleader and Talent Scout,
Racing Toward Diversity Magazine

Fields Jackson is an influential Diversity and Inclusion advocate and expert who publishes Racing Toward Diversity magazine. Fields advocates that job seekers conduct their due diligence in finding diverse workplace opportunities through research, networking, and asking the right questions.

Why them?

Fields was recognized by Diversity Best Practices as one of the Top Diversity Thought Leaders on Twitter. Fields has also been identified by Onalytica, London, England, which helps run influencer programs for some of the largest brands in the world as #13 of the top 100 global influencers focusing on Gender Equality and Diversity.

Fields also took part in our pulse report sharing their insights on diversity fatigue and how to overcome it.

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Iris Bohnet

Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government and Co-Director of the Women and Public Policy Program,
Harvard Kennedy School

Iris is the Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government and Co-Director of the Women and Public Policy Program of the Harvard Kennedy School. Iris is a behavioral economist, combining insights from economics and psychology to improve decision-making in organizations and society, often with a gender or cross-cultural perspective. Iris is the author of the award-winning book What Works: Gender Equality by Design.

Why them?

Iris was named one of the Most Influential People in Gender Policy by apolitical in 2018 and 2019, and a Leading Thinker of Victoria, Australia, 2016-2019. We love the action-oriented approach to inclusion which focuses on redesigning organizational processes to circumvent bias with consistent, concerted action.

 

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