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Kathy founded the KPMG Women’s Advisory Board, with the vision to improve the retention rate and advancement of women in the firm. She also is the Chair of the Diversity Advisory Board, advancing the Chairman’s vision on diversity and inclusion.
Darla K. Anderson joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1993. Since then, her prodigious producing talents have contributed to some of the world’s most beloved and acclaimed animated feature films including “A Bug’s Life,” “Monsters, Inc.,” and the Golden Globe®-winners “Cars” and “Toy Story 3.”
Paula Williams Madison is a partner in Williams Group Holdings LLC, a Chicago-based, family-owned company, which manages its significant investments in media (The Africa Channel), a sports franchise (the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks), and various real estate, consumer, financial and trading businesses. Chairman and CEO of the Sparks, she's also a member of the WNBA Board of Governors.
Judy A. Smith is the founder and President of Smith & Company, a leading strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.
Debbie Allen is one of television’s true renaissance figures: dancer, actor, singer, choreographer, director, producer, and writer. A dancer by training, Allen worked in professional theater, which paved the way to acting roles.
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Kimberly (Kim) Admire is Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Programs for Lockheed Martin Corporation. In this role, Ms. Admire is responsible for the workforce engagement and compliance strategy for the corporation’s 123,000 employees worldwide.
Audra Bohannon is a Senior Partner in the Diversity, Inclusion and Talent Optimization practice for Korn/Ferry International, based in the Boston office. “Lead life by design, not by default” is the message that audiences take away from a presentation led by Ms. Bohannon.
Candi Castleberry-Singleton is the Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer at UPMC, a $10 billion, 20-hospital global health system and health plan.
Tena Clark's company program's the President's music for Air Force One and produced Aretha Franklin's most recent album.
NMAfA is the only national museum in the United States that collects, conserves, exhibits and educates about the traditional and contemporary visual arts of Africa. Through its exhibitions, educational programs and outreach to diverse communities, NMAfA fosters the discovery and appreciation of the arts and cultures of Africa, the cradle of humanity. Before assuming her current position, Johnnetta Cole had a long and distinguished career as an educator and humanitarian. She is President Emerita of Spelman College and Bennett College for Women. She is the only person to have served as president of these two historically Black Colleges for women in the United States. She is also Professor Emerita of Emory University from which she retired as Presidential Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Women's Studies and African American Studies. Dr. Cole was the first African American to serve as the Chair of the Board of United Way of America. She currently serves on a number of boards, including the board of trustees of the Association of Art Museum Directors. Through her work as a college president, university professor and museum director, and through her published works, speeches and community service, she has consistently addressed issues of diversity and inclusion in the United States and around the world. Dr. Cole has been awarded 55 honorary degrees and she is the recipient of numerous honors.
Since the launch of her business, Ashley has been recognized in State Farm's Mid-Atlantic Hall of Fame as having one of the most successful agency launches in history.
Pamela Culpepper is senior vice president, Global Diversity and Inclusion officer of PepsiCo. PepsiCo owns the world's largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 19 different product lines, each of which generates more than $1 billion in annual retail sales.
Deborah Dagit joined Merck as their Chief Diversity Officer in June 2001. She has had responsibility for global equal opportunity, employee relations, recruiting and staffing and diversity & inclusion and has now transitioned to lead Deb Dagit Diversity, a consulting firm that offers practical just-in-time resources, tools and support for diversity practitioners.
Dr. Shirley Davis is the "thought leader" on global workplace diversity issues and has successfully positioned SHRM as the leader in the diversity and inclusion field since joining SHRM in 2006.
Maria Ebrahimji is the Director and Executive Editorial Producer for Network Booking at CNN Worldwide.
Ms. Foster works to strengthen relationships with key stakeholders and partners for United Way. She also leads United Way Worldwide’s diversity and inclusion efforts.
Edie Fraser is CEO of STEMconnector™ and Senior Consultant to Diversified Search.
Patrick Finn leads Cisco's sales, growth strategy and integrated business plans for U.S. Governments, and educational institutions at all levels and public healthcare.
Katherine Giscombe, PhD, designs and directs customized, comprehensive, and solutions-based change initiatives with member organizations. With a long history at Catalyst and in the corporate world, she helps members use Catalyst knowledge as they create business-driven diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Paula Gough has served as the Northeast District Engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) since May 2007. As District Engineer, Paula is responsible for managing all engineering and business functions for 17 counties, 4,500 miles of roadway, nearly 1,100 bridges, and 441 full-time employees.
Jeffery Tobias Halter is a consultant, author, ‘Gender Strategist’ and the President of YWomen, a strategic consulting company focused on engaging men in women’s leadership issues. YWomen accomplishes this by working with Senior Leadership Teams to develop comprehensive organizational elements to create an Integrated Women’s Leadership Strategy and Scorecard. To learn more about Jeffery’s work please go to www.ywomen.biz or e-mail him at email@example.com. You may also follow him on Twitter, hash-tag @ywomen
Sylvia Ann Hewlett is an economist and the founding president and CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation, a Manhattan-based think tank where she chairs the “Task Force for Talent Innovation”—75 global companies focused on fully realizing the new streams of labor in the global marketplace. For the last nine years she's directed the “Gender and Policy” program at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. She's also the Co-Director of the Women's Leadership Program at the Columbia Business School. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Century Association.
Rosalind L. Hudnell is a Vice President of Human Resources at Intel Corporation and serves as Director of Global Employee Communications and External Relations. Since joining Intel in 1996, Hudnell has held various management positions in community relations, government relations, charitable contributions, media outreach, employee volunteerism and workforce development.
Jane Hyun, Author of Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling, is a global leadership strategist and management consultant to Fortune 500 companies, schools, and professional associations. Prior to starting this consulting firm, she has held a variety of business and HR management roles, including Vice President of HR/Talent at JP Morgan, and Director of Recruiting at Deloitte & Touche and Resources Global.
LAUREN LEADER-CHIVÉE, Partner at Hewlett Chivée Partners LLC, has 14 years of experience in human resources leadership and management consulting. Before joining CTI she advised hedge funds, investment banks and Fortune 500 companies as an independent talent management consultant, and as part of the Human Capital practice at Booz & Company.
Gerry Lupacchino is a Senior Partner in the Diversity, Inclusion and Talent Optimization practice for Korn/Ferry International, based in Boston and New York.
As an expert in Business & Leadership Development, Organizational/Change Management, and Diversity & Inclusion, the business community relies on Pat Martinez expertise to bring about a transformation in how business is being performed.
Frank McCloskey recently retired from a 38-year career with Georgia Power, the largest subsidiary of Southern Company. From 2000 to 2010, he served as the first-ever Vice President of Diversity for Georgia Power. In this position, McCloskey oversaw the development and implementation of long-termed, broad-based management and organizational culture change affecting diversity and inclusion.
Dani Monroe is president and founder of Center Focus International, Inc.(CFI), one of the top global diversity practices in the U.S., where she leads C-suite executives of Fortune 100 companies in global diversity, inclusion and organization effectiveness, favorably impacting their bottom lines, reputations, and business potential.
Mitzi M. Montoya is Vice Provost of the Arizona State University Polytechnic campus and Dean of the College of Technology & Innovation. She received her Ph.D. in Marketing and Statistics and a B.S. in Applied Engineering Science, both from Michigan State University.
Pilar Montoya is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), the premier national organization aimed at increasing the number of Hispanics contributing to the nation’s innovation and technology future. Under her leadership, SHPE has launched innovative national programs that ensure that more Hispanics will lead in technological solutions of the future.
Elizabeth A. Morrison is a highly-motivated, naturally energetic communications and inclusion professional with more than 15 years of success in engaging internal and external audiences to deliver business results.
Wendy Morton-Huddleston is a Principal at Grant Thornton LLP. She has over fifteen years of professional experience in project management, Federal financial management, grants management, business process improvement, performance management, and strategic planning.
Jimmie Paschall is executive vice president, Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion for Wells Fargo where she is responsible for developing strategies, initiating action and driving organizational change in support of the company’s diversity and inclusion priorities.
Steve Pemberton is Divisional Vice-President and Chief Diversity Officer for Walgreens, the first such person to hold that responsibility in the company’s 110 year history.
Jorge Quezada became Kraft Foods Group’s new Chief Diversity Officer in June of 2013. In this role, he will help enhance Kraft’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts in the workplace, marketplace and community.
As President and Chief Executive Officer of WOMEN Unlimited, Inc., Rosina Racioppi spearheads her organization’s initiatives to help Fortune 500 companies cultivate the talent they need for ongoing growth and profitability. Under her leadership, WOMEN Unlimited, Inc.
Sheila A. Robinson, is the Founder and Publisher of Career Network magazine, a regional publication that provides ideas, solutions and resources to business professionals at all levels.
Audra Ryan-‐Jones currently serves as Vice President of Operations for the Financial Services Sector Strategic Business Unit(SBU) where she and her team are responsible for Operational Excellence, Innovation, Revenue and Profit growth. Prior to this she led the Operations VP for Government and Select East Commercial Accounts.
Alva Adams-Mason has helped Toyota Motor Sales more than triple its number of minority dealerships since 2001.
Dr. Marleece Barber is responsible for designing, developing and executing a health and productivity strategy for Lockheed Martin employees.
Joann Black is a former Senior VP, Human Resources at Warner Bros. Studios Facilities, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainments, Inc.
Cristina is Director of External Diversity Partnerships on McDonald's Global Inclusion and Intercultural Management team at McDonald's.
Deborah leads efforts globally to ensure that all GE employees have an opportunity to contribute and succeed.
Dot Harris was nominated by President Obama to be the Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity.
Dr. Lisette Garcia joined the staff of HACR and revitalized the role of Director and charted a strategic plan and roadmap for the Institute.
Sherri Goodman has been recognized for creating the CNA Military Advisory Board.
Dale Jones is an experienced and sought-after advisor on leadership issues for Fortune 500 companies.
Rand Construction company has been recognized as a "Best Places to Work" by the Washington Business Journal.
Author, Talent Development Expert and Empowerment Coach are a few of the many hats that President of StepWise Associates, Marsha Haygood wears.
Michelle Motsko specializes in asset management and strategic planning for some of the nation's wealthiest families, trusts and foundations.
Patti has significant experience leading Advisory Services engagements in the financial sector, focusing mainly in the area of Structured Finance.
Reta Jo Lewis has spent her entire adult life in service to her community and country.
Kimberly was most recently recognized as an “Up and Comer Under 40” by Modern Healthcare and Becker’s Hospital Review.
Sandy Harris has been working with organizations to create diverse, inclusive & high performing work environments for over 25 years.
Shari Slate is Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Strategist for Region. She is responsible for making inclusion relevant in the revenue generating arm of the business and leveraging inclusion to create value for Cisco, its partners, and customers.
Kim Strong is responsible for developing strategies, initiating action and driving organization change in support of Target's diversity and inclusion priorities.
Subha Barry is an Expert Advisor on Multicultural Marketing, Diversity, Inclusion and Human Capital issues.
Susan A. Stith is the Senior Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Corporate Giving at Express Scripts.
May Snowden is an affiliate of The Conference Board and FutureWork Institute. With more than 20 years of experience, Snowden insightfully creates and leads initiatives that strengthen corporate cultures and brand identification while improving relations with customers and vendors.
Bruce J. Stewart currently serves as the Deputy Director for Training, Compliance, and Strategic Initiatives in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Personnel Management OPM).
Stacey is currently responsible for leading 1,200 local and state United Ways in collective impact, strategic partnership development, diversity and inclusion, business model transformation, and policy and advocacy.
Mr. Stoudemire joined Mercer from Aon Hewitt, where he served as the Global Head of Diversity since 2009. A proven thought leader in the space of diversity and inclusion who seeks to enable a transformation of mindset, he is a visionary leader and strategist, certified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) TM and a certified facilitator in Cultural Transformation Tools TM Tyronne identifies and leverages the opportunities and challenges presented by the expanding multicultural mosaic of worldviews and attitudes regarding health, wealth, and performance given the increasing diversity in the workplace and global marketplace.
Rosalyn Taylor O’Neale has more than 30 years experience leading the diversity and inclusion efforts of businesses and organizations in over 25 countries, on four continents.
Throughout her career in engineering, technical business development, and entrepreneurship, Judy Tomlinson has always had what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. She has been at the forefront of high tech innovation- and has started two companies that marry her entrepreneurial spirit with cutting edge technology.
Eric Watson is President and CEO of the Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council (CMSDC).
Dr. Paula Whetsel-Ribeau is currently the Special Assistant to the President for Community Leadership at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Dr. Suzan Zuljani Wasik is an Executive and Life Coach and consultant with over 17 years experience in the field of positive change. Whether working with individuals, groups, corporations, or communities, she helps clients get unstuck in current limiting beliefs, situations, and circumstances by helping them build strategic bridges to change and transformation.
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This networking reception will offer an opportunity for participants who arrive early to meet up with peers and colleagues, and hear tips and insights on how to take full advantage of the conference.
Welcome: Sheila Robinson, Conference Founder and Publisher, Diversity Woman Magazine
Emcee: Shari Slate, Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Strategist, Cisco
What role do men play in helping women executives break the glass ceiling? Most of us have experienced a male mentor who coached us, opened doors for us, and broadened our perspectives…not just because we are women, but because we are women with strong potential. How can we multiply those unique experiences so that more women benefit from men who are dedicated to helping aspiring leaders achieve their career goals? This panel discussion addresses the role of men in cultivating and nurturing female talent and uncovers specific tactics and strategies for making these special mentoring relationships work.
A 2011 LinkedIn study reported that while nearly 82% of U.S. women believe it is important to have a mentor, only one in five professional women have engaged in mentoring relationships. Mentors and mentoring relationships come in all shapes and sizes; indeed, many mentors are now younger than their mentees and, increasingly, mentoring relationships are thriving virtually thanks to skype and other connecting tools. What should women look for as they seek out potential sponsors and how might they reach beyond their “own universe” to intentionally broaden their perspectives? What are proven processes and tools one can use to help form and nurture a meaningful mentoring relationship? This engaging session explores these and other questions and offers tangible takeaways for attendees looking to mentor or be mentored.
Today’s leaner organizations and increased pressure for solid ROI leave no room for gender differences to impede productivity, and yet gender differences still create a challenging work environment. While gender differences in work styles are well documented, it’s never been more important for male and female colleagues to get past perceived barriers and work toward enhancing collaboration and teamwork. This session will explore natural differences and propose tangible strategies to help you create a work environment that embraces these differences while creating a stronger sense of alignment around mission, purpose and goals. Through an engaging, lively and fun discussion, attendees will consider the attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that contribute to and get in the way of progress and results.
What do you really want out of your life and career? Within your role at work, how do you go about advancing your efforts when someone or something stands in your way? Being a knowledgeable and skilled professional will only get you so far. At some point, everyone needs to leverage negotiation skills to surpass barriers, whether it’s for securing the next promotion, advocating for a specific project, or making sure your child receives the education she/he deserves. Interestingly, research from Carnegie Mellon in 2011 shows that men negotiate four times more often than women. It’s time to reverse that number! Join negotiation experts to learn and practice negotiation strategies, discuss when and how to use them effectively, and discover communication techniques that will aid in achieving your goals.
Feel yourself dragging at work and at home? Take stock of your overall wellness strategy. It’s well known that a healthy mind, body and spirit contribute to higher performance at work…and yet so many of us work the extra hours and tend to the needs of others at the expense of our own personal health. Indeed, a study conducted by the UCSF Nursing School showed that sleep and exercise are the first things to go when women have too much to do during the day – and the last to go is work. Moreover, according to a study conducted by the University of California, nearly half of all women say they don’t get enough sleep at night. Consider the benefits of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and take home strategies for incorporating healthFULL techniques into our daily lives. Most important, explore ways to do so while having FUN
Successful professionals have strong presence. They exhibit confidence and show ownership over their work, their career paths, their personal lives. Having a strong identity means being clear about who you are and what you stand for…and never losing sight of that guiding compass. Not surprisingly, very few working women devote specific time to developing their presence. Join this workshop to engage in exercises designed to help you reflect on your own identity and learn how that translates into your overall presence at home and at work. Consider how to leverage YOUR unique identity to achieve lasting success.
As an increasing number of women join the C-suite ranks of well-known companies, the media has tracked their every move. From Yahoo! to Ebay to Facebook to the State Department, women in key roles are being closely followed for decisions ranging from changes in benefits to changes in hairstyles. Why is it that being a female leader generates so much attention? Is this a natural element of progress, or does it demonstrate a step backward for women who simply want to LEAD? Join a diverse panel of female leaders from across the public and private sectors, and from a range of industries, for their perspectives on whether a double standard exists in the C-Suite and learn about positive and negative notoriety they’ve experienced in their leadership roles.
These awards recognize, celebrate and honor individuals whose work, passion, commitment and results have made positive impact in advancing Diversity and Inclusion (D & I) in their respective organizations, or, in the D & I field at large. The “Stars Who Mean Business” awards also honor diversity executives who share Diversity Woman’s vision and commitment to “Leadership Empowerment for Women Who Mean Business”.
Insights on how the Diversity & Inclusion discussion is changing, and what is the next iteration of work to be done. Join Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole and other senior executives in this lively discussion.
A corner office—symbolic of making it to the C-suite—is often a goal of rising professionals. Only a select few ever make it there; indeed, fewer than 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women even though, according to AOL Jobs, women now outnumber men in the U.S. workforce. Many female CEOs find that once they reach that coveted spot it can be quite lonely. Every move is scrutinized, every decision analyzed, and every statement taken as an order. Share with your peers your experiences in achieving the rank of executive and discuss how you can help pave an easier path for emerging leaders in your organization that may, one day, help grow the number of female Fortune 500 CEOs.
Catalyst reports that women occupied only 16.1 percent of Fortune 500 board seats in 2011 compared to 15.7 percent in 2010. Clearly, there is much more work to be done to achieve gender balance in the board room. How can female executives position themselves to serve on boards? What core governance knowledge should aspiring trustees obtain, and what are the different governing approaches and philosophies that prospective trustees should understand before joining a board? Most important, what leadership attributes can women leverage in the board room to ensure they have a voice and add value?
Nurturing and protecting one’s team is a natural instinct that contributes to highly effective, motivating and productive work groups. There comes a point, however, when these efforts can morph productive teams into dysfunctional silos and become counterproductive for the organization as a whole. According to management guru Stephen Covey, a meager 37 percent of employees have a clear understanding of what their company is trying to achieve and why, which he attributes to the silo effect. What is the key to breaking down silos and building community across business units? Simple communication strategies, when used effectively, can make the difference between an organization divided and one working together to achieve common goals. Discover the most effective ways to build and maintain unity across your organization.
Traditional mentorship models have focused primarily on imparting encouragement and advice. An emerging model, called sponsorship, incorporates these elements – but emphasizes a more handson role in opening doors and advocating for opportunities. Leading companies are recognizing that sponsorship is a determining factor in the advancement and retention of diverse talent. Learn how companies are elevating the importance of this critical relationship and making it a part of their diversity training and development.
The Mosaic Woman Award recognizes diverse and multicultural women for their unique vision and leadership, as well as their cultural and global influence. The Mosaic Woman Awards are presented in the following categories: • Legend • Lifetime Achievement • Trailblazer • Leadership • Pioneer
A beautiful location close to the nation's capital
Transportation: The Gaylord is located 12 miles from Reagan National Airport and is not accessible by metro. Click here is a list of transportation options to the hotel.
Conference rate $219 per night.
Hotel cancellations made within 72 hours of arrival will forfeit one night’s room and tax. All other Hotel booking information is provided upon receipt of your conference registration.