BUILDING ANTI-RACIST WORKPLACES WILL TAKE TIME, COMMITMENT, AND CONTINUOUS LEARNING. NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO LOSE MOMENTUM OR SHIFT FOCUS — WE NEED TO KEEP OUR FOOT ON THE GAS.
That’s why we’re bringing together anti-racist educators, gender diversity experts, and other Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion leaders to discuss how companies and individuals can combat racism at work on a daily basis.
We’ll talk about the micro and macro level changes that need to occur to make a lasting impact and share a roadmap for continuing education efforts in 2020 and beyond.
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Founder, President, and CEO, Global Policy Solutions
Managing Editor of Diversity and Inclusion, The Washington Post
Congressional Candidate & 29-Year Armed Forces Veteran
Managing Partner, D. Morgan & Partners and Co-Founder & President, MMCA
Author of “Drop the Ball” and Founder & CEO of The Cru
Co-Founder & CEO, Awaken
Executive Vice President, Managing Director,
Associate Director, Global Workplace Equality Program, Human Rights Campaign
SVP, Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, LEVICK
Publisher and Editor in Chief, New York Amsterdam News
Founder & CEO, Hook & Fasten & Former Obama Administration Social Secretary
Writer, Speaker, Human. New York Times bestselling author & “CBS This Morning” Contributor
Founder & President, Style House
CEO & Founder of TanaMSession.com
Tech Executive, Entrepreneur, Investor and Author, "Trampled by Unicorns: Big Tech's Empathy Problem and How to Fix it"
Author, “Aftershocks” & Associate Director, Living Cities
Poet & Author, “Guidebook to Relative Strangers”
Drag Queen, Songwriter, Fashion Designer, and Dancer
Creator, Harlem Lovebirds and Co-Founder & Director of Marketing, Trifecta Media Group
Director of Programs and Organizing, Leadership for Educational Equity
Executive Director, viBe Theater Experience
Executive Director & Global Initiatives Officer, Trans Women of Color Collective
Diversity & Inclusion Talent Program Manager, Adobe
Creator of FACTUALITY
Executive Director, In Our Own Voices
Facilitation, Training and Coaching Consultant, Intersections Consulting
Lead Engineer, Floreo
Life, Career, and Diversity Strategist
Talent Recruitment Specialist & Biz Coach | Owner, Calista Phair
Director of Developer Relationships, Karat and Candidate Advocate, Candidate Planet
Sr. Director, Platform Engineering, Tile
Senior Global Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Founder / Content & Branding Expert, Moon Honey Media
Equity + Impact Consultant & Antiracism Educator, Mira Stern Consulting
CoFounder & CEO, PowerToFly
Co-Founder & President, PowerToFly
Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Director of Marketing & Community, PowerToFly
Director of Mentorship, PowerToFly
Global D&I Strategist, PowerToFly
Business Development Manager, PowerToFly
Associate Marketing Manager, PowerToFly
Delivery & Marketing Specialist, PowerToFly
Virtual Event Moderator, PowerToFly
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings is Founder, President, and CEO of Global Policy Solutions, a mission driven strategy firm. She previously served as the chair of the Maryland Democratic Party. Dr. Rockeymoore Cummings has announced a run for Congress in Maryland’s 7th Congressional District to succeed her late husband Congressman Elijah E. Cummings.
Krissah Thompson is The Washington Post’s Managing Editor of Diversity and Inclusion. She is the first Black woman to hold the Managing Editor title at the organization. She began her career at The Washington Post in 2001 and has held multiple roles including intern, Business reporter, covering presidential campaigns and writing about civil rights and race. Before becoming an editor in the Style section, she covered the first lady’s office, politics and culture. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism and College of Liberal Arts Plan II honors program. She also earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.
Jackie Gordon is a combat veteran, an educator, a public servant, and a community leader. Jackie was born in Jamaica, West Indies, and grew up in Queens, NY. Over her 29-year career in the Armed Forces, Jackie served our country overseas as a platoon leader in Germany during Operation Desert Storm, as an operations officer at Guantanamo Bay during the Global War on Terror, as a battle captain in Baghdad during the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, and as Commander of the 310th Military Police Battalion in Afghanistan in 2012. She retired from the Army Reserve with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2014. Gordon spent three decades working in New York public schools. From 2007 to 2020, she served on the Babylon Town Council, where she worked to direct resources to veterans and military families as Chair of the Veterans Advisory Council, pushed for the revitalization of Wyandanch Village, which has breathed new life into the community, and helped raise nearly $1 million for the Wounded Warriors Project through the annual Soldier Ride in Babylon. Jackie lives in Copiague with her son Augustus. Her daughter, Kerrianne, is a Captain in the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Morgan is managing partner of D. Morgan & Partners, a government relations and public affairs firm at the center of business and the political system. Prior to launching the firm, Mr. Morgan served for almost ten years as Vice President Government Affairs for the American Express Company. Notably, Mr. Morgan is President and co-founder of the Multicultural Media Correspondents Association, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization committed to moving the needle on media diversity. In addition, he is co-founder of the National Infrastructure Investment Alliance, a coalition comprised of investment and development industry leaders helping local governments secure financing and technical assistance for their priority public-private-partnership and Opportunity Zone projects.
Tiffany Dufu is founder and CEO of The Cru. Their algorithm matches circles of women who collaborate to meet their personal and professional goals. She’s also the author of the bestselling book Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less. According to foreword contributor Gloria Steinem, Drop the Ball is “important, path-breaking, intimate and brave.” Named to Entrepreneur's 100 Powerful Women and Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women, Tiffany has raised nearly $20 million toward the cause of women and girls. She was a launch team member to Lean In and was Chief Leadership Officer to Levo, one of the fastest growing millennial professional networks. Prior to that, Tiffany served as President of The White House Project, as a Major Gifts Officer at Simmons University, and as Associate Director of Development at Seattle Girls’ School. Tiffany is a member of Women’s Forum New York, Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc. and is a Lifetime Girl Scout. She serves on the board of Girls Who Code and Simmons University and lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
Michelle Kim is the co-founder and CEO of Awaken, a leading provider of modern and interactive diversity, inclusion, and leadership workshops. Prior to Awaken, Michelle had a successful career in both tech and management consulting, working with C- and VP-level executives to build high-performing organizations around the world. As an immigrant queer woman of color, Michelle has been a lifelong social justice activist and a community organizer, serving on a variety of organizations such as the San Francisco LGBTQ Speakers Bureau, UC LGBTIQ Association Steering Committee (commissioned by the UC system’s Office of the President), San Francisco Human Rights Commission’s Advisory Committee, and LYRIC youth nonprofit’s Board of Directors.
Kristy is the CEO of Ellevate Network, a global community for professional women, where she drives the vision of an organization redefining how women network in a digital age and hosts the Ellevate Podcast: Conversations with Women Changing the Face of Business.
Licy is Executive Vice President and Managing Director of BCW where he drives healthcare policy and helps shape strategic direction on diversity, inclusion and belonging. Prior, Licy founded and served as President of The Do Canto Group, a majority-minority public affairs firm. An expert in public affairs, policy and diversity and inclusion, with over twenty five years of experience at the international, national, state and local levels across the nonprofit, philanthropic, corporate and government sectors, Licy is an accomplished, values driven leader with unparalleled experience in developing and leading integrated public affairs and communication campaigns. He also served as Health Practice Chair and Principal at The RabenGroup, the Chief Executive Officer of The AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth and Families, and managed and helped set the leadership direction for strategic policy, communications, and advocacy investments in executive and senior government affairs roles for the American Cancer Society and the nation’s Community Health Centers. He also is the recipient of multiple industry awards and citations for his leadership, policy and public affairs acumen, including being named to The Hill Newspaper list of most influential leaders in Washington, D.C. consecutively over the last ten years.
Milagros Chirinos is the Associate Director of the Global Workplace Equality Program at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. In this role, she oversees HRC’s Equidad MX and CL — two in-country programs designed to promote LGBTQ-inclusive workplaces in Mexico and Chile respectively as well as ongoing expansion efforts across the world. In her three-year tenure, Milagros has deepened HRC’s efforts in the Latin American region, played a leadership role supporting the HRC Global and Workplace programs, and enhanced international business relations. Previously, as HRC Deputy Press Secretary for Global Affairs and Spanish-language Media, Milagros expanded the organization’s global communications network and helped create HRC’s first Spanish-language webpage with vital resources tailored to the Latinx, Hispanic and Spanish-speaking audiences in the U.S.
Derede serves as head of the litigation communications practice at LEVICK. With more than 20 years of media and communications experience, she represents clients facing high profile crisis and litigation issues, including regulatory matters, cyber incidents, class actions, corporate scandals, and sexual misconduct allegations, among others. Prior to joining LEVICK, Derede served as vice president & chief communications officer for the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), a global legal association representing more than 45,000 corporate lawyers in more than 10,000 organizations around the world. Her additional experience includes positions with Howard University, Superior Court for the District of Columbia, 6ABC News (Philadelphia), and a clinical at the City of Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.
Elinor Tatum is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of the New York Amsterdam News, the oldest and largest black newspaper in the City of New York, and one of the oldest ethnic papers in the United States. Ms. Tatum was appointed to Editor In Chief in 1997, becoming one of the youngest publishers in the history of the black press. She began at the newspaper as a journalist, covering issues local and national issues affecting Harlem and the black community. In addition to publishing the Amsterdam News, Ms. Tatum produces and co-hosts a weekly segment of Al Sharpton’s Weekly Radio Show “Keep’in It Real” – a nationally syndicated talk show. In addition to her career in journalism, Ms. Tatum is a philanthropist and holds many civic positions. She is currently, a member of the Board of Trustees of her college alma mater, St. Lawrence University. In addition she sits on the board of the New York Urban League, the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, the Chinatown YMCA, Manhattan Community Board 3, and the Creative Visions Foundation. She is also the former Secretary of the National Newspaper Publishers Association.
Deesha Dyer is a speaker, community leader and organizer, creative event strategy consultant, and most notably known as the former Obama Administration Social Secretary. The Philadelphia native and former hip-hop journalist became a White House intern at the age of 30 while attending community college and completed a seven-year tenure there that honed her expertise in event coordination, logistics, protocol, and statecraft. She led a team that coordinated the monumental 2015 visit of Pope Francis, State Dinners with heads of states from China, Canada, and Italy; and booked legendary performances by stellar artists such as Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen, and the cast of the Broadway musical Hamilton. A life-long community advocate, Deesha co-founded beGirl.world, an organization that empowers teen girls through global education and travel. Deesha sits on several boards including SIECUS, an organization dedicated to comprehensive sex education and MNDFL Ed, which brings mindfulness in to schools around New York City. Following a community college and study abroad scholarship she created, Deesha also recently launched The Black Girl 44 scholarship, which financially supports black female college students interning in Washington, D.C. Deesha is currently the CEO & Founder of Hook & Fasten and an advisor at the Ford Foundation and shares her incredible journey with audiences around the world.
Julie Lythcott-Haims believes in humans and is deeply interested in what gets in our way. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the anti-helicopter parenting manifesto How to Raise an Adult. Her TED Talk on the subject was one of the top talks of 2016, and in 2020 she became a regular contributor with CBS This Morning on parenting. Her second book is the critically-acclaimed and award-winning prose poetry memoir Real American, which illustrates her experience as a Black and biracial person in white spaces. A third book, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult, will be out in April 2021. She also wrote the foreword for Writing Memoir, a book of writing prompts developed by Julie and The Writers Grotto for those hungry to share their lived experience. Julie is a former corporate lawyer and Stanford dean, and she holds a BA from Stanford, a JD from Harvard, and an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts. She serves on the boards of Foundation for a College Education, Global Citizen Year, and Common Sense Media, and on the advisory board of LeanIn.Org. She volunteers with the hospital program No One Dies Alone. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner of over thirty years, their young adults, and her mother.
Janna Meyrowitz Turner has been marketing to consumers who vote with their dollars for 15+ years. She is a business strategist and communications pro as well as an advisor and investor to companies addressing motherhood, wellness, cannabis and more. As the founder of Style House, an award-winning strategic communications and business development consultancy specializing in progressive multicultural brands on a mission, Janna’s work has included venture-backed CPG, globally traded companies (Estee Lauder, Deckers Corp.) and legacy turnarounds including the WNBA. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.
Dr. Tana M. Session is the CEO & Founder of TanaMSession.com, with over 20 years of Human Resources experience. Dr. Session specializes in cultural engineering, facilitated experiences and leadership & organizational development. She has spent 10 years as the top Human Resources executive for both domestic and international organizations where she led various change initiatives and up-leveled entire departments, including talent, systems and infrastructure. Her experience has enabled her to embed her passion for Diversity, Equality & Inclusion in everything she develops and implements. Tana was recently recognized as a “Top Company Culture Consultant” by Fond.co and a Huffington Post “Top Female Expert to Follow,” and in 2019, Tana received her Honorary Doctorate (PhD) degree in Philosophy/Humane Letters. Tana is the official LinkedIn Learning expert for Diversity & Inclusion in recruiting and interviewing and was also recognized by Forbes as a “Top Diversity & Inclusion Business Leader.” Dr. Session is an international speaker who has spoken at professional events throughout the U.S. as well as Bangkok, Dominican Republic, Cuba and Jamaica.
One of the tech industry’s brightest stars, Maëlle Gavet has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40, one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company and was fifth among Time magazine’s List of the Top 25 ‘Female Techpreneurs’. After six years as a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group she went on to become CEO of OZON.ru, Russia’s largest e-commerce site, and executive VP of operations of the Priceline Group, the largest online and travel agency in the world which includes brands like OpenTable, Kayak, and Booking.com. Most recently Gavet was Chief Operating Officer at real estate platform Compass, valued at over $6bn. She has spoken regularly at the leading technology industry events and her writing has appeared in Wired, the Harvard Business Review, the World Economic Forum, Fast Company and Fortune magazine. “Trampled by Unicorns” is her first book.
Nadia Owusu is a Brooklyn-based writer, racial justice organizer, and urban planner. She is the author of Aftershocks: A Memoir, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in 2021, and selected as a BookExpo America “Buzz” book. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Paris Review Daily, Catapult, Quartz, The Washington Post’s The Lily and other publications. She was the recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award. As an Associate Director at Living Cities, Nadia leads the organization’s racial equity and inclusion and applied research portfolios. Recent highlights include spearheading efforts to articulate a new mission and vision that centers dismantling structural racism; designing equitable processes for hiring, talent management, and distributed leadership; developing a digital platform for practitioners working to close racial income and wealth gaps; and facilitating a multi-city effort focused on operationalizing racial equity and inclusion in local government operations, policy, and practice. Nadia is a graduate of Pace University (BA), Hunter College (MS), and of the Mountainview MFA program where she now teaches creative non-fiction.
Camille T. Dungy’s debut collection of personal essays is Guidebook to Relative Strangers (W. W. Norton, 2017), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan UP, 2017), winner of the Colorado Book Award. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2019. Her poems and essays have appeared in Best American Poetry, Best American Travel Writing, 100 Best African American Poems, nearly 30 other anthologies, plus dozens of print and online venues including Poetry, American Poetry Review, VQR, Guernica, and Poets.org. Other honors include two Northern California Book Awards, a California Book Award silver medal, two NAACP Image Award nominations, two Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominations, fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and fellowships from the NEA in both poetry and prose. Dungy is currently a Professor in the English Department at Colorado State University. She lives in Fort Collins, CO with her husband and child.
The Vixen is a multi-talented performer dedicated to making the world a better place. Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, her art has always been intertwined with social justice and activism. An accomplished drag queen, songwriter, fashion designer and dancer, she credits her creative family for her love of the arts. As a student at Columbia College in Chicago, Vixen learned the makeup skills it took to create her growing drag persona. After turning 21, her athletic performance style quickly gained her attention in the Chicago drag scene. Through hard work and dedication The Vixen has become an influential member of Chicago's gay community - interviewed by many publications for her unique style and outspoken viewpoint. As a rapper, her bold lyrics and intricate delivery has earned her national attention for her show-stopping collaborations. Her proudest achievement is creating BlackGirlMagic, a drag concert, where queens of color can celebrate their unique experiences through storytelling and performance. The Vixen lives by her grandmother's belief that helping others makes life worthwhile.
Shanna Johnson is the CEO of cielo24, a technology start up that turns unstructured online media into structured data to drive accessibility, discoverability and reach. Previously, she served as President & COO of Tot Squad, a marketplace connecting new and expecting parents with health & wellness services. A self-professed start-up junkie with 20+ years experience in scaling startups and streamlining business operations, she is passionate about technology and managing small teams to achieve meaningful outcomes. She studied English and Philosophy at Barnard College of Columbia University and currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, 2 boys, 2 dogs and 2 cats. She is a long suffering New York Knicks fan and enjoys wine, reading, and planning her next vacation.
Quiana Agbai has been covering urban family life on her blog Harlem Lovebirds since 2009. She launched Trifecta Media Group, a marketing, public relations, and graphic design firm with her sisters in 2014, catering to start-up companies spanning industries such as health and wellness, entertainment, and technology. Additionally, through Quiana’s blog and experience as an entrepreneur she has spoken at social media conferences such as BlogHer, Blogalicious, Mom 2.0, and Altitude Summit covering topics including privacy, using social media for social change, and using one’s blog to pivot to other business opportunities. Quiana is a Toastmaster, a volunteer with Moms Demand Action where she was most recently the Boston Community Outreach Lead for 2 ½ years and is involved with several other community organizations as well.
I began my career as an organizer on open space and environmental issues. My current work includes working in communities to unlock solutions as Director of Programs and Organizing with Leadership for Educational Equity and as Principal of Eester Farm. Previously I served as Executive Director of the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center (at the site of Malcom X’s assassination) and developed public policy on the municipal level in New York City and Newark, NJ. As a volunteer I worked to launch Hetrick-Martin Institute, New Jersey establishing a statewide after-school program for LGBTQ youth, served as a researcher for the Black Census Project which surveyed over 30,000 African Americans to inform policy leading to this year's election cycle.
Toya Lillard is a theater director, artist, activist and educator. A native Houstonian, Toya graduated from Houston’s High School for Performing and Visual Arts. She has directed plays, developed curricula, led advocacy efforts and implemented innovative teaching artist training programs both in and out of our city’s schools. Prior to joining viBe, Toya served as Director of School Programs for The New York Philharmonic’s Education Department, where she helped to develop its nationally recognized School Partnership Program. In addition to leading viBe Theater Experience, Toya is also part-time faculty at The New School, where she teaches Global Dramatic Literature, Devised Theatre, and Portfolio 1. Toya is also an adjunct professor at CUNY CityTech, where she teaches Black Theater. Toya holds a B.A. from Vassar College, and an M.A. from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Toya serves on the Board of the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable, and is an Affiliate Representative on the Board of the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance.
Lourdes Ashley Hunter has served as a catalyst for change for nonprofit organizations, community organizing initiatives and legislative campaigns for communities for over 25 years. A Black, disabled, non-binary trans woman living at the intersections of multiple identities deeply impacted by state sanctioned violence, Lourdes’ work is rooted in dismantling systems of oppression while creating and cultivating tools that work towards collective liberation for all oppressed people. Currently based in Washington D.C., Lourdes is the Executive Director of Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC). TWOCC is a grass-roots global initiative led by trans and gender non-conforming people of color that works to uplift the lived narratives, experiences and leadership of trans and gender non-conforming people of color, their families and comrades while building towards collective liberation for all oppressed people through healing and restorative justice.
Carita Marrow is an intrapreneur serving as Adobe’s, Diversity & Inclusion Talent Program Manager. She drives strategy around attracting and recruiting diverse talent into Adobe in tight partnership with key stakeholders such as talent acquisition and branding teams in addition to employee networks. Before joining Adobe, Carita was Senior Manager, Science Education, UNCF, the nation’s largest scholarship provider where she co-managed UNCF’s 48 million dollar initiative --- Fund II Foundation STEM Scholars Program, UNCF Merck Science Initiative, and HBCU Innovation Summit. At UNCF, she Carita has administered over 11 million dollars in scholarship & leaderships grants to over 700 historically underrepresented students. Beyond her current Adobe day job, Carita loves to paint + draw in her spare time.
During her undergraduate experience, Natalie Gillard found that support for individuals from diverse backgrounds was rather limited. The latter ignited her desire to pursue diverse professional opportunities and a self-designed graduate study in Race and Ethnic Relations. Natalie has held various inclusion roles over her 13 year career, most recently serving as Stevenson University's Assistant Vice President for Multicultural Experience. Natalie is the creator of FACTUALITY, a facilitated dialogue, crash course, and interactive experience, that simulates structural inequality in America. FACTUALITY has supported the diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives of Fortune 500 company Google, Lockheed Martin, Bloomberg Industry Group, the College Board, the American Heart Association, the National Institutes of Health, Bill Gates Millennium Scholars, Princeton, UCLA, and The University of Arizona, where author and civil rights activist, bell hooks participated. FACTUALITY has reached over 20,000 participants and was featured in Amazon Best Seller | The Memo: What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table, Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore issue, the Afro American Newspaper, The Johns Hopkins Newsletter, and The Baltimore Jewish Times. Factuality is listed in the Kellogg Foundation's Racial and Equity Resource Guide and became an ice cream flavor through a partnership with social justice ice cream brand, Taharka Brothers.
Tandra LaGrone is executive director at In Our Own Voices, the Capital District nonprofit working to ensure the physical, mental, spiritual, political, cultural and economic survival and growth of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of color communities. She considers herself an activist, organizer and cultural critic. Tandra previously was director of Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region, One of the country’s largest organizations for girl’s rights. She is an advocate for HIV/AIDS treatment in the African American community, especially for women and young black men. The Albany native has worked as a domestic violence, youth, and LGBT advocate for over 30 years. Tandra has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of New Paltz. She has given presentations, as well as led panel discussions and workshops during a variety of activist and academic conferences and events on Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgender (LGBT) issues with a particular focus on the people of color community (POC).
Lisbeth Meléndez Rivera is a 30+ year veteran of the LGBTQ and labor movements. Lisbeth has extensive experience organizing and training at the intersections of sexual orientation, gender identity, racial/ethnic identity, and culture specifically as they relate to communities of color in the United States. Lisbeth has crisscrossed the country training workers and community leaders in organizing, leadership development, and community building strategies from a grassroots perspective. She has also done extensive work supporting LGBTQ leaders in America Latina. Lisbeth is the former Director of Faith Outreach & Training at the Human Rights Campaign, where she worked with people of faith across denominations to ensure we can be who we are, love who we love, and practice our faith free of judgment. A graduate of United Theological Seminary with a master’s on Theology and Social Transformation she also has a background in biology and sociology with a solid Jesuit and SND formation. Justice and equity make her passions flare, and her days move forward. Today Lisbeth lives in Hyattsville, MD, alongside her wife, Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz, and their chosen family, both human and furry!!
Sarah caught the startup bug when she moved to Seattle a decade ago and hasn’t looked back since! She has worked as a mobile application developer for young, innovative companies across multiple industries including gaming, home renovation and autonomous vehicles. She now lives in Washington, DC and leads Floreo’s all-female engineering team as they develop virtual reality technology for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Taina helps clients honor their unique stories and align their practices with their core values. Her passion is serving clients who identify as BIWOC and/or LGBTQ+ and working with organizations that are committed to the long-term work of establishing equitable and justice-centered practices. With over 10 years of coaching experience and an academic background in women's and cultural studies, Taina brings an intersectional perspective to all of her work. This means that she focuses on the institutional barriers that need to be addressed in order to implement the solution-driven results of her practice. She is based in Atlanta where she lives with her wife and 2 rescue dogs. You can find them on IG at: @adventures_of_foxy_and_luna.
Suzanne is a recruiter who thrives on seeking out the most diverse candidates to solve disruptive companies needs. Her hundreds of connections on LinkedIn helps her identify top talent from organizations who are looking to take their skill sets to another level. Best selling book, Strength Finder 2.0 Book, written by Tom Rath, describes her personality as a "WOO." This means she has the ability to Win Others Over. Sheely-Walker has a journalism background which allows her to ask the tough questions to hiring managers and candidates alike in order to meet their individual needs. This career matchmaker saves the day for the employer and job-seeker.
Calista Tucker is a native of Seattle, WA and CEO & Founder of Calista Phair, LLC-Talent Recruitment Specialist & Career/Biz Coach. Calista has a zeal for business coaching, while possessing a work matrix combination consisting of Talent Acquisition, Change Management, Business Sales Generation, Workforce Training to recruit top talent and mentoring others who desire to advance in their careers, grow a business and maximize their potential. With over 15 years of expertise in recruitment and consulting, Calista has strong social-media experience and has become a networking guru, which led to successful ‘grass roots’ recruiting and implementing community outreach in filling various company’s one to two years vacant positions within three to six months. During COVID-19 Calista relaunched her business and completed a certification in Women’s Entrepreneurship, a collaborative program between the Bank of America Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship and Cornell University.
Lusen/they/them has 12 years of software engineering and engineering management experience. Most recently they developed the Interview Engineering program at Karat, including how to interview for interviewer skills and what it means to conduct a great interview. Lusen currently conducts research on new interview formats and shares these insights in talks and workshops. Lusen also works with various schools to help students prepare for technical interviews.
As an award-winning, Director of Product and Platform Engineering, Jossie has an extensive background with progressive roles leading and supporting the creation of innovative, consumer facing products, improving product and brand performance in global markets while generating millions in new business revenue for global companies. Throughout her career, Jossie’s analytical skills as an engineer have combined with her passion to create a world where technology can empower everyone to thrive, championing the customer. This drive for tech began when she got her first computer at age 5, a Commodore 64. She provides mentoring and leads all diversity and inclusion efforts, demonstrated by founding Women@Siri and launching the Tile mentorship program, which gained 67% participation.
Andrea Hall is a Global diversity and inclusion and HR expert with 15+ years of experience. She works to advance company growth by providing strategic leadership on company-wide D&I initiatives and strengthen diversity and inclusion efforts. She currently is the Senior Global Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Candace Ramirez lives right outside Seattle in Bellevue, WA and is a former Content Creator at 1Password. Currently, she is the Founder of Moon Honey Media, a content & branding for creative women-run small businesses. As a former PowerToFly VIP, Candace found her current role after attending a virtual chat with Taylor Lane, Founder of Remote Like Me. Candace is a few years into her healing journey with PTSD, and in that time she's learned how to navigate job searching, disclosing to employers, and finding ways to thrive and advocate for herself at work. On the side, she's writing a guidebook for women with PTSD.
Mira Stern is a queer white Jew born and raised in San Francisco, who currently lives in Oakland as a settler on Chochenyo Ohlone land. Mira is a consultant and facilitator for tech companies, organizations, and school systems that are committed to developing equity strategies rooted in racial justice and community building. She is a life-long educator and advocate for justice, focusing on developing white antiracist consciousness and capacity for change. Her organizing work spans from youth development and prison abolition to reparations movements and Palestine solidarity work. Mira recently finished her Master’s work in Education & Social Justice at USF, creating a 9-part workshop series on whiteness and antiracism for white educators. She is a plant witch and committed to earth-based practices as a central component of our movements for collective liberation.
Milena is the Co-Founder and CEO of PowerToFly - the fastest growing global platform connecting women with companies that value work-life integration, female-friendly benefits, equal pay for equal work and environments where they thrive. Milena’s on a mission to partner with top 100 brands to bring them a slew of diversity solutions provided through the PowerToFly platform. Milena was born in Bulgaria and moved to New York City a week before September 11th to pursue a Masters at ITP NYU. Prior to co-founding PowerToFly, Milena has contributed to numerous startups, and had a blast being the CTO of Avaaz.org where she oversaw the technology to support growth to over 30 million members. Milena is a frequent commentator on how companies can diversify their teams, especially in tech. Her work for PowerToFly has been recognized in Business Insider and she was named Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business in 2015. Her biggest accomplishments are her four children who constantly push her to rethink what work-life balance means.
Katharine Zaleski was named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business after launching PowerToFly, the virtual-events community for diverse women to connect with each other and hiring managers who elevate their careers. Through a myriad of products and services, PowerToFly’s mission is to dismantle systemic racism and sexism holding back workplaces, and ultimately our communities. Prior to co-founding PowerToFly, Katharine was the Founding Managing Editor of NowThis; the Executive Director of Digital for The WashingtonPost; and the sixth hire and Head of News for The Huffington Post. She writes for major publications, including The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes and Quartz and has appeared on TODAY, Good Morning America and numerous outlets. Katharine lives in New York with her family where she is a Member of the Council of Foreign Relations and a frequent kite-surfer on Long Island and New Jersey’s under-appreciated beaches
Dionna recently joined the team at Thumbtack, serving as their Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Dionna held the title of PowerToFly’s Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Learning & Development. Prior to joining PowerToFly, Dionna served as the Head of Global Talent Strategies & Recruitment Programs at Delta Air Lines. Dionna was named to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 list and is a regular featured speaker at conferences. She is most proud of being the mother of five outstanding children.
Lauren Hagerty is the Director of Marketing and Community for PowerToFly - the largest gender diversity recruiting platform and community connecting women with fortune 500 corporations and fast-growing startups. Previously, Lauren led the social media and community efforts for the industry-leading smart home platform Wink, where she recreated and revitalized the company’s voice and persona. In her free time, you can find Lauren skiing (with her very own handmade knit goods, of course) or taking pictures of her Pomeranian, Sprinkles.
Limor recently became the Director of Mentorship at PowerToFly. Previously, she served as Director, Cloud Compute and Engineering Manager at DigitalOcean. Limor also volunteers with Plato where she mentors managers and leaders. For more than ten years, Limor has been leading teams and organizations of different sizes while building a great culture, innovating, and shipping products. She enjoys helping engineers grow both their technical abilities as well as their communication and collaboration skills.
Sienna J. Brown is a Global D&I strategist at PowerToFly. As an educator, expat and entrepreneur her mission is to teach driven women how secure remote work opportunities aligned with their bigger mission and provide them with freedom and flexibility. Over the past 6 years, her focus has been working with companies and employees to create more diverse and inclusive workplaces that have a positive impact on their personal and professional lives. When she’s not working, she’s at home on the Mediterranean coast watering her plants, cooking a good meal or engaging in meaningful conversations with friends.
Kristen is a lesbian woman from coastal North Carolina. After attending Appalachian State University she served in the US Army as a 68W/Combat Medic. She is now the co-host of the podcast TopHatTopics which focuses on candidly discussing queer stories in pop-culture and is the Business Development Manager with PowerToFly.
Nicole is an Associate Marketing Manager at PowerToFly. She is originally from Upstate New York and now lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is the mom to a spirited little boy and has created a program at PowerToFly called the Parents’ Panel where viewers can come chat virtually with experts on pressing issues working parents face. She is the founder of momswithoutavillage, a community for moms who don’t have a “village”. She loves pizza, traveling and funny memes
Meg Alexander joined the PowerToFly community as a job-seeker in 2014, eventually landing her first remote role working for PowerToFly’s Delivery Team. Her professional experience includes roles as a Talent Advocate, Head of Purchasing for a window factory, audiobook publishing, & more than 5 years as a paralegal. She has a bachelor's degree in Art History from Indiana University (mint condition, never been used!), where she also earned a varsity letter for Women's Rowing. She loves DIY projects and will never say no to french fries. She lives in Toledo, OH with her husband Aaron, an engineering technician, and their dogs, Radar & Cake.
Maryella Marie is a multimedia performance artist & activist focused on raising emotional intelligence through her work. California born, Georgia raised, Argentina based.