THE TIME IS NOW… WE MUST BUILD DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE TEAMS TO RISE STRONGER TOGETHER...
After the challenges and opportunities of 2020, how are you thinking about building a more diverse and inclusive workplace—and world—in 2021?
Join us for Diversity Reboot 2021: The 100 Day Kickoff and plan for the year with input and inspiration from leaders in government, wellness, childcare, media, and finance. At Diversity Reboot 2021, we’ll harness the energy of the new government’s first 100 days as we all carve out and bolster personal and professional plans.
The Summit will end with a career fair to connect diverse candidates with high-visibility jobs at leading brands, as well as an awards show to recognize the most impactful diversity and inclusion champions of 2020.We’re looking forward to seeing you!
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Milena and Katharine,
National Domestic Workers Alliance
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Actress and Founder & CEO
United States Representative, State of Florida
Katapult Studios & Oxygen Media
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Writer, Lawyer & Author
Comedian, Actress, Writer & Advocate
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WorkMarket, an ADP company
Randstad Sourceright North America
Valerie B. Jarrett is a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, and a senior advisor to the Obama Foundation and Attn. She serves as Board Chair of When We All Vote and Co-Chair of The United State of Women. She also serves on the boards of Lyft, Ralph Lauren, Walgreens Boots Alliance, 2U, Ariel Investments, the Innocence Project, Time’s Up, the Economic Club of Chicago and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, Finding My Voice, was published in 2019 and updated in paperback in 2020.
Ai-jen Poo is the co-founder and Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, a non-profit organization working to bring quality work, dignity and fairness to the growing numbers of workers who care and clean in our homes, the majority of whom are immigrants and women of color. Her widely acclaimed book The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America helps Americans make meaning of the need and opportunity in the elder boom -- to improve access to care for all families while ensuring a strong care workforce for the future. Ai-jen Poo is also a leading voice in the women’s movement. In 2019 along with Ceclie Richards and Alicia Garza, Ai-jen co-founded SuperMajority, a new home for women's activism, training and mobilizing a multiracial, intergenerational community who will fight for gender equity together. She has been recognized among Fortune’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders and Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, and she has been the recipient of countless awards, including a 2014 MacArthur "Genius" Award. Ai-jen served as a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored Partnership for Mobility from Poverty, currently serves as a trustee of the Ford Foundation and a member of the Democratic National Committee. She has a BA from Columbia University and honorary doctorates from Smith College, the New School, and the City University of New York.
Carla Harris is a Vice Chairman, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. She is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across the firm. She formerly headed the Emerging Manager Platform, the equity capital markets effort for the consumer and retail industries and was responsible for Equity Private Placements. In her 30 year career, Ms. Harris has had extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors. In August 2013, Carla Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council. For more than a decade, Ms. Harris was a senior member of the equity syndicate desk and executed such transactions as initial public offerings for UPS, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Ariba, Redback, the General Motors sub-IPO of Delphi Automotive, and the $3.2 Billion common stock transaction for Immunex Corporation, one of the largest biotechnology common stock transactions in U.S. history. Ms. Harris was named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America”, Fortune’s Most Influential List, U. S. Bankers Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance (2009, 2010, 2011), Black Enterprise’s Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business (2017), and “Top 75 African Americans on Wall Street”, and to Essence Magazine’s list of “The 50 Women Who are Shaping the World”, Ebony’s list of the Power 100 and “15 Corporate Women at the Top” and was named “Woman of the Year 2004” by the Harvard Black Men’s Forum and in 2011 by the Yale Black Men’s Forum. In her other life, Carla is a singer who has sold out concerts at the Apollo Theatre, and released her third gospel CD “Unceasing Praise” (2011) , her second CD, a gospel album titled, “Joy Is Waiting”, was featured on BET Nightly News while her first CD entitled, “Carla’s First Christmas”, was a bestseller on Amazon.com in New York and in record stores, and was featured on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather in his “American Dream” segment. She has performed 5 sold out concerts at Carnegie Hall. Carla is also the author of the books, Strategize to Win (2014) and of Expect to Win (2009) (Hudson Press).
Angelica Ross is a leading figure of success and strength in the movement for transgender and racial equality and a current star in Ryan Murphy’s hit FX series “Pose”. Making TV history, the show features the largest transgender cast ever for a scripted series – five transgender women of color cast to play five series regular roles, including Angelica’s role as ‘Candy Abundance’. Ross is also the President of Miss Ross, Inc. and founder of TransTech Social Enterprises, an organization that helps people lift themselves out of poverty through technical training and digital work creating a social impact and bringing economic empowerment to marginalized trans and LGBTQI+ communities.
Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) represents Florida’s 10th District in Congress. The first woman to serve as Orlando’s Chief of Police, she now serves on the House committees on Homeland Security, Intelligence, and the Judiciary. Demings is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Women’s Caucus, and New Democratic Caucus. She is a member of the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Review Board and the Elections Security Taskforce. Besides serving as a Subcommittee Vice-Chair, Congresswoman Demings’ leadership positions include serving as Assistant and Regional Whip for the House Democratic Caucus, Co-Chair of Candidate Recruitment for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Vice Chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. She recently made history as one of the first women and first African Americans to serve as an presidential Impeachment Manager. Rep. Demings has been a leader on numerous issues, including bipartisan and bicameral work in Congress to reaffirm America’s commitment to media diversity.
Geraldine Laybourne is currently chairman and co-founder of Katapult Studio,a technology start-up company for the creative generation. Gerry is a serial media entrepreneur. She founded Oxygen Media, a 24-hour cable television network for young women, where she served as chairman and CEO until she sold it to NBC Universal in 2007. Gerry was a cable programming pioneer in the 80s and 90s: she led the team that created Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite. She also served as president of Disney/ABC Cable Networks (From 1996-1998) where she ran cable programming for the Walt Disney Company and its ABC subsidiary. Gerry has been singled out for her many contributions to the industry. She was ranked No. 1 among the 50 most influential women in the entertainment industry by the Hollywood Reporter in 1996 and named one of the 25 more influential people in America by Time Magazine that same year. She serves on the board of directors of Symantec Corporation, 9 story and Betaworks. She is on the board of trustees of Vassar College and on the board of Vital Voices.
Margery Kraus is founder and executive chairman of APCO Worldwide, a global advisory and advocacy communications consultancy headquartered in Washington, D.C. She specializes in public affairs, communication, and business consulting for major multinationals. Ms. Kraus founded APCO in 1984 and transformed it from a company with one small Washington office to a multinational consulting firm in major cities throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Ms. Kraus’s achievements have been recognized over the years through a number of prestigious awards, including the PRWeek U.S. Power List (2020); Enterprising Women of the Year Award (2019); PRWeek Top 20 Most Influential Communicator (2018); and many more. Ms. Kraus is active on other institutional and corporate boards and committees. She is chairman of the board of the Women Presidents’ Organization; serves on the international advisory board of Tikehau Capital, the social responsibility advisory board of Univision Communications Corporate, and the advisory board of Enterprising Women magazine. She also serves as a trustee of American University, the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation, and the Institute for Public Relations.
Dr. Naomi Wolf received a D Phil Degree in English Literature from the University of Oxford in 2015. Dr. Wolf taught Victorian Studies as a Visiting Professor at SUNY Stony Brook, received a Barnard College Research Fellowship at the Center for Women and Gender, was recipient of a Rothermere American Institute Research Fellowship for her work on John Addington Symonds at the University of Oxford, and taught English Literature at George Washington University as a visiting lecturer. She's lectured widely on the themes in Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalization of Love, presenting lectures on Symonds and the themes in Outrages at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, at Balliol College, Oxford, and to the undergraduates in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford. She lectured about Symonds and Outrages for the first LGBTQ Colloquium at Rhodes House. Dr. Wolf was a Rhodes Scholar and a Yale graduate. She's written eight nonfiction bestsellers, about women's issues and civil liberties, and is the CEO of DailyClout.io, a news site and legislative database in which actual US state and Federal legislation is shared digitally and read and explained weekly. She holds an honorary doctorate from Sweet Briar College. She and her family live in New York City.
Jill Filipovic is a journalist based in Nairobi and New York City, and the author of The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness. A contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, she is also a weekly columnist for Cosmopolitan and CNN. Formerly a columnist for the Guardian and Cosmopolitan.com’s senior political writer, she is also an attorney. Her work on law, politics, gender and foreign affairs has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, VICE, TIME, Al Jazeera America, the Nation, Foreign Policy, Marie Claire, and others. She was an editor at NYU Law’s Journal of Law and Social Change, and a contributor to the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism and the anthology Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape, named one of the best books of the year by Publisher’s Weekly A winner of a 2014 Newswomen’s Club of New York Front Page Award for her global health reporting and two Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi award for political commentary, she was also a UN Foundation Fellow in Malawi and Indonesia, and an International Reporting Project fellow in Brazil and India. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @jillfilipovic.
Esther K. Choo, M.D.,M.P.H., is an emergency physician in Portland, Oregon and an associate professor at Oregon Health & Science University. She cofounded Equity Quotient, a company that conducts assessments of healthcare company culture, and was a founding member of TIME'S UP Healthcare, which advocates for workplace safety and dignity for women. She is a past president of the Academy of Women in Academic Emergency Medicine, and a popular health communicator who writes for NBC Think and Self magazine, has a regular column for The Lancet focused on health disparities and appears as a medical expert on CNN and MSNBC. Choo is the host of the Doctor's Log podcast.
Jane van Dis, MD is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Co-Founder and CEO of Equity Quotient. She is Medical Director for Ob Hospitalist Group, and Medical Director for MavenClinic. She received her medical degree from the University of South Dakota and trained in Obstetrics & Gynecology at UCLA. A national expert and speaker on gender equity in the physician workplace, she has published on the topic in the NEJM, Slate and Harvard Business Review. She has written for or been quoted in the NYT, TIME, US News, Allure, Bustle, Becker’s, Reader’s Digest, Popular Science and multiple medical publications. She is a single mom to twins, Brooklyn and Miles.
Aida Rodriguez is an Afro-Latina, taking the world of entertainment by storm with her wit, strong performances, and charismatic personality. Aida recently filmed a comedy special for Netflix as part of a new standup series “She Ready.” She made history as the first Latina to appear in two specials aired in one month on both HBO and Showtime. She was handpicked by director Taylor Hackford for his film “The Comedian” starring Robert De Niro. In 2017, Coca Cola Global Women’s LINC Conference sponsored Rodriguez’s speech that modeled a TED Talk. Rodriguez has also appeared on Comedy Central’s This Week at the Comedy Cellar, The Nightly Show, five-time host of the PBS Imagen Awards, NBC Last Comic Standing’s finals, TRUtv’s Laff Tracks, Fox Laughs, Nickelodeon Mom’s Night Out and Parental Discretion. This summer, Aida will be releasing her first Netflix special, as part of Tiffany Haddish’s They Ready series. She is also a regular contributor for The Young Turks.
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.
Jeff Wald is the Founder of WorkMarket, an enterprise software platform that enables companies to manage freelancers (acquired by ADP). Jeff has founded several other technology companies, including Spinback, a social sharing platform (eventually purchased by salesforce.com). Jeff began his career in finance, serving as Managing Director at activist hedge fund Barington Capital Group, a Vice President at venture capital firm GlenRock and various roles in the M&A Group at JP Morgan. Jeff is an active angel investor and startup advisor, as well as serving on numerous public and private Boards of Directors. He also formerly served as an officer in the Auxiliary Unit of the New York Police Department. Jeff is the author of The Birthday Rules and the Amazon Best Seller The End of Jobs: The Rise of On-Demand Workers and Agile Corporations. Jeff frequently speaks at conferences and in media on startups and labor issues. Jeff holds an MBA from Harvard University and an MS and BS from Cornell University.
Sue Marcus is the Regional President of MSP, RPO and Payroll Solutions for Randstad Sourceright North America. Sue is bringing together this organization to support clients initiatives to bring the best talent into their organizations, with the goal of an agile model, aligned to changing business demands – creating a new path for a customer toward total talent management. Initially joining the Randstad organization back in 2004, under the brand Spherion, Sue has been driving client performance, strategy and innovation for the past 10+ years by working closely with and supporting the growth of the company’s RPO delivery teams.
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Frida Polli is an award-winning Harvard- and MIT-trained neuroscientist turned startup founder. She completed her predoctoral training in neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and her postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at MIT. After a decade in academic neuroscience, Frida sought to apply neuroscience and data science to real-world problems. She is now CEO and cofounder of pymetrics, a startup that uses advances in cognitive neuroscience to create analytics-informed decision-making and performance-enhancement software for the human capital field. Frida earned her BA from Dartmouth College, MBA from Harvard Business School, and PhD from Suffolk University. She is the proud mother of two girls.
Erin L. Thomas, PhD, is Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging and Talent Acquisition at Upwork. She brings a distinctive mix of research and practitioner expertise to her roles, which aim to integrate equity as a front-end input to people processes. In 2020, Erin was named to Fortune’s 40 under 40 list as one of the most influential people in technology. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and BBC, as well as recognized by Forbes, Human Rights Campaign, the National Association for Female Executives, and Equal Opportunity Magazine. Prior to Upwork, Erin was a Managing Director at Paradigm, a diversity and inclusion consultancy, and held DIBs positions at Grant Thornton LLP and Argonne National Laboratory. She holds a PhD in social psychology; a Master of Philosophy in social psychology; a Master of Science in social psychology; and Bachelors of Arts in psychology and international studies from Yale University.
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.
Claudia Romo Edelman is a social entrepreneur, an advocate and a catalyst for change. A frequent public speaker and media contributor, Claudia is a leader for diversity, inclusion and equity, focused on unifying the U.S. Hispanic community and promoting sustainability and purpose-driven activities. Claudia is the Founder of the We Are All Human Foundation, a New York-based non-profit foundation, dedicated to advancing the agenda of diversity, inclusion and equity through developing and hosting global,national and regional events, conducting research and developing research pieces/publications, creating content and corporate activation. A Mexican-Swiss Diplomat, Claudia is also a Founder and Co-Host of ‘Global GoalsCast’, a podcast distributed by CBS News Digital, which highlights global progress through the stories of champions making a difference. Prior to her role at the We Are All Human, she was seconded to the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to lead communications and advocacy for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Claudia was instrumental in the creation and launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Lion Awards and is a special advisor for the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. She is a Jury Member of the SDG Lion Awards in 2018 and 2019. She also has been a Jury Member of the D&AD Impact Awards for the last three consecutive years.
Regina currently serves as Senior Vice President at MINDBODY, your source for fitness memberships, workout classes, wellness services, beauty appointments, while also serving as the Mayor for the City of East Palo Alto. Previously, Regina worked as Chief of Staff at both eBay and Facebook. In her free time, Regina manages an investment group, Entrepreneurial Spirit Investments, served as a Regional Field Organizer in President Obama's grassroots campaign, coaches AYSO soccer, and tutors mathematics/science and tap dance.
Claire Wasserman is an educator, author, and founder of Ladies Get Paid, a global community that champions the professional and financial advancement of women. She is also the producer and host of John Hancock’s podcast, “Friends Who Talk About Money”. Claire has traveled the country teaching thousands of women how to negotiate millions of dollars in raises, start businesses, and advocate for themselves in the workplace. Claire was named one of Entrepreneur Magazine's 100 Most Powerful Women and is a highly-sought-after expert for Fortune 500 companies working to improve diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within their organizations.
Sian Morson is the ultimate multi-hyphenate; a change-agent, entrepreneur, author, and investor. An accomplished entrepreneur, Sian has founded 3 tech companies and has been at the forefront of technology for the past 15 years. In 2015, Sian was named one of 3 winners of the L’Oreal Women in Digital Award for her app Cast Beauty; the first Black woman to do so. Sian has authored two books, the best-selling Learn Design for iOS with Sketch and Design for iOS Development. She is currently at work on her 3rd book. Her educational background includes graduation from New York University’s Tisch School of the arts with a bachelor’s degree in Film & Television and a master’s degree in Electronic Art from Middlesex University in London. Currently, Sian is the Director of Strategy and Investments at the Starfish Accelerator – the first of its kind accelerator that invests in storytellers of color. In addition to her work at Starfish, Sian is an active angel investor and advisor to startups and founders including Funder.ai, GlowUp Games, and Kanna. Sian is regularly called upon to speak about topics ranging from diversity, to design and investing; and she has been featured globally in publications including the Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Essence, Inc. Magazine and Fast Company.
Dr. Korin Reid earned her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology where she leveraged Artificial Intelligence and Operations Research to determine cost-effective means of producing biofuels from biomass in the southeastern United State. In addition, Dr. Reid has held various Data Science roles in the healthcare space. This includes building massively scalable Machine Learning solutions scaling to billions of records and impacting more than 160 million covered lives and a third of US hospitals. For this effort, Dr. Reid was named to Forbes 2017 “30 Under 30” list in the Science category. Dr. Reid has a wealth of experience leading large Data organizations including Data Science, Data Engineering, and Software Development teams. Dr. Reid currently serves as CEO of Ellison Laboratories, a consulting firm that specializes in leveraging Artificial Intelligence and Operations Research to transform organizations in the healthcare, energy, and education technology verticals.
Candace Mitchell Harris is cofounder and CEO of Techturized Inc., a high tech hair care company based in Atlanta, GA. Their first product, Myavana, is a personalized hair care service that recommends products and services based on scientific analysis of consumer’s hair type and texture. She was recently named on WWD’s Top 50 Beauty Innovators Under 40, 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the category of Retail and E-Commerce, and BET’s Next In Class STEM Award Winner. She graduated from Georgia Tech in 2011 with a B.S. in Computer Science. Her technology background includes undergraduate research in IT security and human computer interaction. Her company has been featured nationally on ‘The Real’ daytime talk show, Marie Claire Magazine, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry show, ESSENCE magazine, Ebony Magazine, Black Enterprise, and Business Insider.
Shirley M. Carswell is a journalism educator with decades of experience in the news business. She recently became the Executive Director of the Dow Jones News Fund. Since 2015, she has been a lecturer at her alma mater, Howard University, in the Media, Journalism and Film Department. Before returning to Howard, she was deputy managing editor of The Washington Post. She retired from The Post after 25 years, during which time she held several management positions, including assistant managing editor for planning and administration and metro copy chief. Ms. Carswell previously worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Oakland Press in Pontiac, Michigan, and the Detroit Free Press. She is a graduate of the Dow Jones News Fund editing program and Northwestern University’s Media Management Center, which she attended as a McCormick Fellow. She is a longtime member of the National Association of Black Journalists and served as NABJ interim executive director in 2017. She graduated magna cum laude from Howard University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
DeAnna Hoskins has been at the helm of JLUSA as the President and CEO of JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA) since 2018. A nationally recognized leader and dynamic public speaker, Ms. Hoskins has been committed to the movement for racial and social justice, working alongside those most impacted by marginalization for over two decades. Her own life experience has been this driving force, having been directly impacted by the system of incarceration and the war on drugs, and with her professional experience, from working on grassroots campaigns to state and federal government. Ms. Hoskins has been a part of JLUSA’s national alumni network since 2016, as a Leading with Conviction Fellow. Prior to taking the helm at JLUSA, Ms. Hoskins was at the Department of Justice where she joined under the Obama Administration. There, she served as a Senior Policy Advisor (Corrections/Reentry) providing national leadership on criminal justice policy, training, and technical assistance, and information on best and promising practices. She oversaw the Second Chance Act portfolio and managed cooperative agreements between federal agencies – the Department of Labor’s Clean Slate Clearinghouse, supporting formerly incarcerated people with expunging their records; the National Reentry Resource Center; the National Inventory of Collateral Consequences and Convictions; the National Institute of Corrections Children of Incarcerated Parents initiative; and more. She also served as the Deputy Director of the Federal Interagency Reentry Council.
Patricia serves as the President & CEO for the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE), leading strategy, fundraising & development, leadership programs, and expanding impact on a national scale. As an advocate for access and equity, Patricia strives to create a multi-generational, diverse, and inclusive support network to catapult the career growth Latinos across the country. Patricia leads with a diverse industry background, from co-founding a nonprofit, leading in community affairs for local government, marketing for corporate utilities company, to administration in higher education, to circling back to nonprofit at HACE as a Director in 2010, Sr. Director 2012, then CEO in 2015. Patricia has a strong history of serving the community, as reflected by her service on various nonprofit boards and committees, and several accolades, most recently appointed as a commissioner on the Illinois Hispanic Employment Plan Council and named Crain’s Business Chicago Top 25 Most Powerful Latinos. Patricia earned a double Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University Bloomington in Spanish and Communication & Culture and a Master’s in Public Affairs (MPA) in Public Management from Indiana University’s School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA)-Indianapolis. Patricia is also a certified leadership coach, Insights Discovery© licensed practitioner, and a proud Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow.
Pariss Athena is creator of the movement and community, #BlackTechTwitter, and Founder of Black Tech Pipeline. Black Tech Pipeline is a service based platform that brings exposure, resources, and opportunities to Black technologists, and their allies. With a strong focus on retention, Pariss connects employers to candidates within her community and works with those companies on their diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
Jacqueline E. Kalk represents and counsels management clients in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, construction, crowdsourcing and virtual companies. Jacqueline’s practice encompasses a broad range of employment law matters, with a particular focus on independent contractor classification and wage and hour litigation and analysis. Additionally, Jacqueline has published articles on employment law issues, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act, and speaks on a national basis to human resource professionals regarding employment law and wage and hour issues. She is a faculty presenter for the Institute of Applied Management and Law (www.iaml.com).
Serena Marshall is an award-winning journalist based in D.C. with a background in health reporting. As the creator and host of Track the Vax, a weekly podcast by Everyday Health and MedPage Today, she examines everything from trials to distribution of the global Covid-19 vaccine charge. Conducting long-form interviews with the leaders in the biopharmaceutical and medical fields, distributors, and even those in line to get the shot. Pressing leading researchers, pharmaceutical companies and government agency heads on the big issues. Previously, she covered the White House and Capitol Hill for ABC News as a correspondent; travelled globally reporting on U.S. immigration; and helped lead the team that broke the restoration of diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Cuba, which won the Merriam-Smith award for outstanding coverage. Serena holds a master's degree in Health Communication from the University of Florida and a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism - News Reporting, also from Florida. Her career in journalism began working the medical beat for ABC News in New York before moving to D.C. and working as a general assignment digital journalist, reporting and producing for all ABC News shows and platforms including Good Morning America and World News with David Muir.
Nekpen Osuan Wilson is a United Nations Association Global Ambassador for Sustainable Development Goal 5 advocating for women’s rights and gender equality. Nekpen also is Principal at Small Business Wins, a New-York-based strategy firm for female founders, as well as CEO and Co-Founder of WomenWerk, a women’s empowerment non-profit that reaches 5,500 women and girls annually through leadership training and professional development programs since 2014. Her most notable speaking engagements have led her to engagements at The White House, The United States Military Academy at West Point, AdWeek, Essence Festival, The National Urban League, The National Association of Black Journalists, Harvard University, The Wharton Business School, Columbia University and Baylor University.
Sabina Rajasundaram is the founder of Codefy (www.codefy.org), a startup based in Phoenix, AZ. Codefy’s mission is to empower underserved youth to create a workforce for the tech industry because their perspectives, experiences and abilities are valuable. Sabina is an experienced software engineer and has successfully taught workforce development programs as a community college professor. She is passionate about sharing her software development skills and specializes in holistic, personalized training. She is an advocate for underserved youth and brings the perspective of an immigrant and a woman of color. Her desire is to create a world in which diversity of people and thought are valued.
Kyra Reed is a social media industry veteran and a community-focused brand innovator. Reed brings a unique and fresh social-first approach to brand marketing and digital strategy. She was named a ‘Social Media Pioneer,’ by Entrepreneur Magazine and her work in social media has been featured in The NY Times, Tech Crunch, NPR and 20/20. She has guest-lectured at UCLA and USC and has spoken at a number of conferences, including SXSW, Digital Hollywood, Digital Music Forum West, Blog World, ASCAP Expo and more. Her work has been featured in top tier media outlets including The New York Times and NPR. Reed is the author of Blog 101, a beginner’s guide to blogging and a contributor to The Power of Real-Time Social Media Marketing. In 2016 she launched Markyr Digital Cannabis, a digital marketing and social media strategy agency focused on the Marijuana, hemp and CBD industries. Kyra’s cannabis clients include growers, manufacturers and dispensaries. She has been a speaker on branding and marketing at MJ BizCon, Global Cannabis Conference and New West Summit. Kyra founded one of the largest cannabis networking groups for women, Women Empowered in Cannabis (WEiC) and WEiC:Careers a job matching site for women in cannabis and companies committed to gender diversity and inclusion in their hiring practices. She is also the founder of Lady Jane Society, an event production company focused on high end retreats for women in cannabis and Haus of Jane, a collaboration event with Tokeativity, currently hosting virtual speed networking events for women working in cannabis. She was noted as one of the “100 Most Important Women in Weed” in 2019 and 2020 by Green Market Report.
Gil Allouche is a tech entrepreneur whose passion for artificial intelligence, big data, and growth marketing led him to start Metadata in May 2015. As the Founder and CEO of Metadata, Gil prides himself on building a customer-first company. He is part of an ambitious team that is committed to solving a major problem that B2B marketing and sales professionals face every month -- generating qualified, opt-in leads. Gil combines his passions for both software engineering and marketing and a point of view of both a typical client and the solution provider. His biggest reward is watching a funnel being optimized to the satisfaction of the CMS or CRO and seeing their clients grow their business with the Metadata solution.
Jonah Paquette, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, speaker, and author. He is the author of Real Happiness: Proven Paths for Contentment, Peace, and Well-Being (PESI, 2015), a research-based self-help book in which he distills the key findings in the fields of happiness, and offers user-friendly tools to achieve lasting well-being. His second book, The Happiness Toolbox (PESI, 2018), offers readers an array of easy-to-use handouts and exercises designed to enhance happiness in a lasting way. Dr. Paquette is a psychologist and Clinical Training Director for Kaiser Permanente in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he oversees the mental health training programs across four medical centers.
Devi B. Dillard-Wright is currently Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina, Aiken. Her academic work has appeared in many academic journals and focuses on the philosophy of mind, animal studies, and environmental ethics. Dr. Dillard-Wright converted to Hinduism and began publishing books on meditation, including, The Boundless Life Challenge, A Mindful Day, A Mindful Morning, A Mindful Evening, Meditation for Multitaskers, 5-Minute Mindfulness, and The Everything Guide to Meditation for Healthy Living. She lives in Augusta, Georgia with her partner, Jessica, and her three children, Atticus, Oscar, and Tallulah.
Naimeesha is the Founder at ProductsbyWomen.com – a skill-based platform that helps women identify gaps in their skills and recommends suitable training opportunities, mentorship and best fit jobs to accelerate their career in innovation and tech. Naimeesha also serves as an advisory board member at Pace University, New York and a Forbes council member. She also serves as a mentor at Barclays RISE and advises early to mid-stage start-ups. In addition, Naimeesha is also an angel investor in early stage companies in the Edtech, Wellness, HRtech and Femtech space – she is passionate about backing women led ventures and products that create a social impact.
Jessica Popp is VP of Engineering at Twilio. Before Twilio, Jessica worked as Senior Director of Engineering at SendGrid and DDN Storage. Jessica spent five years at Intel, most recently as Senior Director of Engineering. She began her career as a Software Engineer for Circuit City. Jessica’s specialities include software solutions/development, large program execution, government program execution, risk management, software lifecycle, R&D, operations management, storage technologies, performance and efficiency improvements, and employee development.
Yael is Senior Director, Digital Products at ASCAP and a PowerToFly Mentor. She is a curiosity driven problem solver with 10+ years experience creating consumer centric digital experiences. Her specialities include Market research, User research, Consumer Insights, User Experience, Competitive Analysis,Product Management, Change Management, Storytelling, and Team Leadership.
Lauren Guilbeaux is a sales leader and growth strategist helping companies center their sales strategy in empathy and true connection to their customers. As a trans woman in the technology space for over 12 years, Lauren is personally committed to spearheading the diversity and inclusion strategies needed to create necessary corporate culture shifts. Lauren is currently Head of Growth at ThinkHuman where she helps companies develop inclusive leaders through cohort based training and coaching that elevates emotional intelligence and creates long lasting behavior changes.
Fatma Ghedira is a community builder and experience designer who supports organizations and community leaders in creating impactful moments, conversations and experiences that align with their values and intentions. Fatma is a marketer by experience and a psychologist by education, with a formal training in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. Fatma is currently Head of Community at ThinkHuman while also focusing on social justice and equity work. Outside of work, she finds inspiration in her roles as an artist, musician, yogi and meditation student.
Candelario Cervantez (he, him, his, él) is a business executive who opens educational opportunities to historically underrepresented and underserved minority populations and a champion for educational equity and excellence. Candelario is also a strong advocate of the promotion and advancement of diverse leaders in all industries. Currently, he is the National Senior Managing Director, Latinx Alliances on the National Public Partnerships and Government Affairs Team at Teach For America. Teach For America’s mission is to enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation's most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence. At Teach For America he also serves on the Latinx Advisory Council. He is also currently serving as Co-Chair of the National Diversity Council’s TX CEO Roundtable that is working to help Texas-based CEOs in advancing DEI in their organizations. Finally, he is the CEO of Art By Cervantez. The company focuses on utilizing art to connect with others on a deep level and to evoke passion, reflection and gratitude for the gifts of nature and faith.
Dr. Matthew Delmont is the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of History and a Special Advisor to President Hanlon for faculty diversity. An expert on African-American History and the history of Civil Rights, he is the author four books: Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African American Newspapers (Stanford University Press, 2019); Making Roots: A Nation Captivated(University of California Press, 2016); Why Busing Failed: Race, Media, and the National Resistance to School Desegregation (UC Press, 2016); and The Nicest Kids in Town: American Bandstand, Rock 'n' Roll, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in 1950s Philadelphia (UC Press, 2012). His next book, Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad, will be published by Viking Books in 2022. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Public Scholar Award to support this research. In addition to these books, he regularly shares his research with media outlets, including the New York Times, NPR, TheAtlantic.com, Washington Post, and The Conversation. Dr. Delmont has spoken and consulted with Fortune 500 companies, universities, colleges, and community organizations regarding civil rights, diversity and inclusivity, and how to reckon with the history of racism in America.
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.
Dr. Natalia Mehlman Petrzela is a historian of contemporary American politics and culture and is currently writing a book on American fitness culture, FIT NATION: How America Embraced Exercise As The Government Abandoned It (under contract with University of Chicago Press). She is the author of Classroom Wars: Language, Sex, and the Making of Modern Political Culture (Oxford 2015), co-host of Past Present Podcast, a frequent media guest expert, speaker at universities and conferences, and contributor to international and domestic news outlets from the BBC to the New York Times to the Atlantic. Natalia is Associate Professor of History at The New School, a co-founder of wellness education program Healthclass 2.0 and a Premiere Leader of intenSati. She is a co-producer and the host of WELCOME TO YOUR FANTASY, a forthcoming podcast from Pineapple Street Studios. She holds a B.A. from Columbia and a master’s and Ph.D. from Stanford and is based in New York City.
Ronit is a Sr. Director of Engineering at Smartsheet. She brings more than 20 years of engineering leadership within both corporate and startup companies. She has a strong understanding of how to connect business and product visions, while building, leading and enhancing software development groups to reach their objectives. Ronit came to the Seattle area to join Amazon in 2014 where she led Alexa's Skill Conversational Tooling, Amazon's Choice and other AI innovative initiatives. Prior to Amazon, she was a Director of Engineering at Conduit, an internet monetization company and at TTI Telecom where she led Engineering for Network Performance and Faults systems. Ronit is passionate about helping people reach their career goals, promoting women in engineering and creating an inclusive work environment. She is a trained life coach and uses coaching at work and at home. In her free time Ronit co-leads a meetup to empower Jewish professional women, she plays in a women’s Catchball league and enjoys the outdoors with her family.
Meera Raikundalia has had over 5 years sales and commercial experience across different start-ups. She has been working in the corporate D&I space for 5 years and has helped grow and scale communities for women in technology as well as worked in inner city London schools to connect less priviledged students with opportunities in technology. She now heads up the corporate strategy for BYP Network, and works closely with a range of companies including, Facebook, AirBnb, Soho House, PwC etc to help them attract and retain black talent.
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.
Liza Wisner is an award-winning television personality serving her community as a talent development expert and the curator of change agent training, including Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategies. Liza has more than a decade of experience in the human capital optimization space working with organizations around the world to help them actualize their potential so they can create jobs and support programs that make communities stronger. Professionally trained in computer science and educational technology, Liza has built an incredible career and has turned her love of automation into a fulfilling life, strategizing, and managing future skilling and automation initiatives. Liza is also the founder of social organizations, including the non-profit, ‘PowerUp.org’ whose mission is to bridge the digital divide and eliminate "Technology Poverty." For more information about Liza, visit her website: www.lizawisner.com
Emily is the VP of Engineering at Metadata.io - they generate Inbound qualified leads for B2B companies by using AI to execute paid media campaigns at scale. Metadata set up and launch hundreds to thousands of multivariate advertising campaigns for marketers across Facebook, LinkedIn and Display channels. Emily brings 5+ years of managing and scaling distributed engineering team locally and globally and 12+ years of extensive experience working on large scale consumer facing mobile and web applications to her role.
Patrice is the founder of Coronavirus News for Black Folks, a weekly newsletter that aims to empower our community by circulating existing coronavirus (COVID-19) news and stories as it relates to the Black Diaspora. She is a former host and writer for BuzzFeed. With over 10 years of experience at both media companies and startups, Patrice also brings a thoughtful perspective and blend of self-starting, creative chops and digital data-savvy. She's entrepreneurial at heart and a team player recognized for viral stories, dynamic ideas, and an impassioned, intersectional approach. In 2017 alone, Patrice’s writing garnered more than 34,000,000 views, including viral hits like “Just A Friendly PSA That You Don’t HAVE To Lay Your Edges Down If You Don’t Wanna” and “9 Types Of Street Harassment You've Probably Experienced If You're A Woman.” She’s also produced, directed, and starred in videos for BuzzFeed’s As/Is YouTube channel, which has more than 9,000,000 subscribers. Her work can also be found at The Huffington Post, NBC, EBONY.com, BET.com, OkayAfrica, and more.
Marie Roker-Jones is the co-Ceo of Essteem, a startup that organizes hackathons for employers to recruit, hire, and retain women and people of color in tech. She is a social impact startup founder with over ten years of experience in leading gender and racial diversity strategies for inclusion and belonging. Marie has helped tech companies and startups with their diversity hiring goals through Veteran and military spouse initiatives. Marie also has workforce and career development experience creating workforce re-entry programs for underrepresented communities. Marie has facilitated dialogue in racial healing and debiasing through #CompassionConvos.
Rekha leads international product teams at Walmart. She is a product evangelist and technologist with 15+ years of experience in product management, strategy, and engineering leadership roles. She is a firm believer in building simple yet delightful products with seamless experiences that help win both customers and business. Rekha is a strong advocate for women in tech, data, and product, and runs mentor circles to advance women in various functions. She has an MBA from the University of Arkansas (United States) and a Bachelor of Technology from Anna University (India). She's also a featured speaker at various events across the Bay area.
Lisa S. Jones, is the Chief EyeMail Officer (CEO) & Founder of EyeMail Inc. EyeMail, a marketing communications technology brings email to life by embedding videos into the email and mobile experience to foster engagement and increase click-thru rates over 60%. Lisa has been recognized as: Catalyst of the Year, Delta Air Lines, Stevie Innovator of the Year Award, Served on Microsoft’s Preferred Supplier Board, Member of the Cola-Cola Mentor Protégé Program and currently enrolled at Harvard University for Marketing Management. Prior to Lisa becoming an Entrepreneur and Trailblazer for innovation, she had a career at NASA and served as a Corporate Executive in the telecommunication sector.
Born into a refugee family from Cambodia and growing up with limited resources, Leang Chung experienced what it’s like to be underestimated and the importance of access to get ahead. It taught her to work hard, be gritty and solve problems creatively. Leang's upbringing prepared her for a successful career in solving complex organizational challenges, leadership development and coaching. Today, Leang is the Founder and CEO of Pelora Stack, a company that designs career coaching programs focused on emerging skills for HR professionals and advancing women in the workplace. She also serves as the Vice Chair for Global Connections for Women (GC4W), a non-profit organization with a mission to create a path to success for women and girls in underserved communities around the world, regardless of their background, nationality or societal status.
Kay Miles is the founder of Mindful Use of Technology where her goal is to address the growing issues of digital fatigue and employee burnout in today's workforce. With 10+ years working in the technology industry, she's experienced first-hand how difficult it is to balance the positive aspects of technology with the not-so-positive. With mindfulness principles at the core of her teachings, she has been able to help countless people around the globe.
Yi-Hsian (pronounced "E-Schwan") Godfrey is co-founder and CEO of Apiari who is committed to putting the care back into the care industry. A former corporate executive turned entrepreneur who is also a mom to school-aged children, daughter to elderly parents, wife, sister and friend, she understands the challenges women face in pursuing the proverbial "work-life balance."
Landy is an experienced software engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry, currently working as a Software Engineer for Quantum Mob. She is skilled in front-end development using tools such as React/Redux, Vue/Vuex and NodeJS. Landy holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) focused in Computer Science Specialist from the University of Toronto.
Dr. Jonathan P. Higgins (DoctorJonPaul) is a professor, national speaker, freelance journalist, thought leader and media critic who examines the intersections of identity, gender and race in entertainment. Named Business Equality Magazine’s “Top 40 LGBTQ People Under 40”, their work has been featured on sites like NBC News, Vox, VICE, MTV News, Essence, Out Magazine and more. They have worked closely with brands like Apple, Disney and Instagram and currently serves as 1/2 of the podcast, “Learnt”. In their first TEDx talk titled “Unlearning Fear”, they examine the importance of speaking truth to power and what it means to not only reclaim personal power, but to walk in your full authenticity. They hold a doctorate in educational justice and write regularly about intersectionality and liberation for queer people and what it means to not just survive, but thrive.
Helen’s background includes over twenty years working in recruiting, education in Women and Gender Studies, as well as African American Studies. She is the founder of Tanagui, whose primary focus is to offer services that result in breakthrough resume and interview mastery for women over 40.
Over the last 6 years, Joan has dedicated her time and energy to stay current with relevant HR trends and sharing them as an HR blogger, career podcaster, and FB live career guest speaker. She has 4.5 years of recent experience in administration supporting C-suite leaders and in her roles, Joan has consistently partnered closely with HR to collaborate on different initiatives. Her experiences have been in training and administration where she served as an HR Liaison in her last role with Arlington County Government for 2.5 years. Joan has had the pleasure of communicating Wellness Initiatives to her colleagues and engaging coworkers in various wellness activities and assisting in onboarding. Furthermore, Joan has 4 additional years of supporting C-suite leaders to include an HR Director, Think Tank President, and a VP in the Insurance Industry.
Desiree Booker is the CEO and Principal Consultant of ColorVizion Lab LLC, a consulting firm providing diversity recruitment solutions to companies and career coaching for people of color. Noting the extreme lack of diversity in executive roles across industries, Desiree has dedicated much of her career to preparing multicultural leaders for career advancement opportunities. Prior to assuming her role as CEO and Principal Consultant, Desiree worked with global brands such as NBCUniversal, MSNBC, Nickelodeon, WarnerMedia, and Gartner. She created and launched Turner Real Talk, a national educational platform that positioned WarnerMedia (formerly Turner Broadcasting) as a diversity employer of choice and engaged more than 500 Black, Latino, and LGBTQ students nationwide.
I founded trueblu in Toronto after working in corporate marketing leadership for twenty years. Big companies like Rogers, Bell, and Sears, hired me to build brands, services, new start-ups, and loyalty programs. Trueblu is an entrepreneurial extension of my corporate experience. I became fascinated by the power and economy of digital storytelling and married it with my desire to make a difference in the world. I realized I could be someone who could make this work accessible to organizations that don’t traditionally have big budgets. I use my years of experience in marketing and team up with digitally savvy, young creators to do this.
Dr. Mandeep K. Virk-Baker has extensive public health research and administration experience and has served high-level state and academic leadership positions. With more than two decades leading work in public health, community nutrition, community outreach, health promotion, and as a public health scientist trained at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Dr. Virk-Baker is deeply passionate about improving public health. As the Founder and CEO of National Origin Alliance Inc, a 501C3 non-profit organization, Dr. Virk-Baker is committed to eradicating national origin discrimination via collective impact and championing diversity and inclusion, and social justice. A society where everyone has an equal opportunity to pursue their dreams and succeed in their careers regardless of their place or country of origin.
Amelia Roberts is a digital native who officially became a practitioner of online marketing twelve years ago with a role as a virtual assistant. Student loans from nursing school inspired her to put her love of social networking, observing human nature, showing empathy and previous marketing expertise to work in new ways and as a result, she was able to pay off her student loans in under 2 years as a social media manager. Now alongside other roles, you can find Amelia assisting under-recognized leaders to clearly articulate their unique value, "get first dates" in business and become pivotal players in industry-shaping conversations all while maintaining work-life harmony. When she is not optimizing human potential Amelia enjoys planning real and imagined food tours.
Audrey Genevieve Daniels, brings expertise and practical experience in developing and executing leadership, business, and training strategies for organizations and workforce development programs. She is always looking for ways to improve and identify innovative processes and activities to engage employees, leaders, and organizations. Audrey brings real-world experiences and lessons learned from her years working not only as a Workforce Educator but also as a Human Relations professional which includes Diversity, Inclusion & Equity leadership experience . Her goal is to develop user-friendly tools and resources on promising practices relevant to helping employers and individuals obtain their goals. She is the Founder of Amplify LLC.
Named by The New York Times and many national and international platforms as America's go-to Leading LGBT Expert, Kryss Shane, MS, MSW, LSW, LMSW (she/her) has 25+ years of experience guiding the world's top leaders in business, education, and community via individual, small group, and full-staff trainings. She is known for making each organization's specific Diversity and Inclusion needs become more manageable, approachable, and actionable. This includes physical spaces, hiring practices, policies/procedures, and more. She is also the author of "The Educator's Guide to LGBT+ Inclusion," the first book of its kind to guide educators, administrators, and school staff to become able and empowered to make their schools more LGBT+ inclusive.
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.
Chriss Nelson is a long-time LGBTQ activist from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Their work focuses mainly on the visibility and rights of transgender youth, but they have a wide breadth of knowledge regarding LGBTQ issues. They've given talks on LGBTQ acceptance in the workplace, what it means to be genderfluid, and the importance of pronouns. In 2018, they founded Trans Minors Rights; an organization aimed at helping transgender youth in Pennsylvania to make their own decisions regarding puberty blockers. You can find more about this organization at transminorsrights.org and follow them on social media @TMRexecs.
Angelina is a lyricist, poet, and advocate based in Chicago, Illinois. As a black trans woman who grew up in the south (Memphis, Tennessee) and has indigenous roots with the Choctaw tribe, she brings a unique perspective to her work. Angelina’s written pieces have been published in compilations such as the TransWorks of Chicago House, Infinite Genders: You Can't Read With Us, and Changing The Story. Additionally, Angelina serves as a director on multiple boards across the Chicagoland area.
Kelly Kugler is the Founder of Allora Collective. Allora Collective connects people to a curated team of coaches who have cross-functional and cross-cultural expertise with career change, remote life transitions and strategic relocations. They help people change their lives for the better. Kelly supports global talent across technology, marketing and recruitment from intern to c-suite as a coach specializing in career change and strategic relocation. Her work in global recruitment managing countless careers, personal experience changing her own career path as well as relocating across the US and to Europe, allow her to help people navigate these opportunities improving their experience. She provides leadership development coaching for individuals throughout their career and curates learning and development programs for hiring teams. Learn more and book a free strategy session at AlloraCollective.com
Hilliary is VP, Global Executive Recruiter & Leadership Development at WPP, Founding Partner of AIR/allies in Recruiting, and Co-Founder of Career Happy. A failed copywriter and huge Bukowski fan, 20+ years later Hillary is Joint CEO of Kay & Black, a boutique recruitment and coaching firm in NYC. She has spent over 20 years in the advertising industry and has witnessed and facilitated many career transitions – her own and others. Hillary is passionate about making meaningful connections with an empathetic, human approach. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and later in life received my Masters Degree in Social Work.
Amy Trappey is the Senior Director, Customer Success at PowerToFly-the fastest growing diversity recruiting platform connecting women with Fortune 500 corporations and fast-growing startups. Amy manages a distributed team of 30 and together they combat gender disparity on a worldwide level through innovative HR solutions. Amy truly took advantage of the benefits the remote lifestyle has to offer and traveled to 20 countries over the past year, but has now settled in New York City where she resides with her dog, Biggie.
CoFounder & CEO, PowerToFly
Co-Founder & President, PowerToFly
Global D&I Strategist, PowerToFly
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
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.