2019 ERG & Council Conference
"Time for Change"
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Presenters & Facilitators


Sasheer Zamata

Keynote Speaker, Comedian, Actress & Writer

First Day Luncheon Keynote

Sasheer Zamata is a comedian, actress and writer. She was a cast member on Saturday Night Live for four seasons and has appeared on This American Life, Transparent, People of Earth, At Home with Amy Sedaris and Inside Amy Schumer. She’s in the films I Feel Pretty, The Outdoorsman, Yoga Hosers, Sleight, and Deidra & Laney Rob a Train, and has done voice over for Bojack Horseman, Call of Duty, Lucas Bros. Moving Co., and Albert (Nickelodeon).

She’s been listed in Time Out New York’s Top 10 Funniest Women in NYC, Brooklyn Magazine’s 50 Funniest People in Brooklyn, and Complex Magazine’s Women in Comedy You Should Be Paying Attention to Right Now.

She co-created and co-starred in the webseries Pursuit of Sexiness, which was named one of the Top 10 Web Series of 2013 by Variety, and part of Glamour’s 7 Web Series We Can’t Stop Watching in 2015.

She’s performed at Clusterfest, Just for Laughs (Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver), Bonnaroo, SXSW, Moontower Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest, Vodafone Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, New York Comedy Festival, Brooklyn Comedy Festival, Limestone Comedy Festival, Woodstock Comedy Festival, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, Great American Comedy Festival, and Women in Comedy Festival.

She serves as ACLU’s Celebrity Ambassador for Women’s Rights. She hosts a variety show called Sasheer Zamata Party Time and you can watch her standup special Pizza Mind on Amazon and listen to it on iTunes and Spotify.



Dr. Michael Kimmell, Ph.D

Keynote Speaker, Author & Sociologist

Second Day Breakfast Keynote

Michael Kimmel is one of the world's leading experts on men and masculinities. He is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University. Among his many books are Manhood in America, Angry White Men, The Politics of Manhood, The Gendered Society, and the bestseller Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. With funding from the MacArthur Foundation, he founded the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook in 2013. A tireless advocate of engaging men to support gender equality, Michael has lectured at more than 300 colleges, universities, and high schools. He has delivered the International Women's Day annual lecture at the European Parliament, the European Commission, and the Council of Europe, and he has worked with the Ministers for Gender Equality of Norway, Denmark, and Sweden in developing programs for boys and men. He consults widely with corporations, NGOs, and public sector organizations on gender equity issues. Michael was recently called "the world's most prominent male feminist" in The Guardian newspaper in London.

Learn more: michaelkimmel.com



Association of Diversity Councils
Lynn Cowart  
Chief Operations Officer, Talent Dimensions

Workshop Facilitator: Achieving Strategic Retention through Diversity and Inclusion

Lynn Cowart has extensive experience working and consulting in senior‐level human resources positions for industries including financial services, aerospace, food service, and utilities. She has facilitated executive coaching, change management and strategic staffing initiatives for mid and senior level executives as well as career transition programs, retention and engagement strategies, assessment interviewing and training for all organizational levels.

As a consultant for Career Systems International, Lynn has led coaching programs and  training  events  for an array of professional business clients. In addition, she has managed programs designed to instill culture changes within organizations by modifying behavioral tendencies within individuals

Lynn recently co-authored the book, 'Up is Not the Only Way – Rethinking Career Mobility' with Bev Kaye and Lindy Williams, challenging leaders and employees to re-imagine what it takes to achieve ultimate career success through a true mobility mindset.

Lynn received her MBA from the University of Connecticut. She also holds a Bachelor's degree in Business and Communications from SUNY at Buffalo in New York. In addition, she has worked with the University of Pennsylvania on an MS in Organizational Dynamics. She is Lumina Learning certified, International Career Consultant (ICC) certified as well as qualified in Myers Briggs (MBTI).



Association of Diversity Councils
Cile Johnson  
Chief Business Officer, Talent Dimensions

Workshop Facilitator: Achieving Strategic Retention through Diversity and Inclusion

Cile has 20 years of experience helping organizations address their most important strategy…their talent development strategy. By focusing on the key drivers of retention and recognizing it is not a one-size-fits all proposition, she helps organizations discover how their strategic investments drive sustainable competitive advantage. In her role as Chief Business Officer, Cile is responsible for sales and marketing, providing strategic direction for global client solutions, and ensuring the organization's continued growth and success, as well as global expansion.




Dr. Ancella Livers
, Ph.D.
President, PRISM International, Inc.

Workshop Facilitator: Building Allies for ERGs, BRGs and Beyond

Ancella Livers is a skilled diversity and leadership development professional. She is the co-author of the book, Leading in Black and White and the HBR classic "Dear White Boss." She has also written numerous articles, chapters, and reports on equity, diversity, and inclusion. 

In 1995, Ancella moved to the Center for Creative Leadership® to build and manage their African-American Leadership program.  She later also managed the Center's Women's Leadership program.  In her first 12 years at the Center, Ancella managed numerous leadership programs and left the organization as the Director of Global Open Enrollment programs.   In 2007, Ancella became the Executive Director of the Institute for Leadership Development and Leadership for the Executive Leadership Council (ELC). The ELC is a membership organization for many of corporate America's highest ranking African American executives. While there, she not only built the Institute's facilitation infrastructure, but she also oversaw detailing research.

Prior to her work in the diversity and leadership development field, Ancella was an assistant professor at the West Virginia University School of Journalism. She also spent a decade as a newspaper journalist and held roles as acting business editor and Capitol Hill reporter for Gannett News Service.

Ancella holds a B.S. in Mass Communications from Hampton University, a M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University, and a M.A. and PH.D. in History from Carnegie Mellon University. She is also an executive coach and has served on several boards.




Fernando Serpa  
Executive Director, Association of ERGs & Councils

Event Host: Day Two Breakfast

Fernando draws upon his two decades of in-depth diversity and inclusion experience across the public and private sector and excels at building dynamic, cross cultural diversity and inclusion strategies to influence systemic change across organizations. He has led diversity efforts for such Fortune 100 companies as Agilent Technologies, Symantec, JCPenney and Johnson Controls. His responsibilities have included worldwide diversity recruitment and retention, employee network groups, international programs and diversity and inclusion training.

Most recently he served as the Director of Global Diversity at Johnson Controls where he developed strategies to advance diversity and inclusion globally. He also developed and maintained strategic alliances and relationships between the business, affinity groups, and industry organizations, and actively supported workforce planning and talent attraction, development and retention. As the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at JCPenney, he led diversity strategy and training for over 150K associates. At Symantec, he was the Director of Global Diversity and developed a global diversity strategy that was country specific and presented diversity training around the world including Japan, Germany, Ireland, France and Singapore.

A graduate of George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C., he was appointed by the White House to the U.S. Department of Justice where he directed immigration policy and worked with Congress and Federal agencies to develop and implement legislation, policy and procedures. From 1995 to 2000, Fernando served at the United States Commission on Civil Rights where he represented the Commission on civil rights issues to state and local governments, citizen-based groups and corporations.




Bobby Gordon

Vice President Client Relationships,
PRISM International, Inc.

Workshop Facilitator:Becoming an Effective,
Impactful Articulate Advocate

Bobby is Vice President Client Relationships at PRISM where he specializes in developing and nurturing client relationships. Prior to his role at PRISM, Bobby was a cultural diversity trainer with the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) where he developed, revised and conducted training for managers and senior military leaders in communications, organizational effectiveness and conflict resolution.

His DEOMI experience took him to over 30 states and US territories, and also throughout Germany and South Africa. Directly responsible for the needs analysis, instructional design, and leadership duties on diversity seminars for requesting civilian and military organizations, Bobby also served as a participating think tank panelist in developing strategies on increasing the diversity of the Army and Air National Guard. He helped to develop and design a human relation-training program for newly assigned DEOMI staff and faculty members.

Bobby received his Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College and a Master’s of Science in Transformative Leadership from Bethune-Cookman University.




Alan Partin: Workshop Facilitator

Vice President Client Relationships,
PRISM International, Inc.

Workshop Facilitator:Becoming an Effective,
Impactful Articulate Advocate

Alan is Vice President Client Relationships at PRISM where he specializes in developing and nurturing client relationships. His career experience spans Finance, Healthcare, Insurance, Security, Sales and Marketing.  He is experienced and skilled in listening to and understanding his clients’ individual needs.

Prior to his role at PRISM, while working in the banking industry, Alan discovered the bottom line impact that can be achieved by leveraging a diverse workforce to meet marketplace goals. By implementing a comprehensive D&I process and starting a Hispanic sales force to address the needs of an emerging Hispanic market, he increased his department’s sales by 20% over a 2-year period. Because of Alan’s vision, hard work and determination, he was the youngest employee ever appointed to the company’s President’s Advisory Board.

Alan received his Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from the University of Central Florida.




Keith Arachikavitz

Senior Consultant, PRISM International, Inc.

Workshop Facilitator: Choosing Respect in the Workplace

Keith is a PRISM Facilitator specializing in diversity and inclusion, harrasment and discrimination, cross cultural communication, implicit bias, equal opportunity and human resources development.

With 20 years experience, he has assisted organizations through climate analysis, employee development, and organizational cultural change.

Keith is a nationally recognized Master Facilitator and has developed and facilitated for organiazations like the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Office for Personnel Management, the National Security Agency, Verizon, Munich Re, Siemens. John Deere, Philips66, Textron and American Airlines.

Keith holds a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management complimented by two years of PhD work completed in Organizational Psychology.

Presented by:

PRISM International

Association of Diversity Councils