2020 ERG & Council Conference
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2019 Presenters & Facilitators

The 2019 Conference presenters are shown for reference. Presenters & facilitators for the 2020 conference will be announced in the Fall of 2019.


Jeffrey Bowyer Chapman

Keynote Speaker, Actor & Advocate

First Day Luncheon Keynote

Jeffrey is most recognizable for his portrayal of ambitious producer Jay in the Peabody winning Lifetime Series UNREAL. He was recently seen on AMERICAN HORROR STORY'S 9th season, APOCALYPSE. Jeffrey is also known as a guest celebrity judge on the hit show RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE. He can next be seen in the indie feature TAO OF SURFING alongside Eric Balfour and Lou Diamond Phillips. Jeffrey is also known for his roles in the film DIRTY GRANDPA alongside Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, and Aubrey Plaza.

This year, Jeffrey began his own podcast called CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHERS. He describes his mission as a safe space to be open and honest. Jeffrey says, "I'm interested in delving into the minds of 'Others.' The odd ones out, the queer kin, the bi-racial, gender-fluid, outspoken, courageous and crazy phenomenon's who fall outside of the status-quo, dance joyfully in the margins of 'Otherness' and have managed to make an authentic, impactful mark against all odds." He has had the chance to have open, candid conversations with stars like Susan Sarandon, Cameron Esposito, and Jenna Wortham.



Dr. Michael Kimmel, 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

Session Moderator: Learn from the Best: Honors Award Recipients Reveal Their Secrets for Impactful Change

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.


 

Marty Karnett: Session Panelist
Analog Engineering Program Manager, Texas Instruments

Session Panelist: Learn from the Best: Honors Award Recipients Reveal Their Secrets for Impactful Change

Marty is currently a member of the Texas Instruments, Inc. Diversity Network Leadership team and also Program Manager within the Strategy and Program Management team at Texas Instruments(TI). Prior to this, Marty was a New Product Development Section Manager with the ASIC/Custom Business Unit. Employment prior to joining TI included the following: Postdoctoral research in laser spectroscopy at Brandeis University(Waltham, MA), Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Wellesley College(Wellesley, MA), Photolithography/wet etch/device/yield engineer with the Dept of Defense(Ft. Meade, Md.), Senior Photolithography Engineer/Device Engineering Manager/Wafer Fab Manager at Raytheon Microelectronics Center(Andover MA), and Technology Transfer Section Manger at VLSI Technology, Inc/Philips Semiconductor(San Antonio, TX). Marty received his undergraduate(B.S.) and graduate(M.S., M. Phil., Ph.D.) degrees in Chemistry from SUNY @ Stony Brook and Yale University respectively.

Marty was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and grew up on Long Island. In his spare time, he exercises, plays piano, enjoys listening to classical music and is an assistant coach of a varsity high school basketball team that made it to the state finals the past three years. Marty has been happily married for more than 28 years and is the proud father of two boys, ages 27 and 23

TOP 10 Recipient of the 2017 ERG & Council Honors Award™


 

Anila Jivanji: Session Panelist
Sr Specialist Inclusion & Diversity, American Airlines

Session Panelist: Learn from the Best: Honors Award Recipients Reveal Their Secrets for Impactful Change

Anila Jivanji is a Sr Specialist in Inclusion & Diversity at American Airlines. She was born in South Africa and studied in India acquiring a degree in Microbiology.

For the past three years she has focused on strengthening the impact of 20 Employee Business Resource Groups globally and also led the Diversity Advisory Council at AA where they review various business initiatives and behave as a think tank for the company. Currently she is focused on fostering partnerships with leading organizations in all diversity segments. Anila has been with American Airlines for 20 years holding positions in Customer Care, Marketing, Training, Alliances, Sales and now in The People Department.

She is an ardent advocate for authentic conversations within employees of all work groups that spark innovation. Her foresight and vision has led to generate cultural stability and set broad tenants for American Airlines for team members and customers alike. Anila’s passion for Inclusion & Diversity is evident since she is always championing for resources for a multitude of causes both at work and in the communities she is engaged with. She resides in Dallas with two beautiful children and her husband.  

TOP 10 Recipient of the 2017 ERG & Council Honors Award™


 

Sheri McGrath
Vice President Employee Inclusion at U.S. Bank

Session Panelist: Learn from the Best: Honors Award Recipients Reveal Their Secrets for Impactful Change

Sheri is the Employee Inclusion Director within Human Resources at U.S. Bank. She currently oversees all employee groups at U.S. Bank including ten Business Resource Groups (BRGs) with 100 global chapters. McGrath has more than 15 years of experience at U.S. Bank and has held various positions within the HR organization successfully leading a number of enterprise-wide employee engagement initiatives.

She currently serves on the United Way Worldwide Women United Global Leadership Council, Greater Twin Cities United Way's Women United Steering committee, Linkage's Women in Leadership Institute Advisory Committee and the Children's Theatre Company Curtain Call Ball Committee organizing its annual fundraiser to provide access to the arts for thousands of children in the community.

McGrath holds a Master's in Business Communication from the University of St. Thomas and a Bachelor of Arts from the College of St. Benedict with a Major in English.

TOP 10 Recipient of the 2017 ERG & Council Honors Award™


 

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.


 

Mark Fowler
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum Center

Session Facilitator: Faith-Based ERGs- Bold, Courageous, and What's Next

As Deputy CEO, Mark Fowler oversees all of Tanenbaum's program areas and works with operations, fund development and communications. He is responsible for program development, project management, design and implementation of all Tanenbaum trainings, and the expansion of Tanenbaum programs nationally and internationally.

He is also an in-demand trainer and speaker in all of Tanenbaum's core areas. Most recently, he led workshops at the Return on Inclusion (ROI) Summit, Dell True Blue Inclusion Dialogue, the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute, and the OutNEXT Conference.

In addition to his work at Tanenbaum, Mark is a sought-after keynote speaker and facilitator who has addressed private and public entities globally on issues of equality concerning race, gender, sexual orientation and religion. Mark earned a B.A. in English and Education at Duke University. He is a Mediation and Conflict Resolution Specialist. Mark is also an ordained Interfaith/Interspiritual Minister and a graduate of the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City.


 

Alan Partin
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.


 

Tamberlin Golden
Plant Manager Warren Transmission Operations, General Motors

Session Facilitator: GM WOMEN: The ERG Journey

Tamberlin Golden was promoted to Plant Manager for General Motors Warren Transmission Operations effective March 1, 2017.  She is responsible for leading and inspiring the team to drive and deliver positive business performance through exceptional execution of the lean principles impacting safety, quality and cost.

Tamberlin is a very focused and results oriented manufacturing professional that has a depth of knowledge in large vehicle assembly plants and has held leadership positions with critical programs in GM such as the crossovers, full size pickups and small cars.  She has held positions in manufacturing staff, global facilities, manufacturing operations, quality, labor relations and human resources.  Tamberlin has proven leadership in leading teams to achieve effective business performance.

Tamberlin began her career with General Motors in 1985 and graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  She devotes time to mentoring and various charitable activities.  She's on the leadership boards for GM WOMEN, General Motors African Ancestry Network and GM Women In Manufacturing.  Her highest priority is being wife, a mother and grandmother.


 

Octavio A. Hinojosa Mier
Executive Director,
National Hispanic Corporate Council (NHCC)

Session Facilitator: Corporate Best Practices for Business Resource Groups: How BRGs are Adding to Companies' Bottomline

Octavio A. Hinojosa Mier is the Executive Director of the National Hispanic Corporate Council (NHCC), the premiere resource for corporate America on maximizing the Hispanic market opportunity. Octavio is responsible for providing day-to-day leadership, vision, and strategic direction in growing the organization's membership within Fortune 1000 corporations.

Octavio is a an internationally recognized servant leader with over sixteen years of professional public service experience, including twelve years of nonprofit executive management. He is as an accomplished non-profit executive and is widely recognized for my vision and leadership in promoting the U.S. Hispanic community as a strategic partner for both domestic and international stakeholders.

A variety of charitable organizations at the local, state, national and international level have greatly benefited from his leadership, management, and fundraising skills. For example, he has raised over $6 million dollars from diverse sources for nonprofit operations and initiatives. In addition, he has extensive public policy expertise gained with the U.S. Department of State and the United States Congress.

In April of 2013, Octavio was decorated with the Officer's Cross of the Order of Civil Merit by the Spanish Ambassador to the United States on behalf of His Majesty King Juan Carlos I and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation for "extraordinary services" in benefit of the Kingdom of Spain. In recognition for his sustained exemplary contributions and continuing active commitment to the improvement of public administration, Octavio was elected by his peers to serve as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies from the University of Kansas and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He is fully bilingual in both English & Spanish.


 

Eduardo Arabu
Associate Director,
National Hispanic Corporate Council (NHCC)

Session Facilitator: Corporate Best Practices for Business Resource Groups: How BRGs are Adding to Companies' Bottomline

Eduardo is currently the Manager for Administration & Special Events at the National Hispanic Corporate Council (NHCC). He is responsible for day-to-day operations including design, implementation, and execution of organizational development strategies.

Eduardo has experience with corporations, not-for-profit organizations, educational institutions, sport entities, and governmental agencies. Most recent, Arabu worked for the United States Chamber of Commerce, the Chicago Cubs baseball organization, the Office of U.S. Representative, the Office of Illinois State Senator, and several corporations. Eduardo has earned numerous of internships, scholarships, fellowships, leadership positions, awards, and other recognitions worth over $175,000.

Eduardo obtained a bachelor's of science degree in business from Northeastern Illinois University, the most diverse university in the Midwest. While at NEIU, he was elected on several occasions to serve as President of Student Government and Student Trustee. He led several teams to Model Illinois Government in Springfield and Model United Nations in New York City. He went on to complete a political management fellowship at George Washington University. And finally, Eduardo received a master's of science degree in public policy and management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). While at CMU, he was elected to serve as Vice President for External Affairs for the Graduate Student Assembly.

You can connect with Eduardo on LinkedIn or Twitter.


 

Wil Lewis
Senior VP Global Diversity & Inclusion,
Bank of America

Session Moderator: The Executive Sponsor: Catalyst for Change

Wil Lewis is a Diversity & Inclusion Executive with accountability for Bank of America’s global military, disability & LGBT strategies. He also has the responsibility for the firm’s Global Employee Networks. In this role, he is responsible for 11 networks with more than 230 chapters in forty countries with 90,000+ members.

Prior to this role, Wil led Diversity & Inclusion for the bank’s Retail & Preferred & Merrill Lynch Wealth management businesses which encompassed more than 100,000 of the firm’s employees. Before joining the Diversity & Inclusion team, Wil was a Staffing Executive leading recruiting activities in Bank of America’s Retail Banking group. Wil’s team drove recruiting activity for Bank of America’s nearly 5,800 banking centers across the US with over 25,000 hires a year. During his tenure at the bank Wil has also led Executive Recruiting, the staffing efforts for Small Business Banking, Sales Service & Execution, LaSalle Global Trust Services and E-Commerce. Wil joined Bank of America in 2006 from the LaSalle acquisition where he held the position of Head of Talent Acquisition for LaSalle Bank and ABN Amro North America, headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Before coming to Bank of America, Wil was a team member at Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, a manufacturing organization of 32,000 world-wide associates. During his time at Smurfit-Stone, Wil led employee relations, talent development and staffing. He created new business processes in 23 countries and centralized multiple functions for the organization resulting in a significant benefit to business.

In his career, Wil has been committed to driving diversity in the workplace. He has served as executive sponsor to Latino, African American and Native American affinity groups. Additionally Wil has worked diligently to create a strong connection with the communities we do business in.

Wil has held roles in both, sales and operations before starting his career path in human resources. Wil is actively engaged in many community activities including serving on the board of the Mahogany Foundation an organization committed to providing a quality education to under privileged youth and Centers for New Horizons a social service agency focused on child & elder care, foster and adoption needs on Chicago’s south side. Wil is a graduate of Drake University and resides with his family in Chicago, IL.


 

Dagmar Rosa-Björkeson
Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer,
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Session Panelist: The Executive Sponsor: Catalyst for Change

Dagmar Rosa-Björkeson is the chief strategy and corporate development officer at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. She has responsibility for corporate and therapeutic area strategy, business development, and the new product commercialization function, a team focused on shaping Mallinckrodt's product development programs and supporting commercialization efforts to ensure high quality product launches that benefit the patient, customer and company needs. Ms. Rosa-Björkeson is a member of Mallinckrodt's executive committee.

Ms. Rosa- Björkeson has been a biotech/biopharmaceuticals and therapeutics leader for Fortune 500 companies, start-ups and agencies, with more than 25 years' global experience in the pharmaceutical industry, and has extensive commercial, strategy and business development experience.

Before joining Mallinckrodt, Ms. Rosa-Björkeson served as executive vice president and president, biosimilars at Baxalta. Prior to that she held roles of increasing responsibility at Novartis, most recently vice president, head of its multiple sclerosis business unit, U.S.; vice president, business development and licensing, U.S.; and vice president, respiratory, U.S.

She is a member of the board of directors for Deirdre's House, the Center in Morris County, New Jersey for child victims of abuse and/or neglect and for children that have witnessed domestic violence, and also a board member for the New Jersey City University Foundation.

Ms. Rosa-Björkeson holds a bachelor's and master's degree in chemistry and an MBA in marketing from the University of Texas-Austin.


 

Tom Guay
VP of Risk Selection Strategy, Northwestern Mutual

Session Panelist: The Executive Sponsor: Catalyst for Change

Tom Guay was named to the role of vice president-risk selection strategy on January 1, 2016. In this position, he is responsible for setting the future direction for risk selection for the company's risk products, for developing accurate and competitive risk selection criteria covering medical, lay and financial risks, and for providing case consultation to the company's underwriting and claims organizations.

Guay joined Northwestern Mutual in 1988 in the Actuarial Department. He moved to the Agencies function in 1996 and to Operations in 2003 as director of the large case division in the New Business Department. Guay became vice president/department head in the Underwriting Standards Department in 2005 and was named to the executive officer position of vice president-new business on February 1, 2008. He became vice president of the Field Rewards Department in November 2012, overseeing the design and administration of all field compensation, benefits and recognition.

Guay has a B.S. in applied mathematics and a B.B.A. in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and has a masters of science in actuarial science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an FSA (Fellow of the Society of Actuaries).

Guay is married to Calli and they have three boys. In the non-profit community, he is a board member of both The Parenting Network and Diverse & Resilient . He also serves on the governing body of Crossroads Presbyterian Church. Guay is the executive sponsor for Northwestern Mutual's LGBTA Employee Resource Group.


 

Kevin Frazier
Senior Director Global Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, Walmart, Inc.

Session Panelist: The Executive Sponsor: Catalyst for Change

Kevin Frazier currently serves as Senior Director of Strategy in the Office of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion at Walmart Inc. – a position he has held since November 2015. He and his team are responsible for shaping the company's global strategy and programs aimed at fulfilling Walmart's vision of "Everyone Included", and realizing its enterprise objective of increasing the diversity and inclusiveness of its leadership and work environment. In addition to strategy, Kevin is responsible for program management of Associate Resource Groups (ARGs), data analytics related to D&I scorecards and dashboards, and inclusive leadership education.

A veteran of the US. Army, Kevin served as a reconnaissance scout before embarking on a 30+ year career in the private sector. His experience encompasses various portfolio management positions with companies ranging from startups to Fortune 50 corporations in industries such as computer manufacturing, medical information technology, semiconductor manufacturing, retail, and banking and finance.

Kevin joined Walmart in 2012 in the Information Systems Division (ISD) where he managed multiple teams and projects, including building out a business analyst function and organization. Prior to joining Walmart, Kevin oversaw the successful integration of Wachovia Bank into the Wells Fargo portfolio. His corporate leadership experience began at Dell Computer where he rose through the organization to the position of Chief of Staff for Dell's Chief Information Officer (CIO). His professional background includes several high-leverage consulting assignments overseeing ERP implementations, several merger integration programs, SOX program implementations, and initializing program management offices.

Kevin lives in Cave Springs, Arkansas with his wife and son where they are passionately working to create their own sustainable family farm.


Cherron Inko-Tariah
Author, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator

Session Facilitator: ERGs through a European Lens: Strategic Imperative or Tick Box Exercise?

As a Civil Servant, Cherron undertook leadership roles in various policy and strategic positions across Whitehall, including working with Ministers and Permanent Secretaries. In 2012, she decided to take a leap of faith and leave the service and follow her passion - staff networks. After publishing her book: "The Incredible Power of Staff Networks" in 2015, she started The Power of Staff Networks consultancy.

She is passionate about staff networks and the positive impact these can have on the individual and the organisation. That is why Cherron founded the National Day for Staff Networks - the first of its kind celebrating the added value of networks. During her career, she has achieved a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, and a Masters in Employment Studies and Human Resource Management. She is also a qualified career coach and in 2011, Cherron received an MBE for her services to HM Government and also for her work in the faith community with young people.


 

Le Joyce Kaye Naylor
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Cleveland Clinic

Session Facilitator: The ABC's of ERGs and Councils: A Step by Step Guide for Success

Le Joyce Naylor serves as Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Cleveland Clinic. In her enterprise role, Le Joyce champions the goal of fostering an inclusive and culturally competent work environment to better serve patients, caregivers, and underserved communities. She is responsible for partnering with key stakeholders to develop and implement the enterprise strategy for diversity and inclusion. Through these collaborations, she ensures that diversity strategies and metrics are integrated throughout the enterprise to support Cleveland Clinic’s mission, vision, and values. These efforts have resulted in Cleveland Clinic being recognized as a DiversityInc Top Hospital and Health System for nine consecutive years.

In her pervious role, Ms. Naylor was Division Administrator for Human Resources.  She worked with the Chief Human Resources Officer on strategic planning and process improvement, along with fiscal planning for the division.     

Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Le Joyce held various leadership positions in Human Resources/Diversity, Corporate Administration, Public Relations and consulting services in areas of cultural transformation; mission and vision development; performance planning, leadership development, and diversity management.   

Ms. Naylor holds a Masters in Human Resources from Cleveland State University, a Diversity Management Certificate from Cornell University, and is a Cornell Certified Diversity Professional/Advanced Practitioner. She serves on the National Center for Healthcare Leadership’s Diversity & Inclusion Council, Cleveland Medical Association Advisory Board, Celebrate Sisterhood Executive Committee, Member Engagement Committee for Commission on Economic Inclusion, and the Board of Directors for the American Sickle Cell Anemia Association.


 

Diana Gueits
Director Diversity and Inclusion,
Cleveland Clinic Health System

Session Facilitator: The ABC's of ERGs and Councils: A Step by Step Guide for Success

Diana is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Cleveland Clinic Health System, where she is responsible for partnering with leaders and caregivers throughout the enterprise to provide strategic direction to key enterprise diversity initiatives. In addition, Diana collaborates with professional organizations and community stakeholders to advance Cleveland Clinic's outreach to the Hispanic community. She has been prominent in advancing Cleveland Clinic's ranking as one of the top Healthcare systems in the country for Diversity and Inclusion by DiversityInc., the American Hospital Association Equity of Care award, and the placement of their Employee Resource Groups as some of the top 25 ERG's and Councils in the country as awarded by the Association of ERG's and Councils.

She was instrumental in the development and execution of ACTiVHOS the first fully bilingual youth directed health and wellness program in Northeast Ohio as an effort to combat obesity and asthma disparities in Latino children. She is one of the two founding members of the Northeast Ohio National Hispanic Nurses Association which has recently garnered the opportunity to host the National Hispanic Nurses Conference here in Cleveland in 2018.


 

Donna M. Skurzak
Director Diversity and Inclusion,
Cleveland Clinic Health System

Session Facilitator: The ABC's of ERGs and Councils: A Step by Step Guide for Success

Donna has extensive health care experience and currently is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio. She has held leadership roles as a practitioner and administrator across the health care continuum - hospital, home care/hospice, private practice and consulting. Her specialties include strategic planning, organizational behavior, end of life care, health care disparities, health literacy; bioethics, diversity and inclusion; Unconscious Bias, and assessing and developing culturally competent health care systems. She pursues the best patient care and employee relations, to reach positive outcomes in patient and employee experience at Cleveland Clinic.


 

Gina Barnhill
HR Diversity and Inclusion Team Leader at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

Session Moderator: Cultural Catalysts: How BERGs Contribute to Business Results

Gina Barnhill currently leads HR Diversity and Inclusion team at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, shaping the strategies that drive an inclusive, diverse and vibrant workplace. Diversity and Inclusion develops customized solutions that anticipate and meet the evolving needs of our diverse guests, workforce and global communities.

Gina has been with Disney for over 20 years, and has held prior senior level positions in Human Resources and Recruitment. She is a leader with a track record of quickly building valuable and trusting partnerships that fuel her capability of dissecting complex, challenging or sensitive business models, identifying best implementation options and delivering relevant results. She represents Disney Parks, Experiences and Products on The Walt Disney Company Diversity Roundtable. She is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council on the Conference Board which is an organization that facilitates conferences and peer-learning groups, conducts economic and business management research, and publishes several widely tracked economic indicators.

Gina holds a degree in Public Relations from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications.


 

Heather Anderson
Principal Counsel, The Walt Disney Company
(Direct to Consumer and International)

Session Facilitator: Cultural Catalysts: How BERGs Contribute to Business Results

Heather Anderson is a seasoned entertainment attorney, who has worked in various aspects of the media and music business for over 20 years.

She is currently a digital media, product and technology attorney, and as Principal Counsel at The Walt Disney Company, specializes in products such as mobile apps and games, interactive connected experiences and supporting the Disney Digital Network comprised of Disney websites, social media presence and editorial voices like disney.com, starwars.com, ohmydisney.com, disneystyle.com, and disneyfamily.com

Formerly an attorney in the Business and Legal Affairs department of Interscope Geffen A&M Records in Los Angeles, Heather handled recording, production and license agreements for IGA artists such as 50 Cent, The Neptunes, and Sheryl Crow.  Prior to joining Interscope, Heather was Senior Counsel in the Intellectual Property department at Fox, handling copyright and trademark issues for all of the Fox companies worldwide (motion picture, television, sports, etc.), particularly intellectual property issues in the digital space.  Consecutively with her time at Fox, Heather owned and operated Good Girl Entertainment – her music law practice, artist management company and independent record label – stemming from her desire to assist other artists after her time as an aspiring singer and rapper in middle school, high school and college.

Heather has also practiced as a TV and short form production attorney, and as a litigator at Thelen Reid & Priest LLP. 

Heather is the founder and lead of Wakanda, the Black Business and Employee Resource Group on Disney’s Glendale campus.  The BERG focuses on four pillars:  Consumer Insights, Community, Career Development and Culture.  In its first year of existence Wakanda has made great strides in all 4 areas, reviewing and opining on over 40 products and services for the company, launching a mentoring program and speakers bureau for Black employees, and partnering with organizations in the Black community to create brand awareness and pipelining opportunities.

Heather is also a founding member and former steering committee member of the Disney Lawyers of Color (DLOC), participating on five subcommittees, including the Inspire subcommittee, which leads DLOCs pipelining efforts for lawyers of color.

She is the interim Executive Sponsor of CARE, the company’s Christian Employee Resource Group, and an active member of the TWDC Women Lawyers group (leading the monthly lunch series), Women@Disney and Mas+, the Hispanic Business and Employee Resource Group in Glendale. 

In her spare time she mentors 23 young people, ranging from college students to young lawyers, through four mentoring programs.

Heather is a mom of two sons and received her B.A. from UC Berkeley and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law.


 

Justin La Foe
Sr. Vice President Retail,
Disney Parks Experiences & Products

Session Facilitator: Cultural Catalysts: How BERGs Contribute to Business Results

As part of Imagineering Retail, Justin oversees the teams who bring Disney stories, characters and franchises to life as merchandise and experiences within theme park, resort and The Disney Store retail stores & e-commerce channels.  

He is responsible for global product development for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts and The Disney Store.  Justin also leads the US Parks and Resorts planning and allocations, location strategy, business development and visual merchandising teams.

Throughout his more than 20 years of retail leadership at Disney, Justin has been part of transformational product and experience initiatives leading to global growth.


 

Brian Ng
Sr. Designer, Walt Disney Imagineering,
Disney Parks Experiences & Products

Session Facilitator: Cultural Catalysts: How BERGs Contribute to Business Results

Brian is on the Marvel Global Merchandising & Product Development team working on licensed and vertical products.

Brian is a founding member of the OUT BERG and has spearheaded efforts to expand LGBTQ+ representation in the consumer product marketplace, including the Rainbow Disney Collection.

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PRISM International

Association of Diversity Councils