2017 ERG & Council Conference:
People, Purpose & Passion -
Making a Difference!
Presenters & Featured Events
Linda Stokes: Event Host & Workshop Facilitator
President & CEO at PRISM International, Inc. &
the Association of ERGs & Councils
Workshop Facilitator:ERG & Diversity Council
Linda founded PRISM in 1992 with the mission of increasing organizational performance by creating more inclusive workplaces that value the contributions of all employees and that connect D&I strategies and tactics to the business of the organization. Under her leadership, PRISM has provided D&I consulting services, training and products to millions of employees in hundreds of organizations around the globe.
She is the co-author of Multicultural Customer Service: Providing Outstanding Service Across Cultures, author of numerous journal articles, media contributor on topics of organizational strategic and tactical D&I, and a curriculum developer of over 120 cross cultural and D&I consulting and training programs. She is a recognized leader in the field of D&I and coaches and mentors Executives, CDOs and diversity professionals at several American and European global firms. As a women-owned certified business headquarter in Central Florida, Linda’s leadership and success was recognized by the Women’s Executive Council of Orlando when she was awarded their Women’s Achievement Award for Business.
In 2006, she recognized the special needs of Diversity Councils and Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and created the Association of ERGs & Councils. That was followed in 2008 with the launching of the annual ERG & Council Honors Award™ and in 2012 with the first annual ERG & Council Conference™.
In 2014, Linda responded to the growing healthcare needs of providing exceptional service and care by increasing cultural and language competencies by developing a special suite of healthcare skills and tools.
Most recently she has taken confronting our unconscious biases, micro-inequities, and cultural misunderstandings to the next level by creating The Elephant We Can't See™- a unique workshop that uses storytelling followed by interactive, engaging, skill building training to help begin a dialogue about any difference that makes a difference in the organization.
Prior to PRISM, Linda's professional experience included management and executive experience in education, healthcare, banking and international customer service consulting and training. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and her M.A. in Educational Leadership from Stetson University in Deland Florida.
Fernando Serpa: Event Host & Workshop Facilitator
Executive Director at the Association of ERGs & Councils
Workshop Facilitator: Transforming Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to Business Resource Groups (BRGs): The Next Stage of Affinity Group Evolution
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 - Workshop Facilitator
Vice President Client Relationships at 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.
Paul Mottola: Assembly Session Facilitator
Senior Consultant & Facilitator at PRISM
Workshop Facilitator:Discovering Biases to Embrace Inclusion
Paul is a Senior Consultant at PRISM specializing in leveraging diversity and inclusion and employment opportunity compliance. For the past 25 years, he has served at PRISM as a Senior Master Facilitator/Consultant and Program Developer helping clients around the U.S. and the world.
Prior to PRISM, he worked extensively with the U.S. Department of Defense, and was the Deputy Director of External Training for the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI). Paul was DEOMI’s subject matter expert on affirmative action and gender integration.
Paul received a Master of Science in Management from Florida Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from Cornell University. He also received a certificate, Basic Mediation Skills & Community Conflict Intervention, from the Center for Conflict Resolution, Cape Town, Republic of South Africa.
Alan Partin - Workshop Facilitator
Vice President Client Relationships at 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. 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 was able to increase 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.
Stephanie Piimauna - Session Facilitator
Director Diversity & Inclusion at MGM Resorts International
Session Facilitator: Creating Inclusive Environments through Power of Recognition – Ubuntu
Stephanie is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion at MGM Resorts International. She works closely with the company’s Chief Diversity Officer in developing Diversity & Inclusion metrics, measurements, and goals as well as supporting the 12 CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Councils and 16 ENGs (Employee Network Groups).
She has been in the customer service and learning and development industry for the past 20 years. Over the last 12 years, she has traveled across the United States and Europe facilitating leadership training and delivering motivational speeches for many organizations including Boeing, Northrop Grumman, U.S. Airforce, and U.S. Army, the Four Seasons, Nacro UK, SMCOV and many other organizations.
Stephanie received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She also holds numerous certifications in leadership and diversity.