Speakers

Denise Reed Lamoreaux

Global Chief Diversity Officer, Atos

Denise Reed Lamoreaux is the Global Chief Diversity Officer at Atos with a proven track record of producing extraordinary results.  In her role, Denise strives to

  • Drive efforts to increase diversity of staff members through education programming, coaching, mentoring and recruitment/retention strategies, while fostering an inclusive workplace that values, and is sensitive to, the diversity of our staff
  • Interface with legal, communications, marketing, and HR teams to directly impact employee perceptions and corporate culture
  • Facilitate, moderate, and evaluate corporate programs to provide transformational experiences
  • Liaise with recruiting and internal first to hire, promote, and retain key talent from all representative groups
  • Lead both operational and strategic activities for internal and external audiences to affect change and impact decisions in recruiting, hiring, retention, and recognition
  • Collaborate with Learning and Development to support employee success by offering programs, services, individual assistance and resources designed to enhance the diverse development of 120,000 + global resources in 73 countries
  • Position Atos as an ethical, diverse, and inclusive employer of choice

 

Based in Rochester, New York, Denise has been involved in diversity and learning-related endeavors for 30 + years.  Her career has encompassed Secondary Education, Professional Leadership Coaching, Leadership, and Instructing at both the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School and Monroe Community College’s Corporate College program.

 

Denise led and participated in the development and delivery of programs that produced winning results:

  • Top 50 US Diversity Officers
  • TEDx: The 511 On The Generations
  • Brandon Hall Bronze for Women Who Succeed
  • Women In IT Award for Diversity Initiative Of The Year
  • Times Top 50 List Of Best Employers For Women
  • Brandon Hall Bronze Award for Diversity and Inclusion Programming
  • The Prince’s Trust “Best Place For Race” designation
  • VERCIDA’s Top 10 List for Gender & Top 5 List for Generations
  • Atos HR Honors Award For NAO Diversity Programming
  • Atos Bronze Award for Exemplary Performance
  • Brandon Hall Silver Award for Best Blended Learning Solution
  • Corp U Award for Most Innovative Idea Implementation Program
  • HP Top Ten Happening
  • HP’s HR Heroes Award for excellence in video learning
  • BELC’s Educator Award for career development programs

 

Anton Gunn

Chief Diversity Officer, MUSC Health System

Anton J. Gunn is a former senior advisor to President Barack Obama and the world’s leading authority on Socially Conscious Leadership. He has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina and was a Resident Fellow at Harvard University. He is the bestselling author of The Presidential Principles and has been featured in TIME magazine, Inc. Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, BBC News, NPR and on Good Morning America. As an international speaker and consultant, he has worked with organizations like Microsoft, KPMG, Verizon Wireless, ACHE, Aetna, American College of Surgeons, the Financial Regulatory Authority, and the Boeing Company. From playing SEC Football and being the first African American in history elected to the South Carolina legislature from his district early in his career, to now working as the Executive Director of Community Health Innovation & Chief Diversity Officer of MUSC Health and serving on multiple boards, he has spent his life helping people build diverse high performing teams and world-class leadership culture.

Sonja Spears

Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

Sonja M. Spears is the Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program where she leads the program through initiatives to center equity in all aspects of their work.  Before embarking on her current role, Sonja became the youngest judge elected to the trial court bench she served on in New Orleans, beginning her tenure also as one of two of the first black women judges to ever serve in that court.   She served for twelve years before her retirement in 2010.

After her retirement from the bench, Sonja returned to her native Boston, Massachusetts and her alma mater Tufts University where she has been teaching social justice classes to graduate and undergraduate students for eight terms. At Tufts she also serves as a member of the Advisory Board to the Masters in Diversity and Inclusion Program.  She also teaches with the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Harvard Law School and previously taught Trial Advocacy at Tulane Law School, where she graduated from, for nearly ten years.

Sonja currently serves on the Executive Council for the AARP Massachusetts chapter.  She is the proud mother of two young men who, since they arrived on this earth, have been her inspiration for working to make the world a more just and equitable place for everyone.

Lorrie Lykins

Vice President Research, i4cp

Lorrie Lykins is Vice President of Research at the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), and the editor of The SheSuite™ an ongoing series of in-depth interviews with women executives.

A thought leader, speaker, and researcher, she has worked in the field of human capital research for a decade, beginning with the Human Resource Institute, and has published numerous articles, case studies, editorial features, and whitepapers on topics ranging from diversity and inclusion, corporate volunteerism, talent brand, to women in leadership, L&D, and talent acquisition.

She is a contributing author to the books ATD’s Foundations of Talent Development: Launching, Leveraging, and Leading Your Organization’s TD Effort (2018)The ASTD Leadership Handbook (2010), and Red, White, and True: Stories from Veterans and Families, World War II to Present (2014).

She is based in New York City.


Lisa Strack

Vice President Diversity Recruiting, Bank of the West

Lisa Strack has a diverse background working at fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations. With over 18 years of experience in Human Resources her recruitment practices take a holistic view on the processes and systems, stakeholders, and long-term outcomes to cultivate a diverse talent pool & foster a culture of inclusion. Currently, she is serving as the Diversity Recruiting Program Officer, VP, at Bank of the West. Prior to that she has held roles in University Relations, Diversity, and Talent Acquisition Departments.

Lisa earned her M.S. in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Springfield College and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as well as her HR Certification through the Human Resource Certification Institute as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).

Her Mixed Southeast Asian heritage, compelled Lisa to dedicate over 15 years to the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), where she is currently serving as the National Director of Employee Resource Group (ERG) Relations. She leverages her inclusion expertise, as well as her ERG advisor experience to nurture ERG development and growth through the two national ERG programs NAAAP facilitates annually. In addition, she served as a curriculum developer for the innovative NAAAP ERG Virtual Training program that launched in 2017.

Having spent most of her life on the East Coast in Massachusetts, Lisa moved to California two years ago to the Greater Los Angeles market. Currently, she lives with her partner Kenneth Eng and their dog Suki in Pico Rivera, CA.

Edna Kane Williams

Senior Vice President Multicultural Leadership, AARP

Edna Kane-Williams has over twenty years’ experience working in senior management positions within both nonprofit and for profit organizations, with an emphasis on strategic planning and targeted marketing.

In her current position as Senior Vice President of Multicultural Leadership at AARP, she is responsible for the development and execution of strategy relating to reaching all multicultural audiences, including Hispanic/Latino, African American/Black and Asian American/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaskan Native, and LGBT audiences.

She previously served as Vice President of Strategy and Communications for the AARP Foundation. Ms. Kane Williams has held a variety of other key positions, including Senior Vice President at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide.

Edna graduated from Yale University with a B.A. and received an M.A. from George Washington University. She is the recipient of a Coro Foundation Fellowship, and was a Diversity Executive Leadership Program fellow for the American Society of Association Executives.

She currently serves on the Board of directors for Legal Counsel for the Elderly and The Center for Responsible Lending.

Angela Harrell

Chief Diversity and Corporate Responsibility Officer, Voya Financial

Angela Harrell joined Voya Financial in 2014 and serves as senior vice president, Chief Diversity and Corporate Responsibility Officer. Angela also leads Voya’s philanthropic work as President of Voya Foundation. Voya’s corporate responsibility strategy is based on its work across the enterprise in four pillars: Empowering Our Employees, Serving Our Clients, Investing in Communities and Protecting the Environment. Angela leads these efforts and the Foundation’s mission to help young people achieve financial resilience and to empower educators to attain excellence in the classroom.
Prior to joining Voya Financial, Angela spent 12 years at The Coca-Cola Company, where she led initiatives across a broad range of disciplines including corporate responsibility, media relations, financial and sustainability reporting, internal and executive communications, digital/social media and community affairs. Her final position with Coca-Cola was as global director of operations, Coca-Cola Ambassador. Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Angela worked as an executive recruiter, a business analyst and an English as a Second Language teacher in several countries.
Angela earned a bachelor’s degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in international affairs from Yale University. She serves on the nonprofit board of Junior Achievement of New York and on the advisory board of ClearRock, a human capital consulting firm and certified Women Business Enterprise.

Sharon Aut

Global Inclusion and Diversity Director, Slalom

Sharon is a Gen X leader currently serving as the Director of Global Inclusion and Diversity at Slalom, a modern consulting company currently operating in over 30 cities in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia.

Sharon owns all facets of I&D at Slalom.  She is responsible for setting the I&D strategic direction with a goal of ultimately embedding I&D into the fabric of Slalom’s culture. Sharon oversees an Executive I&D Council, 30+ local level I&D Inclusion Councils, a vast network of I&D Champions, 7 Business Resource Groups, all I&D communications including hosting an I&D focused podcast series.

Sharon previously served as an organizational effectiveness practitioner and is a retired senior officer in the US Army. Sharon holds an MBA from Arizona State University with an area of emphasis in Leadership.


Lindsey Wopschall

Consulting Workforce Learning Manager, Slalom

Lindsey is a millennial leader at Slalom where she works as a manager designing learning experiences to help professional consultants grow to their full potential.

Previously, she’s been a facilitator at Xavier University’s Leadership Center teaching innovative leadership skills to the next generation and the managers that lead them.

Lindsey holds a BA in Communications from Gonzaga University and is certified from the Comprehensive Leadership Program, a selective program designed to develop leaders within the framework of mission centered values: service, justice, faith and ethics.

Katie Kern

Chief Operating Officer, Media Frenzy Global

An award-winning and strategic leader, ​Katie Kern, Partner at Media Frenzy Global, is a  seasoned speaker and progressive thought leader in the areas of diversity, equity  and inclusion, entrepreneurship and corporate growth.    With experience in creating cultural change, inclusion and development within her  agency, Katie believes, “without a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion  starting from the C-Suite, many workplaces will continue to repeat perceived and  unperceived biases in their recruiting, hiring and promotion processes.”     Utilizing more than 15-years of experience in ​maximizing organizational effectiveness  by driving purposeful action, Katie remains a proven leader and creative problem-solver  with a passion for innovation and optimal impact.     In 2019, she presented and spoke about the importance of women leadership and board  governance at the Philadelphia Diversity and Inclusion Conference, as well as the 15th  Annual National Diversity and Inclusion conference in Dallas, TX, where she uncovered  insights on a shared vision, accountability and communication in the future of  leadership alongside keynote speaker President Barack Obama.    Katie’s unwavering commitment to improving the lives of next-generation girls and  women in business blossoms through her mentorship with Women’s Entrepreneurial  Opportunity Project, where she recently spoke at the organization’s annual conference  on transitioning from a corporate environment to entrepreneurship.

Erica Fletcher

Global Diversity and Inclusion Group Manager, Avanade

Erica Fletcher is part of Avanade’s Global Inclusion and Diversity team, and has 20+ years experience across multiple people areas, with a focus on employee inclusion, diversity, change enablement consulting, and HR operations, resulting in higher employee engagement and overall organizational effectiveness.  Created in April 2000 by two industry giants – Accenture and Microsoft – Avanade delivers innovative services and solutions to enterprises worldwide using the Microsoft platform.


Lor Lee

Lor Lee

Director Diversity & Inclusion, Mayo Clinic

The son of Hmong immigrants, and a first generation immigrant himself, Lor came to the United States when he was seven months old. Born in the Ban Vinai refugee camp of Thailand, Lor grew up in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and finished his high school career at Rockford High School. Lor received his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Saint John’s University, his Masters of Organization Development from Capella University and is currently a Doctoral candidate at Capella in the Doctorate of Health Administration program.

Lor joined Mayo Clinic in March of 2018 as the Director/ Administrative Partner for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Lor brings nearly eighteen years of experience as a Diversity and Inclusion Practitioner in academia and health care. Early in his career Lor worked with k-12 institutions in developing multicultural curriculum, teacher development, and parent/family engagement focused on communities of color and native communities. In 2004 Lor joined Hennepin County Medical Center in leading their diversity and inclusion efforts where Lor launched Employee Resource Groups, lead the development and facilitation of training, employee engagement, team and individual development, as well as facilitation of strategic planning for many groups. In 2012 Lor transitioned to Children’s Minnesota where Lor had responsibilities for diversity, inclusion, health disparities, and health equity as the Director of Inclusion and Equity. Lor was successful in leading the organization in improving data collection as well as analyzing outcomes and representation data to identify gaps and implement tactics to close gaps in care. On the workforce side Lor had responsibilities for creating and implementing a Diversity and Inclusion strategy that lead to an increase of almost ten percentage points in new hires of color, improving the culture of inclusion at Children’s, and increased the overall representation of employees of color across the organization. Lor was also instrumental in the development and roll out of new organizational wide values that were widely understand and accepted across the organization.

Lor and his wife Pang have four children (Rose, Calla, Annabelle, and Donovan) and a dog (Cookie) that they care for. In his free time Lor likes to spend time with his family, bow hunt, and paint.

Singleton Beato

Chief Diversity & Engagement Officer, McCann Worldgroup

Singleton Beato is the Global Chief Diversity & Engagement Officer at McCann Worldgroup, where she is responsible for designing and leading strategic inclusion initiatives that increase organizational capacity, innovation and growth. Singleton has 25 years of experience as an accomplished executive and is recognized for her success driving large-scale people and organizational change initiatives across a wide range of industries, having held talent leadership roles at J. Walter Thompson, Crunch Fitness International and Bloomberg L.P.

Before joining MW, Singleton was EVP, Diversity Strategy and Talent Development at the 4A’s, where she provided leadership and advice to senior advertising and media agency executives working to create and activate a strategic approach to D&I. She managed the P&L for the Talent department and surpassed YoY revenue and growth targets by developing products and programs to help industry leaders accelerate their Talent-related efforts.

Singleton was the visionary and architect of high-profile initiatives, including The Face Of Talent symposium and the ad industry’s only Talent Leadership Conference, Talent@2030. And she led the transformation of the renowned Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP) and the 4A’s Foundation.

Singleton received her MS from Fairleigh Dickinson University and serves on several non-profit boards.

 

Ashlee Davis

Vice President and Senior Diversity & Inclusion Manager, AllianceBernstein

Ashlee Davis is Vice President and Senior Diversity & Inclusion Manager at AllianceBernstein (AB), a global investment management firm in 22 countries.

In this role she is responsible for expanding and leading AB’s diversity and inclusion strategy in San Antonio and AB’s global headquarters of Nashville, the assessment and cultivation of key community partnerships, and partnering with AB’s senior executives to implement effective and measurable D&I action plans.

Her most recent former role was Global Lead for External Affairs and Strategic Partnerships within the Global Inclusion & Diversity team at Cargill, Inc. Prior to Cargill, Ms. Davis served for more than 6 years in the Obama Administration both within the White House and as a Presidential Political Appointee at the U.S. Department of Agriculture where her roles included White House Liaison and Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights.

During the academic year 2018-19, Ms. Davis was Corporate Partner at the University of St. Thomas-Minnesota and co-taught the MBA elective Inclusive Leadership in Diverse Organizations with Professor Teresa Rothausen. Her other civic engagement includes serving as board member of Nashville, Tennessee’s Community Oversight Board, the University of Pittsburgh’s Alumni Association, Colorado State University’sCorporate Diversity Advisory Council.

Ms. Davis holds a B.A. in Politics & Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh and Juris Doctorate from the Howard University School of Law. She is a native of Nashville, Tennessee.

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