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Presentation By: Alvin Law

No matter who we are or what our job title is, one thing is true: we are all the leaders of our own lives. We are all creative problem solvers, and we all have unique value we bring to our personal and professional relationships. Thing is, we don’t always remember this about ourselves…or about our friends, family, co-workers, employees and team members. Caught up in the day-to-day grind, it’s pretty easy to forget. 

Personal leadership? Responsibility? Resiliency? They are attitudes. And these attitudes can be learned by anyone. They can become habits we practice at work and at home, in our personal and professional relationships. And they can become tools we draw on to successfully face, and overcome, any challenge. 

Combining lessons from his remarkable life of being born without arms with his unique insight into personal and workplace challenges, Alvin has developed a series of proven strategies for enhancing and sustaining attitudes of leadership, responsibility and resiliency both on the job and in your personal life. You’ll learn how to apply these time-tested techniques to spark your creativity, recognize your value and the value of those around you, and step into your natural role as leader in your own life. 

Presentation By: Shunda Robinson, Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, GM Financial

Have you ever heard someone say, “they don’t know what they don’t know?” 

What if what we learned about history left out the experiences that created a lack of equity for traditionally marginalized groups then and now.   If that is true, how do we recognize and address those things if we don’t know we need to?  Shunda Robinson, Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at GM Financial, will share GM Financial’s journey to raise awareness on how history has impacted the level of equity African Americans and other marginalized groups have experienced over time. 

Beginning with their executives and now cascading through other levels in the organization, GM Financial is not only helping individuals gain awareness about “what they don’t know,” but is also executing on that greater awareness to create change and ultimately transformation. 

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Humera Shahid
Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer and Talent Development, Intuit


Calandra Jarrell, Senior Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion
Allen Chen, SVP, Global D&I
Vu Nguyen, Vice President, and D&I Consultant
Jarrod Hahn, SVP, Senior Business Continuity Manager
Cheryl Carter, Risk and Governance Manager

Join us for a candid dialogue with Bank of America about the challenges and rewards of launching ERGs for the first time and then evolving them.


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Ngoc-Vu (Vu) Nguyen, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant for Bank of America

This session will help Employee Resource Group leaders understand what type of data metrics are available and how to identify how to use that data to gauge success of their ERG.

Jennifer Martineau, President & Founder, Leap & Inspire Global

Organizations are more profitable, more attractive to their talent, more innovative, and provide better customer service when there is diversity in their leadership.  The need for greater diversity in leadership is a top priority for most CEOs, which creates an opportunity for growth if you capitalize on it.  Jennifer will share strategies to help individuals ignite their careers and how participation in Diversity Councils and ERGs can serve as a game changer in that journey. 

Moderator: Philip Berry

Panelists: Dr. Daniel Hollar, Judge Hubert Grimes, Dr. Kideste Yusef

Do you know what Critical Race Theory (CRT) is? Do you know what it isn’t?

Critical Race Theory has become quite the headline maker in the last year, but misconceptions about what it is (and what it isn’t) are still very common. When headlines make a subject seem divisive, that can make it intimidating to talk about.

We’re engaging a panel of 3 experts for a safe and open conversation from different perspectives surrounding Critical Race Theory. We want to help you really understand CRT so you can answer any questions you get, and have thoughtful discussions of your own.

Sit down with us for this open and educating experience, ask the panelists your questions and finally understand one of Corporate America’s most misunderstood subjects.

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Debbie Smith Rayford, Senior Global ERG Network Consultant, Talent Dimensions

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Business Resource Groups (BRGs) are typically led by employees on a volunteer basis. They can be an empowering and safe avenue for employees to express themselves and seek support. This session will be an interactive discussion on the tangible and intangible skills ERG/BRG leaders need to be effective in managing and directing these groups. Learn how to interact successfully with various stakeholders including ERG/BRG members, diversity and human resources staff, and executive sponsors.


Anila Jivanji, Director of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Belonging (DEIB), Cetera

Learn ways to identify how your resource group can establish an intersectionality frame work to bridge the gap between your employees and the community you serve. We will discuss how to align your resource group with new initiatives, approaches and guidelines.

Scott Lanum
Assistant Director, Office of Diversity and Civil Rights
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

42% of law enforcement officers in the agency are Persons of Color (POC) but only make up 20-25% of leadership.  Women only represent 14% of all law enforcement officers.  Like the corporate sector, federal law enforcement is experiencing unwanted turnover.  Like all federal law enforcement agencies, ICE is undergoing a tremendous amount of reflection and change. 

There are several key drivers for this change:

  • Presidential Executive Orders – creating racial equity for underserved groups and advancing equity for LGBTQIA individuals.
  • Workforce Changes – significant exits from federal law enforcement and retirements at the senior executive levels.
  • Public Perception – there has been an erosion of confidence and trust in law enforcement over the last few years.

Join us for a conversation with Scott Lanum where he describes steps ICE is taking to fulfill its mission to protect America from the cross-border crime and illegal immigration that threaten national security and public safety.

Dionna Gavin
Director Diversity & Inclusion, Froedtert Health

The success of an organization’s inclusion, diversity, and equity efforts largely depends on how well it is integrated into existing business goals and objectives. Learn about Froedtert Health’s journey to live out their commitment “to being an inclusive and culturally competent organization that provides exceptional care to everyone” by leveraging best practices that include senior level buy-in and support, collaboration with strategic partners such as BRG/ERGs, strategic intentionality and organizational investment. Come learn and share how to enhance the impact in your organization’s workplace and community.

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Graciela Meibar
Coach & Consultant

This shoutout session is designed to allow anyone to share what they are doing related to starting, supporting, revising, or growing their global ERG program. Everyone who wants to share has 5 minutes to ‘shout out’ something for the group to learn. Graciela will kick things off and summarize them at the end of the session. You are invited to continue the conversation in the networking lounge.

Center for Effective Organizations

Stop by to get some pointers, get questions asked or for a brief introduction to the innovation challenge opportunity. 

This session is designed for ERG leaders and members. You will use a peer coaching process to learn from your peers’ successes, and then on day two, the same format is used to find answers to problems you are experiencing.


Beth Miller,
Global Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager, HP Inc.

This invitation only session is designed for leaders of all ERGs.

Jamie Lorio, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisor, Department of Defense
Pamela Butler, Consultant, Department of Defense

This session is designed for ERG leaders, DEI executives, and members of ERGs in federal and government agencies. 

Justin Glenn
Senior Research Consultant, eePulse


Mary Graham, Professor of Sport Management, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, and Affiliated Faculty, Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University

Attendees will be asked to do a 5-minute shout-out about their work to grow their ally programs.

Moderator: Jennifer Sparks Taylor, Director, Corporate Relations & Executive Education, Center for Effective Organizations, University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business

Panelist: CJ Casuto, Project Manager IV, CentralSquare; Evan Smith, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Manager and Talent Management Partner, CentralSquare

This session is designed for new ERGs or companies that are considering starting an ERG program. You will learn about the method CentralSquare Technologies used to roll out a new ERG program. You will learn from team members that took on four different roles during the startup of the initiative, 1) The leader of the ERGs overall, 2) an Executive Sponsor, 3) one of the ERG leaders, and 4) an ERG member. The perspectives of someone from each role help consider how others can successfully engage all people needed to make ERG work start-up and grow.

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Dr. Theresa M. Welbourne, Affiliated Senior Research Scientist, Center for Effective Organizations, University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business

Sonny Dua, Senior Manager Organizational Change, Amtrak Corporation

This session is designed for companies that have a history with ERGs and that are interested in moving to a business resource group model. 

This session is designed for ERG leaders and members, and it continues the peer coaching started in the Monday session.

Jamie Lorio, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisor, Department of Defense
Pamela Butler, Consultant, Department of Defense

This session is designed for ERG leaders, DEI executives, and members of ERGs in federal and government agencies. 


VIP session for ERG Executive Sponsors and Senior DEI Leaders.

Shannon Snowden, Global Head of Employee Resource Groups and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Learning, Experian 


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Lynn Cowart, Chief Operations Officer, Talent Dimensions

ERGs and Councils are important resources for any organization, providing much needed support in its mission, vision and values. Equally important however are the resources and benefits that are available to the ERG/Council Members and Leaders in helping you to achieve your ultimate goals! What is in it for you to devote your time and talents voluntarily? The truth is that participating in ERGs and Councils are great opportunities to develop interests, skills and relationships that might not be readily accessible in your actual day jobs. Join us as we dive deeper into these opportunities and talk about how you can leverage this experience in ways that may not have been obvious before. 

Cile Johnson, Chief Business Officer, Talent Dimensions

Creating cultures where individuals can bring their full selves to the workplace and ultimately feel they belong is not an easy task.   It is not “a one size fits all” approach and requires everyone to understand their role in supporting an ethos where individuals feel included and engaged. 

 When individuals feel they have a voice in the workplace and can find meaning in the work they do, that’s the secret sauce in creating belonging.  

 Join us for an engaging session where we will explore the key elements needed to create a culture of belonging and the role, we all play in making it happen. 

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Philip Berry
Senior Consultant, Talent Dimensions


Keith Arachikavitz, Senior Facilitator, Talent Dimensions

Leading a company’s ERGs and BRGs is a great opportunity to impact the bottom line, contribute to the company’s growth, and develop skills and competencies that may not be readily available within one’s ‘day job’.  Another outcome is the opportunity to lead and influence others during a truly unprecedented time.  The COVID-19 pandemic, along with the Social Justice issues we experienced as a society, brought with it a new chance to lead the ‘people component’ of your teams in ways that may have been historically unimaginable.   

 Join us for this important and engaging discussion, as we explore: 

  • Respect in the workplace pre, during and post pandemic, and throughout the social injustice situation 
  • Updated effects on your culture, including new and latest statistics 
  • Challenges facing ERGs/BRGs post 2020 and table-top discussion around strategies for overcoming them 
  • And looking ahead with best practices beyond this extraordinary time.   



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Center for Effective Organizations

Dr. Theresa M. Welbourne, Affiliated Senior Research Scientist, Center for Effective Organizations, University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business

Dr. Welbourne will acknowledge the graduates of the CEO, USC Marshall School of Business ERG Leadership Certificate Program. The ERG Leadership Certificate is a year-long course designed to build upon the ERG leadership skills and transfer learnings into future leadership roles and career advancement.


Moderator: Joe Santana, ERG Powertalk  

Panel: Sheryl Battles, Vice President, Global DEI and Engagement, Pitney Bowes
Andres Gonzalez, Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin

ERGs are facing some of the most challenging times ever in a new normal. In the midst of all this disruption, there are great opportunities as well as obstacles. Join this panel of top CDOs as they share how their ERGs are adapting to the new normal and preparing to face the future.

Dr. Edward E. Hubbard
President and CEO of Hubbard & Hubbard, Inc.

Thirty years after the first employee resource groups made their appearance in US companies, they have spread to new regions, enlisted new generations of employees, and confronted new challenges. One of those challenges is developing effective, evidence-based ERG/BRG metrics and analytics.

Taking the time to calculate the Diversity ROI of an ERG/BRG initiative is an essential step in developing an impact-focused, C-Suite/Business relevant initiative that has an evidence-based, measurable impact on the bottom-line. It is equally critical to pay attention to both the costs and benefits of any ERG/BRG initiative. In practice, however, the costs are often more easily captured benefits. This application-oriented workshop highlights some specific, “next level” methods you will apply to perform DROI calculations as well as track and report the “intentional” ROI impact of ERG/BRG DEI initiatives and business solutions with credibility.