Breakfast & Registration
North by Northwest: Is Diversity & Inclusion Truly a Top Down Initiative
This conference argues that D&I is far more than a “top-down” approach. In order to be truly diverse and inclusive, organizations need middle management (with the support of top executives) to lead the charge and be champions across the enterprise. Our opening session will feature D&I allies who are implementing change from across all spectrums of management.
Sharon Sayles Belton, Vice President, Governmental Affairs and Community Relations, Thomson Reuters
David L. Gonzales, Global Chief Diversity Officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Karen Gray, Human Resources Director – Americas, Christie’s, Inc.
Shawnie McBride, Vice President, Sales Operations, Direct Energy
Scott Peeler, Government Enforcement & White Collar Co-Practice Leader, Arent Fox LLP
Deep Impact: Building an Inclusive Customer Experience
Success for an organization is tied, in large part, to the strength of the relationship it has with its customers – including a thorough understanding of client needs and values. Moreover, truly inclusive organizations recognize the importance of customer input and experience in fostering a progressive culture. This conversation examines pathways for organizations to build trust and a rapport with their clients though formal feedback processes that can accelerate growth.
Elizabeth Duffy, Vice President, Acritas US Inc
Patricia Cummings, Co- Managing Partner, New York City Office, Citrin Cooperman
Keti Mehta, Chief Strategy Officer & Senior Vice President, Hub Northeast, Hub International; Vice Chair Board of Directors, National Diversity Council
Cole Silver, Chief Client Officer, Blank Rome LLP
Band of Brothers: Promoting D&I's Impact Across the Supply Chain
An organization is rarely comprised of that which it touches within its own walls. Every day, thriving companies rely on a wide swath of external partners and suppliers to run their business successfully. This session explores the wider reach an organization has to help effect D&I change in the marketplace. Our faculty will explore how organizations can influence their network by encouraging business partners to adopt or embrace D&I policies proven to improve profitability and client satisfaction.
Michael R. Littenberg, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP
Timothy Murnin, Director, Supply Chain Strategy & Operations, Boeing
Barbara Stevens, Vice President and Corporate Counsel, Prudential Financial, Inc.
Sophia Yen, Principal, Insurance Strategy & Innovation Leader, Ernst & Young LLP
A League of Their Own: Reimagining the Impact of Employee Resource Groups
This session addresses ways in which employee resource groups might best be reimagined for more effective, meaningful impact. Our faculty will consider questions such as: should employers adopt a stronger cross- or intersectional approach to ERGs? Would encouraging the membership of diverse constituents within a differing community’s ERG have a greater impact? Should corporate board members play an active role in ERGs? How are companies tapping into the collective influence of their ERGs to further their D&I reach?
Erin L. Thomas, Ph.D., Partner, Paradigm Strategy, Inc.
William Bradshaw, Manager, HR, Diversity & Inclusion, KPMG
Jenn Garcia-Alonso, Global Director, Women@BCG, Boston Consulting Group
Amanda Huynh, Diversity Manager, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Pay it Forward: Aligning Compensation to D&I Metrics
Ensuring the effectiveness of diversity and inclusion policies across an organization is no small feat. How can organizations ensure that executives and middle management have more skin in the game when it comes to D&I? Research in this arena points to several key examples of meaningful D&I impact, including the adjustment of corporate fiscal rewards. This session explores how organizations can begin to effect real change by implementing D&I policies built into compensation models.
Sheila Murphy, President & Chief Executive Officer, Forward Focus Consulting LLC
Demetria Johnson, Client Relations Manager, The Verna Myers Company & Consultant, DRTJ Consulting LLC
Doreen E. Lilienfeld, Partner, Shearman and Sterling LLP
Evan Parker, Founder, Parker Analytics
3 Times Square (7th Avenue between 42nd and 43rd St)
New York, NY 10036
This conference is held on the 30th floor of the Thomson Reuters New York corporate offices. Although no hotel room block has been arranged for the program, a number of nearby options are listed below.
The Westin New York at Times Square
Holiday Inn Express Hotel New York City Fifth Avenue
Sofitel New York Hotel - Times Square
The Iroquois New York
New York's Roosevelt Hotel