Strength in Numbers Reframing the Role of Enterprise in Corporate Culture

Event Details

Apr 04, 2019

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

New York, NY

$99 USD

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Strength in Numbers is dedicated to exploring the role of collaborative diversity in professional services organizations. Through a series of engaging discussions, faculty and participants will explore the responsibilities  of the enterprise in enabling inclusive organizational change and encouraging greater D&I collaboration amongst its stakeholders.

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Why You Should Attend

  • As one of the world’s most ethical companies, Thomson Reuters considers this event an honor and ethical obligation to connect passionate advocates with key power brokers from across the profession.
  • Unlike other similarly-themed events, our summit examines diversity through the lens of intersectionality as opposed to singular or discrete silos
  • Attendees are asked to engage peers by sharing their own experiences throughout the day

    Who Should Attend

  • Chief Diversity Officers
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Managing Partners
  • Chief Strategy Officers
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • General Counsels
  • Executive Directors
  • Event Co-Chair

    Doreen E. Lilienfeld

    Shearman & Sterling LLP

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    Event Details

    Thursday, Apr 04

    8:00 AM
    Breakfast & Registration
    9:00 AM
    Opening Remarks
    9:15 AM
    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

    Cristina Carvalho, Managing Partner, Arent Fox LLP
    David GonzalesGlobal Chief Diversity Officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb
    Karen Gray, Human Resources Director – Americas, Christie’s, Inc.
    Shawnie McBride, Vice President, Sales Operations, Direct Energy

    10:00 AM
    10:15 AM
    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 SilverChief Client Officer, Blank Rome LLP

    11:15 AM
    11:30 AM
    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

    12:30 PM
    Networking Luncheon
    1:45 PM
    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

    2:45 PM
    3:00 PM
    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 JohnsonClient Relations Manager, The Verna Myers Company &  Consultant,  DRTJ Consulting LLC
    Doreen E. LilienfeldPartner, Shearman and Sterling LLP
    Evan Parker, Founder, Parker Analytics       

    4:00 PM
    Closing Remarks
    Sharon Sayles Belton

    Vice President, Governmental Affairs and Community Relations, Thomson Reuters

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    William Bradshaw

    Manager, HR, Diversity & Inclusion, KPMG

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    Cristina A. Carvalho

    Managing Partner, Arent Fox LLP

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    Patricia Cummings

    Co-Managing Partner, New York City Office, Citrin Cooperman

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    Elizabeth Duffy

    Vice President, Acritas US, Inc.

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    Jenn Garcia-Alonso

    Global Director, Women@BCG, Boston Consulting Group

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    David Gonzales

    Global Chief Diversity Officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb

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    Karen Gray

    Director of Human Resources - Americas, Christie’s Inc.

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    Michael Littenberg

    Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP

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    Shawnie McBride

    Vice President, Sales Operations, Direct Energy

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    Keti Mehta

    Chief Strategy Officer & Senior Vice President, Hub Northeast, Hub International

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    Timothy Murnin

    Director, Supply Chain Strategy & Operations, Boeing

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    Sheila Murphy

    President and CEO, Focus Forward Consulting LLC

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    Dr. Evan Parker

    Founder, Parker Analytics

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    Cole Silver

    Chief Client Officer, Blank Rome LLP

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    Barbara Stevens

    VP and Corporate Counsel, Prudential

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    Erin Thomas

    Partner, Paradigm Strategy, Inc.

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    Sophia Yen

    Principal, Insurance Strategy & Innovation Leader, Ernst & Young LLP

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    Thomson Reuters New York Corporate Offices

    3 Times Square (7th Avenue between 42nd and 43rd St)
    30th Floor
    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.

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