We are planning to hold the event in person* in New York City at the Hilton Midtown on March 17, with options for virtual attendees around the world.
Attendees of Catalyst’s signature fundraising event will learn best practices for DEI, gain key insights from the 2022 Catalyst Award-winning initiatives, and network with global CEOs and other leaders. Our 2022 Awards theme—The Great Reimagining: Making Work Work for Women—reflects the urgency with which we must come together and transform our workplaces for the new era.
We are excited to announce that this year’s Dinner Chair is Jim Fitterling, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Dow, and this year’s Supporting Chair is Revathi Advaithi, Chief Executive Officer at Flex.
Catalyst will also celebrate its sixtieth anniversary in 2022—six decades of accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion.
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C-Suite executives, those responsible for building their organization’s DEI strategy, and passionate champions of advancing equity in the workplace.
The Catalyst Award is the premier recognition of organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. For more than 30 years, Catalyst Awards has brought together experts and influential business leaders to share knowledge and shape the dialogue around advancing women in the workplace.
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Dinner Chair: Jim Fitterling, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dow
Supporting Dinner Chair: Revathi Advaithi, Chief Executive Officer, Flex
SVP and Senior Partner, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Senior Vice President, Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Corporate Vice President
President & Chief Executive Officer
Fortune Media (USA) Corp.
Chief Executive Officer
Director, Eastern Region Operations
Executive Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa
Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility
Director of Show Development
Supervisor in Diversity, Inclusion and Talent Acquisition Strategy
Member of the Executive Board
Goldman Sachs Foundation
Partner, Global Head of Corporate Engagement & President
EVP, Head Global Project Leadership
New York Liberty
Vice President, Human Resources & Global Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
Global Head of Inclusion
Executive Vice President & President, Gas Transmission & Midstream
Senior Director, Growth Accounts
Vice President, Research
Director - Global H.R. & EEO Policy, Programs, & Audit
Principal Analyst, Talent Analytics & Insights
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
Partner and Chief Executive, EMEA+
Lead, Capability Building
Global Head, Parexel Academy
Former Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, Author of My Life in Full
Director, Federal Government Affairs
Executive Director, Biotech Project Leadership. Lead DEI, Parexel India
SVP, People Experience, Wellness and Workplace Engagement
Director, Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Head of Enterprise Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
Vice President, Research and Chair, Catalyst Awards
Vice President, Corporate Digital and Patient & Referrer Marketing
Head of Strategy and Operations for LEAD (Leading through Equity and Diversity)
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Senior Vice President, Learning & Advisory Services
Chair & CEO
Vice-President & Corporate Secretary
Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Manager, Diversity, Inclusion, and Talent Acquisition Strategy
Americas and US Diversity, Equity & Inclusiveness Leader
Head of Data Management EMEA
Director, Talent Management
President & Chief Executive Officer
Senior Director, MARC Branding
Executive Vice President, Commercial Strategy and Operations
Grand Reserve Inn
Chairman & CEO
Chief Human Resources Officer
Consultant, Gender and Diversity KPI alliance
SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer
The Executive Leadership Council
President and CEO
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Workplace and Equity Consultant
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lead
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
Vice President, Global Communications
Chief Diversity, Culture + Ex Officer
Global Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Officer
Former Deputy President of South Africa and former Executive Director of UN Women
Chief Executive Officer
Senior Director, Corporate Engagement, EMEA
Rohini Anand LLC
Senior Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisor
Author & Inclusion Strategist
TV, Podcast & Radio Presenter
VP, Global MARC Learning
Senior Associate, Program Operations and Implementation
Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Chief Executive Officer
Executive Vice President, Clinical Development
Chairwoman and CEO
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Organizational Scholar and Assistant Professor
Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, and Chief D&I Officer
Vice President, Customer Care
Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Engagement
Managing Partner, AMERICAS
BMO Financial Group
U.S. Chief Human Resource Officer
Vice President, LP & GTM – Technology and Information Services
Head, Global Advisory Services, Catalyst
Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Senior Program Director, Corporate Strategy PMO
Adrianne C. Smith is SVP/Senior Partner and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at FleishmanHillard. Prior to joining FleishmanHillard, Adrianne was named the first Global Director of Inclusion and Diversity at WPP. Adrianne is also the Founder and Visionary of the Can: Diversity Collective, a non-profit organization created to provide access and exposure to young adults of color and under-represented communities to global thought leadership conferences on advertising, marketing, creativity, economics, innovation and technology. In 2017, she launched the first iteration of the Diversity Collective, the Cannes Can: Diversity Collective (CC:DC) which provides rising stars in the advertising and creative industry the opportunity to attend and participate in the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. In 2019, she made history by creating the first stand-alone Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Beach in the festival’s 66 years of existence and named it Inkwell Beach the historic beach on Martha’s Vineyard, MA.
As Vice President of Diversity/Inclusion for Parexel, Aida Sabo is responsible for the Global Diversity/Inclusion Strategy. The strategy consists on building awareness and launching a culture change to ensure diversity & inclusion is part Parexel’s DNA. Some elements of this strategy include, Gender Partnership- promoting an inclusive environment so that all genders flourish in the company, Engaging Men as advocates and champions, Race and Inclusion, and empowering a diverse workforce, and leveraging analytics to identify and address institutional blind spots and barriers. Her work extends to global initiatives in India, Germany, UK/Ireland, China, Japan, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Romania and other Parexel regions. Additionally, launched a Leadership & Inclusion Forums to enable D/I thought provoking discussions with community & industry leaders. Parexel has been on the Forbes Best List for Diversity since the creation of the list and Aida was key in launching a focus on Diversity in Clinical Trials, DICT at Parexel. Parexel is now engaged in various DICT collaborations as well other D/I related collaboratives to reduce health disparities.
Her work at Cardinal Health continues to be recognized by many organizations nationally for innovative approaches to promoting DEI. Cardinal Health under Aida’s leadership was one of the first companies to begin the trailblazing work of engaging men as advocates of change. She launched the Women in Pharmacy Program to support women in pharmacy ownership.
Prior to working at Cardinal Health, Aida led the launch of the corporate diversity function at EMC/Dell in Boston. EMC/Dell has continued the work on men as allies and is one of the top Tech companies leading in D/I. She also launched Agilent Technologies first D/I strategy with a strong linkage to Innovation. While at Hewlett Packard/Agilent, Aida was a Business Development Manager and a Solutions Architect in the Test & Measurement Business Unit.
The child of Mexican immigrants, Aida moved to the United States when she was three years old. With a passion for learning, she excelled and earned a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the UC Davis. She then completed engineering graduate courses at the University of California at Berkeley and at Georgia Tech. She completed executive programs at Harvard’s JFK School, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, and UCLA.
In 2021 of the Year she was recognized by Latina Style Magazine with a Top Corporate Latinas Executives Award and in 2018 she was recognized by the Ad Club in Boston with a Visionary Rosoff Award and in 2017 by White Men as Full Diversity Partners with a Courageous Leader Award. In 2014 received an award from State of Ohio for work with Latino Community. In 2012/13 she received awards from the Human Rights Campaign and Stonewall for her work with the LGBTQ+ community.
Alberto Grignolo, Ph.D. is a Corporate Vice President at Parexel with over 40 years of experience as a regulatory and drug development professional and corporate executive; including 30 years as a consultant to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and driver of a successful worldwide regulatory and drug development consulting business. He established the firm’s Japan Consulting Services during a two-year assignment in Tokyo. He is the Executive Sponsor of drug development programs on behalf of selected clients of Parexel. He champions and participates actively in Parexel’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives both internally and externally, and in corporate efforts to promote and maintain a patient-focused culture and excellent customer service.
A native European who has also lived in Latin America, has traveled extensively and speaks four languages, Dr. Grignolo has been a frequent Speaker, Program Chair, Session Chair or Instructor at more than 120 international conferences, seminars, workshops and courses on Drug Development and Regulatory Affairs and has published more than 60 professional and scientific articles. He is the Editor-in-Chief of DIA Global Forum online magazine, received DIA’s Global Inspire Award (Global Connector) in 2015 and was named a Fellow of DIA in 2017.
Appointed as President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Enbridge in 2012, Al Monaco has led Enbridge through a period of unprecedented growth combined with a continued focus on safety, reliability and environmental protection that has positioned it as North America’s leading energy infrastructure company.
Under Al’s leadership, Enbridge has focused on long-term sustainable growth while maintaining the company’s low-risk business model. In 2017, Enbridge completed the $37-billion acquisition of Spectra Energy, which diversified the company, accelerated its natural gas strategy and expanded its U.S. footprint. Enbridge has invested more than $60 billion in energy infrastructure projects over the last seven years, including Canada’s first export pipeline system to the U.S. Gulf Coast, and the company’s first international offshore wind project.
Enbridge has prioritized sustainability by containing emissions from its operations and diversifying its asset base to reflect the global energy mix. Enbridge has developed an industry-leading approach to stakeholder and Indigenous engagement based on trust, collaboration and economic partnerships. Al is a strong advocate for building diverse and inclusive working environments and has signed Enbridge to Equal by 30, a pledge to support gender equality in the energy sector by 2030.
Al is a champion of North America’s energy industry and its ability to become a global leader by supplying affordable, reliable and responsible energy to the world. He is a Director and member of the American Petroleum Institute Executive and Finance Committees; a Director and member of the Weyerhaeuser Board and its Compensation Committee; and a member of the U.S. National Petroleum Council, the Business Council of Canada, the Business Council of Alberta, and the Catalyst Canada Advisory Board.
Al was the recipient of the Fraser Institute Founders Award (2019), and has been recognized as “Canadian Energy Person of the Year” (2017) and “Alberta Business Person of the Year” (2016) by the Energy Council of Canada and Alberta Venture, respectively.
Al is a staunch supporter of the community, including the United Way and the annual Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. Al and his wife Laurie live in Calgary and have three sons.
Al earned a Master of Business Administration from the Haskayne School of Business (Finance) at the University of Calgary. He holds a CPA, CMA designation and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Alissa is Director of Eastern Region Operations in Enbridge’s Liquids Pipelines business unit. In this role, she is responsible for the safe and reliable operation of Enbridge’s Eastern Region assets, which operate from Sarnia, Ontario to Montreal, Quebec.
Alissa has over 11 years of experience at Enbridge. During her tenure, she has held leadership roles in Major Projects, Supply Chain Management and Operations.
Prior to taking on her current role in 2021, Alissa was Director, Supply Chain Management with Liquids Pipelines. While in this role, she served as the Executive Sponsor for the Edmonton Chapter of the Indigenous Employee Resource Group.
Alissa holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta. She lives in Ontario with her husband, Nick, and their two dogs, Murphy and Finnegan.
Allyson Zimmermann is the Executive Director of Catalyst’s operations in Europe, Middle East & Africa, and is responsible for overseeing the EMEA operations and shaping the strategy for Catalyst’s continued growth and Supporter engagement. Since 2007, Allyson has driven Catalyst’s presence and Supporter base in Europe and now that extends to the Middle East and Africa. Working with leading global organizations, she helps Catalyst Supporters create more inclusive workplaces so all talent can advance.
Allyson is a recognized authority on workplace issues including women on boards, the gender pay gap, and inclusive leadership and is often sought after and quoted in European and world media. Allyson leads workshops across all levels and, in particular, works with CEOs and leadership teams to cultivate open dialogues around challenges. She regularly contributes opinion pieces to top media outlets and is a frequent speaker on the topics of sponsorship, engaging men, unconscious bias, inclusive leadership, and sexual harassment in the workplace.
In 2020, Allyson was named by Diversity Journal as one of the Women Worth Watching®️.
Having lived and worked in over five countries, Allyson has extensive global experience. As a dual national (Swiss + American), her home is in Zurich, Switzerland. Allyson holds a BA in Communications and German from the University of Minnesota and is a professional coach.
She leads the company’s efforts to co-create an equitable and regenerative future with guests, partners, and communities. She has direct responsibility for Target’s sustainability strategy, Target Forward, and leads our Philanthropic and ESG teams.
Previously, Amanda served as Vice President of Quality and Responsible Sourcing in Target’s global sourcing organization. The team ensures that Target’s vendors and suppliers operate safe, ethical, and efficient factory environments to produce reliable, high-quality, and consumer-safe products.
Prior to her role in global sourcing, Amanda helped develop one of Target’s recent owned brands by leading the creation of the kids’ line Cat & Jack. A high-quality and affordable brand, Cat & Jack believes in empowering kids. It’s designed to be durable and is responsibly sourced, so guests can feel good about what they’re buying. The brand quickly developed into a $2 billion business in its first year.
Amanda joined Target in 1996 and has held various roles in Human Resources and Merchandising across multiple categories, including Health & Beauty, Baby Essentials, Kid’s and Women’s apparel. In 2003, she was integral in working with Isaac Mizrahi for Target and partnering with globally recognized designers, including Alexander McQueen and others.
Amanda is an executive sponsor of the Diversity Action Committee and the company’s Volunteer Council and served for six years on Target’s Hispanic Business Council. In addition to her work at Target, Amanda represents Target on Adweek’s Sustainability Council and was a founding member of the Global Fashion Agenda. She is also a Sustainability 50 member and serves on the Corporate Consultative Group (CCG) Advisory Board and Sustainable Brands Advisory Board Events Sub-Committee. She previously served on the board of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety.
Amanda received her bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Minnesota and an executive degree from MIT.
Anna-Maria has worked in the DEI space for 15 years. As a member of Enbridge’s Diversity, Inclusion and Talent Acquisition team since 2013, she has built many of the programs, policies and practices that support Enbridge’s value of inclusion.
She started her inclusion career with the Canadian Human Rights Commission in roles that taught her about resilience, perseverance, and the amazing opportunity we have to address social justice throughout Canadian workplaces.
Anna-Maria is passionate about working with grassroots groups striving to have their voices heard and talents recognized within Enbridge and our broader communities.
She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and previously worked as an actor and artist-in-residence at a local French high school. She’s based out of Edmonton, Alberta, where she resides with her partner, daughter, and Pomeranian.
Asahi is Global Head of Corporate Engagement and President of the Goldman Sachs Foundation. She is a member of the Management Committee and the Global Diversity Committee. Asahi leads Goldman Sachs’ community engagement programs: 10,000 Small Businesses, 10,000 Women, One Million Black Women, Goldman Sachs Gives and Community TeamWorks. Prior to assuming her current role, Asahi was co-chief compliance officer of Goldman, Sachs & Co and global head of Investment Banking Division Compliance, and had responsibility for conduct risk. She joined Goldman Sachs in 2006 and was named managing director in 2010 and partner in 2018. Prior to joining the firm, Asahi was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, where she worked in the New York and Frankfurt offices. Asahi serves on the Board of Managers for Swarthmore College. She also serves on the Advisory Boards for Forbes Next 1,000, Glamour Women of the Year and on the Advisory Council for the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream. Asahi graduated from Swarthmore College and earned a JD from Columbia University. She was born in Guyana, South America and attended high school in Tokyo, Japan, and worked as a corporate attorney in Frankfurt, Germany.
Camille Chang Gilmore is Vice President of Human Resource (HR) and Global Chief Diversity , Equity & Inclusion Officer for Boston Scientific Corporation. In this role, Camille oversees HR strategies, health equity, community and diversity & inclusion programs for the company s $9.0 billion global business, in over 130 countries, whereby their products treat approximately 30 million patients every year.
Diversity is a core value at Boston Scientific. As CDO, Camille drives diversity and inclusion, community and health equity strategies and programs across the organization that recognizes and values the unique talent , attributes and contributions of all employees.
Camille has more than 20 years of HR experience. Prior to coming to the medical device industry in 2004, she held roles of increasing responsibility at Federal Express, Exxon Chemical Company, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, IBM and the State of Oregon.
Camille is an active member of her community as well as the communities that Boston Scientific resides in. She serves on the board for the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS); SHRM Found ation Board of Directors; as well as a liaison to the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) organization. Camille is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and was selected as one of Savoy Magazine s 2016 Top I nfluential Women in Corporate America, The Network Journal s 2018 Top 25 Black Women in Business, 2019, 2018 BLACK ENTERPRISE's Top Executives in Corporate Diversity as well as ranked #2 in Diversity Global Magazines 2020 Top 10 Influential Women in Diversity.
Camille is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
Carolanne is a renowned D&I expert with a track record of making an impact. Throughout her career, she has held leadership roles in Talent Management, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Employee Relations and Health & Wellbeing. Carolanne joins HSBC from her previous role as Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at UBS, previously she was at Citi where she started her career. Carolanne is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and has been recognised by Women in Banking and Finance with an Award for Outstanding Achievement was and listed as the 2019 Working Mother Champion.
Passionate about driving real change, Carolanne is focused on fixing the system rather than fixing the people and driving impact through inclusive leaders. Her work covers a broad spectrum including Disability, Mental Health, LGBTQ+, Race and Ethnicity. She is a member of the Women’s Leadership Board at the Harvard Kennedy School and in 2019, she joined the European Advisory Board for Catalyst, an organisation focused on accelerating female progression in the workplace.
Carolanne is currently researching the impact of the Menopause on Women in Senior Leadership positions, and how women can prepare for and tackle it alongside highly demanding senior roles.
Outside of work, Carolanne and her Husband Mark live in Hertfordshire, they have 4 children and an informally adopted 5th who is a child survivor of the Rwandan genocide. She is a member and student of the Royal School of Needlework based at Hampton Court Palace.
In July of 2019, Cathy Engelbert was named the first-ever Commissioner of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), and is charged with bolstering visibility for the sport of women’s basketball, empowering the WNBA players, and enhancing fan engagement. Cathy retired as the CEO of Deloitte in June of 2019, after 33 years with the firm.
Elected as Deloitte CEO in 2015, she was the first woman CEO in the history of a Big Four professional services firm. In her role as CEO of Deloitte, Cathy led the largest accounting and consulting organizations in the United States with more than 100,000 professionals. Since Cathy stepped into the role of WNBA Commissioner, she has executed a historic player-first Collective Bargaining Agreement, built and socialized a new economic framework to drive league revenue and owner success, and led the league’s twelve franchises through the COVID-19 pandemic and a successful 2020 season. In 2021, Engelbert was listed on the Forbes’ ‘50 Over 50’ list and Adweek’s ’40 Women to Watch’, an achievement that coincided with the WNBA’s regular season viewership rising over 51% as the league gained more momentum in it’s 25th season than ever before.
Cathy currently sits on the McDonald’s Board of Directors, the Royalty Pharma Board of Directors, the USGA Executive Committee, and is a Vice Chair of the Partnership for New York City.
Cathy has served as the first woman chair of the Center for Audit Quality Governing Board and, as a strong supporter of diversity and inclusion, as the first woman chair of the Catalyst Board, a global non-profit organization that promotes inclusive workplaces for women. She was a founding member of the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, and previously served as a member of the Business Roundtable, where she served on the Education & Workforce and Immigration committees. She also served on the Steering Committee of the Fortune CEO Initiative, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and vice chair of the Kennedy Center Corporate Fund Board. She had also been listed as one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women for four consecutive years, and was ranked on Glassdoor’s annual Employees’ Choice Awards honoring the 100 Highest Rated CEOs, and one of Fast Company magazine’s Most Productive People.
Cathy received a B.S. in accounting from Lehigh University and is a member of its Accounting Advisory Board. She has two children—earning her the recognition as one of Working Mother magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Moms for three years.
Cynthia Hansen is the Executive Vice President and President, Gas Transmission & Midstream.
Cynthia is responsible for the overall leadership and operations of Houston- based Gas Transmission & Midstream, with responsibility for all of Enbridge’s natural gas pipeline and midstream business across North America. Cynthia is also Executive Sponsor for Asset and Work Management, and co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee.
Cynthia has more than 20 years of experience working in operational, financial and safety leadership roles within Enbridge. She held leadership roles across business units and central functions, including most recently as EVP & President, Gas Distribution and Storage (GDS) where she led the development and implementation of the utility amalgamation and integration plan, and contributed to Enbridge’s diversification strategy, including energy transition investments. Cynthia’s previous positions include SVP, Enterprise Safety & Operational Reliability and SVP, Operations, Liquids Pipelines. Prior to joining Enbridge, she worked as a Principal for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Cynthia is a member of Calgary-based Enbridge Inc.’s Executive Leadership Team.
Cynthia was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 by the Women’s Executive Network, as well as a WXN Hall of Fame member, and was recognized as a Canadian Business Leader by Catalyst Canada. Cynthia lives in Houston with her husband.
David is a Senior Director in Parexel Biotech with commercial responsibility for UK, Ireland, BENELUX, Israel and Turkey and Co-Lead of Parexel’s Disability Steering Committee, passionate about inclusion and the value of diversity.
He has over 20 years’ experience in Pharmaceuticals and Contract Research Organisation in Sales & Marketing and Business Development, in addition to 12 Years as a clinician in Intensive Care and Battlefield Resuscitation and War Surgery in the Army Medical Services and UK National Health Service.
He is an Honorary Professor, University of Stirling, Entrepreneur in Residence, University of Nottingham, Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Fellow Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), Board and Executive Advisor to a Veterans Charity.
As disabled veteran he also is an International athlete in Veterans Sport, Adapted Highland Games competitor, and world record holder, Warrior Games Medallist, Paralympic Development Athlete, and was in 2022 awarded an MBE from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her Government for services to students, people with disability and veterans.
Dr. Dnika J. Travis is a recognized researcher, educator, and change leader. At Catalyst, Travis leads research initiatives and manages content creation. Travis’ renowned research on emotional tax experienced by people of color at work, along with her expertise on engaging in tough conversations across differences, have been widely published and featured in top-tier media outlets such as CNN, Fortune, and NBC News. Most recently, Travis co-authored the reports, “Getting Real About Inclusive Leadership: Why Change Starts With You” and “Interrupting Sexism at Work What Drives Men to Respond Directly or Do Nothing.” Prior to joining Catalyst, Travis was on the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work and conducted research on employee voice, leadership effectiveness, and organizational change. Travis earned her PhD from University of Southern California, MSW from the University of Michigan, and BA from Hampton University.
Ebony J. Travis is a strategic executive and Subject Matter Expert in Human Resources, Talent and Organizational Development, Diversity, and Inclusion. She has served as Director for Global Human Resources and Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for Boston Scientific, where she has worked for over 25 years. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are among Boston Scientific’s core values. The company relies on the diversity of its workforce and the experience of its employees to achieve the company’s mission and goals. In 2017, the company redoubled its efforts to increase the representation of multicultural talent and women over the supervisory and managerial levels. She has helped spearhead the attainment of 99% and greater pay equity for a culturally and gender-diverse workforce, including veterans and persons with disabilities across United States operations. A dynamic speaker, Ebony draws on her broad experience in change management, talent management, diversity and inclusion, performance management, goal attainment, employee engagement, mentoring, training, and development to influence the process and cultural changes that improve organizational effectiveness, and employee growth and well-being. She has served as a moderator of leadership panels within Boston Scientific and at public forums, business meetings and conferences, and events. With graduate-level studies in human resource management, Ebony leverages analytics to inform successful initiatives, and has a deep understanding of evidence-based, data-driven practices and processes for the successful implementation of new workforce initiatives within the organization.
Co-leader, Combatting Racism External Three-Year Strategy (2020 – 2023)
Facilitator of Best Practice and Global Training Programs including KPIs for HR and Talent Management functions (2020 – 2021)
Recipient, the H.R. Excellence Award for Work in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (2020)
Recognized and nominated for H.R. Excellence Award for Leading through Change (2020), Diversity and Inclusion (2018), and STEM Diversity Conference Recruiting (2017).
Co-Founder, Bridge Employee Resources Group, Black Employees Group (2017)
Recipient, the BSC Global Compliance Bridge Builder Award (2016)
Various awards for Technical Excellence, Business Innovation, Sales Management, and numerous Spot Awards for “above and beyond” achievements.
Ebony is a Board Member and Mentor, Urban League Young Professional, Dallas, TX, and Fort Worth, TX (2018 –Present), where she mentors young black professionals and is a member of the National Association for Female Executives/National Association of Professional Women (2017 -Present). Ebony is an active Health and Fitness influencer on social media platforms. She mentors and inspires others to meet their personal goals for health and wellness.
Emily Shaffer, PhD, is a member of the Research team at Catalyst and is an expert in stereotyping and prejudice. As Director, Research, her research focuses on cultivating inclusive workplaces for all employees. Trained in advanced statistics, she also lends her statistical expertise to cross-Catalyst projects.
Emily earned her PhD in social psychology from Tulane University. She earned an MA in psychology from San Diego State University and a BA in psychology from the University of Arizona.
Erica Vermeij, MBA is a Principal Analyst within the Talent Analytics & Insights organization. In her current role, Erica Vermeij supports the Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion organization, as well as, the Global Operations organization, which comprises nearly half of the Boston Scientific employee population.
Prior to this role, Erica led the Global Human Capital Insights Consulting team at Medtronic, where she led data and dashboard deployment and training efforts globally. She was also the lead data consultant and research analyst supporting Global Talent Programs, including diversity and inclusion, and restructuring efforts.
Additionally, Erica has experience within Talent Management and Talent Acquisition, and has held several Medtronic Women’s Network leadership roles.
Greg Cunningham is Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for U.S. Bank. Greg is also a member of the U.S. Bank Managing Committee reporting to the CEO Andy Cecere. He joined the bank in 2015 as Vice President of Customer Engagement. Greg’s mission is to make diversity, equity and inclusion a business imperative, and he is responsible for leading the company’s Access Commitment; a $100 million annual commitment to help close racial wealth disparities. In order to do this, he focuses on workplace culture, customer loyalty, supplier diversity, and community outreach. His diversity, equity and inclusion expertise has been showcased in national and regional media outlets, including Fortune, Bloomberg, American Banker, Harvard Business Review and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. A recent profile of Greg in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal received a national journalism award. And Ebony Magazine included Greg on its Power 100 list in 2018. Greg was named a “Person of the Year” in 2020 by Twin Cities Business Magazine.
Greg spent the previous sixteen years at Target Corporation where he most recently led Lifestyle Marketing. He helped grow Target’s business and drove brand differentiation through cultural leadership. A few wins under Greg’s guidance include leading the marketing efforts for Target’s first entry into Manhattan, building multicultural expertise, and leading sports marketing for the organization.
Greg’s leadership vision states: “Leadership is not about you, it’s about your people. He places heart before head and brings vision, creativity, and relatability to those he meets. Colleagues call him a respected bridge builder and visionary.
His non-work engagements are a reflection of his worldview. Greg is a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (the Boule’) and serves on the National Board of Directors for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) the nation’s largest and most effective minority higher education organization.
Greg has a BA in marketing from UNCF member school Clark-Atlanta University and an MBA from Fordham University in New York City. He is a Pittsburgh native whose interests include reading, writing, sports, old movies, music, volunteering, exercising, and consuming “pop” culture.
Greg chooses to spend as much time as possible with his amazing wife Jacqueline Lloyd Cunningham and their two children, Myles and Whitney.
His personal brand tag line: “I Bring Life to Brands.”
Fiona Carlin is a Partner and head of Baker McKenzie's EU Competition & Regulatory Affairs practice based in Brussels. She is also a member of the Firm's Reinvent Board that guides the global Firm's innovation efforts. Fiona's previous roles include serving as the first Chief Executive of Baker McKenzie’s integrated EMEA+ Region and as Chair of the Firm’s Global Competition & Antitrust Law Practice comprising more than 320 lawyers in over 40 countries.
Fiona has been listed in "The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers" for more than a decade and features among Global Competition Review's Top 100 Women in Antitrust. Chambers quotes clients as citing her "legal and pragmatic advice" and describing her as "globally minded". Her practice focuses on merger control, investigations and advisory work with a particular emphasis on the life sciences sector. Fiona publishes and speaks regularly at top conferences.
Fiona is Chair of the European Advisory Board of Catalyst, a non-profit organisation dedicated to expanding opportunities for women and business. She was a founding member of Baker McKenzie's Global Diversity & Inclusion Committee and she continues to be a strong DEI advocate internally and externally as well as being active in the Firm's global pro bono efforts.
Hailey McBurney, CMP®, has worked at Enbridge for 10 years, and now manages a capability building program that serves to foster an environment that fuels curiosity, drives innovation, and equips and empowers employees with the mindsets and behaviors needed to continuously improve performance.
An award-winning communications strategist, Hailey is driven by a commitment to building authentic relationships and delivering business value. Her career has spanned the public, non-profit and private spectrum, with organizations such as the Government of Alberta and Junior Achievement. While she’s worked across all communications disciplines, her passion lies in connecting with team members and sharing their stories—a natural fit with furthering diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.
Prior to her current role, Hailey led communications planning and management programs such as the multi-billion-dollar Enbridge-Spectra merger in 2017. Most recently, she was responsible for building and executing communications strategies related to sustainability and energy transition, and DEI at Enbridge. In this role, she was instrumental in the development and rollout of ‘Inclusion’ as Enbridge’s fourth core value, taking great care to include team members and their vision for a more inclusive workplace.
Hailey holds a degree in Political Science, a Diploma in Public Relations and is a certified Communications Management Professional®. A mother of two young boys, she is an active member in her local community, volunteering on the parent-teacher council and helping to improve food equity and food dignity through a community fridge initiative. And though she considers herself an excellent cook, she’s still working to perfect her mother’s legendary chicken biriyani.
Jamie is Global Head of Parexel Academy and is an experienced operations and education leader with a passion for continuous learning at employee, patient and client levels. Advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion, focusing efforts on breaking down barriers to clinical trial access for diverse and underserved populations. Jamie holds a Master of Science in Nursing Education and has educated individuals in community, academic, and corporate settings around the world. In her role as Global Head of Parexel Academy, she has leveraged her passion for learning, operations expertise, and advocacy for more equitable access to clinical trials.
Indra K. Nooyi served as CEO and chairman of PepsiCo from 2006 to 2019. Her prescient strategic thinking, insight into consumer behavior, and wisdom on managing a vast, global workforce make her one of the world’s most sought-after advisors to entrepreneurs, executives, and governments. She is also revered as a role model for women and immigrants, and celebrated for her empowering messages on inclusivity. At PepsiCo, she was the chief architect of Performance with Purpose, the company’s mission to deliver sustained growth by making more nutritious products, limiting the company’s environmental footprint, and empowering its associates and people in the communities it serves.
She has been awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian honor, the U.S. State Department’s award for Outstanding American by Choice, and 15 honorary degrees. In 2021, Indra became an elected member of the American Philosophical Society and joined the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery of Art. She was also inducted into the Asian Hall of Fame and National Women’s Hall of Fame. She is also the author of the book, My Life in Full: Work, Family and Our Future, a highly-anticipated memoir that offers insight and a call-to-action from one of the world’s most-admired business leaders on how our society can blend work and family — and advance women — in the 21st century. She is married to Raj Nooyi and has two daughters, Preetha and Tara.
A highly sought-after government relations and public policy advisor, Isaac A. Fordjour has built a career helping top companies, national trade associations, institutional investors and advocacy organizations successfully navigate complex policy issues.
As Director of U.S. Federal Government Affairs for medtech leader Boston Scientific, Isaac advocates for policies that will accelerate innovation and increase patient access to life-changing devices and therapies. Prior to joining the company, Isaac was a principal at Tarplin, Downs, & Young, LLC, a leading bipartisan health policy and lobbying firm, and he also previously served as Director of Federal and State Legislative Affairs for the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). His career began in the office of the Tennessee House Speaker Pro Tempore where he assisted the legislative effort to establish TennCare, a statewide health care initiative which provided health insurance to more than one million Tennesseans. Over a thirty-year career, he has successfully advanced public policy, developed effective legislative and regulatory strategy, built diverse coalitions, crafted impactful messages and managed highly matrixed organizations. Isaac co-founded Legacy PAC, a political action committee focused on providing critical support to emerging political leaders at both the federal and local levels. He serves on the board of directors for the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, the Washington Government Relations Group, and Running Start. He also serves on advisory committees for numerous organizations including the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the Democratic National Committee, and Bright Beginnings, Inc.
Jahanara works as Executive Director, Biotech Project Leadership and oversees the conduct of several clinical trial projects.
Jahanara has a thorough understanding of the clinical trial process with over 2 decades experience in the healthcare/ pharmaceutical industry and has been with Parexel for 9 years.
Jahanara is committed to the successful conduct of clinical trials to make treatments available to patients swiftly. She is eager to enhance the design of clinical trials keeping patients at the heart of the trial, making trials inclusive and easier for all patients to participate.
Jahanara leads Parexel’s DE&I efforts in India. She is committed to enabling an inclusive culture where Parexel's colleagues are able to give their best in a diverse environment .
Jahanara holds a MSc in Medical Biochemistry.
Janice M. Beauchamp was appointed to the role of SVP, People Experience, Wellness & Workplace Engagement for Pfizer Inc Worldwide headquartered in New York. Previously Janice was VP, HR Business Development and HR Operations. Prior to the previous senior level roles, she was VP HR for the Chief Medical Officer, Corporate Affairs and HR Mergers & Acquisition. Overall, Janice has over 25 years with Pfizer working in Human Resources for Pharmaceuticals, Medical, Corporate and Animal Health division.
Prior to joining Pfizer, Janice has employed at Novartis in Summit, New Jersey. She spent ten years in Human Resources for the US Pharmaceutical division. Janice started her HR career at Schering-Plough where she held various positions across the organization for a ten-year period.
Janice holds a master’s degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the New School of Social Research and a B.S. in Human Resources Management from Upsala College.
With nearly 15 years of experience supporting diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Jeff has collaborated with many Fortune 500 and international companies in North America, Europe, India, and Southeast Asia, providing leadership training, workshops, strategy sessions, initiative development and roll out, and through speaking engagements.
Jeff is currently Director of Global Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Parexel, where he supports international workplace equality initiatives and strategy across a range of topics, such as gender equity and cross-gender collaboration, LGBTQ+ and allies, diversity and unconscious bias training, and is an internal adviser across five steering and nine regional committees.
Formerly with Catalyst in NYC, Jeff was Senior Director of MARC (Men Advocating Real Change) at Catalyst, an initiative and learning community designed especially for professional men and women who are committed to driving inclusion through cross-gender partnership.
Jennifer Kingston leads Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at Edward Jones, helping to build a diverse workforce and grow the firm's impact on clients, colleagues and communities. She and her team provide strategic direction and thought leadership in collaboration with functional leaders and key stakeholders across the firm to create and support DEI business plans and initiatives. She is responsible for helping develop long-term firm DEI strategies and objectives that drive short-term initiatives and activities, as well as prioritizing and sequencing DEI initiatives to address systemic opportunities.
Jennifer joined Edward Jones in April 2019 to lead the Legal division’s Employment area, which provides legal counsel, guidance and support to business areas – including Inclusion and Diversity, Talent Acquisition and Human Resources. Over the next two years, her leadership expanded to include leading the leaders of Tax, Intellectual Property, Commercial Transactions, Fiduciary and Cash and Lending. In January 2021, Jennifer was appointed to serve as interim co-leader of Enterprise Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and in October 2021 she was selected as the head of Enterprise Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
After obtaining her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her law degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Jennifer served as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri. She then joined Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and worked in the product liability, class action and commercial litigation groups, served on the firm’s recruiting committee and led the summer internship program. She left the firm as a partner, and from 2010 to April 2019 was a partner in the law firm of Dowd Bennett LLP. She represented clients facing significant, complex and high-stakes civil litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country. Before joining Edward Jones, she frequently represented Edward Jones and its associates in employment and litigation matters.
Jennifer has served on Susan G. Komen® Missouri’s board of directors since 2011 and currently serves as the board president. Komen Missouri works to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. Jennifer has also served on the board of directors of Downtown STL, Inc., which serves as a catalyst for creating and promoting a downtown that attracts investment opportunities, economic activity and vibrancy in downtown St. Louis.
A native of Rolla, Mo., Jennifer resides in St. Louis with Robert Epperson and their children: Ellie, Sam and Jack.
Jennifer Thorpe-Moscon, PhD, is a researcher and expert in the leadership behaviors and organizational practices that contribute to or inhibit inclusion. As Vice President, Research and Chair, Catalyst Award, Jennifer leads the Catalyst Award Evaluation Committee annual process and team. She examines organizational diversity efforts, change models, and initiatives across regions and industries. She investigates organization-specific diversity programs and workplace environments and heads an interdepartmental group through a year-long process of evaluating corporate and professional strategies. She is an acknowledged and sought-after expert in intersectional research across gender, race, and ethnicity and maintains the rigor and high standards of the Catalyst Award.
Prior to joining Catalyst, Jennifer worked as a biostatistician at Mount Sinai as well as an instructor of master’s-level statistics at New York University. She has led several research labs of up to 13 researchers in both corporate and academic settings. Additionally, she authored the book How Geek Girls Will Rule the World (2013).
Jennifer received her PhD in social psychology from New York University. She earned a BA in both Psychology, with honors, and Computer Science from Columbia University, where she graduated magna cum laude.
Jenny Lee is Vice President, Corporate Digital and Patient & Referrer Marketing at Boston Scientific (BSC). In this role, Jenny is responsible for providing strategic guidance and support for business unit and regional multi-channel digital marketing plans. She also leads the creation of insights-driven patient and referring physician marketing strategies, digital production, brand safety and media buying, as well as marketing efforts for our Close the Gap health equity initiative. Jenny joined BSC in 2017 as Marketing Director for Women’s Health where she led global upstream and downstream marketing for the pelvic floor and intra-uterine health franchises.
Prior to BSC, Jenny was at Johnson & Johnson for nearly a decade, where she held various marketing, professional education, and change leadership roles in both the consumer and medical device sectors. Jenny is a board member at the American Council on Exercise (ACE Fitness), and previously has served on the Board of Directors for the American Legacy Foundation (truth initiative) and The American Lung Association.
Jenny holds a BS in business administration from the University of Miami and an MBA from The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University where she served as Student Body President. Jenny lives in Wellesley, MA with her wife and two children.
Jill White works at Google as the Head of Strategy and Operations for the LEAD organization (Leading through Equity and Diversity). In her role, Jill uses data to inform strategic direction, set relevant business goals, and allocate resourcing. Her team also owns the talent strategy for LEAD, ensuring the organization is equipped to deliver on its work for Googlers.
Prior to joining Google, Jill was a Director in Global Diversity and Inclusion at American Express. There she led the company’s efforts on mitigating unconscious bias for over 400 leaders. She also had oversight of 100+ Employee Network chapters, creating a governance structure, operating model, and data collection processes to ensure global consistency among these groups.
Jill’s experienced in management consulting where she worked with clients on leadership development, team effectiveness, culture transformation, and strategy execution. And she’s worked in academia, most notably at Columbia University where she served as Acting Director of the Intercultural Resource Center in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. She advised student social justice organizations and developed educational programs covering a range of diversity topics.
Jill holds a bachelor’s degree with a double major in communications and ethnic studies from the University of California, San Diego and is completing a master’s degree from Columbia University in adult learning and leadership.
Jim Fitterling is the chairman and chief executive officer of Dow, a global materials science company with 2020 sales of approximately $39 billion.
He has played a key role in the Company’s transformation, from lower-margin, commodity businesses to one more deeply focused on higher-growth, consumer demand-driven markets that value innovation – with the goal of creating the most innovative, customer-centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company in the world.
Fitterling was named chief executive officer-elect of Dow in March 2018, prior to becoming CEO in July 2018. He was elected chairman in April 2020. Before becoming CEO, he served as president and chief operating officer of Dow. From September 2017 through March 2019, he also served as chief operating officer for the Materials Science Division of DowDuPont, an $86 billion holding company comprised of The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont, created with the intent to form independent, publicly traded companies in materials science, agriculture and specialty products sectors. On April 1, 2019, Dow separated from DowDuPont.
Fitterling’s 35-year career at Dow began in 1984, two weeks after graduating from University of Missouri – Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Over his first decade with the company, he held a variety of sales, marketing and supply chain positions in the U.S. In 1994, he moved to Asia to serve as commercial director for Dow’s liquid separations business in the region. He returned to the U.S. in 1998, taking over the liquid separations business globally and becoming president and CEO of FilmTec Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the company. In 2000, he returned to Asia to serve as general manager for Dow Thailand and managing director for the SCG-Dow group of joint venture companies. Over the next four years, he was named CEO of The OPTIMAL Group, an affiliate of Malaysia’s state-owned oil corporation and Dow, and added responsibility for Dow Southeast Asia and Australia regions. In 2006, Fitterling repatriated to the U.S. and was named business vice president for Dow’s polyethylene envelope. Before being named president and chief operating officer in 2016, he held a variety of senior leadership roles in corporate development and business operations.
At his direction, in January 2019, Dow became a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), an initiative to accelerate efforts to drive innovation, provide much-needed resources, and take decisive action to put an end to plastic waste in the environment. Additionally, he served as the business lead in Dow’s successful launch of its next-generation sustainability goals. A passionate advocate for inclusion and diversity, Fitterling leads Dow’s drive to diversify its global talent. He actively serves as Executive Sponsor of Dow’s Global African Affinity Network and is widely recognized for his work supporting LGBT non-discrimination and LGBT+ workplace equality.
Julie S. Nugent is responsible for strategy development and brand management of products and initiatives such as MARC (Men Advocating Real Change), Leading with Inclusion training, advisory services, and the Catalyst Inclusion Accelerator delivery. In her position, she leads multiple groups in evaluating, creating, and delivering global corporate and professional strategies to advance diversity, inclusion, and business results. Her work also consists of working with client to assess workplace environments and providing actionable recommendations.
As an influencer in the diversity and inclusion space, Julie frequently speaks to corporate and public audiences and the media on topics including women’s leadership and advancement, mentoring, diversity and inclusion strategies, LGBT inclusion, and the Catalyst Award, which she chaired for over eight years. She has authored numerous external book chapters as well as many Catalyst publications, including reports focused on experiences of inclusion; a suite of company practices and Catalyst Award-winning initiatives; Making Mentoring Work and related tools; and tools and products focused on LGBTQ+ inclusion.
In addition to her extensive consulting, research, and public speaking expertise, Julie taught a course on gender in the workplace as a former Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. Julie holds her MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from New York University and received her BA in Psychology and English from Ohio University, where she graduated with top honors.
Julie Sweet is chair and chief executive officer of Accenture. She became CEO in September 2019 and assumed the additional position of chair in September 2021. Previously, she served as chief executive officer of Accenture's business in North America, the company's largest geographic market. Prior to that, she was Accenture's general counsel, secretary, and chief compliance officer for five years. Before joining Accenture in 2010, Julie was a partner for 10 years in the law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.
Julie serves on the World Economic Forum Board of Trustees and on the board of directors for the Business Roundtable, for which she chairs its Technology Committee. Additionally, Julie is board chair of Catalyst and serves on the board of trustees for the Center for Strategic & International Studies and for the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities – Bridges from School to Work.
Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Claremont McKenna College and a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School.
Julie has been recognized as one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in Business and Forbes’s 100 Most Powerful Women in the World.
Karen is Vice-President & Corporate Secretary at Enbridge, where she leads a team of professionals focussed on board and governance matters, corporate mergers & acquisitions, finance and banking law and public disclosures.
Karen feels a personal responsibility – and has had a lifelong dedication – to being the best that she can be, while inspiring others to do the same. She is passionate about building empowered, inclusive teams, as an advocate and a cheerleader, working on this with intent every day through communication, connections, collaboration and a genuine care for those around her.
In 2021, she founded the Legal Services D&I Council, chaired Enbridge’s Calgary United Way Campaign, lead a MARC Dialogue Team throughout the year and was a formal and informal mentor to several colleagues across the company.
Outside of Enbridge, Karen is passionate about advancing inclusion for children with disabilities. Shas served on the Board of Directors of Variety – the Children’s Charity of Alberta since 2020 and is currently its President and Chair of the Board of Directors.
Throughout her 18-year legal career, Karen has thrived on learning and challenges. She also chose to work on international projects, primarily due to her love of the Spanish language. Her legal career brought her family to relocate to Madrid in 2015, where she and her young family enjoyed as much of the culture, adventure and friendships that their three years in Spain provided in abundance. Responsible for sharing knowledge and building bridges between a Canadian company and corporate culture, with that of a Spanish parent company during post-takeover integration, Karen’s approach to building human connections and creative problem-solving was beneficial. Upon returning to Canada, she joined Enbridge.
Karen loves to spend time her husband, 13 year old son, 10 year old daughter and her spoiled wheaten terrier. She enjoys getting creative in the kitchen for family and friends and loves international travel for many reasons but especially for new culinary experiences, adventures and inspirations.
Kiera Fernandez proudly serves as Target’s Senior Vice President of Talent & Change and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer. She is responsible for leading and advancing Target’s enterprise-wide diversity, equity and inclusion strategy as well as leading the Talent and Change team and strategy. Kiera’s strategies cascade across the Target enterprise to help propel Target’s purpose of helping all families discover the joy of everyday life.
In addition to her human resource expertise, Kiera has extensive background in retail operations, process and project management, store operations, and team leadership. In fact, Kiera began her career at Target in 2001 as an Executive Team Leader for Stores, subsequently serving in a variety of leadership roles. Since that time, Kiera has led teams in Merchandising, Stores, Operations and Human Resources.
Kiera offers a multifaceted perspective to diversity, equity, inclusion – championing Target’s strategy in every aspect of the business. Over the last several years, Kiera has continued to build a career across multiple HR functions. Of recent note, she is a founding member of Target’s Racial Equity Action and Change (REACH) committee, which is tasked with urgently advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion work for Black team members, guests and communities. In her role, Kiera helped lead Target’s pledge of $10 million to social justice organizations and commitment to providing 10,000 hours of pro-bono consulting services for business owners of color in the Twin Cities.
In September 2020, Kiera led systemic efforts to increase the representation of Black team members across the company by 20% over the next three years. Through 2020, she and her team worked to increase product categories relevant to all guests and championed spending $1.5 billion on business from diverse suppliers.
In 2021, Kiera hosted community and diversity partners, vendors, suppliers and team members in a discussion around Target’s priorities that define the diversity, equity and inclusion strategy. The first annual, “Growing the Circle: Championing a Diverse, Equitable & Inclusive Society, Together” forum showcased Target’s four key priorities that define its diversity, equity and inclusion strategy: an inclusive guest experience, inclusive work environment, workforce diversity and societal impact.
Kiera is a dedicated diversity advocate who sparks, inspires and challenges the lens in which we view and practice diversity, so we can all grow the circle together with shared accountability and responsibility.
Kiera and her family live in the Twin Cities, Minnesota area. She is a certified yoga instructor, and spends much of her free time teaching and practicing yoga, as well as enjoying a great basketball game.
Kimberley Grant is an inclusive leader, equity champion, and human-centered strategist. As Manager of Diversity, Inclusion, and Talent Acquisition Strategy for Enbridge Inc., she leads the company's strategies to build inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in the workplace. Kimberley is a trusted partner who uses data-informed insights coupled with compassionate curiosity to achieve high-quality results by coaching teams to thrive.
Kimberley's career in Human Resources has spanned nineteen years in talent acquisition, organizational effectiveness, talent management, and change management for significant business transformation programs, including Enbridge's merger in 2017.
Kimberley holds a Master of Business Administration from Royal Roads University and two bachelor’s degrees in commerce and industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Calgary. Kimberley is an accredited executive coach with certifications in adult learning, emotional intelligence, cultural intelligence, and organizational change.
Kimberley lives in Toronto with her husband, is passionate about experiencing new cultures, and has traveled to all seven continents.
Leslie is the EY Americas & US Diversity, Equity & Inclusiveness Leader and a Partner at Ernst & Young LLP. A member of the EY US Executive Committee (USEC), she also co-chairs the Americas Inclusiveness Advisory Council.
In her role, Leslie is responsible for driving the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy. This includes maximizing the diversity of professionals across the Americas by enhancing the inclusive culture at EY and embedding equitable talent and business practices to create consistent experiences for all.
Most recently, she was US Talent Leader for Diversity & Inclusiveness, where she worked with talent teams and business leaders to consistently execute the EY DEI strategy. She also served as the Southeast Region Talent Leader, overseeing the development and strategic people processes for more than 6,000 professionals across 17 offices and the EY Caribbean practice.
Previous to these leadership roles, Leslie helped to develop and implement programs and initiatives to promote a culture of inclusion across EY. Great emphasis was placed on awareness building, pipeline development and networking—which fully supports the firm’s culture and its commitment to creating lifelong relationships with its people by providing them with opportunities and tools needed to succeed within EY and beyond. She also supported the formation of the first EY employee resource groups for racially and ethnically diverse professionals and worked on the taskforce to create the EY LGBT+ professional network. Leslie began her EY career as an assurance professional more than 28 years ago.
Leslie received her Bachelor’s in Accounting from Hampton University in Hampton, VA, and her Master’s in Business Administration from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School with a concentration in Strategy & Organizational Behavior. She is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the state of Georgia.
Leslie lives in Atlanta with her husband and three sons.
Linn has spent 18 years at Bloomberg in various leadership roles, including managing the Northern European and European Majors sales regions. In 2015, she became Head of EMEA Analytics leading a team of more 400 people in London. In 2019, Linn was appointed to lead our Data Management teams across EMEA, which work to ensure that Bloomberg acquires, enhance and provides market leading data to our clients by focusing on the coverage, timeliness and accuracy of our data. Other responsibilities include managing and upgrading automated workflows, on-boarding and updating data, performing data analysis to inform and drive strategic initiatives, innovating and creating premium content, and supporting Bloomberg's clients and internal colleagues. In addition to her leadership role in Data Management, Linn is a member of the London Office Committee where she is the pillar lead for diversity and inclusion. She also co-chairs the EMEA Diversity and Inclusion Council, from which she supports colleagues and the company in ensuring a fair and equitable workplace experience for all.
Lisa was appointed as Director, Talent Management at Enbridge in 2016. As leader of the Talent Management centre of expertise (COE) she is accountable for leading the strategy, design, and execution of Enbridge’s enterprise programs and initiatives related to Diversity, Inclusion and Talent Acquisition Strategy, Learning and Development, Organizational Change Management, Leadership and Culture and core Talent Programs including succession planning, career development and performance management.
Lisa has been with Enbridge for over 9 years and was previously Director, Corporate HR Business Support. In this role she was responsible for strategic HR support to Enbridge’s central functions and leading the Organizational Change Management COE.
Prior to joining Enbridge Lisa spent 15 years as an HR professional in the finance sector in Australia with ANZ, working in or leading shared services functions, business partner teams and COEs.
Lisa has a Bachelor of Arts (with distinction) in Criminal Justice Administration from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne, Australia; and a Graduate Diploma in Organization Dynamics from RMIT.
Lisa is based out of Calgary and in her free time enjoys skiing, cycling, and hiking in the Canadian Rocky Mountains with her husband.
Catalyst’s vision and mission have been a passion for Lorraine Hariton since college. Lorraine’s career has benefited tremendously from Catalyst’s work, and she is honored to lead the organization at this crucial time, to pay it forward to future generations, and to help write the next chapter in its 58-year legacy of accelerating positive change for women.
Lorraine brings a strong and diverse background in technology, innovation, and partnering to her role as President & CEO. Her extensive career includes senior-level positions in Silicon Valley, as well as leadership roles across the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. She served as CEO of two Silicon Valley start-ups and held senior executive roles at IBM and other public companies. In 2009, she was appointed by President Obama to be Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs at the US Department of State. Most recently, Lorraine was Senior Vice President for Global Partnerships at the New York Academy of Sciences.
Lorraine has been involved in women’s advancement leadership initiatives throughout her career. At the New York Academy of Sciences, she was instrumental in creating the Global STEM Alliance and its 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures program, a global mentoring initiative to help girls pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
At the US Department of State, Lorraine established the Global Entrepreneurship Program, the WECREATE program for women entrepreneurs, and the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership. She has served on several boards of organizations committed to the advancement of women in the workplace, including the UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change, the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford, and Watermark.
Lorraine is the proud mother of Glen and Laura and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, Moses and Alma, as often as possible. She is an accomplished triathlete who enjoys cycling, tennis, and all things outdoors. Lorraine holds a BS in Mathematical Sciences from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
As Executive Vice President of Commercial Strategy and Operations, Luke is responsible for sales support, proposals, budgets and commercial strategy for all of Parexel’s business units. The team is distributed in all major geographic regions.
Luke has 26 years of pharmaceutical industry experience ranging from finance to account management, to proposals, pricing and contracts and operational resourcing management. He led the set-up of the strategic account management program at Parexel and has been directly involved in the establishment in the majority of Parexel’s largest accounts. He was part of the core team leading a company-wide commercial re-organization and more recently part of the core team leading the roll out of a company-wide end-to-end ERP.
Luke has an MBA and certification in Clinical Pharmacology, Drug Development and Regulation from Tufts University.
Maggie Wilderotter is a seasoned executive who, as CEO, has led both Fortune 500 companies and start-ups in her career. In addition, she has extensive Board leadership serving on over 35 public company and 14 private company Boards of Directors.
Today, Maggie serves on the public boards of Costco Wholesale Corporation, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lyft Ride Share, Sana Biotechnologies and is Board Chair at DocuSign. She serves on the private boards of Tanium, Sonoma Biotherapeutics, TripActions and Legends Hospitality. In addition, Maggie is also a Senior Advisor to a number of companies including Accenture, Okta, the Blackstone Group, Atairos Private Equity and Sixth Street Partners.
Maggie was Chief Executive Officer of Frontier Communications from November, 2004 to April, 2015, and then Executive Chairman of the company until April, 2016. During her tenure with Frontier, the company grew from a regional telephone company with customer revenues of less than $1 billion to a national broadband, voice and video provider with operations in 29 states and annualized revenues in excess of $10 billion.
Previously, her career included being the Senior Vice President of Global Business Strategy and ran the Worldwide Public Sector at Microsoft. Before this, she was President and CEO of Wink Communications Inc., Executive Vice President of National Operations for AT&T Wireless Services Inc., Chief Executive Officer of AT&T's Aviation Communications Division, and a Senior Vice President of McCaw Cellular Communications Inc.
Maggie previously served on the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) as both Vice Chairman and Chairman during her 4-year tenure ending in 2014. Mrs. Wilderotter also served until January, 2017 on the President’s special Commission responsible for a recommendation report to the new President of the United States on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.
Her educational credentials include a bachelor's degree in economics from the College of the Holy Cross. She has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from the Stevens Institute of Technology and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Rochester.
Maria Bianca TULUMELLO is currently Chief Human Resources Officer for the Barilla Group globally. She joined the company in 2020 from General Electric where she spent most of her career. After graduating in Law at the University of Palermo she received a Master Degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Florence. During her 20 years with General Electric she had different leadership HR roles in Italy with GE Oil & Gas; in US with GE Corporate Audit Staff; in UK as Head of Organization and Talent Development of GE Oil & Gas, a global business with 43,000 employees in more than 100 countries; in Kenya as Head of HR for GE Africa. Her last assignment in GE was in Atlanta, GA as Head of Human Resources of GE Power Services business, the largest industrial services business in company with approximately 15,000 associates in more than 150 countries.
Marie Konstance has a career driving analytical efforts in both the private and public sector and has a deep commitment to diversity and reducing income inequality. She helped establish and manage the Gender and Diversity KPI Alliance (GDKA), an effort funded and co-chaired by Catalyst, which promotes the adoption of three key performance indicators to measure gender and diversity. You can’t manage what you don’t measure and the GDKA believes all companies should measure representation and pay in their talent pipeline. Launched in September 2020, the GDKA has over 70 corporate Supporters and provides a community that shares best practices.
Melissa Harper joined Enbridge in April 2021 as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, leading Enbridge’s Human Resources and Real Estate and Workplace Services. This portfolio includes HR Business Partners, Centers of Excellence, Operations, Rewards and Analytics, Talent Management, and Diversity and Inclusion.
Prior to joining Enbridge, Melissa held the role of Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Bayer AG where she was responsible for the company’s global HR strategies and its Centers of Excellence including responsibility for Compensation & Benefits, Talent Acquisition & Development, Diversity & Inclusion, Digital Analytics, and Leadership Development & Succession. Melissa joined Bayer through its merger with Monsanto Corporation where she spent nine years in a variety of increasingly senior HR roles supporting the company’s growth, including leading its HR integration with Bayer AG in 2018.
Melissa holds a Master of Business Administration and brings a breadth of experience in multiple industries including manufacturing, banking, agriculture, and pharmaceuticals.
Melissa has been active in her profession and community, sitting on the Boards of the St. Louis YMCA, Junior Achievement, Together We Grow and St. Louis Opera. She has also been recognized as a Top 100 HR Professional, and Diverse Business Leader.
Ms. Harper lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Charles, and has a daughter and a son.
Michael President and CEO of The Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the preeminent membership organization for Black CEOs, board directors, and the most senior Black executives at Fortune 1000, Global 500 and equivalent companies. An ELC member for over 20 years, Hyter leads the organization’s efforts to increase the number of global Black executives in C-Suites, on corporate boards, and in global enterprises. His work with executives in Fortune 1000 companies has helped those organizations grow and enhance their businesses through innovative talent management strategies and programs.
An accomplished senior executive, leadership consultant, author and thought leader, Hyter is widely regarded for his success in developing enterprise leaders and their next generation successors, while helping their businesses reach their full potential. Hyter has spent more than two decades serving as a trusted advisor to senior leaders in a variety of industries, focusing the majority of his career in the areas of CEO succession, chief executive and executive to leadership development, and strategic diversity and inclusion consulting. Hyter’s work is guided by the belief that one of the most effective ways to positively impact an organization’s bottom line is by growing and developing the talent within the organization.
Prior to leading the ELC, Hyter was Chief Diversity Officer of global organizational consulting firm, Korn Ferry, after serving as their Managing Partner for eight years. There, Hyter spearheaded Korn Ferry’s market penetration, driving the firm’s revenue increase from $25M to $60M as head of their Washington, DC office. Notably, he also drove the firm’s strategic diversity efforts with the integration of integration of D&EI competencies within Board and CEO practices, increasing the number of women and people of color on publicly traded boards by 20%.
A successful author, Hyter’s most recent publication is The Power of Choice: Embracing Efficacy to Drive Your Career (2020). He is also co-author of The Power of Inclusion: Unlock the Potential and Productivity of Your Workforce, published by Wiley in 2005.
Hyter serves on the board of directors of Dine Brands Global Inc. (NYSE:DIN), sitting on the Audit Committee and is also a member of the Economic Club of Washington, DC.
In 2018, he was recognized by Savoy Magazine as one of the most influential Blacks in Corporate America. Hyter graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Human Resources Management.
Michael “Mike” Mahoney is Chief Executive Officer of Boston Scientific Corporation and Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors. Boston Scientific is a global medical technology leader with approximately $11 billion in annual revenue and commercial representation in more than 120 countries. Under Mike’s leadership, Boston Scientific is delivering on its mission to transform lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world. The company’s team of more than 38,000 global employees reaches over 30 million patients each year, providing a range of technologies and solutions that span cardiovascular interventions, structural heart, electrophysiology, endoscopy, neuromodulation and urology, and women’s health.
Since joining Boston Scientific, Mike has focused the company on addressing the needs of the evolving healthcare landscape by driving improvements to patient outcomes and increasing healthcare economic efficiency and access. Under his leadership, Boston Scientific has brought many transformational medical devices to market while creating significant value to its shareholders.
Mike’s career spans more than 25 years of success building market-leading medical device, capital equipment and healthcare IT businesses. Prior to Boston Scientific, he served as Worldwide Chairman of the Medical Devices and Diagnostics (MD&D) division of Johnson & Johnson.
Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Mike was President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX). For the first 12 years of his career, Mike advanced through a series of leadership roles at General Electric Medical Systems, including General Manager of the company’s Healthcare Information Technology business.
Mike serves on the Board of Directors of Baxter International, the Board of Boys & Girls Club of Boston and as the chair of the Board of Governors of Boston College CEO Club. He earned his B.B.A. in Finance from University of Iowa and his M.B.A. from Wake Forest University. He is married and has three children.
Minda Harts is a Workplace and Equity Consultant. She is also the bestselling and award-winning author of The Memo and Right Within. Her third book, You Are More Than Magic for Young Adults, will be released in the Spring of 2022. Minda is a Professor at NYU Wagner. She is a frequent guest on MSNBC and featured on ABC News, Forbes, Fast Company, and Time Magazine. Minda is a highly sought-after speaker for companies such as Liberty Mutual, American Family Insurance, Nike, Google, and Salesforce. In 2020, she was named the Top Voice for Equity in the Workplace by Linkedin. Minda hosts a live weekly podcast called Secure The Seat.
Mona Babury is a Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leader at Pfizer. She joined Pfizer in 2007 as a specialist in the counterfeit drug and serialization PMO. In the 14-year career span at Pfizer, she has had opportunities to develop a diverse background in Supply Chain, Technology, Data Analytics, Project Management, Capital Portfolio Management and DEI. As Global DEI lead, Mona is responsible for developing and delivering ‘fit for purpose’ plans that align with the strategic business s goals of each organization. Mona develops relationships with external organizations aligned to the Pfizer Equity value and helps the business advance strategy around talent acquisition, talent management and talent retention so that every colleague has an opportunity to develop, grow and succeed. Mona’s passion to ensure every person is seen, heard, cared for, and valued drives her to develop specific programs for underrepresented populations. In 2017, Mona led a program in New Jersey called Business Technology for Girls, giving young women, from inner city schools in middle school and high school, an opportunity to learn about careers in STEM. Mona has also led local intern development programs and serves as a mentor to young women in STEM. In 2021, she led the development of Pfizer’s first Refugee Leadership Initiative gaining leadership’s endorsement to support the economic inclusion of refugees and other displaced people through hiring, mentoring and advocating.
Mona has a BSBA in HR Management and a Master of Science in Management from Stevens Institute of Technology. She is also a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) with a PMP certification. Mona serves as an advisor on Tent’s Business Council for North America and Canada and the Manufacturing Institutes DEI Council. In her spare time, she loves traveling, culinary adventures and spending time with her husband, son and two Goldendoodles.
Mwango Kashoki, MD, MPH, is the Vice President-Regulatory Affairs within Parexel International’s Regulatory Consulting Services group. Dr. Kashoki brings 16 years of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory experience to this role, in which she advises pharmaceutical companies on the formulation of development plans and regulatory strategies across all phases of clinical development and in multiple therapeutic areas. As a member of the RCS senior leadership team, she develops and executes the organization’s regulatory business strategy, and leads a global team of Vice Presidents who also assist companies with formulate clinical development plans and regulatory strategies.
Prior to joining Parexel, Dr. Kashoki was the Associate Director for Safety in the FDA’s Office of New Drugs (OND), located within the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). In this position, she developed and had oversight over the full span of postmarket drug safety policies and procedures in OND, as well as OND’s activities in the FDA’s Safety First and Sentinel Initiatives. She also served as a Senior Advisor to the OND Director and review divisions on complex and broad drug safety issues and strategic initiatives. Notable accomplishments include co-authorship of multiple FDA safety-related guidances and reports to Congress on FDA’s drug safety programs, and participating as an FDA representative during the Prescription Drug User Fee Act V (PDUFA V) safety-related negotiations between FDA and the pharmaceutical industry.
Dr. Kashoki joined FDA in 2002 as a primary medical officer in in the OND’s former Division of Anesthesia, Analgesia and Rheumatology Products. She then became a clinical team leader for several years, leading a team of physician primary medical officers. Subsequently, Dr. Kashoki was the Associate Director for Special Projects, managing the development and conduct of research projects under FDA's Critical Path Initiative and in collaboration with external groups.
Since joining Parexel, Dr. Kashoki was selected to participate in the Women in Leadership (WiL) program, which is organized through Linkage and Menttium and is aimed at accelerating the development of women leaders. She is also a member of Parexel’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Executive Committee, which is comprised of senior and corporate leaders within Parexel. In March 2021, she was named a Luminary by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) for her contributions to finding solutions to increase diversity in clinical trials and mentorship of others to advance their healthcare careers. She is currently participating as an Advisor in the HBA Ambassador Program, a leadership development program for selected HBA members.
Naomi Patton is Catalyst’s Vice President, Global Communications. She leads communications positioning and execution for Catalyst’s President and CEO, as well as communication strategy and execution for Catalyst in the United States, Canada, Europe, APAC, EMEA and LATAM regions.
An award-winning journalist who worked for nearly 20 years with the Milwaukee Community Journal, the Wisconsin State Journal and the Detroit Free Press, Naomi was a member of the Free Press staff that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting. She transitioned from journalism to work as press secretary for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, and to lead corporate, entertainment communications for Palace Sports & Entertainment and the Detroit Pistons.
Prior to joining Catalyst, Naomi lead and managed strategic communications for foundation, C-Suite, CSR, nonprofit and corporate clients at Weber Shandwick and Ruder Finn; and as a consultant focused on internal communications, thought leadership, issues and reputation management.
She studied history and journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Penny Pennington is the managing partner of Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 financial services firm. As sixth managing partner in the firm's 100-year history, Penny is responsible for the firm's strategic direction, leading the firm's Enterprise Leadership Team and working together with more than 50,000 associates across North America to make a positive impact in the lives of Edward Jones' clients, colleagues and communities. She was recently named No. 34 in her third appearance on the Fortune Most Powerful Women in Business list.
Penny began her Edward Jones career in 2000 as a financial advisor in Livonia, Mich. In 2006, she was named a principal and relocated to the firm’s St. Louis headquarters where she held various leadership roles.
Penny earned a bachelor's degree in commerce with a concentration in finance from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is a graduate of Wharton’s Securities Industry Institute and is a CFA® charterholder.
A native of Nashville, Tenn., Penny now calls St. Louis home after relocating from Michigan 14 years ago with her husband, Mike Fidler, and two children. She is an active member of the St. Louis community, serving on the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, United Way of Greater St. Louis, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Washington University in St. Louis Board of Trustees, the Whitaker Foundation and Executive Committee of the Chair's Council for Greater St. Louis, Inc. Penny also actively champions Edward Jones' national presenting sponsorship with the Alzheimer's Association.
Raj joined Sanofi in December 2020 heading up Diversity, Equity + Inclusion, Culture and Employee Experience. Raj is determined to make an impact in the workplace, nurturing a culture that thrives on a diverse workforce at every level of the organisation, ensuring that under representation is systemically addressed, that all Sanofians feel included, engaged and proud to belong. Ultimately, Raj wants them to enjoy a seamless, positive and purposeful experience no matter where they are in the world and to feel equally connected to the communities in which they live and serve.
He has over 25 years of global HR transformation and change leadership experience which comes from having held both specialist and generalist HR leadership roles, at country, regional and international level in organisations such as Ford Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover Cars, Santander Bank and most latterly, Sodexo, where he was global Senior Vice President, Human Resources.
Raj currently sits on the Board of Barnardo’s, which is the UK’s oldest and leading Children’s charity. He has previously sat on the SteerCo at Warwick University Busines School for their Award-winning MBA mentoring programme. He has also been externally recognised as a top 100 BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) leader for several years.
He holds a Bachelor’s in Law, a Master’s in Management Science, an Executive MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel.
Raj lives in the UK, is married, has two teenage children and one very naughty dog.
Ramcess (Ram) Jean-Louis is Pfizer’s Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Officer.
At Pfizer, Ram believes the primary goal is to be a best-in-class organization that embeds DEI in our workplace and into our purpose by delivering breakthroughs that change patients’ lives. He lives Pfizer’s four (4) values of courage, excellence, equity, and joy -recognizing that courage, excellence, and joy are only possible when we ensure that all Pfizer colleagues feel seen, heard and respected for who they are.
Ram brings more than 20 years of experience as a change agent delivering human capital solutions and a passion for helping all employees reach their full potential and fostering a culture of continual learning and inclusion. He is responsible for developing and leading the execution of our global, enterprise-wide strategies to transform our DEI agenda while creating strategies, infrastructure, and programs to make sure we continue to enhance our culture where every person is seen, heard and cared for.
Ram has held previous roles at Verizon Media and Comcast, where he worked collaboratively across the enterprise – as well as with all senior leadership – to educate, engage and create momentum in relation to company-wide diversity & inclusion brand, reputation, and community engagement strategy. He was also responsible for developing and executing strategies that helped his companies become more reflective of the communities served.
He received his Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law in New York and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, and is an admitted member in good standing with the State Bar of New York. Outside of work and family, Ram spends time on a non-profit called Turning Points for Children, which provides adoption and foster care services to children at risk. He is a member of their Board of Directors and sits on the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee.
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is former United Nations Under- Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. She was awarded a doctorate in Technology andEducation from Warwick University. She has authored several scholarly and other opinion pieces. A Hauser Leader at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership.She became a Member of Parliament, Deputy Minister of Department of Trade and Industry, Minister of Minerals and Energy, and finally as Deputy President of South Africa in 2005 to 2008, Dr. Mlambo-Ngcuka worked tirelessly on programmes and policies to reduce inequality. As the head of the UNwomen, she has been a globaladvocate for women and girls. She established initiatives such as the HeForShe for men and boys to address gender Equality.She also successfully mobilized an historic $40 billion USD for women and girls around the world. She is a founder and leader of Umlambo Foundation which is dedicated to improvement of education and digital literacy training for educators.
Revathi Advaithi is Chief Executive Officer of Flex, the global manufacturing partner of choice that helps a diverse customer base design and build products to improve the world.
Ms. Advaithi assumed the role of CEO in February 2019 and is responsible for architecting the company’s strategic direction and leading Flex through a transformation that is defining a new era in manufacturing. Along with Flex’s strong workforce spanning 30 countries, Ms. Advaithi is focused on driving technology innovation, supply chain, and responsible, sustainable manufacturing solutions across various industries and end markets.
Prior to Flex, Ms. Advaithi was president and chief operating officer for the electrical sector business for Eaton, a power management company with over $20 billion in sales, 102,000 employees and a market capitalization in excess of $33 billion. She also had corporate responsibility for the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions. Ms. Advaithi managed Eaton’s largest business, consistently delivering high margins, while reducing earnings volatility. She secured more than $13 billion in sales in 2018, with an array of electrical solutions built on the strengths of full-scale engineering and support services. She also led several strategic initiatives including digital technology transformation and globally distributed innovation centers.
Previously, Ms. Advaithi was president of Eaton’s electrical sector, Americas and was responsible for the company’s electrical business in North, South and Central America. Prior to that, she was president of the Electrical Sector for Asia Pacific in Shanghai, China.
In addition to her time with Eaton, Ms. Advaithi also worked at Honeywell for six years, with leadership roles spanning manufacturing, procurement, supply chain and sourcing, including a role as general manager of Automation and Control Solutions.
Ms. Advaithi currently serves on the Board of Directors of Uber and Catalyst.org. She is also a member of the Business Roundtable, MIT CEO Advisory Board and the Catalyst CEO Champions For Change initiative. Ms. Advaithi was recognized as one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in Business list for two consecutive years (2020, 2019) and named one of Business Today’s Most Powerful Women in India (2020).
Ms. Advaithi has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India and holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
As a Senior Director in Catalyst’s EMEA office, Rikia Birindelli-Fayne works with leading global organisations to create more diverse, inclusive, and flexible workplaces. Furthermore, she is a frequent facilitator and speaker on a range of topics in diversity, equity and inclusion including mentoring and sponsorship, race & ethnicity in the workplace, unconscious bias, inclusive leadership and inclusive communication. Also, she frequently sits on the Catalyst Awards Evaluation Committee.
Before joining Catalyst, Rikia spent six years of her career working in the UK education sector carrying out projects related to additional educational needs and disabilities, community identity, and diversity and inclusion, giving her great insight on how organizations can practically build an inclusive culture. Whilst working in the education sector, Rikia spent time also volunteering within the community, which showed her also the importance of inclusion in society.
Rikia received her BSc in Psychology from the University of Bangor, Wales and has a professional qualification in Project Management.
Living in Switzerland, Rikia is a UK citizen and has also lived in Barbados and the UK. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and international cuisine & dining experiences.
Dr. Rohini Anand is a strategic global business leader and trusted board member who has successfully transformed cultures, built an iconic brand with an enduring reputation resulting in growing the core business and driving sales. Dr. Anand is a recognized pioneer and a sought-after expert on organizational transformation, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), executive leadership, human capital, and global corporate responsibility (CR). Her global experience, cultural dexterity, vast network and ability to influence leaders result in a reputation for judgment, integrity and accountability.
Her new book, Leading Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: A Guide for Systemic Change in Multinational Organizations, offers five proven principles for multinational companies to advance DEI with a nuanced understanding of local contexts across countries and cultures. It is now available to buy!
As Principal and CEO of Rohini Anand LLC, Dr. Anand provides DEI advisory services to clients in the public and private sectors. She was the former SVP Corporate Responsibility and Global Chief Diversity Officer for Sodexo. She reported to the Global CEO and was a member of Sodexo’s North America Executive Committee. Rohini successfully positioned Sodexo as a global thought leader in DEI and CR. Sodexo’s remarkable global culture change, led by diversity and inclusion, is featured in a Harvard Business School case study entitled Shifting the Diversity Climate: the Sodexo Solution.
Dr. Anand is a published author and esteemed speaker. She has been featured in CNBC, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, as well as appearing on CNN, Bloomberg and CNN Money and on National Public Radio. See some of her featured videos here.
Dr. Anand received her PhD from the University of Michigan. She serves on the boards of several organizations including WomenLift Health a Gates Foundation initiative, Aspen Institute’s Family Prosperity initiative, Tent Partnership for Refugees and Galt Foundation. She also serves on the Charter Communications External Diversity and Inclusion Council and chaired the Catalyst Board of Advisors. Rohini is a Senior Fellow with the Conference Board and is a member of their Diversity and Inclusion Institute.
She is the recipient of many accolades which you can learn more about here.
Ruchika Tulshyan is the founder of Candour, a global inclusion strategy firm. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times and Harvard Business Review. As a keynote speaker, Ruchika has addressed audiences at organizations like NASA, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and U.S. Congress.
Ruchika is the author of “The Diversity Advantage: Fixing Gender Inequality in the Workplace.” Her forthcoming book "Inclusion on Purpose: An Intersectional Approach to Creating a Culture of Belonging at Work" is available for pre-order now (MIT Press, March 2022.)
Ruchika is on the Thinkers50 Radar list and named among Hive Learning's Most Influential D&I Professionals for the past two years. She is a former international business journalist who is now regularly quoted as a media expert in outlets like NPR, The New York Times and Bloomberg.
Sangita Myska is a multi-award-winning journalist working on BBC TV and Radio.
Radio: Sangita is the presenter and co-creator of the hugely popular *BBC Radio 4 series, Positive Thinking. In it she searches for the world’s brightest ideas that could solve Britain’s most intractable social, economic and environmental problems. In 2018, Sangita was part of the team that created the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Podcast, becoming the only journalist in the UK to attend and report every day from the Public Inquiry into the country’s worst housing disaster. The critically acclaimed GTIP won Best Current Affairs Podcast at the British Podcast Awards 2019. In the same year, Sangita also Presented and co-created one of Radio 4’s most downloaded podcast series, Addicted to Sex. In it she delves into the secret and risky world of sex and porn addiction in the UK, via in depth interviews with addicts, partners and experts. Prior to this she was a correspondent on the UK’s flagship breakfast news programme, Today on Radio 4.
Television: As a BBC TV Network News Correspondent, Sangita worked on many of the UK’s biggest stories for the BBC One TV News Bulletins, The News Channel and the Today Programme on BBC Radio 4. In 2019, she went on attachment to Delhi to work as the BBC’s South Asia Correspondent during an intense period of news - including, India’s first armed conflict with its nuclear neighbour Pakistan in four decades and the biggest democratic exercise on earth, the Indian General Election. Sangita has presented several, Television Factual, Current Affairs and Consumer Affairs documentaries on BBC One, Two and Radio 4. In 2003, she became the first woman to present a six-part undercover investigative (crime) series for BBC Two.
Sangita is currently working on series 4, of Positive Thinking for BBC Radio 4.
*Radio 4 is the UK’s leading all speech radio and podcasting station.
As VP, Global MARC Learning, Sandra Ondraschek-Norris plays a key role in developing and refining the design, content and delivery of MARC (Men Advocating Real Change) offerings. She has played a leading role in the development of the MARC program in Europe and has been facilitating Engaging Men/MARC workshops and events for several years.
As a seasoned speaker, Sandra provides a refreshing voice and perspective on topics related to diversity and inclusion, engaging men, inclusive leadership and organizational culture. She has been frequently quoted in both the German-speaking and English-speaking media.
Sandra graduated with Honors in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin and holds a number of professional qualifications in training, adult education and counseling. She is a citizen of Ireland and Switzerland, currently residing in Switzerland. In her free time she enjoys gardening and painting.
Sara Lowery oversees Program Operations and Implementation across the Learning Products and Programs team.
Sara has extensive nonprofit project management experience across a variety of specializations. Most recently, she worked in disaster preparedness and response, where she supported more than 70 disaster response programs across the US. She has previously worked with foreign domestic worker labor rights in Hong Kong. During her time in Hong Kong, Sara also contributed to Hong Kong’s United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) report.
Sara has a BA in International & Global Studies and a minor in Women’s & Gender Studies from Sewanee: The University of the South.
Gina M. Raimondo serves as the 40th U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris on March 3, 2021. As Secretary of Commerce, she is focused on a simple but vital mission — to spur good-paying jobs, empower entrepreneurs to innovate and grow, and help American workers and businesses compete.
Secretary Raimondo was formerly the 75th Governor of Rhode Island and its first woman governor. She grew up in Smithfield in a tight-knit Italian-American family, the youngest of Joseph and Josephine Raimondo's three children. Her family history and her childhood experiences shaped her core beliefs in hard work, opportunity for all, and the importance of financial security.
After arriving from Italy at age 14, Secretary Raimondo’s grandfather learned English studying in the Providence Public Library and later lived with her family. Her mother was a homemaker, who dedicated her life to teaching her children about the importance of hard work and determination. Her father was a World War II Navy veteran from a family of butchers and became the first in his family to attend college thanks to the GI Bill. After working for 26 years in manufacturing, Joseph lost his job along with hundreds of others when the factory moved overseas, and the Raimondo family lost their sense of financial security.
As a teenager, Secretary Raimondo rode a public bus to LaSalle Academy in Providence, where she was valedictorian of her graduating class. She went on to graduate with honors from Harvard, where she was recognized as the top economics student in her class. She won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University where she earned a doctorate and met her future husband Andy Moffit. She later graduated from Yale Law School. Secretary Raimondo clerked for US District Judge Kimba Wood and served as founding employee and senior vice president at Village Ventures.
Wanting to start her own business and be close to family, she returned home to Rhode Island and founded Point Judith Capital, a venture capital firm. In November 2010, Secretary Raimondo was elected to serve as General Treasurer of Rhode Island, receiving the largest number of votes of any statewide candidate. When she took office as General Treasurer, she tackled the state's $7 billion unfunded pension liability. Secretary Raimondo was sworn into office as Governor in January 2015 and won a second term in 2018. She also served as chair of the Democratic Governors’ Association in 2019.
During her time as Governor, Secretary Raimondo kick-started the state’s economy and made record investments in infrastructure, education, and job training. She focused tirelessly on creating economic opportunities and good-paying jobs for all Rhode Islanders. Early in her administration, she launched an innovative workforce development program that develops business-led partnerships to address unique workforce challenges.
Secretary Raimondo is married to Andy Moffit and they have two children, Ceci and Tommy.
Shani Bird is a bilingual DE&I consultant with over eleven years of experience executing high-impact initiatives at organizations which range from large Fortune 500 companies to small nonprofits spanning the healthcare, health insurance, technology, transportation, banking and medical device industries.
Shani Bird is responsible for providing strategic support to key internal and external leaders, helping to drive an inclusive and diverse organization as a business imperative. Her focus is Latin America, Corporate Functions (Human Resources, Clinical, Finance, Legal and Compliance) and Global Quality, Manufacturing and Supply Chain. She also supports global strategy of the VETS, LEAD and PRIDE Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). She also acts as the DE&I analytics liaison for her team. Shani joined Boston Scientific in August 2018.
Before joining Boston Scientific, Shani was the lead data analyst/project manager for RI-based inclusion business strategy firm, GVC, and worked with her clients to identify, prioritize and deploy their D&I strategies both internally and externally. Her areas of focus included DE&I assessments/audits, scorecard development, data analytics, best practice research and strategy implementation.
Prior to this, Shani held the role of diversity project manager at Dell EMC where she planned, organized and implemented professional development programs for the company’s seasoned, high potential women. Her role also encompassed conducting diversity data analytics/industry research and managing external partner sponsorships.
Before pursuing her MBA, Shani worked as a project coordinator at Dell EMC managing the diversity department’s multimillion-dollar budget and co-managing the company’s ten employee resource groups and their 28 global chapters.
Shani holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management (Honors) and a BSc in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Bryant University (Summa Cum Laude). After completing each degree, Shani was inducted into the Mu Sigma Rho National Statistics Honor Society in 2010 and the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society in 2015.
Shani is fluent in Spanish, plays the guitar/ukulele, and is both a black belt at Shotokan Karate and a dedicated yoga practitioner.
Sharmistha Dubey currently serves as the CEO of Match Group, overseeing growth for the portfolio of brands including Tinder, Match, Meetic, OkCupid, Hinge, Pairs, Plenty of Fish, and OurTime.
Prior to her current role, she served as Match Group's President, overseeing all strategy, research & development, and innovations across the portfolio. She also served as Chief Operating Officer of Tinder, where she led the team that launched Tinder Gold, a subscription product that has established Tinder as the highest-grossing non-gaming app globally.
Shar has also served in various roles across the portfolio, including President of Match Group Americas, overseeing all product, engineering, and revenue functions at the portfolio’s domestic brands; Chief Product Officer of Match; and Chief Product Officer and EVP of The Princeton Review.
Shar joined the company in 2006 and has been a key driver of Match Group’s mergers and acquisitions, revenue, and product strategy over the last 15 years.
She holds a B.S. degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a Master’s in Engineering from The Ohio State University.
Shar serves on the Board of Directors for Match Group and Fortive (NYSE:FTV).
Sofia is a dynamic and versatile executive with over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and clinical research services industry. She brings a unique blend of strategic thinking, combined with proven execution skills which enable her to consistently deliver business results.
In her current role she is leading the single largest business transformation within Parexel, as well as managing a group of critical cross-capability global functions that integrate and enable the entire business. Prior to her current role, Sofia has led some of industry’s largest global functions, strategic accounts and change efforts that resulted in significant improvements in top and bottom-line growth. These roles have spanned across both commercial and operational functions, including strategic account management, project management, clinical monitoring, data management, programming, biostatistics, and electronic data capture solutions. Her achievements include significant service and fiscal growth of strategic accounts, globalization of multiple businesses, expansion into new territories, rationalization of established geographies, deployment and adoption of new innovations, processes, and technologies.
Sofia is an energetic, pragmatic, authentic leader who is not afraid to challenge the status quo. She engages and inspires others to follow and execute her vision and has a gift for selecting the right leaders, putting them in the right positions, creating a strong team culture that empowers others to collaborate and produce their best results. Sofia strongly believes that the leadership and development of people is the best means of raising organizational performance. In 2021 she was recognized as a PharmaVOICE 100 most inspiring leaders in the life science industry, particularly for her work as a change agent and DEI champion.
Born in Asia, raised in Europe and employed all her working life by American corporations (including multiple international assignments in the US). Sofia believes that this diversity in her upbringing and experience has been a tremendous asset in running large complex global organizations and businesses. She continues to have the privilege of learning from her global colleagues, partners, clients, and patients daily and is still in awe of how similar people really are despite their cultural differences.
Sofia holds a BSc (Hons) from the University of Birmingham in the UK and is currently located in Parexel’s corporate headquarters in Newton, MA USA. When she is outside of work, she is taking care of her other equally demanding job as a mother of four children. She claims that she spends her spare time sleeping!
TALITA RAMOS ERICKSON is currently Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, and Chief D&I Officer for the Barilla Group globally. She joined the company in 2012 as General Counsel for the Americas Region. From 2013 to 2016 she also served as Barilla’s first Global Chief Diversity Officer, a role that she returned to as of May 2021. From 2018 to 2021, she also held the business position of President for the Barilla Restaurants division. Before joining Barilla, she had several in-house counsel positions during her 10-year tenure at Kraft, both in Brazil and the United States. She received a J.D. from Federal University of Parana State in Brazil, an LL.M. in Business Law from Loyola University of Chicago’s School of Law, and an MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. She serves on the Advisory Board of HACE, a non-for-profit helping US Latinx talent achieve their potential. Prior to relocating to Italy, she was a recognized leader in the U.S. Latinx community, including Top 10 Lideres by Hispanic Executive Magazine, 2019 Top 50 Most Powerful Latinas in Corporate America by ALPFA, and Chicago United Top 50 Business Leaders of Color.
Tanya Mushynski is Vice President of Customer Care for Enbridge Gas Inc.
In this role, Tanya leads the strategy, operations and integration of the utility’s customer interface functions and is accountable for the systems and processes that support the business’ 3.8 million retail customers for all aspects of billing, customer contact and revenue management.
A champion of diversity and inclusion, Tanya is an executive member of the Enbridge Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee as well as executive sponsor of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group for Canada East. She is also executive sponsor for two Enbridge Inc. employee resource groups (ERGs): Prism (an ERG for LGBTQ2S employees and allies) and the Indigenous Employees Resource Group for Canada East.
Before assuming her current role, Tanya was Vice President Canada Gas and Union Gas Law, accountable for the legal affairs of Union Gas Limited as well as legal and regulatory affairs for Enbridge Inc.’s gas operations in Western Canada. She served as Vice President, General Counsel – Canada for Spectra Energy Corp. prior to the company’s merger with Enbridge.
Tanya spent 12 years at Ontario Power Generation in a variety of senior positions in the legal, business development and human resources functions. As part of her role in business development, she negotiated commercial agreements with First Nations partners. Her career began at Torys LLP, a major Canadian business law firm.
In addition to a BA from McGill University (Joint Honours, Economics and Political Science), Tanya holds a Bachelor of Civil Law and Bachelor of Laws from McGill University. She has two Masters degrees: one in business administration (also from McGill University) and the second in adult education and counselling psychology (from the University of Toronto).
Tanya lives in Toronto with her husband, Mike, and their two sons, Dylan and Rhys.
In her role as Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Engagement, Tanya is responsible for a team of 35 Relationship Managers and support staff working with over 500 client companies around the world. She is also accountable for leading and operationalizing Catalyst partnerships in Latin America, the Middle East, and AsiaPac.
Tanya is a recognized and accomplished executive with more than 20 years of experience in the executive search sector. She joined Catalyst in 2016 as Executive Director in Canada and became Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Engagement in 2020. Prior to joining Catalyst, Tanya was at Spencer Stuart, where she focused on search assignments at the board, CEO, and general management levels, and also led the firm’s Canadian Diversity Practice.
A passionate advocate for gender equality as a driver of economic growth and progress, Tanya is a sought-after speaker, thought leader, and architect of change. She has contributed to a number of research studies analyzing leadership trends and attributes and is a frequent contributor to news media on issues related to women’s advancement, leadership, and workplace equality. Tanya holds an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University. She speaks English, French, and Dutch.
Terry is Oliver Wyman’s Managing Partner of the Americas and the firm’s global Executive Sponsor of Inclusion and Diversity.
As the former head of the firm’s global Health and Life Sciences practice group for seven years, she has extensive experience in the healthcare industry. She has advised industry leaders on devising growth strategies, improving the cost and quality of healthcare services, establishing innovative partnerships, developing ACOs and other value-based solutions, and redesigning organizations to support their strategic transformations.
Prior to joining the Health and Life Sciences practice, Terry was a Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Financial Services Practice. Drawing on her cross-industry expertise, she identified opportunities in healthcare for traditional financial services companies.
Terry has worked at Dell Computer, in the publishing industry, and at a small B2B software start-up. She earned a BA in Chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina.
When not working on solving challenges in business, Terry can be found indulging her creative and domestic sides. She enjoys interior design projects and renovating houses and has won an award for her urban garden landscape.
Tracie Morris is the U.S. Chief Human Resources and Diversity and Inclusion Officer for BMO Financial Group. She oversees the strategic and operational governance for the Human Resources (HR) organization. She also leads, sponsors and executes enterprise HR priorities in the U.S. and has oversight for the execution in other Banking/Corporate Groups, overseeing and coordinating human resources related matters as they pertain to U.S. regulatory agencies, and U.S. mergers and acquisitions. Tracie also leads the BMO Financial Group U.S. focus on Diversity and Inclusion, accountable for deeply understanding the U.S. market and developing BMO’s response from policy to execution. Tracie has a leadership role with the Human Resources Committee of the BMO Financial Corp Board of Directors and the Benefits Investment Committee. She also chairs the U.S. Compensation Oversight Committee and the U.S. Benefits Administration Committee.
Prior to her current role, Tracie was a 17-year veteran of Exelon, with experience leading organizational and cultural transformations, driving workforce planning, talent acquisition, leadership development, succession planning and building strong training programs.
Tracie serves on the board of directors for Leadership Greater Chicago, Black Ensemble Theatre, Junior Achievement of Chicago and Business Leadership Council. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for North Central College.
Tracie holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational communications from North Central College and a master’s degree in management and organizational behaviors from Benedictine University, where she was inducted into the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society.
Honors and Awards
Tracie is the 2021 recipient of American Bankers’ Most Powerful Women in Banking Standout Award and Chicago United’s Business Leaders of Color Award.
As VP of Technology and Information Services, Tuong and his team support Enbridge’s Gas Transmission and Liquids Pipelines business units through operational and information technologies, data and digital. Tuong also leads the development and execution of Enbridge’s digital strategy, which includes the creation of the Enbridge Technology + Innovation Labs.
While working at Enbridge, Tuong has been an advocate of diversity and inclusion. As a member of Enbridge’s enterprise-wide steering committee, Tuong contributes to the development of the company’s D&I strategy. He participates in various programs, including partnering with Enbridge’s Ethnically Diverse Group of Employees (EDGE) to conduct focus group discussions to inform the development of equity and inclusion plans. Tuong is also an active sponsor of Enbridge’s Women in Technology (WIT), an initiative to build a strong pipeline of female talent across all levels of the organization.
Tuong has a Bachelor of Commerce in Management Information Systems and is based out of Calgary, Alberta, where he resides with his wife and four kids.
Veronica Angel is a Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Boston Scientific.
In her role, Veronica helps drive the global diversity and inclusion strategies and programs that recognize and value the unique talents, attributes, and contributions of more than 38,000 Boston Scientific employees.
Veronica is a bilingual and seasoned professional with over 20 years of HR experience and over seven years in the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion space. She joined Boston Scientific in 2003 as an HR Generalist and following a personal relocation to the Chicago-area, she began working 100 percent remotely and took on various HR roles of increasing responsibility with the company. These include a strategic HR Business Partner within the Rhythm Management and Interventional Cardiology divisions, global Talent Development Specialist, and Principal Project and Change Management Lead supporting BSC’s HR transformation. In 2015, she accepted the role of Principal Diversity & Inclusion Consultant joining a high performing team to help reshape and drive meaningful progress for a more diverse, equitable and inclusive culture at BSC.
Veronica has served BSC employees around the globe, her core clients include the Europe, Middle-East and Africa (EMEA) region, the global Cardiology business and Global Operations, including Information Technology, Enterprise Excellence, Business Services, Business Transformation, Security and Technology & Research. She also supports the global strategy of the Women and Young Professionals Network (YPN). She enjoys leveraging her vision, passion, and growing partnerships both within the business and external partners to drive meaningful change.
Veronica is passionate about her work and believes everyone has the power to include others, the ability to learn, and the responsibility to influence positive changes to provide everyone the equal opportunity to thrive, both in their careers and in life. When she’s not working, she’s traveling with her husband Ron or spending valuable time with family and their four-legged child Romeo (6).
She is fluent in Spanish, enjoys a healthy round of golf, and considers herself an amateur wine enthusiast.
Xoli Belgrave is a Senior Program Director, in the Corporate Strategy PMO at Parexel. She is UK based and of Zimbabwean heritage having moved to the UK at the age of 3. Xoli has 15 years at Parexel and has worked in a variety of clinical and business roles. Since 2019, she has worked as a Program Director on Parexel’s largest transformation initiative. In this role, she is responsible for delivery of the projects in the program that will bring significant business benefits to the organization. Xoli is an all-weather hiker, enjoys hosting at home (cooking and baking), and watching movies (especially South African and Nigerian films). She lives with her amazing family consisting of 1 husband (Antonio) and 2 teenagers (Jude, 16 and Fae, 13). She cannot be trusted with pets or plants!