Session & Workshop Presenters

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion is honored to have over 200 diverse session and workshop presenters in 2018!

Marisa Afzali

D&I Talent Consultant


Sumreen Ahmad

Associate Director, Global Change Management Lead


Shilpa Alimchandani

Director of Learning & Innovation

Cook Ross, Inc.

Dr. Kami Anderson

Associate Professor, Digital Writing and Media Arts

Kennesaw State University

Dr. JuanCarlos Arauz

Executive Director

E3: Education Excellence Equity

Renee Arrington-Johnson

Sr. Industrial Engineer, former Chair of Disability ERG

General Motors (recently retired)

Lynnea Atlas-Ingebretson

Principal Consultant

Imagine Deliver

Keith Baker

Vice President of Operations

Kaskaskia Engineering

Dr. Gilda Barabino

Dean, The Grove School of Engineering

The City College of New York

Dr. Michael Baran


Interactive Diversity Solutions

Stefani Tygar Barnes

Senior Vice President, Head of Personal Insurance

Wells Fargo Insurance

Denise W. Barreto

Managing Partner

Relationships Matter Now, LLC

Dr. Jacqueline Battalora

Professor of Sociology

Saint Xavier University, Chicago

Shayne Bauer-Ellsworth

Solutions Architect

Cook Ross, Inc.

Melinda Baumann

University of Virginia Library

Emily Baxter


We Are All Criminals

Caroline Belden

Associate, Innovation and Learning

The Winters Group, Inc.

Daniel Bergin

Senior Producer

Twin Cities Public Television (TPT)

Cathy Bergland

Chief Learning Officer (CLO)

ImpactLives, Inc.

Colleen Bittner

Communications Consultant and LGBT+ ERG Board Member


Joel A. Brown

Chief Visionary Officer

Pneumos LLC

Master Burnett

Director of Strategy


Aaron Cannon

Lead Accessibility Engineer and Co-Founder


Regina Carter

Teaching & Learning Librarian

University of Virginia Library

Cris Carvalho


InterElo Consultoria

Mary Casey


BrainSkills@Work, LLC

Michelle Chaffee

Founder and President


Jake Chaya

Founder, Curriculum Designer, Trainer, Consultant, Entrepreneur


Missy Chicre

Director of Product Development & Consulting Services

Menttium Corporation

Grant Clarke

Vice President, Director of Diversity

JLL Americas

Dr. George Clayton

Medical Science Liaison Director for Immunology


Haven Cockerham

President & CEO

Cockerham & Associates

Dr. Rosa Colon-Kolacko

Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer

NYC Health + Hospitals

Patricia Condé-Brooks

Executive Director, Student Diversity and Inclusion Services

University of St. Thomas

Lois Cooper

Practice Leader, Human Capital Solutions

LMH Strategies, Inc.

Emma Corrie

Director of Workforce Initiatives

State of Minnesota

Gloria Cotton

Senior Partner

inQUEST Consulting, LLC

Lynn M. Cowart

VP, Global Delivery

Career Systems International

Lisa Craig

Admin/Operations Manager

Hyun & Associates

Tina Chapman DaCosta

Artistic Director, Diversity Theatre, Office of D&I

Rochester Institute of Technology

Deborah Dagit

Founder & President

Deb Dagit Diversity, LLC

René O. Deida

Director, Corporate and Community Engagement

Prudential Financial

Dr. Basma Ibrahim DeVries


Concordia University

Fran Dillard

Director Diversity & Inclusion

Texas Instruments

Sanjay “Sonny” Dua

Senior Manager of Change Management

Coca-Cola Refreshments

Ann Feaman

Director of Diversity and Equal Opportunity

DEED Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity

Dr. Bernardo M. Ferdman

Distinguished Professor & Principal

Alliant International University & Ferdman Consulting

Tatyana Fertelmeyster

Founder and Principal

Connecting Differences, LLC

R. Fenimore Fisher

Chief Diversity Officer & EEO Officer

NYC Citywide Admin Services

George Foley

3M Government Markets, Co-Chair Disability Network

3M Company

Mark Fowler

Deputy CEO


Cathy Gallagher-Louisy

Senior Director, Consulting

Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI)

Sheree Galpert

Learning & Creativity Director

IBIS Consulting Group, Inc.

Dr. Paolo Gaudiano

CEO; Executive Director

Aleria; QSDI

Dr. Neal Goodman


Global Dynamics Inc.

Gordon Goodwin

Midwest Regional Project Manager

Center for Social Inclusion / GARE

Dr. Brian Grim


Religious Freedom & Business Foundation

Tonya Hampton

VP, Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness

Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota

Brittany J. Harris

V.P., Innovation & Learning

The Winters Group, Inc.

Kristen Hedstrom

Director, Health Economics, Neuromodulation

Boston Scientific

Torres Hodges

Director of Community Engagement

The Diversity Council

Scott Hoesman

CEO and Founder

InQUEST Consulting, LLC

Jill Houghton

President & CEO

U.S. Business Leadership Network

Dr. Myra K. Hubbard

Executive Vice President

Hubbard & Hubbard, Inc.

Dr. Edward E. Hubbard

President and CEO

Hubbard & Hubbard, Inc.

Nausheena Hussain

Bush Fellow and Founder

Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood of Empowerment

Jaylani Hussein

Executive Director


Jane Hyun

Founder & President

Hyun & Associates

Shoree Ingram

Diversity and Outreach Specialist

Hennepin County District Court

Hans Jablonski

Senior Consultant and Managing Director

jbd Business Diversity Consulting

Raymone Jackson

Director, Diversity and Inclusion

Northwestern Mutual

Ruchi Jalla

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

BAE Systems

Tiffany Jana


TMI Consulting, Inc.

Lee S. Johnsen

Founder and Principal

Partners in Development

Travis Jones

Principal Strategist, Race, Culture, Religion

The Winters Group, Inc.,

Dr. Andrea Jones-Rooy

Data Science Fellow, Science Outreach

NYU Center for Data Science

Jon DeVries, Jr.

Intercultural Trainer and Consultant

Bari L. Katz

Director of Youth and Collegiate Services

American Conference on Diversity

Judith H. Katz

Executive Vice President and Client Brand Lead

The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc.

Lila Kelly

Principal / President

Lila Kelly Associates, LLC and

Bonnie Keppers

President and Principal Consultant

Report Partners, LLC

Dawn Kirchner

Diversity Recruitment Specialist

Mayo Clinic

Claudia Koerbler

World Bank Group

Nick Kor

Civic Engagement Director

Minnesota Department of Human Rights

Dr. Niru Kumar


Ask Insights

Michele Landis

VP Business Development and Partnerships and Co-Founder


Ivy Latimer

Director, Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Strategic Diversity Management

CVS Health

Amy Lazarus

Founder and CEO


Dr. Andrew Lee

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

WellStar Health System

Miriam Lewis

Head of Inclusion & Diversity


Kevin Lindsey


Minnesota Department of Human Rights

Lisa Love

Finance Reporting and Systems Project Lead

Twin Cities PBS

Dr. Cynthia H. Love

Executive Director

ACPA, College Student Educators International

Tom Lynch

Director of Access Services

North Hennepin Community College

Ann Macheledt

Board of Directors

Minnesota Business Leadership Network

Amir Malik

Civil Rights Director


Murray A. Mann

Managing Partner & Chief Innovation Officer

Intercultural Workplace

Chris Matuseski

Director of Organizational Effectiveness

Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota

Pamela McClanahan

Director of Partnership Development

Twin Cities Public Television (TPT)

Gloria D. McDonald

Workplace Diversity Consultant

American Conference on Diversity

Pamela McElvane

CEO & Publisher

Diversity MBA

Sheri McGrath

Vice President, Employee Inclusion Director

U.S. Bank

Marilyn McLaughlin

Founder and Director

All Bodies Move!

Dr. Sharon Melnick


Horizon Point, Inc.

Phylissa Mitchell

Director of Inclusion, Equity & Diversity

University of Virginia Library

Nene Molefi

Managing Director

Mandate Molefi HR Consultants

Deborah Munster

Executive Director

Diversity Best Practices

Shireen Naqvi

Senior Associate

Carnelian Private Limited

Farzana Nayani

MA, Intercultural Communication & Management

Language & Culture Worldwide (LCW)

Toni Newborn

Diversity and Consulting Manager

City of St. Paul

Julie O’Mara


Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks

Rosemond Owens

Director - Health Equity Integration

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

Tommi Paris

Manager, Diversity and Inclusion

Southern Company Gas

Dr. Ramón A. Pastrano


ImpactLives, Inc.

Adela V. Peña

Chief Learning Officer

Intercultural Workplace

Neddy Perez


D&I Creative Solutions

Shilpa Pherwani

Principal/ CEO

IBIS Consulting Group, Inc.

Dustin Puehler

Multimedia Developer

Language & Culture Worldwide (LCW)

Farrah Qureshi


Global Diversity Practice

Margaret Regan

President & CEO

The FutureWork Institute, Inc.

Stacy Richards

Vice President, Business Development

Menttium Corporation

Dr. Alan Richter


QED Consulting

Paul Riedner


Shadow Culture

Sherard Robbins

Assistant Dean of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement

University of Arizona

Shunda Robinson

Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion

GM Financial

Shannon Murphy Robinson


BrainSkills@Work, LLC

Paul Robinson

Senior Program Consultant

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Howard Ross

Founding Partner

Cook Ross, Inc.

Michael Rossman

Chief Human Resources Officer

Hennepin County

Gretchen Rosswurm

Vice President, Global Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility


Dee Vazquez Sabol

Executive Director

The Diversity Council

Riikka Salonen

Program Manager, Diversity Talent Acquisition

Oregon Health & Science University

Laura Schauben

Research Scientist

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Marlene Schoenberg

President, Accent Expert

Accent Wisdom

Fernando Serpa

Executive Director

Association of ERGs & Councils

Duncan Smith


ADC Associates

Gretchen Snediker

HR Consultant and Chair of the LGBT+ ERG


Richard S. Spada

Sr. Global Manager, Diversity and Inclusion


Rebekah Steele


Rebekah Steele | Diversity Breakthroughs

Linda Stokes

President & CEO

PRISM International, Inc.

David Stone

Senior Partner

inQUEST Consulting, LLC

Charlotte Sweeney

Managing Director

Charlotte Sweeney Associates Ltd. UK

Lucian Tarnowski

Co-Founder & CEO


JonRobert Tartaglione


Cook Ross (Humanitas Consulting)

Sara Taylor


deepSEE Consulting

Adriana Temali-Smith

Diversity & Inclusion Administrator

Dakota County

Michelle Thom

CHRO (but presenting in my capacity as a student)

University of St. Thomas

Ariel Tilson


Twin Cities Public Television (TPT)

Alex Tittle

Vice President, Business Connect and Corporate Affairs

Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee

Leslie Traub

Partner and Chairperson

Cook Ross, Inc.

Rosemary Ugboajah


Neka Creative

Lorie Valle-Yañez

V.P., Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

MassMutual Financial Group

Nadine Vogel


Springboard Consulting

Dr. Joy Wiggins

Director, CEO

Global Peaceful Paths: Equity and Inclusion Consulting

Dr. Cheryl E. Williams

Professor, Vice President–International and Cultural Relations

Concordia University Irvine

Elizabeth Williams-Riley

President and CEO

American Conference on Diversity

Mary-Frances Winters

President & Founder

The Winters Group, Inc.

Tom Wlodkowski

V.P. Accessibility and Multicultural - Technology and Product


Kristen Wong

Sr. Human Resources Business Partner

Oregon Health & Science University

Milgo Yonis

Chief Product Officer

TMI Consulting Inc. / Loom Technologies Inc.

Nadia Younes

Diversity & Inclusion Advisor

International Monitary Fund