Session & Workshop Presenters

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

Marisa Afzali

Diversity and Inclusion Talent Consultant

Progressive Insurance

Sumreen Ahmad

Associate Director, Global Change Management Lead


Shilpa Alimchandani

Director of Learning and Innovation

Cook Ross, Inc.

Obi Amachi

Leadership and Organizational Consultant


Dr. Kami Anderson

Associate Professor, Digital Writing and Media Arts

Kennesaw State University

Dr. JuanCarlos Arauz

Founding 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

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

Founder and Managing Partner

Relationships Matter Now, LLC

Subha V. Barry

Senior Vice President, Managing Director

Working Mother Media

Dr. Jacqueline Battalora

Professor of Sociology

Saint Xavier University, Chicago

Shayne Bauer-Ellsworth

Solutions Architect

Cook Ross, Inc.

Melinda Baumann

User Experience Librarian

University of Virginia Library

Emily Baxter


We Are All Criminals

Caroline Belden

Associate, Innovation and Learning

The Winters Group, Inc.

Daniel Bergin

Senior Producer and Partnership Manager

Twin Cities PBS (TPT)

Cathy Bergland

Chief Learning Officer (CLO)

ImpactLives, Inc.

Colleen Bittner

Communications Consultant and LGBT+ ERG Board Member

Progressive Insurance

Joel A. Brown

Chief Visionary Officer

Pneumos LLC

Master Burnett

Co-founder and Director of Strategy


James Burroughs

Chief Inclusion Officer

Office of Governor Mark Dayton

Aaron Cannon

Lead Accessibility Engineer and Co-Founder


Katie Carpenter

Project Lead: Minnesota Remembers Vietnam

Twin Cities PBS (TPT)

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

Vice President of Product Development and Consulting Services

Menttium Corporation

Tea Rozman Clark

Executive Director

Green Card Voices

Grant Clarke

Vice President, Director of Diversity

JLL Americas

Dr. George Clayton

Medical Science Liaison Director for Immunology


Haven Cockerham

President and CEO

Cockerham & Associates

Dr. Rosa Colon-Kolacko

President and Founder

Global Learning and Diversity Partners

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

Roger Crockett

Senior Partner

inQUEST Consulting, LLC

Tina Chapman DaCosta

Artistic Director, Diversity Theatre, Office of D&I

Rochester Institute of Technology

Deb Dagit

Founder and President

Deb Dagit Diversity, LLC

René O. Deida

Director, Corporate and Community Engagement

Prudential Financial

Dr. Basma Ibrahim DeVries


Concordia University

Randal Dietrich

Outreach Coordinator: Minnesota Remembers Vietnam

Twin Cities PBS (TPT)

Fran Dillard

Director Diversity & Inclusion

Texas Instruments

Kevin Dragseth


Twin Cities PBS (TPT)

Ayanna Farrell

Principal Human Resources Representative, and Adjunct Faculty

Hennepin County, and University of St. Thomas

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

Mark Fowler

Deputy CEO


Cathy Gallagher-Louisy

Senior Director, Consulting

Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI)

Sheree Galpert

Learning and Creativity Director

IBIS Consulting Group, Inc.

Dr. Paolo Gaudiano

Founder and CEO (Aleria); Co-founder and Executive Director (QSDI)

Aleria and Quantitative Studies of Diversity & Inclusion (QSDI) Initiative

Joe Gerstandt

Speaker, Author, Advisor

Joe Gerstandt

Susan Gilbert

Senior Project Manager

Coca-Cola Refreshments

Drew Gneiser

Training Manager

The Social Lights

Dr. Neal Goodman

President and CEO

Global Dynamics Inc. (GDI)

Dr. Brian Grim


Religious Freedom & Business Foundation

Emily Hagen

Director of Operations

The Social Lights

Tonya Hampton

VP, Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness

Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota

Steve Hanamura

Hanamura Consulting, Inc.

Brittany J. Harris

VP, Innovation & Learning

The Winters Group, Inc.

Kristen Hedstrom

Director, Health Economics, Neuromodulation

Boston Scientific

Anna Hicok

Office Manager

The Social Lights

Torres Hodges

Director of Community Engagement

The Diversity Council

Jill Houghton

President and 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

Co-founder and Executive Director

Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment (RISE)

Jaylani Hussein

Executive Director


Jane Hyun

Founder and President

Hyun & Associates

Shoreé Ingram

Diversity and Outreach Specialist

Hennepin County District Courts (MN)

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

Founder and CEO

TMI Consulting, Inc.

Lee S. Johnsen

Founder and Principal

Partners in Development

Travis Jones

Principal Strategist, Race, Culture, Religion

The Winters Group, Inc.

Jon DeVries, Jr.

Intercultural Trainer and Consultant

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

Kate Downing Khaled

Founder and Managing Director

Imagine Deliver

Dawn Kirchner

Diversity Recruitment Specialist

Mayo Clinic

David Ko

RFI Asia

Claudia Koerbler

Knowledge Management Specialist

World Bank Group

Chris Kondo

Veteran/Military Recruitment, Individuals with Disabilities and Global Programs Lead

3M Company

Nick Kor

Civic Engagement Director

Minnesota Department of Human Rights

Dr. Niru Kumar


Ask Insights

Ann Wai-Yee Kwong

Transition Program Specialist

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Michele Landis

VP Business Development and Partnerships and Co-Founder


Ivy Latimer

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

CVS Health

Dr. Andrew Lee

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

WellStar Health System

Simma Lieberman

The Inclusionist / Principal

Simma Lieberman Consulting

Kevin Lindsey


Minnesota Department of Human Rights

Lisa Love

Finance Reporting and Systems Project Lead

Twin Cities PBS (TPT)

Dr. Cynthia H. Love


Out for Undergraduates (O4U)

Tom Lynch

Director of Access Services

North Hennepin Community College

Ann Macheledt

Board of Directors

Minnesota Business Leadership Network

Lisa Magill

NYU Center for Data Science

Amir Malik

Civil Rights Director


Murray A. Mann

Managing Partner and Chief Innovation Officer

Intercultural Workplace

Pamela McClanahan

Director of Partnerships

Twin Cities PBS (TPT)

Gloria D. McDonald

Workplace Diversity Consultant

American Conference on Diversity

Pamela McElvane

CEO and Publisher

Diversity MBA (DMBA Inc.)

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

Angie Molina

Manager, Diversity and Inclusion


Deborah Munster

Executive Director

Diversity Best Practices

Shireen Naqvi

Senior Associate

Carnelian Private Limited

Katrina North

Director | Asia Pacific Diversity and Inclusion Leader | Talent

EY Australia

Julie O’Mara

President and Board Chair

The Centre for Global Inclusion

Tiffany Orth

Make It. MSP. Coordinator

Greater MSP

Rosemond Sarpong Owens

Director–Health Equity Integration

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

Tonya Palmer

Hennepin County

Tommi Paris

Manager, Diversity & Inclusion

Southern Company Gas

Sarah Pashe

Assistant Vice President, Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion


Dr. Ramón A. Pastrano

CEO and President

ImpactLives, Inc.

Adela V. Peña

Chief Learning Officer

Intercultural Workplace

Neddy Perez


D&I Creative Solutions

Shilpa Pherwani

Principal and CEO

IBIS Consulting Group, Inc.

Farrah Qureshi


Global Diversity Practice

Shona Ramchandani


Language & Culture Worldwide (LCW)

Margaret Regan

President and 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

Kelly Rome

Vice President of Product Development

Prudential Retirement

Howard Ross

Founding Partner

Cook Ross, Inc.

Michael Rossman

Chief Human Resources Officer

Hennepin County, Minnesota

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

Progressive Insurance

Richard S. Spada

Sr. Global Manager, Diversity and Inclusion


Rebekah Steele


Rebekah Steele | Diversity Breakthroughs

Linda Stokes

President and CEO

PRISM International, Inc.

David Stone

Senior Partner

inQUEST Consulting, LLC

Charlotte Sweeney

Managing Director

Charlotte Sweeney Associates, Ltd., U.K.

Lucian Tarnowski

Founder and CEO


JonRobert Tartaglione

Founder and Consultant

Influence 51

Sara Taylor

President and Founder

deepSEE Consulting

Adriana Temali-Smith

Diversity & Inclusion Administrator

Dakota County

Ariel Tilson


Twin Cities PBS (TPT)

Alex Tittle

Vice President, Business Connect and Corporate Affairs

Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee

Leslie Traub

Partner and Chairperson

Cook Ross, Inc.

Dr. Sarah Traxler

Medical Director

Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota

Rosemary Ugboajah

Founder and President

Neka Creative

Nadine Vogel


Springboard Consulting

Carol Watson

Senior Director, Global Member Engagement

Diversity Best Practices

Kate Westlund

Associate Digital Editor: Minnesota Remembers Vietnam

Twin Cities PBS (TPT)

Dr. Joy Wiggins

Director and 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 and Founder

The Winters Group, Inc.

Tom Wlodkowski

VP Accessibility and Multicultural–Technology and Product


Kristen Wong

Sr. Human Resources Business Partner

Oregon Health & Science University

Reggie Woo

Senior Vice President and Audit Director

U.S. Bancorp

Milgo Yonis

Chief Product Officer

TMI Consulting Inc. / Loom Technologies Inc.

Nadia Younes

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

EDGE Strategy

Jennifer Zephirin

Director of Diversity & Inclusion Solutions

Language & Culture Worldwide (LCW)