Main Stage Speakers

Earvin “Magic” Johnson

Chairman & CEO; Magic Johnson Enterprises | Featured Keynote Speaker

Bold Moves: Running Point Toward Equity and Inclusion

Earvin “Magic” Johnson has successfully parlayed his skills from the basketball court into the boardroom as Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE). Johnson is utilizing those same skills and bringing his winning spirit in his recent role as the President of Basketball Operations for the Los Angeles Lakers. Johnson made history in 2012 when he became co-owner of MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers. He also co-owns WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and MLS’s Los Angeles Football Club. He continues to expand his influence through businesses including: EquiTrust Life Insurance Company, ASPiRE television network and SodexoMAGIC. Through a newly formed fund, Johnson is investing millions of dollars on infrastructure improvement in the United States. He is also one of the leading investors in a number of minority-owned tech companies that include Unchartered Play, ShotTracker, Jopwell, Walker & Co. Brands, and MiTú.

Michele Norris

Founding Director; The Race Card Project | Executive Director; The Bridge | Keynote Speaker

The Power of Words: Building the Story of Our Collective History

Michele Norris is a trusted voice in American Journalism and an author, and for more than a decade has served as host of NPR’s newsmagazine, All Things Considered. More recently her work around the issues of race and identity has served as an effective and provocative cultural bridge. In 2011, Norris created The Race Card Project, a narrative exercise that invites people to share their experiences and perspectives around race and identity. The project has archived tens of thousands of stories from all 50 states and more than 60 countries and is now used as a forum for sparking productive dialogue. Norris’ work on The Race Card Project was honored with The Peabody Award, one of the most prestigious honors in journalism.

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Michele Norris

Founding Director; The Race Card Project | Executive Director; The Bridge | Keynote Speaker

The Power of Words: Building the Story of Our Collective History

Michele Norris is a trusted voice in American Journalism and an author, and for more than a decade has served as host of NPR’s newsmagazine, All Things Considered. More recently her work around the issues of race and identity has served as an effective and provocative cultural bridge. In 2011, Norris created The Race Card Project, a narrative exercise that invites people to share their experiences and perspectives around race and identity. The project has archived tens of thousands of stories from all 50 states and more than 60 countries and is now used as a forum for sparking productive dialogue. Norris’ work on The Race Card Project was honored with The Peabody Award, one of the most prestigious honors in journalism.

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Jennifer Brown

President & CEO; Jennifer Brown Consulting | Moderator

The Abilities Spectrum: Accelerating Inclusion in the Age of Tech

Jennifer Brown is an award-winning entrepreneur, dynamic speaker and diversity and inclusion expert. She is the founder, president and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting (JBC), a strategic leadership and diversity consulting firm that coaches business leaders worldwide on critical issues of talent and workplace strategy. Brown is a passionate advocate for social equality who helps businesses foster healthier, more productive workplace cultures. Her book Inclusion: Diversity, the New Workplace & the Will to Change inspires leadership to embrace the opportunity that diversity represents, and empowers advocates to drive change that resonates in today’s world.

Rajesh Anandan

Co-Founder & CEO; ULTRA Testing | Guest Speaker

The Abilities Spectrum: Accelerating Inclusion in the Age of Tech

Rajesh Anandan is the co-founder and CEO of ULTRA Testing, a neurodiverse technology company named one of Interbrand’s Breakthrough Brands in 2017 and one of the nation’s largest employers of individuals on the autism spectrum. He is also the founder of UNICEF Ventures and co-creator of UNICEF Kid Power, a wearable-for-good named one of TIME’s 25 Best Inventions of 2016 and one of the largest ed-tech programs serving high-need elementary schools in the United States. For the past decade, he has worked in the impact sector, including running the Private Sector Division at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and setting up UNICEF Ventures, an incubator for digital, social enterprises.

Rajesh Anandan

Co-Founder & CEO; ULTRA Testing | Guest Speaker

The Abilities Spectrum: Accelerating Inclusion in the Age of Tech

Rajesh Anandan is the co-founder and CEO of ULTRA Testing, a neurodiverse technology company named one of Interbrand’s Breakthrough Brands in 2017 and one of the nation’s largest employers of individuals on the autism spectrum. He is also the founder of UNICEF Ventures and co-creator of UNICEF Kid Power, a wearable-for-good named one of TIME’s 25 Best Inventions of 2016 and one of the largest ed-tech programs serving high-need elementary schools in the United States. For the past decade, he has worked in the impact sector, including running the Private Sector Division at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and setting up UNICEF Ventures, an incubator for digital, social enterprises.

Kathy Martinez

Senior Vice President, Disability Segment Market Brand & Strategy, Enterprise Marketing; Wells Fargo & Company | Guest Speaker

The Abilities Spectrum: Accelerating Inclusion in the Age of Tech

Kathy Martinez is senior vice president and head of disability and accessibility strategy at Wells Fargo. In this role she oversees the development and execution of enterprise business and marketing strategies supporting people with disabilities and their families. Martinez, who was born blind, is focused on delivering an experience that recognizes disability as a natural part of the human condition and helping people with disabilities fully engage with the bank to succeed financially. Working with business leaders, Martinez defines internal and external strategies related to online and physical accessibility, hiring and promotion of team members with disabilities, national non-profit partnership programs, and disability-owned suppliers.

Ann Wai-Yee Kwong

Transition Program Specialist | Guest Speaker

The Abilities Spectrum: Accelerating Inclusion in the Age of Tech

Ann Wai-Yee Kwong is the transition program specialist at the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco, Calif., and she is simultaneously pursuing her PhD in education with emphasis in special education, disabilities, and risk studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Ann received her BA in psychology with a minor in education from the University of California, Berkeley, as a Gates Millennium Scholar.

Monica Marcel

Principal & Co-Founder; LCW | Moderator

What We Do Next Matters Most: Case Studies of Crisis, Resilience, Inclusion & Belonging at Uber and Unilever

Monica Francois Marcel is Principal and Co-Founder of LCW, and serves as LCW’s Master Consultant and Chief Engagement Leader for clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to world class universities and the U.S. Peace Corps. She helps them achieve cultural transformations, develop cultural competence, engage talent, and better connect to the local contexts in all the locations where they operate. Her particular expertise is de-biasing HR systems and developing global acumen and mindsets for North Americans to succeed among culturally diverse workplaces, markets, and project teams.

Monica Marcel

Principal & Co-Founder; LCW | Moderator

What We Do Next Matters Most: Case Studies of Crisis, Resilience, Inclusion & Belonging at Uber and Unilever

Monica Francois Marcel is Principal and Co-Founder of LCW, and serves as LCW’s Master Consultant and Chief Engagement Leader for clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to world class universities and the U.S. Peace Corps. She helps them achieve cultural transformations, develop cultural competence, engage talent, and better connect to the local contexts in all the locations where they operate. Her particular expertise is de-biasing HR systems and developing global acumen and mindsets for North Americans to succeed among culturally diverse workplaces, markets, and project teams.

Bernard C. Coleman III

Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion; Uber | Guest Speaker

What We Do Next Matters Most: Case Studies of Crisis, Resilience, Inclusion & Belonging at Uber and Unilever

Bernard C. Coleman III is Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Uber, a position he took on in January 2017, after serving as Chief Diversity & Human Resource Officer for Hillary for America (HFA)—the first CDO role in any U.S. Presidential Campaign. At HFA he led the campaign’s diversity, inclusion and equity efforts which assess the strategic diversity indicators and standards that ensure responsibility and accountability for achieving multiculturalism and cultural competence within the diversity and inclusion matrix. Prior to joining HFA, Bernard held senior level roles at the Democratic National Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Society for Human Resource Management.

Mita Mallick

Director of Diversity Outreach & Inclusion; Unilever North America | Guest Speaker

What We Do Next Matters Most: Case Studies of Crisis, Resilience, Inclusion & Belonging at Uber and Unilever

Mita Mallick is the Director of Diversity Outreach & Inclusion for Unilever North America. Prior to this role, she was a Senior Brand Manager in the Skin Division for Unilever North America overseeing the U.S. Body Care Portfolio (including Vaseline, Suave and Dove Body Lotions.) She was one of the chief lieutenants in launching The Vaseline Healing Project in the U.S., signing award-winning actress & activist Viola Davis as the brand’s ambassador. Mita was a MAKER Awardee in 2016. She was also on the “50 People Under 40 Shaking Up Beauty” Youthquake List by Women’s Wear Daily. She is a co-chair of GALvanize, Unilever’s internal women’s organization that supports the growth of female executives, and is on the Fundraising Committee for Columbia University School of the Arts.

Mita Mallick

Director of Diversity Outreach & Inclusion; Unilever North America | Guest Speaker

What We Do Next Matters Most: Case Studies of Crisis, Resilience, Inclusion & Belonging at Uber and Unilever

Mita Mallick is the Director of Diversity Outreach & Inclusion for Unilever North America. Prior to this role, she was a Senior Brand Manager in the Skin Division for Unilever North America overseeing the U.S. Body Care Portfolio (including Vaseline, Suave and Dove Body Lotions.) She was one of the chief lieutenants in launching The Vaseline Healing Project in the U.S., signing award-winning actress & activist Viola Davis as the brand’s ambassador. Mita was a MAKER Awardee in 2016. She was also on the “50 People Under 40 Shaking Up Beauty” Youthquake List by Women’s Wear Daily. She is a co-chair of GALvanize, Unilever’s internal women’s organization that supports the growth of female executives, and is on the Fundraising Committee for Columbia University School of the Arts.