Meet The Staff

Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion and leader of The Forum on Workplace Inclusion

Dr. Artika R. Tyner is a passionate educator, author, sought after speaker, and advocate for justice. At the University of St. Thomas, Dr. Tyner serves as the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion and leader of The Forum on Workplace Inclusion. In her role at the University she is committed to training students to serve as social engineers who create new inroads to justice and freedom. Her role at the Forum creates a global learning community and serves as an extension of her passion for teaching and community engagement.

Dr. Tyner teaches leadership coursework on ethics, critical reflection, and organizational development. Her research focuses on diversity/inclusion, community development, and civil rights. She has presented her research and conducted leadership training programs both nationally and internationally.

Steve Humerickhouse

Executive Director of The Forum on Workplace Inclusion

Steve Humerickhouse is the Executive Director of The Forum on Workplace Inclusion. Humerickhouse has been with The Forum for more than sixteen years. During that time he has expanded The Forum from a one-day event into the leading international global conference for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.

“I have come to realize that participants attend for two reasons: learning and community. By working together and getting to know each other, we create a unity of purpose and a community of action.”

Steve is also an active freelance instrumentalist in the Twin Cities.

Steve Humerickhouse

Executive Director of The Forum on Workplace Inclusion

Steve Humerickhouse is the Executive Director of The Forum on Workplace Inclusion. Humerickhouse has been with The Forum for more than sixteen years. During that time he has expanded The Forum from a one-day event into the leading international global conference for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.

“I have come to realize that participants attend for two reasons: learning and community. By working together and getting to know each other, we create a unity of purpose and a community of action.”

Steve is also an active freelance instrumentalist in the Twin Cities.

Heidi Batz Rogers

Program Design Director of The Forum on Workplace Inclusion

Heidi Batz Rogers leads the Forum’s Program and Event Design and Production. Her years of experience in the DEI space together with a passion for creative collaboration inform the innovative execution of programming including the Annual Conference, Diversity Insights Breakfasts, Diversity Executive Forum and Global Inclusion Forum. Heidi keenly aligns the strategic development of global learning strategies to focus on engaging people, advancing ideas and igniting change so The Forum can serve as a catalyst for personal and professional development toward being global wherever we are.

In addition to her work at The Forum, Heidi is an active member of the Twin Cities Theatre + Arts community. She and her husband are social parents to those who sometimes need a lift, and have three living sons.

Amy Perez Ortiz

Business Development of The Forum on Workplace Inclusion

Amy Perez Ortiz has been involved with The Forum for more than 17 years in a variety of roles and serving on multiple committees. Her focus as Director of Business Development is on building relationships with sponsors and collaborative business alliances. The Forum has enjoyed responsible fiscal operations, and Amy works to ensure that continues as she leads the efforts to continually expand The Forum’s relationships in ways that engage diverse stakeholders and promotes inclusive collaboration.

Amy is Owner at Perez Ortiz Consulting, specializing in strategic diversity and inclusion business development, sales and marketing, initiatives, and management consulting to result in growing workplace and community engagement. She also works with the non-profit Spokesman-Recorder on African and African American scholarships, and is on the Twin Cities Corporate Advisory Board for the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA).

Amy Perez Ortiz

Business Development of The Forum on Workplace Inclusion

Amy Perez Ortiz has been involved with The Forum for more than 17 years in a variety of roles and serving on multiple committees. Her focus as Director of Business Development is on building relationships with sponsors and collaborative business alliances. The Forum has enjoyed responsible fiscal operations, and Amy works to ensure that continues as she leads the efforts to continually expand The Forum’s relationships in ways that engage diverse stakeholders and promotes inclusive collaboration.

Amy is Owner at Perez Ortiz Consulting, specializing in strategic diversity and inclusion business development, sales and marketing, initiatives, and management consulting to result in growing workplace and community engagement. She also works with the non-profit Spokesman-Recorder on African and African American scholarships, and is on the Twin Cities Corporate Advisory Board for the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA).

Aaron Monson

Business Manager of The Forum on Workplace Inclusion

Aaron Monson joined The Forum in September 2016 as the Forum’s Business Manager. In his role he oversees The Forum’s finances, legal contracts, conference logistics – all while keeping the office running smoothly.

Aaron brings both conference and education experience to The Forum, and was previously the Program Manager for the International Center of Academic Integrity at Clemson University. He and his wife are enjoying the joys and challenges of being first-time parents.

Ben Rue

Program Coordinator of The Forum on Workplace on Inclusion

Ben Rue is The Forum’s Program Coordinator, which means he’s our right hand, left hand and everything in between! He leads the monthly webinars, and his role includes organization of the annual Call For Proposals, oversight of program logistics, plus support for the executive director, marketing, design/programming and office teams.

In addition to his work for The Forum, Ben is an Event Coordinator at Events by Lady K, creating inclusive and empowering events that bring people together to have fun while doing good.

Ben Rue

Program Coordinator of The Forum on Workplace on Inclusion

Ben Rue is The Forum’s Program Coordinator, which means he’s our right hand, left hand and everything in between! He leads the monthly webinars, and his role includes organization of the annual Call For Proposals, oversight of program logistics, plus support for the executive director, marketing, design/programming and office teams.

In addition to his work for The Forum, Ben is an Event Coordinator at Events by Lady K, creating inclusive and empowering events that bring people together to have fun while doing good.

Violet Kuteesa Musimami

Registrar and Administrative Assistant of The Forum on Workplace Inclusion

Violet Kuteesa Musimami is the Forum’s Registrar and Administrative Assistant. In her role, Violet manages data in our CVENT website, as well as supports attendees over the phone and via email to set up their online registration. She’s a wealth of knowledge about the conference in general – if you have a question – she has an answer!

Violet is an alumna of the University of St Thomas, she graduated with a Master’s degree in Human Resources and Change Leadership. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two sons.

Austin Crossman

Marketing Assistant of The Forum on Workplace Inclusion

Austin Crossman is The Forum’s Marketing Assistant, where he assists in promoting Forum events and the ongoing outreach to sponsors and attendees. He also supports our business development and program design areas – making him a valuable asset for the entire Forum team.

Austin is currently an undergraduate student at the University of St. Thomas working toward his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. Austin is an aspiring TED talk presenter, and hopes to one day establish his own nonprofit that will help low-income families have access to healthy produce.

Austin Crossman

Marketing Assistant of The Forum on Workplace Inclusion

Austin Crossman is The Forum’s Marketing Assistant, where he assists in promoting Forum events and the ongoing outreach to sponsors and attendees. He also supports our business development and program design areas – making him a valuable asset for the entire Forum team.

Austin is currently an undergraduate student at the University of St. Thomas working toward his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. Austin is an aspiring TED talk presenter, and hopes to one day establish his own nonprofit that will help low-income families have access to healthy produce

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