33rd Annual Conference

March 8-12, 2021


2021 Presenters

Naseem Ahmed


INclusion ACTION

Samantha Artukovich

External Relations, Associate

The Learning Accelerator

Michele Aymold

Vice President

Parker Dewey

Dawn Baker

Director, Learning and Development Solutions

City of Minneapolis

Barbra Banks

Diversity & Inclusion Consultant


Dr. Michael Baran


Iris Inclusion

Stephanie Battaglino

Founder and Owner

Follow Your Heart, LLC

Laura Belfiore

International HR and Corporate Sustainability Consultant

Laura Belfiore

Rev. Dawn Bennett


The Table

Lavada Berger



Naimah Bhuruku

Diversity & Inclusion Specialist


Brandon Black



Deanna Blackwell

Intercultural Competence, Diversity & Inclusion Specialist

United States Peace Corps

Geraud Blanks

Chief Innovation Officer and Director of Cultures and Communities

Milwaukee Film

Maureen Berkner Boyt

CEO and Founder

The Moxie Exchange

Phyllis Braxton

CEO and Founder

PINK Consulting, LLC

Jennifer Brown

Founder and CEO

Jennifer Brown Consulting

Dr. Tammie Causey-Konaté

Senior Technical Assistance Consultant

American Institutes for Research (AIR)

W. Y. Alice Chan

Executive Director and Co-Founder

The Centre for Civic Religious Literacy (CCRL)

Missy Chicre

Senior Vice President, Business Development and Product Innovation

Menttium Corporation

Amy Clark

Nurse Manager – Birth Center

Regions Hospital (HealthPartners)

Emily Clawson

Supervisory Intercultural Competence, Diversity & Inclusion Training Specialist

United States Peace Corps

Denise Collazo

Senior Advisor for External Affairs

Faith in Action

Scott Conlin

Experience Strategist


Sacha Connor


Virtual Work Insider

Kathleen Curran

Global Executive Coach

Global Coaches Network (GCN)

Donte Curtis

Owner and Lead Consultant

Catch Your Dream Consulting

Camille Cyprian

Founder and Healer-in-Residence

Centered Spaces LLC

Bianca Dávila

Chief of Staff

The Learning Accelerator (TLA)

Seema Desai

Director, Office of Equity and Diversity (OED)

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Darius Dotch

Hip-Hop Artist

Jeanae DuBois

Executive Director of Growth Marketing

Shift3 Technologies

Alfranda “Al” Durr


ALD & Associates

Sidney Van Dyke

Director of Health Equity and Language Access

Regions Hospital (HealthPartners)

Lilian Eilers

Managing Director

The Blue Ocean Company

Latoria J. (Tori) Farmer

Executive Director, Inclusion and Diversity


Dr. Bernardo Ferdman

Principal and Founder

Ferdman Consulting

Adrianna Flax

Principal Consultant


Brad Fortier

Senior Equity Training & Education Coordinator

Uplift Oregon

Mark Fowler


Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding

Dr. Karen Francis

Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Ted Freeman

Senior Consultant

The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc.

Eddie Freeman

Executive Director in Human Resources & Chair of the Higher Education Research Consortium’s Governance Board

University of Texas at Arlington

Leslie Funk

Senior Workplace Program Associate

Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding

Dr. Paolo Gaudiano


Aleria Research Corp (ARC)

Marisa Gelfusa

Workplace Training Specialist and Consultant

Independent Consultant

Nora Genster


The Employment Transformation Collective

joe gerstandt

Speaker, Author, Advisor

joe gerstandt

Shavondalyn Givens

Senior D&I Program Analyst


Gearah Goldstein

Founder | Senior Consultant

The GenderCool Project | Jennifer Brown Consulting

Janet Gracia

Chief of Staff

Girl Scouts River Valleys

Robbie Green

Head of Working Parents & Caregivers, Americas

Talking Talent

Dr. Brian Grim


Religious Freedom & Business Foundation

La’Wana Harris

Consulting Partner

The Ken Blanchard Companies

Brittany J. Harris

Vice President, Learning and Innovation

The Winters Group, Inc.

Tamara Winfrey Harris

Vice President of Community Leadership and Effective Philanthropy; Author

Central Indiana Community Foundation

Candice Hawkins

Sr. Manager, Global Learning and Development

Verizon Media Group

Kari Heistad

Founder and CEO

Culture Coach International | Diversity Dashboard

Timitra Hildebrand-Jones

Director, Diversity and Inclusion

Trane Technologies

Kim Holub

Change Practitioner


Teresa Hopke

CEO & Board Member, Americas

Talking Talent

Denise Hummel

Founder and CEO

Lead Inclusively, Inc., a division of RevWork, Inc.

Jane Hyun

Principal | Author

Hyun & Associates Leadership Strategy

Mushim Ikeda

Independent DE&I Consultant

Independent DE&I Consultant

Shalynne Jackson

Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer

City of Oklahoma City (OKC)

Kenya Jacobs

Director, Diversity Recruiting and Workforce Development

Trane Technologies

Keesha Jean-Baptiste

Senior Vice President, Chief Talent Officer

Hearst Magazines

Rochelle Johnson

Director of Nursing – Regions Birth Center

Regions Hospital (HealthPartners)

Paul Johnson



Dr. Lisa Cropper Johnson

Diversity Program Management Specialist


Amber Joiner-Hill


Magnolia Detroit Consulting LLC (MDC)

Dr. Wehmah Jones

Senior Researcher

American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Elisabeth Kelan

Professor of Leadership and Organization

Essex Business School

Margaret Anderson Kelliher


Minnesota Department of Transportation

Rev. Magora Kennedy

Unity Fellowship of Christ Church – New York City

Melissa Kiguwa

Human Rights Advocate and Writer

Activist and Writer

Katherine King


Invisible Culture

Adria Kitchens

Private Consultant

Dr. Kanu Kogod

President and Founder

Bridges in Organizations, Inc.

Dr. Dan Krieger

D&I Program Manager and Alternative Dispute Resolution Program Manager


Elizabeth N. Laine

Head of DEI & Talent Development

Clearway Energy Group

Paul Lambert

Senior Business Fellow

Religious Freedom & Business Foundation

Nikki Lasley

Diversity Sr. Program Officer, Vice President

Bank of the West

Ryan Lathrum

Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion


Michael Lee

Vice President of Sales, North America

Talking Talent, Inc.

Liz Lieberman

Head, U.S. Human Resources for RBC Capital Markets

Royal Bank of Canada

Christie Lindor


Tessi Consulting

Nadia Linoo

Research Manager


Lisa Linsky


McDermott Will & Emery

Jamal Lopez

Senior Director of Institutional Equity

Weill Cornell Medicine

Dr. Robyn Madison-Harris

Senior Technical Assistance Consultant

American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Mythily Mahadevan

Founder and CEO

LEAN n’ Diversity LLC

Anu Mandapati

Head of DEI

Magic Leap

Dr. Liziwe Masoga

Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer

Massmart Holdings

Gwendolyn McCoy


Gwendolyn McCoy

Lori McDaniel


Rainbow Bridges

Natalie McGrady

Director, Supply Chain


Graciela Meibar

Executive Coach, DE&I Consultant, Thought Leader

Graciela Meibar Consulting

Chelsie Messenger

Experience Strategist


McKenzie Messerly

Nurse Educator – Birth Center

Regions Hospital (HealthPartners)

Timothy Meyer

Vice President, Clinical Affairs


Kjirsten Mickesh

VP, People and Culture

Finley Engineering

Frederick A. Miller

CEO and Lead Strategist

The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc.

Mecca Mitchell

Senior Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement

Westchester Medical Center Health Network

Nene Molefi

Managing Director and CEO

Mandate Molefi HR Consultants CC

Heidi Moore

Director of Emerging Markets, Diversity and Inclusion

Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin

Leigh Morrison

Manager of Learning and Innovation

The Winters Group, Inc.

Mary Waceke Muia

Life, Business and Executive Coach, Unconscious Bias Expert and Trainer


Shannon Murphy

CEO and Co-Founder


Michelle Murphy

Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion and Talent Management

Trane Technologies

Walter Naegle

Executive Director

The Bayard Rustin Fund

Jean-Marie Navetta

Director of Learning & Inclusion

PFLAG National

Farzana Nayani

CEO & Founder

Farzana Nayani | Consulting & Training

Cecilia Newman

Senior Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program Manager

American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Dr. J. Cody Nielsen

Founder and Executive Director

Convergence on Campus

Adetola Olatunji

Associate Partner

New Profit

Ashley Oolman

Founder and Equity Consultant

Allied Folk

Chevara Orrin

Chief Creative Catalyst

Collective Concepts

Neese Parker

Youth Engagement Manager


Dawn Peck

Employee Relations Manager and Corporate Partnerships Lead, Best Buy disABILITIES ERG

Best Buy

Nereida (Neddy) Perez

VP, Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

McCormick & Company, Inc.

Pat E. Perkins

Executive Coach

Talking Talent, Inc.

Dominic Perri


Essential Conversations

Jeff Perry

Advertising Executive

Jazz Innovation

Rhodes Perry

Founder and CEO

Rhodes Perry Consulting, LLC

Shirley Malcom, Ph.D.

Senior Advisor, and Director of SEA Change

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Stephen Pham

Director, Organizational Learning

The Learning Accelerator (TLA)

Delphine Pruitt


Connect The Dots Consultants

Pam Pujo

Diversity Advocate


Alma Ramos

Project Manager

Farzana Nayani | Consulting & Training

Dr. Alan Richter


QED Consulting

Kelly Risser

President of Disability Resource Group and Communications Lead for Enterprise Education

U.S. Bank

Jayde Roche

Program Manager, Rural Immigration

Rural Development Network

Roselle Rogers

Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Heidi Batz Rogers

Founding Collaborator

Inclusion Action Collective

Howard Ross


Udarta Consulting

Riikka Salonen

Managing Director of Health Equity

BCT Partners

Patrick Sammon


Story Center Films, LLC

Suhayl Santana

Interim Director of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility

Amnesty International USA

Natalie J. Sayer

Senior Global Executive Coach

Global Coaches Network (GCN)

Amanda Shaffer

Founder and Principal

Shaffer Coaching, LLC

Bennett Singer


Singer & Deschamps Productions, Inc.

Teresita Guevara Smith

Diversity Program Management Specialist


Lisa Strack

Diversity Strategist and Inclusive Talent Acquisition Leader

Lisa Strack Consulting

Alli Strong-Martin

Disability Inclusion Consultant

Lifeworks Services, Inc.

Thamara Subramanian

Equity Audit and Strategy Manager

The Winters Group, Inc.

Sara Taylor

President and Founder

deepSEE Consulting

Sandye Taylor

Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion

Royal Bank of Canada

Tanya Cruz Teller

Strengths-Based Transformation Catalyst

Spaciousness Works

Tripti Thapa

Senior Director of Finance

Deans for Impact

Minjon Tholen

Chief Inclusion & Strategic Innovation Officer

Amnesty International USA

Joshua (Josh) Tripp

Legal Consultant and Member, Past Chair of Mayo Clinic’s disABILITY MERG ERG

Mayo Clinic

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky


Disaster Avoidance Experts

Elena Valentine


Skill Scout

Silvana Valentone

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Facilitator

Independent Consultant

Austene Van

Artistic Director/Founder

New Dawn Theatre Company

Edgar Villanueva

Philanthropy Executive & Author

Schott Foundation for Public Education

Aimee Vue

Youth Philanthropy Manager


Dr. Kim Walker

Senior Director, Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Arabella Advisors

Wendy Amengual Wark


Inclusion Strategy Solutions

Alfonso Wenker


Team Dynamics LLC

Mary-Frances Winters

President and CEO

The Winters Group, Inc.

Michelle Witherspoon

Director, Chief of Operations, Culture and Talent / Head of Inclusion Acceleration Practice


Kristen Wong


Wong Leadership Consulting

Tiffany Yu

CEO and Founder


Lily Zheng

DEI Consultant and Executive Coach

Independent Consultant

Mary-Margaret Zindren

EVP/Executive Director

American Institute of Architects – Minnesota

Jessica Zucal

Senior Principal

Global Coaches Network (GCN)

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