Diversity and Inclusion Talent ConsultantCompany: Progressive Insurance
Role: Session Presenter Sessions: Reaching a Remote Workforce: Creating D&I Engagement Anytime, Anywhere (Spotlight 3) | Reaching a Remote Workforce: Creating D&I Engagement Anytime, Anywhere (Learning Lab 2)
As Diversity and Inclusion Talent consultant for Progressive Insurance, Marisa Afzali facilitates the execution of enterprise strategies to leverage, advance, and integrate D&I across an organization of over 31,000 people; and provides consultation for nine ERGs, executive sponsors, five D&I councils, and senior leaders. Marisa previously served on Progressive’s Network of Empowered Women’s ERG board, bringing women’s leadership development to a large remote employee audience through engagement, networking, online content, and video/multimedia.
Prior to joining Progressive in 2007, Marisa held roles in HR management and consulting in the education and healthcare fields where she founded and co-chaired a university’s first diversity council; and developed workshops related to hiring practices, employee relations, and diversity and inclusion. She has served on the board of the Washington State Association for Multicultural Education, and the City of Bellevue, Wash., Conversations on Race and Culture steering team. Additionally, she has been featured in DiversityInc, and CAREERS & the disABLED magazines. Marisa holds a master’s degree in HR management, and SHRM-SCP and SPHR certifications.