Everett Harper is an entrepreneur, strategist, and the CEO and Co-Founder of Truss, a technology infrastructure company. In his new book, “Move to the Edge, Declare it Center,” Harper shares effective methods for decision making in situations where there may be a lack of complete information, ways to sustain teams during uncertain and stressful periods, and effective techniques for managing personal anxiety—a crucial leadership skill. Hear Everett discuss:
Does being a Black CEO influence how you lead, solve problems and build teams?
Why is diversity, equity and inclusion important for companies?
Advice to companies that aren’t currently diverse, but want to start addressing the issue?
How to create measurable and sustainable diversity, equity and inclusion processes – and how companies can begin to adopt them to achieve their business goals.
Navigating tragedy and the unknown, and how leaders can apply these life lessons to their organizations.
Joe Santana is Chairman of the CDO PowerCircle and the creator and host of the ERG PowerTalk podcast. The CDO PowerCircle is an association of top diversity, equity, and inclusion leaders within highly respected companies that collectively generate nearly three-quarters of a trillion dollars in annual revenue and employ almost one million people. Joe, a former line executive and diversity officer, is a published author and futurist whose mission is to develop DEI leaders at all levels for success in our new, highly disruptive world.
The First, the Few, the Only: How Women of Color Can Redefine Power in Corporate America
DEEPA PURUSHOTHAMAN is the co-founder of nFormation which provides brave, safe, new space for professional women of color. She is also a Women and Public Policy Program Leader in Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to this, Deepa spent more than twenty years at Deloitte and was the first Indian American woman to make partner in the company’s history.
Christopher Johnson is the President of Global Financial Services at Pitney Bowes, where he manages the financing and lending businesses, as well as the consumer and merchant payments and risk management functions across the company. Christopher also holds leadership responsibility for Pitney Bowes Bank, a state chartered industrial loan company.
Diversity in a predominately white industry like finance continues to be important. Now is the time to make changes to ensure inclusion in the future. Main Street is going to be hit the hardest in the post-pandemic world as interest rates increase and buyers demand doesn’t meet pre-COVID levels. If you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur having a hard time getting a loan from your bank, there are alternative routes to financing your business.
Hear Christopher discuss the important trends he sees in the small business lending space , particularly for diverse people. And take advantage of his advice for someone looking to follow in his footsteps.
Sedruola Maruska is an Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice consultant focused on tapping into the power of individuals to transform companies and industries. Her areas of special interest include: Race & Ethnicity , Gender & Orientation, and Disability.
Hear the discussion:
1) That equity and inclusion need more focus than diversity
2) That individually we have the means to make a difference
3) Social justice is everyone’s problem not just the problem of a handful of people
Mauricio Velásquez and ADR Editor Deborah Levine discuss the challenging DEI topics of today’s workplace with a focus on sexual harassment. Mauricio is an ADR Advisor and CEO of Diversity Training Group DTG, which serves a broad range of clients including small and large organizations, not-for-profit, professional service firms, local, state and federal governments, law enforcement, and the military.
Ashley Perryman is the VP of Global Human Resources at Spiceworks Ziff Davis and holds the position of elected President at Mezcla, its first LatinX ERG. Ashley devotes her efforts to ensure people of all backgrounds feel welcome and thrive in the workplace and was recently named a Top DEI Influencer in HR.
Hear Ashley discuss:
1.) Why does diversity matter in the workplace?
2.) How does diversity play a role in the current talent war and what are you and SWZD doing to address it – particularly in the LatinX community?
3.) Many people stop their DEI efforts after the interview process, what are some ways companies can ensure DEI efforts go beyond the hiring process and why is that important?
As well as:
Key tips on recruiting and retaining diverse employees
Ways to ensure your company is equipping your diverse workforce with the resources they need to succeed and grow within your business.
How the LatinX ERG is assisting in reaching DEI goals.
Jack Myers, founder of MediaVillage and AdvancingDiversity.org, is the nation’s best-known practitioner of media ecology. Renowned for his entrepreneurial leadership in media industry innovation focused on growth, Myers has been recognized with the Excellence in Education Award and he’s also earned a George Foster Peabody Award for Documentary Filmmaking.
MediaVillage’s mission is to advance advertising supported media industry growth through investments in diversity and education, highlighted by the industry’s first-ever Advancing Diversity Week that took place September 2021, culminating with the 4th annual Advancing Diversity Hall of Honors Induction Experience and inaugural Gen-Z Town Hall Meeting.
Jack is the author of four books on generational shifts, including Hooked Up, the earliest research on Gen-Z influence, and The Future of Men, which is also a TED Talk that’s generated almost 200,000 views. Jack’s early consulting work contributed to strategic innovation for more than 200 media, advertising, and marketing clients. He began his career with ABC Radio, CBS Television and Metromedia Outdoor. He graduated from the Newhouse School at Syracuse U. and has a Master Degree in Media Ecology from NYU.
As head of automotive and oil, gas and energy staffing at Kelly Professional & Industrial, Vice President Keilon Ratliff spearheads Kelly’s efforts to provide job seekers with non-violent criminal records a path to employment. Under his leadership Kelly collaborated with an automotive manufacturer to hire second chance workers who had previously been disqualified from consideration. The Kelly33 initiative enabled the client to increase its talent pool, address critical staffing needs and improve retention rates.
Ratliff actively supports Kelly’s Equity@Work initiative that was launched in 2020 to remove barriers that make it hard for people to attain enriching work. Rarely challenged, these obstacles – such as outdated degree requirements, biases against candidates with criminal histories and discrimination of neurodiverse talent – leave capable talent excluded. Ratliff holds a key advisory role and develops strategies to engage clients and partners in Kelly’s efforts to build a more equitable workforce. He also serves on the company’s Inclusion Council.
How to knock down unjust barriers to work that hold millions back.
How ex offenders are a hidden workforce that can help companies address labor shortages.
How everyone deserves second chances and the dignity of work.
Deepak Shukla is a British-Indian entrepreneur who founded the award-winning Pearl Lemon PR agency. He is a finalist for the International Diverse Role Model of the Year awarded by Diversity in Tech. This is in recognition of the groundbreaking work that he’s doing with his agency and international team to promote diversity and inclusion.
How to develop an inclusive recruitment process that levels the playing field for people of different backgrounds.
How to manage employees in different parts of the world and a global clientele.
How to make diversity and inclusion a part of your company culture and not just a cute slogan on your website.