Who's Speaking At The Summit?
Our collection of more than 100 speakers feature experts from nearly every industry and specialty you can imagine. We are proud of both the diversity and range of talent represented in our speakers and worked hard to invite unusual and underappreciated voices alongside well-known experts and media personalities.
Managing Principal - The Maximizer Group (he/him)
Michael Akinyele is a Former Chief Innovation Officer of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Managing Principal of The Maximizer Group, an independent advisory firm primarily advising corporations, investors and startup companies. He is a healthcare futurist, collaborative leader, product and growth expert focused on inventing the future of healthcare delivery and payments.
Correspondent CBS Newspath (she/her)
Debra Alfarone tells her story of going from dropout to dream life to audiences and coaching clients and tells stories that shape the world as a TV News Correspondent for CBS Newspath.
Samina Ali is an award-winning author, curator, and popular speaker. Her debut novel, Madras on Rainy Days, was the winner of France’s prestigious Prix Premier Roman Etranger Award and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award in Fiction. She is currently writing a new book based on her popular Tedx talk, “What Does the Qur’an Really Say about a Muslim Woman’s Hijab?”
Senior Fellow, Pillars Fund (he/him)
Zaheer Ali is Senior Fellow at the Pillars Fund, co-leading Pillars' Muslim Narrative Change Cohort of Muslim artists, practitioners, academics, and thinkers focused on leveraging the power of American Muslim storytelling for social and cultural change.
Co-Founder & CEO, Ultranauts (he/him)
Rajesh Anandan is co-founder and CEO of Ultranauts, a quality engineering firm named a Fast Company World Changing Idea, with employees in 25 states across the US, 75% of whom are autistic. Rajesh began his career at Microsoft, then joined Bain & Company, and most recently, ran Unicef Ventures which launched Unicef Kid Power, the world's first wearable-for-good named one of TIME’s 25 Best Inventions.
Non-Obvious Company - COO and Producer (she/her)
Chhavi Arya leads multiple efforts at the Non-Obvious Company, from producing the weekly Non-Obvious Insights Show to overseeing the popular Non-Obvious Book Awards program. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, she spent a decade teaching elementary school in Canada, where she developed a comprehensive multicultural educational curriculum for the Province of Ontario.
Scarlet - Founder, Author of Leader by Mistake and Podcast Host - Just Start: From Ideas to Action (she/her)
Jacqueline Baker’s passion is inspiring people to take action with the help of modern etiquette and everyday leadership and convening inspiring groups of people over dinner parties and small (safe) social gatherings.
Untold Stories - Project Director (she/her)
Sanchita Balachandran has 20 years of experience as an objects conservator, and her scholarly research is committed to uncovering the traces of the artists and people of the past and recognizing the shared humanity and diversity of cultural practices still accessible on objects of cultural heritage.
Steering Committee Member of the Asian American Performers Action Coalition (AAPAC) and co-writer of The Visibility Report (he/him)
Pun Bandhu is an award-winning Actor, Producer and Advocate.
Bennett D. Bennett
Bio to come.
Non-Obvious Company - Founder (he/him)
Rohit Bhargava is helps leaders and professionals learn to see what others miss and the founder of both the Non-Obvious Company and Ideapress Publishing. He previously spent 15 years as a marketing strategist for Ogilvy and Leo Burnett, is the #1 Wall Street Journal best selling author of seven business books and occasionally teaches marketing, innovation and storytelling at Georgetown University.
Microsoft - Senior Research Manager (she/her)
Melissa Boone is a social psychologist who uses her expertise in human behavior, social interaction, and designing and conducting behavioral research to provide insight on user needs and preferences for Xbox's first-party studios.
Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez
Edith Bracho-Sanchez, MD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Telemedicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center who has provided her expert observations on COVID-19 on NBC, PBS, and NPR.
Pret Foundation Coordinator (she/her)
Isabel Bradbury is an environmentalist and a food sustainability & security champion. She works for the Pret Foundation managing their food donations program and has experience at the frontline of food redistribution, volunteering at Fareshare, Trussell Trust and Food Action.
Anti-Racist Theatre Facilitator, Director, Educator (she/her)
Nicole Brewer an anti-racist theatre facilitator working to make her ancestors proud through Joy, Resilience, and Love.
Journalist/Broadcaster - Guardian, Cosmopolitan, BBC, Disability Rights (she/her)
Hollie-Anne Brooks is a journalist and broadcaster working for the likes of the Guardian, Cosmopolitan and the BBC where she specializes in disability rights and sex and relationships.
Jennifer Brown Consulting (she/her)
Jennifer Brown is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, diversity and inclusion consultant, and author. Her bestselling book, Inclusion: Diversity, The New Workplace and The Will to Change creates the case for leaders to embrace the opportunity that diversity represents, for their own growth and for the success of their organizations. Jennifer is the host of the popular weekly podcast, The Will to Change, which uncovers true stories of diversity and inclusion.
John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Brown University - Assistant Director (she/her)
Marisa Angell Brown is a cultural historian and curator with interests in architecture, preservation, public art, and spatial justice.
President & Exec. Dir - enture Cafe Miami (she/her)
Leigh-Ann A. Buchanan, Esq. is a writer, strategist, and a community facilitator. She supports leaders and ecosystems bridge systemic gaps in access, inclusion, opportunity and racial equity, with a focus on technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Co-Author - Diversity at College (she/her)
Agata Buras is a neuroscience enthusiast, research assistant in science and technology, and a contributor to the recently released book, Diversity at College.
Writer, Actor and Creator (she/her)
Cerrie Burnell is a much loved children’s television presenter, author, playwright and performer. As a proud solo parent and disabled icon she seeks to champion inclusion and positive representation through all of her work.
ShearShare - Co-Founder and COO (she/her)
Courtney Caldwell has spent nearly 2 decades building winning teams in tech marketing for global enterprises, SMBs and startups—including her own beauty-tech startup, ShearShare.
Professional Musician - Janet Jackson, P!nk, Tina Turner, Cher + many more (she/her)
Stacy Campbell has enjoyed 25+ years as a touring musician for A-list artists such as Janet Jackson, Joe Cocker, Tina Turner, Cher and P!nk.
Dr. David Campt
The Dialogue Guy (he/him)
With more than 25 years of professional experience, Dr. David Campt is considered a national expert in the areas of inclusion and equity, cultural competence, and intergroup dialogue.
Consultant and Producer - Pass The Mic Media (she/her)
Maha Chehlaoui works in the arts and entertainment creating bigger and better tables so everyone can find their seat. She is an award-winning creative producer and social change strategist. She has developed and produced films, plays, and events in the arts, environment, and other advocacy spaces. Driven to identify and nourish a Middle Eastern theater community in the USA in the aftermath of 9/11, Maha has 20 years of experience.
Joey Clift is a writer, comedian and enrolled Cowlitz Indian Tribal Member currently writing for the fantasy adventure series Spirit Rangers on Netflix.
Epiphany Institute - Founder (she/her)
With 25 years of experience in media, public relations and strategic communications, Isha Cogborn helps leaders and entrepreneurs build strategic platforms to share their expertise and thought leadership.
Carol Fishman Cohen
iRelaunch - Chair and Co-Founder (she/her)
Carol Fishman Cohen, builder of corporate career re-entry programs and leader of the iRelaunch #returntowork community, is a pioneer in the career re-entry space.
Co-Author - Diversity at College (he/him)
Marc Cohen, a native of Amherst, NY and a former trustee for the State University of New York, serves as Chief of Staff at the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce.
Disability Justice Initiative (she/her)
Rebecca Cokley is the director of the Disability Justice Initiative at American Progress, where her work focuses on disability policy. In 2015, she was inducted into the inaugural class of the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame and was the recipient of the Frank Harkin Memorial Award by the National Council on Independent Living.
Charlene Polite Corley
Nielsen Media - VP, Diverse Insights & Partnerships (she/her)
Charlene Polite Corley is responsible for thought leadership and strategic partnerships that advance the communities Nielsen measures, and demonstrates the imperative of a more inclusive media ecosystem.
The Future Normal - Co-Author + Evangelist At Large, TrendWatching (he/him)
Henry Coutinho-Mason is the author of Trend-Driven Innovation and the upcoming The Future Normal, and an explorer of new ways to answer the biggest question in business: “what will people want next?”
Former Vice Chair, GE + President, NBC Universal (she/her)
By cultivating a habit of seeking out new ideas, people and places, Beth Comstock built a career path from storyteller to chief marketer to Vice Chair at brands such as General Electric and NBC Universal.
Dr. Joy Cox
Author - Fat Girls in Black Bodies (she/her)
Dr. Joy Cox is a social justice advocate using her skill set in research, DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) training, and lived experiences to foster social change for marginalized groups within the context of fatness and the intersectionality of race, class, ability, and "health."
Can I Play That? - Founder and Editor-in-Chief (they/them)
Courtney Craven is a writer, captionist, and accessibility expert in gaming and higher education from Chicago.
Jan Mercer Dahms
The Mayshad Group (she/her)
As the Vice President of the Mayshad Group, an enterprise of brands for women, by women, Jan Mercer Dahms is responsible for launching products and services that champion women and the companies, initiatives and causes that support gender equality in the workplace.
Reform Media Group - President, ColorCreative - Co-Founder , HBO - Producer (she/her)
Deniese Davis co-founded the management company ColorCreative with Issa Rae and is currently a Co-Executive Producer on the HBO comedy series INSECURE and a Producer on HBO's variety series, A Black Lady Sketch Show.
Casting Director - Zora DeHorter Casting (she/her)
Zora is a Nigerian born, British raised, Hollywood independent/freelance film, television and commercial CASTING DIRECTOR. Zora is on the Board of Directors for the prestigious “Casting Society of America” as Co-VP of Communications.
Indigenous CC (she/her)
Turquoise Devereaux works at the intersections of direct support to students, institutional and organizational process consulting, program evaluation, training facilitation on decolonizing approaches to practice and Indigenous Social Justice.
Writer, Academic & Speaker + Author, "Turned On"
Kate Devlin is a British computer scientist specialising in Artificial intelligence and Human–computer interaction (HCI). She is best known for her work on human sexuality and robotics and was co-chair of the annual Love and Sex With Robots convention and founder of the UK's first ever sex tech hackathon.
ThirdPath Institute - Founder and President (she/her)
Jessica Degroot is the Founder and President of ThirdPath Institute, a company that assists individuals, families and organizations in finding new ways to redesign work—creating time for family, community and other life priorities.
Etsy - Global Head of Communications (she/her)
Jessica is currently the global head of communications and engagement marketing at Etsy, an accomplished strategic communicator, amplifying executive, corporate, and brand image in creative, S&P 500 environments and tech cultures and a recognized leader with two decades of media relations, broadcast, digital and print journalism experience covering commerce, hospitality, technology, luxury, finance, and consumer trends.
Translator, Inc. - CEO and Founder (she/her)
Natalie Egan is the CEO and founder of Translator, Inc., a company that empowers corporations, schools, nonprofits, trainers and consultants with cutting edge technology to make better diversity, equity and inclusion decisions and to drive culture change.
Co-Author - Diversity at College (she/her)
Brandy Eggan is a college professor, researcher of diversity and inclusion, and a contributor to the recently released book, Diversity at College.
Esquivel McCarson Consulting - Principal and Co-Founder (she/her)
Kety Esquivel is a senior executive with a wealth of experience and a diverse background in B2B and B2C, coaching executives, and leading digital efforts for top-tier agencies, companies and non-profit organizations.
Laura Evans Manatos
President and CEO of Laura Evans Media (she/her)
Laura Evans is an Emmy award-winning journalist turned successful media relations executive who founded and runs Laura Evans Media, a progressive PR firm focused on elevating the voices and the stories of individual change-makers and social impact organizations.
The 4A's - EVP, Talent Equity & Inclusion (he/him)
Simon has 30 years of global experience crafting and implementing talent and engagement strategies. His focus has been on talent development through learning, designing strategies and driving process improvement. Simon has also been an advocate and leader for diversity & inclusion as well as implementing candidate & employee engagement tools to attract and retain great talent to drive success and growth across numerous businesses, both on the client and agency side.
Co-founder - Utopia & Token Man (he/him)
Daniele Fiandaca is a co-founder of Utopia, a culture change business and Token Man, an initiative to inspire men to create more inclusive and diverse work cultures as well as co-author of Creative Superpowers: Equip yourself for the Age of Creativity.
Rebrand Cities - Founder + CEO (he/him)
Hajj Flemings is the founder of Rebrand Cities, a company that works with community stakeholders, web designers, developers, creatives and local governments all around the world to help small businesses’ build impactful brands.
Society of Black Archaeologists - President Elect, University of California, Riverside - Assistant Professor (she, her)
Ayana Omilade Flewellen Ph.D. is the co-founder of the Society of Black Archaeologists and a Board Member of Diving With A Purpose who is dedicated to centering Black and Brown communities in the unearthing and dissemination of their histories.
Bio to come.
Mom's Hierarchy of Needs (she/her)
Leslie Forde's research helps mothers make space for self-care and employers retain working parents.
CEO - Reboot Representation (she/her)
Dwana Franklin-Davis is a technologist that is passionate about moving the needle forward in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the tech industry. Her expertise and leadership are driving the Reboot mission to double the number of Black, Latina, and Native American women graduating with computing degrees by 2025.
Patchwork Community Inclusion (he/him)
Bio to come.
Chief Storyteller, WIPRO (she/her)
Bianca is a communications professional and equality champion. Bianca has had a long-standing career in financial news, digital communications, creative storytelling and marketing. With an ability to work across cultures, and an interest in accessible technology, Bianca works with corporate leaders, global influencers, and the larger community to find, develop and amplify stories of technology, human impact, culture, equality and leadership.
Theatre Producers of Color/Industry Standard Group (she/her)
Bio to come.
Raft Cares - Founder (she/her)
Indrani Goradia has devoted herself to ending Domestic Violence globally, and created RAFT cares, Resilience for Advocates through Foundational Training, a non-profit that offers Leadership Workshops, to achieve this goal.
Dr. Kishonna L. Gray
University of Illinois at Chicago - Assistant Professor (she/her)
Dr. Kishonna L. Gray is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Gender and Women’s Studies at UIC whose work intersects identity and new media, with a particular focus on gaming.
Frank Gruber is a CEO, entrepreneur, new media journalist, speaker, startup advisor, and investor who co-founded Tech.co and authored Startup Mixology: Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing and Celebrating Startup Success.
Winona Guao is a racial literacy evangelist who co-authored the book Tell Me Who You Are and co-founded Choose, a nonprofit that creates tools to equip Americans with racial literacy.
Bio to come.
Bot-Hive - Head of Customer Success (she/her)
Yas Haghighat is Head of Customer Success at Bot-Hive, an digital marketplace whose mission is to guide businesses who are looking to purchase robotics and automation solutions. Yas would like to break the stigma about 'robots taking over the world' and makes YouTube videos to help inform small businesses on the types of robot solutions available.
Watch Her Work - Founder & CEO (she/her)
Denise Hamilton is the Founder and CEO of WatchHerWork, a digital learning platform for professional women, and a nationally recognized diversity and inclusion leader specializing in ally training.
Founder and CEO, Friends With Holograms (she/her)
Cortney Harding is founder and CEO of VR agency Friends With Holograms. She has created award winning VR training experiences for Accenture, DDI, PWC, Walmart, and Amazon, among others.
Co-Founder - Tiny Giant (she/her)
Kerry Harrison is an AI artist and the co-founder of award-winning agency Tiny Giant – the creators of AI cocktails, the world's first AI gin and Cheltenham Science Festival's AI curator.
Bio to Come.
WPP - Global CIO
Bio to come.
Genentech - VP and Chief Diversity Officer (she/her)
Quita Highsmith is an award-winning visionary responsible for leading and advancing Genentech’s diversity and inclusion strategy, including recruiting, retaining and developing diverse talent, investing in initiatives to support science education and addressing barriers in clinical trial participation via Advancing Inclusive Research.
SoLo Funds - Co-Founder & CEO (he/him)
Travis Holoway is the Co-Founder and CEO of SoLo Funds, a mobile lending exchange that connects lenders and borrowers to provide more affordable access to loans under $1,000 and to disintermediate the predatory payday lending system.
Innovation Hub - Chief
Sabra Horne leads the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Innovation Hub, encouraging innovation ideas across the organization and partnering with external innovators across the US government, private sector and academic to find and leverage common innovation interests
Drag Out the Vote - Founder and Executive Director (she/her)
Jackie Huba is the Founder and Executive Director of Drag Out The Vote, as well as a bestselling author and TEDx speaker.
Author & CEO of TheWMarketplace.com, Founder - Be Bold Now, Author - Breaking Borders (she/her)
Kate Isler is the Co-Founder of TheWMarketplace, an eCommerce platform built to support women-owned businesses, services providers and gender balanced companies. She is a change agent and thought leader who has successfully navigated the complexity of a global company and tested her agility and ability to innovate as an entrepreneur. Kate is also the Founder of Be Bold Now a non-profit corporation focused on acknowledging women’s contributions and celebrating International Women’s Day. Kate’s memoir, Breaking Borders, is scheduled for release by HarperCollins Leadership on March 2nd, 2021.
Sahar Jahani is a television writer who's worked on RAMY, 13 REASONS WHY and is currently working on a Freeform series.
SRC Partners - Co-Founder and Cultural Producer (she/her)
Sandhya Jain-Patel is an internationally known art and culture expert specializing in South and Southeast Asia and the worldwide diaspora. She is widely recognized for her ability to communicate culture with nuance while keeping an eye on profitability.
Vice President, Islamic Marketing - Ogilvy UK (she/her)
Shelina leads the world's first bespoke consultancy for engaging with Muslim audiences as part of Ogilvy, the biggest global advertising and branding network. She's also an award winning author of non-fiction and children's books, and writes as an op-ed columnist and cultural commentator.
Guardian Life - Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (she/her)
Veena Jayadeva is a Corporate Social Responsibility leader, Inclusion & Diversity advocate, and recovering perfectionist who connects employees with their companies and communities.
Six Pixels Group (he/him)
Mitch Joel is Founder of Six Pixels Group - an advisory, investing and content producing company that is focused on brands, commerce, community and what’s next. He has been called a visionary, digital expert and community leader. He is also an entrepreneur, investor, author, trusted advisor, chronic reader and passionate speaker who connects with people worldwide by sharing his insights on business transformation, innovation and marketing.
Moms For Shared Parenting - Founder & Journalist (she/her)
Emma Johnson is a journalist, gender-equality activist, and founder of award-winning WealthySingleMommy.com, the world’s largest platform for single moms. Emma has presented on equally shared parenting at the United Nations, at Google, and recently in testimony before the Georgia Legislature on behalf of her organization, Moms for Shared Parenting.
Senior news editor at Digiday (he/him)
Seb has been covering the media and advertising industries for the last decade for titles including New Media Age, Marketing Week, The Drum and now Digiday.
Founder and CEO of #Adtags (she/her)
Vimbayi Kajese is the Founder of #Adtags, a proudly African based marketplace that helps conscious brands source desperately needed images of people of colour for advertising, from everyday social media users. She was recognized as a "Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum and declared one of Zimbabwe's "Most Influential Under 40"; and was appointed by the Chinese government as a "Special Friendship Envoy and Cultural Ambassador".
Founding Partner - W Fund (she/her)
Allyson Kapin is the Founding Partner at W Fund, a VC firm directly investing in outstanding tech startups led by innovative women and “traditionally” underrepresented founders who are driving the future of tech. She has been named one of the “Most Influential Women in Tech” by Fast Company.
CHIEF - Co-Founder (she/her)
Lindsay Kaplan is co-founder of Chief, the private network of powerful women.
Google - Director and Author (she/her)
Alana Karen is an award-winning tech leader, author, and speaker whose work impacts many of our everyday lives (and also the mother of 3 great kids.)
FutureFIRST - Co-Founder & Executive Director (she/her)
Sheila Kasasa is a third-generation woman-preneur creating pathways to the middle class through tech and entrepreneurship education for underserved communities
Six Things Impossible - Founder and Cultures Editor, shots magazine (she/her)
Amy Kean is a sociologist, futurist and advertising strategist, dedicated to making industry creativity more creative and company cultures more cultural.
Director - Disability Equality Index, Disability:IN (she/her)
Becky Kekula is an international motivational speaker and advocate for inclusion! She also serves as the Disability Equality Index Director at Disability:IN, the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide. Currently, she’s working with corporations to help advance disability inclusion and equality. Becky also happens to be a little person. She proudly identifies as part of the disability community.
Oscar Nominated Filmmaker (he/him)
Sami Khan is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker. His latest film, THE LAST OUT, won a Special Jury Prize at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. He's currently a consulting producer on NBC's TRANSPLANT.
KovaDx - Co-Founder and COO (she/her)
Human rights lawyer turned entrepreneur, Song Kim is passionate about reimagining systems by uplifting stories of individual experiences, from low-wage immigrant workers to people living with sickle cell disease all around the world.
Storyteller and Founder, Brandbuilder Africa (she/her)
Thembe Khumalo is a multiple award-winning storyteller working to help Africans see themselves more clearly through developing brand and communication strategy for increased income and impact.
Model / Actress / Producer (she/her)
Pooja Kumar is an actress, model, producer and Miss India USA winner known for her work in American and Indian films such as Brawl in Cell Block 99 and Bollywood Beats.
Peak Mindful - Co-Founder (he/him)
Ash Kumra is a wellness entrepreneur, national radio host and top ranked performance coach.
Actress ,Singer, Songwriter - Mira Royal Detective (she/her)
Leela is the voice of Mira in Disney Junior’s Mira, Royal Detective. She is an actress, singer, songwriter and high school senior who is passionate about human rights and protecting Mother Earth.
Myra Laldin, the founder of VRperspectives, works at the intersection of VR and behaviour change. Her background is in business with a graduate degree in behavioural science and learning from Harvard University.
Olympic Athlete (she/her)
Olympian, University of Toronto Player Development and Fundraiser Creator, Camp developer. Miah Langois is a creative performer who inspires. Her curiosity about the world has led her to travel around it and to take on challenges that creates growth for the community and herself.
Indigenous CC (she/her)
Melody Lewis is a social entrepreneur dedicated to serving Indigenous Communities and Individuals within the systems of workforce development, education and economic development utilizing collaborative approaches rooted in Indigenous Identity, Public/Private Funding and Strategic Planning Strategies.
Communications Executive (he/him)
Brendan Lewis is communications executive with more than 20 years experience representing some of the world's best known brands.
Capital One (he/him)
Rolddy Leyva partners with Capital One’s HR and business leaders to improve and implement innovative practices and solutions to further diversity and inclusion strategies in the workplace, marketplace and communities.
Bio to Come.
CEO/Founder Hearing Access & Innovations (she/her)
Janice S. Lintz is an accomplished consultant/advocate across the hearing access, advocacy and related political spectrum. She is the CEO of Hearing Access & Innovations, which is the only company dedicated to helping the world’s businesses, cultural and entertainment institutions, government agencies, and mass transit organizations improve their accessibility for people with hearing loss. She is also a travel/consumer education writer. She has traveled to 194 countries, territories and unrecognized nations."
Glad Day Bookshop - Bookstore Manager (he/him)
MJ Lyons is a writer, game maker and bookseller who manages the bookstore side of Glad Day, the world's oldest LGBTQ bookstore, and lives in Toronto with his goblin of a cat.
Carta - Head of Inclusion, Equity and Impact (she/her)
Mita Mallick is a passionate storyteller and inclusion champion who is currently failing at remote schooling.
Christopher E. Manuel
Associate Dean of Research - Technology Development
Director - Central Coast Tech Bridge (he/him)
Christopher E. Manuel is the Associate Dean of Research for Technology Development at the Naval Postgraduate School and the Director of NavalX’s California Central Coast Tech Bridge and a retired Special Forces Chief Warrant Officer 4 with 33 years of service. Prior to joining NPS, Chris initiated and participated in two start-up companies. He also worked for Sierra Nevada Corporation as a Corporate Vice President for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Networks (C4N).
Debbie Nez Manuel
AZ Democratic National Committee - Politician (she/her)
Debbie Nez Manuel is a Tséníjíkiní politician whose passion is to serve and give back to her community.
Senior Art Director, Getty Images (she/her)
As Senior Director of Art for Getty Images Claudia Marks oversees all artistic and creative endeavors for the company, collaborating across functionalities while motivating team members all while producing visually stunning content that speaks to Getty Images mission. Claudia also heads all efforts on Getty Images’ Creative Grants programs, working to inspire, engage and support the next generation of creatives.
Co-Author - Diversity at College (she/her)
Influenced by her Harlem surroundings and Dominican culture, Chrisel teaches us the necessary elements of truth and compassion to create an equitable society.
Wiser After 50 - Author, Advocate and Entrepreneur (she/her)
Wendy Mayhew is an author, speaker and entrepreneur, with more than 40 years’ experience successfully launching and managing businesses
World Bank - Global Disability Advisor (she/her)
Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo is a global thought leader on disability rights and inclusion, working to ensure The World Bank’s policies, programs and projects are inclusive of persons with disabilities.
DIAL Global - CEO and Founder (she/her)
Leila McKenzie is founder and CEO of DIAL Global (Diverse, Inclusive, Aspirational Leaders), a passionate business owner and entrepreneur, born in Hong Kong and adopted/brought up with her younger brother by British parents with origins from England, Scotland, and Wales.
Co-founder and Head of Talent - The Elephant Room (she/her)
Shannie is an award winning young exec within advertising. Her role within her agency allows her to adapt her skills of fostering grassroot talent and helping clients adapt to new methods of engaging talent.
Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth - Executive Director (he/him)
Parag Mehta is the SVP of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and a former member of the U.S. Government’s Senior Executive Service with leadership experience in philanthropic, public service, political and nonprofit work.
Inkluded - Executive Director (he/him)
Michael Mejias is the founding executive director of Inkluded, a non-profit committed to recruiting, training, placing, and retaining BIPoC into the book business.
Filmmaker - Director Ms. Marvel (she/her)
Meera Menon is a Jersey born, LA based filmmaker whose directing credits include the feature films EQUITY (Sundance Film Festival) and FARAH GOES BANG (Nora Ephron Prize winner, Tribeca Film Festival) and television shows such as GLOW, HALT AND CATCH FIRE, THE MAGICIANS, OUTLANDER, THE TERROR, MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, THE WALKING DEAD, and SNOWFALL.
Disability Consultant (he/him)
Simon runs a disability consultancy that works with major corporate organizations in the UK and internationally to assist them deliver strategic and innovative programs that improve the recruitment, retention, and promotion of disabled staff and deliver better services to disabled customers.
The Barber Shop (he/him)
Dino Myers-Lamptey is the Founder of The Barber Shop, and Diverse Speakers. He was a founding member of Media For All (MeFA) also sits as Co-Chair of The Alliance of Independent Agencies and is a member of the Snapchat Creative Council.
Intercultural Group - Founder (he/him)
Paolo Nagari helps organizations effectively understand, connect and work with the cultures of their multicultural workforce, and the cultures of the international markets they do business with.
Founding Managing Partner - MaC Venture Capital (he/him)
Marlon Nichols is a founding managing partner at MaC Venture Capital (formerly known as Cross Culture Ventures), which finds the entrepreneurs who are building the future for the rest of America. He’s a former Kauffman Fellow and Investment Director at Intel Capital, with an extensive background in technology, private equity, media and entertainment.
Bio to come.
MPAC's Hollywood Bureau - Director (she/her)
Sue Obeidi is the Director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council's Hollywood Bureau.
Actor / Author / Activist (he/him)
Maulik Pancholy is an award-winning actor (from hit TV shows including 30Rock, animated series including Phineas and Ferb & the Broadway stage), the author of the Stonewall Honor-winning book The Best at It, and the co-founder of the anti-bullying campaign ActToChange.org.
Rohi Mirza Pandya
SRC Partners - Cultural Producer (she/her)
Rohi (pronounced ROO-hee MEER-za PAN-dee-ya) is an award-winning Creative Producer in film, televison and theater who strongly believes that representation and empowerment matters—in all aspects of production.
Lydia Dean Pilcher
Cine Mosaic - President, Film Producer and Director (she/her)
Lydia Dean Pilcher is a two-time Emmy Award winning independent film and television producer and director, and the founder of Cine Mosaic, a leading production company with a wide range of business partners in the US, Europe, India, Turkey, Africa and the Middle East.
Leonor Ayala Polley
NBC News (she/her)
Bio coming soon.
Bio to come.
Executive Director, Decatur Book Festival
Joy Pope is the Executive Director of the popular Decatur Book Festival, one of the largest independent book festivals in America. She holds a dual-genre MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Co-Author - Diversity at College (he/him)
Beny Poy is a community organizer, diversity and inclusion advocate, and a contributor to the recently released book, Diversity at College.
Dr. Ludmila Praslova
Vanguard University of Southern California - Director of Research (she/her)
Dr. Ludmila Praslova is a professor of psychology whose passion is bridging academic science and organizational practice, with expertise in organizational effectiveness, organizational culture assessment and change, and facilitating creativity and innovation.
TriBraining, Inc. - Partner/Marilyn Price Puppets, Inc. - President (she/her)
Marilyn Price, award winning puppeteer/storyteller, educator and author travels the country helping others learn through the art of stories and visuals and how we all matter. A specialist in creativity training and responsible education and now a 'virtual' presence around the world.
Bio coming soon.
nFormation - Co-Founder and Author (she/her)
Deepa Purushothaman is the Co-Founder of nFormation, a membership-based community for professional women of color, and the first Indian-American woman to make Partner at Deloitte.
Y. Shireen Razack
Co-Executive Producer, New Amsterdam (she/her)
Y. Shireen Razack is the co-executive producer for NBC’s New Amsterdam and the co-founder and co-chair of the Think Tank for Inclusion & Equity, an association for TV writers dedicated to improving working conditions for TV writers and to increasing inclusion.
A Million Ads (she/her)
Scarlett Richards is an HR leader in advertising and an advocate for inclusivity, currently spearheading an awareness and education drive at her company to build inclusion and diversity from the ground up.
Cowen - Head of Diversity & Inclusion (she/her)
Bio coming soon.
The Sway Effect - Founder and President (she/her)
Jennifer Risi is the Founder and President of The Sway Effect, a network of independent marketing and communications agencies focused on driving brand reputation and integrating diversity, equity and inclusion into all aspects of business today.
WUSA9 (CBS) - Retired Anchor & Reporter (she/her)
.Andrea Roane is a multi award winning television broadcast journalist, known for News anchoring and Medical reporting at WUSA9, the CBS affiliate in Washington, DC.
Founder of The Body Agency, The Ikigai Co and Maverick Collective (she/her)
Kate Roberts is a global champion for women's leadership through business, philanthropy, sexual health and art. Together with PSI, Melinda Gates and HRH The Crown princess of Norway, Roberts founded Maverick Collective, a $100M ground breaking philanthropic initiative led by women for women, innovating and scaling women focused public health solutions across 60 developing countries.
Soy Super Papá - Founder (he/him)
Sergio Rosario is the founder of Soy Super Papa, a community with the mission of empowering fathers that focus on highlighting their roles in society and within the family, “Drumming with Vets”, and drumming workshops for dads and kids.
Disability Leadership Institute - CEO (she/her)
Christina Ryan has been an active leader in the disability community for over 20 years, working at an international, national and local level to change the diversity agenda, while mentoring and supporting numerous disabled people to their own leadership success.
SXSW - Head of Programming Advancement (she/her)
As Head of Programming Advancement, Monica Sack oversees the general timeline and logistics for the SXSW Conference. In addition, she manages the Government & Politics, and Health & MedTech tracks of programming.
The Fem Word + Ms. Media - Founder (she/her)
Monika Samtani is the president of Ms. Media and co-founder of The Fem Word, a global network broadcasting transformative conversations and real stories of bold womxn in creative spaces. She is a TEDx speaker, impact producer, and media coach. Monika is a producer of “Power of Priya”, India's first female superhero named a gender equality champion by UN Women.
But Why Tho - Founder and Podcast Host (she/her)
Scholar by day and podcast host by night, Kate Sanchez has made an academic career of proving pop culture matters and tackling harder issues like race, gender, sexuality and identity.
And She Could Be Next - Producer (she/her)
Jyoti Sarda is the former global entertainment marketing exec, activist, producer of documentary series And She Could Be Next (2020).
Purple Goat Agency (he/him)
As a regular guy who happens to use a wheelchair (due to Spinal Muscular Atrophy – SMA); Martyn Sibley experienced both societal exclusion and a feeling of inferiority. Through personal development and social entrepreneurship, he achieved many of his personal and professional goals. Now he's empowering others. He is a World Changing Blogger, Author, Coach, Speaker & Podcaster. Captain of Inclusion at DHorizons. Government, Business & Charity Adviser. Adventurer. Smiler!
K'e Main Street Learning Lab - Co-Founder (she/her)
Pamela Slim is an award-winning author, speaker, small business strategist and co-founder of The Main Street Learning Lab, a community-based leadership development lab that supports and strengthens the work of diverse entrepreneurs.
AFWERX - CTO (she/her)
Lt Col Jennifer “JJ” Snow is the AFWERX Chief Technology and Innovation Officer She serves as the military representative for technology outreach and engagement bridging the gap between government and various technology communities to improve collaboration and communications, foster a culture of innovation, identify smart solutions to wicked problems and guide the development of future technologies to benefit the US Air Force, Department of Defense, Interagency and Allied partners.
Hawkeye - President and Chief Client Officer (he/him)
As the President and Chief Client Officer of Hawkeye, the largest pure-play CRM agency in North America, Ian Sohn is passionate about selling innovative ideas and solutions and scouting and developing talent.
Niantic - Director of Social Impact (she/her)
Yennie Solheim leads Social Impact at Niantic, a company working to encourage people to explore the world together through Augmented Reality technology.
Digimentors - Co-Founder & CEO (he/him)
Sree Sreenivasan is cofounder of Digimentors, a digital and virtual-events consultancy and Marshall Loeb visiting professor of Digital Innovation at Stony Brook University.
Dr. James Stellar
Co-Author - Diversity at College (he/him)
Dr. James Stellar is a behavioral neuroscience professor, former senior administrator and an experiential education author, including the recently released book, Diversity at College.
President & Chief Connecting Officer (she/her)
Tracy Stuckrath, dietary needs expert, food safety trainer, certified special events professional, and founder of thrive! meetings & events, works with organizations worldwide to create safe, sustainable, and inclusive F&B events that deliver experiences where everyone feels valued.
Writer and Poet - Ramy (he/him)
Amir Sulaiman is a poet, recording artist, Harvard Fellow, actor, screenwriter and producer born in Rochester, New York. His poems cross subjects of love, tragedy as well as what it means to reconcile humanity with the unprecedented trials of modernity
XIX Entertainment - Now United - Vice President of Artist Management (she/her)
Global career in fashion and entertainment, always curious to find innovation and deeply passionate to support good people in pursuit of their dreams.
Author - A Kid's Book About ... Systemic Racism (he/him)
Jordan Thierry is the author of A KIDS BOOK ABOUT SYSTEMIC RACISM and Creative Director of Dream Chase Media LLC, a multimedia production company that uses culture, creativity and community as inspirations for compelling storytelling.
DICE, Director of Diversity, Equality & Inclusion - European Coworking Assembly (she/her)
Tash is a presenter and speaker as well as being the co-founder of ‘Breaking the Distance’ (@_breakingthedistance) an LGBTQ+ visibility blog. She is passionate about highlighting the intersections within DE&I, as well as creating more positive LGBTQ+ visibility.
Apsara Projects - Founder and Principal (she/her)
Juhu Thukral is a human rights lawyer and founder of numerous social impact ventures focused on the rights of women, LGBTQ people, and Black/Brown/immigrant communities.
Delaware Law School - Associate Professor of Law (she/her)
India Thusi is an Associate Professor of Law at Delaware Law School, where she examines racial and sexual hierarchies as they relate policing, race, and gender.
Chief Program Manager - SAP Product Engineering
SAP Autism at Work Ambassador (he/him)
Jose Velasco is a Software Industry Veteran with experience in companies ranging from Fortune 100 to start-ups and in functions spanning consulting, engineering, product management and marketing as well as diversity and inclusion.
Producer and Collective Member of the podcast, “The Collective Perspective" (she/her)
AnaSofía Villanueva is a theater producer, director, writer, and activist.
Priya Vulchi is a racial literacy evangelist who co-authored the book Tell Me Who You Are and co-founded Choose, a nonprofit that creates tools to equip Americans with racial literacy.
Political and Business Talk Show Host (she/her)
Angela Ward, host of The Game Changers with Angela Ward also known as the business whisperer interviews top political and business leaders across the nation. She focus on issues first and politics second. Angela has interviewed Matthew Knowles, father of Beyonce, Dr. Ben Carson, Rev. Jesse Jackson and countless others.
Comedian, Activist, and Educator (they/them)
Elsa Eli Waithe's comedy is a mix of critical but lighthearted jabs at race and sexuality but mostly they like to talk about themselves and weed.
Chloe' Skye Weisser
Co-Author, Diversity at College (she/her)
Chloe' Skye is a sustainability writer, avid traveler, and informal anthropologist passionate about the intersection between culture and language.
Brenda Darden Wilkerson
President & CEO of Anitab.org
Brenda Darden Wilkerson is an advocate for access, opportunity, and social justice for underrepresented communities in technology. Her guiding mission is to build an ecosystem of inclusive technology for all. She currently serves as the President and CEO of AnitaB.org, an organization that connects, inspires, and strives for greater equality for women technologists in business, academia, and government.
Co-Founder, Mathison (he/him)
Arthur Woods is a social entrepreneur working at the intersection of diversity and inclusion and technology; he is the Co-Founder of Mathison, a 3 times TEDx speaker and named to Forbes 30 Under 30; he's the co-author of Hiring for Diversity.
CEO & Founder, Diversability (she/her)
Tiffany Yu is a social entrepreneur, 2x TEDx speaker, and disability advocate. She serves in a mayoral-appointed role on the San Francisco Mayor’s Disability Council.
Gender Fair (she/her)
Former Wall Street executive turned entrepreneur, Johanna (José) Zeilstra runs Gender Fair, a consumer-facing rating platform that measures a company's progress towards gender equality and diversity