Anna is CEO and Founder of Ceresa. Anna launched Ceresa in 2018, with the mission to build diverse leadership for the future, by democratizing access to truly transformative career and leadership resources. She dedicates her time to shaping the company’s vision and strategy, driving consistent high-quality programming, building a world-class team and culture, and shaping a sustainable social impact business model.
Prior to launching Ceresa, Anna was a Partner at McKinsey & Company, where she led strategy and transformation work for US and global health systems, as well as leading several women’s initiatives. She also served as COO at an early-stage tech company. She holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, MPhil, and BA from the University of Oxford in England. Anna currently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and three daughters.
With 25 years of experience in Diversity & Inclusion and Human Resources, Jodi Davidson possesses a vast knowledge and understanding of the critical function inclusion and diversity play in today’s increasingly competitive business environment. Jodi consults with business and human resources leaders and managers to provide insights, resources and actions that foster a more diverse and inclusive culture. She partners with stakeholders to co-create globally relevant talent, pipeline and engagement strategies including work/life flexibility, cultural agility and leadership development frameworks. Jodi’s personal mission is to help people realize their potential and thrive. She is a known thought leader in mentoring and flexibility practices, holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development and is a certified leadership coach.
As the university’s first chief diversity officer, Henderson helps lead the realization of Emory’s vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion by working with campus leaders and representatives to define community goals, establish guiding principles, and create a strategy for moving forward and communicating progress. Henderson partners with Emory’s leadership, students, faculty, and staff to reimagine and strengthen comprehensive diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at the university and to create mechanisms for communicating the institution’s commitment to these principles and practices. She also serves as the public voice on these issues, helping to shape the discussion in the Atlanta metro area, nationally, and internationally.
Henderson joined the University of Delaware faculty in 1995 and served as the university’s vice provost for diversity beginning in 2014. In that role, she oversaw and promoted diversity efforts across the university and provided strategic leadership in advancing diversity as an institutional value and an academic priority in all facets of the academic community.
A widely recognized scholar and specialist in African American literature, Henderson also was professor of English and Africana studies at the University of Delaware, and served as interim chair and chair of the Department of Black American Studies from 2010 to 2014.
Her authored and edited volumes include Imagining the Black Female Body: Reconciling Image in Print and Visual Culture (2010), America and the Black Body: Identity Politics in Print and Visual Culture (2009), James Baldwin’s Go Tell It on the Mountain: Historical and Critical Essays (2006), and Scarring the Black Body: Race and Representation in African American Literature (2002).
Henderson holds a BA from the University of California–Los Angeles, an MA from California State University of Dominguez Hills, and she received her PhD from the University of California–Riverside.
Lori George Billingsley
The Coca-Cola Company
Lori George Billingsley
The Coca-Cola Company
Lori George Billingsley is the Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for The Coca-Cola Company. In this role, she leads the company’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence, all directed to enabling a more engaged global workforce, mirror the markets we serve, and supporting a more inclusive culture to best position the employees of the company to drive growth.
She has been with the company for 17 years, having spent most of them in a variety of roles with increasing responsibility within Public Affairs. Most recently, she was the vice president of Community and Stakeholder Relations for Coca-Cola North America. Lori has over 30 years of public affairs, communications, community and stakeholder relations, and diversity and inclusion experience in developing and implementing breakthrough strategic initiatives that meet organizational goals, target audience needs and produce results. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, she had her own public relations consultancy, LG Communications; was a vice president at Porter/Novelli, a leading public relations firm; and a senior public affairs specialist for the District of Columbia Government.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (Vice Chair), Leadership Atlanta, ColorComm, Arete-Executive Women of Influence and the NAACP Foundation. She formerly served on the Boards of Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, United Way of Greater Atlanta and Atlanta Mission. She is a member of the Howard University School of Communications Board of Visitors and the former Co-Chair of American University’s Women’s Network.
Lori is a featured speaker globally and has received numerous national awards, including the 2019 Alumni Award for Distinguished Postgraduate Achievement from Howard University, PUSH for Excellence, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Corporate Award, Inaugural Bravo! Award for Diversity and Inclusion from the Hispanic Public Relations Association, ColorComm Circle Award, Chairman’s Circle Leadership Award from the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Inc., PRSA Order of the Phoenix Award, My Black Is Beautiful Rooted In Faith Award, and is a Georgia PRSA Hall of Fame Inductee.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in public relations at Howard University and her Master of Arts in public communications at American University. Lori is an ordained minister.
Chad Nico Hiu
YMCA of the USA
Chad Nico Hiu
YMCA of the USA
Chad Nico Hiu [@chadnico] is a Hawaii-born New Yorker and student of the world having served with the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) Diversity, Inclusion & Global (DIG) team since 2011 and is Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion. With an amazing, experienced and respected team, Chad helps to build local, state-wide, national and global capacity to engage diverse, vulnerable, underserved and marginalized communities, co-leads Y-USA’s DIG strategy and network, and leads integration of diversity, equity and inclusion policies, practices and programs towards community bridge building and social cohesion for all in the 10,000 communities the Y serves across the U.S.
Previously, Chad served as Director of International Operations & Youth Exchanges for the YMCA of Greater New York, where he was part of an era of dynamic growth in cultural exchanges, collaborations, and global education/inclusion programming. A strategic, effective and passionate NGO professional for twenty years, Chad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services Administration & Youth Development and a Master’s degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College in Massachusetts and a Global Studies Certificate from the University of Pittsburgh.
Chad serves on the Board of Directors for Howard Brown, one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ health care networks, the Board of Trustees for the Tyler Clementi Foundation, dedicated to ending bullying in all forms, the Chicago Fair Trade Board of Directors supporting workers rights and global social responsibility, has traveled to 40 countries on almost every continent of the world, participated in the globally recognized Semester at Sea study abroad program, volunteered with the CASA YMCA youth shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, represented Y-USA in global settings and the World YMCA at the United Nations, keynoted at numerous national events. He is known as an effective, inclusive and compassionate facilitator of ‘brave space’ conversations on topics of racial equity, LGBTQ+ inclusion, community-police relations and inclusive faith among others, lived in Hong Kong for two years, provided policy and voter engagement support to political campaigns, and served as Youth Director with the YMCA of Honolulu. Chad can be reached at email@example.com and lives in Chicago, Illinois with his husband of ten years.
Lydia Dishman is a business journalist who writes about the intersection of tech, leadership, commerce, and innovation. She is a regular contributor to Fast Company and has written for CBS Moneywatch, Fortune, The Guardian, Popular Science, and the New York Times, among others. She is coauthor of the book Survive to Thrive. Over the course of her career, she’s interviewed a variety of well-known executives including Diane Von Furstenberg, Gregg Steinhafel, former CEO of Target, Mickey Drexler, former CEO of J.Crew, Christopher Bailey of Burberry, Mary Barra of General Motors, Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Records, Alexis Ohanian of Reddit, Tony Hsieh of Zappos, and other luminaries such as Adrian Grenier, Romany Malco, and Tom Brokaw.