' July Virtual Conference - From Day One
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The New Push for Workplace Equity

July 22, 2020


Valerie Love

Coca-Cola Company

Ruchi Jalla

BAE Systems

Marquis Miller

City of Chicago

Crystal Andrews Banks

Ulta Beauty

Olga Yakimakho

Special Olympics International

Stefanie Johnson

UC-Boulder's Leeds School of Business

Tsedale M. Melaku

City University of New York

Adam Weber


Matt Orozco


James Lopata


Jenic Mantashian

BVA Nudge Unit

Janine Yancey


Cynthia A. Hedricks


Heather Tinsley-Fix


Lydia Dishman

Fast Company

PaShon Mann


Kristen Bellstrom


Al Cave


Emily Nordquist

Loyola University Chicago

Dion Bullock




01:00 PM - 01:05 PM

Opening Remarks: Steve Koepp, Co-Founder, From Day One

01:05 PM - 01:35 PM

Opening Fireside Chat: Helping diverse teams feel engaged, empowered, accepted, and valued

Having a true range of different voices is good for the bottom line–it allows for the development of the best, most innovative, and creative solutions that are essential to success.

Speaker: Stefanie Johnson, associate professor, University of Colorado Boulder's Leeds School of Business and bestselling author of the new book Inclusify: The Power of Uniqueness and Belonging to Build Innovative Teams.

Interviewer: Lydia Dishman, Reporter, Fast Company

01:35 PM - 01:40 PM

Session Intro: Steve Koepp, Co-Founder, From Day One

01:40 PM - 02:20 PM

Panel: New, Active Steps for Making Workplaces More Equitable

Corporations have promised to do their part in response to widespread protest over systemic racism and economic inequality. But how can leaders make sure changes in sentiment are backed up with real advancements in diversity, inclusion, career growth, pay equity and engagement? Our experts explored how employers can listen better to what workers have to say, what they need, and what gives them a sense of belonging.


Ruchi Jalla, Chief D&I Officer, BAE Systems

Valerie Love, SVP, HR, Coca-Cola of North America

Olga Yakimakho, Director of Leadership and Organizational Development, Special Olympics International

Matt Orozco, Organizational Change Consultant, Peakon

Dion Bullock, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Strategy Lead, Bravely


Lydia Dishman, Reporter, Fast Company

02:20 PM - 02:25 PM

Session Intro: Steve Koepp, Co-Founder, From Day One

02:25 PM - 02:45 PM

Thought Leadership Spotlight: How a Culture of Coaching Creates Equity and Belonging

The feeling of being an "other" at the office, especially for those who may come from a marginalized group, reduces an employee's engagement, impedes their sense of belonging, and leads to inequities in the workplace. Creating a culture of coaching in your organization fosters an environment that allows all employees to thrive, to feel a sense of belonging, and to reach their maximum potential. In this session, James Lopata discussed the power of a culture of coaching and how it promotes equity in the workplace.

James Lopata, VP of Coaching Supervision, AceUp

02:45 PM - 02:50 PM

Session Intro: Steve Koepp, Co-Founder, From Day One

02:50 PM - 03:35 PM

Workshop: Using a Shared Language and Framework for Difficult Conversations

Society has changed in the past three years, which has also changed the future of work—staying silent on issues like Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, and LGBTQ are not an option. And yet, these issues are nuanced and require skill to unpack and discuss in a productive way. One person's harassment or racism may not even register with another person, and there are no simple "rules" to follow. To bridge the divide, organizations need a shared language and framework to have respectful, productive conversations and change behavior.

This workshop introduced a shared language and a framework to help your employees productively think about these issues and engage in active conversations that change behavior and improve your workplace culture.

Janine Yancey, Founder & CEO, Emtrain

02:50 PM - 03:35 PM

Workshop: Lead Like a Human: Fostering Engagement Through Diversity & Inclusion

Inclusive leadership will be a required competency moving forward for managers and executives. Outside of being the right thing to do, creating safe and open environments for your people can also help increase your bottom line. Thought leaders Adam Weber, Gabby Van Alstine, and Kham Msiska shared their perspectives, tactics, and initiatives to increase diversity and inclusion in your organization’s strategy.

Adam Weber, CPO and Co-Founder, Emplify

02:50 PM - 03:35 PM

Workshop: Nudge in the Workplace: From Intention to Action

Inspired by the Behavioral Science principles described in our latest book, Nudge Management, the BVA Nudge Unit brings you a presentation aimed at those seeking to achieve greater success rates in organizational transformation. Jenic Mantashian showed how simple behavioral “nudges” can optimize any transformation initiatives aimed at improving corporate culture and helping people achieve collective goals.

Jenic Mantashian,Executive VP, USA, BVA Nudge Unit

03:35 PM - 03:40 PM

Session Intro: Steve Koepp, Co-Founder, From Day One

03:40 PM - 04:20 PM

Panel: Diverse From the Start: How a Holistic Recruiting Strategy Gets the Job Done

Organizations have ambitious diversity goals, but getting there requires a well-rounded and intentional approach. It starts with asking questions of ourselves as leaders: How are we removing bias from the process? Are we using data in a sophisticated way? Are our recruiters as diverse as the candidates we want to attract? Are we following and communicating our corporate values as we recruit, screen, interview and bring our new employees on board?


Marquis Miller, Chief Diversity Officer, City of Chicago

PaShon Mann, VP Talent Acquisition, Comcast

Crystal Andrews Banks, Diversity and Inclusion Director, Ulta Beauty

Dr. Cynthia A. Hedricks, Chief Analytics Officer, SkillSurvey

Al Cave, National Practice Leader, Apprenti


Emily Nordquist, Senior Program Manager, Baumhart Center, Loyola University Chicago

04:20 PM - 04:25 PM

Session Intro: Steve Koepp, Co-Founder, From Day One

04:25 PM - 04:45 PM

Thought Leadership Spotlight: The Impact of Longevity on How We View Talent

The U.S. labor force is generationally diverse, and getting older, yet outdated beliefs about aging and assumptions based on ageist stereotypes often persist in ways that shape organizational culture and practices. Employers can no longer afford to overlook vast swaths of the working population, based on erroneous notions about what people are capable of at what ages. Building an age-inclusive culture prepares organizations for the future of work and helps boost efforts to put human capital at the center of your strategic advantage.

Heather Tinsley-Fix, Senior Advisor, Financial Resilience, AARP

04:45 PM - 04:50 PM

Session Intro: Steve Koepp, Co-Founder, From Day One

04:50 PM - 05:20 PM

Closing Fireside Chat: The intersection of race, gender, and class in the workplace

How white racial framing and systemic gendered racism play a critical role in the experiences of women of color within organizations, affecting advancement and imposing the burden of "invisible labor."

Speaker: Tsedale M. Melaku, a sociologist and postdoctoral research fellow with the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas & the Caribbean at The Graduate Center (CUNY), and bestselling author of You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer: Black Women and Systemic Gendered Racism

Interviewer: Kristen Bellstrom, Features Editor, Fortune

05:20 PM - 05:25 PM

Closing Remarks: Steve Koepp, Co-Founder, From Day One