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Diversity's Many Roles: How Mentors, Sponsors and Allies Each Play a Part in Inclusion

Wed., July 21, 2021


Diversity's Many Roles: How Mentors, Sponsors and Allies Each Play a Part in Inclusion

Everyone has a part to play in creating more diversity, equity and inclusion. What are the best ways for employers to define those roles and support them? How can managers act as matchmakers to cast productive partners in these roles? What does it mean to be an ally–and even an accomplice in helping to challenge the status quo? How can employees be encouraged to make the effort and take the risks involved in helping others advance their careers?


From Day One is a Recertification Provider for SHRM and HRCI. This session is eligible for 3 credits from both organizations. The Activity IDs will be sent to attendees after the conclusion of the session.


Michael Lopez

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Ellen McGirt


Nichelle Grant


Janine Yancey


Odessa Jenkins


Sam Levine


Neela Pal

Goldman Sachs

Lauren Wadsworth

Harvard Medical School

Stephanie Pinder-Amaker

Harvard Medical School

Tonya Hempstead

American Express Global Business Travel

Willie Jackson


Jeffery Walker


Dion Bullock


Emily Nordquist

Loyola University Chicago

Karen Rodriguez La Paz


Sage Krombolz


Curtis Brooks

DXC Technology

Vince Guglielmetti

Intel Corporation

Lydia Dishman

Fast Company

Sandra Borders

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Elizabeth Stock

PDXWIT (Portland Women in Tech)



12:00 PM - 12:15 PM


12:15 PM - 12:25 PM

Opening Remarks – Nick Baily, co-founder, From Day One & Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One

12:25 PM - 12:55 PM

Opening Fireside Chat: The Evolution of Mentoring and Allyship–and Its Relevance Now

A DEI leader tells of his journey to the role, the philosophy of fostering career development, and its application in a major technology employer


Michael Lopez, chief diversity officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise


Ellen McGirt, senior editor, Fortune

12:55 PM - 01:00 PM

Main Stage Intro - Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One

01:00 PM - 01:20 PM

Thought Leadership Spotlight: Leaders as Allies: Taking Action for Inclusion

Do your leaders step up and show up as allies in the workplace? While exclusion is common, with strong leadership, it doesn’t have to be. Leaders are in a unique and powerful position to make substantial advancements for diversity, equity, and inclusion within their organization. Leaders serve as allies by being in an active state of partnership. Specifically, allyship is the act of using one’s power, position, or privilege to uplift others, especially others within historically excluded groups. Join this session and explore what strong allyship looks like (and what it doesn’t!) and the 4 types of workplace allies for leaders today. Discover different approaches and practical examples to support you and your leaders on the journey to allyship.

Sage Krombolz, diversity, equity, and inclusion product manager, DDI

01:20 PM - 01:25 PM

Main Stage Intro - Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One

01:25 PM - 02:05 PM

Panel: Mentorship and Sponsorship–Their Key Strengths and How to Promote Them

Traditional mentorship can be beneficial in handing down skills, wisdom, and corporate culture. Sponsorship, in which leaders bring their organizational power into play, can be even more effective, especially in the realm of diversity. How can corporate leaders decide which role is appropriate in a given situation? What can employers do to inspire and motivate their managers to serve in these roles?


Sandra Borders, chief diversity officer, office of diversity and equal opportunity, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Jeffery Walker, SVP, chief administrative and diversity officer, SoCalGas

Vincent Guglielmetti, VP, corporation operations & general manager corporate services Americas manufacturing operations, Intel

Tonya Hempstead, VP of diversity, equity and inclusion, American Express Global Business Travel

Karen Rodriguez La Paz, head of diversity & inclusion, Purple


Lydia Dishman, staff editor, Fast Company

02:05 PM - 02:10 PM

Main Stage Intro - Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One

02:10 PM - 02:30 PM

Fireside Chat: Creating a Culture of Belonging in Your Organization

Lots of companies achieve diversity, but fail at sustaining it. How can they follow through, even when they mess up? A conversation with the co-authors of a new book, Did That Just Happen?!: Beyond “Diversity”–Creating Sustainable and Inclusive Organizations


Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, clinical psychologist; chief diversity, equity & inclusion officer, McLean Hospital; assistant professor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Lauren Wadsworth, clinical psychologist; founder and director, Genesee Valley Psychology; senior advisor, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School


Lydia Dishman, staff editor, Fast Company

02:30 PM - 02:35 PM

Workshop Intro - Kaylan Clemons, head of talent engagement, From Day One

02:35 PM - 03:20 PM

Workshop: Integrating DEI into the Employee Experience

Inclusion is both a skill and competency that can be intentionally developed. If leaders and managers develop an inclusion competency, they can lead and manage inclusively. Allyship, leading with curiosity, systematic decision making, and valuing differences are some of the key behaviors of inclusion and these behaviors can be developed and measured year over year. Join us as we outline how to integrate inclusion into the employee experience and measure inclusion YOY in an Inclusion Scorecard.

Janine Yancey, founder and CEO, Emtrain

Odessa Jenkins, president, Emtrain

02:35 PM - 03:20 PM

Workshop: Navigating Microaggressions as an Ally at Work

We’ll explore common microaggressions in the workplace and provide you with the tools to address them and become a better ally when they occur. We’ll also discuss how we can learn to check our default assumptions at the door and adopt a more generous interpretation of people’s intentions while also having courageous conversations about impact.

Sam Levine, director of learning experience, Hone

03:20 PM - 03:25 PM

Main Stage Intro - Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One

03:25 PM - 04:05 PM

Panel: How Employee Coaching Has Evolved to Boost Inclusion and Impact

One-on-one coaching used to be reserved for top executives, but employers now realize that it serves a vital role at many levels. As coaching becomes more democratic, how can it become part of a company's overall learning-and-development culture? In what ways does that improve a company's employee-value proposition? And in the hybrid workplace evolving now, what is the role of digital-coaching platforms and peer-to-peer coaching in promoting employee engagement?


Nichelle Grant, head of diversity, equity & inclusion, Siemens USA

Curtis Brooks, Principal, Talent, Culture and Employee Experience, Human Resources, DXC Technology

Neela Pal, head of external engagement strategy, diversity & inclusion, Goldman Sachs

Dion Bullock, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) strategy lead, Bravely


Emily Nordquist, senior program manager - Baumhart Center, Loyola University Chicago

04:05 PM - 04:10 PM

Main Stage Intro - Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One

04:10 PM - 04:40 PM

Closing Fireside Chat: Can Allyship Be Taught? What Lessons Get Through–and What Doesn't

A master teacher of inclusion speaks from experience in his journey to bring change to Corporate America


Willie Jackson, head of learning & development, ReadySet


Elizabeth Stock, executive director, PDXWIT (PDX Women in Tech)

04:40 PM - 04:45 PM

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

04:45 PM - 05:05 PM

Expo/Happy Hour