THE 2017 Program IS BEING DEVELOPED, BELOW IS A SAMPLE OF PREVIOUS KEYNOTES.  YOU MAY EXPECT EQUAL LEVEL OF KEYNOTE SPEAKERS FOR THE WASHINGTON DC THOUGHT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM  

 

 

 

 

Mr. Pasquale (Pat) M. Tamburrino, Jr. (confirmed)

Mr. Tamburrino serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Civilian Personnel Policy. His responsibilities include policy and oversight of civilian personnel plans, policies and programs that affect over 700,000 defense employees worldwide. Mr. Tamburrino’s portfolio includes the full spectrum of the Human Capital Lifecycle to include: talent acquisition, development and sustainment, performance management, strategic workforce and succession planning, leader development and Senior Executive Service Leadership Programs and the Civilian Expeditionary Workforce (CEW). Mr. Tamburrino is also responsible for policies and program guidance for the Department’s 136,000 non-appropriated funded employees worldwide.

 

Mr. Tamburrino was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in February 1997 and has 27 years of Federal Service.

 

Mr. Tamburrino served as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Fleet Readiness and Logistics) from December 2006 through December 2010. He was the senior civilian responsible for policy, program and resource allocation for world-wide U.S. Navy Readiness and Logistics and served as the Chief of Naval Operations’ (CNO) principal advisor for the management of the civilian executive cadre.

 

Mr. Tamburrino served as the Executive Director, Naval Sea Systems Command from May 2005 through November 2006.  In this capacity, he served as the senior civilian in the Navy’s largest System Command with direct responsibility for a professional and industrial workforce numbering over 83,000 with an annual operating budget of $30B+.

 

Mr. Tamburrino served as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Resources, Requirements, and Assessments) from February 2003 through April 2005.  In this capacity he was the senior civilian advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) on all issues related to the development of the Navy Program Objective Memorandum, Department of the Navy Strategic Planning and related issues.

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Mr. Bruce J. Stewart (confirmed)

Deputy Director of Training, Compliance and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
U.S. Office of Personnel Management


Bruce J. Stewart serves as the deputy director of training, compliance and strategic initiatives in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Personnel Management and is responsible for the coordinated implementation of the President’s Executive Order on Diversity and Inclusion.

 

Stewart retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Air Force in 2007, after 23 years of service. During his service he was attached to the Special Forces, served as a management engineer and was a computer and communications commander. His last assignment was as the Air National Guard’s director of cultural diversity transformation.

 

After retiring, Stewart founded iGlobal Network Inc., which serves as a management consultant firm specializing in helping organizations create healthy cultures.

 

Stewart has lectured on diversity at several educational institutions including MIT, University of Kansas, the Naval NCO Academy and Harvard. He has a bachelor of science degree from Southern Illinois University and a master of science in computer science from Friends University. He has also completed course requirements for a Ph.D. in organizational development.

 

Stewart recently completed a book on diversity leadership titled Cultural Leadership: The New Chemistry of Leading Differently and has a forthcoming book titled Diversitopia: Applying the Lessons of Nature to the Challenges of Difference.


Mr. Clifton L. Taulbert (confirmed)

Clifton L. Taulbert is the Founder and CEO of the Building Community Institute (BCI). BCI is a 15-year old Tulsa, Oklahoma company that specializes in Human Capital Development and Organizational Effectiveness. Taulbert’s clients represent the corporate, the federal and academic sectors (k-12 through College and university leadership). Taulbert, a writer of southern culture is respected worldwide.  His many books include the awarding winning Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored, the Pulitzer-Nominated, The Last Train North and the book that Coach Wooden couldn’t put down, Eight Habits of the Heart.  At the turn of the millennium, Taulbert were among those chosen by CNN to represent voices of “Community.”


Taulbert is recognized internationally for his work on workplace culture and the role that building community plays in creating an environment branded by RAI…Respect, Affirmation and Inclusion.  Foundation to his consulting work is his book: Eight Habits of the Heart described by Judge Thomas G. Russell and Stanford Graduate as a revolution in consciousness.

 

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Ms. Delia L. Johnson  (Co-President Council of Federal EEO & Civil Rights Executives) (confirmed)

Ms. Delia L. Johnson is the Director of the Office of Civil Rights of the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB). In her present position, she serves as principal advisor on all matters relating to the management of equal employment opportunities (EEO). She administers the IBB’s EEO complaint process, the People with Disabilities Program, the Federal Women’s Program, the Hispanic Employment Program, and the Civil Rights Implementation Program which monitors Agency compliance with Title VI and Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.

 

Ms. Johnson has an extensive background in federal sector equal employment opportunity which spans over two decades. Prior to her present appointment, Ms. Johnson served as Deputy Director and Equal Employment Opportunity Officer of the Office of Civil Rights, United States Information Agency.  


Ms. Johnson’s previous government service includes her tenure as Senior EEO Specialist for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Public Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services, as well as Senior EEO Specialist with the Department of Education and the departmental Office for Equal Opportunity at the Department of Interior. In addition, Ms. Johnson held the positions of EEO Specialist with the Department of Health Education and Welfare; Manpower Development Specialist with the D.C. Department of Human Resources; and served as Bilingual Counselor with the United Planning  Organization. She is also a former teacher of Spanish and English-as-a-Second Language.

 

A native of Panama, Ms. Johnson received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Howard University, Washington, D.C. and completed course work in the Master's Degree Program in Equal Opportunity Law at the Antioch School of Law Center for Legal Studies. Her post graduate studies also included course-work in Cross-Cultural counseling.


Mr. Jorge Ponce (Co-President Council of Federal EEO & Civil Rights Executives) (confirmed)

Jorge Ponce is currently the Director of the Policy and Evaluation Division at the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Commerce. He was named one of the most influential Hispanics in the Nation in the October 2002 issue of Hispanic Business magazine. In 2002, Mr. Ponce wrote the National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives’ (NAHFE) Alpha-4 Report, which documents the progress that Hispanics have made in the federal sector in grades 13-SES. Mr. Ponce has worked on important civil rights initiatives with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Blacks in Government (BIG), and the major plaintiffs’ law firms. Prior to coming to Commerce, Mr. Ponce was an Equal Employment Opportunity Manager at the U.S. Department of the Treasury from 1993 to April 2000. He administered three affirmative employment programs related to Hispanics, people with disabilities, and disabled veterans. In 1995, he went on a detail to the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.  In 2009, Mr. Ponce selected the theme for National Hispanic Heritage Month – “Embracing the Fierce Urgency of Now!”

Mr. Ponce has served as Vice-Chair of the Council of Federal EEO and Civil Rights Executives from 1997-2000, and as Co-Chair from 2001-2008. He was responsible for visualizing, designing, and updating the Council’s webpage. He has received numerous accolades for his achievements, including the 1999 Federal Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence award from Energy Secretary Bill Richardson for being one of the top 11 Hispanic Employment Program Managers in the nation. Ponce also received the Secretary of the Treasury Award in July 2000 for his work in helping organize the Federal Hispanic Executive Summit III, co-sponsored by the Treasury Department and NAHFE. Mr. Ponce has worked in the EEO field since 1988. He holds a master's degree in Library Science from Catholic University. He completed his undergraduate work at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where he majored in Psychology, and also attended George Mason University Law School for one year.


Deborah Dagit

Deborah Dagit joined Merck & Co. Inc. as the Chief Diversity Officer in June 2001. She has responsibility for global equal opportunity employment compliance, diversity, inclusion, work environment, and university relations strategy.
 
Under Ms. Dagit's leadership, organizations such as Diversityinc, Working Mother and the Human Rights Campaign have recognized Merck for its exemplary work in diversity and inclusion. Merck has undergone 50 different federal audits for compliance with U.S. Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity requirements for federal contractors since 1980 - each time, receiving a letter of compliance from the government.

 

Ms. Dagit introduced and leads the company's signature Global Constituency Group (GCG) strategy, which was launched with the creation of 10 global teams representing 32 countries. These groups are: Men, Women, Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native/Indigenous, Differently Able, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Asian, Interfaith and Generational. Each team is made up of 15-20 senior leaders representing the company's best talent across various business units and geographies.

 

Among her many awards, Ms. Dagit earned the 2005 Champion of the Year from Out and Equal; the 2004 “Employee of the Year" award from Careers & the DisABLED magazine; the 2000 Exemplary Leader Award from Silicon Graphics; the 1999 Advocate of the Year from the Black Employees Network; the 1997 Award of Professional Excellence from the Northern California HR Council; and the 1996 Tribute to Women in Industry award.


Ms. Daisy Sancho-Gallagher (Co—Chair, Thought Leadership Conferences; Executive Think Tank Diversity & Inclusion Program) (confirmed)

Ms. Gallagher has earned more than 100 industry awards and recognitions, and has more than twenty-five consecutive years in an esteemed career. She is a much sought after chief strategist, senior advisor and speaker/trainer.  She serves as founder and chairman of an international award winning firm she founded in 1990, chief strategist for industry as well as a premier world energy program, board advisor for several enterprises, senior advisor for the DC Archangels investment group, brand architect for award winning programs including healthcare, tourism, sustainable and economic programs for international and corporate industry, and respected government contractor in the federal space for military and civilian agencies. Overall, she supports multi-billion dollar enterprises and for more than two decades she has overseen and provided contractual support for more than 22 U.S. federal civilian & military agencies.  Gallagher and her company were named by Business Journal as one of the top ten agencies. She is a best selling author, published in national and international newspapers and publications, appeared on television and in radio as well as online podcasts as subject matter expert.      


Ms. Daisy Gallagher is a serial entreprenuer and the founder and CEO/Chief Global Strategy Officer of Gallagher & Gallagher Worldwide (GGW). GGW is celebrating its 25th year in business as an international award-winning strategic integrated marketing communications agency that specializes in defense and civilian contracting, focusing on strategic marketing, branding, public information, and top-level event deployment. The firm has been named one of the Top 10 Agencies by the Business Journal.

 

Ms. Gallagher and GGW have been acclaimed by her peers at the highest levels of professional accomplishment. Among her many awards and recognitions are: Public Relations Society of America’s Overall Excellence Awards for two consecutive years; one of the Top 5 Women-Owned Businesses in the Nation; Woman-Owned Business of the Year (President’s Award); Businessperson of the Year (SBA); Women In Communication (WIC) Award for Public Relations; European American Women’s Council (EAWC) ARTEMIS Award. In addition, Ms. Gallagher has received numerous citations and recognitions from Congress and from state and local governments and community groups for her leadership, business acumen, and community involvement. Prior to founding GGW, Ms. Gallagher started her career at Avon International corporate headquarters in Manhattan where she worked for eleven years, quickly rising to managerial level. At the peak of her career, she made a decision to leave the corporate world and open her own firm. 

 

Ms. Gallagher is recognized as a leading national expert in strategic marketing and brand development. She serves as the lead organizer and advisor for global programs including the World Energy Symposium (WGES) and other congresses.  GGW was the first in the state of Pennsylvania and the first of twenty in the nation to be awarded the GSA AIMS (integrated marketing schedule with all SINs certification). Ms. Gallagher was appointed by the White House – and unanimously confirmed by Congress – to serve on the Federal Small Business Advisory Committee. She was also appointed to serve on the GSA Industry-Government Council Steering Committee and the GSA Industry-Government Council. She has been featured as a Success Story and as an expert on Branding, Marketing Initiatives, Leadership, and Best Practices, addressing her peers as a keynote speaker on a PBS broadcast; she has also been a keynote and lecturer for private and public industry, for the US Department of Defense, US Department of Energy, US Small Business Administration (SBA), the NIH Federal Mentoring Roundtable, and the US General Services Administration (at several GSA Industry Days in Washington, DC, and at GSA Training Expos). Internationally, Ms. Gallagher has addressed large audiences at the Foreign Ministry of Greece on Branding and has spoken at the United Nations.


Mr. Effenus Henderson (confirmed)

Effenus Henderson is Chief Diversity Officer for the Weyerhaeuser Company, advising its CEO and senior management team on all diversity and inclusion issues. He has led a company-wide Inclusive Leadership Learning Series for its top 1,500 leaders.

 

Effenus is an internationally recognized diversity thought leader who has been invited by numerous organizations globally to share his expertise.  In the federal sector, he has consulted on diversity and inclusion with the EPA and Office of Personnel Management.

 

In the international arena, he has addressed the UN on intercultural and interreligious diversity as well as a high-level panel of the Alliance of Civilizations in Madrid, Istanbul, and Rio de Janeiro. He has advised leaders of the Club de Madrid on cross-cultural inclusion and was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Global Dialogue Foundation in Melbourne.

 

Effenus has received numerous awards for his work.  For example, he was named one of the top diversity officers in corporate America by Diversity Best Practices/Working Mother Media and received its first Diversity Officer Leadership Award. He was also named to Savoy magazine’s list of the Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America; and Black Enterprise Magazine named him one of the Top Executives in Diversity.

 

Effenus was one of 100 Global Diversity Thought Leaders invited by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) to a special forum in 2008 to provide a perspective on the future of global diversity and inclusion.

 

Last year, he was named to co-chair a national Diversity and Inclusion Standards Project (along with Cari Dominquez, former Head of the EEOC) sponsored by SHRM. This project will lead to officially-approved standards in the areas of Chief Diversity Officer competencies, diversity programs, and diversity metrics. This taskforce is working to extend these into global standards.


Effenus is a graduate of North Carolina Central University and the Stanford University Executive Program.


Mr. Charles (Skip) Pettit (Co—Chair, Thought Leadership Conferences; Executive Think Tank Diversity & Inclusion Program) (confirmed) 

Skip Pettit has been a consultant and trainer for 25+ years.  In 1993, he formed the International Training Consortium, or ITC, a talent-packed group of 100 of the top trainers and consultants in the US.  He serves as its President today.

 

Mr. Pettit delivers guest lectures and workshops at world-class institutions such as Johns Hopkins University, the US Library of Congress, the Pentagon, the White House, and Gallaudet University.  He has trained more than 20,000 professionals in his career.

 

He is a graduate of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) and a former instructor there. He brings extensive experience designing and delivering tailored training to federal agencies, including the National Security Agency (NSA), US Department of Justice, US Department of Transportation, US Department of Agriculture, US Department of Commerce, US Department of Treasury, US Department of Veterans Affairs, US Department of Education, US Department of Homeland Security, US Department of Interior, US Department of Housing & Urban Development, US Department of Energy, US Department of State, and more than 20 other federal agencies.  Mr. Pettit develops, coordinates, executes, and evaluates managerial and executive training and development programs across a wide variety of Human Resource subject areas.  He is a subject-matter expert in Diversity & Inclusion, Succession Planning, Human Capital Management, Team Building, Performance Management, and Supervision & Leadership.

 

Mr. Pettit has a history of training and consulting in the Diversity & Inclusion field.  He b egan training EEO classes for DOD after graduating from DEOMI in 1980, and also trained US Army personnel at the Ft. Meade, Ft Dix, and Ft. Belvoir NCO Leadership Academies.

 

For 19 years, he has designed and delivered the Diversity & Inclusion training for the most diverse federal agency of all, the International Broadcasting Bureau/Voice of America.  In addition, he has provided Diversity & Inclusion and EEO training to more than 20 other federal agencies, including US Secret Service, US Marshals Service, US Park Police, NIST, NOAA, US Census Bureau, Patent & Trademark Office, FEMA, FDA, Missile Defense Agency, Defense Information Systems Agency, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Defense Nuclear Agency, Defense Mapping Agency/NIMA/NGA, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Library of Medicine, and National Institutes of Health.

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Ms. Nadine O. Vogel (confirmed)

Nadine O. Vogel is Founder and President of Springboard Consulting LLC.  Springboard collaborates with multinational corporations, Federal governments and national agencies on initiatives to successfully mainstream disability in the global workforce, workplace and marketplace. Springboard also produces the Disability Matters Awards Banquet and Conference which honors those firms that are making great strides in supporting this segment of the population, now the largest minority segment in the world, through diversity, work-life, human resource and marketing/branding initiatives.

 

Prior to founding Springboard, Nadine held a variety of executive positions in both Corporate America and the non-profit sectors.

 

Vogel is the author of DIVE IN, Springboard into the Profitability, Productivity and Potential of the Special Needs Workforce, a highly acclaimed must-read business book. She is a regular contributor to Profiles in Diversity Journal, Diversity MBA Magazine and Diversity Executive Magazine, and has authored articles for many other professional, industry and consumer publications.  Nadine is also recognized as a powerful informational, motivational and inspirational speaker. Recognized for her civic and professional activities.

 

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Ms. Renee D. Kosor (confirmed)

Renee began her leadership career young, accepting a management position with a local home improvement company right out of high school.  Thirsting for a challenge and some real-life experience, she decided to join the Navy.  Enlisting as a Rescue Swimmer, Renee tackled the difficult training with gusto and proved herself to be a competent and driven crew member.  Her proficiency with the written word and her flare for public speaking got her noticed by those in the journalism field and she was soon offered the opportunity to attend the Defense Information School in Fort Meade, MD.  While there, she discovered a love for speech writing and enjoyed the interactions she experienced with the civilian media in her role as a public affairs official.

 

After leaving the Navy, she immediately began attending Liberty University in pursuit of her undergraduate degree.  Two years later, she held her BS in psychology and communications. 

 

Seeking to better prepare herself for the quickly-changing global economy, she remained at Liberty University and finished her MBA in International Business in 2010.  Ever the knowledge seeker, Renee determined that she wanted to combine her comprehension of human behavior with her analytical business sense and so began the journey toward her PhD in Crisis Intervention Strategies.  Recognizing immediately the role that well-developed leaders play in determining the competitive advantage of corporations, she undertook the challenge of creating trainable curriculum that combines the best that social scientists have to offer in an engaging workshop format.   Today she is stepping into the dissertation phase and, under the mentorship of organizational change expert Dr. William Barkley, is officially testing her theory of Psychological Capital as a driving force in developing Transformational Leaders.

 

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Dr. Lester Hoffman (confirmed)

Harvard PhD, author, researcher, and expert on Workplace Issues, such as Bullying, Incivility, Bias/Diversity, Talent Management, and Employee Engagement and Retention.  He has consulted and instructed at more than 40 Fortune 250 companies and over 20 federal agencies in the past 25 years. Dr. Hoffman serves as the Director of Educational Research & Assessment for the Thought Leadership Executive Think Tank series.


Dr. Hoffman is the author of two books on workplace issues; the first was “Moving Beyond Bias: Bias-Free Communication Strategies for Today’s Workplace.”


In 2011, he will be publishing “Beyond Bullying, Incivility, & Bias: How to Recognize, Handle, & Overcome the Twelve Types of Destructive Managers and Cultures.”


At Harvard University, Dr. Hoffman did research and teaching in the fields of Cognitive Psychology, Instructional Technology, and Educational Program Design.  With 25+ years experience “on the ground” in the human resources and training development field, he brings a unique combination of academic research and “in the trenches” experience to workplace issues like bullying and employee engagement and retention.

His list of private-sector clients reads like a global corporate “who’s who” and includes:  IBM, Xerox, Mitsubishi, JP Morgan/Chase, AT&T, Credit Suisse, Lockheed-Martin, Pfizer, Bank of America, GlaxoSmithKline, Avon, Goldman-Sachs, Novartis, Federal Express, Merck, Citigroup, Bristol-Meyers-Squibb, Northern Telecom, Symbol Technologies, Simon & Schuster, Grey Advertising, and Arrow Electronics.

 

In the public sector, Dr. Hoffman has instructed or consulted with the US Navy, IRS, National Cancer Institute, The Pentagon, Dept. of Commerce, Voice of America, Dept of Veterans’ Affairs, National Ocean Service, NIH, US Census Bureau, USDA, the FCC, Dept of Energy, and the US Weather Service.

Dr. Hoffman has presented custom-designed workshops on Human Resources and Communication subjects at the graduate level at New York University’s Management Institute, Columbia Graduate School of Public Health, the Fordham Graduate School of Business, Harvard University, City University of New York, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and other major institutions. He has lectured as an invited faculty member at 25 University-based Executive Development Programs nationwide, including:  SUNY, RPI, Rutgers, Michigan State, Clemson, University of Maryland, Southern Methodist, University of Vermont, and William & Mary.

 


 


Mr. George Davis (confirmed)

George Davis is professor emeritus at the Newark campus of Rutgers University. He is a graduate of Colgate University and holds a MFA from Columbia University. He was a flying officer in the Air Force and flew 47 missions in Vietnam.


Davis has been a writer and editor at the Washington Post, New York Times, Essence, and Black Enterprise. In addition to Rutgers, his teaching experience ranges from Yale School of Organization and Management to New York’s maximum security prison at Greenhaven, from Columbia to Side Walk University. His major books have been about the effects of war, love, and money on the human spirit. His first novel, Coming Home (Random House), supplied the story upon which the Academy Award-winning Vietnam War film was loosely based.

 

The edition of Essence magazine for which an excerpt of Love, Black Love (Doubleday) was the cover story got more letters to the editor than any edition in the magazine’s first 20 years.

 

His bestseller, Black Life in Corporate America (Doubleday), co-authored with Glegg Watson, told of the entry of black men and women into the American corporate mainstream. The book took Davis on a national speaking tour covering more than 100 major corporations, campuses, and community organization.


Professor Ron Roberts (confirmed)
Professor Ron Roberts is among the country’s top consultants and trainers in the area
of accelerated, experiential learning. His successful career also marks him as an extraordinary educator, author, keynote speaker, and inventor. With his command of adult and accelerated learning techniques, Roberts is one of the training elite. His workshops are legendary because of their highly interactive and experiential nature, and he frequently serves as the keynote speaker or presenter at national conferences and professional meetings. He has written two books on Accelerated Learning (Learn-o-grams Wiley Pfeiffer, and Junkyard Games: the innovation game) and created more than 70 games, tools, and digital applications; and he holds seven patents on learning technology. The Professor has recently completed his blockbuster best seller,
“The Well Balanced Leader: the 9 behaviors of the successful leader (the Egolibrium™ Method)” (McGraw Hill) and its related Egolibrium Organizational Assessment (HRDQ) and Training programs.   
    
Since 1996, Roberts has been president of Action Centered Training Inc., ACT Government Support Services and ACT Games (the innovative arm of the organization). Over the past 15 years, he has trained more than 15,000 professionals at almost 400 companies and government agencies; and has taught an array of custom-tailored courses to corporate clients of all shapes and sizes (executives, managers, supervisors and line staff): ADP, American Express, Motorola, AT&T, Astra Zeneca, Bank of NY Mellon, Capital One, Fujitsu, General Electric, Glaxo Smith Kline, Home Depot, IKEA, Johnson & Johnson, KMPG, Mercedes Benz, Merck, Motorola,  Pfizer, Raytheon, Pillsbury, Quest Diagnostics, Siemens, Stryker Medical Equipment, Sungard, Turner Broadcasting, T Mobile, Wyeth as well as Government Agencies including but not limited to: the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Transportation, the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Security Agency, the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Department of Commerce, all branches of the military including Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Pentagon, and many more.

Ron has appeared on CNN Live, ABC and NBC Today Show Weekend Edition, NPR (National Public Radio), and the NBC Affiliates in Arizona (where he challenged over 2000 members of Mensa, the high IQ society.) Mr. Roberts has appeared on QVC Shopping network on repeated occasions where he displayed and sold his patented games. Prof. Roberts has also appeared in Newsweek Magazine (The Tips section) and in a significant Wall Street Journal article entitled, “Can sticking to a Velcro wall for 8 hours really improve your team’s performance?”

Mr. Dov Kawamoto (confirmed)

Dov Kawamoto, a US Marine Corps Major, recently left active duty after fifteen years of service. 


During his diverse career he served as an artillery officer with the 11th Marine Regiment. While assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, he participated in the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.  Then during the invasion of Iraq he was assigned as the liaison officer to the British Royal Marines.  For his second OIF tour he served as a combat advisor to the Iraqi Army from Nov ‘04-Jul ’05.  He then helped establish the Marine Corps Special Operations Advisor Course.  In his final deployment, to Afghanistan he was the Operations Planner for a team from US Cyber Command. 

 

He received his BA in Philosophy from the University of Mississippi, and a Masters of Public Administration from Troy University.


Ms. Emily King (confirmed)

Emily King is Vice President of Military Transitions for The Buller Group in the Washington, DC area. A nationally recognized expert in the transition of military veterans to the civilian workforce, Emily is the author of the first ever guide for civilian organizations, "Field Tested: Recruiting, Managing & Retaining Veterans" (AMACOM 2012), and sits on the board of advisors for the G.I. Jobs Military Friendly Employers Top 100. Emily is a highly sought after speaker who has been featured on CNN, NPR and WJLA's "Capital Insider" program.

 

Emily conceived and designed the recruiting industry’s professional Certified Veteran Recruiter (CVR) Program, which trains recruiters to aggressively and successfully pursue this valuable segment of the labor force. CVR status, recognized by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), represents a commitment to recruiting excellence and to hiring veterans. The CVR training and designation are available through The Buller Group exclusively.

 

Mr. Tamburrino served as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Resources, Requirements, and Assessments) from February 2003 through April 2005.  In this capacity he was the senior civilian advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) on all issues related to the development of the Navy Program Objective Memorandum, Department of the Navy Strategic Planning and related issues.

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Ms. Allegra McCullough (confirmed)

Allegra McCullough is an award-winning, proven leader with an impressive record of accomplishment in both the public and private sectors. She is recognized nationally and internationally as an effective collaborator, builder of strategic alliances, successful leader and partner to diverse communities and work environments.

 

 Allegra shares her small business and leadership expertise with the District of Columbia Government as Manager of Certified Business Compliance and as an adjunct professor in the management and leadership program at Webster University’s graduate school of business and technology located at Joint Base Anacostia Bolling in Washington, DC.
 
She received state and federal appointments as Assistant Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia and Director of the Virginia Department of Minority Business between 1998 and 2002, and as the United States Small Business Administration Region 3 Administrator and Associate Deputy Administrator for Government Contracting and Business Development, between 2002 and 2005.

 

As a consultant, Allegra has provided business and economic development expertise to national and international businesses and governances, and served on numerous, business, advisory boards. Allegra has received awards for her vision, leadership, and inclusiveness.  She received a B.S. in education from the University of Virginia and a M.A. in human resource management from Marymount University.



Mr. Mark A. Williams (confirmed)

Mark Williams is a bestselling author, dynamic speaker and experienced consultant and educator. His expertise spans vital issues such as cross-cultural understanding, personal and societal identity, organizational development, global affairs, and diversity. Mark’s hallmark is the communication of complex organizational issues through a creative blending of multimedia and interactive technology in his work with executives which includes coaching, training and large scale change initiatives.

 

Mark is the Founder of The Williams Identity Network, a broadband professional development network created to provide educational programming, research and information related to complex identity challenges related to human resources and human capital management.

 

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Ms. Marcia Scheiner (confirmed)
Marcia Scheiner is the founder and President of Asperger Syndrome Training & Employment Partnership. Prior to founding ASTEP, Ms. Scheiner spent 25 years in the financial services industry, most recently as CEO of Centrally Managed Businesses for Zurich Financial Services. She has also held management positions at Chase Manhattan Bank and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Ms. Scheiner is a graduate of Wellesley College and has an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. She is the parent of a young adult son with Asperger Syndrome.

Mr. Howie Schaffer (confirmed)

Howie Schaffer's main areas of focus are client development and engagement, media outreach, and content and research product development. Previously, Howie was VP, Communications, Research & Publications at Diversity Best Practices. For more than a decade before then, Howie served as the Public Outreach Director at Public Education Network (PEN) in Washington, DC.

 

Howie has served on boards of directors and advisory committees for: Cornell University, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, Bell Multicultural High School, Good Schools Pennsylvania, Circle Woods Community Association, and the Alpha Delta Phi Society, among others. Howie holds a B.A. in communications from Cornell University and a graduate degree in philosophy of education from Teacher’s College at Columbia University.


Mr. Andrés Tapia (confirmed)

Starting January 10, 2011, Andrés Tapia took the reins as President of Diversity Best Practices, a
preeminent diversity and inclusion think-tank and consultancy organization. Previously he was Chief
Diversity Officer and Emerging Workforce Consulting Leader at Hewitt Associates.

 

Andrés is a published writer and prominent speaker. He is the author of The Inclusion Paradox: The
Obama Era and the Transformation of Global Diversity (2009). As a journalist, he covered social
trends in the U.S. and Latin America via articles appearing in publications such as the Baltimore Sun,
the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, VOCÊ (Brazil), Benefits Quarterly, and
Hemispheres magazine. He has been interviewed by major media outlets such as the Wall Street
Journal, the New York Times, Business Week, CNN en Español, and FORTUNE magazine in the
U.S., La Nación and El Clarín in Argentina, El Mercurio in Chile, VOCÊ, Valor, and Revista Amanhã in
Brazil, and HR industry publications such as HR Magazine, Benefit News, and Benefits Canada
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Below are the speakers from the Past event....March 2012, NYC, NY 

 

 

Director John Berry  (confirmed)

As Director, Berry serves as the chief architect of the human resources agenda for 1.9 million Federal employees nationwide. Among his primary responsibilities are crafting improved Federal recruitment strategies, expediting the hiring process for Federal positions, and attracting a diverse group of men and women with a rich mix of talents to serve America in the civil service.

Berry has a solid familiarity with the issues, challenges and opportunities affecting the Federal workforce, as well as a good understanding of the challenges faced by OPM. He has had extensive experience on Capitol Hill, serving nearly 10 years (1985 – 1994) with Representative Steny Hoyer where he was primarily responsible for Federal employee and retiree issues. During that time, he played a key role in developing the Federal employee locality pay system which remains in use today.

Prior to accepting the OPM appointment, Berry was the Director of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. from 2005 to 2009. During his tenure as Director, Berry addressed numerous management challenges such as fire safety, and implemented a strategic plan and 20-year capital master plan. As a result of his leadership, over $100 million in capital renovations are now under construction at this public facility.

From 2000 to 2005, Berry served as the Director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing grants enhancing habitat for wildlife and developing creative partnerships benefitting wildlife. Between 1997 – 2000, Mr. Berry served as Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget at the Department of the Interior. As Assistant Secretary, Berry served as both Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for a Department of 66,000 employees. Berry successfully launched a Presidential Initiative called "Lands Legacy," created the DOI University for employee and manager training, improved employee morale, enhanced working conditions, rehabilitated Interior’s budgetary position and improved diversity in every Bureau of the Department.

In 1995, Berry also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for Law Enforcement at the Treasury Department with responsibility for managing 40 percent of Federal law enforcement, including direct line supervision over the Customs Service, the Secret Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; IRS Criminal Investigations and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in government and politics. In 1981, he earned a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University.


Mr. Clarence A. Johnson (confirmed)

Since February 2003, Clarence A. Johnson has served as Principal Director and Director for Civilian Equal Employment Opportunity, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Equal Opportunity) at the Pentagon. He is responsible for the development and coordination of equal opportunities policies and programs affecting all DoD civilian employees and military personnel within DoD worldwide. He also provides staff supervision of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI), a 100-member institution, located at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, which is the premiere DoD school in equal opportunity and equal employment opportunity training, education and research. Mr. Johnson serves as principal advisor to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Equal Opportunity) on equal opportunity and equal employment opportunity matters.

 

Before serving the Department of Defense in his present capacity, Mr. Johnson was an active duty Air Force colonel serving in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Equal Opportunity as Director, Military Equal Opportunity. In that capacity, he formulated and provided policy guidance to the military components regarding policies and programs which prescribe, promote, coordinate and enforce equal opportunity and treatment of active duty and Reserve component military personnel; oversaw policy implementation and evaluated/monitored the performance of DoD component programs; and provided staff oversight for DEOMI.

 

Mr. Johnson entered active duty service as a C141 navigator. In addition to global airlift and contingency operations, his tours of duty included the Military Airlift Command Plans staff and Air Staff Training (ASTRA). He was a squadron commander three times and a group commander twice. Additionally, he held increasingly responsible positions at the headquarters and installation level. His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), the Legion of Merit, and the Meritorious Service Medal (with three oak leaf clusters).

 

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Vice Admiral Scott R. Van Buskirk

Vice Adm. Van Buskirk, a native of Petaluma, Calif., graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1979.  He assumed duties as the Navy’s 56th Chief of Naval Personnel on Oct. 11, 2011. Serving concurrently as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education) (N1), he is responsible for the planning and programming of all manpower, personnel, training and education resources for the U.S. Navy. He manages an annual operating budget of $29 billion and leads over 20,000 employees engaged in the recruiting, personnel management, training and development of Navy personnel. His responsibilities include overseeing Navy Recruiting Command, Navy Personnel Command, and Naval Education and Training Command.

Ashore, he received his master’s degree at the Naval Postgraduate School and served tours in the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs; Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet; Bureau of Naval Personnel; and, Submarine Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
At sea, he served on board USS Seawolf (SSN 575), USS Salt Lake City (SSN 716), USS Tunny (SSN 682), and USS Georgia (SSBN 729) GOLD, and commanded the USS Pasadena (SSN 752) and Submarine Development Squadron 12.

 

As a flag officer, he has served as commander, Task Force Total Force; deputy to the Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Effects (MNF-Iraq); commander, Carrier Strike Group Nine; assistant deputy, Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5B); deputy commander and chief of staff, U.S. Pacific Fleet; and, most recently, as the 47th commander of the United States 7th Fleet, forward deployed in Yokosuka, Japan.

 

He is entitled to wear the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (seven awards), and other various personal, unit and service awards.

 

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Ms. Delia L. Johnson  (Co-President Council of Federal EEO & Civil Rights Executives) 

Ms. Delia L. Johnson is the Director of the Office of Civil Rights of the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB). In her present position, she serves as principal advisor on all matters relating to the management of equal employment opportunities (EEO). She administers the IBB’s EEO complaint process, the People with Disabilities Program, the Federal Women’s Program, the Hispanic Employment Program, and the Civil Rights Implementation Program which monitors Agency compliance with Title VI and Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.

 

Ms. Johnson has an extensive background in federal sector equal employment opportunity which spans over two decades. Prior to her present appointment, Ms. Johnson served as Deputy Director and Equal Employment Opportunity Officer of the Office of Civil Rights, United States Information Agency.  


Ms. Johnson’s previous government service includes her tenure as Senior EEO Specialist for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Public Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services, as well as Senior EEO Specialist with the Department of Education and the departmental Office for Equal Opportunity at the Department of Interior. In addition, Ms. Johnson held the positions of EEO Specialist with the Department of Health Education and Welfare; Manpower Development Specialist with the D.C. Department of Human Resources; and served as Bilingual Counselor with the United Planning  Organization. She is also a former teacher of Spanish and English-as-a-Second Language.

 

A native of Panama, Ms. Johnson received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Howard University, Washington, D.C. and completed course work in the Master's Degree Program in Equal Opportunity Law at the Antioch School of Law Center for Legal Studies. Her post graduate studies also included course-work in Cross-Cultural counseling.


Mr. Jorge Ponce (Co-President Council of Federal EEO & Civil Rights Executives) 

Jorge Ponce is currently the Director of the Policy and Evaluation Division at the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Commerce. He was named one of the most influential Hispanics in the Nation in the October 2002 issue of Hispanic Business magazine. In 2002, Mr. Ponce wrote the National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives’ (NAHFE) Alpha-4 Report, which documents the progress that Hispanics have made in the federal sector in grades 13-SES. Mr. Ponce has worked on important civil rights initiatives with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Blacks in Government (BIG), and the major plaintiffs’ law firms. Prior to coming to Commerce, Mr. Ponce was an Equal Employment Opportunity Manager at the U.S. Department of the Treasury from 1993 to April 2000. He administered three affirmative employment programs related to Hispanics, people with disabilities, and disabled veterans. In 1995, he went on a detail to the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.  In 2009, Mr. Ponce selected the theme for National Hispanic Heritage Month – “Embracing the Fierce Urgency of Now!”

Mr. Ponce has served as Vice-Chair of the Council of Federal EEO and Civil Rights Executives from 1997-2000, and as Co-Chair from 2001-2008. He was responsible for visualizing, designing, and updating the Council’s webpage. He has received numerous accolades for his achievements, including the 1999 Federal Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence award from Energy Secretary Bill Richardson for being one of the top 11 Hispanic Employment Program Managers in the nation. Ponce also received the Secretary of the Treasury Award in July 2000 for his work in helping organize the Federal Hispanic Executive Summit III, co-sponsored by the Treasury Department and NAHFE. Mr. Ponce has worked in the EEO field since 1988. He holds a master's degree in Library Science from Catholic University. He completed his undergraduate work at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where he majored in Psychology, and also attended George Mason University Law School for one year.


Ms. Era L. Marshall (Council of Federal EEO & Civil Rights Executives) 

Ms. Marshall is the Director of Office of Equal Employment and Minority Affairs at the Smithsonian Institution.  She is a seasoned professional with more than 28 years of hands-on experience in the areas of EEO and Civil Rights.

Ms. Marshall graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree with tri-majors in Sociology, History and Psychology.  She earned a Master of Arts degree in Human Relations and Education from Oklahoma University in Norman, Oklahoma.

She began her professional career as a high school teacher of human relations and sociology.  After earning her Masters, she was employed as a sociologist in the Headquarters Department of the Army where she managed the Race Relations Research Program.  In that capacity, she oversaw the development and implementation of research studies and reports which were used in the development of programs, activities and race relations training at Defense Race Institute contributing greatly to the Army’s success in its all-volunteer Army effort and equal employment opportunity programs.

During her twelve years of employment at the Department of Army Army, Ms. Marshall served as a principal analyst to the Quality of Life for Military Personnel study effort and to the development of the Army’s General Performance Appraisal System for civilian personnel.  

Ms. Marshall was the National Federal Women’s Program Manager in the Department of Transportation at the Federal Aviation Administration.  Prior to becoming the Director of the Office of Equal Employment and Minority Affairs at the Smithsonian Institution, she was a Senior EEO official at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where she managed the women’s program, developed and implemented diversity initiatives and represented the agency throughout the country on EEO matters.

Ms. Marshall is imbued with a wealth of training and experience in administration and management and conflict resolution.   She holds certifications in the conflict resolution process, workplace conflict resolution and Federal workplace mediation.  She is an active member of the Federal Dispute Resolution Conference Advisory Board, The Council of Federal EEO and Civil Rights Executives and a host of other public administration organizations.


Mr. Felton Page (Council of Federal EEO & Civil Rights Executives)

Mr. Felton Page serves as the Director, Office of Equal Opportunity an Civil Rights, National Guard Bureau, with responsibility for Equal Opportunity & Equal Employment Opportunity policy and regulatory guidance affecting all Army and Air National Guard, military and civilian personnel in the 54 states and territories.

Mr. Page is a native of Buffalo, NY. He received a B.S. degree from Central State University, Wilberforce, OH. He was honored as a ROTC distinguished military graduate, and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. Mr. Page was Airborne and Ranger qualified, which afforded him numerous challenging assignments. Those assignments included Company Commander, Intelligence Officer (S-2) of Special Forces Battalion, and Operations Officer (S-3). Mr. Page pursued his advanced degree in criminal justice from Wichita State University, Wichita, KS.

Mr. Page began his equal opportunity career while on active duty as a Race Relations Officer. He is a graduate of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, the premier Department of Defense School for race relations.

Mr. Page has held positions in the private sector, where he continued his equal opportunity efforts as Area Supervisor for Spaulding/3M. He developed and implemented programs that increased minority and female representation throughout the 3M organization. Mr. Page was active in the community as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Peoples Rights, in Newburgh, NY.

In July 1987, Mr. Page joined the National Guard Bureau Headquarters as an EEO Specialist. In 1991, Mr. Page was selected as the Special Emphasis Programs Manager. Mr. Page has successfully had the National Guard recognized and included as a member of the Department of Defense, Joint Services, Diversity Education/Special Emphasis Program Planning Group. Mr. Page successfully planned, coordinated and supervised the National Guard’s hosting of all military events as DOD’s lead service during the 83rd and 90th NAACP Conventions, and the 21st and 28th National IMAGE Conventions. Mr. Page has also formed partnerships with EEO Managers from Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and other DOD agencies. He has been selected as a member of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Institutions (MIs) DOD Task Force to develop action plans to increase minority participation in federal sector programs. Mr. Page is a recipient of the NAACP Roy Wilkins Meritorious Service Award and the NAACP Special Recognition Award, awarded to persons who have distinguished themselves by contributing to military equal opportunity policies and programs. M r. Page is the recipient of the National Image Inc. Mission Award, presented for outstanding support and contribution in the pursuit of advancement in education, employment, and civil rights of the Hispanic community. He is the NGB consultant to the Youth Motivation Task Force at Xavier University, New Orleans, LA.

Mr. Page resides in Stafford, VA and is an active mentor to young adults and students in the community. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Board of Officials, Washington, DC; he officiates football on the high school level, and is an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He is married to Janet L. S. Brown, Ph.D. and has two sons.


Mr. Michael John Carley (confirmed)

Michael John Carley received his B.A. from Hampshire College in 1986 and his MFA from Columbia University in 1989. He is the author of numerous publications and heads two nonprofits:GRASP (the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership) and ASTEP (the Asperger Syndrome Training & Employment Partnership). He and his then four-year-old son were both diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in late 2000.

As the executive director of GRASP, the largest organization comprised of adults on the autism spectrum, he has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The London Times, Psychology Today, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, and onBBC News, ABC News, For Your Ears Only On Air, and Terry Gross’s Fresh Air. Carley was also featured in the documentary On the Spectrum. He has spoken at more than seventy universities, schools, hospitals, and autism conferences.

As the executive director of ASTEP, Carley works with businesses to help them provide better accommodation and understanding for their Asperger’s employees, and shows them how to profit by increased hiring practices through marketing potential, increased exposure, and reduced turnaround. In this capacity, he also speaks at corporate diversity conferences and human resources conferences.

Carley’s articles have been published in nearly every autism trade magazine and his first book,Asperger’s from the Inside Out: A Supportive and Practical Guide for Anyone with Asperger’s Syndrome, received arguably greater advance reviews than any other autism/Asperger’s book yet published. He has just finished his second book, The Last Memoir of Asperger’s Syndrome.

Until 2001, Mr. Carley was the United Nations representative of Veterans for Peace. In that time, he was known primarily for his work in Bosnia, and in Iraq as the project director of the internationally acclaimed Iraq Water Project. Prior to 2001, he was also a playwright who enjoyed fifteen productions and ten readings of his plays in New York. From 2002–2008, he worked as the backup classical music host for New York Public Radio (WNYC).

He lives with his wife, radio journalist Kathryn Herzog, and two sons in Brooklyn, New York.


Deborah Dagit (confirmed)

Deborah Dagit joined Merck & Co. Inc. as the Chief Diversity Officer in June 2001. She has responsibility for global equal opportunity employment compliance, diversity, inclusion, work environment, and university relations strategy.
 
Under Ms. Dagit's leadership, organizations such as Diversityinc, Working Mother and the Human Rights Campaign have recognized Merck for its exemplary work in diversity and inclusion. Merck has undergone 50 different federal audits for compliance with U.S. Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity requirements for federal contractors since 1980 - each time, receiving a letter of compliance from the government.

 

Ms. Dagit introduced and leads the company's signature Global Constituency Group (GCG) strategy, which was launched with the creation of 10 global teams representing 32 countries. These groups are: Men, Women, Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native/Indigenous, Differently Able, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Asian, Interfaith and Generational. Each team is made up of 15-20 senior leaders representing the company's best talent across various business units and geographies.

 

Among her many awards, Ms. Dagit earned the 2005 Champion of the Year from Out and Equal; the 2004 “Employee of the Year" award from Careers & the DisABLED magazine; the 2000 Exemplary Leader Award from Silicon Graphics; the 1999 Advocate of the Year from the Black Employees Network; the 1997 Award of Professional Excellence from the Northern California HR Council; and the 1996 Tribute to Women in Industry award.


Ms. Daisy Sancho-Gallagher (Co—Chair, Thought Leadership Conferences; Executive Think Tank Diversity & Inclusion Program)

Ms. Daisy Gallagher is the founder and CEO/Chief Global Strategy Officer of Gallagher & Gallagher Worldwide (GGW). GGW is a 21-year-old award-winning strategic integrated marketing communications agency that specializes in defense and civilian contracting, focusing on strategic marketing, recruitment branding, public information, and top-level event deployment. The firm has been named one of the Top 10 Agencies by the Business Journal and has received more than 100 industry awards.

 

Ms. Gallagher and GGW have been acclaimed by her peers at the highest levels of professional accomplishment. Among her many awards and recognitions are: Public Relations Society of America’s Overall Excellence Awards for two consecutive years; one of the Top 5 Women-Owned Businesses in the Nation; Woman-Owned Business of the Year (President’s Award); Businessperson of the Year (SBA); Women In Communication (WIC) Award for Public Relations; European American Women’s Council (EAWC) ARTEMIS Award. In addition, Ms. Gallagher has received numerous citations and recognitions from Congress and from state and local governments and community groups for her leadership, business acumen, and community involvement. Prior to founding GGW, Ms. Gallagher started her career at Avon International corporate headquarters in Manhattan where she worked for eleven years, quickly rising to managerial level. At the peak of her career, she made a decision to leave the corporate world and relocate to rural America to provide a better quality of life for her son, who developed a chronic illness, ultimately, leaving him with a disability. When her son’s illness was diagnosed as environmental, she became more involved with sustainability and diversity causes and initiatives.

 

Ms. Gallagher is recognized as a leading national expert in sustainable marketing and event logistics deployment. She serves as the lead organizer and advisor for the World Green Energy Symposium (WGES) and other sustainability congresses, and also is President of the Green Meeting Industry Council’s Mid-Atlantic Chapter. Her company has been awarded Platinum-Level Green Business Certification by the Green Business Bureau. GGW was the first woman-owned and the first Latina-owned business to be awarded the GSA AIMS schedule. Ms. Gallagher was appointed by the White House – and unanimously confirmed by Congress – to serve on the Federal Small Business Advisory Committee. She was also appointed to serve on the GSA Industry-Government Council Steering Committee and the GSA Industry-Government Council. She has been featured as a Success Story and as an expert on Branding and Sustainable Marketing Initiatives and Best Practices, addressing her peers as a keynote speaker on a PBS broadcast; she has also been a keynote and lecturer for private and public industry, for the US Department of Defense, US Department of Energy, US Small Business Administration (SBA), the NIH Federal Mentoring Roundtable, and the US General Services Administration (at several GSA Industry Days in Washington, DC, and at GSA Training Expos). Internationally, Ms. Gallagher has addressed large audiences at the Foreign Ministry of Greece on Branding and has spoken at the United Nations.


Pegine Echevarria (confirmed)

Pegine Echevarria, MSW is one of fewer than 700 speakers worldwide awarded the Certified Speaking Professional designation. The CSP is awarded to professional speaking and training businesses after undergoing a rigorous independent audit for expertise, eloquence, enterprise and ethics. Named as one of 100 Global Thought Leaders on Diversity and Inclusion by the Society of Human Resource Management she is a sought after expert on leadership in a diverse world.   Pegine has had the privilege of presenting on the stage with such notables as Maya Angelou, John Maxwell, Suze Orman, Barbara Stanny, then Senators Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama as well as President Clinton.

A former Bronx girl gang member, Pegine (Pe-geen), joined a new “gang”, after being inducted into the Motivational Speakers Hall of Fame, its first Latina.  Pegine’s fellow 58, “gang members” include such luminaries as Dale Carnegie, Zig Ziglar and Tony Robbins. She is an expert on leading in a diverse world and empowering people to be leaders. She is described as “audacious, bold, brilliant, clever, comical, dynamic, effective, enthusiastic, fresh, humorous, knowledgeable, perceptive, relevant, talented, vivacious, vivid, and witty!”

The author of “Sometimes You Need to Kick Your Own Butt”, “Bragging Rights How to Transform Your Team in 21 Days” and the creator of the corporate licensed program “White Guys Are Diverse Too™!” and is completing her newest book, “Lighten Up And Lead: How to be a Fun, Feisty, Focused, Fearless Female Leader”.

Her quotes appear in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Sun Times, Fortune, BusinessWeek, HR Magazine, Go! Air Tran Magazine, Washington Post, NY Times, Latina, Health and BusinessWeek. Television and radio appearances include on NPR Fresh Air, CNN and MSNBC. She has appeared as the on air personality for NewsTalk Television, as their workplace expert regarding women and minorities. Appearing on Montel Williams 32 times, he won his first Emmy thanks to a “Pegine moment”.


Mr. Effenus Henderson (confirmed)

Effenus Henderson is Chief Diversity Officer for the Weyerhaeuser Company, advising its CEO and senior management team on all diversity and inclusion issues. He has led a company-wide Inclusive Leadership Learning Series for its top 1,500 leaders.

 

Effenus is an internationally recognized diversity thought leader who has been invited by numerous organizations globally to share his expertise.  In the federal sector, he has consulted on diversity and inclusion with the EPA and Office of Personnel Management.

 

In the international arena, he has addressed the UN on intercultural and interreligious diversity as well as a high-level panel of the Alliance of Civilizations in Madrid, Istanbul, and Rio de Janeiro. He has advised leaders of the Club de Madrid on cross-cultural inclusion and was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Global Dialogue Foundation in Melbourne.

 

Effenus has received numerous awards for his work.  For example, he was named one of the top diversity officers in corporate America by Diversity Best Practices/Working Mother Media and received its first Diversity Officer Leadership Award. He was also named to Savoy magazine’s list of the Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America; and Black Enterprise Magazine named him one of the Top Executives in Diversity.

 

Effenus was one of 100 Global Diversity Thought Leaders invited by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) to a special forum in 2008 to provide a perspective on the future of global diversity and inclusion.

 

Last year, he was named to co-chair a national Diversity and Inclusion Standards Project (along with Cari Dominquez, former Head of the EEOC) sponsored by SHRM. This project will lead to officially-approved standards in the areas of Chief Diversity Officer competencies, diversity programs, and diversity metrics. This taskforce is working to extend these into global standards.


Effenus is a graduate of North Carolina Central University and the Stanford University Executive Program.


Dr. Lester Hoffman (confirmed)

Harvard PhD, author, researcher, and expert on Workplace Issues, such as Bullying, Incivility, Bias/Diversity, Talent Management, and Employee Engagement and Retention.  He has consulted and instructed at more than 40 Fortune 250 companies and over 20 federal agencies in the past 25 years. Dr. Hoffman serves as the Director of Educational Research & Assessment for the Thought Leadership Executive Think Tank series.


Dr. Hoffman is the author of two books on workplace issues; the first was “Moving Beyond Bias: Bias-Free Communication Strategies for Today’s Workplace.”


In 2011, he will be publishing “Beyond Bullying, Incivility, & Bias: How to Recognize, Handle, & Overcome the Twelve Types of Destructive Managers and Cultures.”


At Harvard University, Dr. Hoffman did research and teaching in the fields of Cognitive Psychology, Instructional Technology, and Educational Program Design.  With 25+ years experience “on the ground” in the human resources and training development field, he brings a unique combination of academic research and “in the trenches” experience to workplace issues like bullying and employee engagement and retention.

His list of private-sector clients reads like a global corporate “who’s who” and includes:  IBM, Xerox, Mitsubishi, JP Morgan/Chase, AT&T, Credit Suisse, Lockheed-Martin, Pfizer, Bank of America, GlaxoSmithKline, Avon, Goldman-Sachs, Novartis, Federal Express, Merck, Citigroup, Bristol-Meyers-Squibb, Northern Telecom, Symbol Technologies, Simon & Schuster, Grey Advertising, and Arrow Electronics.

 

In the public sector, Dr. Hoffman has instructed or consulted with the US Navy, IRS, National Cancer Institute, The Pentagon, Dept. of Commerce, Voice of America, Dept of Veterans’ Affairs, National Ocean Service, NIH, US Census Bureau, USDA, the FCC, Dept of Energy, and the US Weather Service.

Dr. Hoffman has presented custom-designed workshops on Human Resources and Communication subjects at the graduate level at New York University’s Management Institute, Columbia Graduate School of Public Health, the Fordham Graduate School of Business, Harvard University, City University of New York, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and other major institutions. He has lectured as an invited faculty member at 25 University-based Executive Development Programs nationwide, including:  SUNY, RPI, Rutgers, Michigan State, Clemson, University of Maryland, Southern Methodist, University of Vermont, and William & Mary.

 


 


Ms. Laraine Kaminsky, (confirmed)

Laraine has lived on three continents and worked in over 75 countries. As a new immigrant in Canada, Laraine worked for many years as an adult educator. In 1989, she launched her own consulting firm as a venue for organizations to develop the linguistic and cultural competencies of their diverse workforces so that they might excel in an increasingly global economy.
 
She is an energetic and engaging speaker and a recognized leader in the fields of global diversity, cross-cultural awareness, language training, mentoring and consulting. Given her vast experience, she is a sought after speaker on the importance of intercultural and diversity effectiveness.
 
She focuses on diversity, cultural, religious, gender and generational issues and how they impact on organizational effectiveness and inclusiveness. She works with leadership teams to help them and their organizations adapt to the realities of diversity in the ever-changing world of work.
 
She also advises, mentors, and educates leaders and team members on effective team leadership. Laraine’s contribution and commitment to her field of expertise has been recognized through her nomination as a finalist for the Women’s Business Achievement Award in Canada’s capital city.
 
Her ability to communicate the complexities of cultural communication is best demonstrated in her writings. She has authored many articles relating to diversity and cross-cultural communication in publications including: Profit Guide; Ottawa Human Resources Professionals Association Newsletter; HR Professional Magazine; ExportWise Magazine; and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

She has given numerous presentations at the Association of Career Management Consulting Firms International Conference, The Meeting Professionals International Conferences, ASAE Annual Meeting, the International Monetary Fund Washington, Women in Leadership Summit, and the Summit on Leading Diversity.  Laraine is also a regular contributor to international conferences hosted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
 
Laraine has launched her own company, Global LK to continue her international work in the fields of global diversity and inclusion and cross-cultural competence. She also has held the position of Lead Strategist at WEConnect Canada and helped to build WEConnect Canada into a national non-profit organization positioned to make a real impact on supplier diversity as well as women-owned medium and small businesses.
 
Laraine takes a well-rounded approach to expanding her own competence, and draws from life experience, study, research, and travel – in particular, she enjoys exploring a culture from the seat of her bicycle.

Professor Ron Roberts (confirmed)
Professor Ron Roberts is among the country’s top consultants and trainers in the area
of accelerated, experiential learning. His successful career also marks him as an extraordinary educator, author, keynote speaker, and inventor. With his command of adult and accelerated learning techniques, Roberts is one of the training elite. His workshops are legendary because of their highly interactive and experiential nature, and he frequently serves as the keynote speaker or presenter at national conferences and professional meetings. He has written two books on Accelerated Learning (Learn-o-grams Wiley Pfeiffer, and Junkyard Games: the innovation game) and created more than 70 games, tools, and digital applications; and he holds seven patents on learning technology. The Professor has recently completed his blockbuster best seller,
“The Well Balanced Leader: the 9 behaviors of the successful leader (the Egolibrium™ Method)” (McGraw Hill) and its related Egolibrium Organizational Assessment (HRDQ) and Training programs.   
    
Since 1996, Roberts has been president of Action Centered Training Inc., ACT Government Support Services and ACT Games (the innovative arm of the organization). Over the past 15 years, he has trained more than 15,000 professionals at almost 400 companies and government agencies; and has taught an array of custom-tailored courses to corporate clients of all shapes and sizes (executives, managers, supervisors and line staff): ADP, American Express, Motorola, AT&T, Astra Zeneca, Bank of NY Mellon, Capital One, Fujitsu, General Electric, Glaxo Smith Kline, Home Depot, IKEA, Johnson & Johnson, KMPG, Mercedes Benz, Merck, Motorola,  Pfizer, Raytheon, Pillsbury, Quest Diagnostics, Siemens, Stryker Medical Equipment, Sungard, Turner Broadcasting, T Mobile, Wyeth as well as Government Agencies including but not limited to: the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Transportation, the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Security Agency, the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Department of Commerce, all branches of the military including Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Pentagon, and many more.

Ron has appeared on CNN Live, ABC and NBC Today Show Weekend Edition, NPR (National Public Radio), and the NBC Affiliates in Arizona (where he challenged over 2000 members of Mensa, the high IQ society.) Mr. Roberts has appeared on QVC Shopping network on repeated occasions where he displayed and sold his patented games. Prof. Roberts has also appeared in Newsweek Magazine (The Tips section) and in a significant Wall Street Journal article entitled, “Can sticking to a Velcro wall for 8 hours really improve your team’s performance?”

Mr. Howard Ross (confirmed)
As founder & Chief Learning Officer of Cook Ross Inc. Howard Ross has served more than 25 years as an influential business consultant to hundreds of organizations across the United States and in 21 other countries, specializing in leadership, diversity, and organizational transformation.  He is a recognized thought leader on the topic of exploring and addressing Unconscious Bias. Howard is also the architect of award-winning training and awareness programs, notably CultureVision and The Diversity Toolkit. Howard was the 2007-2008 Johnnetta B. Cole Professor of Diversity-in-Residence at Bennett College for Women, the first time a white man has ever served in such a position at an HBCU.  He is the recent author of ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose & Performance, published by Rowman Littlefield in association with the Society for Human Resource Management. Howard can be heard monthly on NPR, as a regular guest on The Kojo Nnamdi Show.

Mr. Charles (Skip) Pettit (Co—Chair, Thought Leadership Conferences; Executive Think Tank Diversity & Inclusion Program) (confirmed) 

Skip Pettit has been a consultant and trainer for 25+ years.  In 1993, he formed the International Training Consortium, or ITC, a talent-packed group of 100 of the top trainers and consultants in the US.  He serves as its President today.

 

Mr. Pettit delivers guest lectures and workshops at world-class institutions such as Johns Hopkins University, the US Library of Congress, the Pentagon, the White House, and Gallaudet University.  He has trained more than 20,000 professionals in his career.

 

He is a graduate of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) and a former instructor there. He brings extensive experience designing and delivering tailored training to federal agencies, including the National Security Agency (NSA), US Department of Justice, US Department of Transportation, US Department of Agriculture, US Department of Commerce, US Department of Treasury, US Department of Veterans Affairs, US Department of Education, US Department of Homeland Security, US Department of Interior, US Department of Housing & Urban Development, US Department of Energy, US Department of State, and more than 20 other federal agencies.  Mr. Pettit develops, coordinates, executes, and evaluates managerial and executive training and development programs across a wide variety of Human Resource subject areas.  He is a subject-matter expert in Diversity & Inclusion, Succession Planning, Human Capital Management, Team Building, Performance Management, and Supervision & Leadership.

 

Mr. Pettit has a history of training and consulting in the Diversity & Inclusion field.  He b egan training EEO classes for DOD after graduating from DEOMI in 1980, and also trained US Army personnel at the Ft. Meade, Ft Dix, and Ft. Belvoir NCO Leadership Academies.

 

For 19 years, he has designed and delivered the Diversity & Inclusion training for the most diverse federal agency of all, the International Broadcasting Bureau/Voice of America.  In addition, he has provided Diversity & Inclusion and EEO training to more than 20 other federal agencies, including US Secret Service, US Marshals Service, US Park Police, NIST, NOAA, US Census Bureau, Patent & Trademark Office, FEMA, FDA, Missile Defense Agency, Defense Information Systems Agency, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Defense Nuclear Agency, Defense Mapping Agency/NIMA/NGA, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Library of Medicine, and National Institutes of Health.

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Mr. Gary Smith (confirmed)
Gary A. Smith is cofounder and Senior Partner of Ivy Planning Group (Ivy), a 22-year-old management consulting and training company that specializes in strategy, diversity, leadership and change management. Consulting Magazine honored Mr. Smith as one of the Top 25 Consultants of 2007. Profiles in Diversity Journal named him a Diversity Pioneer. Minority Business & Professionals Network, Inc. named Mr. Smith one of “Fifty Influential Minorities in Business”. He has over 26 years of strategy, technology, management consulting and executive coaching to large private sector and government organizations. He has led numerous engagements to develop core business, technology, diversity, and marketing strategies leading to improved revenue performance, mission-critical improvements, and more effective customer service. Mr. Smith assists clients in solving problems. His skills in management, marketing, and information technology allow him to synthesize data to meet his clients' challenges. He has worked directly with corporate CEOs, executive teams, agency administrators, and senior officials to build strategies, facilitate challenging discussions, and achieve their organization’s vision.

Ivy is recognized as one of the Top 50 minority-owned companies by DiversityBusiness.com; Black Enterprise Magazine Emerging Company of the Year Finalist; and received the Working Woman magazine Entrepreneurial Excellence Award. Mr. Smith and his wife/business partner are profiled in DreamMakers: Putting Vision & Values to Work, a book that chronicles how leading edge organizations are able to succeed and realize their vision and values. Smith is profiled for building a premier strategy firm - one of the leading Black-owned management consulting firms in the country. Ivy has been featured in publications including USA Today, The Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, Working Woman, Diversity Journal and Black Enterprise.

Dr. Peter B. Vaughan (confirmed)

Dr. Peter B. Vaughan is Dean of Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service.  Dr. Vaughan's life-long commitment working for equality and constructive social change for all persons, especially those of color, will complement and enhance Fordham's mission to promote social justice and social change. Fordham President Joseph A. O'Hare, S.J., noted the extraordinary leadership Dr. Vaughan brings with him to the School of Social Service.  Since 1981 Dr. Vaughan has made the Penn School of Social Work his professional home base, first as associate professor and then, since 1987, as associate dean. During the 1991-92 school year, Dr. Vaughan served as acting dean of the School. In 1994-95 he served as the Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks Ceasar Chavez Visiting Scholar at Wayne State University.

 

During his tenure at Penn he consulted and offered countless in-service trainings in the public and private sectors, reviewed grant proposals for the U.S. Department of Education and served as a chair and reaccreditation site team member for the Council on Social Work Education. Chairing and serving on numerous local, regional, and national boards, Dr. Vaughan's current memberships include: Eagleville Hospital and Foundation Board, the National Advisory Committee of the Local Initiatives Funding Partners Program at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Princeton, NJ), the Board of Trustees of the Visiting Nurses Association of Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia Community Collaboration Board, the Board of the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Community Out-Reach Center, and the Department of Veteran's Affairs Advisory Committee (Washington, D.C.). His most recent Penn service includes: Chair of the President's Advisory Council on Affirmative Action and the Diversity Fund Grant Review Committee, and member of the Evaluation Team of the African American Resource Center. In addition he participated in a number of University search committees.

 

Through his association with the West Philadelphia Collaborative Program for Child Health and the Cultural Asset Bridging and Building Collaborative (a primary prevention and health promotion program), Dr. Vaughan has made immeasurable contributions to the health and welfare of young persons, especially in the West Philadelphia community. His outstanding commitment to excellence in social work education has benefited countless students, faculty, and staff affiliated with the School.

 

Dr. Vaughan has twice been recognized with an "Excellence in Teaching Award" by Penn Social Work students, received an Honorary Alumni Recognition Award from the School's Alumni Association in recognition for his invaluable contributions to the School of Social Work.

 

Dr. Vaughan received his Ph.D. in social work and psychology and his M.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan, an M.S.W. from Wayne State University, and a B.A. in sociology from Temple University. 


Dr. Adis M. Vila (confirmed)

Dr. Adis M. Vila is the Chief Diversity Officer, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. She serves as the principal adviser to USAFA leadership ensuring diversity programs and projects are developed in accordance with federal, Department of Defense, Air Force, and USAFA guidance, policy, architecture and standards. She is the strategic leader, diversity advocate and principal adviser to academy leaders on diversity programs and issues and its primary voice on matters of equity, diversity and inclusion. She provides strategic guidance to the superintendent and other senior leaders on the implementation of diversity and inclusive learning best practices.

 

Dr. Vila is a former professor of international business and international law, corporate executive, government official, academic administrator and practicing attorney. She has broad general management experience in telecommunications, agriculture, government and international business. At the federal level, Dr. Vila has held a variety of senior posts including Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Latin American Affairs in the U.S. Department of State, and Assistant Secretary of Administration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. At the state level, Dr. Vila served as Secretary (Agency Head) of the Florida Department of Administration where she managed a $750 million budget and more than 500 employees.