Speakers

Ann Anaya

Ann Anaya

Chief Diversity Officer Global Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Lead HR, 3M 

Ann Anaya joined 3M Company in 2013 and is currently the Chief Diversity Officer.  Ann started her career at 3M in Legal Affairs Compliance and Business Conduct group where she served clients as Counsel for Investigation. Subsequently, she moved into the Legal Affairs Litigation and Preventive Law group where she was a litigation manager. Throughout her career at 3M, Ann has served on the Legal Affairs Diversity and Inclusion Committee, including as Co-Chair of the Maturity Model and Metrics Subcommittee. Ann is also a 2016 3M Gives Award recipient, the company's highest honor for community service. Ann is also a recipient of Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association's, 2015 Manuel Guerrero Courage in Leadership Award, 2016 Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year award and 2017 Minnesota Lawyer Diversity and Inclusion Honoree. 

Ann has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a law degree from the University of Minnesota. She has over 20 years of experience as a trial lawyer and has held various positions with state and federal government. Just prior to joining 3M, Ann was a federal prosecutor working for the Department of Justice in the District of Minnesota for eleven years. Ann also served as an Assistant Ramsey County Attorney and a First Judicial District Public Defender.  


Umran Beba

Umran Beba

Global Diversity, Engagement & Talent Officer, PepsiCo

Umran Beba is the SVP and CHRO, PepsiCo Global Human Capital Management, Services and Operations based in Purchase, NY. Before this role, she was the SVP and CHRO for PepsiCo Asia, Middle East and North Africa spanning over 41 countries, 26, 000 direct employees and more than 50 nationalities in its workforce and was based in Dubai. Umran has held a wide range of roles since joining the company in 1994. Prior to assuming her current position, she was the President of PepsiCo's Asia-Pacific region, a business spanning 25 markets with approximately 4,400 direct employees.

Earlier in her career, Umran was the President of PepsiCo's South East Europe Region, covering 14 markets including Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Israel and the Balkans. She has also served as the Business Unit General Manager for East Mediterranean, comprising Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq. She started her PepsiCo career at Frito-Lay in Turkey, where she held positions including Marketing Director, HR Director and ultimately General Manager. During her time as President of PepsiCo Asia-Pacific, she launched sustainable product initiatives in Australia, Thailand, and the Philippines and started agricultural initiatives in Myanmar as well as Business Skills Development Center with UNESCO. Umran holds an MBA and BSc in Industrial Engineering from Bogaziçi University in Turkey. She is based in New York with her husband and two sons. 


Philip Berry

Philip Berry

Chief Human Resources Officer, Clinton Foundation

Philip A. Berry serves as the chief human resources officer, responsible for strategies to attract, develop, and retain talent for the Clinton Foundation. Prior to his current role, he was the president of Philip Berry Associates LLC, a management consulting firm which focuses on executive coaching, global talent development, and organizational effectiveness. As the former vice president of global workplace initiatives, and the corporate officer for Colgate-Palmolive, Philip led the company's human resources efforts to create a diverse and effective workforce. Before joining Colgate-Palmolive, Philip acquired HR expertise at Procter & Gamble. He also was the vice president of human resources at Digital Equipment and the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority. 

Currently, Philip serves as the vice chairman of the Board of Trustees for the City University of New York (CUNY) where he is responsible for the 24 public colleges within New York City. Philip is also the acting chair of the CUNY Construction Fund. Philip's educational background includes an M.B.A. from Xavier University, an M.S.W. from Columbia University, a B.A. in Sociology from Queens College, and an A.A. in Marketing from Manhattan Community College. He resides in Manhattan with his wife and has two children; a son and a daughter.


Emad L. Bibawi

Emad L. Bibawi

New York Advisory Office Leader, Partner Advisory Services, KPMG LLP 

Emad Bibawi is a Risk Consulting Partner and the Advisory Office Leader for KPMG in New York. He leads the U.S.-Africa and U.S.-France Corridors for KPMG's International Corridors program and has over 20 years' experience living and working in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Africa. Emad leads global client relationships and provides risk consulting services to KPMG's clients across multiple sectors. Emad's career included external financial statement audits, merger and acquisition services, risk management advisory services, internal audit co-sourcing and outsourcing services and internal audit quality assurance reviews as well as operational roles as the Chief Financial Officer of a data service provider. He is on the Board of Directors of the Serious Fun Children's Network and speaks several languages.


Nicholas Chan

Nicholas Chan

Managing Director, Investment Management Division, Goldman Sachs

Nick Chan is a client portfolio manager on the Quantitative Investment Strategies (QIS) team within Goldman Sachs Asset Management. He focuses on product development, communications and strategy for the QIS platform across institutional, private wealth management and third-party channels, overseeing the team's client portfolio management effort in the Americas and Bengaluru. Nick joined Goldman Sachs in 2000 as an analyst and was named managing director in 2015. Nick is currently co-head of the Asian Professionals Network within the Investment Management Division. He earned an AB in International Relations, with honors and Phi Beta Kappa, from Stanford University in 2000 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2006. He is a CFA charter holder. 


Joyce Chang

Joyce Chang

Global Head of Research, J.P. Morgan 

Joyce Chang is the Global Head of Research and a member of the management committee for J.P. Morgan's Corporate & Investment Bank. J.P. Morgan's 920 research professionals are located in 26 countries and provide economic forecasts for more than 60 countries. The Global Research team has been named the top global research firm for 2017 by Institutional Investor, with 220 ranked analysts and teams. From 1997 through 2012, Joyce held top rankings in Institutional Investor for Emerging Markets research, earning 25 #1 individual rankings. In 2014, she was inducted into the Fixed Income Analyst Society Hall of Fame. Joyce was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch and Salomon Brothers prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 1999. She serves on the Board of Directors of Trickle Up and Girls, Inc. and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Inter-American Dialogue. She is the Executive Sponsor for J.P. Morgan's Women on the Move Network for the Corporate and Investment Bank, the Executive Sponsor for AsPIRE, the network for employees of Asian heritage, and the Senior Sponsor for Nonprofit Board Service. She has been named as one of Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance by American Banker since 2013. Joyce received her B.A. from Columbia and serves on its Board of Visitors. She earned a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton and serves on the External Advisory Council for the Julis Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance.


Richard Chang

Richard Chang

Workforce Strategies Analytics Manager, BNY Mellon

Richard Chang is currently an Analytics Manager on the Workforce Strategies team at BNY Mellon where he's held a variety of roles since joining in January of 2011. He is responsible for leading analyses in support of general business operations, special projects, and strategic planning activities. In 2017, he was recognized as one of 50 BNY Mellon STAR award recipients. He's worked closely with the Diversity & Inclusion team in driving change around initiatives related to veteran, gender, and ethnic diversity.

Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Richard was a Program Supervisor & Partnership Coordinator at Vandis Inc., where he planned and executed educational seminars, managed and maintained partner relations, and developed case studies and created other promotional materials. Richard holds a B.S. in Applied Math and Statistics from Stony Brook University. While earning his degree, he was heavily involved in Campus Diversity efforts as President of the Chinese Association at Stony Brook. He now lives in Jersey City with his wife, Priscilla, and dog, Chewie.


Brian Chase

Brian Chase

Manager, Strategy Planning & Analytics – Global Diversity, Chevron

Brian Chase is the Manager of Strategy, Planning, Communications and Analytics for Chevron Global Diversity and Ombuds. After serving in the U.S. Navy as an Antisubmarine Warfare Officer and Auxiliaries and Electrical Officer, he joined Dryden Oil (now part of BP/Castrol Lubricants) and became the South Region Fleet Sales Manager. He later moved on to Quaker State and held positions of increasing responsibility before being named Vice-President, Commercial and Industrial Lubricants Key Accounts for Pennzoil Quaker State Company, a position he held until he joined Chevron in July 2000. 

Upon joining Chevron, Brian was responsible for managing the manufacturing, distribution and sales in the southern United States. He then became the Vice President of Global Base Oil, overseeing the company's base oil interests. In 2003, Brian was appointed to the position of Vice President Asia Pacific Region, overseeing Chevron's lubricants businesses in the Asia Pacific. In 2005, he was appointed to the role of Vice President Marketing for Global Lubricants. In 2007, Brian became the General Manager for Marketing Solutions, where he was responsible for the global marketing services for Chevron, Texaco and Caltex fuels. As a Senior Advisor at Chevron Corporation, he supported Chevron's role on the National Petroleum Council (NPC) Future Transportation Fuels Study as Co-Chair of the Heavy Duty and Co-Chair of the Natural Gas work streams. Brian graduated with a bachelor's degree in engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1986. In 2000, he received his Masters of Business from the University of Richmond in Richmond, VA. 


Katy Chen

Katy Chen

Director- Global Sales Strategy, ‎Tiffany & Company

Katy Chen is the Senior Director of Global Sales Development for Tiffany and Co. In this role, she oversees the global strategy and execution of high-end business development and Chinese consumer initiatives. Katy joined Tiffany and Co. in 2010 as an Experienced Leader in the New York Flagship store. She went on to become Manager of Client Development of the New York Region in 2011 and in 2014, after graduating from business school, took on the role of Director of Client Development- North America. Prior, she was the Manager of Operations and Production for Oscar de la Renta Fur. Katy began her career in luxury at Harry Winston in various positions including sales support, wholesale watches, and merchandise planning and replenishment. She holds a BA in Psychology from Bryn Mawr College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.


Jyoti Chopra

Jyoti Chopra

Board Member, Toyota

Jyoti Chopra is an award-winning diversity, inclusion and sustainability leader. She is a member of the Diversity Advisory Board for Toyota Motor North America and serves on the Global Talent and Diversity Council for the Asia Society. She is an Advisor to Y2X, a blockchain technology venture fund. Jyoti was most recently Head of Global Citizenship and Sustainability and Chief Diversity Officer for BNY Mellon. She led the company's award-winning diversity and inclusion program and supported the recruitment, development and advancement of a diverse workforce. She was a member of the Global Operating Committee. She also served on the boards of the BNY Mellon Foundation and the BNY Mellon Foundation of South Western Pennsylvania. She oversaw CSR, philanthropy and social investing.

Previously, Jyoti was global leader for communications and public relations at Deloitte, where she supported the Global CEO and executive team. She worked at Merrill Lynch from 1998-2009 as Managing Director and head of communications for the Americas and Global Bank. Jyoti also served as Merrill Lynch's representative to and chaired the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Diversity Committee from 2004-2009. Prior to this role, she was a media consultant who covered human development at the UN. Jyoti served on the boards of Princeton YWCA and Princeton Healthcare System. She holds a BA Honors degree from New York University. She completed the Securities Industry Institute at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She holds an MBA with distinction from the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. 


Anu Codaty

Anu Codaty

Vice President, Business Development & Strategy, Medtronic 

Anu Codaty is Vice President, Business Development & Strategy for the Pain Therapies Business Unit in RTG and serves on the leadership team. She is responsible for M&A, business development, strategy, and value-based healthcare execution for the Pain Therapies business globally. Anu is a champion of diversity, inclusion, and serves on the Asian Impact at Medtronic ERG leadership team. Previously, she was Senior Director, Emerging Market Programs in CRHF where she led Medtronic's "Made-in-China" pacemaker program in alliance with LifeTech Scientific (Shenzhen.) As Director, Corporate Strategy, she led strategy & business development initiatives to accelerate growth in emerging markets including China and Brazil. Before coming to Medtronic, Anu was at Genentech in various roles of increasing responsibility in Market Analysis & Strategy and Upstream Marketing. Anu spent three years at Bain & Company where she advised healthcare clients and private equity firms. She began her career as a consultant with Willis Towers Watson where she designed, implemented, and managed health care plans. Anu has an MBA with High Distinction from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where she was an Edward Tuck scholar. She has a Bachelor of Science with honors in Mathematics from North Dakota State University. She resides in Minneapolis with her husband, two daughters, and her dog. 


Rajashree Datta

Rajashree Datta

Managing Director, Risk Division, Goldman Sachs 

Rajashree Datta is responsible for global liquidity risk policy. Her responsibilities include focusing on the measurement and monitoring of liquidity risk, ensuring an appropriate analytical framework for understanding various risks, and analyzing the implications of various external initiatives, including regulatory guidance. Rajashree joined Goldman Sachs in 2000 as an analyst in the Investment Banking Division. In 2003, she became an associate and transferred to Corporate Treasury within the Finance Division, where she has worked on various projects, including capital, structured funding products and US Bank initiatives. Rajashree was named managing director in 2010. Rajashree earned a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Amherst College in 2000. 


Christine Davies

Christine Davies

Vice President, Global Partnerships, Asia Society 

Christine Davies is Vice President of Global Partnerships and Development at Asia Society (AS). In this capacity, Christine manages the team responsible for engaging with Asia Society's major stakeholders - individuals, corporations, governments, and foundations - working across AS's global network to create and coordinate fundraising initiatives.

Before joining AS, Christine spent four years at Microsoft as a Business Development Manager and Senior Solution Specialist for Microsoft's Public Sector Services business unit. In this role, she was responsible for developing and evangelizing a portfolio of collaboration and accountability solutions that contributed to over $300M in annual sales of public sector IT services in the United States. Christine also contributed to the development of Microsoft's Global Public Sector Services Center of Excellence in Singapore. Prior to her time at Microsoft, she worked as the International Trade Specialist at the American Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok, Thailand, advising numerous multinational companies on their investment strategies throughout Southeast Asia. She has also served as an advisor to the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce. Earlier in her career, she was the Director of Planning and Outreach to U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick, working with the business community and other key constituencies to promote the global trade agenda of the United States and numerous international partners. During this period, free trade agreements were launched or concluded with the nations of Australia, Bahrain, Chile, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Singapore, and the nations of Central America. Christine then served as Special Policy Assistant for International Economic and Development Issues to Mr. Zoellick when he was appointed Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of State. She holds an MBA from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and a BA from the University of Maryland, College Park. 


Fabian DeRozario

Fabian DeRozario

Engagement Consultant & Trainer, NAAAP National Board of Directors

Fabian De Rozario is a community and business leader who has led, coached, and trained thousands of people globally. He has a consulting & training practice, GlobalConnect, and is an On-Call Consultant with the Korn Ferry Hay Group. Fabian previously served as NAAAP's National President/CEO (National Association of Asian American Professionals), and currently serves on NAAAP's National Board of Directors. 

Fabian travels extensively and delivers more than 100 workshops and seminars each year across the globe. He has worked with more than 150 corporations, mostly Fortune 250 companies. He is a subject expert of diversity & inclusion, engagement, unconscious bias, cultural agility, and leadership. He previously served in student services leadership, faculty, and corporate trainer roles at Northern Illinois University and at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (as Director of the Donaghey Student Center). From 1998 to 2006, Fabian was the Director of U.S. University Relations and the Director of Global Operations for the Golden Key International Honour Society headquartered in Atlanta. His acknowledgments include the Outstanding Asian American Leader Award from the U.S. Pan Asian Chamber of Commerce – Southeast Region, the President's Award from the Georgia Society of Association Executives, and the 2011 Class of Leadership Atlanta. 


Yrthya Dinzey-Flores

Yrthya Dinzey-Flores

Vice President, CSR & Diversity, WarnerMedia

Yrthya Dinzey-Flores is Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Diversity & Inclusion at Time Warner and a cross-sector leader with proven results in designing, building and executing strategic initiatives for diversity and inclusion, social responsibility, philanthropy and government. Her contributions, professionally and civically, have earned her recognition including: 2016 City & State Responsible 100; 2011 Capitol 40 under 40 Rising Stars in Politics; El Diario/La Prensa's Latinas Destacadas 2011 Award and city and state proclamations. In 2017, she was selected as an MAKERS@ Awardee by Time Warner Inc recognizing her as a game-changing employee. At Time Warner, Yrthya works with company leadership across the divisions to create and implement strategies to ensure that the company's investments in people, community and content are strongly aligned with business goals and that its content resonates with increasingly diverse global audiences. Yrthya's portfolio of responsibility includes philanthropy, diversity & inclusion, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and community partnerships.

Prior to joining Time Warner Inc., she was Senior Director, Corporate Responsibility and Inclusion at Thomson Reuters. Yrthya served as, and holds the distinction of being appointed by the Governor of New York as the first, Chief Diversity Officer for the State of New York. In this role, she reformed and strengthened the State's programs and efforts encouraging the growth of Minority and Women Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) eventually establishing programs and practices that led to a doubling of contracting opportunities for M/WBEs. Yrthya currently serves as a trustee of the John Jay College Foundation, trustee of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Corporate Advisory Board of Cultural Vistas and the D&I Advisory Board of the NY Public Radio. In 2016, she joined a select group of world leaders as a member of the Sustainability 50.


Tom Doctoroff

Tom Doctoroff

Chief Cultural Insights Officer, Prophet & former CEO, J. Walter Thompson Asia Pacific

Tom Doctoroff is the Chief Cultural Insight Director at Prophet, a global brand and marketing consulting firm, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Marketing at University Chicago Booth School of Business and Baruch College in New York City. He is one of the world's foremost experts on culture-driven marketing, Chinese consumer behavior, and the Asian commercial landscape. Tom, a dynamic speaker, rose to become the CEO of J. Walter Thompson (JWT) Asia Pacific, one of the world's largest global marketing and communications companies, where he became one of Asia's most respected advertising professionals. His unique combination of pan-Asian work, where he spent almost two decades based in China, has made him an expert in the cross-border management of brand architecture and brand building. 

Tom started his career at Leo Burnett in Chicago before moving to JWT in 1992. In 1994, he moved to Hong Kong as Regional Business Director for clients such as Pepsi, Kraft and Citibank. In 1998, he landed in China as the Managing Director of JWT Shanghai and in 2002, was appointed Northeast Asia Area Director and Greater China CEO. In 2012, he was appointed the CEO of Asia Pacific for JWT, a position he held until returning to the United States in late 2016. Through diversification into digital platform design, digital content production, trade marketing and field marketing, JWT Asia Pacific emerged as one the most synergistically integrated, creatively dynamic communications networks. 

Tom is the author of three best-selling books; Billions, What Chinese Want and Twitter is Not a Strategy, as well as a frequent commentator on mainstream media. He is also a Global Vice President of Strategy for the global International Advertising Association and on the Board of Directors for BUILD NYC, a non-profit organization dedicated to leveraging entrepreneurship to keep under-resourced students in high school. He is a Board of Directors member for the New York-based International Center of Photography (ICP). In addition to serving as a member of the Kilts Center Steering Committee, Tom is an alum of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In 1989, he earned an MBA with concentrations in marketing and finance from Booth. He holds a BA in psychology from Northwestern University.


Priya Dogra

Priya Dogra

Executive Vice President, Corporate & Business Development, WarnerMedia

Priya Dogra is Executive Vice President of Corporate & Business Development at WarnerMedia. Prior to this role, she was the Senior Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions and supported the company’s long-term corporate strategies by identifying and developing growth opportunities as well as defining capital allocation priorities. She joined this group in 2009 and over the past nine years, she has helped to originate, evaluate and execute critically important transactions across the company. These have included corporate-level transactions such as the recent merger of Time Warner with AT&T as well as divisional acquisitions and investments in production assets, television networks, digital media and over-the-top assets globally. Prior to Time Warner, Priya was a Vice President in the Technology, Media and Telecom Investment Banking Group at Citigroup where she spent seven years based out of the New York, London, and Toronto offices. Priya received a B.Sc. (honors) degree from the University of Toronto, where she majored in Commerce and Computer Science.


Donald Fan

Donald Fan

Global Office of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion, Walmart, Inc.

Donald Fan currently serves as senior director of the Global Office of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. He is responsible for communications, marketing, data analytics, benchmarking, external relations, and special projects. During his tenure in the office, Donald has also led the efforts in other areas such as strategy development, business insights, and associate resource groups. Prior to his current role, Donald worked in Wal-Mart's Information System Division with various technical and analytical positions.  Donald also serves as board director of Confucius Institute at the University of Central Arkansas, and board director and VP of Chinese Association of Northwest Arkansas. He is also a member of the Wharton Advisory Panel of Executives, University of Pennsylvania, Leadership Board of Diversity MBA Magazine, and Advisory Board of the Talent Management Alliance.


Mohammed Farshori

Mohammed Farshori

Director Citizenship & Sustainability - Corporate External Affairs, AT&T 

Mohammed Farshori is Director of Citizenship & Sustainability of Corporate External Affairs at AT&T. He is a diversity leader, recognized for his passion for inclusion, diversity, and community engagement. He has successfully led award-winning employee resource groups at local and national levels and his efforts have been instrumental in taking nonprofits in the US to new heights. A five-time winner of the U.S President's Volunteer Service Award, Mohammed is the Director of Community Engagement at AT&T, responsible for managing, building and expanding community engagement efforts. He is also the Emeritus President of the India Association of North Texas (IANT is one of the oldest Asian Indian organization in the country established in 1962), Director of the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce, a trustee at the NASIM Foundation, and serves on the advisory board of the United Nations Foundation Girl Up campaign. In addition, Mohammed also serves as Director Muslim Community Center for Human Services that provides free medical care to the underprivileged population of North Texas. In the past, Mohammed has also served as the National President for the Organization of Asian Indians at AT&T ERG, Vice Chairman Mahatma Gandhi Memorial North Texas and Community Relations, and Scholarship Chair for Women of AT&T (Dallas Chapter). He currently lives in Plano, TX with his wife Amra and their two children Ibrahim and Amina.


Sharmila Fowler

Sharmila Fowler

Director, D&I Strategic Alignment, McDonald's Corporation

Sharmila Fowler is Director, D&I Strategic Alignment for the Global Diversity, Inclusion, & Community Engagement Group at McDonald's. In this role, she is developing the global diversity framework and strategies, providing D&I insights and analysis for business alignment and impact, and promoting thought diversity leadership both internally and externally. Previously, she served as Marketing Director, Asian Consumer Market where she led the Asian American marketing activities for McDonald's U.S. Sharmila has significant experience in multicultural marketing, cultural diversity, international business, marketing strategy, and consumer research/insights. Specifically, she has over 18 years of experience in multicultural consumer marketing and has worked with leading Fortune 500 companies, ethnic advertising agencies and ethnic media firms in the areas of market research and strategy development. Regarding Asian Americans, her work includes a report on Asian Americans and the Food Industry for Promar Consulting in 2000, The State of the Asian American Consumer for Nielsen in 2012, and The Asian American Market Report (AAMR) for Phoenix Multicultural published in both 2005 and 2008. In fact, for the AAMR's inaugural edition, Phoenix received the Market Research Firm of the Year in Asian American Research Award by the Asian American Advertising Federation (3AF). 

Sharmila is active in McDonald's employee business networks where she sits on the Board of the Asian Pacific Middle Eastern Network (APMEN) Oak Brook Chapter. She is also McDonald's Company Leader for LeanIn.org. In addition, she serves on Nielsen's Asian External Advisory Council and on the National Board of ASCEND, and has volunteered as a scholarship reader and mentor for APIASF.  Previously, she was an Officer and Board Member of the Asian American Advertising Federation (3AF).  She has also utilized her cultural diversity expertise to teach a course on International Management as an adjunct professor at North Central College.  She holds an MBA in Marketing/Strategic Planning from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Computer Science/Math from The University of Rochester.  She has lived in the Chicago area for 20+ years and enjoys learning about new cultures, traveling, cooking, gardening, entertaining, skiing, and spending time with her family and friends.


Dr. Sarah Helm

Dr. Sarah Helm

Manager, Diversity & Inclusion (D&I), Discover Financial 

Sarah Helm, Ph.D. is Manager, Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) for Discover Financial Services and is responsible for providing ongoing recommendations and support to senior leadership on their specific line of business diversity initiatives; directing Employee Resource Group strategy and teams; leading the strategic efforts around D&I education and curriculum in partnership with Training & Development; and managing the strategy and execution of enterprise-wide D&I communications.  Prior to joining Discover, Sarah spent eight years as the Coordinator of the Disability-Careers Office at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, a liaison position between the offices of Career Services and Disability Services. 

In 2017, Sarah was invited to serve on the Chicago Mayoral Task Force on Employment and Economic Development for People with Disabilities. In addition, she is a Board member for the Center for Enriched Living and a member of Chicago's ADA 25 Advancing Leadership. Sarah holds a BS in Sociology from Illinois State University, a MA in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.  In her spare time, Sarah enjoys spending time with family and teaching hip-hop. 


Ramy Inocencio

Ramy Inocencio

Anchor, Daybreak Asia and Daybreak Australia, Bloomberg Television

Ramy Inocencio is the New York-based anchor for Bloomberg Television's flagship Asia-Pacific shows Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia and Bloomberg Daybreak: Australia. Inocencio joined Bloomberg from the Wall Street Journal Asia where he served as the region's Deputy Editor of Video in Hong Kong for Asia-Pacific news and reported for WSJ Live. In the field, he covered the Philippine devastation from Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, Hong Kong's pro-democracy Umbrella Revolution in 2014, and Pope Francis' first visit to the Philippines in 2015. Prior to the Wall Street Journal, Inocencio served as CNN International's Asia business correspondent in Hong Kong and CNN's NASDAQ reporter in New York, in addition to earlier years at CBS News in New York, Channel NewsAsia in Singapore and CCTV International in Beijing. Inocencio is Global Co-Lead of Bloomberg's Pan-Asian Community (BPAC), National Vice-President of the Asian-American Journalists Association which works to ensure diverse newsrooms across the United States, East-West Center New York alumni chapter president and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Sichuan, China.


Eugene Kelly

Eugene Kelly

Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Colgate-Palmolive 

Eugene Kelly is Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion for Colgate-Palmolive, a $15.2 billion consumer products company serving people in more than 200 countries and territories. In this role, Eugene's focus is on furthering Colgate's efforts to attract and retain the best people from a diverse and broad base of global talent. In addition, Eugene leads the Corporation's focus on Global Diversity and Inclusion while actively supporting its commitment to its' Managing with Respect principles and ensuring that Colgate provides a most inclusive work environment for all people. Eugene joined Colgate in 2001 as Human Resources Director, Global Finance & Legal. There, he provided HR leadership in the areas of succession planning, competencies/career tracks, staff development, performance management strategies and organizational change management. He was later named Human Resources Director, Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals, where Eugene led all Human Resources initiatives for business with particular emphasis on people development. 

Prior to Colgate, Eugene spent four years with AOL/Time Warner where he served as Associate Director, Human Resources for Money, Mutual Funds, and Fortune Small Business Magazines. During his career, Eugene has also held Human Resources leadership positions with PepsiCo, Wendy's International and Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Eugene currently serves on the Global Diversity & Inclusion Councils for the Asia Society and the Conference Board. He was recently recognized as one of the 2016 Harlem YMCA National Black Achievers in Industry and was named the 2015 Corporate Citizen of the Year by Determine To Educate, Inc. Eugene is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. 


Daphne Kwok

Daphne Kwok

Vice President, Multicultural Leadership, APA Audience Strategy, AARP

Daphne Kwok is the Vice President of Multicultural Leadership for the Asian American & Pacific Islander Audience Strategy at AARP. Her work empowers Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) to choose how they live as they age. She brings to AARP her experience as a "leader of leaders" through her community service in promoting and empowering the AAPI community. In 2010, Daphne was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair his Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The Commission served as the "eyes and ears" of the community advising the President and the federal government about the issues impacting the AAPI community. As Chair, Ms. Kwok met with AAPI communities throughout the country, connecting them to regional federal agency representatives. 

Previously, Daphne was Executive Director of Asians & Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California. She was also the Executive Director of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation in San Francisco. For 11 years, she was the Executive Director of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), a national membership-based civil rights organization, where she addressed: hate crimes, campaign finance, immigration, Census 2000, English-only, and affirmative action. She was the first elected Chair of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, a network of national APA organizations. She also served as Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies. Daphne's board service includes Chair of APIAVote,  a member of the Comcast-NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Advisory Council, Co-Chair of the Nielsen External Asian Pacific Advisory Council and board member of the Asian American Advertising Federation. A 1984 graduate of Wesleyan University, she is the first Asian American to serve on its Board of Trustees, is a trustee emeritus and chaired the Wesleyan Alumni Association.


Bo Young Lee

Bo Young Lee

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Uber 

Bo Young Lee leads Uber's Diversity and Inclusion efforts in the company, with stakeholders, and in the communities where they operate. Bo partners with senior leadership including its CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, to build a work culture where radically diverse and inclusive teams drive innovation, accelerate growth, and build a work culture and systems where all employees have the opportunity to excel and grow to their highest potential. 

Prior to joining Uber, Bo was the first Global Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Risk and Insurance Services businesses for Marsh and McLennan Companies. She also launched and led Aon/Hewitt Associates' Global Emerging Workforce Solutions consulting practice and held diversity leadership roles at Ernst & Young and National Grid. Bo also served as a Director of Advisory Services at Catalyst, the leading non-profit focused on the advancement of women in business. As a consultant and thought leader, Bo has enabled dozens of clients to achieve their diversity & inclusion goals. Past clients include Marriott International, Northern Trust, John Deere, Allstate, Booz & Co., Discover, Aon, Human Rights Campaign, and McKesson. She has an MBA with distinction from New York University's Stern School of Business and a BBA magna cum laude from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. She is a frequently sought-after speaker and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, MSNBC, Business Insurance, and other media outlets and conferences. She lives in New York City with her husband, daughters, Annabelle and Beatrice, and Betty the dog.


Ada Lien

Ada Lien

Senior Vice President Marketing, La Mer

Ada Lien is the Senior Vice President of La Mer and currently oversees global consumer priorities, category growth, new product launch strategies, digital marketing, global communications, social media and consumer insights. Ada's commitment to innovation has contributed to the brand's most successful launches. Under her leadership, La Mer experienced rapid growth worldwide. Since joining the brand in 2011, Ada has grown La Mer Global Marketing from 3 to 24 members, a testament to both her team's talent and Ada's forward-thinking nature.

Ada joined The Estée Lauder Companies in 2003 as a member of the inaugural class of the President Management Associate Program. Prior to joining La Mer, she held many roles with increasing responsibility within the organization, such as leading Clinique's skincare innovation as Global Executive Director and Prescriptives global makeup business. With 15 years of experience in the beauty industry building prestige brands, Ada also spent time outside the company at Bare Escentuals as the Director of Sales for Sephora. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Smith College. She is the founder and board member of the Harvard Business School Asian American Alumni Association. Ada currently lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.


Jeff Lin

Jeff Lin

Co-Founder, Admerasia

Jeff Lin is the co-founder of Admerasia. Since 1993, he has defined Admerasia's vision, creativity, culture and operations and has been responsible for charting the strategic course of Admerasia in and amongst the ever-expanding global market place. Over the years, Jeffs passion has made the transition from Chief Creative Director to CEO to Entrepreneurial Business Head possible. Jeff has over 25 years of experience in international advertising & marketing and is recognized throughout the industry as a powerful leader with expertise in all facets of multicultural communications and a true pioneer of Asian American marketing in North America. His unique strength to fuse strategy and creativity has enabled clients to gain leadership positions within the multicultural marketplace consistently over the years. Thanks to him, leading brands such as Mercedes-Benz, Citibank, American Express, Nissan, Infiniti, Hennessy, Lowe's, E*TRADE, State Farm, Humana, P&G Pharmaceutical, Genentech, Bristol-Myers Squibb, etc. have made a strong foothold in the Asian American market. The combination of Jeff's creativity and strategic branding insight in a global market has contributed to his leadership position in integrated marketing communications. As a child Jeff played in Minor League Baseball but has grown to be an ardent soccer fan. An avid action figure collector, Jeff "never wants to grow up, never wants to give up & never wants to stop improving". He believes in "Never say never!"


Tom Nagorski

Tom Nagorski

Executive Vice President, Asia Society

Tom Nagorski became Executive Vice President of the Asia Society following a three-decade career in journalism — having served most recently as Managing Editor for International Coverage at ABC News. Before that, he was Foreign Editor for ABC's World News Tonight, and a reporter and producer based in Russia, Germany, and Thailand. Nagorski was the recipient of eight Emmy awards and the Dupont Award for excellence in international coverage, as well as a fellowship from the Henry Luce Foundation.

He has written for several publications and is the author of Miracles on the Water: The Heroic Survivors of a World War II U-Boat Attack. Nagorski is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Advisory Board of the Committee to Protect Journalists, and a Program Advisor to the Brooklyn Historical Society. He graduated from Princeton University in 1984. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.


David Reid

David Reid

Executive Director of Global Talent Initiatives, Asia Society 

David Whitelaw Reid is the Executive Director of Corporate Programs at Asia Society, where he leads corporate programs, Business, Talent and Diversity Councils from Fortune 1000 companies. As part of his role, David leads the Global Talent initiatives focusing on addressing the corporate needs of companies who are actively doing business throughout Asia and providing a vital platform for businesses to discuss diversity and talent issues. He also leads Asia Society's Corporate Insights Summit, which serves as an annual gathering of more than 60 corporations and 250 representatives. The event focuses on developing the skills' capabilities of future business leaders. In addition, David is responsible for leading the annual Asian Corporate Survey. The survey is the first ever peer-reviewed, published initiative to exclusively measure the leadership success of Asian Pacific Americans in Fortune 500 companies. In his prior role as Director of Corporate Relations, David led corporate membership, sponsorship and stewardship activities for Asia Society's New York Center. 

David serves on the Board of Trustees of The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and The Metropolitan Tennis Group. He received his MBA in Information Systems from Pace University and his BA in History at Colorado College. On his off time, he plays tennis, travels the world, and is an avid coin collector.  


Dr. Sheila Robinson

Dr. Sheila Robinson

CEO & Publisher, Diversity Woman

Sheila Robinson, Ph.D. is Owner and Publisher of Diversity Woman Magazine, a professional business magazine for women leaders, executives and entrepreneurs of all races, cultures and backgrounds. Due to the overwhelming national response to her first magazine, North Carolina Career Network, the publication expanded nationally in April of 2008 becoming Diversity Woman. Ms. Robinson is a former Marketing Director with the textiles division of global chemical giant DuPont, where she traveled throughout the U.S. and abroad tracking apparel trends displayed at industry events including Essence magazine's annual Essence Award Show, GQ magazine's Men of the Year Award, and New York's 7th on Sixth fashion shows. Sheila achieved early career success at DuPont but after she had been with the organization for 14 years, her division was sold. Faced with relocation, she resigned from the company to pursue a long-awaited dream - to launch a professional magazine for women seeking career advancement opportunities. As an African-American woman, Sheila was no stranger to adversity, and she was strongly committed to providing what she thought to be a much-needed resource for women. Sheila is a graduate of North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pre-Law. In 2011, Sheila graduated with Beta Gamma Sigma honors in the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Masters Program at Western Carolina University and was selected as the "Most Outstanding Student" by the College of Business faculty. Sheila is a graduate of Leadership Greensboro (2006), and Leadership North Carolina (2007) and holds certificates from Stanford University's Professional Publishing Program (2007) and Wharton's School of Business Chief Learning Officer Program (2013). In 2009, she was honored with the MEAC Image Award for her career achievements and as a positive role model for young women. Other honors include the 2011 Minority Business Person of the Year by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, one of the 2012 Diversity MBA Top 100 Leaders by Diversity MBA Magazine and most recently during the 50th March on Capital celebration, she received Kingonomics's Corporate Diversity Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Sheila has been featured on the cover of Publishing Executive Magazine and named as one of 50 Top Women in Magazine Publishing for the significant contribution she has made in her industry. She earned a Doctor of Education in Talent Management from University of Pennsylvania.


Janet (Pien) Roller

Janet (Pien) Roller

Senior Director of Innovation, Marriott International

Janet Roller is Senior Director of CX Innovation at Marriott International. Prior to joining Marriott, Janet was at Target Corporation, where she led teams and held a variety of roles in Marketing, Strategy and Merchandising. Janet began her career in R&D as a product engineer at Procter & Gamble, after graduating with her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Janet and her husband have two young boys and reside in the DC metro area.


Mio Sakata

Mio Sakata

President & COO, Calbee North America

Mio Sakata is the President and COO of Calbee North America. In his new role as the President/COO of Calbee North America, he is determined to tackle new challenges to grow the company to the next level of innovation and to make an impact on the industry. After relocating to California from Tokyo, he worked in consumer goods and the retail industry, including Disney Consumer Products, Wok to Walk International, and Calbee Inc. Passionate about new business launches, Mio successfully opened Chicago-based Garrett Popcorn shops in Japan and developed the Harvest Snaps brand, which offers green pea-based healthy snacks and is currently Calbee's major product in the US market. In his free time, as a resident of the Bay area, he enjoys wine tasting in Napa and is keen to learn how to make wine and cook gourmet dishes. After 4.5 years of management consultant career in McKinsey & Company, Mio earned an MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Vivek Sankaran

Vivek Sankaran

President & COO, Frito-Lay North America

Vivek Sankaran is president and chief operating officer (COO) of Frito-Lay North America, where he leads PepsiCo’s $16 Billion snack and convenient foods business in the United States and Canada. 

Before assuming this role in 2016, Vivek served as COO where he was responsible for marketing, customer (retailer) sales, and go-to-market transformation functions. Prior to that role, Vivek was chief commercial officer of North America, responsible for PepsiCo’s cross-divisional performance across the company’s largest North America customers and held the role of chief customer officer, leading Sales for Frito-Lay North America.

During his tenure, Vivek led field operations for Frito-Lay’s South region, where he had the opportunity to learn the operating side of the business from the ground up and also served as senior vice president, Strategy, working for the Chairman’s office.

Prior to joining PepsiCo in 2009, Vivek was a partner at McKinsey and Company, where he served various Fortune 100 companies with a focus on strategy and operations. He served clients in North America, the United Kingdom, and Korea during his 14-year career at the firm.

Vivek serves on the board of Safe Water Network, a non-profit organization that develops sustainable water solutions in India and Ghana, and also serves on the boards of the Dallas Regional Chamber, and the Grocery Manufacturers Association.  

Vivek has an MBA from the University of Michigan, a master's degree in manufacturing from Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai. 

Vivek and his wife Nancy have made their home in Dallas.  


Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

Vice President, Global Marketing Communications, Prudential 

Niharika Shah is Vice President and Head of Brand Marketing & Advertising at Prudential Financial, Inc. She currently leads Prudential's full service in-house and external agency to create memorable brand experiences. A technology-savvy marketer, she is driven by the idea of unlocking value in media, the power of storytelling and insightful content. Her portfolio includes overseeing Prudential's media investment in the U.S. and International Markets, Creative and Strategy development, and Prudential's Sponsorship, Social Media and Content Marketing practices. In the past, Niharika has led brand and digital marketing for retail, financial services, and consumer packaged goods companies. In addition to an engineering degree in computer science, Niharika holds an executive MBA in marketing and entrepreneurship from The Rutgers School of Business. 


N. Sadat Shami

N. Sadat Shami

Director, Talent Development, Engagement & Social Analytics, IBM

N. Sadat Shami, Ph.D. leads the Center for Engagement and Social Analytics at IBM Corporate Headquarters in Armonk, NY. He is responsible for IBM's employee engagement and employee social analytics strategy globally. His team of researchers and practitioners focus on delivering business insights by pushing the boundaries of the inferences that can be drawn by combining large-scale social media data with enterprise data. Recently, he has led several advanced analytics projects in the employee engagement and social space, showing linkage with various outcomes of interest to IBM. Prior to his current role, Sadat worked at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center in Cambridge, MA. He has a PhD in Information Science from Cornell University, has published over 20 articles in highly selective peer-reviewed conferences and journals, and has lived in five countries.


Josette Sheeran

Josette Sheeran

Lulu & Anthony Wang, President & CEO, Asia Society

Josette Sheeran is the seventh President and CEO of Asia Society. She is responsible for advancing the organization's global work in the fields of arts and culture, policy and business, and education. Josette also serves as the UN Special Envoy to Haiti, representing the UN Secretary-General in advancing Haiti's 2030 vision and in helping secure an end to the transmission of cholera in Haiti. Josette is former vice chair of the World Economic Forum, known for its annual Davos convening and Davos in China. She helped advance global initiatives encompassing global, regional, and industry agendas such as Grow Africa, which has attracted $10 billion to end hunger and malnutrition in Africa.

Prior to the World Economic Forum, Josette was executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), appointed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2006. Her TED Talk on ending world hunger has been viewed more than one million times and has been used in schools to teach children about hunger. She led the world's largest humanitarian organization, serving up to 100 million of the world's most hungry each year. Under Sheeran's leadership, the WFP increased its donor base to more than 100 nations and became the first UN program to include the so-called BRIC countries and the Gulf States among its top 10 donors.

Prior to this, Josette served as a diplomat and negotiator for the United States, including as U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs, and deputy U.S. Trade Representative, handling Asia, Africa, labor, environment, intellectual property, and trade capacity building portfolios. In 2011, Forbes named her the world's 30th most powerful woman; Foreign Policy listed her among its top 100 global 'Twitterati'. She was a Fisher Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center in 2013. Josette is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations. She was awarded Japan's Nigata International Food Award, Commandeur de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole by the government of France, and Brazil's highest civilian award, the Grand Official Order of the 'Rio Branco,' and the 'Game Changer' award by the Huffington Post.


KT Thomas

KT Thomas

Business Unit Controller Director, Freddie Mac

KT Thomas is the Business Unit Controller Director at Freddie Mac. He leads the SF CFO Reporting and Analytics finance team that supports the Single Family Division, the largest business segment of Freddie Mac. KT is the primary finance advisor to the business providing insightful financial analysis and developing strategy for the Sales, Pricing and Credit Risk Transfer departments. He is also responsible for all capital and profitability reporting to the regulator. Previous to this role, he supported the Servicing and REO department of the Single Family division during the financial crisis, helping the company establish Loan Modification or Repayment Program for borrowers and optimizing Short Sale and REO loan terminations to minimize loan losses. KT has created and led many leadership and employee engagement programs at Freddie Mac and Accenture, resulting in recognition by senior leadership for opportunities to be included in the prestigious CFO Council and Co-Chair of Asian BRG at Freddie Mac plus Executive Leadership Development Program at Accenture.

From 2009 to 2014, KT was the Chairman and President of Loudoun Soccer, the largest youth sports organization in the state of Virginia. During his tenure, he restructured the organization and increased registration from 10,000 to 16,000 and grew revenue and programs to over $3 Mil. Significant lucrative deals were also signed with Adidas, Pepsi, and other large corporations. Another significant accomplishment includes the construction of a $6 Mil lighted turf sports facility by working with banks to obtain financing and developing a comprehensive business plan to support debt payments. KT was recognized by the non-profit with the Lifetime Achievement Award and the organization itself was nominated to become the Loudoun County Non-Profit of the Year and personally recognized by Loudoun County for all his volunteer efforts. KT has an MBA in Finance and International Business and a BSBA in Finance. He also completed the Corp Executive Leadership Program of ASCEND and the Tuck Executive Leadership Program at Dartmouth. He lives with his wife Maryann and his three children in Lansdowne VA and is an avid golfer and runner.


Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran

Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran

US Business Editor, The Economist & Author

Vijay is the US Business Editor of The Economist and an award-winning book author. The Financial Times has declared him to be "a writer to whom it is worth paying attention." His latest book is Need, Speed and Greed: How the New Rules of Innovation Can Transform Businesses, Propel Nations to Greatness, and Tame the World's Most Wicked Problems. Vijay is a Life Member at the Council on Foreign Relations and an advisor on sustainability and innovation to the World Economic Forum/Davos. From 1998 to 2006, he covered the politics, economics, business, and technology of energy and the environment and produced two well-received books on those topics (Power to the People and Zoom). From 2007 to 2011, his portfolio encompassed innovation, global health, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. He served as the magazine's first Shanghai Bureau Chief and China Business Editor from 2012 to 2017.


Phillip Wang

Phillip Wang

Senior Vice President, Brand & Advertising Manager, Wells Fargo

Phil Wang is Senior Vice President, Brand & Advertising Manager at Wells Fargo. He joined the company in 2002 to take over a newly created position in the Consumer Credit Group's Strategic Marketing organization focusing on Diverse Growth Segments. In 2005, he joined Enterprise Marketing's Brand and Advertising team as the General Market Advertising Manager. He is now one of five Integrated Marketing Campaign Leads responsible for developing large-scale integrated marketing campaigns for the Wells Fargo brand across all lines of businesses. His team also manages executions for Segment related efforts including Diverse Segments, Student, Veterans, and LGBT. For the past three years, Phil has led the campaign development for multiple Brand and Reputation efforts. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Phil developed strategies and ad campaigns for a variety of consumer and business-to-business accounts at leading ad agencies. Some of his previous clients included Nestle, AT&T Wireless, Safeway, Jelly Belly Candy Company, Salesforce.com, and UBOC. While at McCann Erickson in the early 90's, Phil was on the account team for Wells Fargo handling products groups such as In-Store Banking, Business Banking, Mortgage Lending, Commercial Banking, Ethnic Marketing and International Trade Services. Phil is a graduate of Tufts University with a BA in International Relations and spent his early years living abroad in Asia and Europe. A golfer and skier, he is married with two daughters and two dogs that keep him busy on weekends in Danville, CA.

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