2019 REI Summit Agenda

We are looking forward to having you join us for the upcoming 2019 Regional Economic Inclusion Summit!


Executive Breakfast (Invitation-Only): SOLD OUT

The Role and Work of CEOs and Executives in Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in their Organizations

8:00 a.m. Check-In
8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

The Executive Breakfast will feature nationally recognized leaders who are spearheading efforts to address the diversity of our organizations, particularly at the most senior levels of our workplaces. This year’s speakers are generating extraordinary and critical research, executing innovative diversity and inclusion strategies and leading national organizations that are preparing African American professionals for C-Suite, including CEO roles. This breakfast was established to provide our region’s CEOs and Executives with insights of the role they can play as leaders and the action steps they can champion for their organizations and the region.

Confirmed Speakers

Carlonda Reilly, Ph.D., Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Kennametal, Inc.

Terri Cooper, Ph.D., Chief Inclusion Officer, Deloitte

Skip Spriggs, President and Chief Executive Officer, Executive Leadership Council

Yvonne Campos, President, Next Act Fund LLC

General Session

8:30 am Check-in and Continental Breakfast

Concurrent Sessions I

9:00 am to 10:15 am

  • Employee Resource Group Trends, Data and Promising Practices: This session will provide attendees with the latest research, trends and advancements in Employee Resource Groups. The preeminent expert on ERGs, Theresa Welbourne, will lead this session sharing her findings and observations from a large project focused on employee resource groups (ERGs) and how these programs are helping advance diversity and inclusion initiatives as well as overall organizational performance, innovation and growth. Dr. Welbourn’s project consists of research, best practice studies, an annual Summit for ERG leaders, training for ERG leaders.

    Theresa Welbourne, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist with the University of Southern California Center for Effective Organizations, a Will and Maggie Brooke Professor in Entrepreneurship and the Executive Director of the Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute, The University of Alabama. She is also the Founder, President and CEO, eePulse Inc.

  • Building Inclusive Organizational Cultures: A Roadmap: To grow and sustain diversity in our organizations, we need to build organizations with inclusive cultures. This session will explore the roadmap and work other organizations are implementing to create organizational environments that attract, engage and elevate a diversity of talent. Our panel of speakers will share their tactics, tools, learned lessons and roadmap to building and sustaining inclusive cultures.

  • Moderator: Ibrahim Habeeb, Director of People Development, Niche.com

    Presenter and PanelistNene Molefi, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, Facilitator & CEO, Mandate Molefi Consultants

    Panelist: Pammi Bhullar, Senior Manager, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Thermo Fisher Scientific

    Panelist: Dawnita Wilson, Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Sodexo

  • Measuring What Matters to Advance your Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Objectives: Organizations that measure and assess their diversity and inclusion efforts and hold accountable leadership for making progress yield greater returns from their diversity and inclusion work. This session will examine what to measure, measurement approaches and accountability strategies. Jay Lundy, Practice Leader, for the Boston Consulting Group, will present findings from his organization’s report “Measure What Matters in Gender Diversity.” He will join other speakers in a panel discussion on an array of measurement practices that organizations are using to achieve results. Whether your organization is developing its D&I work or has a long running integrated D&I strategy, you will walk away with critical insights on how and what to measure and assess to help achieve your D&I objectives.

    Presenter and Panelist: Jay Lundy, Project Leader, New York Office, Boston Consulting Group

  • Panelist: Marsha Jones, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, PNC Financial Services

    Panelist: Lora McKnight, Vice President of Programs and Services, Vibrant Pittsburgh

    Moderator: Yasmin Purohit, Ph.D., Professor Human Resources Management, Robert Morris University

    Concurrent Sessions II

    10:30 am to 11:45 am

  • Strategies to Reduce Bias in Hiring, Promotions, and Delegation of Assignments: Many of our organizations have begun to provide their employees training to increase awareness about unconscious or implicit bias. Unconscious bias experts have identified strategies and tactics to overcome or work around and even reduce our biases. It is not enough to simply be aware of the biases, you will need tactics to enable your organization to advance its D&I goals despite those biases. Speakers will engage in a robust panel discussion about bias and how to reduce it and work around it to advance your D&I objectives, particularly in hiring, promotions and delegation of assignments.

  • Panelist: Geoff Kaufman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Human Computer Interaction Institute, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

    Panelist: Jason Lando, Co-Founder and Trainer, DBA Training Solutions

    Panelist: Pam Jeffords, Diversity & Inclusion Leader, PwC

    Moderator: Lonie Haynes, Ph.D., Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Highmark Health

  • Talent Acquisition Strategies: Building a Diverse Talent Pipeline: Through a presentation and panel discussion, session attendees will examine talent acquisition processes and practices that build diverse talent pools and result in more diverse workplaces. Louis Montgomery, Practice Leader for Korn Ferry, will kick-off the discussion with a presentation of the findings from Korn Ferry’s report,  The Next-Gen Chief Diversity Officer, an evolving profile of high impact D&I executives. Montgomery will shed light on the Chief Diversity Officer position including the competencies and how this position should work with organization leadership to increase diversity and create more inclusive workplaces. Montgomery will join panelists for a conversation on talent acquisition practices that are yielding promising outcomes in growing the diversity of their organizations. Panelists will also share their stories, tactics and tools to successfully source, recruit, hire and on-board a diversity of world class talent.

    Presenter & Panelist: Louis Montgomery, Practice Leader, Human Resources & Diversity Officer Practice, KORN FERRY

    Panelist: Todd Owens, Senior Recruiter, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Panelist: Hope Vaccaro, Director, Human Resources, Ellwood Group

    Moderator: Neysha Arcelay, President, Precixa

  • LAUNCHING YOUR EBRG: Lessons Learned from the Apollo 11 Moon Mission  Any organization that intends to launch and support EBRGs should have a pretty clear idea about the focus for the group, how it will be supported, goals, and a mission statement clearly articulated. In this session, we'll draw comparisons to the historic Apollo 11 Moon Mission as we learn more about launching EBRGs which will include representatives from organizations who successfully launched their EBRGs.    

  • Presenter
    : Patricia A. Bucek, National Director of Marketing and Talent Attraction, Vibrant Pittsburgh

    Co-Presenter: Tamaira Ridgely, CPSM, Global Procurement Lead Commodity Manager, US Steel Corporation

  • Leading the Way and EBRG Awards Luncheon

  • 12:00 pm to 1:45 pm

    Break (And Reception)

  • Commit. Collaborate. Change. The C3 Talks 

    2:15 pm to 3:45 pm.

    Get ready to be inspired by a series of short powerful talks that shed more light on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and this year’s Summit theme.


    Linda Jefferson, Senior Vice President – Media Services, Burrell Communications

    Alka Patel, Deputy Director, Risk & Regulatory Services Innovation Center, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University

    Nene Molefi, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, Facilitator & CEO, Mandate Molefi Consultants

    Candi Castleberry-Singleton, Vice President, Diversity Partnership Strategy and Engagement, Twitter
  • Sheila Vélez Martínez, Jack & Lovell Olender Professor of Refugee, Asylum, and Immigration Law Director of Clinical Programs, University of Pittsburgh

  • Affinity Group Marketplace Reception

    3:45 pm to 6:00 pm

    Enjoy a cocktail and snack with leaders and members of our region's diverse professional and civic membership organizations and discover how to engage through recruiting, volunteering, board opportunities, and other collaborations.