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Strategic Advisory Board

Members of the Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership Strategic Advisory Board share the deep desire to foster equity, inclusion, and gender parity in organizational leadership in our lifetime. This is no less than a global dream team of change-makers, and the Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership is deeply grateful and proud to be the catalyst that unites the members.

Advisors

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Rosie Campbell

Executive Director, The Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, King’s College London

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Rosie Campbell

Executive Director, The Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, King’s College London

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Rosie is Director of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership and Professor of Politics at King’s College London. She has recently written on barriers to participation in politics, gendered patterns of support for the populist radical right, and what voters want from their elected representatives. She is the principle investigator of the ESRC funded Representative Audit of Britain, which surveyed all candidates standing in the 2015, 2017 and 2019 British General Elections. Rosie has presented six episodes of Radio Four’s Analysis and in 2020 she presented an episode of BBC Radio 4’s Rethink series

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Kim Cerda

Organizational Change, Culture & Engagement Lead, Hudson Lake

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Kim Cerda

Organizational Change, Culture & Engagement Lead, Hudson Lake

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Kim is Hudson Lake’s Chief Human Resources Officer and Organizational Change and Culture practice lead. She delivers customized solutions to clients, leveraging 25+ years of industry expertise as a highly-skilled executive in corporate communications, organizational development, employee engagement, and change management. A recognized leader in human resources strategy, Kim brings a strong understanding of internal communications, including talent acquisition, culture, and organizational design, HR technology, compensation, and employee engagement. Prior to joining Hudson-Lake, Kim served as the Vice President of Human Resources and Operational Excellence at Toyota Financial Services.

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Dr. Teresa Cooper

Vice Chair of External DEI, Deloitte US

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Dr. Teresa Cooper

Vice Chair of External DEI, Deloitte US

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Dr. Cooper is a member of Deloitte’s Management Committee where she focuses on fostering Deloitte’s external brand and helping to drive market-facing efforts. Terri believes a strong culture of inclusion is key to serving clients with distinction, as complex global challenges increasingly require diversity of experience and perspective. Terri serves as a frequent speaker on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues and trends. She spearheaded the State of Inclusion research. She has represented Deloitte at Davos, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women, and Women Leaders Global Forum. She was named to Crain’s 2019 New York Notable Women in Accounting.

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April Evans

Partner, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer, Monitor Clipper Partners

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April Evans

Partner, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer, Monitor Clipper Partners

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April is Partner, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Compliance Officer of Monitor Clipper Partners, which has raised and managed $2 billion in private equity. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Simmons University and is on the Business Advisory Council for the Simmons University School of Business. She also serves as a board chair or board member for several organizations: Microgame, STS Medical Group, the Women’s Association of Venture and Equity, the Financial Executives Alliance, the ACLU of Massachusetts, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, the Association for Corporate Growth’s Private Equity Regulatory Taskforce, and the Boston Private Bank Venture and Private Equity Advisory Board. She is a frequent speaker at private equity industry conferences and an angel investor in and advisor to numerous start-ups.

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Tracy Fagan

Senior Vice President, PMO Natixis

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Tracy Fagan

Senior Vice President, PMO Natixis

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Tracy has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services arena. She is currently Senior Vice President, Project Management Office for Natixis Investment Managers where she is responsible for the firm’s project management office, vendor management office, and business continuity program. Tracy helped to launch the firm’s Women’s Leadership Initiative and is committed to empowering women to grow into leadership positions with the firm. She has held leadership positions at Strong Women, Strong Girls, a multi-generational mentoring program for elementary school girls.

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Paul Francisco

Chief Diversity Officer, State Street

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Paul Francisco

Chief Diversity Officer, State Street

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Paul is the Chief Diversity Officer and Head of Workforce Development programs at State Street Corporation where he leads the implementation of global diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies. He also oversees the execution of workforce development strategies and the Affirmative Action planning. Prior to joining State Street, Paul was a Managing Director and co-founder of Foster & Francisco LLC, an executive search and diversity consulting firm based in Boston. Recognition for his groundbreaking work includes the 2007 Boston Business Journal’s “Top 40 under 40”; 2009 “20 on the Move” recognizing Hispanic executives making a difference in Boston; and Color Magazine’s 2009 “All Inclusive Award for Leadership”.

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Dawn Frazier-Bohnert

Senior Vice President and Global Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Liberty Mutual Insurance

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Dawn Frazier-Bohnert

Senior Vice President and Global Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Liberty Mutual Insurance

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Dawn Frazier-Bohnert joined Liberty Mutual Insurance in 2013 to shape the new office of Diversity and Inclusion. As Executive Vice President, Dawn is responsible for leading the design, development and implementation of Liberty Mutual’s diversity and inclusion strategy and programs. This includes internal and external communications, metrics, and the development of employee resource groups. Dawn is on Black Enterprise’s 2019 Most Powerful Women in Corporate Diversity list and is a recipient of the 2019 Profiles in Diversity Journal Diversity Leader Award.

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Asha George

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Electronic Arts (EA)

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Asha George

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Electronic Arts (EA)

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Asha George is Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Electronic Arts (EA) where she partners with leaders and team members across the organization to deepen and advance the culture of inclusion as a fundamental business imperative. She is an experienced HR executive with over 20 years of experience ranging from acquiring and integrating new businesses to leading business transformations and shaping long-term relationships with top global clients. She accelerates business performance with leading-edge strategy, innovation, and signature practices across the talent and culture ecosystem.

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Dr. Diane Grossman

Faculty Senate President & Professor, Simmons University

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Dr. Diane Grossman

Faculty Senate President & Professor, Simmons University

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Dr. Grossman is Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Philosophy at Simmons University, Chair of the Philosophy Department, and Director of the Honors Program. Diane has also served as Director of Academic Advising, as an Associate Dean, and as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for ten years. She is the author of Existentialism and the Philosophical Tradition, Looking at Gay and Lesbian Life, and numerous articles and essays on ethics, feminist theory, and cultural studies. In addition, she has been part of a cross-disciplinary research team that studies girls’ and women’s perceived confidence and has published several articles on that subject.

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Sonya Jacobs

Chief Organizational Learning Officer, University of Michigan

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Sonya Jacobs

Chief Organizational Learning Officer, University of Michigan

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Sonya Jacobs is the chief organizational learning officer for the University of Michigan and the senior director for Faculty and Leadership Development at Michigan Medicine. She is responsible for creating curricula and strategies to build the capabilities of staff, faculty and leaders across the university. This includes the development of programs to further the university’s initiatives around creating an inclusive and equitable environment. In addition to serving on several leadership boards, Sonya is the co-founder of the Leadership Summit for Women in Academic Medicine and Healthcare and the Rudi Ansbacher Women in Academic Medicine Leadership Scholars Program. She also founded the Executive Coaching Certification program at Michigan Medicine. Sonya was awarded the 2020 Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence award. She was also chosen by the Academic Women’s Caucus as one of the recipients of the 2020-2021 Sarah Goddard Power Distinguished Service Award.

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Stuart Kliman

Partner, Building Industries Partners

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Stuart Kliman

Partner, Building Industries Partners

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Stuart is a Partner at Boston-based Building Industry Products, the leading private equity firm in the building industry. Kliman also serves as the Head of BIP’s newly formed Center of Excellence (CoE) focused on human capital management. Kliman is a veteran strategic consulting firm leader and an expert in organizational change and individual capability building. Stuart’s long-standing interest in these areas began at the Harvard Negotiation Project, the think tank responsible for authoring <em>Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In</em>, a seminal work on negotiation and collaboration. Kliman has authored many research reports and other white papers on topics ranging from alliance strategy and management to key capabilities for leaders and the future of work.

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Devendra Malladi

Vice President, Customer Experience, Proactive Services, Cisco

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Devendra Malladi

Vice President, Customer Experience, Proactive Services, Cisco

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Dev is Vice President, Customer Experience for Cisco where he leads Proactive Services and Customer Success for Cisco CX Centers globally. His team is responsible for the modernization and delivery of all Professional Services, Operate Managed Services, and Customer Success throughout the customer lifecycle. Dev is also an active Executive Sponsor of PRIDE initiatives at Cisco and is passionate about building an inclusive future for all through proximity and sponsorship. Dev has over 25 years of experience in sales, services, cloud, software, customer success, and driving large transformations across the US and Asia. He also is a regular speaker on Managing Change.

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Dani Monroe

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Partners HealthCare

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Dani Monroe

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Partners HealthCare

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Dani is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Partners HealthCare, Massachusetts’ largest healthcare organization. She integrates diversity and inclusion into Partners’ patient care, science, and teaching missions, understanding how diversity, inclusion, and organizational change relate to the organization’s mission. Dani’s expertise has helped C-suite executives of Fortune 100 companies enhance their global diversity, inclusion and organizational effectiveness as well as positively impact their bottom lines, reputations, and business potential.

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Greg Morley

Regional Director Human Resources APAC/Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Moët Hennessy

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Greg Morley

Regional Director Human Resources APAC/Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Moët Hennessy

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Greg is Regional Director Human Resources Asia Oceania for Moët Hennessy, a division of LVMH, leading the company’s HR operations across the region. Greg also heads Moet Hennessy’s Global strategies to increase Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. He brings a personal and professional passion to the development of talent and to helping others achieve more than they believe they can. Greg is playing a leading role in the team working to produce Gay Games Hong Kong 2022, a 12,000 participant sports, culture, and inclusion event, in Asia for the first time in its 40 years history.

 

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Suzie Murphy

Vice President & Chief People Officer, Simmons University

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Suzie Murphy

Vice President & Chief People Officer, Simmons University

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Suzie was named Simmons University’s Chief People Officer in 2020 to lead HR innovation and create the university’s workforce of the future. She also serves as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives to ensure the success of online learning university-wide. She oversaw major organizational redesign and spearheaded the Simmons Experience Program, an initiative focused on improving student retention through improved faculty, staff, and student experiences and engagement. Suzie’s experience spans multiple industries from financial services to management consulting, to higher education. She is a certified Gallup Strengths coach, a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership, and a member of the Boston Club.

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Regina Pisa

Chairman Emeritus & Partner, Goodwin

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Regina Pisa

Chairman Emeritus & Partner, Goodwin

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Regina M. Pisa is Chairman Emeritus and a Partner of Goodwin Procter LLP, a leading Global 50 law firm. Ms. Pisa led the firm as Chairman, and before that also as Managing Partner, for more than 16 years, through 2014. She was the first woman to lead an AmLaw 100 law firm in the United States and one of the youngest executives – at age 42 – to take the helm at the time of her appointment. Ms. Pisa’s vision and leadership fostered an unprecedented period of growth for Goodwin. She spearheaded a strategic plan that resulted in the firm’s dramatic expansion into new markets and intense focus on high-growth industry-facing practices. Under her visionary leadership, Goodwin transformed from a major regional firm to a leading national and then global firm and saw its attorney headcount grow over three-fold, its revenues grow over five-fold and its profitability grow over seven-fold. Today, Goodwin is a firm of over 1,200 attorneys, serving clients from thirteen locations in the United States, Europe, and Asia. In 2017, The American Lawyer chose Ms. Pisa as its Distinguished Leader of the Year, heralding her as a pioneer and noting how her strategic vision and innovative style transformed not only Goodwin but the legal industry. Among many other current board service and community roles, Ms. Pisa serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Simmons University.

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Colleen Richards Powell

Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, American Tower

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Colleen Richards Powell

Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, American Tower

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Colleen is the architect of American Tower’s diversity and inclusion strategy, where she oversees the implementation of social change initiatives and best practices to advance the organization’s global footprint and inclusive culture. Previously, Colleen was the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at MFS Investment Management where she built the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy engaging with pivotal clients, strategic partners, internal and external stakeholders across North America, EMEA, and Asia Pacific. Colleen is a chair or member of numerous educational, civic, and philanthropic boards including the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. Colleen began her career by serving on the Capitol Hill staff of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, where she worked on the policy concerning education, children, and low-income policy.

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Dr. Sheila Robinson

Founder, Publisher & CEO, Diversity Woman Media

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Dr. Sheila Robinson

Founder, Publisher & CEO, Diversity Woman Media

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Dr. Robinson is a celebrated publisher, author on leadership, inspiring speaker, and talent innovation specialist. Her company Diversity Woman Media is recognized nationally as a leading multi-platform enterprise with program offerings that advance all dimensions of diversity and inclusion. Sheila helps leading companies transform their culture to reach gender parity, equity, and belonging by combining her first-hand experience climbing the corporate ladder at a Fortune 100 company—from the factory floor to senior leadership—with the highest academic degrees, best practices from her leading magazines, and a deep passion for evidence-based workplace learnings. Her experiences, including the obstacles she faced as an African-American businesswoman in the South, led her to want to help other business leaders achieve leadership.

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Margaret Ruvoldt

Chief People Officer, 2U

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Margaret Ruvoldt

Chief People Officer, 2U

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Maggie is 2U, Inc.’s chief people officer and oversees global human resources, talent management, recruiting, and the growth and sustainability of 2U’s great culture. She is a member of 2U’s global executive team. Both inside and outside of 2U, Ruvoldt has demonstrated her passion and commitment to building and maintaining an inclusive community. Before 2U launched Business Resource Networks, Ruvoldt created a program to mentor and develop future women leaders.

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Shari Slate

Vice President, Chief Inclusion & Collaboration Officer, Cisco

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Shari Slate

Vice President, Chief Inclusion & Collaboration Officer, Cisco

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Shari is responsible for designing Cisco’s next horizon people strategy to deliver on the company’s commitment to power an inclusive future for all. Her team’s responsibilities include Inclusion and Collaboration, Community Impact, People Strategy, and Market Insights. Shari has been widely recognized for her visionary leadership and transformational views on the business value created at the intersection of diversity, inclusion, collaboration and technology. Under her leadership, Cisco has achieved its highest diversity levels for five years running, and the company was ranked #2 on <a href=”https://www.greatplacetowork.com/best-workplaces/diversity/2019″ rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>Fortune’s 100 Best Workplaces for Diversity list for 2019</a>.

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Darlene Slaughter

Chief Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement Officer, March of Dimes

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Darlene Slaughter

Chief Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement Officer, March of Dimes

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Darlene is a visionary with a passion to remove barriers and provide equal opportunities for all. At the March of Dimes, Darlene is leading a culture of engagement, innovation, accountability, trust, diversity and inclusion. Darlene’s work in diversity and inclusion has received many awards and honors, including SAVOY’s 2012 Top 100 Influential Women in Corporate America, Profiles in Diversity Journal’s list of Women Worth Watching, Black Enterprises’ Top Executives in Diversity, and Heart & Soul’s Women of Substance in Finance. She has also graced the cover of Inclusion Magazine.

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Lynn Tetrault

Founder, Anahata Leadership

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Lynn Tetrault

Founder, Anahata Leadership

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Lynn is an experienced global business leader and board director who is passionate about healthcare, leadership development and the advancement of women. She is the founder of Anahata Leadership, an advisory firm focused on supporting the leadership effectiveness and development of women. A longstanding executive in the pharmaceutical industry, Lynn is currently Lead Independent Director of Neo Genomics Clinical Laboratories and Non-Executive Director of Rhythm Pharmaceuticals. She is also a Director of Paradigm for Parity.

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Stephanie Turner

Vice President, Inclusion, Diversity, and Social Innovation, Mitre

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Stephanie Turner

Vice President, Inclusion, Diversity, and Social Innovation, Mitre

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Stephanie E. Turner collaboratively integrates inclusion and diversity strategies in talent acquisition, social innovation, and leadership development. Stephanie is known for optimizing organizational sponsorships and brand presence at national diversity conferences, expanding national presence and increasing overall membership in employee resource groups, establishing governance models to improve customer service, and launching employee resource group referral programs.

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Karen Wetherholt

Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Management & Diversity, Illumina

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Karen Wetherholt

Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Management & Diversity, Illumina

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Karen is a results-driven leader with over 20 years of leadership and a breadth of experience across the HR ecosystem. She has lived and worked abroad and brings a global multicultural perspective. She drives work by understanding the business’s strategic objectives and translating them into talent strategies that drive proven results. Karen is currently VP of Talent at Illumina, the global leader in DNA sequencing and unlocking the power of the genome. Previously, she has held leadership roles in several divisions of Walt Disney Company.

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Kelvin Womack

Vice President & Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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Kelvin Womack

Vice President & Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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Kelvin is charged with creating St. Jude’s first Diversity and Inclusion office to attract, develop, and retain a diverse workforce and strengthen an inclusive institution that delivers the best care to the diverse patient population St. Jude serves. Kelvin brings more than 30 years of technology, business strategy, and human capital experience, consulting for clients across multiple industries including government agencies and commercial and non-profit healthcare organizations. Kelvin is a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Board Chairs

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Susan MacKenty Brady

CEO, Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership

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Susan MacKenty Brady

CEO, Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership

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Susan Brady inspires, educates, and ignites leaders globally on fostering a mindset of inclusion and self-awareness. As an expert in inclusion and the advancement of women leaders, Susan advises executives on how to create gender parity in organizations and motivates women at all levels of organizational leadership to fully realize—and manifest—their leadership potential.

Building on the institution’s 40-year history impacting over 100,000 professional women at their events and programs, Susan now serves as the Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Chair for Women and Leadership at Simmons University and the first Chief Executive Officer of The Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership. The Institute produces a global set of game-changing professional initiatives for the purpose of intersecting leadership, equity, and inclusion.

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Dr. Lynn Perry Wooten

President, Simmons University

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Dr. Lynn Perry Wooten

President, Simmons University

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Dr. Wooten is the ninth president of Simmons University and the first African American to lead the university. A seasoned academic and an expert on organizational development and transformation, Lynn specializes in crisis leadership, diversity and inclusion, and positive leadership—organizational behavior that reveals and nurtures the highest level of human potential. Lynn is an innovative leader and prolific author and presenter whose research has informed her work in the classroom and as an administrator. Lynn has also maintained a robust clinical practice, providing leadership development, education, and training for a wide variety of companies and institutions.