Debunking Four Myths About Reskilling and Upskilling

By Donald Fan Avoid the pitfalls that could impact the career growth of women and people of color in the digital age The future of work and the underlying global reskilling challenge were among the hottest topics discussed at the World Economic Forum at Davos in 2019. The discussion addressed the emerging skills gaps arising… Read the full article

Hopeful About 2020

By Janet and Gary Smith, Ivy Planning Group Some of you remember the fear associated with the dawning of the year 2000 known as Y2K. There were predictions that on January 1, 2000, moving from 1999 to 2000, a computer bug would cause all hell to break loose. Computers would be unable to function, causing… Read the full article

Moving from Initiatives to Impact

By Michael Stuber, the European D&I Engineer Pledges & partnerships, campaigns & charters: Publicly visible D&I initiatives have soared across countries and industries. Despite the substantial resources that are invested in these formats, evidence suggests that workplace and business realities continue to include racism, sexism, ageism, or homophobia—contrary to what the initiatives aim to convey.… Read the full article

Q&A with Walmart’s Greg Smith

By PDJ Greg Smith is executive vice president of Walmart’s vast supply chain network for both its brick-and-mortar and online businesses. In this role, Smith leads a team of more than 115,000 associates who work in 200 facilities across the country. Read on to learn why this leader champions diversity and inclusion and how he… Read the full article

Annie Holmes – Council of Chief State School Officers

Annie Holmes Chief Equity Officer Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Headquarters: Washington, DC Industry: Education Management CEO: Carissa Moffat Miller, PhD Website: Her Credentials: BS, education, Temple University; M Ed, college student affairs, M Ed, higher education administration, and PhD, adult education and lifelong learning (ABD), The Pennsylvania State University Her Philosophy:… Read the full article

Abbi Cohen – Dechert LLP

Abbi Cohen Deputy Chair of Diversity & Inclusion Dechert LLP Headquarters: Philadelphia, PA & New York, NY Industry: Law CEO: Henry N. Nassau Website: Her Credentials: BA magna cum laude, economics with High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Barnard College, Columbia University; JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School Her Philosophy: It is not within my… Read the full article

Sady Fischer – Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Sady Fischer Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Headquarters: Rochester, New York Industry: Health Insurance CEO: Christopher C. Booth, Esq. Website: Her Credentials: BA, gender studies, SUNY Empire State College; CDP (Certified Diversity Professional) Her Philosophy: Inclusion, diversity, equity and access (I.D.E.A) are important priorities because we care about our employees,… Read the full article

Lynne Walker – First Horizon National Corporation

Lynne Walker Executive Vice President & Director of Affinity Strategy First Horizon National Corporation Headquarters: Memphis, Tennessee Industry: Financial Services/Banking CEO: D. Bryan Jordan Website: Her Credentials: bachelor’s degree, economics and sociology, Duke University Her Philosophy: Diversity + Affinity = Inclusion. Through this equation, the goal is to advance and support bank-wide strategies, tactics,… Read the full article

Betty Chen – Fish & Richardson

Betty Chen Principal Fish & Richardson Headquarters: N/A Industry: International Property Law CEO: Peter Devlin Website: Her Credentials: JD, University of Texas Law School; BS, business, University of Southern California Her Philosophy: I believe actions speak louder than words, and that it’s important to ensure that diverse attorneys have a meaningful and substantive role… Read the full article

Bill Avey – HP Inc.

Bill Avey Vice President, Business Development HP Inc. Headquarters: Palo Alto, California Industry: Technology CEO: Enrique Lores Website: His Credentials: Bachelor of Science, University of California, Davis; MBA, finance and marketing, University of Notre Dame His Philosophy: Lead with Yes Under Bill Avey’s sponsorship, HP partnered with Idaho Business for Education in 2019 to… Read the full article