Keynote Speaker: Candi Castleberry Singleton
Candi Castleberry Singleton is the Vice President of Intersectionality, Culture, and Diversity (ICD) at Twitter. She is also the founder of the award-winning Dignity & Respect Campaign, which has helped organizations create more inclusive work environments. As an experienced diversity and inclusion leader, she created The Bolt-On to Built-In Model™ featured in her chapter of Crossing the Divide: Intergroup Leadership in a World of Difference. She has developed successful strategies and initiatives in technology, telecommunications, and healthcare including Xerox, Sun Microsystems, Motorola, and UPMC.
Candi has served as adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University. She received an MBA from Pepperdine, a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, and completed the Stanford Executive Human Resources program.
Panelists: “How we Hack for Inclusion”
anastacia berzat Awad, ph.d.
Associate director, novartis
head, emerging talent and leadership
Anastacia Awad is a driver of transformative human potential in the biomedical workforce. She believes in the creation of equitable landscapes through sustainable systems that reinforce inclusive behaviors and maximize development of underutilized talent. Currently, Anastacia leads the gender equity strategy for NIBR to increase gender representation of women in leadership through dominant leadership group allyship and advocacy. She is responsible for the sustainability of thriving employee resource group (ERG) communities by helping shift perception of, and investment, in their impact on organizational culture and leadership. Additionally, she convenes a global mentoring community group to enhance mentoring relationships through education and share its impact on the organization. Previously, Anastacia led the development and implementation of scientific training programs for emerging scientists and their mentors at NIBR, through various early talent programs for college, post-graduate, postbaccalaureate, and postdoctoral scholars. She also worked closely with academic and industry partners to strengthen and shape biomedical education and training of the future talent pipeline. Prior to joining NIBR, Anastacia earned a BS in Biology from Florida A&M University where, in addition to her coursework, she participated in numerous student-led committees including an electoral commission and life science careers organization. She subsequently received her PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a focus in elucidating oncogenic signaling pathways, where she was awarded graduate fellowships from the National Cancer Institute and UNC-CH. As a postdoctoral fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Anastacia was awarded an American Cancer Society fellowship to investigate the molecular mechanisms driving glioma invasion, using 3D and 2D model systems, under the guidance of the late Professor Alan Hall. Anastacia also finished a program management internship with the New York Academy of Sciences and served as an executive member on several postdoctoral advocacy councils during her fellowship.
head of tech talent development, wayfair
Rosa Carson is the head of Tech Talent Development in Wayfair Engineering, overseeing onboarding and continuing training opportunities for Wayfair engineers. Her background includes extensive experience consulting with teams and organizations to improve employee or member experiences, with a focus on inclusivity and employee happiness and engagement. She has experience delivering anti-racism trainings with a focus on white audiences in Massachusetts. Rosa is also the proud owner of Wayfair’s only lemon tree.
senior program manager of diversity, bain & company
Dria James is a Senior Manager at Bain & Company. She is a member of the firm’s global Diversity & Inclusion team, and is specifically focused on driving retention and advancement efforts for Bain’s Black, Latinx and Asian employees across North America. Dria has over 12 years of experience in the D&I space in consulting, financial services and higher education. She’s an alum of Cornell University and is a native and current resident of Paterson, New Jersey. In her free time, she loves to travel and is also an avid basketball fan.
senior emerging leader program associate, t-mobile, leaders 2 Executive program (L2E)
Former small business owner with cross-functional experience in supply chain operations, accounting, finance, safety and compliance. Developed a corporate strategy start-up freight brokering firm, in Bradenton, Florida, with zero capital and established a competitive firm with 25 dedicated owner operators servicing fortune 500 companies as clients; within first 2 years of operations. Transitioned into a corporate environment utilizing entrepreneurial skills to quickly develop relationships at various levels within the organization; while understanding the environment, the stakeholders, the rules of the game, and the objectives for the team, the individual contributors and the organization. Successfully, completed second bachelors while operating and managing independent enterprise. Recognized as a future leader in organization and quickly accelerated into new roles through multiple promotions.
consultant, boston consulting group
Tim Zachas-Lei is a Consultant based in BCG’s Chicago office. His client work focuses on growth strategy and innovation for retail and consumer goods clients, but he is equally passionate about bolstering diversity and inclusion at the company. He is an active leader within PRIDE @ BCG, helping to spearhead the organization’s LGBTQ MBA recruiting efforts. He splits his free time between Chicago and the East Coast with his husband, Ryan (an assistant professor of developmental and diversity psychology at Haverford College), and their dog, Eirene.
Interim Institute Community Equity Officer, MIT
As the Interim Institute Community Equity Officer, Alyce is a thought leader on the subjects of community, equity, inclusion, and diversity. As a hands-on practitioner, Alyce collaborates with and supports individual leaders, diversity partners, stakeholders and members of the MIT community to address local and Institute wide efforts to foster an inclusive and welcoming environment. The Office is a focal point for organizing MIT’s related activities and conversations, disseminating best practices, and inspiring the awareness and enthusiasm to help them flourish. Alyce’s nearly 30 year career at MIT has included previous roles focused in staff diversity, organizational development and human resources.
lenny li, cfa
vice president, harbourvest
Lenny Li joined HarbourVest in 2013 and focuses on sourcing, reviewing, executing, and monitoring direct co-investments. Lenny serves as a board member at Investment Metrics and is a board observer at Saba Software and Horizon Telcom. He has also been involved with several of the Firm’s other investments, including Knowlton Development Corporation, Information Resources, and The Dwyer Group. Lenny joined the Firm from AGC Partners, where he was an investment banking analyst advising emerging growth technology companies on mergers and acquisitions and private placement financings. He received a BA (magna cum laude) in Chemistry and Economics from Dartmouth College in 2008 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2010. In 2014, he received the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
partner, hogan lovells
Jody Newman helps clients solve employment disputes. She is also an experienced workplace trainer, having developed and conducted individualized employment law and professionalism trainings for businesses large and small. Jody has represented clients in a wide variety of disputes, including employment-related contract, tort, discrimination cases, and business litigation. Jody has extensive experience in civil litigation before state and federal courts and government agency forums. She has conducted jury and non-jury trials and appeals, and is also skilled in various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and collaborative law. She is a tenacious and passionate advocate for her clients. Her background as plaintiff's counsel provides a valuable perspective to employment defense work. Jody brings this unique vantage to her effective legal strategies for resolving employment disputes. This viewpoint helps her bridge the gap between corporate views and a plaintiff's perspective, resulting in agreeable solutions. Beyond litigation, Jody is skilled at investigating high-risk claims in the workplace and on college campuses, with an emphasis in sexual harassment and sexual misconduct cases. Jody is also skilled in a neutral role. She is a Massachusetts certified mediator who has conducted many successful mediations. She is also a trained arbitrator and a member of the American Arbitration Association's Employment Law Panel. She also trains workforces to avoid discrimination. Jody began her career more than 35 years ago with Collora LLP, now Hogan Lovells' Boston office, serving as Managing Partner from 2007 to 2012. She also serves on the boards of the Lawyers for Civil Rights, the Women's Bar Association, and Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, devoting significant time to those nonprofit endeavors.
President, Grassroots Developer Education, Inc.
Steven is a technology project manager and journalist contributing to Ars Technica, Quartz, Fast Company, and IDG. He is the president of non-profit Grassroots Developer Education, Inc. that provides free non-pedagogical education in new technology to designers, developers, and engineers. He is a co-founder of the Reality Virtually Hackathon held annually at the MIT Media Lab. He believes in a diversity and inclusion first approach to organizing the public and private sector.
principal, H.i.g. growth partners
Danielle is a Principal at H.I.G. Growth Partners, a private equity firm, where she focuses on investments in technology-enabled services, internet, media, and consumer companies. Danielle has responsibility for all aspects of the investment process and sits on the Board of several H.I.G. portfolio companies. Prior to becoming an investor, Danielle co-founded Veritat Advisors, a financial advisory firm and technology platform acquired by LPL Financial and began her career at McKinsey & Company.