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.