2016 National ERG Summit & Elevate Forum Speakers

Elevate is a partnership with California State University—Fullerton, University of California—Riverside, University of California—San Diego and Spectrum Knowledge. The partnership emphasizes leadership in areas of influence, strategy and innovation in today's global, diverse marketplace. Elevate has partnerships with major Fortune 500-level companies, the University of California Office of the President as well as the Office of Diversity & Inclusion in the U.S. Federal Government. 

Elevate features two primary initiatives:

About Elevate



  • Dave Barthmuss | Group Manager, Communications (West), General Motors Company
  • Shaun Beaudette | Director, Business Management, Information Technology, Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems
  • Emanuel Brady,Jr. | Vice President and CIO Information Technology, Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems
  • Daniel Carroll | Senior Manager, Boeing Development Program Excellence, The Boeing Company
  • Jessica Choi | Assistant Vice President, Talent Acquisition & Diversity, Penn Mutual
  • Barry Draskovich | Vice President, Program Management, Parker Aerospace
  • Michael Geary | Managing Partner, Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company & President/CEO, Sterling Wealth Strategies
  • Andres Gonzalez | Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Baystate Health
  • Gail Herring | Communications Coordinator; Diversity and Inclusion, Toyota Motor Sales
  • Dennis Hirotsu | Vice President, Corporate Research & Development Innovation Capability, Procter & Gamble
  • Florentino (Tino) Idosor | Design & Manufacturing Engineering (DME) Functional Leader and Sr. Manager, Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems
  • Tisa Jackson | Vice President; Corporate Diversity and Inclusion, MUFG Union Bank, N.A.
  • Mick Jaggers | Global Hawk UAS Director and Program Manager, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
  • Audria Pendergrass Lee | Director, Diversity & WorkLife, FINRA –Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
  • Wil Lewis | Diversity & Inclusion Executive, Bank of America’s Retail & Preferred Businesses
  • Patricia Miller | Vice President, Human Resources, Southern California Edison
  • Ty Ondatje | Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility & Chief Diversity Officer, Iron Mountain
  • Michael B. Reding | Vice President, Sales Support & International Operations, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
  • Kelly Schlegel | Director, Logistics Information Management Systems, Boeing
  • Scott Shane | Managing Director, Talent Acquisition & Staffing for the Americas, MUFG Union Bank, N.A.
  • Larry Stullich | Director, Communication Systems Engineering, Northrop Grumman Information Systems
  • Veronica Villalobos | Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
  • Nadine Vogel | Founder and President, Springboard Consulting

​June 2014 Elevate Forum Speakers

Past speakers from our National ERG Summit and Elevate Forum include the following:

Elevate's national signature event convenes Employee Resource Group (ERG) leaders, champions and sponsors, as well as diversity advocates from major organizations to share and learn best practices in talent development and business development.

This year’s ERG Summit theme is “Excelsior: Supercharge Your Talent” and will be held at the San Diego Marriott La Jolla Hotel (San Diego, CA) on June 1 & 2, 2017.

The Elevate Forum

In partnership with University of California–San Diego, University of California–Riverside and California State University–Fullerton, this leadership event features over 20 senior executives sharing their best insights in Leadership Lightning Talks before an audience of leaders and over 60 executives. Our upcoming Elevate Forum will be on June 2, 2017 in La Jolla, CA.


2017 National ERG Summit & Elevate Forum Speakers


We're currently confirming additional esteemed speakers!


Supercharge Your Talent

  • Chinar Bopshetty-Kale | Sr. Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Employee Resource Groups, Microsoft
  • Emanuel Brady, Jr. | Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Raytheon
  • Dr. Walter F. Buell | Principal Director, Electronics and Photonics Laboratory, The Aerospace Corporation
  • James Draper | Partner, Enterprise Systems Controls & Compliance, PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
  • Michelle R. Ferguson | Senior Vice President, Global Workspace Strategies and Services, McGraw Hill Financial
  • Erby L. Foster, Jr. | Director, Diversity & Inclusion, The Clorox Company
  • Mohan Ganapathy | AAA of Southern California
  • ​​Andres Gonzalez | Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Tisa Jackson | Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion Practice Management, Microsoft
  • Ruchi Jalla​ | Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, BAE Systems, Inc.
  • Kurt Kutyla | VP, Contracts, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems
  • Audria Pendergrass Lee | Director, Diversity & WorkLife, FINRA –Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
  • Harry Q. H. Lee, II ​| Principal, HQL Advisory, Inc.
  • Wil Lewis |Global Diversity & Inclusion, Senior Vice President, Employee Networks Executive, Bank of America
  • Winifred V. Quinn, Ph.D. | Director, Advocacy & Consumer Affairs, the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, AARP
  • Mike Sebring | Head of Inclusion and Diversity for the Americas, Organizational Development, MUFG Union Bank, N.A.
  • Leslie Sutherland ​| Director of Growth Enabling Systems, Solar Turbines
  • Nadine O. Vogel |CEO, Springboard Consulting LLC
  • Dennis R. Will | Program Director, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Autonomous Systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
  • Sarah Willoughby | VP, Western Region Engineering, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
  • Scott P. Willoughby | VP, Program Manager, Northrop Grumman 
  • April Wilson​ | Vice President, Financial Advisor, Pacific Capital Resource Group, Inc.
  • Kamina Young | Vice President, Implementation Consultant Enterprise Diversity & Inclusion, Wells Fargo

Partners & Advisory Board

2017 Sponsors

  • Roy Azevedo | Vice President, Advanced Concepts & Technology, Space & Airborne Systems, Raytheon Company
  • John Basile | Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion Strategies, Fidelity Investments
  • Ondra Berry | Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, MGM Resorts
  • James Colon | Vice President, African American Business Strategy, North America, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
  • Susana Escalante | Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems (SAS)
  • Ash Hanson | Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Aramark
  • Larry Harrington | Vice President, Internal Audit, Raytheon
  • Tisa Jackson | Vice President, Corporate Diversity & Inclusion, Union Bank
  • Thea Jenkins | Management Development Director, GEICO
  • Audria P. Lee | Director Diversity and WorkLife, FINRA – Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
  • Sandra Evers-Manly | Vice President, Global Corporate Responsibility, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • La Toya Smith | Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, Brown-Forman Corporation
  • Geri Thomas | SVP, Chief Diversity Officer and Georgia Market President, Bank of America
  • Lorie Valle-Yanez | Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, Mass Mutual
  • Veronica Villalobos | Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
  • Kimberly Williams | Diversity Consultant, Office of Diversity, Baystate Health
  • Chelle Wingeleth | Director, Talent Solutions, Diversity & Inclusion, Southern California Edison

2014 National ERG Summit Speakers

June 1 & 2, 2017

  • Roy Azevedo | Vice President, Advanced Concepts & Technology, Space & Airborne Systems, Raytheon Company
  • Ken Baruth | Vice President Risk, Dealer Credit & IT Security, and Chief Risk Officer, Toyota Financial Services Corporation
  • Susan Beat | Senior Vice President, Unionbank
  • Shawn Burklin | Regional Vice President, San Diego, GEICO
  • Lisa Cagnolatti | Vice President, Business Customer Division, Southern California Edison
  • Mark Czaja | Group Vice President, Technology & Innovation, Parker Aerospace
  • Larry Harrington | Vice President Internal Audit, Raytheon
  • Leonard L. Kaigler | Vice President–Agency, State Farm Insurance
  • Harry Lee | Vice President, Corporate Contracts, Pricing & Supply Chain, Northrop Grumman
  • Patrick Lee | Senior Vice President, Customer Service, Innovation & Business Strategy and Chief Environmental Compliance Officer, Southern California Gas Company
  • Diego Miralles | Global Head, Innovation, Janssen, Johnson & Johnson
  • Michael Moran | Vice President, Clinical, Facility & Guest Services, Baystate Health
  • Catherine Rice | Vice President of Contracts, Pricing and Program Business Operations, Northrop Grumman, Aerospace Systems Sector
  • Scott Shane | Senior Vice President Talent Acquisition and Diversity & Inclusion, Unionbank
  • Daniel M. Sibears | Executive Vice President, Regulatory Operations/Shared Services, FINRA - Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
  • Albert A. Smith | Vice President of Customer Service, Lexus Division, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc.
  • Veronica Villalobos | Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
  • Gillian Wright | Director of Customer Programs and Assistance, Southern California Gas Company

Excelsior: Supercharge Your Talent

2015 National ERG Summit & Elevate Forum Speakers