Steven Brown | Global Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) Leader and Sr. HR Business Partner for Leadership Programs, GE Healthcare​
​Eric Ditmars
|Vice President, Secure Sensor Solutions, Space and Airborne Systems, Raytheon​
Eloiza Domingo-Snyder 
| Executive Director and Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Astellas Pharmaceuticals
Kim Jenkins Manigault, CPA
| Executive Vice President & Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer , KeyBank

Michael Murray|Director, Employer Policy Team, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
Stephanie Neuvirth, SPHR 
| Sr. Vice President, People and Organization, Banfield Pet Hospitals / Mars Petcare
Corie Pauling 
| Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, TIAA​

Sara Piccollo | Vice President, Inclusion, Diversity & Culture, PIMCO

Honored Speakers

June 2014 Elevate Forum Speakers



ERGs and High-Performance Leadership


​​​​​​​​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

Anjana Berde | Managing Director, Head of Talent Development for the Americas, and HR Business Partner Manager, MUFG Union Bank, N.A.
Emanuel Brady | Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Raytheon
Christopher Robert Carlson | Director of Talent Acquisition and Diversity, Tennessee Valley Authority
​Brian S. Chase |Interim General Manager, Global Diversity, Chevron
​Caroline Choi | Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison (SCE)
Christopher B. Cool | Vice President Operations Optimization, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (Ret.)
Barry Draskovich | Group Vice President, Program and Contract Management, Parker Aerospace 
​Andres Gonzalez | Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin
​​Erin Hanson | Senior Vice President, Vendor Relationship Management, Bank of America
​Jeremious Henderson | Vice President, Compensation & Benefits, FINRA 
Raymone Jackson | Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Northwestern Mutual
Mick Jaggers | Vice President & Program Manager, Advanced Technology Development Center, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems​
​​Phyllis A. James | Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity & Corporate Responsibility Officer, MGM Resorts International 
​​​Kate Perry Jones | Vice President of Human Resources for Talent, Diversity and Inclusion and Global Systems, Global Tools and Storage (GTS) division, Stanley Black & Decker
Cheryl Kern | Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Harry Q. H. Lee, II | Principal, HQL Advisory, Inc.​
Spencer Maid | Vice President of Breakthrough Innovation, Stanley Black & Decker
​Andraya Martin | Senior Advisor, Diversity & Inclusion, Chevron
​​Nyle T. Miyamoto | Additive Manufacturing Chief Engineer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Everett, Washington 
​Michael Murray | Director, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), US Department of Labor
​​​Craig Parkin | Managing Director, Regional General Manager for the MidAtlantic Region, TIAA
​​​​Alex Rhodes | Senior Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion Executive, Bank of America
​Joe Santana | Group Chair, Chairman of i4cp CDO Board, Speaker, CEO
Mike Sebring | Head of Inclusion and Diversity, Americas Division, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. 
​CPT Herbert L. Sims | Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Northrop Grumman Corporation 
Patrick (Pat) Tang | Vice President of Product Integrity, Amazon Lab126
Mai Ton | Vice President of People Operations & Culture, HelloSign
Lisa McGinty Toppin, Ed.D. | Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, LPL Financial
Nadine O. Vogel | Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Springboard Consulting


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 (Dan) 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 

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

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)


Wendy Armitage | Senior Vice President, Theatrical Distribution, Sony Pictures Entertainment 

John Basile | Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Fidelity Investments 

Victoria Bowens | Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Navy

Maggie S. Carter | Director, Human Resources at Raytheon, Space & Airborne Systems 

Christopher B. Cool | Vice President Operations Optimization, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems 

Brian Fishbone | Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Crew Resource Groups (CRGs) Vanguard

Andres E. Gonzalez | Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin

Donna Gupton | Vice President, Talent Development at AARP

Ruth Harper | Vice President, Global Strategic Communications, Manpower Group 

Sarah Helm, Ph.D. | Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Discover Financial Services

Mick Jaggers | Global Hawk UAS Director and Program Manager, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems 

Ruchi Jalla | Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, BAE Systems, Inc.

Dessa Johnson | Diversity & Inclusion Leader, Manpower Group 

Wil Lewis | Global Diversity & Inclusion, Senior Vice President, Employee Networks Executive, Bank of America

Maggie Maertz | Leadership and Executive Development, Wells Fargo 

Paul Martin | Senior Vice President – People and Organizations, Chief Diversity Officer, Sony Pictures Entertainment 

Christine McGlade | Vice President, Global Operations, San Diego Autonomous Design Center of Excellence, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Alfredo Mendez | Senior Director – Talent Management, Diversity and Organization Effectiveness, DCS Americas HR 

Lori Nickel | Vice President, Senior Diversity Consultant, Inclusion & Diversity, MUFG Union Bank 

Darcy Pierson | Senior Vice President, Director of Inclusion, Engagement, & Change, Associated Bank

Christopher Rowland | Global Diversity Officer, People & Culture, Global Human Resources, ManpowerGroup 

Joe Santana | Chair of i4cp's Chief Diversity Officer Board 

Mike Sebring | Head of Inclusion and Diversity for the Americas, MUFG Union Bank 

Elizabeth Strike | Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion Talent Consultant, Associated Bank

Trudy Sullivan | Vice President, Communication & Public Affairs at Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems 

Zina B. Sutch, Ph.D. | Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, OPM 

Nadine O. Vogel | Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Springboard Consulting

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 “​LevelUp: ERGs and High-Performance Leadership” and will be held at the San Diego Marriott La Jolla Hotel (San Diego, CA) on May 30 & 31, 2019.

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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 May 31, 2019 in La Jolla, CA.

About Elevate


2014 National ERG Summit Speakers

Elevate is a partnership with the California State University—Fullerton, University of California—Riverside, University of California—San Diego, Spectrum Knowledge, and the University of California Office of the President. The ERG Academy functions as the leading knowledge institute for Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). The ERG Academy produces leading-edge, innovative, and practical insights on ERGs. We synergize the collective knowledge, best practices, and passion of ERGs across industries.  Our mission is to align ERGs to augment their organizations’ success.

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ERGs and High-Performance Leadership

Partners & Advisory Board

​​2015 Speakers 

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

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