Dr. Walter F. Buell is principal director of the Electronics and Photonics Laboratory at The Aerospace Corporation, where he leads three research and development departments totaling about 100 scientists and engineers performing basic and applied research. His group also directly support U.S. government programs in the areas of energy technology, microelectronics and photonics.
Dr. Buell has been with Aerospace since 1997, and has been principal investigator for laser-cooled atomic clocks and synthetic-aperture ladar programs at Aerospace. He has published more than 25 papers on atomic, molecular, and optical physics and holds three patents.
He was recently vice chair of the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Review of Advancements in Active Electro-Optical Systems to Avoid Technological Surprise Adverse to U.S. National Security.
He is currently chair pro-tem of the Aerospace Diversity Action Committee, where he provides guidance to the affinity group management sponsors. He was previously a management sponsor to the Aerospace Women’s Committee and was also a member of the committee that developed and implemented the Aerospace Mentoring Initiative. He is a member of the American Physical Society Joint Task Force on Undergraduate Physics Programs, a member of the American Physical Society Industrial Physics Advisory Board, and is serving as an advisor to the American Association of Physics Teachers on a proposal addressing inequity in STEM as part of the National Science Foundation’s NSF INCLUDES Program.
The Aerospace Corporation is a California nonprofit corporation that operates a federally funded research and development center and has approximately 3,600 employees. It provides guidance and advice to military, civil, and commercial customers to ensure the success of complex, technology-based programs. The Aerospace Corporation is headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., with multiple locations across the United States.
Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
Daniel (Dan) Carroll manages Development Program Excellence initiatives in The Boeing Company, the world’s largest aerospace company with over $90B annual revenue. He advises organizations and teaches methods which will transform how the company develops new products to break the decade’s long upward trend in development costs and schedules seen in our industry and others. Recently, Dan Carroll led several business development campaigns within Boeing’s Space and Intelligence Systems (S&IS) division. Previously, Dan was Executive Director of the S&IS Ground and Software Shared IPT (G&S SIPT) with a several $100M annual budget. He managed 300+ employees whose activities encompassed Ground Systems tasking, collecting, processing, exploiting, and disseminating, Boeing-resident Mission Control Center facilities, and customer deliverable software for spacecraft bus software and simulators. In these assignments, he managed project execution and developed the long term strategies that guided new business pursuits, make/buy decisions, workforce development and internal R&D and capital technology investment.
In his early career (1984 to 2002), Dan held technical and management positions in Hughes Space and Communications (HSC) developing and producing electronics equipment and test systems for satellite systems. He received several HSC technical achievement awards for advancements in satellite digital communications. He also contributed strategic and tactical content to numerous winning proposals. His leadership style emphasizes strategy, innovation, organization, collaboration and team play.
Dan has a passionate interest in attracting, developing and retaining Boeing employees. He was a founder and longtime supporter of the S&IS High Potential Employee and Mentoring programs, and a Diversity Council. He has led S&IS wide People projects including workforce planning, accelerated college hiring, creating and deploying technical training, workforce redeployments and contributed to Department of Defense and General Accounting Office studies. Dan received a 2011 Individual Change Agent award from Boeing Global Diversity & Employee Relations organization.
Dan has a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering degree from Villanova University. He earned his Masters degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. He enjoys artistic, musical and literary areas of interest, and is an American Youth Soccer Organization referee and avid soccer fan.
Design & Manufacturing Engineering (DME) Functional Leader and Sr. Manager, Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems
Mike Reding is Vice President, Sales Support & International Operations for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc.
He is responsible for Toyota's Fleet Department, Toyota Rent-a-Car (TRAC), and Toyota Certified Used Vehicles (TCUV), at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. Reding also oversees the activities of the Mexico and Puerto Rico fleet business units .
Previously Reding held the position of Vice President, Corporate Accessories of Toyota Motor Sales, where he was responsible for the planning, development, procurement, supply and sales of vehicle accessories for the Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands as well as TRD accessory operations.
Before returning to TMS headquarters in 2000, Mike was the General Manager, Cincinnati Region and General Manager, Denver Region. Reding has also served in various management positions at the Los Angeles and Portland Regions. He was also the TMS National Advertising Manager in 1993.
Prior to joining TMS, Reding held positions with the Chrysler Corporation and Subaru of America.
A graduate of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., Reding earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Global Diversity & Inclusion, Senior Vice President, Employee Networks Executive, Bank of America
CEO, Springboard Consulting LLC
Audria Pendergrass Lee serves as Director of Diversity and Worklife at FINRA. Since joining the organization in 2009, Audria has facilitated the creation of an award-winning diversity leadership council, launched mentoring programs and employee resource groups, overseen the implementation of organization-wide diversity training and made significant enhancements to flexible work arrangements and other diversity programming efforts. She also manages the federal contractor (workforce) compliance program.
Audria, who holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of South Carolina and M.A. in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, has worked as a diversity program manager, new service development director and paralegal in a variety of industries, including the military, financial services, distribution and educational services. For more than 20 years she has been driving meaningful organizational change—most recently through the creation and deployment of infrastructure, resources and tools that help foster a culture of diversity and inclusion and build an environment that supports work/life balance.
Vice President and CIO Information Technology, Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems
Michelle R. Ferguson
Nadine O. Vogel is the CEO of Springboard Consulting LLC, a global company working with national and multinational corporations, governments and agencies around the world to successfully mainstream disability in the global workforce, workplace and marketplace. Springboard also produces the world-renowned Disability Matters Conference and Awards.
Prior to founding Springboard, Nadine held a variety of executive positions in both Corporate America and the non-profit sectors.
Vogel is the author of DIVE IN, Springboard into the Profitability, Productivity and Potential of the Special Needs Workforce, a highly acclaimed must-read business book. She is a regular contributor to Profiles in Diversity Journal, Diversity MBA Magazine and Diversity Executive Magazine, and has authored articles for many other professional, industry and consumer publications. Nadine is also recognized as a powerful informational, motivational and inspirational speaker. Recognized for her civic and professional activities, Vogel has received numerous awards and accolades including:
A 2015 Winner of the DANDI Award in Entrepreneurship for demonstrating an outstanding commitment towards creating a more diverse and inclusive world, a 2015 Brava Award Winner, one of Smart CEO’s powerhouse female business leaders, a 2015 Humanitarian Award Honoree from the American Conference on Diversity, a 2013 First Star Recipient of Diversity Woman Magazine’s “Stars Who Mean Business Peer Award”; by MEA Magazine as one of the 2013 “25 Influential Women in Business”; by The Garden State Woman Education Foundation as the recipient of the Garden State Woman of the Year 2012 Diversity award; by Diversity Journal as a 2012 Diversity Leader Award recipient; as one of Diversity MBA’s 2011 Top 100 under 50 Executive Leaders; as a 2011 recipient of the American Association for Affirmative Action Edward M. Kennedy Community Service Award; for the Inaugural M2Moms 2010 MomFirst Award, “One Mom’s Idea That Made a Difference”; by the YAI, Business Advisory Council, for the 2010 Advocacy Award; by NJ BIZ Magazine’s for the 2008 Best 50 Women in Business Award; for the Count Me In, 2008 Make Mine a Million $ Business Program Award; by for the 2007 Howard L. Green Humanitarian Award from the NJ Broadcasters Association; for The College of Charleston's 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award; for the Voices Award 2003 - individuals who have made a difference in the community; for the Golden Gate University's 2002 Alumni Community Service Award; for the Fast Company Magazine's 2002 debut list of "Fast 50" innovators -- individuals whose achievements helped change their companies or society; for the Working Mother Magazine's Mothers We Love Top 25 List in 2000 and the magazine's 2000 Mothering That Works Award, and numerous elections to a variety of editions to Who’s Who.
Vogel has been featured on NBC News, CNNfn, Lifetime Live on the Lifetime Channel, Good Day NY and Oxygen Television's Pure Oxygen program. She is a Board member of the Low Country Autism Consortium, the founder and past president of the board of SNAP, Special Needs Advocate for Parents, a member of the College of Charleston’s Department of Communications Professional Advisory Council, a founding Board member of the Society for Diversity, a multi-year member of the SHRM Workplace Diversity Special Expertise Panel, WBENC, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, WPO, Women’s Presidents Organization, a member of the National Speakers Association and the Global Speakers Federation . In 2014, Nadine earned “The Certified Speaking Professional” (CSP) designation which recognizes competency in platform excellence, established business practices and success and is held by less than ten percent of professional speakers worldwide. And in 2015, Nadine earned The “CSPGlobal” designation for her demonstrated sustainability as a global presenter, her mastery of the global speaking competencies, and favorable reviews by global clients and peers.
Vogel received an MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA and a BS in Industrial Psychology from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. She resides in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters, both of whom have special needs.
Kelly Schlegel has more than 34 years experience at Boeing in system engineering, software engineering and program management. Kelly is helping to run two small Logistics Software businesses that Boeing recently acquired in La Jolla, CA. She just completed an assignment as the Program Manager of the Family of Advanced Line of Site Terminals which will modernize military satellite communications for the Air Force. She also was director for Terminal Programs as part of Command, Control and Communications (C3) Solutions business area. Previously she was Program Manager of the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Ground Mobile Radio (GMR) for the Army. Kelly also completed a special assignment to help turnaround Secure Border Initiative Network (SBInet) program for Department of Homeland Security. She has been the Software Director of The Defense Agency Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Orbital Express Advanced Technology Demonstration Program which developed and demonstrated autonomous techniques for on-orbit refueling and reconfiguration of satellites. Kelly has also held the position of Chief Segment Engineer for Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Systems responsible for engineering execution on seven ICBM programs across four sites. Other past programs include Peacekeeper Missile, F-111C Airplane, and Ground Based Interceptor (GBI). Kelly Schlegel was assigned for 3 years as the Anaheim site Director of Software Engineering where she had functional responsibility for 460 software engineers on 23 programs and also was the assigned focal for standard software processes and tools. Kelly led the site to CMMI level 5. Kelly graduated with a B.S. from the University of New Mexico and an MBA from the University of Redlands. She has been married 33 years to a high school science teacher and has 2 sons, one who works for a Congresswoman on Capitol Hill and one who works as a Physician Assistant in Heart Surgery. Kelly enjoys cooking and camping.
Dennis’ 33-year career in R&D at P&G has spanned multiple businesses, geographies, and R&D functions. He has worked on P&G‘s Baby Care, Feminine Protection, Household Cleaner, Adult Incontinence, and Hair Color businesses. His global experience includes two 6+ year assignments in Asia expanding P&G’s Baby and Feminine Care businesses throughout Asia, and the launch of shaped and Ultra-thin diapers into Europe. He has led various aspects of R&D including Products Research, Process Development, and Packaging.In his current assignment, Dennis is responsible for leading innovation capability development for the R&D function reporting to Kathy Fish, P&G’s Chief Technology Officer. Dennis leads the work on identifying and scaling innovation structures, methods, and training across the company. In addition he leads a cross-functional program to improve the company’s capability for breakthrough innovation. Dennis is also responsible for R&D’s functional action plan and the R&D siting strategy. He is also the sponsor for the Asian Pacific American Affinity Team at P&G.
Outside of P&G, Dennis is a Board Member of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE).
Dennis has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Barry Draskovich is the group director of program management for Parker Aerospace. Joining Parker Aerospace in May 2010, his key responsibilities in this role include the development and implementation of standardized program management policies, processes and tools, improving structural alignment, and increasing skills/competencies across Parker Aerospace.
Barry has over 25 years of experience in aerospace, defense, advanced materials, and consumer electronics, with Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Honeywell Aerospace, Mobility Electronics, AlliedSignal Aerospace, and Pratt & Whitney.
His assignments have spanned leadership roles in program management, engineering, and quality. Barry has established a proven methodology for improving corporate productivity through the implementation of processes, tools, and techniques critical for precise business execution in both small start-up companies and multi-national corporations.
Barry holds a bachelor of science degree in Metallurgical Engineering and a master of science degree in Materials Science from the University of Pittsburgh. He is certified as a Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute and is certified in Six Sigma and Design for Six Sigma. In addition, he holds six US patents.
Barry resides in Mission Viejo, California, with his wife ,Valerie.
A passionate visionary leader, Tisa Jackson found her calling close to 20 years ago and believes being a diversity and inclusion leader is a privileged obligation. She is a 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient from Emerson College. Tisa has been selected by California Diversity Council as one of “California’s Multicultural Leaders of 2012” and named one of “The Most Powerful and Influential Women in California” in 2010. These lists recognize leaders from throughout the state for their contributions in their respective fields.Tisa has been a key architect in the creation and transformation of diversity and inclusion functions and strategies within the financial.
Florentino (Tino) Idosor
VP, Contracts, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems
Tisa is a visionary leader with purposeful passion who believes being a diversity and inclusion leader is a privileged obligation. She’s a respected strategist, disruptive thought leader, speaker, community builder, and business leader. Tisa has received several personal accolades and for her employers including DiversityInc’s Top 10 Regional Companies for Diversity, Global Organization for Leadership & Diversity’s Bridge Builder Award, Emerson College 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Throughout her 20 year career she has been a key architect in the creation and transformation of Diversity & Inclusion strategies & functions, provided global strategic direction & consultation for the Americas, Asia, the Oceania, and/or Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) regions, managed human capital departments (e.g., Recruitment and Organization Development), developed & implemented community development & branding programs, built internal & external consortiums, conceived & executed employee engagement initiatives, and deployed training & development programs.
Her work has been performed for diverse companies ranging from Global 100 and Fortune 100 to start-ups and non-profits in the internet, semiconductor, software, financial services, telecommunications, and management consulting industries including Deloitte, What’s Up Doc?, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, and the Y.W.C.A. of the West End.
Tisa’s work has been featured the Wall Street Journal and HR Magazine, and others. Her columns have been published in Diversity Journal, addressing topics such as cultural competency, market intelligence, creating a training plan, and the future of Diversity & Inclusion.
Her volunteer leader positions include the Global Organization for Leadership & Diversity, Millennium Momentum Foundation, STEAM Coders, and Department o Rehabilitation Diversity Employment Source.
Tisa holds a BS in Management and Organizational Behavior and Political Communications from Emerson College in Boston, MA.
Head of Inclusion and Diversity for the Americas, Organizational Development, MUFG Union Bank, N.A.
Vice President, Corporate Research & Development Innovation Capability, Procter & Gamble
Excelsior: Supercharge Your Talent
Winifred V. Quinn, Ph.D.
Harry Q. H. Lee, II possesses over 35 years of distinguished Aerospace and Defense business and contract management experience. He retired as the Vice President of Corporate Contracts, Pricing and Supply Chain for Northrop Grumman Corporation, headquartered in Falls Church Virginia. In this role Harry led all aspects of contracts, pricing and supply chain including responsibility for the company’s risk review process and development of company-wide contracts and pricing policies, direction and training. He served as the principal interface with key government regulators regarding all contract and pricing matters related to government regulatory policy and oversight. He was responsible for developing and implementing company-wide supply chain strategies and key processes, including socio-economic business planning, strategy and compliance relative to its supply chain. Previous to his beginning his career with Northrop Grumman Mr. Lee was a Contract Administrator at the Hughes Aircraft Company and G&H Technology, Inc.
Mr. Lee has been recognized and has received several awards and community service honors, including being named a 2014 NAAAP (National Association of Asian American Professionals) 100 Honoree, the Asian American Professional Association (AAPA) 2014 Executive Awardee and the Elevate 2013 Executive of the Year. He is a frequent lecturer on professional and career development, focusing on ascending the corporate ladder and achieving one’s greatest potential.
In addition to earning a B.S. in Finance from California State University, Fresno, Mr. Lee completed several executive and program management programs at The Wharton School University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University’s Kellog School of Management, and UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Mr. Lee is a board member of the Northrop Grumman Federal Credit Union and the Asian American Professional Association. He serves as an advisor to the South Bay chapter of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), is a member of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Senior Advisory Council and is also an executive advisor to Upward Synergy in association with leadership development programs established with California State University Fullerton, UC Riverside and UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management.
Patricia Miller is vice president of Human Resources for Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric utilities.
Miller is responsible for SCE’s human resources functions including talent acquisition, performance management, learning and employee development, organization development, succession planning, labor and employee relations, compensation, benefits design and administration and client services. She is also responsible for all diversity and inclusion activities.
She has extensive human resources experience in the oil and gas, cement and financial services industries and as an independent consultant to the hospitality, entertainment and transportation industries. Her experiences include a diversified portfolio in leading and implementing large-scale initiatives aligned with business strategy.
Prior to joining SCE, Miller served as Executive Vice President of Human Resources for AIG American General. Miller was a key member of the senior leadership team, responsible for leading the development and delivery of innovative Human Resources strategies, initiatives, programs and services that drove transformational change and employee engagement. Prior to joining American General, she served as Vice President of Human Resources for the Western Hemisphere Operations of British Petroleum (BP). She has also held senior level HR positions with Royal Dutch Shell, ARCO (Atlantic Richfield) and Southdown, Inc.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Families and Work Institute and is also the co-founder and past-President of the Katy, TX chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc., a national organization that exposes children to educational, cultural and civic activities and provides them the opportunity to develop leadership skills.
Miller earned both a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology and a master’s degree in Education with a minor in Business Administration from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
Dr. Walter F. Buell
Director, Logistics Information Management Systems, Boeing
Gail Herring serves as communications coordinator in the Diversity and Inclusion department for Toyota Motor Sales. She has worked at Toyota for 18 years. Herring’s current responsibilities include managing Toyota’s diversity intranet site, coordinating community events, speech and script writing, and speaking to diverse audiences.Herring also is responsible for managing Toyota’s employee resource groups, known as Toyota Business Partnering Groups (TBPGs). Under her leadership, overall membership has dramatically increased. Herring has created strategies for increasing associate involvement and collaborating to help the organization understand and utilize the valuable resources of TBPGs, both internally and in communities nationwide.
Before working for Toyota, Herring owned a desktop publishing and word processing company, contracting and subcontracting with many non-profit and community clients.
Herring serves or has served on the Board of Young Golfers of America Association, LPGA Urban Youth Golf Program, International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)-Los Angeles, Toastmasters International-District One, and Millennium Momentum Foundation.
Away from the office, Gail is a jazz aficionado, a personal chef, and an amateur photographer.
Wil Lewis is a Diversity & Inclusion Executive supporting Bank of America’s Global Employee Networks. In this role, he is responsible for 12 networks with more than 200 chapters in eight countries and more than 70,000 members.
Prior to this role, Wil led Diversity & Inclusion for the bank’s Retail & Preferred businesses which encompass more than 60,000 of the firm’s employees. Before joining the Diversity & Inclusion team, Wil was a Staffing Executive leading recruiting activities in Bank of America’s Retail Banking group. Wil’s team drove recruiting activity for Bank of America’s nearly 5,800 banking centers across the US with over 25,000 hires a year. During his tenure at the bank Wil has also led Executive Recruiting, the staffing efforts for Small Business Banking, Sales Service & Execution, LaSalle Global Trust Services and E-Commerce. Wil joined Bank of America in 2006 from the LaSalle acquisition where he held the position of Head of Talent Acquisition for LaSalle Bank and ABN Amro North America, headquartered in Chicago, IL.
Before coming to Bank of America, Wil was a team member at Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, a manufacturing organization of 32,000 world-wide associates. During his time at Smurfit-Stone, Wil led employee relations, talent development and staffing. Notable accomplishments were his implementation of multiple Peoplesoft modules for the global enterprise. As part of this implementation Wil also created new business processes in 23 countries and centralized multiple functions for the organization resulting in a significant benefit to business.
In his career, Wil has been committed to driving diversity in the workplace. He has served as executive sponsor to Latino, African American and Native American affinity groups. Additionally Wil has worked diligently to create a strong connection with the communities we do business in.
Wil has held roles in both, sales and operations before starting his career path in human resources. Wil is actively engaged in many community activities including serving on the board of the Mahogany Foundation an organization committed to providing a quality education to under privileged youth and Centers for New Horizons a social service agency focused on child & elder care, foster and adoption needs on Chicago’s south side. Wil is a graduate of Drake University and resides with his family in Chicago, IL.
Daniel (Dan) Carroll
Sarah Willoughby is vice president of Northrop Grumman’s Western Region Engineering organization.
In this role, Willoughby is responsible for engineering operations that support the company’s programs in California and Utah. Additionally, she is the Woodland Hills, California, campus executive.
Willoughby has held a variety of technical, business development and program leadership positions while supporting various space and aircraft programs during her tenure with Northrop Grumman. Previously, Willoughby worked on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) programs.
Willoughby earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has also earned Master’s and doctorate degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University.
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.
Program Director, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Autonomous Systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Director, Diversity & WorkLife, FINRA - Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
Michelle R. Ferguson is Senior Vice President, Global Workplace Strategies and Services for McGraw Hill Financial. She drives performance through improved productivity, compliance and operational excellence. This includes defining a global real estate strategy driven by strategic business needs and workforce trends.
Michelle has held senior leadership roles in Real Estate, Human Resources, Finance and McGraw-Hill Education, most recently as Senior Vice President, Global Business Services.
Michelle is the founder and former co-president of WINS (and corporation’s first and largest ERG). She was co-founder of a mentoring program which has expanded to include employees worldwide. Michelle continues to be a role model and advocate for women at McGraw Hill Financial. She was a founding member of the McGraw-Hill Education Diversity and Inclusion Council and was its first President.
Prior to joining the corporation, she worked at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co. Michelle also held financial positions at Macmillan Inc. and Maxwell Communication Corporation.
Michelle, a CPA, holds a BBA from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She remains heavily involved with Notre Dame where she serves on the Advisory Council for the DeBartolo Performing Arts Council and on the Alumni Board of Directors.
Michael (Mick) Jaggers is the Global Hawk UAS Director and Program Manager for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.
Prior to his current assignment, Mick held positions of increasing responsibility within Aerospace Systems including Program Director, Advanced Technology Demonstration Center; Director, UAS Airspace Integration, Sector Lead Executive for Nellis and Creech AFBs; Manager, Business Development X-47B Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems Program (J-UCAS) and USAF Customer Requirements, J-UCAS.
Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Mr. Jaggers spent 20 years in the United States Air Force. He enlisted in the US Air Force in 1984 as an Air Traffic Control Specialist. As a controller, he was deployed in support of OPERATION JUST CAUSE and OPERATIONS DESERT SHIELD/STORM/CALM. In 1992, he received his commission and flew the F-15E Strike Eagle, in various CONUS and overseas locations. He was deployed in support of OPERATIONS NORTHERN and SOUTHERN WATCH, PROVIDE COMFORT II and IRAQI FREEDOM. He has 2,000 hours in the F-15E of which 300 are combat hours. His last military assignment was as the F-15E Division Commander for Operational Test and Evaluation at Nellis AFB, NV. His military decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor.
Michael B. Reding
Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion Practice Management, Microsoft
Harry Q. H. Lee, II
Assistant Vice President, Talent Acquisition & Diversity, Penn Mutual
Managing Partner, Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company & President/CEO, Sterling Wealth Strategies
Larry Stullich is the director of Engineering in the Communications division of Northrop Grumman’s Information Systems sector. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring successful programs by providing the engineering oversight, talent development, career management, process control, design vision and engineering tools required to be best-in-class now and in the future.
Concurrent with his position as the director of Engineering, Larry is also responsible for the division’s Product Line initiative, with the goal of transforming our business practices from current program-orientation to product line-orientation to realize improved return on investment, time to market, profitability and market share.
Larry began his career with Northrop Grumman in 1996 as an embedded software engineer. Since then he has served in roles of increasing responsibility within software development, communication systems engineering, program management and business development.
Larry earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California San Diego, and a Master of Business Administration degree from George Mason University. Prior to joining the company, he served in the U.S. Navy onboard a nuclear-powered fast attack submarine.
Global Hawk UAS Director and Program Manager, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Principal Director, Electronics and Photonics Laboratory, The Aerospace Corporation
Michael E. Geary, LUTCF is the Managing Partner of Penn Mutual/President and CEO of Sterling Wealth Strategies. In his role, Michael is responsible for all facets of the agency’s growth and development, including recruiting, training, retention, market penetration and management.With expertise in the advanced markets, business and estate planning, Michael has established a successful track record of creating and building agencies, recruiting advisors, building training programs and driving performance and revenue. He has held leadership roles at John Hancock, MassMutual, and Guardian Life, where he was honored as a top recruiter for four consecutive years.
Michael has garnered numerous industry recruiting, development and production awards during his remarkable career. He is Series 7, 24 and 63 licensed, and is a Board member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) as well as a member of the General Agents’ and Managers’ Association (GAMA). In addition, he is an active supporter of Special Olympics and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, as well as several church and local institutions.
Michael and his wife, Rose, are the proud parents of Ivette, Andrew, Matthew and Tessa. In addition to spending time with his family, Michael is a fan of the great outdoors and enjoys hiking and skiing.
Communications Coordinator; Diveristy & Inclusion, Toyota Motor Sales
Director, Diversity & Inclusion, The Clorox Company
Senior Manager, Boeing Development Program Excellence, The Boeing Company
Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, Froedtert & Medical College of Wisonsin
Managing Director, Talent Acquisition & Staffing for the Americas, MUFG Union Bank, N.A.
Kurt Kutyla is vice president of Contracts for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. As a member of the SAS leadership team, he leads the Contracts organization which provides contractual and export licensing and compliance support for each SAS business organization. Contracts is a key member of both business and program leadership teams and is responsible for negotiating strategic alliances, responding to customer requests for proposals, managing contracts, customer interface and coordination on contractual matters, assuring compliance with company guidelines and ensuring timely closure of contracts.
Prior to joining SAS, Kutyla was the director of contracts for Raytheon Missile Systems, where he was responsible for contract management of the Strike product line. His duties included assuring customer satisfaction through proposing, negotiating and administering contracts that represented the best value for customers while satisfying company objectives, law and policies.
Kutyla began his career at General Dynamics’ Pomona Division in 1980. He has since held positions of increasing responsibility in contracts management with Hughes Aircraft Company and Raytheon. A member of the National Contract Management Association, Kutyla previously served as president of the Saguaro Chapter in Tucson, Ariz., and on the board of directors for the Los Angeles South Bay Chapter.
Kutyla earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from California Polytechnic State University, and is a graduate Raytheon’s Executive Leadership Summit (XLS).
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems is a leading provider of integrated sensor, communication and electronic warfare systems giving military forces the most accurate and timely actionable information available for the network-centric battlefield. With a workforce of 13,200 and 2015 sales of $5.8 billion, SAS is headquartered in McKinney, Texas, with operations across the U.S. and internationally.
Raytheon Company, with 2015 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 94 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, capabilities in command, control, communications, computing, cyber and intelligence (C5I), sensing, effects and mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.
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Partner, Enterprise Systems Controls & Compliance, PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers
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VP, Program Manager, Northrop Grumman
Dennis Will is Program Director at Autonomous Systems at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, a premier provider of manned and unmanned aircraft, space systems and advanced technologies critical to our nation’s security.
Mr. Will is currently assigned to the USAF Global Hawk Program as Director, Special Programs. In this capacity, he leads an integrated team to execute efforts associated with vehicle payloads and payload integration.
Mr. Will has held positions as Director of company efforts to capture a NATO AGS contract and served as Air Vehicle IPT Lead for initial program stand-up and execution for the NATO AGS Program. He joined the Global Hawk program in July 2001 as the Program Manager for the LRIP Lot 1 contract and continued as the Production Program Manager for Lots 2, 3, and 4. Subsequent to that, he served as the Deputy Program Manager for the USAF programs, Director, Program Integration and Quality, and Director, USAF Development Contracts.
Mr. Will has been with Northrop Grumman Corporation since 1985 and started as an Avionics Design Engineer on the USAF B-2 program, where he held increasingly responsible positions as project engineer, project manager, Development Integration lead, and Manager & IPT lead in Product Support for Training, Tech Data and Support Equipment.
Prior to working for Northrop Grumman, Mr. Will worked for Rockwell International for five years as a design engineer on the Space Shuttle program and also supported IRAD and new business proposal activity.
Mr. Will graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and earned his MBA in International Management from Thunderbird, School of International Management. He also graduated from the Defense Systems Management College’s Advanced Systems Management Course at Fort Belvoir, VA and attended the University of Michigan Business School Executive Management Course for General Management. He has attended numerous NGC educational courses, including their Program Management Seminar and the Advanced Program Management Conference.
Mr. Will is the NGC San Diego site executive sponsor for the Asian American Professional Network (APPN) Employee Resource Group (ERG) and is a co-chair of the Ambassador’s Council for the University Of California San Diego Rady School Of Management. He is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the scholastic honor society for business management.
April Wilson is a board CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professional, senior team leader, and public speaker. After watching how personal financial decisions affected her family as a child, she became obsessed with understanding the powers of money and finance.
She has been in the financial services industry since 1994, and during that time has had the opportunity to work in two northwest financial advisory practices. In 2006 she started her own financial services practice in Bellevue with Pacific Capital Resource Group, a holistic financial services firm*.
Currently, April is a Vice President at Pacific Capital Resource Group, Inc., an agency of the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company. She is a Certified Financial Planner, a designation only 20% of advisors have earned.
She is the expert eyes for her clients and an advocate for empowerment through education. She heads a Women’s Resource Group that reaches the community through educational seminars and speaking events, educating women on making better financial decisions and understanding areas of financial planning that are relevant to their everyday lives.
April resides in Kirkland with her husband Jason, daughter Zoe and son Jack. When April isn’t working she enjoys snow skiing, golfing, boating and biking.
Public Speaking, Leader of the Women’s Resource Group, Retirement Planning, Cash Flow and Goal Setting, Holistic Financial Planning, College funding, Women’s Financial Planning and Education.
April meets with clients to review their finances and discuss both their short and long term goals. She will analyze a client’s financial situation and determine which strategies could work best to meet their objectives. After tailoring a specific plan to help meet these needs and goals, April will meet with the client on a regular basis to stay updated on their portfolio and address any new goals the client wishes to create.
April has a relationship-driven approach to her financial planning, in which she strives to provide quality advice, implementation and a diversity of services at the highest possible standards. She provides comprehensive financial and insurance services helping her client’s obtain security and independence, while focusing on building long-term relationships.
Certifications and Awards
April earned her Certified Financial Planner™ professional designation in 2005. April also passed the FINRA exams 7, 66, and 24 in addition to having her Washington State Life, Disability, and Long Term Care Licenses. She is an Investment Adviser Representative of Hornor, Townsend and Kent, Inc.
Dr. Quinn helps to lead a national campaign that improves health care through nursing, the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. Within this role, she directs a team to support “Action Coalitions” in each state and the District of Columbia so that they can implement the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations from its landmark 2011 report, the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Winifred sparked and facilitates the Campaign for Action’s diversity work to help ensure a more diverse nursing workforce, faculty, and leadership.
Winifred addresses several public policies that intersect with consumer and nursing issues including improved funding for nursing education, diversity in nursing, and legal barriers that prevent all levels of registered nurses from practicing to the full extent of their education and expertise. Winifred initiated a national-level coalition that successfully got Medicare to fund graduate-level nursing education for the first time in its history. Her state-level policy work entails organizing and delivering technical assistance to Action Coalitions and AARP state offices to improve funding for nursing education, to modernize scope of practice laws, and to diversify nursing. Within this role, she places a strong emphasis on coalition building and stakeholder engagement.
Dr. Quinn devotes her spare time supporting the LGBT community. At AARP, she is the Chair of AARP’s LGBT Strategic Employee Engagement Resource Group, “Prism.” She also serves on the Board of Whitman Walker Health, a Federally-Qualified Health Center serving the LGBT population, as well as people with HIV/AIDS, and the general population. In this role, she is Board Secretary and is the Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee. Winifred has also volunteered with the Human Rights Campaign for their National Dinner.
Winifred is an alumna of Union County College in Cranford, NJ and Douglass College, Rutgers University. She received her PhD in Health Communication from Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. Winifred’s public policy work began as a family caregiver for her parents in their respective last years of life.
Dave Barthmuss is Group Manager, Communications, for General Motors’ West Coast Region Communications team which includes all 24 states west of the Mississippi. Dave has served in various communications functions at GM for nearly 20 years, covering several product, marketing, sales, and issues management positions before assuming his current role in Westlake, Calif.As head of communications for the automaker’s largest U.S. region, Dave is responsible for a wide variety of public relations assignments including engaging GM and its brands with key stakeholder groups to help communicate the company’s environmental, technology and policy initiatives. Dave also serves as the official spokesperson for GM throughout the region.
Working closely with GM’s global headquarters in Detroit, and its West Coast executive staff in Southern California and beyond, Dave provides strategic guidance to help raise awareness of and credit for GM’s cutting-edge products and alternative fuel programs. His work includes the landmark launch of the extended-range electric Chevrolet Volt, which is leading its sales in California thanks in part to Dave’s engaging Volt-centric programs in the region.
Dave is a frequent speaker on the topics of alternative fuels, communication best practices, and various GM business topics. He spends a large part of his time on the road addressing audiences at community and business events, universities, and major environmental conferences.
His work has earned several awards from PRSA including the 2013 PR Professional of the Year Award, Sabre, PR Week and the Publicity Club of Chicago, as well as GM Chairman’s Honors for achievements in advanced technology communications, and Star Awards from GM’s Public Policy Center for environmental education. He was also recently awarded the Volunteer of the Year award from the LA Chamber of Commerce for his continued contributions to the Southern California Leadership Network.
Prior to moving his family to California, Dave coordinated GM’s Environment, Energy & Sustainability communications activities at its global headquarters in Detroit, working closely with the company’s Chief Environmental Officer and its Public Policy Center staff.
He has also held senior-level positions at one of the world’s largest public relations agencies, worked for Michigan State Legislature, and began his professional career as a newspaper reporter.
Dave earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Political Science from Michigan State University. He is currently a board member for the Southern California Leadership Network. When not on the road or in the office, you’ll find him spending time with his family, enjoying concerts (he’s a reformed Deadhead) and cheering on his favorite sports teams.
Nadine O. Vogel
Leslie Sutherland is the Director of Growth Enabling Systems at Solar Turbines, a division of Caterpillar. In her current role, Leslie leads a team accountable to define the future vision for enabling technology, develop technology roadmaps aligned with business strategy, lead strategy execution and innovate global processes and systems. The GES team manages a portfolio of programs designed to accelerate effective change and deploy technology across 92 facilities worldwide.
Throughout Leslie’s career at Solar Turbines, she has sought opportunities to contribute through a broad spectrum of roles across the enterprise. Her previous leadership assignments have included the management of Turbine Assembly and Test, Gear Design and Manufacturing, Experimental Manufacturing, Tool Design and Fabrication, Manufacturing Software Integration, Technical Recruiting for Turbomachinery Operations, Solar’s Apprenticeship Program, Packaging Systems Operations Quality, and Supply Chain Management. She has designed and deployed complex organizational changes across both Supply Chain and Manufacturing and completed an expatriate assignment in Europe.
Leslie has a strong commitment to support diversity and inclusion and the greater community. She is a current member of the Impact Advisory Committee and Women’s Leadership Council at United Way San Diego. She is the Sponsor of Solar’s CAIC (Asian Indian) ERG, an Advisor for Solar’s ADEPT (Abled and Disabled) ERG, and a member of the Professional Development Program and Women’s Initiative Network ERG’s. Leslie has been a member of the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Advisory Board at Cal Poly, a Manufacturing and Product Development Board Member for the San Diego Unified School District, and a member of the Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Board at San Diego City College.
Leslie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University and a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management from the University of San Diego. Leslie is a certified Purchasing Manager, certified in Production & Inventory Management, certified in Supply Chain Management, certified in Strategic Sourcing, certified in Implementing & Auditing ISO 9000 Quality Systems, and is a certified 6 Sigma Greenbelt and Sponsor. Additionally, Leslie was a nominee for the Tribute to Women in Industry award and won the Caterpillar President’s Annual Quality Improvement award on two separate occasions.
Her leadership model is based on creating an environment that cultivates trusting relationships, builds consensus, drives personal accountability and increases understanding across a wide range of functions and constituents. When conflicting priorities and pressures arise, Leslie is known to effectively work with and through others to ensure business transformation is realized.
Emanuel Brady is vice president and chief diversity officer at Raytheon, and is a member of the Human Resources
and Security leadership team. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2015 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Brady has served as chief information officer and Executive Diversity Champion for Space and Airborne Systems for more than 15 years. In 2004, Brady re-joined Raytheon as senior manager for Project Management and Strategic Planning at SAS, following a role at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where he directed the Operations and Technical Support organization.
Prior to working at Sony, Brady was a systems programmer at Hughes Aircraft Company. He progressed through a series of leadership positions in data center management, architecture and systems engineering and operating system management. He also served as a senior consultant in architecture and systems engineering.
Brady is a two time recipient of the CEO Award, first in 2011, and again in 2015 when he was honored with Raytheon’s inaugural CEO Award for Diversity. This achievement recognizes his ongoing and demonstrated leadership and excellence in the critical focus area of Diversity and Inclusion.
Brady’s earlier recognitions and accomplishments include inclusion in Computerworld magazine’s 2009 list of Premier 100 IT Leaders; being profiled in a feature article in the October/November 2007 issue of Urban Influence magazine; and recognition as the 2002 Black Engineer of the Year. Additionally, he was a contributing author of “The Handbook of High Performance Virtual Teams.”
Brady earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from California State University, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California.
Ruchi Jalla is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for BAE Systems, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems plc, an international defense, aerospace and security company, which employs approximately 32,300 employees in the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, and Israel, and generated 2015 sales of $10.4 billion. In her current role, she provides direction on enterprise diversity and inclusion strategies and ensures alignment of college recruiting, military outreach and strategic workforce planning initiatives.
Previously, Ruchi held diversity and Affirmative Action/EEO roles in various organizations including BlackBerry, RBC Financial Group and Sodexo. Throughout her career, she has been responsible for designing and developing programs in the areas of talent acquisition, employee engagement, international compliance, communications and social media.
Ruchi holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario, HRCI certification as a Global Professional in Human Resources, SHRM Senior Certified Professional and is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory. Widely connected within the HR profession, she has previously held positions such as Metro Area District Director on the Virginia SHRM State Council, Chapter President and Director of Military Relations on the NOVA SHRM Board of Directors.
Erby L. Foster, Jr. is Director, Diversity & Inclusion, for The Clorox Company, where he advises senior management and the board of directors on the Company’s diversity strategy, employment-branding initiatives, external partnerships with professional organizations, and supports employee resource groups.
Foster is a CPA with broad experience creating and implementing business strategies that increase customer satisfaction, drive profitable growth, and expand market share.
Prior to Clorox, Erby served as the Vice President & Chief Financial Officer for AAA Chicago. During his tenure with McDonald's Corporation, he was Senior Finance Director, Great Lakes Division and Director, International Accounting. He also served as Director, Worldwide Auditing & Consulting with PepsiCo / KFC Corporation.
Foster began his career with Arthur Andersen, LLP after graduating from the University of Southern California. His next move was Executive Vice President for a Business Management Firm, where he provided personal financial planning for entertainers, athletes, and high net-worth professionals.
Foster serves on the Board of Directors of the Enactus, Glide Foundation, Museum of the African Diaspora, and the Network of Executive Women.
Erby has played an important role in building strategic alliances to help companies achieve diversity business goals. And he served as President & CEO, National Association of Black Accountants, Inc.
A native of San Francisco, California, Foster has been featured in Black Enterprise, CFO, Diversity Matters, Hispanic Network, Professional Women, U.S. Veterans and the Wall Street Journal.
A nice way to summarize Erby’s career journey is a quote from his personal mission statement:
As I live each day with passion, courage, integrity, and discipline … I will be known as a creative leader,
who loved his family, gave to society, contributed to business, and always did the right thing.
Andres Gonzalez has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years. He has been instrumental in creating culturally and linguistically competent programs. He serves as the Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer at Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin located in Milwaukee, WI. He provides direction to the Office of Diversity & Inclusion where he leads Diversity & Inclusion strategic initiatives that include: Community Engagement, Diversity Action Teams (DATs), Diversity & Cultural Competence Education, Emerging Markets Initiative, Health Equity, Language Services, Leadership Development, Supplier Diversity and Talent Acquisition.
In his previous role, Mr. Gonzalez served as the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Baystate Health in Springfield, MA from November 2012 to June 2015. He provided direction to the Office of Diversity & Inclusion where he led the strategic initiatives system wide that included: Business Employee Resource Groups (BERGs), Diversity Council, Leadership Development Initiative, Diversity & Cultural Competency blended strategy, Supplier Diversity and the Diversity Conference.
Mr. Gonzalez served as the Director, Diversity & Community Outreach and Interim Supplier Diversity Director at Cleveland Clinic Health System from February 2007 to October 2012. He provided direction to the Office of Diversity & Inclusion where he led the strategic initiatives system wide that included: Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils, Language Enrichment and Supplier Diversity Programs and Community Outreach initiatives.
Mr. Gonzalez has worked in the community based sector providing leadership as Executive Director for Hispanic Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program (UMADAOP), a chemical dependency prevention, intervention and treatment agency from October 1994 to December 2004. He also led efforts as the Executive Director of El Barrio, a workforce development agency that serves the Hispanic/Latino community in the Near West Side of Cleveland from January 2005 to February 2007.
Mr. Gonzalez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Cleveland State University and a Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration on Community Agency Counseling from Cleveland State University. He also completed the certification program at Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations Department and earned a Cornell Certified Diversity Practitioner/Advanced Practitioner (CCDP/AP) certification.
Mr. Gonzalez serves on the national boards of the following organizations: American Heart/Stroke Association’s Diversity Leadership Committee, member of the National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives (NFLHE) and member of the American Leadership Council for Diversity in Healthcare (ALCDH). He also serves on the following local boards: La Causa, Junior Achievement and the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB).
Mr. Gonzalez is a graduate of Cleveland Public Schools, a 2004 German Marshall Fund Fellow, an alumnus of: Esperanza (Cleveland, OH), Cleveland Bridge Builder’s Flagship Program, Leadership Cleveland and Next Generation Executive Leadership Program (The Partnership, Inc. based in Boston, MA).
Emanuel Brady Jr.is vice president for Information Technology and chief information officer at Raytheon Company’s Space and Airborne Systems business. As vice president, Brady is a member of the SAS Leadership Team.In response to changing business and technical demands, SAS Information Technology provides agile solutions that reinforce Raytheon’s one-company information systems and services philosophy.
Brady began his career as a systems programmer for Hughes Aircraft Company in 1982. He progressed through a series of leadership positions in data center management, architecture and systems engineering and operating system management. He also served as a senior consultant in architecture and systems engineering.
Before assuming his current position in 2004, Brady was vice president and chief information officer for Raytheon Electronic Systems. Prior to joining Raytheon, he directed the operations and technical support organization of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
A profile of Brady appeared in a feature article in the October/November 2007 issue of Urban Influence magazine, in which he discussed his role in diversity and mentoring programs at Raytheon. More recently, he was a contributing author of “The Handbook of High Performance Virtual Teams.”
Brady earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from California State University, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California. He is the recipient of the 2002.
Black Engineer of the Year Award. In 2007, he was named Executive of the Year by the Raytheon Management Club. In 2009, he was named one of Computerworld magazine’s Premier 100 IT Leaders and in 2011 he received the Raytheon CEO Award. He currently serves on the executive advisory boards for the Elevate Program at the University of California San Diego and for Upward Synergy at the University of California, Riverside and at California State University, Fullerton.
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems is a leading provider of sensor systems giving military forces the most accurate and timely actionable information available for the network-centric battlefield. With 2012 revenues of $5.3 billion and 11,500 employees, SAS is headquartered in El Segundo, Calif. Additional facilities are in Goleta, San Diego and Sunnyvale, Calif.; Annapolis Junction, Md.; Forest, Miss.; Dallas, McKinney and Plano, Texas; and several international locations.
Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems; as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @raytheon.
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, BAE Systems, Inc.
Director, Communication Systems Engineering, Northrop Grumman Information Systems
Scott P. Willoughby
Group Manager, Communications (West), General Motors Company
Audria Pendergrass Lee
Director, Business Management, Information Technology, Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems
Emanuel Brady, Jr.
Ms. Villalobos was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in October 2010. She currently holds the position of Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). In that capacity, she manages OPM’s government-wide diversity effort to develop, drive and monitor strategies and initiatives designed to create a more diverse and inclusive Federal workforce.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Villalobos was employed at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC or Commission), as one of the agency’s first Honor Program Attorneys. From 2008 through 2010, she served as the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity where she was responsible for EEOC’s EEO Complaint Processing and Affirmative Employment Programs. In spring of 2010, she detailed to OPM as Special Counsel to Christine Griffin, OPM Deputy Director and Chair of the Inter-Agency Work Group on Diversity (Work Group). She coordinated the Work Group’s efforts to develop a Government-wide Strategic Plan to create a Federal workplace that represents all segments of society.
In 2008, she served as the Chair of the Federal Hispanic Work Group, which was charged by the EEOC Chair with examining the Hispanic community’s systemic concerns about federal sector employment and executive development. From 2000 through 2008, Ms. Villalobos was assigned to the Office of Federal Operations where she issued decisions in cases covering the entire spectrum of legal bases of alleged discrimination, including race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, religion, and reprisal. In 2006 and 2008, she served as a supervisory attorney and was responsible for reviewing the appellate decisions drafted by attorneys on appeals from agency and EEOC Administrative Judge decisions issued on federal sector discrimination complaints.
During a detail in 2002, Ms. Villalobos worked in the EEOC’s Office of Legal Counsel, where she litigated Equal Employment Opportunity and Merit System Protection Board cases on behalf of the Commission and provided legal advice to the Chair and Commissioners regarding complex disability cases, as well as administrative and union matters. In 2003, she detailed to the National Labor Relations Board, where she worked in both the Chairman’s Office, drafting Board decisions, and the General Counsel’s Contempt Litigation Division.
Ms. Villalobos was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She graduated from Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Psychology. After graduation, she received the Telecommunications Fellowship with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, through which she gained hands-on experience at the non-profit Public Technology, Inc. From 1997 to 2000, she attended American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., where she earned her law degree. Ms. Villalobos is a member of the Maryland and Michigan Bars.
Director of Growth Enabling Systems, Solar Turbines
Vice President, Program Management, Parker Aerospace
Jamie is a partner with PwC based in San Francisco. Jamie leads PwC's Enterprise Systems Solutions (ESS) practice in the West, specializing in SAP, Microsoft Dynamics and Workday. He leads teams that focus on security, controls and Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC). Jamie assists clients in effectively managing the risks associated with complex system implementations as well as helping companies make process improvements by leveraging their technology. His expertise is helping companies minimize the effort and cost in addressing their compliance requirements, such as Sarbanes-Oxley, through the use of automation and GRC tools.
Jamie is also a leader of PwC's Professionals with Disabilities Network (PwDN) and is helping to drive the firm's national Ability Reveals Itself initiative. The diversity programs within PwC are aimed at helping all professionals achieve their full potential. Jamie, who has a visible physical disability, is helping to promote the programs and mentor people as they advance their careers through the firm.
Scott Shane joined Union Bank in October 2007 and leads Talent Acquisition & Staffing for the Americas. Based in Los Angeles, Scott has over twenty years experience across all recruitment and staffing disciplines including university, experienced, professional, executive, and contingent workforce as well as creating and leveraging workforce diversity strategies to achieve optimal business results. From 2002 to 2007, Scott was with Countrywide Financial Corporation, a NYSE and Fortune 100 financial services organization based in California, and served as Executive Vice President of Talent Acquisition. From 1992 to 2002, Scott was with Arthur Andersen LLP, a global professional services organization with over 100,000 employees in 89 countries, where he started his career as an Auditor. In addition to performing audit work for medium and large companies in multiple industries, Scott also was a member of several domestic and international business consulting engagements. Scott eventually transitioned into human resources where he served as Senior Manager, West Region Director of Recruitment. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine and is a Certified Public Accountant. Scott lives in Toluca Lake, California, with Boo, his Labrador Retriever.
Mike Sebring heads up the Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) function and oversees the I&D strategy in the Americas. He took on this role in June of 2015 previously acting as a Managing Director in Seattle for the retail bank. Mike has been recognized throughout his 20 year banking career for his dedication to community, volunteerism, board participation, and ability to rally people for a common cause. In the seven years he has been with the bank, Mike worked in Los Angeles overseeing the Priority Banking program before taking on the role of Regional Manager and moving to the Pacific Northwest to help with the Frontier Bank acquisition. Having moved 24 times since the year 2000 Mike has been able to build very strong partnerships across the west coast while managing multiple wealth management and retail banking teams. His passion for I&D and success in banking was the perfect combination to take on this new role. Mike has a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University, is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School, and holds a six sigma green belt certification. He currently resides in Tempe, AZ.
Vice President; Corporate Diversity & Inclusion, MUFG Union Bank N.A.
Dennis R. Will
Shaun Beaudette is Director, Business Management for Information Technology at Raytheon Company’s Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) business.In response to changing business and technical demands, SAS Information Technology provides agile solutions that reinforce Raytheon’s one-company information systems and services philosophy.In his current role he maintains responsibility for all SAS information technology budget / financials, asset management, and sourcing/supplier management.
He began his career at Raytheon in 2000 supporting multiple programs at the Electronic Warfare business in Goleta, CA. His previous assignments include positions of increasing management including multiple enterprise resource planning (ERP) initiatives in the areas of program management, systems integration test, infrastructure, and post go-live sustaining management.
Before assuming his current position he was department manager of the Business Partner Lead (BPL) organization within Customer Engagement, SAS Information Technology. Before leading the BPL department he was a Customer Relationship Management leader and application portfolio manager.
During his career he has been involved in a variety of enterprise and business initiatives, including business competitive analysis, process optimizations, major systems deployments, and organizational transformations.
Mr. Beaudette holds a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College in Economics for Business and Management. He is a Six Sigma specialist, ITIL
Certified, and a graduate of several Raytheon leadership development programs.
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems is a leading provider of integrated sensor, communication and electronic warfare systems giving military forces the most accurate and timely actionable information available for the network-centric battlefield. With a workforce of 14,500 and 2013 sales of $6.4 billion, SAS is headquartered in McKinney, Texas, with operations across the U.S. and internationally.
Raytheon Company, with 2013 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 92 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @raytheon.
Principal, HQL Advisory, Inc.
Kamina Young is an Implementation Consultant and Vice President in Enterprise Diversity & Inclusion at Wells Fargo, supporting the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy. In this role, Kamina manages the Team Member Network program, and provides strategic thought leadership and consulting for other corporate diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Kamina began her career at Wells Fargo as a contractor leading the Wachovia merger application decommissioning effort in Wholesale Banking. Prior to that, she spent 16 years at MetLife, in various technical and management roles in Information Technology Services.
Kamina has been active in multiple community and corporate efforts, including INROADS and the Charlotte Chamber. She is a Lifetime member of the National Black MBA Association, and serves on the board of the Diversity Council of the Carolinas. Kamina has been recognized by Who’s Who in Black Charlotte, and is an alumna of the Leaders Under 40 program sponsored by Community Building Initiative. Kamina holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Stony Brook University and an M.B.A. in Management from Adelphi University.
Erby L. Foster, Jr.
Chinar is a Senior Diversity & Inclusion Manager responsible for 7 global Employee Resource Groups at Microsoft spread across over 20 countries and more than 30,000 members.
Before joining the Diversity & Inclusion team in early 2015, Chinar was part of the cross functional acquisition integration team that was responsible for integrating the Nokia Devices business into Microsoft.
Prior to that Chinar headed Talent Management for Nokia Devices & Services based in Helsinki, Finland. During her 7 years with Nokia Corporation, Chinar held various roles in L&D, Executive Resourcing & Development and Talent Management first in Bangalore, India and after 2009, at the company's headquarters in Finland. Notable accomplishments during her time at Nokia were re-design and implementation of the companywide Executive resourcing and talent development approach focused on building a more diverse and global executive bench as well as the implementation of the companywide Talent Management and Succession Planning platform using SuccessFactors.
Prior to Nokia Chinar held various roles in the OD, Leadership Development and Talent Management area at companies like Hewlett Packard India and Wipro Technologies (a global IT company headquartered in Bangalore, India).
Throughout her career, Chinar has been committed to driving initiatives that help individuals and organizations tap into their true potential, building diverse and inclusive work cultures where everyone can bring their whole selves to work and thrive.
A firm belief that our work life can and should be a source of meaningful engagement and a big contributor to our sense of purpose led Chinar to study Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the University of Mumbai and then Organizational Development at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Chinar moved to the Pacific Northwest in May 2015 with her husband and two children from Helsinki. Over the last 18 years, she has lived and worked in the U.S., India and Finland and continues to be grateful for the multicultural exposure she and her family have been privileged to experience and the numerous deep connections they have made with people and places across the globe.
Emanuel Brady, Jr.
Senior Vice President, Global Workspace Strategies and Services, McGraw Hill Financial
Vice President, Implementation Consultant, Enterprise Diversity & Inclusion, Wells Fargo
Mohan Ganapathy is an experienced technology executive, with a keen focus on technology strategy, architecture, large program delivery, innovation and transformation.
He is currently responsible for evaluating the architecture and technology strategy at AAA of Southern California across all its business lines of membership, travel, insurance and roadside assistance. The architecture transformation roadmap that he is spearheading will assist in achieving AAA’s business goals of improved customer experience, system availability and prepare the enterprise for future acquisitions.
Previously, Mohan worked 15 years at Farmers Insurance where he was promoted to increasing levels of challenge and responsibility, based on consistent top performance, leadership strengths, technical expertise, and exceeding corporate goals. As the Vice President of Enterprise Architecture and Shared Services, he led the enterprise in its digital transformation journey, which led to an increase of over 40 points in customer NPS score. He also laid the foundation for the organization to rationalize and modernize its disparate IT policy administration systems.
Prior to this, as Vice President of IT for the Marketing and Distribution functions, Mohan led the transformation of the agency distribution and marketing functions, implementing several cutting-edge programs for effective lead management, agency appointments, compensation management, and data analytics. During this time, he co-invented and patented an innovative mobile quoting application for automobile insurance.
He also has extensive experience in successfully leading the technology integration for mergers and acquisitions. He was the executive who led several mergers for Farmers Insurance.
Mohan holds an MBA from University of California, Los Angeles and an Electrical Engineering degree from Bhopal University in India. He has also obtained post graduate diplomas in software engineering and computer science.
Mr. Ondatje has been with Iron Mountain going on 23 years serving in a number of management and senior leadership roles. He holds a business degree from the University of La Verne in Southern California and holds certifications through UCLA in labor relations and mediation services. He currently serves as an Advisor on the Board of The Posse Foundation – Los Angeles
Vice President, Sales Support & International Operations, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
Vice President, Human Resources, Southern California Edison
VP, Western Region Engineering, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
Technology Strategy, AAA
Florentino (Tino) Idosor is a Design & Manufacturing Engineering (DME) Functional Leader and Sr. Manager – managing Mechanical & Structural Engineering (MSE) and Production Engineering (PE) communities for Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems (S&IS) in El Segundo, California including staffing and redeployment activities. In addition to this role, he serves as the DME Technical Independent Review Focal for Boeing Defense, Space and Security (BDS) providing subject matter expert identification, planning, and facilitation of non-advocate review activities throughout the enterprise and is part of the BDS DME Leadership Team for both Extended Leadership Communications and Global Engineering.Prior to this role, Tino served as the SoCal Regional Engineering Skills Manager for MSE for El Segundo, Seal Beach and Torrance sites. Tino had been the Structures & Payload Design Sr. Manager for Southern California Regional Engineering to S&IS since February 2007. In this capacity, he was responsible for MSE People, Process, and Tool Development as it related to Spacecraft, Payload, and Electronic Products at the Boeing Satellite Development Center.
Formerly the Chief of Sr. Staff Operations and Manager for the MSE Directorate at S&IS, Tino worked closely with the MSE Staff, Director, and Department & Functional Managers, supporting day-to-day functional operations including critical staffing management, the deployment of common processes and tools, the facilitation of Preventive/Corrective Action Boards (PCABs), and organizational interface to Product Groups, Program, and the S&IS Enterprise. Since joining Boeing in 1996 – then Hughes Space and Communications, he has held several roles in commercial and national security programs for Structural Mechanics organizations including Responsible Engineering Authority and Analyst for Structural Dynamics and Spacecraft & Antenna Stress Functions.
Prior to this assignment, Tino served as Development Engineer for the University of California Aerospace Structures Lab supporting several research areas for the Naval Surface Weapons Center – Dahlgren Division, VA and Rotorcraft Technology for NASA. Previously, he was a Staff Research Engineer with NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA later becoming a NASA Fellow with NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA.
Tino holds bachelor’s and master’s of science degrees in Structural Engineering (Aerospace Structures) from UC San Diego, a master’s of Business Administration degree from UC Irvine and a project management certification from the Caltech Industrial Relations Center. He currently serves as the Boeing Executive Focal to UC San Diego in support of university relations, support of IDEAS Center activities (Inclusion, Diversity, Excellence, and Advancement) and campus recruiting.
Sr. Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Employee Resource Groups, Microsoft
As assistant vice president of talent acquisition and diversity, Jessica is responsible for developing best practices for talent benchmarking, talent assessment, and interviewing effectiveness for the Career Agency System at Penn Mutual. Jessica has held various positions in diversity and inclusion, human resources, operations, sales, and other corporate functions with companies in the professional services and pharmaceutical distribution industries.Jessica started her career with ARAMARK and worked in a variety of food service operations roles with increasing responsibilities before transitioning to a human resources function where she developed a high school internship program. Later, Jessica was in charge of leading strategic workforce planning before moving into a sales function where she managed large national account portfolios.Jessica then became responsible for supplier diversity where she was charged with enhancing the ability to gain and retain business, promote capacity, and create policies that promote operational efficiency. She then led a global diversity and inclusion strategy and managed corporate partnerships with key external and industry organizations that aligned with business goals.
While with AmerisourceBergen, Jessica was the Director of Diversity and Inclusion where she was responsible for integrating global diversity and inclusion practices into business strategies as well as the enhancement of a diverse and high performing workforce.
Jessica serves as an Ambassador to the Elevate Leadership Conference by the University of San Diego, a Corporate Brain Trust Co-Chair for the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, and the Women’s Business Enterprise Council Certification and Awards Committee. She holds a B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from University of Phoenix.
Scott P. Willoughby is the vice president and program manager for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) program at Northrop Grumman. The program is currently on contract for the design, development and delivery of the Observatory to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
Most recently, Willoughby served as the P858 Program Manager in Advanced Concepts, Technology and Emerging Systems Division. His primary responsibilities were to drive process improvements and delivery of this critical and strategic program. He oversaw program management including financial management, capital, human resources, customer and subcontractor interfaces and all levels of contract management.
Prior to that, Willoughby was the Program Manager for the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) Program, where he led the team on early deliveries to Lockheed Martin for two AEHF payloads (Flight 1 and Flight 2) and positioned the program for a subsequent early delivery of Flight 3. In July 2009, AEHF was recognized by the Aerospace Systems President's Award for Customer Satisfaction related to these three early deliveries.
Willoughby has accumulated broad experience across many process areas including systems engineering; integration, test & launch; antenna products; and project and functional management.
Willoughby received a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University in 1989 and a master’s degree in Communication Systems from the University of Southern California in 1991. He is also a graduate of the UCLA Executive Program at the Anderson School.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility & Chief Diversity Officer, Iron Mountain
Vice President, Financial Advisor, Pacific Capital Resource Group, Inc.
Director, Advocacy & Consumer Affairs, the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, AARP
Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Raytheon