2017 Multicultural Women's National Conference | Working Mother

2017 Multicultural Women's National Conference

Date July 10 - 11, 2017
Time Day 1: 7:30am - 7:00pm / Day 2: 7:30am - 5:30pm
Location New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, New York, NY


2017 Theme: Race To Trust

The 2017 Multicultural Women’s National Conference returns with another year of inspiring ideas, engaging thought leadership, and powerful insight and wisdom focused on Race to Trust as a guiding theme. This action-oriented conference will motivate attendees to race forward in the pursuit of higher cross-cultural understanding. Many women share concerns that trust in the workplace is on the decline due to the current cultural and social trends. Trust is essential for personal and professional relationships.

The success of the women’s marches and calls for unity of women of all backgrounds, also demonstrates the imperative, now more than ever, to have the uncomfortable conversations about race, culture and gender in order to rebuild trust and strengthen partnerships.

This is the Race to Trust goal.

Challenge your thinking with inspiring keynotes, engage in open and honest dialogues during the Same Race and Cross Race conversations, and be welcomed into the worlds of others through Leadership Storytalks. These two days of learning will converge around tools and strategies to effectively rebuild trust among women, and how companies can support and increase employee engagement.

Join fellow high achieving and high potential multicultural women at this powerful and unique conference, where we provide the outlet for women to be confident, courageous and take the next steps in paving the way for a stronger, more inclusive, and more trusting environment.


  • Senior Executives
  • Mid-to senior level managers
  • High-potential, high-achieving employees
  • Diversity and Inclusion and HR professionals
  • Executive sponsors and ERG leaders

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Hotel & Travel

New York Marriott Marquis

1535 Broadway New York, NY 10036 Tel: 877-303-0104

Registration Fees

Individual tickets $1,660
Government / nonprofit $1,350
Group (per person, 5-9) $1,550
Group (per person, 10-14) $1,430
Group (per person, 15-19) $1,275
Group (per person, 20-25) $1,225
Group (per person, 26+) $1,195
Awards Luncheon Ticket $500


Monday, July 10, 2017

7:45am – 7:00pm Registration

7:45am – 9:00am Continental Breakfast

9:00am – 9:15am Signature Opening: Hidden Figures Through Trust and Time
Join us for a kick-off multicultural celebration that will take us through a powerful history of Hidden Figures - past and present. This impactful, dramatic, and artistic performance will inspire you to break your own barriers, and learn from women of all backgrounds who have made a profound impact on society.

9:15am – 9:30am Welcome Remarks: Conference Co-Chairs
Subha V. Barry / Senior Vice President, Managing Director / Working Mother Media
Mita Mallick / Director, Diversity Outreach & Inclusion / Unilever

9:30am – 10:15am Opening Keynote Conversation: High-Performing Trust Across Gender and Color Lines Trust is built in relationships by making and keeping promises over time, and differences in race and gender often impact how trust operates. For women at work, trusting relationships are also influenced by the power differential in reporting relationships, particularly with white male managers. Find inspiration in a lively conversation between friends Kathy Phillips and Chuck Shelton, as they explore what the research says about inter-racial trust among women and men, and how professionals and their organizations are developing high-performing relationships of trust across dimensions of diversity.

Katherine Phillips, Ph.D. / Paul Calello Professor of Leadership and Ethics / Columbia Business School
Chuck Shelton / Founder & CEO / Greatheart Consulting & Author, Leadership 101 for White Men

10:15am - 10:30am Framing Same Race Conversation

Michele Meyer-Shipp / Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer / Prudential Financial

10:30am – 11:00am Networking Break

11:00am – 12:30pm Same Race Conversations: What Does it Take to Trust?
The Same Race Conversations are a way to break out into small groups for enlightened discussions and hands-on work in order to build tools that can be used in the workplace. During these Same Race Conversations, we’re creating this safe space for an open dialogue to discuss difficult and uncomfortable topics such as race and cultural differences, colorism, privilege, and unconscious bias in the workplace. We’ll explore these themes through the Appreciative Inquiry model that focuses attention away from the negative, and places the importance on the positive in order to create lasting change. Attendees will come together under structured dialogue to converse and understand how they can leverage their experiences to create a better working environment.

  • African American / Black
  • Asian / South Asian
  • Latina
  • LGBT
  • Men
  • Multiracial
  • Native American
  • White

12:30pm - 1:45pm Legacy Award Luncheon
The Working Mother Annual Legacy Award honors one extraordinary individual for her inspiration, dedication and significant contribution to the support and advancement of women.

We are thrilled to announce that Yifat Susskind is our 2017 Legacy Award recipient at this year’s Multicultural Women’s National Conference!

Yifat Susskind is dedicated to women and families around the world, and partners with women’s human rights activists from Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa to create life-saving programs in those communities to meet urgent needs, and creates a lasting impact on the women and families it serves. We look forward to honoring Ms. Susskind during the Legacy Award Luncheon at this year’s conference.

Introduction by:
Sumaiya Balbale / Vice President Digital Mobile, eCommerce Marketing / Walmart

2017 Legacy Awardee & Keynote:
Yifat Susskind / Executive Director / MADRE

1:45pm - 2:15pm Dessert Break

2:15pm - 2:45pm Framing Cross Race Conversations

Vanessa Weaver-Coleman, Ph.D. / CEO / Alignment Strategies

2:45pm – 5:30pm Panel Discussion: Welcome to My World
This Cross Race Conversation is all about exploring ways in which Cultural Archetypes impact how we trust in the workplace. Following the morning Same Race Conversations, a cross-cultural panel of men and women will engage in a candid discussion on how their culture impacts their ability to trust - or be trusted. This discussion will inspire and encourage attendees to explore how their professional styles are impacted by Cultural Archetypes, and work together to create action plans and solutions.

Dee Marshall / Certified Coach / Raise The Bar, LLC

Steven S. Cho / Senior Associate, Infrastructure & Real Estate Group / HSBC Securities
Nellie Borrero / Managing Director, Global Inclusion & Diversity / Accenture
Karen Cahn / CEO / iFundWomen
Hallema Sharif / Executive Director of Communications / Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar
Joanne Tabellija-Murphy / Director, Public Affairs-Constituent Relations / WalMart
Adrienne Trimble / General Manager, Diversity & Inclusion / Toyota

5:30pm – 7:00pm Cocktail Reception

Tuesday, July 11th

7:30am – 12:30pm Registration

7:30am – 8:30am Continental Breakfast

8:30am – 8:40am MCW Morning Snapshot: Signals from the Edge
Improving our ability to tune into emerging trends, mapping data and interpreting patterns and opportunities will equip us to better navigate our careers as multicultural women--and guide our organizations towards truly practicing diversity and inclusion beyond the hiring statistics. Get in the room early for this fast-paced, real-time analysis of a few current trends and conversations in social media, research and policy about women's leadership, gender intelligence and norms. This curated, quick glimpse of the trends impacting cultural understanding will help set the stage for today’s conversations on leadership and skill-building providing “diversity at the speed of culture.”

Kendra Clarke / Director of Data Science / Sparks & Honey
Jennifer Brown / Founder and CEO / Jennifer Brown Consulting, Author, Inclusion: Diversity, the New Workplace & the Will to Change

8:40am - 9:00am Welcome Remarks: Conference Co-Chairs

Subha V. Barry / Senior Vice President, Managing Director / Working Mother Media
Jamie Chung / Senior Vice President and General Counsel / Walmart

9:00am – 10:15am Trailblazer Panel: Cross-Cultural Alliances - Power Surges for Your Career
Senior executive women from a variety of industries and diverse backgrounds, join together to discuss their perspectives and lessons on trust and building strong cross-cultural alliances in the workplace. This unique group of leaders will share insights and nuggets of wisdom on how they were able to come to a higher understanding of cultural differences, build a trusted network among colleagues, what challenges they faced along the way, and how they were able to leverage their relationships and networks to advance in their careers. This is an opportunity to hear real stories and key takeaways of individuals who have successfully blazed the trail.

Daisy Auger-Dominguez / Senior Vice President, Talent Acquisition / Viacom

Natasha Granholm / Tax Partner / PwC
Amber Guild / SVP & Managing Director / The Martin Agency New York Rita Mitjans / Chief Diversity & Corporate Responsibility Officer / ADP
Shamina Singh / President / MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth

10:15am – 10:30am Networking Break

10:30am – 12:00pm Round I: Concurrent Sessions

A. Leadership StoryTalks: Moving from Bust to Trust
Leaders in this first round explore the pathways to establishing and regaining trust - trust for others, and trust within themselves - while sharing their journeys of building strong business relationships through honesty, integrity, and action. Learn strategies from trailblazers who have gone from no trust or broken trust, and how they were able to build that trust in order to become a valued ally among their colleagues.

Dr. Sheila Robinson, Ed.D. / CEO / Diversity Woman

Jennifer “Jae” Pi’ilani Requiro / National Manager of Diversity and Inclusion / Toyota Financial Services
Amita Mehta, Vice President, Prudential
Lisa Osborne Ross / Managing Director /APCO Worldwide

B. Leadership Conversation: Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable - How to Talk about Bias in the Workplace
Talking about race and gender bias in the workplace is becoming more and more critical to the success of workplace inclusion. Bias impacts our day to day work and lives, from affecting the way we work, to the lack of promotions or pay equity among multicultural women. Recognizing and identifying bias is the first step to beginning that difficult journey, but how do we tackle the issue on a company-wide scale? How do we become comfortable with addressing the issues and come to inclusive agreements? What’s the role of the leader to help navigate these difficult conversations? This discussion seeks to address common issues of bias in the workplace, and engage the audience in interactive dialogue to broaden understanding, and learn strategies to build a more inclusive work environment.

R. Fenimore Fisher / Deputy Commissioner, Citywide Chief Diversity & EEO Officer / Department of Citywide Administrative Services

Jenny Ahn / Senior Manager, Human Capital Organization Transformation & Talent Practice / Deloitte
Beth Conway / Senior Vice President, People / CA Technologies
Gloria Goins / Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer / Bon Secours Health System

C. D& I Executive Roundtable: Approaching D&I from an Intersectional Perspective
Diversity adds value to any organization through idea exchange, experiences, and creativity of its people. But how can diversity programs unite the company and create an environment where employees understand and empathize with the experiences of their fellow colleagues? Diversity includes acknowledging the overlaps of identity - not just race and gender, but acknowledging other factors as well, such as religion and sexual orientation. Hear from D&I leaders and business executives on challenges and techniques to have the hard conversations about Intersectionality in the workplace, and how to strategize to bring an intersectional perspective to an existing D&I approach.

Sandy Harris / Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion / Sodexo

Sumreen Ahmad / Associate Director, Global Change Management Lead / Accenture
Stephanie Sandberg / Managing Director / Out Leadership

D. One-on-One Executive Coaching
Attendees will have the chance to participate in a one-on-one meeting with an esteemed executive coach. Professional executive coaches conduct brief meetings/consultations with attendees and share advice and tips on how to solve issues in their workplaces and in their lives. Executive coaching offers a wonderful opportunity to address challenges, embrace personal action steps, and accelerate growth and the attainment of career goals.

Executive Coaches, Morning & Afternoon:
1. Brenda Bryant / President & CEO / Bryant & Company
2. Elsie Chang / Executive Coach / Northrop Grumman
3. Lois Cooper / Associate Certified Coach / LMH Strategies
4. Will Craig / SVP HG Corp, Executive Coach / Handel Group
5. Deborah Goldstein / Founder / DRIVEN Professionals
6. Teressa Moore Griffin / Founder & CEO / Spirit of Purpose, LLC
7. Marsha Haygood / Empowerment Coach / StepWise Associates, LLC
8. Kelli Kolling / Executive Coach / Wholeheart Leadership
9. Jamie Lee / Consultant and Coach / She Negotiates
10. Kristina Leonardi / Executive Coach, Consultant & Speaker
11. Stacee Mandeville / CEO & Founder / Red Leaf Coaching
12. Elizabeth Perea, PhD / Business Trainer & Executive Coach / T3 Training
13. Cara Power / Executive Leadership Coach / Cara Power Coaching
14. Patricia Quiddington / Professional Certified Coach / Blue Arbor International LLC
15. Cynthia Santiago-Borbón / Founder & CEO / R.E.A.L. Inc. and Latina Wellness
16. Betsy Silva / Director, Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Engagement / Boehringer Ingelheim
17. Ash Varma / CFO & COO / Jennifer Brown Consulting
18. Chrisa Zindros / Executive Coach and HG Edu Course Leader / Handel Group
Executive Coach, Morning Only:
19. Sharon Melnick, Ph.D. / CEO / Horizon Point Inc.

12:00pm – 1:30pm MCW Best Companies Awards Luncheon
We honor the top companies for Multicultural Women - recognizing their commitment to and efforts around fostering diverse and inclusive corporate cultures that support the advancement of multicultural women.

  • Sponsor Remarks

  • State of Multicultural Women: Working Mother Media shares highlights from the Best Companies 2016 Executive Summary.*

Subha V. Barry / Senior Vice President, Managing Director / Working Mother Media

  • Keynote

Nathalie Rayes / Vice President of Public Affairs /Grupo Salinas & Executive Director / Fundación Azteca America

  • Awards Program
    Best Companies for Multicultural Women Awards

Subha V. Barry / Senior Vice President, Managing Director / Working Mother Media

1:30pm – 3:00pm Round II: Concurrent Sessions

A. Leadership StoryTalks: Authenticity & Achievement
This second round highlights how leaders navigate through fear, and with vulnerability, courage, and self-confidence, form trusting bonds. Hear courageous stories from leaders who, in the face of adversity, stayed true to themselves and their values, and achieved success.

Jaya Kolhatkar / Senior VP, Global Data, Walmart eCommerce / WalmartLabs

Pasha Cook / International Speaker, Branding Consultant, Empowerment Practitioner
Carmen L. Middleton / Founder & President of Common Table Consulting and former Deputy/COO / Central Intelligence Agency
Anddria Varnado / Vice President, Strategy & Business Development / Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

B. Charting Your Next Move in Professional Upward Mobility
No matter where you are in your career, there are always new strategies to learn in order to grow and be promoted. How can you set yourself up to be promoted and to ensure you’re on the correct career path? How can you take advantage of programs, and what can companies do to assist? This session will break into small groups where attendees will engage with business leaders and industry experts to map out next steps in achieving their career growth. This workshop will leave attendees feeling motivated and reinvigorated, ready to implement their plans of action.

Sharon Melnick, Ph.D. / CEO / Horizon Point Inc.

C. D& I Executive Roundtable: Leveraging Employee Resource Groups Effectively and Collaboratively
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are a valued addition to organizations seeking to strengthen their D&I initiatives. Increasingly, the roles of the ERGs are transitioning from that of a social network to more of a think-tank style group. Join D&I leaders and share challenges and best practices on how to redefine the goals of the ERGs and take it to the next level to influence leadership and advancement within an organization.

Patricia David / Head of Diversity / JPMorgan Chase

Nithya Das / SVP General Counsel & D&I Steering Committee Co-Chair / AppNexus
Kathleen Navarro / Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer / New York Life Insurance Company
Celeste Warren / Vice President of Human Resources and Global Diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence / Merck

D. One-on-One Executive Coaching
Professional executive coaches conduct brief meetings/consultations with attendees and share advice and tips on how to solve issues in their workplaces and in their lives. If you haven’t signed up and are interested, be sure check in at registration for cancellations/available sessions.

3:00pm - 3:15pm Break

3:15pm – 4:45pm Round III: Concurrent Sessions: Featuring Women’s Organizations

A. Leadership StoryTalks: Trust: The Key to Mentorship and Sponsorship: Lead by the Black Women of Influence
The third installment emphasizes the idea that trust is the foundation of any relationship, and while we believe in “each one, teach one,” a level of trust must first be established. And it must be earned. Join senior leaders as they share stories and advice on how they sought out mentors and sponsors, and what they did to build trust early in the relationships.

Michelle Taylor-Jones / Diversity and Inclusion Leader / Dell Technologies; Author, Sonnets From My Soul

Marsha Haygood / President / StepWise Associates
Wanda Jackson / Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Talent Officer / National Urban League
Valerie Rainford / Head of Advancing Black Leaders & Diversity Advancement Strategies / JPMorgan Chase

B. Speak Up and Speak Out: Strategically Advocating for Yourself and Seizing Opportunities: Lead by the Asian Women Leadership Network
You’ve been offered an excellent opportunity, but now the stipulations conflict with your needs. Do you go along and adjust to whatever is given to you, or do you negotiate that your needs and requirements be met despite the consequences? Often times, to avoid rocking the boat, women take whatever is given to them and don’t ask or demand what’s truly deserved. In this session you will hear personal stories from leaders and learn how to leverage your skills to advocate for yourself. Take away tangible negotiation skills and strategies that can be applied and practiced.

Jamie Lee / Consultant and Speaker / She Negotiates

Lucy Chan / Former Vice President, Business Development of Global Services / IBM
Betty Ng / Founder and CEO / Former Senior VP Inspiring Diversity / Moody’s Corporate Development Group
Lucy Sorrentini / Founder & CEO / Impact Consulting LLC

C. D&I Executive Roundtable: Strengthening the Multicultural Women's Talent Pipeline - A NAFE Women’s Leadership Session
This NAFE women’s leadership session will focus on what companies need to do to build the number of women heading for major P&L roles and the C-suite. Starting from the premise that companies already have laid the pipeline, learn what they're doing now. Then share your ideas with our Thought Leaders on what steps are needed to prepare multicultural women executives for these roles and - equally important - to generate the engagement of companies' executive councils in this effort.

Betty Spence, Ph.D. / President / NAFE

Erica Dhawan / CEO, Founder / Cotential
Cindy Pace / Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion / MetLife

D. Championing Peer-to-Peer Coaching: Lead by the Madrinas
Join senior leaders as they guide attendees in this peer-to-peer coaching sessions aimed at increasing communication, and inspiring creativity, accountability, and change. Learn tools and strategies from women who share similar issues and have been there, done that. Discussions will center around a variety of topics including:
* Managing your career in times of change and transitions
* Championing new ideas and innovation * Positioning yourself for the next promotion * Becoming a better negotiator

Josy Laza Gallagher / Global Diversity Consultant and Coach; President Emeritus and Executive Board Member / Madrinas

Maria Hernandez / President / Madrinas Dr. Mona Lau / Organizational Psychologist Donna Pedro / Senior Partner, Chief Diversity Officer / Ogilvy
Francine Rosado / Global Diversity & Inclusion Director / Microsoft

4:45pm – 5:30pm Closing Session: Reflections and What’s Next
Our co-chairs will lead the audience in a discussion of conference highlights, lessons and takeaways, and open the floor to attendees to share what they’ve learned. Together, we’ll devise some clear action goals that will elevate careers, change perspectives on cultures in the workplace and unite us in understand.

Subha V. Barry / Senior Vice President, Managing Director / Working Mother Media
Jamie Chung / Senior Vice President and General Counsel / Walmart *Agenda is subject to change


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