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Join Hundreds of Progressive CHROs, CDOs and HR Functional Leaders for a 1/2 day Event to Get Clarity and Actionable Steps Towards Your Organizations or Personal D&I Journey at The BigHR Event (Virtual) September 11, 2020 10-2 pm central time

If you’re like most HR leaders, you’re dealing with COVID-19 workplace challenges while refreshing or starting diversity & inclusion for your organization. And, like other HR leaders, you might be feeling overwhelmed and isolated.

Your likely dealing with…
* CEOs and Boards who want immediate action
* Employees who are agitated with the lack of progress in D&I programs
* Limited data, budget and resources

You’re spending weeks sifting through webinars, whitepapers & blogs…and then you think there must be a better way.

We couldn’t agree more. And you don’t have to go through this alone.

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Our Keynote Speaker

Baratunde Thurston

Author, Activist, and Comedian

Baratunde Thurston is an Emmy-nominated host who has worked for The Onion, produced for The Daily Show, advised the Obama White House, and cleaned bathrooms to pay for his Harvard education. He’s the executive producer and host of We’re Having A Moment, a limited-run podcast series that captures this defining moment of pandemic, policing, and race in the U.S. He’s also the creator and host of Live On Lockdown, has hosted the iHeartMedia podcast Spit, wrote the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black, and serves on the boards of BUILD and the Brooklyn Public Library.

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Baratunde makes media, delivers keynotes, and promotes action with his unique blend of criticism, humor, and optimism. He’s most invested in topics of race, technology, democracy, and climate because the hard stuff has already been solved. Baratunde has an uncanny ability to crack the shell of any uncomfortable topic through a personal, accessible, and intelligent point of view.

With an ancestry that includes a great-grandfather who taught himself to read, a grandmother who was the first black employee at the U.S. Supreme Court building, a computer-programming mother who took over radio stations in the name of the black liberation struggle, and an older sister who teaches yoga at her donation-based studio in Lansing, Michigan, Baratunde has long been taught to question authority and forge his own path. It helps that he was raised in Washington, D.C. under crackhead Mayor Marion Barry.

His creative and inquisitive mind, forged by his mother’s lessons and polished by a philosophy degree from Harvard, have found expression in the pages of Fast Company and the New York Times, the screens of HBO, Comedy Central, CNN, MSNBC, BBC, the sound waves of NPR and roughly one bajillion podcasts. He has hosted shows and stories on NatGeo, Discovery's Science Channel, Yahoo, AOL, YouTube, and Pivot TV. In 2016 he hosted a special three-part PBS series of TED Talks and earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for the Spotify/Mic series, Clarify.

Far from simply appearing in media, Baratunde is also helping define its future. In 2006 he co-founded Jack & Jill Politics, a black political blog whose coverage of the 2008 Democratic National Convention has been archived by the Library of Congress. From 2007 to 2012, he helped bring one of America's finest journalistic institutions into the future, serving as Director of Digital for The Onion then did something similar as Supervising Producer for digital expansion at The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. He has been a judge for the Knight Foundation News Challenge, an affiliate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and a director’s fellow at the MIT Media Lab. His book, How To Be Black, was published by Harper Collins in February 2012 and is a New York Times best-seller.

In 2012, he co-founded Cultivated Wit, a comedic digital company on a quest to merge comedy and technology into a new genre of creative expression, with Brian Janosch and Craig Cannon. The company produced Comedy Hack Day during which developers and comedians collaborated to make intentionally funny tech projects that humanize technology while offering social commentary on the world at large.

The ACLU of Michigan honored Baratunde “for changing the political and social landscape one laugh at a time.” He was nominated for the Bill Hicks Award for Thought Provoking Comedy. The Root named him to its list of 100 most influential African Americans, and Fast Company listed him as one of the 100 Most Creative People In Business. He has advised the Obama White House and serves on the National Board of BUILD, an organization that uses entrepreneurship-based experiential learning to propel under-served youth through high school on to college and career success. He also serves as a mayoral appointee to the Brooklyn Public Library board of trustees.

Breakout Session

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D&I In The Board Room

Learn what kind of Inclusion & Diversity Conversations are taking place in Board Rooms. Members and Mentors only.

Leading During Disruption

"Ted" Style Talk about Leading during disruptive time by Mark Benton, McKesson's VP of Talent Management and Diversity

Inclusion & Diversity Reset

Hear from CHROs & I&D Experts on how they prioritize Inclusion & Diversity capabilities, lesson learned and success stories.

Breakout 1: Board Level Discussions on Diversity Panel

(HR Mastermind Members and Mentors)

Renetta McCann

Chief Inclusion Experience Officer at Publicis Groupe, Adjunct Lecturer at Northwestern, Corporate Director and prior Global CEO at Starcom MediaVest Group

Sean Magennis

CEO of Capital 54, Board member of Gateway Green Holdings

Prior Global President and COO of YPO

Billie Williamson

Retired Partner of EY and Head of Inclusion.  Board member at: Cushman & Wakefield, Pharos Capital BDC, Inc. and Kraton Corporation.

Breakout 2:

Leading on Purpose in a Time Disruption: "TED" Style talk and Q&A

Mark Benton

VP Talent Management & Diversity


Breakout 3:

DEIB Panel - Practical Impactful Actions to Take Now

Kim Cummings

 Assistant Vice President

HR & Diversity


Terence Goods

National Director

Diversity & Inclusion

Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits

Guwan Jones

Chief Diversity Officer

Baylor Scott & White Health

John Gain

Multicultural Inclusion Network

Co-Leader - North America

Willis Towers Watson

Meet our 2020 Mentor Volunteers

Meet them at Speed Mentoring Table Talks

Mark Benton

VP Talent Management & Diversity


Kim Besse


Children's Health

Tony Bridwell

Chief People Officer

Ryan LLC


Erica Chapman

Vice President Human Resources


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Adrianne Court

Chief Human Resources Officer

Alkami Technology


Kim Cummings

Head of Diversity


Debbie Dennis

Chief Customer Officer, SVP Corporate Affairs and CHRO


Jody Diaz 

Chief Human Resources Officer



Tracey Doi

Chief Financial Officer, TOYOTA Motor North America
Director, City National Bank, National board for 2020 Women on Boards. and Dallas Co-Chairs for 2020 Women on Boards National Conversation on Board Diversity


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Melissa Goebel

Chief Human Resources Officer 


Tiffany Haynes

Chief People Officer 

Jack Henry & Associates


Heather Hellebush

Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer


Calvin Hilton 

Senior Vice President Global Human Resources 

Alliance Data 


Julie Hoagland

Chief People Officer

A. H. Belo

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Joe Hudson 

Chief Human Resources Officer

Newmark Knight Frank

Issac Jayaraj

Chief Human Resources Officer

FutureTech Holding Company

Lisa Keglovitz 

Senior Vice President, Human Resources 


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Jonathan Lee

Senior Vice President Human Resources

Enercare, Inc.

Amy Messersmith 

Chief Human Resources Officer

US Anesthesia Partners

Michael (Kazem) Moghtader

Chief People Officer

Conifer Health Solutions

Billy Parsons

Chief People Officer

U.S. Dermatology Partners

Kenneth Reeves, Sr.

Vice President Human Resources

Performance Food Group

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Leigh Robinson

Chief Human Resources Officer


Rudy Rodriguez 

Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Human Resources Officer, and Corporate Secretary 

CEC Entertainment 

Diane Sanford

Chief People Officer

On The Border Mexican Restaurants


Scott Sherman

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc.


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Ronnie Dickerson Stewart

Chief Diversity Officer


Marion Terrell, II

Senior Vice President Human Resources 

Flagship Facility Services, Inc.


Amy Yates

Head of Human Resources

Capital One Financial Services

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Thank You To Our Sponsors

Please take a moment to thank our sponsors this year!

Lead Sponsor

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BigHR Event 2020: Inclusion, Belonging & Diversity

Friday, September 11th, 2020 from 10 am to 1 pm CTS on a variety of on-line platforms (Zoom & Remo)

Make sure you can get Your Tech set for Zoom and Remo for today's events

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11:10 Open Networking time

11:25 Breakout Sessions:

Leading on Purpose in a Time Disruption: "TED"like talk and Q&A

Mark Benton, VP Talent & Diversity at McKesson


DEIB Panel - Practical Impactful Actions to Take Now


Kim Cummings, Head of DE&I and Culture at BNSF

Terrence Goods, National Director, Diversity & Inclusion at Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits

Guwan Jones, Chief Diversity Officer, Baylor Scott & White Health


Board Level Discussions on Diversity Panel (HRM Members and Mentors)

Billie Williamson, Retired Partner of EY and Head of Inclusion.  Board member at: Cushman & Wakefield, Pharos Capital BDC, Inc. and Kraton Corporation.

Luis Olloqui, CEO of Cinepolis, Luxury Cinemas, & Board Member at SMU Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center and NATO of California/Nevada

Renetta McCann, Chief Inclusion Experience Officer at Publicis Groupe, Adjunct Lecturer at Northwestern, Corporate Director and prior Global CEO at Starcom MediaVest Group

Table Topics*

Rotation 1 Table Topic: Remote Workforce Inclusion Strategies for Employee Engagement in a Virtual World

Rotation 2 Table Topic: What Does your Mentor Stand For & What are They Willing to Stake their Job on?

Rotation 3 Table Topic: How do we move from sympathy to empathy

End of speed mentoring

*Table topics subject to change

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