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Diversity Talk: Networking Your Way to a Successful Career
                                                                              2-3PM ET
We know how challenging recruitment and making early career steps can be, especially if you’re from a minority ethnic background. So this series is especially for you! Within BRIDGES, we have highlighted some key 'DIVERSITY TALK' events which will be focused on finding your feet as a POC future employee: understanding how to identify company work cultures that champion diversity, building your own professional network, exploring career opportunities that will champion your success.

If you’ve ever struggled with networking, or knowing where to make career connections, this is the webinar for you! In this session, you’ll hear from two remarkable Silicon Valley leaders about making powerful connections right from your first internship. They give advice on how to go about building relationships, especially for those of you who may have felt marginalized or excluded from professional networks. Learn what opportunities Salesforce and Robinhood have to offer and how they are seeking to help students from diverse backgrounds gain the skills, access and mentorship they need to build successful careers in tech.
Panelists

Leah McGowen-Hare

Salesforce — VP of Trailblazer Community & Trailhead Evangelism

McGowen-Hare is VP of Trailblazer Community & Trailhead Evangelism at Salesforce, where she works to make learning accessible and empower everyone to have a career in tech. She is a Master Technical Trainer, with over 20 years of experience. She is a key brain behind the Be a Multiplier program that inspires people to amplify and encourage their communities to skill up for the jobs of today and tomorrow using Trailhead, Salesforce’s free online learning system. She uses her experience to make technology more accessible to youth, girls, communities of color, and Veterans through organizations such as BlackGirls Code, Hidden Genius Project, Girls Who Code, and Trailhead Military. Leah has also published a children’s book, Charlie the Hotdog. She enjoys working out and traveling with her family.

Cindy Owyoung

Robinhood — VP of Inclusion, Equity & Belonging

Owyoung is the Vice President of Inclusion, Equity & Belonging at Robinhood, partnering with business leaders, employee resource groups and the people experience team to support the firm’s mission to democratize finance for all. She is also the Founder of Breaking Glass Forums, developing strategies to accelerate diverse leadership and inclusive organizations. She has led DEI initiatives for over 15 years at organizations including GitHub, Yahoo and Intuit. She serves on the Board of Directors for Abilities United, a nonprofit serving people with developmental disabilities. She earned an MBA in organizational behavior from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, a bachelor’s in marketing and finance from UC Berkeley’s Haas Business School, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, also from UC Berkeley.

Moderator

Alvin Patrick

CBS News' Race and Culture — Journalist and Executive Producer

Patrick is an award-winning journalist and executive producer for CBS News' Race and Culture Unit. He has more than three decades of experience in the broadcast and cable television business and has produced reports for 60 Minutes, "CBS Sunday Morning," "60 Minutes Sports" for Showtime, "CBS This Morning," the "CBS Evening News," "Face The Nation" and "48 Hours." Previously, Patrick worked with ABC News, The Daily, ESPN News, MTV Networks and HBO.

What Female Leaders Have Taught Us
                                                                              2-3PM ET
Women are, have been, and will continue to be way makers. Here’s a webinar for you to learn about opportunities available at the companies of two extraordinary women leaders from HP and Zoom, as they share their career journeys and explore how increased equality is shaping the future of the corporate world.
Panelists

Laura Padilla

Zoom — Head of Global BD and Channel

Padilla is the Head of Global BD and Channel at Zoom. In the past, she ran strategic and technological alliances at Nutanix, built Box's first channel program and strategy, and worked at Riverbed. Known as a functional leader, her strength is building new functional teams to drive critical growth initiatives to success.

Tara Agen

Hewlett-Packard — Global Head and Vice President of HP Marketing Planning, Operations, and Office of the CMO

Agen is the Global Head and Vice President of HP Marketing Planning, Operations, and Office of the CMO. In her 28 year HP and Hewlett-Packard career history, she has held a variety of leadership roles across Print, PCs, Storage, and Servers.  Her two most memorable breakthroughs include being on record as part of the start-up team that built the fastest growing $1 billion business in the company, HP Pavilion PCs, and when she built a unique bridge between HP and her community’s need to print more sustainably in Suffern, NY. Tara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Regis College, Westin, MA, and an Executive Finance Degree from Columbia University, NYC.  She lives in Montgomery, Texas with her husband, an organic farmer, and enjoys gardening, hiking, watercolor painting, digital sketching, collecting art, living on Lake Conroe, and giving back to the community.

Judy Vincent

IBM — Principal Talent Acquisition Partner

Vincent is a Principal Talent Acquisition Partner at IBM. A seasoned recruiter with over 20 years in the industry, she has held senior recruiting positions at a range of companies, including Lazard, Blackrock, Capco and D.E. Shaw’s fintech spinoff, Arcesium. In her career, she has been a part of a number of initiatives centered around candidate experience, campus recruiting, employer branding and company culture building, and her work has primarily focused in the financial services and technology space.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University and is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science. She is passionate about mentoring students and animal welfare.

Moderator

Anna Esaki-Smith

Forbes — Education Writer and Co-Founder of Education Rethink

Esaki-Smith is a Forbes education writer and co-founder of Education Rethink, a research consultancy working with higher ed, private companies and education organizations on international student recruitment, partnership development, content strategy and thought leadership. She has worked previously at UC Berkeley, the British Council and EF Education First and has lived in Tokyo, Shanghai, Paris, Hong Kong, Berkeley and New York.

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Everything You Need to Know Before Starting Your Career
                                                                              2-3PM ET
In this webinar, you will hear from three business leaders with diverse career paths, as they take us through their own professional journeys and the lessons they learned. Join this discussion to find out what success looks like at their firms, what they look for when recruiting early talent and how their companies are engaging young people today.
Panelists

Ginny Cheng

Zillow — Recruiting Director

Cheng works on the leadership team that spearheads Tech & Business hiring efforts in seven key markets in the US and Canada. Her experience includes designing and executing Global Tech, university and M&A recruiting processes, as well as branding and product marketing through storytelling and events. She is also a Career Happiness Coach with Career Contessa. In the past, Cheng’s career has taken her on a 3-year assignment in Europe, recruiting for Facebook's first engineering site outside of North America and she has spent 5 years in Asia working with tech companies like Acer, BenQ, and EMI Digital Music.

Allister Chan

Citi — Director, Capital Markets and Advisory

Chan is a member of Capital Markets’ Asset Based & Transitional Finance desk, where he leads the origination, structuring and syndication of distressed, rescue and asset based financing opportunities. He was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada and graduated from New York University. Today, he continues to mentor NYU students and leads community service initiatives in his capacity as Senior Captain of Citigroup Capital Markets’ NYU recruiting team. In his spare time, Allister enjoys traveling, exploring new bars and restaurants, snowboarding and playing hockey, golf and basketball.

Moderator

Suzanne Ehlers

The Malala Fund — CEO

Ehlers is the CEO of the Malala Fund where she works closely with Malala Yousafzai, the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate, to break down barriers that prevent 130 million girls around the world from being educated. Previously, she served as President & CEO of PAI, which protects and promotes female reproductive rights, worked in grantmaking at the Wallace Global Fund and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Central African Republic. She also sits on the boards of Ibis Reproductive Health, and LAMB, a public charter school in Washington, D.C.

How to Be the Most Employable Gen Z-er
                                                                              2-3PM ET
Over the global COVID19 pandemic, Pfizer and Cargill have stepped up to meet our changing needs. Highlighting the importance of adaptability, representatives from the two companies will discuss their careers, the growing demand for talent in their industries and what they’re looking for in a new generation of diverse, young business leaders.
Panelists

Paul Stuart

Pfizer — VP of the Drug Product Supply Organization

Stuart is the Vice President of the Drug Product Supply organization at Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development, where he oversees drug product development, manufacturing, materials management, and sourcing activities in support of clinical trials conducted globally by Pfizer. He has 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry and previously worked at Procter and Gamble Company. Stuart earned his BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and his MBA degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering and sits on several academic and professional advisory boards. He is a recipient of the Pfizer Global Research & Development Achievement Award.

Steve Bakken

Cargill — Global HR Leader for Innovation and R&D

Bakken is a Global HR Leader for Innovation and R&D at Cargill Incorporated. In his role supporting the Chief Technology Officer and VP of Innovation at the largest private company in the US, he leads the development of innovation and R&D talent. During the 16 years he has worked at the food and agricultural goods supplier, he has held various roles, including recruiting and operational HR. Steve lives in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area with his wife Mary, their son Will and daughter Eloise. Outside of, and sometimes during, work he enjoys travel, cross country skiing, running, cycling and a wide range of food and cultures.

Moderator

Anna Esaki-Smith

Forbes — Education Writer and Co-Founder of Education Rethink

Esaki-Smith is a Forbes education writer and co-founder of Education Rethink, a research consultancy working with higher ed, private companies and education organizations on international student recruitment, partnership development, content strategy and thought leadership. She has worked previously at UC Berkeley, the British Council and EF Education First and has lived in Tokyo, Shanghai, Paris, Hong Kong, Berkeley and New York.

Diversity Talk: Stepping Into a Wall Street Career As a Diverse Candidate
                                                                              2-3PM ET
We know how challenging recruitment and making early career steps can be, especially if you’re from a minority ethnic background. So this series is especially for you! Within BRIDGES, we have highlighted some key 'DIVERSITY TALK' events which will be focused on finding your feet as a POC future employee: understanding how to identify company work cultures that champion diversity, building your own professional network, exploring career opportunities that will champion your success.

As the banking sector looks to build a more diverse and inclusive workforce for the future, Susan Reid and Cynthia Bowman, who lead Human Resources, Talent & Inclusion for two of America’s biggest Wall Street firms, share their career journeys as executives from ethnically diverse backgrounds. Join this talk for a discussion on an evolving work culture at the heart of America’s finance industry and the opportunities that are opening up for young people with minority backgrounds at their companies.
Panelists

Susan Reid

Morgan Stanley — Managing Director and Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion

Reid is a Managing Director and Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion and the Institute for Inclusion at Morgan Stanley, and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee. She works to design the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy with emphasis on hiring, retention, development and advancement of key talent. Previously, she worked at Marsh and McLennan Companies, Bell Atlantic, RR Donnelley’s financial services division and New York. She currently serves on the boards of the Morgan Stanley Foundation, Storefront Academy Charter Schools, iMentor New York City’s Advisory Board, and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council. Reid has a degree in Economics and Political Science from New York University and lives in Harlem, New York.

Cynthia Bowman

Bank of America — Chief Diversity & Inclusion and Talent Acquisition Officer

Bowman is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion and Talent Acquisition Officer for Bank of America. She serves as the chief strategist for inclusion globally, focused on leading programs, initiatives and policies that actively support the bank’s diverse recruitment strategies and leads a team of talent acquisition professionals responsible for filling tens of thousands of positions annually. She has been recognized on the 2016 EBONY POWER 100 list, named one of Black Enterprise’s Top Executives in Corporate Diversity, 2017, 2018 and 2019, was recognized in 2020 by American Banker as a member of one of the Top Teams in Banking, was named one of the 30 must-follow Diversity and Inclusion Thought Leaders by Findspark.com (2019), one of North America’s Most Influential D&I Leaders by Hive Learning (2020), and on the Top 100 HR Influencers List by Engagedly (2019). She is married and is the mother of four children.

Moderator

Mosheh Oinounou

Mo Digital — Founder

Oinounou is the President of Mo Digital and the founder of @mosheh, the popular Instagram channel that curates news and headlines on Instagram Stories and reaches over 67,000 followers. He is an Emmy-winning executive producer, formerly with CBS News, Bloomberg TV, Fox News and CNBC. Throughout his career, he has led teams at major media companies dedicated to building products and developing new approaches to storytelling and content creation for all platforms. He currently consults for media brands on digital transformation, video production and content strategy.

How to Find Your Career Mentor
                                                                              2-3PM ET
Finding a Career Mentor can make the world of difference, but how do you find one? Learn how to seek out mentorship and networking opportunities from the very beginning of your career journey. Representatives from Facebook and Accenture will talk about their own experiences, giving insight into formal mentorship programs at their firms and discussing opportunities available to you at their companies.
Panelists

Cortlandt Armstrong

Facebook — Head of Account Management for Global Marketing Solutions

Armstrong is the Head of Account Management for Facebook’s Global Marketing Solutions division, where he leads a team of six Sales Leaders and over forty Account Managers to empower more than a thousand small and medium businesses to reach their full potential on Facebook. Previously, he worked at Life Fitness, graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and briefly served as a Tank Commander in the US Army. Outside of work, Cortlandt enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, logging onto Peloton for a workout, and collecting bourbons from his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

Steve Comingdeer

Accenture — Head of Global People Analytics

Comingdeer is the Head of Global People Analytics at Accenture and has over 15 years of experience focusing on operational effectiveness and developing talent. He serves on the adjunct faculty for several universities, where he teaches business and health care management courses. In addition, Comingdeer enjoys teaching yoga and serving on nonprofit boards, as well as performing with bands and orchestras in his local community. He lives in the Minneapolis area with his partner and their three dogs.

Drew McCaskill

LinkedIn — Career Expert

McCaskill is LinkedIn’s Career Expert, where he is responsible for helping the world understand how LinkedIn creates economic opportunity for the global workforce and ensures storytelling is informed by cultural competency and inclusive narratives. Previously, he served as the Head of Diversity & Inclusion for Global Sales & Marketing at Facebook and Senior Vice President of Global Communications & Multicultural Marketing at Nielsen. McCaskill also delivers African American-focused political, cultural, and economic commentary as an on-air contributor to SiriusXM’s 38 million subscribers, is an inclusive marketing expert for BET’s digital series THE GLAM GAP, and is an investor and culture consultant with two early-stage tech startups. He’s a Mississippi native (living in Harlem) with degrees from Morehouse College and Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

Moderator

Anna Esaki-Smith

Forbes — Education Writer and Co-Founder of Education Rethink

Esaki-Smith is a Forbes education writer and co-founder of Education Rethink, a research consultancy working with higher ed, private companies and education organizations on international student recruitment, partnership development, content strategy and thought leadership. She has worked previously at UC Berkeley, the British Council and EF Education First and has lived in Tokyo, Shanghai, Paris, Hong Kong, Berkeley and New York.

Diversity Talk: Getting Hired At a Place That Includes You
                                                                              2-3PM ET
We know how challenging recruitment and making early career steps can be, especially if you’re from a minority ethnic background. So this series is especially for you! Within BRIDGES, we have highlighted some key 'DIVERSITY TALK' events which will be focused on finding your feet as a POC future employee: understanding how to identify company work cultures that champion diversity, building your own professional network, exploring career opportunities that will champion your success.

As Corporate America evolves to celebrate the unique perspectives, identities and experiences of its workforce, the heads of Inclusion at two popular American retailers share their professional journeys and discuss how you can connect your interests and talents with employers that truly invest in you. Learn how to assess company culture and whether a potential work environment presents opportunities for growth and learning as an early career professional. You’ll also get some great insight into what they’re looking for when recruiting young talent for their student programs.
Panelists

KeyAnna Schmiedl

Wayfair — Global Head of Culture & Inclusion

Schmiedl serves as the Global Head of Culture & Inclusion at Wayfair, where she creates solutions to support inclusion through authenticity and empathy. She believes that highlighting the need to move from “careful” to “thoughtful” conversations in the workplace is key to the success of an evolved workplace culture. Previously, she led Diversity and Inclusion at Santander Bank, N.A. and worked for IBIS Consulting Group, Partners Healthcare and Harvard University. KeyAnna earned her B.S. in Human Services and MBA in Human Resources at Fitchburg State University.

Jonathan Mayes

Albertsons Companies — Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Mayes is a Senior Vice President and the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for grocery store chain Albertsons Companies. He has been named one of the Top 100 Diversity & Inclusion executives in the United States. Mayes received a Bachelor of Science from Warner Pacific College and a Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law in Oregon. He began his legal career in the San Francisco area, where he lives with his wife Varetta, and has previously held leadership positions in Government Relations, Public Affairs, Sustainability,  Philanthropy and Diversity & Inclusion at Safeway, which merged with Albertsons Companies in 2015. He is also an accomplished endurance athlete, professional musician, vocalist, arranger, and bandleader who plays piano, guitar, bass, violin and drums.

Joe Handy

THE NATIONAL BLACK MBA ASSOCIATION — PRESIDENT & CEO

Handy was part of the founding team at Georgia Aquarium. He is the recipient of the Atlanta Business League 2018 Men of Influence Award, the Georgia Senate Remarkable and Distinguished Georgian Resolution, ICABA – Atlanta’s Leading Influencers Award, and Secretary of State’s Outstanding Georgia Citizen Award .Born and raised in New York, Handy graduated with honors from The College of New Rochelle with a Liberal Arts Degree and earned his MBA at Kennesaw State University.

Moderator

Rashida Geddes

Bell and Career — Talent Leader & Leadership Coach

Geddes is on a mission to help diverse talent get out of their own way, cut through the noise and bring clarity to their career and life goals. As a Career Coach and Senior Talent Leader, she has been featured on major media networks and has spoken at universities such as the Harvard Business School, where she’s used her voice and platform to encourage diverse talent to value their lived experiences and unapologetically own the brilliance they bring to the workplace. An advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and a voice for the next generation of leaders through her speaking, coaching, and training, Rashida is helping talent claim the power they bring to life.

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No prerequisite experience required

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