Real and sustainable progress in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). This has become a hot topic for Human Capital practitioners and leaders across the globe over the past 18 months. The need for change is urgent and a clear business imperative. But why are so many organizations still struggling? What needs to happen for companies to go beyond bold CEO statements on social media? What needs to happen so DEI is not just an isolated point-in-time activity but a strategic imperative that can be injected into an organization’s ecosystem
During this candid and solution focused panel discussion, local DEI practitioners and leaders will help address these and some other burning questions our OD community has been and will likely continue to be hustling with.
Annette Fisher – Consultant, Account Manager with Flashpoint Leadership Based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Annette Fischer started her career in a multi-billion-dollar Energy Corporation in Germany as a partner in Corporate Communication. In this role she worked directly with the CEO. From this role she moved to the US in 2000, leading the communication and marketing department from STEAG HamaTech, a leading supplier of capital equipment for optical storage and photomask industry. Venturing out with her own company Annette worked with Fortune 100 companies, through consulting engagements in supply chain management as well as high tech industries, manufacturing, and pharmaceutical medical companies over the last 15 years. A few of her clients include Siemens, BMW, Eli Lily and Company and Evonik.
Constantly looking to provide better solutions to leaders that are facing constantly changing demands and challenges. One of her core beliefs is, that every human being is resourceful, whole and creative. Building on this belief Annette is working with her clients as a trusted and supportive partner building more confident and satisfied leaders, stronger teams, and organizations with an equity and inclusion culture. She applies her expertise to building and facilitating workshop programs that create lasting change. Annette also loves to partner with clients in coaching engagements that support their growth and development.
Annette holds a master’s degree in communication, psychology, and philosophy from the University Duisburg Essen in Germany. She holds coaching certifications from the Neuro Leadership Group and the Center for Creative Leadership, holds a Team Coaching certification from Team Coaching International and Patrick Lencioni’s Five Behaviors of a Dysfunctional Team. She is a certified Facilitator and Coach of the Leadership Challenge and a Graduate of David Peterson and David Goldsmith’s ACE Journey to Mastery coaching certification course. Annette started daily meditation 30 years ago and holds a Mindfulness and Meditation Teaching Certificate. Annette is fluent in English, German, and French.
Calvin Crosslin - Chief Diversity Officer & President, the Lenovo Foundation
As Lenovo's Chief Diversity Officer with 30+ years of extensive HR experience, Calvin is a strategic, big picture thinker with keen business & multicultural acumen and strong leadership development & employee empowerment skills. He thrives on leading successful large-scale, global people & organizational change initiatives that align with business objectives, transform operational competencies, and result in optimized performance & success. He is passionate about driving Diversity & Inclusion strategies that sustain leadership accountability, inspire employee engagement, and contribute to a high-performing culture. Serving in a dual capacity as Lenovo’s Foundation President, he champions a charitable giving strategic plan with revitalized funding initiatives and strengthen our community partnerships. Senior leaders describe him as a valued advisor trusted for global business acumen, deep HR experience, and executing critical programs that result in ROI & best-in-class solutions. He believes his success lies in his ability to listen to his constituencies & stakeholders and utilize his strong coaching, collaboration, influencing & communication skills to add value and steward an inclusive workplace.
Kristina Brunelle, Head of Global Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, RTI
Kristina Brunelle is a Talent Development Consultant, Executive Coach and Master Facilitator with over 20 years of global experience in diversity & inclusion, executive coaching, and organizational development. She specializes in developing effective leaders, and helping organizations unleash the potential of their employees to achieve ambitious goals.
Kristina’s consulting, coaching, leadership and diversity & inclusion experiences include working with global companies such as RTI, Red Hat, Vistaprint, the Forum Corporation, Ameriprise, Irving Oil, Archstone, Novell, and Cambridge Technology Partners. She is also a fluent Spanish speaker and has delivered programs in Spain, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Venezuela, Brazil, Sweden, the Netherlands, the UK, Germany, Canada, Jamaica, Australia, China, Africa, India & Indonesia.
Kristina holds a Master’s from Harvard University and a BA from Tufts University as well as a Masters Coaching Certification from William James College (formerly The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology); New England's only accredited graduate school program in executive coaching.
Joseph Henderson, Talent & Culture Development Manager, North Carolina Biotechnology Center
Joseph joined The North Carolina Biotechnology Center in November 2020. As talent and culture development manager, Joseph performs full spectrum operational HR functions—benefits, payroll, recruitment and more—in support of NCBiotech’s staff. He also develops and implements people and culture initiatives under the direction of the vice president of the human resources department and NCBiotech leadership.
Joseph attended Columbus State University and received a bachelor’s degree in communication. Joseph also holds master’s degrees in both human relations and international relations from the University of Oklahoma. He also holds a Professional of Human Resources (PHR) Certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute.
Joseph has 14 years of professional experience in various human resource specializations. Joseph is a veteran of the U.S. Army and the NC National Guard. Joseph continues to interact with the veteran community by volunteering as a career counselor for veterans and their spouses through a local nonprofit. Before joining NCBiotech, Joseph held human resource roles such as senior human resource analyst, human resource manager, recruitment associate and human resource generalist. He has worked in industries such as retail, higher education, nonprofits and government. Joseph enjoys being an active member in local professional development organizations, coaching and consulting.