Global Diversity
Colloquium 2006: "Creating a Level Playing Field for Women"

Dinner Roundtable: Algonquin Hotel
Thursday, February 23, 2006

Colloquium 2006: Harvard Club of New York
Friday, February 24, 2006

Colloquium Program

2005 Colloquium on Global Diversity
Click above for a complete list of presenters and the colloquium program

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Hotel Information

Colloquium participants are invited to make hotel reservations at the Algonquin Hotel, the venue for the Thursday evening Dinner Roundtables.

The Algonquin Hotel 59 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036


Additional Venue Information

      Sessions on Friday, February 24th                will be held at the:

Harvard Club of New York City

35 West 44th St., New York, NY  10036
Tel: 212 840-6600

2006 Colloquium Presenters

Convener: Irene Natividad, President, Global Summit of Women.  Ms. Natividad brings women corporate, government and non-profit leaders together annually for the "Davos for Women", which focuses on accelerating the economic growth of women.  She also Chairs Corporate Women Directors International, which promotes increased participation of women on corporate boards.  Recognized for her work on behalf of women, she was named one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s e-news; one of the “25 Most Influential Working Mothers” by Working Mother magazine; one of “America’s 100 Most Important Women” by Ladies Home Journal, among others.

Jennifer Allyn is the Director of Gender Retention and Advancement for PricewaterhouseCoopers. She leads PWC’s strategic initiatives to advance women and manages a team of local Diversity leaders who drive inclusion across the U.S. firm.  As a spokesperson for PWC, she has been quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and the New York Times.  In 2006, PricewaterhouseCoopers was recognized as one of Working Mother Magazine’s “Top 10 Best Companies” for women and one of Fortune Magazine’s "100 Best Companies to Work for in America".

Ana Barrio is a Development Manager at JPMorgan Chase.  Long committed to diversity, Ms. Barrio has been a member of the Finance Diversity Council, as well as Adelante, the Firm’s Latino Networking Group, and a member of the Women of Color Connection Networking Group. 

Mr. Al  Bru, served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Frito-Lay North America, the largest manufacturer and distributor of snack food in the world and PepsiCo’s most profitable unit.  During his tenure, Mr. Bru led substantial profit growth in two of PepsiCo’s largest and most dynamic divisions- a company in which he spent thirty year’s of his professional life.

Nicole Chénier-Cullen joined the Canadian Human Rights Commission as Director General of the Employment Equity Branch in September 1998.  Responsible for implementing the Commission=s audit mandate under a new Employment Equity Act which seeks to achieve equality in employment for women, she was recently named Director-General of Strategic Initiatives at the Commission.


Sylvia Chrominska was recognized in 2003 and 2004 by Women’s Executive Network as One of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada.  She is currently Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Public, Corporate and Government Affairs at Bank of Nova Scotia.

Dr. Rosina B. Dixon has over 25 years’ experience as a corporate director on the boards of Church & Dwight Co., Inc., Cambrex Corp. and Enzon Pharmaceuticals Inc.  As a director of NACD from 1994 to 2003, she served on the Blue Ribbon Commissions on Performance Evaluation of Chief Executive Officers and Boards of Directors.

Linda J. Denny is Vice President-Program and Business Development, for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, the nations’ leading advocate of women owned businesses as suppliers to America’s corporations.  WBENC is the largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. 

Former Senior Director of Global Diversity for Kraft Foods, Janice Fenn has over 20 years of human resource experience. Prior to joining  Kraft Foods, Ms. Fenn founded and ran the Professional Resources Organization, Inc., a diversity consulting firm whose clients included American Express, McDonald’s, Microsoft, and Time Warner Cable. In June 2005, Ms. Fenn has released a book revealing strategies, practices, and leadership behavior to retain people of color in today’s competitive market place, Do You See What I see: A Diversity Tale for Retaining People of Color.

A Lawyer by profession, Mary M. Gusella was appointed Chief Commissioner, Canadian Human Rights Commission on August 7, 2002. In her three decades in the Public Service of Canada, Ms. Gusella served in many senior level positions including that of Deputy Minister of Multiculturalism and Citizenship, President of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Chairman and President of Enterprise Cape Breton, Commissioner of the Public Service Commission, Head of The Leadership Network, and as the Canadian Chair of the International Joint Commission.

As Vice-President, Human Resources, Policy and Governance for   CIBC, Ms. Amy Hanen manages some of CIBC's most progressive employee programs, including Work Life Balance.  A Certified Human Resources Practitioner (CHRP), Ms. Hanen has held various senior human resources positions at CIBC.

A veteran corporate director, Dr. Reatha Clark King serves on numerous corporate boards, including ExxonMobil, Wells Fargo and Dept. 56, Inc., earning her the 2004 Director of the Year award from the NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors).  Dr. King was the former Chair and President of the General Mills Foundation.


Ms. Julie Levi is Founder and President of Progressive Promotions, Inc.  PPI is an award-winning 18-year-old promotional products agency, whose clients include Kraft Foods, American Express, CitiGroup, Ogilvy, Avis/Budget, and among others. Ms. Levi is currently attending the 3-year Owner/ President Management Program at the Harvard Business School, designed for business owners whose revenue is over $5 million. Ms. Levi is also an active mentor in Make Mine A Million Business Program, sponsored by Count-Me-In, created to support women owners of small businesses reach a million dollars in annual sales.

Since 1998, Maud Pagel has served as Executive Vice President of Equal Opportunity and Diversity for Deutsche Telekom in Germany. In her 40 year career with the company, Ms. Pagel has assumed numerous leadership roles including being a member of the Economic Committee and of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom. A well-known diversity expert and speaker in Germany and abroad, Ms. Pagel is also Director of International Affairs of Kompetenzzentrum TeDiC, an organization which ties together nation-wide equal opportunity measures in the fields of education, training, occupations, science and research in order to raise the percentage of women in IT occupations, engineering sciences and informatics.

Chris Rasche serves as the Director of Supplier Diversity at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. since June 2005. His career with Wal-Mart has spanned two decades, and he has managed a variety of business units for the world-renowned retailer. Mr. Rasche currently serves on the Board of Directors for Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) as well as the Board of Directors for National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC).

Since joining Cargill over 10 years ago, Karen Sachs has held a variety of Human Resources positions.  As the Talent Recruiting Manager, she assumed responsibility for hiring Cargill’s commodity traders.  Karen’s focus then shifted to providing Human Resources expertise to one of Cargill’s traditional core businesses – the Grain & Oilseeds business unit. She then served as Senior Human Resources Generalist working to develop HR systems and processes for Cargill’s newly emerging businesses. In addition to her position in Valuing Differences, Karen also co-leads a Global Recognition Team whose role is to create and sustain a culture of recognition that is globally applicable and relevant. 

Recently named as the Director of Global Diversity Management at DaimlerChrysler, Ursula Schwarzenbart is an 18-year veteran, who has served in various units of the largest German automobile company.  After completing her university education in Social and Behavioral Sciences in 1988, she began her career at DaimlerBenz’s Plant Sindelfingen, where she worked on the first behavioral-based training for supervisors and other professionals in that location.  This was followed with increasing areas of responsibility in the field of human resources within various sectors of the company.  In 2000, she implemented the worldwide roll-out of the new Performance and Potential Management System, which led to her current position at DaimlerChrysler.

Johnna G. Torsone, now Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Pitney Bowes, has been instrumental in redefining the effectiveness and implementation of the company’s diversity strategy to drive growth and profitability, winning Pitney Bowes numerous awards and recognition over the last decade. Most recently, Ms. Torsone has driven the Human Resources Transformation Initiative, which has reformulated the global HR function.

Maria del Carmen Valencia has over 20 years of experience in Information Systems and Telecommunications.  She was recognized in 2001 as CIO of the year in Mexico by Information Week magazine, she is a frequent speaker on technology issues and women's roles in this field, and has also written several articles for technology magazines.  Ms. Valencia is a member of the Mexican Technology Association (AMITI), and currently serves as Corporate Vice-President of Information Technology in Wal-Mart Mexico supporting Argentina and Brazil.

Damayanti P. Vasudevan, is a management professional with 24 years of experience consulting, teaching and counseling in a variety of organizations.  As Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at RR Donnelley, Dr. Vasudevan is responsible for enabling workplace, marketplace and community outreach strategies that support RR Donnelley’s business and growth strategies.



Global Diversity Colloquium 2006:
"Creating a Level Playing Field for Women"

Feb. 23-24, 2006  *** New York, New York


 Thursday, February 23, 2005, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Site:  Algonquin Hotel (59 West 44th Street, New York, New York)


Dinner Roundtables:   “Do Diversity Councils Really Work?”

Hosts:                           Sylvia Chrominska, Executive Vice President, Human Resources

Room:  Gallery I                       Bank of Nova Scotia (Canada)


                                    Damayanti Vasudevan, Vice President, Global Diversity and

Room:  Gallery II                      Inclusion, R.R. Donnelly



Friday, February 24, 2005, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Site:                              Harvard Club (27 West 44th Street, between 5th & 6th Avenues)

                                    Cambridge Room


8:30 – 9:00 a.m.           Breakfast Networking


9:00 – 9:15 a.m.           Welcome and Opening Remarks

                                    Irene Natividad, President, Global Summit of Women


9:15 – 10:00 a.m.         A Look at Mentoring Innovations

                                    Moderator:  Mary Gusella, Chief Commissioner, Canadian

                                                Commission on Human Rights

                                    Karen Sachs, Senior Diversity Manager, Cargill

                                    Ana Barrio, Development Manager, JP MorganChase

                                    Jennifer Allyn, Director, Diversity, PricewaterhouseCoopers

                                    Maria del Carmen Valencia, Vice President and CIO, Walmart



10:00 -- 10:15 a.m.      Break


10:15 – 11:15 a.m.       Diversifying the Vendor Chain

                                    Moderator:  Nicole Chenier-Cullen, Director General, Strategic

                                                Initiatives, Canadian Commission on Human Rights

                                    Chris Rasche, Director of Supplier Diversity, Wal-Mart

            Stores, Inc.

Linda Denny, Vice President, Women’s Business Enterprise

            National Council (WBENC)

Julie Levi, President, Progressive Promotions


11:15 – 12:15 p.m.       Workers’ Voices in the Work/Family Dialogue

                                    Moderator:  Janice Fenn, Former Senior Director of Global

                                                Diversity, Kraft Foods, Inc.

                                    Maud Pagel, Senior Vice President of Human Resources,

                                                Deutsche Telekom (Germany)

                                    Ursula Schwarzenbart, Director, Office of Global Diversity

                                                DaimlerChrysler (Germany)

                                    Joan Giue, Program Manager, Flexibility and Work/Life, IBM

                                    Amy Hanen, Vice President, Human Resources, Policy and

                                                Governance, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce


12:15 – 2:00 p.m.         Leading for Diversity:  The CEO Perspective

Discussion Leader:  Irene Natividad, President, Global Summit of


                                    Al Bru, Former CEO, Frito-Lay


2:00 – 3:00 p.m.           The Board Director’s Role in Diversity Implementation

Discussion Leader:  Johnna Torsone, Senior Vice President,

                                                Human Resources, Pitney Bowes

                                    Reatha Clark King, Board Director, ExxonMobil, Wells Fargo and

                                                Dept. 56 Inc.

                                    Rosina Dixon, Board Director, Church & Dwight Co., Cambrex

                                                Corporation and Enzon Pharmaceuticals Inc.


3:00 – 3:30 p.m.           Effective Diversity Councils:  Report from the Roundtables

                                    Sylvia Chrominska



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