Global Diversity Colloquium 2008:
"Creating a Level Playing Field for Women"

Thursday, February 28 and Friday, February 29, 2008
Harvard Club of New York, New York City


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"My heartfelt congratulations on another successful colloquium. The positive tone which you set for the agenda by asking participants to concentrate on proven practices provides a unique learning experience.  One could not help but be inspired by the breadth of knowledge and dedication exhibited by the participants."

Mary Gusella, Former Chief Commissioner, Canadian Human Rights Commission

"It was truly an honor and a privilege to be a part of a colloquium that raises the bar both in terms of content and caliber of the participants.  That speaks to your commitment and ability to get the real issues on the table."

Ana Barrio,
Vice President, Human Resources
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

2008 Colloquium Presenters
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Convener: Irene Natividad, President, Global Summit of Women.  Ms. Natividad brings women corporate, government and non-profit leaders together annually for a global gathering which has come to be called 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. >>Remarks
As Chief Diversity Officer for AIG, Terri D. Austin provides executive oversight and leadership for AIG's diversity efforts worldwide. Ms. Austin is responsible for expanding and implementing AIG's diversity initiatives in the workforce, as well as those relating to AIG products, suppliers, vendors, and its customer base.  Ms. Austin joined AIG in 1990 as an Assistant General Counsel for the Corporate Law Department where she handled a variety of litigation matters including employment and reinsurance. From 1995 to 2004, she served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of AIG Domestic Claims. Prior to joining AIG, she held positions as a litigation associate at a law firm in New York and as Assistant Counsel with the New York City Law Department.    >>View Presentation                                 
In February 2008, Ms. Candi Castleberry-Singleton was named to the newly created position of Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).  Ms.  Castleberry-Singleton brings a wealth of experience to this new post: most recently, she served as corporate giant Motorola's Vice President of Global Inclusion and Diversity; previously, as Sun Microsystems' Chief Diversity Officer she created and implemented The Global Inclusion Model TM.  This model successfully transitioned Sun from compliance and diversity processes led by Human Resources, to integrated global activities that made inclusive behavior and cultural acumen the responsibility of every Sun employee.   >>View Presentation  

In August, 2006, J.T. (Ted) Childs, Jr. retired from IBM after a distinguished 39 year career as a member of their corporate Human Resources team. Upon retiring, he founded Ted Childs, LLC.  to coach a corporate Workforce Diversity team through the identification of their internal / external stakeholders, an assessment of the internal / external environment, and the development and execution of a Global Workforce Diversity Strategy. While at IBM, Mr. Childs held a variety of human resource assignments, including fifteen years of executive responsibility for global workforce diversity programs and policies. In addition, he served as Executive Assistant to Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks, Executive Director of the NAACP, on an IBM Social Service Leave from March 1982 to September 1983.   

Dr. Maria Nuria Chinchilla is Professor in Managing people in  organizations and Director of the International Center on Work and  Family at IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Spain. Her  areas of specialization include women and power, family-responsible  organizations managerial competencies, career and time management, work-life balanced and interpersonal conflict.  Dr. Chinchilla is a business and  government consultant and member of several VIP Advisory Boards  including European Professional Women's Network (EPWN).  A noted  author and skilful communicator, Dr. Chinchilla speaks seven  languages.    >>View Presentation  

As vice president of Microsoft International and Area Vice President of Microsoft Middle East and Africa, Ali Faramawy has a number of responsibilities both on the business strategy and the business operations fronts. He is an active member of the International leadership team that is responsible for the company’s strategy and initiatives. He also has a visible role among the company’s worldwide emerging markets community. Mr. Faramawy is directly responsible for Microsoft’s operations in the Middle East & Africa (MEA) Area. Throughout his 20-year career in the IT industry, he has held different technical, sales and managerial roles in different parts of the Middle East and Europe with companies such as Dun & Bradstreet Software, NCR Corporation, Yokogawa Marex and, finally, Microsoft.

In December 2006, Ms. Hélène Goulet was appointed Secretary General of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Her career has spanned a number of roles in federal departments and agencies. She has held senior positions in the areas of public law, program delivery, policy development and transition management.   Formerly, she held the position of Associate Assistant Deputy Minister for the Health Products and Food Branch.  In addition, Ms. Goulet was Director General of the Tobacco Control Program, Healthy Environment and Consumer Safety Branch, as well as Assistant Deputy Minister for the same Branch.            

William Lee began his career with Abbott in 1981 as a Corporate Internal Auditor. During the 1980's with Abbott, Mr. Lee held several positions in the Financial Planning and Analysis and Cost accounting disciplines.  In the early 1990's, William held management roles in the Diagnostic Division Dallas Operations, as Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis, Consulting Pair Program Manager (Diversity Initiative) and Human Resource Manager. Since 1999, William was the Site HR Manager for the Diagnostic Division Dallas Site. At the end of  2005, William, assumed the role of Director, Corporate Diversity, Inclusion & Compliance for which he is currently serving.  >>View Presentation   

Denise Lynn was named Vice President, Diversity and Leadership Strategies for American Airlines, Inc. in February 2007.  From 2004 through 2006, she held the position of vice president - People for American Eagle Airlines.  In this role, she was responsible for all human resources and labor matters for the regional airline subsidiary of AMR Corporation.  Ms. Lynn is also a member of the Board of Directors of the American Airlines Federal Credit Union.  >> View Presentation                                                                                         

Juliana Oyegun is the Director of Diversity Programs at the World Bank since 2001. Since 2001, she has provided strategic advice and support to senior management on building values-based approaches to diversity and inclusion. She facilitates mainstreaming diversity into the World Bank’s business, human resources planning and management process. Prior to this, Ms. Oyegun served as Special  advisor for Gender Equity at the UNHCR in Geneva where she facilitated the promotion of a culture of gender equity and parity.   >>View Presentation

As National Director, Next Generation Initiatives (NGI) at Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, Mr. W. Stanton Smith has grown NGI into a key strategic initiative with tangible positive business impact over the past seven years.   A sought-after expert on generational issues, Mr. Smith has appeared on PBS’s theLehrer NewsHour as well as in publications such as TIME, BusinessWeek, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal.  His book, “Decoding Generational Differences: Fact, Fiction…or Should We Just Get Back to Work” is scheduled for release in February, 2008.   >>View Presentation 

Susan Sobbott is President of OPEN from American Express, the team dedicated exclusively to the success of small business owners and their companies. Ms. Sobbott leads the fastest growing division within American Express. Appointed to this position in June 2004, she is responsible for attracting and retaining business owners to the American Express franchise. OPEN - which commits itself to making it easier for entrepreneurs to do business; recognizing its customers like the CEOs they are; and solving customers' problems before they exist - is the nation's largest credit and charge card issuer for small businesses. In addition to shaping the OPEN brand identity, Ms. Sobbott manages the small business charge, lending, and co-brand cards as well as the line-of-credit products that customers need to help grow their business.

An HR executive with more than 20 years of experience in the area, Nora Villafuerte Garza is the Executive Director of Banamex-Citi, the largest Bank in Mexico.   Ms. Villafuerte is the first and only woman who has reached this level in the financial industry in Mexico.  With a special interest in the areas of Diversity and Leadership, she has encouraged specific programs for the development and the inclusion of diverse groups, including special programs for talented women, adoption benefits, and strategic alliances with different institutes to propel vulnerable minority groups.  Ms. Villafuerte has held Director level positions for the last 28 years in companies, including Parker Hannifin, Hewitt, Blockbuster and American  Express.                          

As Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs at TELUS, Janet Yale leads a national team responsible for the creation, execution and oversight of all aspects of TELUS corporate affairs. This includes the development and delivery of key strategies in the areas of public policy, law, regulation, government relations and corporate communications.  Ms. Yale was president of the Canadian Cable Television Association prior to joining TELUS. With more than 20 years of government and regulatory experience, she has also held senior leadership positions at AT&T Canada, the CRTC and the Consumer's Association of Canada.  >>View Presentation  

A 22- year veteran of DuPont, Terry Yancey-Bragg began her career in 1985 as a lab technician in research and development. She has held many challenging roles in both operations and human resources of increasing responsibility at various levels of the organization. These positions include Regional HR Manager for North America, U.S. Regional Transformation leader, Change Management Leader, Senior HR Consultant and HR Generalist.  Currently, Ms. Yancey-Bragg serves as Human Resource Manager - Global Employee Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion. >>View Presentation 

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