2012 Colloquium on Global Diversity:

Colloquium Presenters


Irene Natividad, President, Global Summit of Women
Irene Natividad is President of the Global Summit of Women, a 22-year old annual gathering of women leaders in business and government to share strategies for increasing women’s economic impact worldwide.  She also serves as Chair of Corporate Women Directors International, which conducts research and brings together women corporate directors globally on issues of corporate governance. In 2004, she was selected by Women’s eNews as one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century.” She was named in 1997 as one of “25 Most Influential Working Mothers” by Working Mother Magazine, and was also named in 1988 as one of the “100 Most Powerful Women in America” by Ladies Home Journal.

Juliana Oyegun, Chief Diversity Officer, World Bank
Juliana Oyegun is the Chief Diversity Officer at the World Bank since 2001. In this position, 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, she 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.

Kim Admire, Corporate Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity Programs, Lockheed Martin
Since joining Lockheed Martin in 1998, Kim Admire has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility including Vice President, Human Resources for Enterprise Operations; Vice President, Human Resources and Communications at Sandia National Laboratories; Vice President, Human Resource Operations for Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems and Solutions; and Vice President, Human Resources and Security Operations for Lockheed Martin Management and Data Systems.  Before joining Lockheed Martin, she worked as a human resources consultant for Fortune 500 organizations concentrating on talent acquisition and development.

Rohini Anand, Senior Vice President and Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexo
Rohini Anand is Senior Vice President and Global Chief Diversity Officer for Sodexo, a leading provider of comprehensive service solutions with nearly 370,000 employees in 82 countries.  In her current role, she is responsible for the strategic direction, implementation, and alignment of Sodexo’s integrated global diversity and inclusion initiatives, including sustainable development and corporate citizenship strategies, with Sodexo’s business growth strategy.   Under her leadership, Sodexo was ranked #1 on the 2010 DiversityInc business index of Top Companies for Diversity and Inclusion. 

Jacqueline A. Berrien, Chair, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
In announcing her nomination in 2010 to be Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), President Barack Obama said that Jacqueline Berrien “has spent her entire career fighting to give voice to underrepresented communities and protect our most basic rights.” She came to the EEOC from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where she served as Associate Director-Counsel for five and a half years. In that position, she reported directly to the organization’s President and Director-Counsel and assisted with the direction and implementation of national legal advocacy and scholarship programs.   She has also served as a Program Officer in the Governance and Civil Society Unit of the Ford Foundation’s Peace and Social Justice Program . from 2001 to 2004, and practiced civil rights law for more than 15 years.

Cynthia J. Brinkley, Vice President, Global Human Resources, General Motors
Cynthia J. Brinkley became General Motors’ Vice President for Global Human Resources on July 1, 2011.  In this role, she leads global human resources strategies and key initiatives to drive business results, and to support GM’s 209,000 employees worldwide.  She joined GM from AT&T Inc. where she was senior vice president, talent development and chief diversity officer, responsible for identifying and developing future leaders, companywide training, employee engagement and diversity management.   Under her leadership, AT&T was recognized as the No. 1 company for learning and development by Chief Learning Officer Magazine.  Her career at AT&T started in 1986 and she held various positions including President, SBC-Arkansas, where she was named the state’s 2002 Business Leader of the year, and as President – AT&T Missouri. 

Steve Bucherati, Chief Diversity Officer, Coca-Cola
Steve Bucherati is currently the Chief Diversity Officer for The Coca-Cola Company.  Having led the Company’s Workplace Fairness function since February 2001, he assumed the responsibilities of leading domestic Diversity functions in January 2005, with added responsibilities for global operations in January 2007.  In this role, he is responsible for leading diversity and fairness as a fully integrated part of the Company’s business strategy, including the development of initiatives focused on diversity/fairness education, the Company’s global women’s initiative, the Company’s alternative dispute resolution process, and workplace fairness monitoring programs. Coca-Cola has received recognition for eight consecutive years of a Top 20 ranking in DiversityInc’s  “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” list.

Ted Childs, Founder, Ted Childs™, LLC
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., which serves as a global “Strategic Diversity Advisor” to Senior Management and a client’s Workforce Diversity team.  While at IBM, he 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 1982 to 1983. Among other assignments and awards, he was appointed as an official delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging, and, in 1997, he was named by Working Mother magazine as one of the “25 Men Friends of the Family” who have made it easier for working parents to raise and nurture children.  

Doug Conant, Former President and CEO, Campbell Soup Company
Douglas R. Conant served as President and CEO of the Campbell Soup Company for ten years after being appointed in 2001.  During his leadership at Campbell Soup, the company received several workplace awards, including the Gallup “Great Workplace Award” for four consecutive years and the 2010 Catalyst Award for helping women advance their careers.  He joined Campbell Soup with 25 years of experience from three of the world’s leading food companies: General Mills, Kraft and Nabisco. Immediately prior to coming to Campbell, he was President of the $3.5 billion Nabisco Foods Company where he led his unit to improved marketplace performance and five consecutive years of double-digit earnings growth.  With Mette Norgaard, he co-authored the New York Times bestselling book, TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments.

Edward Gadsden, Chief Diversity Officer, Pfizer
As Chief Diversity Officer at Pfizer, Edward Gadsden is responsible for integrating Diversity & Inclusion into talent initiatives, practices and policies across all parts of the business. Since joining Pfizer in March 2010, he has initiated a global strategy to expand and maintain a workforce with adaptable leadership skills and inclusive behaviors, ensure fair treatment of colleagues, and contribute to enhancing the company's reputation globally. He redesigned diversity team roles to focus on process and organizational consulting to HR and Business Leaders as they select, develop and promote colleagues. He has also re-engaged the Diversity Worldwide Leadership Committee and launched the Pfizer Colleague Councils that focus on engaging colleagues and supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives at the business and divisional levels.

Jeffery Tobias Halter, President, YWomen
Consultant, Author, and Gender Strategist, Jeffery Tobias Halter is the President of YWomen. His 30 years of business experience includes roles at Coca-Cola, Proctor & Gamble and Alberto-Culver. The first 15 years of his career focused on Sales Management, Customer Management, Category Management Supply Chain and Regional Marketing. For the past 15 years, he has led a series of initiatives focused on Senior Leadership Development, Understanding the Significant Role of Women in Organizations and Creating Integrated Diversity Leadership Strategies.  He is author of the book Selling to Men, Selling to Women, and has been a contributing writer to the Tom Peters Times, Women2Women Link and PINK Magazine.   He currently sits on the Simmons Business School’s Business Advisory Board, and has held National Advisory Board positions for Women’s Food Service Forum and The Network of Executive Women.

Reatha Clark King, Former Board Director, ExxonMobil and Wells Fargo
Reatha Clark King’s
broad range of experience extends from philanthropy to chemical research to academic administration.  She is former President and Board Chair of the General Mills Foundation, where she served from 1988 to 2003.  A veteran corporate director, she has served on numerous corporate boards of directors, including Department 56, Inc., ExxonMobil, and Wells Fargo.  Among other honors, the League of Women Voters honored her in 2000 with the Civic Leader Award for her pioneering efforts to affect social change.  After graduating with a Ph.D. degree in thermochemistry, she worked at a variety of jobs, including Research Chemist for the National Bureau of Standards; Chemistry Professor, Associate Dean for Division of Natural Science & Mathematics, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, York College, and President of Metropolitan State University.        

Susanna Nezmeskal-Berggotz, Vice President, Corporate Culture and Code of Conduct, Deutsche Post (Germany)
Susanna Nezmeskal-Berggotz currently serves as Vice President for Corporate Culture and Code of Conduct for Deutsche Post, a global logistics provider which is the parent company of DHL Express.    She first joined Deutsche Post in 1999, holding several positions prior to becoming Director of Diversity Programs in 2005.   Deutsche Post has been recognized for its women’s mentoring program which has opened up senior management to more women in the company.

Margaretta Noonan,  Senior Human Resources Officer, Hudson
Margaretta R. Noonan serves as the Hudson Group’s Senior Human Resources Officer since 2009. At Hudson, she has also served as Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Vice President of Human Resources since joining the Company in April 2003.   She has also held positions of Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources and corporate officer of Monster Worldwide, Inc., Vice President, Human Resources - Stores, for the Lord & Taylor division of May Department Stores Company from February 1997 to May 1998, and Vice President, Human Resources, of Kohl’s Corporation from November 1992 to February 1997.

Betsy Silva, Senior Director, Diversity and Inclusion (Central and South America), Sodexo
Betsy Silva Hernandez is Senior Director of Diversity for Sodexo.  In this role, she is responsible for leading the organization’s diversity and inclusion learning strategy, employee network groups and client consulting.  She also provides D&I strategic support to Sodexo’s Central and South American regions.  She has more than 20 years of senior-level operations, human resources, change management and diversity leadership experience. She has also served as the Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and American Express. 

Debbie Storey, Senior Vice President-Talent Development and Chief Diversity Officer, AT&T
Storey assumed the position of Senior Vice President-Talent Development and Chief Diversity Officer at AT&T in June 2011.  In this role, she is responsible for leading the company's award-winning efforts to foster an inclusive workforce and develop its diverse talent to meet the business needs of the 21st century.  In her previous assignment as Senior Vice President-Centers Support, she was responsible for sales and operations support for all AT&T consumer call centers as well as self-service and online operations.  As vice president of merger integration for BellSouth, she played a key role during the merger of AT&T with BellSouth in 2006 in developing plans for the merged organizational and operational structure as well as the execution strategy.  While at BellSouth she served as president of the BellSouth Women's Networking Alliance, one of the company's employee resource groups (ERG). With the merger of AT&T and BellSouth, that organization became Women at AT&T, with Storey continuing to serve as an executive advisor.  She started her career with AT&T in 1982 in Atlanta as customer service clerk for BellSouth telephone directory publisher Stevens Graphics.