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2010 Colloquium Presenters
Convener: Irene Natividad, President,
Global Summit of Women (USA)
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.
Soumia Belaidi Malinbaum, Vice President, Business Development,
Founder and President of the French
Association of Managers of Diversity (AFMD) Soumia Belaidi
Malinbaum is Vice President of Business Development for Keyrus,
a software company with 1,300 employees in nine countries.
President of AFMD, she has worked on economic initiatives to
bring companies and policy makers together to promote diversity.
As an entrepreneur,
founded Specimen, an IT company specializing in engineering and
consulting in 1991 and chaired the company until 2006 when the
company merged with Keyrus.
she began her career, she has been concerned with the issues of
diversity in corporate life and has contributed to implementing
ethics in business development.
honor of her work, she was awarded the Chevalier de la Legion
d'Honneur in April 2007.
addition, she is the spokeswoman on diversity issues for MEDEF,
the French Employers Association.
Cynthia J. Brinkley, Senior Vice President, Talent
Development and Chief Diversity Officer, AT&T (USA)
Senior Vice President-Talent Development and Chief Diversity
Officer at AT&T, Cynthia Brinkley is responsible for continuing
AT&T’s leadership in developing people from diverse backgrounds
and preparing them for rewarding careers. She joined the
company in 1986 as an external affairs liaison to the Texas
Public Utility Commission and media spokesperson for regulatory
and legislative activities relating to the Texas Legislature.
She has also served as area vice president for SBC California,
Executive Director-Federal Relations for SBC Communications
Inc., and as President, SBC-Arkansas, where she was named the
state’s 2002 Business Leader of the year. Before assuming her
current responsibilities, Ms. Brinkley was president – AT&T
Missouri, where she led all regulatory, legislative,
governmental, and external affairs activities in the state.
Cole Brown, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer,
2009, Cole Brown has served as Chief Diversity Officer for
Walmart. In this position, she is responsible for the
oversight and coordination of the diversity strategy for
Walmart’s U.S. business. Additionally, she is responsible
for the implementation of some of the company’s most important
employment practices initiatives. Since joining Walmart’s
legal team in 2002, she has held senior positions in Sam’s Club
and Walmart’s Office of Diversity. In August 2007, she was
appointed to Vice President of Employment Practices.
Mark Demich, Vice
President , Organization Development and Global Diversity and
Inclusion, Sara Lee Corporation(USA)
As VP of Organization Development and Diversity & Inclusion,
Mark Demich is responsible for Sara Lee Corporation’s approach
to organization effectiveness, employee engagement and global
diversity and inclusion. Specifically, he works to ensure
effective strategies and initiatives within recruiting,
on-boarding, management & leadership development and performance
management. Additionally, he ensures that Sara Lee’s business
practices, human resources and corporate programs are inclusive
and reflect the diversity of Sara Lee’s consumer base and
employee population. Before joining Sara Lee, he was Chief
Learning Officer at Conseco/Bankers Life & Casualty.
Mary Dillon, Executive Vice
President and Global Chief Marketing Officer, McDonald's (USA)
As McDonald's Executive Vice President and Global Chief
Marketing Officer, Mary Dillon leads the company's worldwide
marketing efforts and global brand strategy across 118
countries. Her areas of
focus include ongoing innovation in marketing planning and
execution, brand evolution and creative strategy, children's
well-being initiatives, and marketing talent development. In
addition, she has directed innovative strategies in the area of
children's well-being, including formation of the company's
first Global Moms Advisory Panel. Prior to joining McDonald's,
she was President of the Quaker Foods division of PepsiCo
Corporation. In 2006, she was named to the Wall Street
Journal's "Top 50 Women to Watch" list. She is also on the
Board of Directors of the Target Corporation and NorthShore
University Health Care System.
Richard B. Evans,
Chairman, AbitibiBowater and former CEO,
Rio Tinto Alcan (USA)
Richard B. Evans is Chairman of
AbitibiBowater, a leading forest products company based in
and recently retired as an Executive Director of London-based
Rio Tinto plc and Melbourne-based Rio Tinto Ltd.
While with Rio Tinto, he was Chief
Executive of Rio Tinto Alcan.
Previously, Mr. Evans was President
and CEO of Montreal-based Alcan Inc. until the acquisition of
Alcan by Rio Tinto in October 2007.
Prior to that, Mr. Evans was
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Alcan
Inc., during which he oversaw Alcan’s four business groups. Mr.
Evans is a past member of the Board of Directors of the
Conference Board of Canada, past Chairman of the International
Aluminum Institute, and is a past Chairman of the U.S. Aluminum
Association’s Board of Directors as well as past Co-Chairman of
the Environmental and Climate Change Committee of the Canadian
Council of Chief Executives.
Donna Halkyard, Head of Diversity and
Inclusion, BAE Systems (United Kingdom)
Donna Halkyard has nearly 20 years experience working in
Diversity & Inclusion and Human Resources, spanning automotive
manufacturing, financial services industries, and in the
aerospace and defence sector since the end of 2009.
At BAE Systems, she is responsible for the development of
a Diversity & Inclusion strategy and supporting toolkit,
including the Diversity & Inclusion Maturity Matrix which will
baseline and measure performance and progress through 2015.
Prior to working at BAE Systems, she was the Group Head of
Diversity at the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. She led on the
development of a global strategy and supporting policies, with a
key focus on governance across all RBS businesses globally.
She started her career in Human Resources at Ford Motor Company
developing capability in employee relations in the UK, leadership development across European
markets and graduate recruitment in the US.
Worldwide Director, Global Diversity
Initiatives, Colgate-Palmolive (USA)
Eugene Kelly is Worldwide Director, Global Workplace Initiatives
for Colgate-Palmolive, a $15.3 billion consumer products company
serving people in more than 200 countries and territories.
In this role, his focus is on furthering Colgate’s
efforts to attract and retain the best people from a diverse and
broad base of global talent.
In addition, he actively supports the Corporation’s
ongoing efforts to live its values of Managing with Respect and
continuing the drive to ensure that Colgate is a most inclusive
work environment for all people.
Prior to Colgate, Eugene spent four years with AOL/Time Warner
where he served as Associate Director, Human Resources for
Money, Mutual Funds,
and Fortune Small
Birgit Klesper, Vice President,
Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Communications, Deutsche
Birgit Klesper is Vice President,
Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Communications, for Deutsche Telekom in Bonn, Germany. Prior to assuming
this position in 2006, Ms. Klesper was
Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications (worldwide)
and Spokesperson of the Wella Group. Following
Procter & Gamble's take-over of Wella AG in 2004, she
took additional responsibility as
Director of Communications for
Procter & Gamble. She has also held various positions in
corporate communications and public relations with Philip Morris
and Tchibo Coffee Company.
Senior Vice President, Strategic Support in Human
Donna McNicol joined TELUS as Vice President Human Resources,
Consumer Solutions in 2006, bringing extensive experience as an
HR strategist who has successfully guided talent acquisition,
management and professional development for numerous large and
start-up Canadian companies.
In November 2007, she was promoted to Senior Vice
President, Strategic Support in Human Resources responsible for
all HR recruitment, strategy and development of TELUS’ 34,000
employees both within
Before joining TELUS, she spent nine years with Rogers
Communications, culminating with her appointment in 2004 as
Senior Vice President overseeing all operations of Human
Resources for 28,000 employees nationwide.
Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Standard Chartered Bank
is the Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Standard Chartered
London-headquartered organization which has operated for over
150 years in some of the world's most dynamic markets. The Bank
employs over 70,000 people representing 125 nationalities across
70 countries. Currently,
based in Singapore,
Ms. Reston is responsible for setting Standard Chartered’s
diversity and inclusion strategy and driving the agenda forward.
This encompasses not only diversity and inclusion within the
workplace but also with regards to customers and communities.
Prior to her appointment in January 2009, she worked in the
Group Chief Executive’s office and held a number of roles in
Group Human Resources.
holds a Masters of Science in International Employment Relations
and HR Management from the London School of Economics, where she
is a regular guest lecturer on cross cultural management.
Vice President, Territory General Manager and Co-Leader WOLF,
Best Buy Co. (USA)
As vice president, territory general manager for Best Buy Co.,
Inc., Mary Stoddart is responsible for operations across the
including Puerto Rico,
overseeing more than 15,000 employees.
Additionally, in 2009, she was also named co-leader of
WOLF (Women’s Leadership Forum) at Best Buy, a vast
network of thousands of Best Buy employees who work with
individuals, brands, partners, stores, and communities to help
Best Buy build strong women leaders and capture a greater share
of the female consumer electronics market.
She was recently awarded the 2008 Ally Award for
excellence in field and corporate collaboration.
She also mentors female directors internally in the field
and at corporate through the Discovery Board Program and the
Champion Mentor Program.
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