Global Diversity Colloquium 2010
Thursday, February 25 and Friday, February 26, 2010
Harvard Club of New York, New York City

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Harvard Club of New York
35 West 44th Street
(between 5th and 6th Avenues)
 New York, NY  10036

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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, Keyrus (France)

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.  As President of AFMD, she has worked on economic initiatives to bring companies and policy makers together to promote diversity. As an entrepreneur, she founded Specimen, an IT company specializing in engineering and consulting in 1991 and chaired the company until 2006 when the company merged with Keyrus.  Since 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.  In honor of her work, she was awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur in April 2007.   In 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)

As 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, Walmart (USA)

Since June 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 Montreal 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.

Eugene Kelly, 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 Business Magazines.

Birgit Klesper, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Communications, Deutsche Telekom (Germany)

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.  

Donna McNicol, Senior Vice President, Strategic Support in Human Resources (Canada)

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 Canada and Internationally.  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. 

Kari Reston, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore)

Kari Reston is the Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Standard Chartered Bank, a 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.  She 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.


Mary Stoddart, 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 southeastern U.S., 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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