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WEBINAR | Beyond the “DEI Workshop”: Driving Real Change in the Workplace

Is your business taking real action on DEI? What businesses are doing it right, and how can you replicate their successes?

Building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization is more than organizing a DEI Workshop and calling it a day. In this webinar, we’ll discuss practical solutions to address the root of the problem (instead of just scratching the surface).

Join us to hear insights from our passionate expert panel which includes: Iliana Quinonez, Salesforce, Michael Kyle, Planet, Lisa Smith, Netflix & Women Who Code, and Valerie Jackson, Zuora.

What questions will be answered:
  • How can you recognize and mitigate unconscious bias in the hiring process?
  • How can you break down systemic barriers to inclusion?
  • What businesses have gotten it right?
  • How can we initiate conversations that may feel uncomfortable?
  • What are some things I can do today to build a more inclusive team?
  • What will your game plan be for the remainder of the year?

The discussion will be led by Faye Tracey, Manager, People & Talent at Robert Walters San Francisco.

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Iliana Quinonez

Sr. Director
Solutions Engineering & Latinoforce Advisor

Iliana is an award winning, Latin Trailblazer Woman in Engineering and a Developer of Leaders. She is a passionate advocate and ambassador for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion. Her career in the high tech industry spans over 25 years across 3 continents and more than 15 countries, working at both enterprise and startup companies. She is the former Chair of the Board for Latinoforce, the Salesforce Latinx Employee Resource Group and currently serves as their Advisor.

Lisa Smith

Engineering Manager, Netflix
Director, Women Who Code

Lisa Shissler Smith is an Engineering Manager at Netflix, and a Director for Women Who Code. She lives near Raleigh, NC with her husband and their 5 children. She is passionate about inclusion and diversity and has spoken to groups large and small about recruiting and retention. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, video games, desk dancing, and all things small.

Michael Kyle

Head of Talent and Belonging

Michael Kyle is Head of Talent and Belonging at Planet based in San Francisco. Previously to Planet he led both Talent and D&I at Redbubble based in Melbourne, Australia. During his time in Silicon Valley and abroad Michael has seen first hand the opportunity that the tech industry has to get better faster in dismantling the systems that continue to cause inequity and a deepening wealth gap. Previous to his experience in the technology industry, Michael spent ten years at Fortune 500 financial services firms where he served as a key change maker in advancing LGBTQIA+ inclusion (including adding Transgender communities to a enterprise wide employment non-discrimination policy in 2006) and helping bank the unbanked and improve financial wellbeing of the most underserved. Michael specializes in ERGs, strategic planning, user-centered program management, and inclusion-based recruiting. Michael has regularly donated his time away from work with trailblazing organizations like the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Techtonica, Code Like a Girl, and LYRIC.

Valerie Jackson

Chief Diversity Officer

Valerie Jackson has built and led inclusion and culture initiatives in global, billion dollar companies for 15 years in the technology and legal industries, after being recruited into the field by former Georgia elected official Stacey Abrams. Prior to shifting into people and culture work, Valerie practiced securities law and served as an international policy advisor and negotiator with the U.S. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. A lifelong student of people and cultures, Valerie has lived in six countries and can communicate in multiple languages. She earned her undergraduate degree in Government/International Relations with honors from Harvard University and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.