D&I Panel Session: How is Diversity & Inclusion Driving Business Results and Shaping the Future of Work?
- Event will be on MS Teams.
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Topic: How is Diversity & Inclusion Driving Business Results and Shaping the Future of Work?
More and more organizations are beginning to realize that diversity, equity and inclusion is mandatory for their survival and growth. While companies are making progress beyond hiring diverse staff, there is a need for understanding the financial implications of not adopting DEI practices. The future of work is being shaped by a generation Gen Z and Millennials) who are prioritizing values in their employment decisions. Therefore:
- How is innovation being driven by diversity and what is the 4IR?
- What should companies do to accomplish more effective and measurable change?
- How can you turn cultural intelligence into business results?
Moderator: Rudinov Vincent, Founder & CEO, DIFEST GLOBAL and CEO, Lormat Consulting Company (Canada)
Rudinov started his career more than 20 years back, where he was responsible for running the HR and Change Management portfolio of events in the Indian sub-continent. He spent some of his early career years creating an interface between academic institutions and HR leaders to generate job opportunities for students through campus recruitments.
Rudinov spent over a decade in the Middle East, where he worked with leading brands expanding their portfolio of live engagements into global markets. Having worked across 5 continents with different ethnic and cultural groups, he realized his passion for connecting people and drive for creating an equal space for all.
Rudinov transformed his passion into practice by launching his initiative called DIFEST (Diversity Inclusion Festival) in San Francisco in 2019 and thereon took it global with over 18 countries participating. DIFEST is a global engagement that empowers HR, DEIB and Sustainability leaders critical in designing and implementing large cultural changes to lead and shape the future of work in a new era of business.
A recipient of 3 awards, Rudinov has a strong business acumen with a vision to connect business communities into a single bias-free marketplace. He is currently based in Toronto with his wife and twins; a boy and girl.
- Felicia Nurmsen, Managing Director, National Organization on Disability (USA)
Felicia M. Nurmsen serves as Managing Director of Employer Services, where her responsibilities include development and delivery of NOD’s suite of Professional Services providing consulting to Fortune 100 companies, the Disability Employment Tracker, Corporate Leadership Council program development and NOD’s innovative program, Campus to Careers, developing a pipeline of professional-level talent with disabilities for business.
Felicia is a sought-after speaker and subject matter expert on issues regarding the employment of people with disabilities, been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, TMZ, HR Magazine, The Washington Post, has addressed audiences at national and international conferences, corporate forums and universities, and has provided training to thousands of corporate, government and NGO employees. During her tenure with NOD, Felicia has provided consulting services and assisted a number of corporations mount successful disability inclusion initiatives, such as Footlocker, Toyota, United Nations, Sutter Health, Stanley Black and Decker, Prudential and many more.
Throughout her career Felicia has served on various boards including the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy Circle of Champions, U.S. Business Leadership Network Corporate Advisory Board, National Association of Colleges and Employers Disability Employment Task Force and been recognized for her work with the Massachusetts Governor’s Exemplary Employer Award, National Economic Development Commission of the American Legion Veteran Employer of the year and others.
Previously, Felicia founded her own consulting practice focused on providing services to advance corporate disability inclusion as a pillar of diversity as well as support for the public sector. Prior to founding Inclusive Workforce Strategies, LLC, Felicia was Government Solutions Executive & National Access2Ability Leader for ManpowerGroup where she developed and directed their national disability employment strategy, leading to ManpowerGroup being named a Disability Equality Index “Best Places to Work in the U.S”.
- Evelyn Ngatia, Thought Leader, 4th Industrial Revolution and D&I Expert (Kenya)
Evelyn Ngatia is the Founder & CEO of TechaWatt Ltd, a company that offers corporate training and advisory on the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR). She is also the Founder of the 4IR Academy, an EdTech platform offering Strategic 4IR Skills.
Evelyn is a Board Member of the Women in Tech Commission at the European Technology Chamber. She has authored a book titled ‘Understanding the 4th Industrial Revolution’ and several 4IR articles.
As a 4IR thought leader, media channels have interviewed her, and she has spoken at various conferences and events.
Evelyn has also received global recognition and awards as:
- InspiringFifty United Kingdom Award Winner
- Who’s Who in Industry 4.0?
- Top 50 Global Thought Leaders on Emerging Technology
- Top 50 Global Thought Leaders on EdTech
Before founding TechaWatt, Evelyn worked in the corporate world in various sectors of the economy such as oil & gas, corporate banking, power, infrastructure, manufacturing, and real estate
- Christine Martey-Ochola, Lead Consultant, The Cultural Intelligence Center (USA)
Christine Martey-Ochola is a Lead Consultant at The Cultural Intelligence Center, and primarily focusses on education, as well as corporate clients and developing new business, while providing key critical trainings to high level stakeholders.
Christine has over 20 years of experience in the higher education sector as both a research professor and strategic management consultant. Prior to joining the Cultural Intelligence Center, she worked as a management consultant with colleges and universities focusing on faculty training, new program development, strategic planning, program assessments, and organizational change management.
Christine is passionate about organizational sustainability and inter-cultural structure and engagement, where she complements her academic profession with organizational management to improve workplace culture. Christine is a CQ certified facilitator, and has a doctorate in Chemistry from Lehigh University, Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from East Stroudsburg University, and a diploma in Food Science and Technology from Technical University of Kenya. She speaks English in addition to several Kenyan languages. She also received a presidential champion of change award for her work with diaspora communities.
- Lee Corless, Senior Vice President Head of Global Expansion, People and Culture, Rangam Consultants (UK)
Lee has years of experience working within the financial, technology, and recruitment industries. He is recognized as a world leader in the neurodiversity inclusion space and is an accomplished, in-demand, global speaker. Lee also assisted in designing a leading Autism at Work program within one of the largest international investment corporations. He is currently the Senior Vice President and Partner Development for Rangam’s UK office heading the growth operations in the EMEA and APAC.