Tuesday, April 10, 2018 (8:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.)
8:10 - 8:45 a.m. – Opening Session
Cathy Jacobson, President and CEO, and Andres Gonzalez, CDO, Froedtert Health
C-level support and commitment is critical to the success of D&I initiatives. This discussion will include a C-level perspective on strategies related to diverse talent acquisition, engagement of a current diverse workforce, educational training for staff, supplier diversity tactics, and other executive insights into getting D&I initiatives off the ground.
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. – Disrupting D&I: Bringing the Power & Purpose Back to D&I
Nancy Harris, Founder and CEO of Restart Consulting, Co-Founder of DisruptHR Chicago
This interactive workshop will help you discover why most D&I programs fall flat and show you how to reinvent your D&I program to align with your business mission. Participants will walk away from this session with practical tools to:
- Bring power and purpose to your D&I initiatives.
- Reenergize existing programs and employees (who might be suffering from D&I fatigue).
- Align D&I to your business mission and vision.
10:45 – 11:45 a.m. – Panel Discussion
Moderator – Michele Matthai, Director, Culture of Inclusion at Rockwell Automation
Panelist – Earnell Lucas, VP of Security and Facility Management – Major League Baseball. Former Captain, MPD. Candidate for Milwaukee County Sheriff
Panelist – Dr. Ronald Cox, Sr. Director of Human Resources – Talent Management at Milwaukee Public Schools
Panelist – Kelly Kauffman, VP of HR for the Milwaukee
Area businesses are critical to promoting diversity and inclusion in the workforce which makes a positive difference within our communities. The D&I panel discussion will explore what businesses can do to have the biggest impact on education, public safety and employment, and why workforce diversity and inclusion is vital to the future of our communities.
12:45 - 1:45 p.m. – Closing Session
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, six-time Olympic medalist, motivational speaker and founder of the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, six-time Olympic medalist, motivational speaker and founder of the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation, will speak on instilling in youth the dream, drive, and determination to succeed in academics, athletics and leadership, and how businesses can help collaborate with these efforts.
Cathy Jacobson, President and CEO, Froedtert Health
Catherine Jacobson serves as president and CEO of Froedtert Health, a regional health care system based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jacobson joined Froedtert Health in 2010 as executive vice president of finance and strategy, chief financial officer and chief strategy officer. She was promoted in 2011, becoming President and in 2012, she assumed the CEO role. Prior to joining Froedtert Health, Jacobson spent 22 years at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago in various leadership roles. Jacobson’s recognitions include Becker’s Hospital Review 2014 Health Care Leaders Award, and one of Becker’s 24 Leading Women to Know in Healthcare. She was recognized as a Women of Influence by the Milwaukee Business Journal in 2013 and received an honorable mention as Executive of the Year in 2014 and 2016. Jacobson received an honorary degree of Doctor of Healthcare Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2015.
Andres Gonzalez, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Froedtert Health
Andres Gonzalez has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years. He has been instrumental in creating culturally and linguistically competent programs. He serves as the Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer at Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin located in Milwaukee, WI. He provides direction to the Office of Diversity & Inclusion where he leads Diversity & Inclusion strategic initiatives that include: Community Engagement, Diversity Action Teams (DATs), Diversity & Cultural Competence Education, Emerging Markets Initiative, Health Equity, Inclusion Advocates, Language Services, Leadership Development, Supplier Diversity and Talent Acquisition.
Nancy Harris, Founder and CEO of Restart Consulting, Co-Founder of DisruptHR Chicago
Nancy Harris’ mission is to help organizations reimagine the way we work, by tapping into the innate talent and potential of their employees. She is a respected Consultant, Diversity Coach, and Facilitator with extensive experience in disrupting the H.R. status quo. She helps leaders uncover talent opportunities that will deliver long-lasting, impactful business results. She has a wealth of experience in all things people-related and her passion and enthusiasm has led her to work in a wide range of industries and organizations including: BP, Accenture, Hillshire Brands, Pfizer, Motorola, and Ford Motor Company. She is the Founder and CEO of Restart Consulting, Co-Founder of DisruptHR Chicago, and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business.
Michele Matthai, Rockwell Automation, Director, Culture of Inclusion
Michele Matthai is director, Culture of Inclusion at Rockwell Automation. In this role, Michele leads the Culture of Inclusion Center of Expertise and designs, implements and integrates global processes and programs that drive strategic direction and evolution of Culture of Inclusion across the enterprise. Michele has an MBA from Marquette University and bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and Political Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Ronald (Ron) Cox, Ph.D., Sr. Director of Human Resources – Talent Management at Milwaukee Public Schools
Ronald (Ron) Cox is currently the Senior Director-Office of Human Resources, Talent Management-Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), Milwaukee, WI. Ron leads the office of Talent Management in the acquisition of Highly Talented Teachers, who are committed to servicing All students from diverse backgrounds in an Urban Environment. Ron serves on numerous committees within MPS. He has worked as a Classroom Teacher, Assistant Principal, Public School and Department of Defense Principal, and State Department-Federal Programs Specialist. Prior to his services in education Ron served as a Staff Sargent in the U.S. Army.
Earnell Lucas, VP of Security and Facility Management – Major League Baseball. Former Captain, MPD. Candidate for Milwaukee County Sheriff
Earnell Lucas serves as the Chief of Security & Investigations for the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues. He is responsible for developing security best practices for the 160 clubs in Minor League Baseball and making presentations and conducting investigations to safeguard the integrity of Major League Baseball. He
previously served as the Vice President of Security and Facility Management, charged with overseeing the security operations for Major League Baseball, and the Supervisor of Security for Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. Earnell is a 25-year veteran of the Milwaukee Police Department, retiring at the rank of captain. He holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude in Criminology and Law Studies from Marquette University, and management certificates from the Police Executive Research Forum, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) National Academy and Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety. He has served on the boards of the Grand Avenue Club and Sojourner Family Peace Center. Earnell is a candidate in the fall of 2018 for Milwaukee County Sheriff, running to restore dignity, professionalism and integrity to the Office of the Sheriff.
Kelly Kauffman, Senior Vice President Human Resources, Milwaukee Bucks Inc.
As Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Kelly plays a key role in initiating and driving a broad range of HR programs and initiatives in support of the Bucks business objectives. She provides HR expertise in the key areas of employee relations, compensation and benefits, employee policies and programs, organizational effectiveness, workforce planning, staffing, career development and performance management.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Six-Time Olympic Medalist, Motivational Speaker and Founder, Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation
As one of the most decorated female athletes of all-time, Jackie dominated the track and field circuit for 16 years and won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals spanning four Olympic Games during her illustrious career. Sports Illustrated for Women magazine named Jackie the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century. On December 3, 2004, she was inducted into the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame. The March 2002 issue of Ebony included her on its list of the Top 10 Greatest African-American Women Athletes. The inaugural recipient of the Humanitarian Athlete of the Year, Joyner-Kersee is known worldwide for her interest in aiding others. She has helped to build the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Youth Center Foundation in her hometown of East St. Louis, Ill., that has raised more than $12 million.