2021 Austin Virtual DiversityFIRST™ Certification Program

2021 Austin Virtual DiversityFIRST™ Certification Program

Jun 21-25, 2021
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CT)

Offered Virtually*

*Additional details will be disclosed after registration is completed.

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Faculty

Luzilda Carrillo Arciniega, Ph.D.

Luzilda Carrillo Arciniega, Ph.D.

NDC Index Lead Strategist and Executive Director of Diversity Research Institute
National Diversity Council
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Luzilda Carrillo Arciniega, Ph.D.
Luzilda Carrillo Arciniega, Ph.D.
NDC Index Lead Strategist and Executive Director of Diversity Research Institute
National Diversity Council

Luzilda Carrillo Arciniega, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Diversity Research Institute and the Lead Strategist of the National Diversity Council Index. As the Lead Strategist of the NDC Index, Lucy translates diversity and inclusion best practices into organizational benchmarking tools. Through managing and analyzing organizational data, she helps companies define, clarify, and set goals to establish effective diversity initiatives and inclusive cultures. Since 2015, Lucy has overseen the strategic plan for Diversity Research Institute, including the development and implementation of programs and initiatives, and the marketing campaign and outreach efforts to community partners, academic institutions, and business organizations. As a researcher she has written and edited industry demographic reports, including “Leading While Diverse: The Case for Diversity in Corporate Governance across Multinational Pharma.” Lucy also works as an independent diversity consultant, using her skills as an anthropologist to bring cultural insights into the customer service experience, management leadership strategies, and employee engagement. She has experience consulting with multinational corporations, designing and delivering diversity trainings for senior managers and professional development workshops for university students. She draws insights for consulting from her six-year dissertation research on business cultures and diversity management. Lucy Carrillo received her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine. Her doctoral research received numerous awards, including the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Grant and an honorable mention from the National Science Foundation. She is also University of California, Berkeley undergraduate alumni. Currently, she teaches courses on culture and communication at the California State University Long Beach and lives in Los Angeles. She is also editing her dissertation into a book on business expertise, diversity management, and American race relations.

Leon Fraser

Leon Fraser

Consultant
National Diversity Council
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Leon Fraser
Leon Fraser
Consultant
National Diversity Council

Leon Fraser brings his versatile experience in the corporate, academic, and certification arenas to help organizations diagnose and resolve persistent team performance and interpersonal challenges. He was formerly Director of Corporate Strategy at Verizon and has taught Corporate Strategy at Rutgers University. He earned the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and thereby understands the importance of having a company’s HR and diversity initiatives to be fully in concert with a company’s overall strategy. He has taught Managing Workforce Diversity at Rutgers University where he also received the Faculty Leader in Diversity Award. He is a Certified Diversity Professional by the National Diversity Council and teaches in the DiversityFIRST training program. He received the Most Engaged Leader Award from the Tri-State Diversity Council for delivery of diversity programs. He received the Mentor of the Year Award from National Black MBA Association New Jersey Chapter. He has extensive consulting experience through a boutique firm which specializes in helping clients to address management and strategy issues. Not only does he have solid practical experience in consulting, he is the originator of the Management Consulting course at Rutgers, with proven techniques and sage case studies. On an individual basis, he is an Associate Certified Executive Coach per the International Coach Federation and has taught Executive Leadership at the graduate level. In addition to Verizon, Leon has corporate experience in marketing and market research at Newsday and Aetna. He was also vice president of an international start-up and a legislative aide to two Congressional committees in Washington, DC. He earned a BA cum laude from Harvard University and MBA degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Kelsea Haught

Kelsea Haught

Director of Strategic Alliances & Global Identity
National Diversity Council
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Kelsea Haught
Kelsea Haught
Director of Strategic Alliances & Global Identity
National Diversity Council

Kelsea Haught is a strategic minded and operationally focused diversity leader, experienced in management and corporate growth. It is Kelsea’s goal to empower people and organizations to build cultures of inclusion, equity and purpose. She is deeply passionate about equity and belonging and is a dedicated human rights advocate. Kelsea currently serves as Director for the National Diversity Council and has been with the organization since 2014. As Director, Kelsea is responsible for the direction, development and management of multiple diversity initiatives and regional councils throughout the US and abroad. Kelsea provides oversight for event and business development programmers, and strives to provide staff members with the support they need to fulfill the NDC’s mission, vision, and goals to the best of their abilities. Kelsea assists with training and development, recruitment and selection, and operational management, in addition to coordinating event production, business development and strategic partnership opportunities, raising over $200,000+ in new corporate partnership dollars. Over the past several years, she has worked closely with NDC CEO and Chairman, to provide support and direction to multiple state and regional diversity councils in the US, including Ohio, Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, and most recently in her home state of Texas. While serving the National Women’s Council, Kelsea was instrumental in unifying national branding efforts for our signature event series, the Women in Leadership Symposium and launched the LIFT newsletter, featuring intersectional voices advocating for gender equity in the workplace and reaching over 150,000+ readers. In 2018, Kelsea was tapped to assist in the launch of the Global Diversity Council, expanding the council’s global identity and international reach to include events in London, Mexico City, Toronto, Vancouver, and Dubai, among others. Prior to the National Diversity Council, Kelsea served in a regional managerial role with Houston based retail group AA Concepts. During this time, Kelsea expanded the group reach to include the introduction of 3 new retail locations and boosted revenue, being recognized as top earner throughout her tenure with the organization. In this role, Kelsea improved operational efficiency and gained widespread exposure to various departmental projects including: talent, sales, merchandising, inventory control, event management, customer services and financial processes. She is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University, where she earned her B.S. in Sociology, with a focus in philosophy and gender studies. Kelsea received her designation as a Certified Diversity Professional in 2017. She is a passionate ally for the LGBTQ+ Community and volunteers with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She resides in Houston, Texas and is an advocate for pet adoption and animal welfare, adopting her Catahoula Leopard Dog in late 2011.

Stan Kimer

Stan Kimer

President and Owner
Total Engagement Consulting
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Stan Kimer
Stan Kimer
President and Owner
Total Engagement Consulting

Stan C. Kimer, founder and president of Total Engagement Consulting, is recognized as an internal/external consultant with unique skills in employee development/career mapping, workplace diversity (specialization in GLBT – Gay, Lesbian Bisexual, Transgender), and organization effectiveness/leadership development. Stan formed his own consultancy around these areas in 2010 following a 31-year successful diverse, multi-functional career at IBM. While at IBM as Director of Global Sales Operations for IBM’s consulting practice, Stan served as the executive sponsor overseeing career development for IBM’s 3,000 Sales Operations employees. He has now executed his unique innovative career mapping approach which he launched at IBM, with clients ranging from major corporations to church denominations to professional organizations. During his four years on IBM’s global corporate diversity staff, Stan led IBM into industry leadership in LGBT diversity and established IBM’s procedures for supporting transgender employees and assisting with case management of employees undergoing gender transition while in the workplace. Since forming his own consulting practice, Stan has trained or spoken in over 50 venues reaching over 3,000 professionals. He is a certified Out and Equal Workplace Advocates Building Bridges Trainer and a certified Training Management Corp / Berlitz Cultural Competency Trainer / Practitioner. Within the transgender arena, Stan has provided training to client employee and HR teams and has assisted with case management of gender transitions in the workplace. He is active in leadership roles in dozens of community and civic organizations including as a volunteer instructor on his church denomination’s leadership development faculty. In 2013, the Triangle Business Journal recognized Stan with one of their Leaders in Diversity – Role Model awards. Stan received his MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and BS in management science from Georgia Tech. In his spare time, Stan is training to be a competitive adult figure skater.

Cecilia Orellana-Rojas, Ph.D.

Cecilia Orellana-Rojas, Ph.D.

SVP-Strategy and Research
National Diversity Council
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Cecilia Orellana-Rojas, Ph.D.
Cecilia Orellana-Rojas, Ph.D.
SVP-Strategy and Research
National Diversity Council

Cecilia Orellana-Rojas joined the National Diversity Council (NDC) in 2013 as vice president of strategy and research. In this role, she provides direction for the formulation of the organization’s strategic goals and oversees the consulting services function. In addition, she leads innovative, high quality educational and research initiatives in diversity and inclusion. She is the creator of the DiversityFIRST™ Toolkit, a unique diversity reference portal and research consolidator, and the DiversityFIRST™ Certification Program curriculum, which prepares professionals for successful careers in the D&I space. Cecilia brings 15 years of experience at AT&T, where she started as a manager in diversity marketing. She spent most of her career at the telecommunications giant as associate director and lead consultant of corporate diversity. In this role, she offered support in the formulation and implementation of AT&T’s diversity and inclusion strategy with an emphasis on diversity metrics, communications, and training. As a business partner, she worked with clients to ensure that AT&T’s business practices, processes and procedures supported workforce inclusion. She also provided consulting in all aspects of workforce diversity. Prior to her corporate role, Cecilia worked as a journalist and later taught in academia for more than 10 years in the area of sociology, with emphasis on U.S. race relations, gender, research methods, and Latin America. Cecilia is a passionate advocate for diversity. She was instrumental in the launch of the Texas Diversity Council and served as the first president of the San Antonio Advisory Board. As a founding member of the Texas Hispanic/Latino Summit, she played a leadership role in establishing the mission of the summit as a venue for Latino/a voices within the Texas Leadership and Diversity Conference. She has been recognized numerous times with the Diversity Champion Award and Diversity Leadership Award for her commitment and dedication to diversity business practices. A native of Chile, Cecilia earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of New Mexico, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Dakota. She resides in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, Henry, and their son, Rodrigo.

Al Sullivan

Al Sullivan

President
Inspirus Consulting
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Al Sullivan
Al Sullivan
President
Inspirus Consulting

Al Sullivan is the president and owner of Inspirus Consulting Inc. A firm specializing in system wide Organization Development, Diversity, and Sustainable Change. His approach integrates both theory and practical tools from the Applied Behavioral Sciences. His primary goal is to help client systems engage everyone to do their best work. His firm worked with a 4000-employee hospital to assess, design, and implement updated and strategic Diversity, Inclusion, and Culture training. He used the “Train the Trainer” model to provide the hospital with the capacity to train, update, and evaluate the program with sustained impact over time. Al helped the Information Technology division at global pharmaceutical organization win the “Attraction, Development, & Retention” Diversity award by designing and implementing initiatives which significantly increased senior female and minority leaders. Al has experience designing, delivering, and evaluating training intended to improve awareness and collaboration in multicultural organizations. He attends to the various levels of system when training and consulting (e.g. individual, team, organization, and community). His continuous improvement focus helps to connect training design to strategic organization objectives. Additional areas of expertise include applying strategies in areas such as Talent Management, Employee Engagement, Executive Coaching, Strategic Human Resources Management and Organization Development. Al is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources Al is also trained in a number of Organization Development tools and approaches such as Use of Self, Organization Analysis / Design, Action Research, Group Facilitation, Multicultural Organization Development, and Change Management, & Process Consulting.


Speaker

Linda Solis, Ph.D.

Linda Solis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Applied Humanities
University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine
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Linda Solis, Ph.D.
Linda Solis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Applied Humanities
University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine

Linda Grace Solis, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Applied Humanities at the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM) in San Antonio, Texas. She is dedicated to education, particularly in the medical education setting, where she encourages learners to become holistic, open-minded, and culturally and socially aware physicians. Dr. Solis is also passionate about opening doors for individuals who are from communities which have been historically excluded from medicine, and about increasing diversity in all aspects of medical education. Dr. Solis is also a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant, working with organizations desiring to increase their constitutional diversity and create a more inclusive and equitable workplace. Dr. Solis holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, and earned her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. She is honored to serve in volunteer leadership roles for several national and local organizations, including the Council on Diversity and Equity at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio Commission. She also serves on the leadership council of Travis Park Church and on the Board of Directors for the National Healthcare Diversity Council. Dr. Solis is married to Mr. Felix Solis, III. She is an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction and believes that all books are improved with the addition of cats, coffee, and chocolate.

Linda Valdez Thompson

Linda Valdez Thompson

Executive Vice President of Administration, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
DFW International Airport
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Linda Valdez Thompson
Linda Valdez Thompson
Executive Vice President of Administration, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
DFW International Airport

Linda Valdez Thompson is the Executive Vice President of Administration, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Since joining DFW Airport in 2001, Linda provides strategic leadership for Human Resources, Procurement and Materials Management, Risk Management, Business Diversity and Development, and Corporate Communications & Marketing functions. Linda has established employee engagement initiatives to ensure the workforce is productive, healthy, diverse, and inclusive. These initiatives include employee resource groups, mentoring networks, learning and development opportunities, and a Total Rewards strategy. She has also championed the Airport’s Wellness program with an onsite fitness facility and medical clinic. Additionally, Linda has established an award-winning supplier diversity program. Linda has more than 20 years of managerial and executive experience with Fortune 500 companies such as Levi Strauss, Hasbro, and Baxter Health Care. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Midwestern State University and a master’s in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. Linda holds various certifications including Certified Diversity Professional/Advanced Practitioner from Cornell University. She is alumni of the prestigious National Hispana Leadership Institute. Linda has received several distinctions including Woman of the Year by Hispanic Business Magazine and Top Latinas of Influence by Latino Leaders Magazine among others. She was nationally recognized by the National Diversity Council as a Top Latino Leader and by LATINA Style Magazine as a Top Corporate Latina Executive.

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For additional information about this session, please contact Cecilia Orellana-Rojas at [email protected] or Melanie Masessa at [email protected]