Doyin Richards

Doyin Richards

Emcee, San Francisco


Author. Influencer. Keynote speaker. Daddy. Hater of racism & toxic masculinity. Lover of Swedish Fish. Liberal. Feminist. @Lakers fan. White folks say I'm well-spoken.

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Eduardo Placer

EMCee, New Jersey & New York


Story Doula, Keynote Speaker, and Global Community Builder.  He is the CEO and Founder of Fearless Communicators, an international, dynamic public speaking coaching business. He is an identical twin, and battles an acute condition called showtune-itis, where he spontaneously breaks out into song and dance.


Jennifer Brown

Keynote speaker


Bestselling Author of “Inclusion”, Keynote Speaker & Podcast Host on #TheWillToChange. #LGBTQ CEO, Founder JBC. Her next book, How To Be an Inclusive Leader, hitting shelves August 2019. she/her/hers


Tony Porter

Keynote Speaker


Author, educator, and activist working to advance social justice issues. As the CEO of A CALL TO MEN, Tony is internationally recognized for his efforts to prevent violence against women while promoting healthy, respectful manhood. He is a leading voice on issues of manhood, male socialization and its intersection with violence, and preventing violence against all women and girls. Tony’s 2010 TED Talk has been named by GQ Magazine as one of the “Top 10 TED Talks Every Man Should See.”

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Dr. Robin Rosenberg

Keynote Speaker

Robin S. Rosenberg, Ph.D., is CEO and Founder of Live in Their World. Robin is a psychologist and author of psychology textbooks and books for a general audience. She has had both psychotherapy and coaching practices, and has taught psychology classes at Harvard University and Lesley University. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology and an Assistant Clinical Faculty at University of California, San Francisco. She has been a member and Vice-Chair of the California Psychological Association Ethics Committee.

Robin’s interest in virtual reality (VR) is long-standing, and she was the lead author of a study that investigated using “VR for good.” She has combined her interest in VR with her coaching and clinical experiences to devise novel ways to help people understand how and why others may feel slighted or marginalized, and how to approach such interactions more constructively and effectively.


Karen Brown

Keynote Speaker


Karen Brown founded Bridge Arrow, a Chicago-based management consultancy, to make businesses more profitable by focusing on return on equity for employees, investors and shareholders. 

Before starting her firm, Karen was a senior executive at Sodexo, Baxter, Monsanto and Rockwell Collins, and recently served as Chief Diversity and Inclusion officer at Baker McKenzie, a $2.8 billion global law firm.  

With an understanding born of 30 years in the corporate world, Karen advises global companies on how to drive growth and profitability by promoting diversity and inclusion in their organizations. She has served as a global keynote speaker and panel moderator at conferences hosted by the U.S. Military Academy West Point, A.T. Kearney, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, among others. 

A compelling storyteller whose presentations spark conversation and spur action, Karen’s recent Harvard Business Review article on how to use data and focus groups to create more inclusive work environments has become required reading for a business class at Columbia University. Her forthcoming book, Running Rings Around the Old Boys’ Clubs, based on in-depth interviews with both female and male executives, explores the business advantages of gender equity.


Torin Perez

Keynote Speaker

Torin Perez is a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion consultant on a mission to inspire authenticity and inclusive leadership in the workplace. Since 2015, he has facilitated transformative learning and development experiences and spoken at more than fifty colleges, conferences, organizations, and Fortune 500 companies. He is the author of Who Am I to Lead? The World Is Waiting for You, and his writing has been featured in leading publications like Wiley’s award-winning Leader to Leader Journal, and IHRIM’s Workforce Solutions Review. Torin is a Posse Scholar, StartingBloc Fellow, One Young World Ambassador, and inaugural class member of the TED Residency, an incubator for breakthrough ideas. 

Prior to starting his own company, Torin was part of an award-winning advertising sales team at Bloomberg LP, where he also co-led the launch of the company’s first Black employee resource group. Recognized by the Head of Diversity & Inclusion for significant contributions to the organization in this capacity, Torin felt moved to inspire inclusion within companies far and wide. 

Torin is a graduate of Lafayette College where he studied Psychology, Economics & Business.


Damon Grimes


Damon has over 16 years’ experience growing brands and categories as a marketer. He has touched on every aspect of the CPG landscape working as a Buyer in retail, in Beauty Care in Customer Marketing, Brand Operations, and Brand Innovations, and has spent the past 4.5 years in Ice Cream with most of that time leading Talenti. Damon currently is leading the ice cream portfolio & brand strategy and managing the Magnum Ice Cream brand in the US. Damon’s journey to becoming an ally started prior to Unilever, leading his company’s MBA recruiting. But his journey transformed five years ago as he immersed himself in the maternity leave process for his wife. His disappointment with the process & the policy led him to speak out and demand a better maternity leave policy from Unilever. Shortly thereafter, Unilever started it’s Men as Allies group and Damon has been an active member ever since.

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Ryu Yokoi


Ryu is CEO of Schmidt’s Naturals, a purpose driven brand that aims to make self-care inclusive and accessible through plant-powered, cruelty free personal care products. 

He is a proud contributor to the creation of Growing Roots within Unilever, an organic snacking brand that supports Urban Farming in underserved communities. Ryu’s prior experience at Unilever includes brands like Hellmann’s, Dove Men + Care and Lipton tea.  

Ryu earned his MBA from the Wharton School and holds a BA from Williams College. Outside of work, Ryu is a foodie and pop culture junkie. He is a committed ally and eager participant in the dialogue around how to shape a more inclusive and equal workplace environment. Ryu is a doting dad of two and is currently between paternity leaves enjoying early moments with his three month old son.


Cate Luzio



Cate Luzio is the Founder and CEO of Luminary, the premier collaboration hub for women who are passionate about professional development and expanding their networks. This 15,000 square foot space in New York City includes a rooftop deck (opening summer 2019) and two floors of open workspace, conference/meeting rooms, a fitness studio, beauty bar, locker room, lactation room, podcast studio and much more. Luminary is the ultimate career advocate offering members unparalleled programming from workshops with dynamic leaders to a pioneering speaker series. A long-time advocate for empowering women and girls, Cate serves on the National Board for Girls Inc. and on the Advisory Board for Girls Inc. NYC. She’s a global traveler having visited more than 115 countries. She also serves on the Board of WaterAid. Cate is Forbes and Fast Company contributor.


Sumayyah Emeh-Edu


Sumayyah Emeh-Edu resides in the San Francisco Bay area and has over 15 years professional experience.  In this time she has led various initiatives within the higher education and corporate sectors focused primarily on diversity and professional development.  In that time, she has successfully organized Tech Inclusion SF 15 and Ability in Tech as well as managed learning programs with clients such as Kaiser Permanente, PG&E, Asana and Aetna.

Hailing from organizations such as Change Catalyst, Keller Center for Corporate Learning and Laureate Education, Sumayyah understands systemic inequities throughout the education-workforce pipeline.  This insight was an impetus to commit her career to challenging the status quo for inclusion.

Sumayyah founded The Ally Movement in November 2016 to provide a tools for those with privilege to take action.  She is also a member or has actively supported the STD Golden Gate Chapter, National Diversity Council, and Women’s Global Leadership Council. She also has volunteered with various community organizations that widen access for disadvantaged youth for education and career development.


Dale Thomas Vaughn


Dale Thomas Vaughn has worked with some of the most influential people in the world including billionaire industry moguls, academic thought-leaders and international heads of state. Dale began his career in communication at Southwest Airlines and Ticketmaster/Live Nation - after which he co-founded the Inclusionary Leadership Group. 

As an activist at the forefront of the conversation around gender equality and healthy masculinity, Dale was acknowledged as a "leader of men of quality" by feminist attorney Gloria Allred, and presented at the International Conference on Masculinities alongside other leaders like Gloria Steinem, Sheryl Sandberg and Michael Kimmel. As seen on CNN, CBS, Huff Post Live, TEDx, dozens of top podcasts and blogs, and in the LA Weekly, Dale’s work has received multiple Best of LA awards, Telly awards, and the M Award for service and leadership from his alma mater SMU.


Dr. Ed Gurowitz


Ed Gurowitz has spent over 30 years on the front lines of organizational transformation, partnering with executives, entrepreneurs, and organizations to provide training and consulting in leadership, communication, collaboration, and organizational effectiveness through executive coaching, consulting, and designing and delivering programs. He has consulted to organizations ranging from Fortune 100 companies to startups and non-profits.


Ray Arata

Better Man Conference Founder

Ray has delivered engaging talks to audiences featuring corporate leadership from organizations such as Visa, Microsoft, ebay, Intel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Kaiser Permanente, PwC, PG&E, Genentech, Chevron, Hanson Bridgett, GoDaddy and more. He has also consistently moved the crowds of corporate professionals at the inclusionary leadership event he founded and convenes on an annual basis, the Better Man Conference. His talks bring key insights to events as a speaker, emcee moderator, workshop facilitator and panelist. He also enjoys working with small to mid-sized businesses and a range of professional services organizations/associations.

Professionals connect with Ray because he leads from his heart and practices what he teaches in his own businesses and personal life. He brings an extensive business background and more than 10,000 hours in leading men to develop emotional literacy. Through his keynote presentations, workshops, executive coaching and management training, he applies the same heart-based principles that have helped him to lead a thriving business and fulfilling personal life.


Brian Rusch


When you work for some of the world’s most famous peace leaders, it is hard not to be inspired. Brian Rusch has taken those experiences and used them to inspire others. Over the last few years, Brian has run organizations for both Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama – taking the knowledge they have imparted on him to create programs for youth to inspire their own explorations of ethics, and to reshape conversations on peace, equality and forgiveness.
In every project Brian takes on, he imbues the South African concept of “ubuntu” which loosely translates to “I am because you are, my humanity is bound up in yours and we can only be human together.” In 2019, Brian has expanded his work to co-create The Ubuntu Lab, an organization that facilitates a better public understanding of humanity. He regularly consults with nonprofit organizations, governments, corporations and celebrities to help them strategize as to how they can best optimize their platforms to be change makers for good. 

While not traveling the world encouraging people to find and share their inspiration, Brian lives in Northern California with his husband of 25 years and their two dogs. 


Mita Mallick


Mita Mallick is a corporate change maker who believes businesses have a responsibility to make social impact. 

As the Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Marketing at Unilever, Mita’s efforts to build an inclusive culture are being celebrated.  Under her leadership, Unilever is gender balanced at manager level and above.   Unilever was named the #1 Company for Working Mothers by Working Mother Media in 2018.  She also co-created the first of its kind Cultural Immersions series to increase the cultural competency of marketers training over 4,000 marketers to date.

Mita has also had an extensive career in the beauty and consumer products goods space.  Mita is a passionate storyteller who believes in the power of diversity to transform business and brands.  She was one of the chief lieutenants in launching The Vaseline Healing Project in the U.S., signing award-winning actress & activist Viola Davis as the brand’s ambassador.

Mita was named a Working Mother of the Year by She Runs It (Formerly Advertising Women of New York) and a Valiente Award Finalist at SXSW for her inspiring work in 2019.  She received the Inaugural Diversity Innovator Award from the National Association for Female Executives in 2018, andwas on the “50 People Under 40 Shaking Up Beauty” Youthquake List by Women’s Wear Daily 2017. 

Mita has a B.A. from Columbia University and a M.B.A. from Duke University.


Mark Greene


Mark Greene writes, speaks and consults on masculinity, culture, relational intelligence, diversity and inclusion. His articles on masculinity have been shared half a million times on social media with 20 million page views. He has written and spoken about men’s issues at Salon, Shriver Report, Huffington Post, HLN, BBC, and the New York Times. He is a Senior Editor at the Good Men Project.

Mark’s newest book, The Little #MeToo Book for Men,has been called "a blueprint for men's liberation." At just 75 pages, it is a no holds barred deconstruction of our bullying man box culture and its damaging impact on men and women’s lives. Mark is also the author of Remaking Manhoodand co-author of The Relational Book for Parentingwith Dr. Saliha Bava. 

Mark is the founder of Remaking Manhood,a Facebook community promoting a wider ranging conversation about masculinity.  He is the co-founder of ThinkPlayPartners,a collaborative space for his work with his partner, Dr. Bava. He can be found at RemakingManhood.comand on Twitter @RemakingManhood.Mark lives and works in New York City.


Barbara Williams Hardy


Barbara Williams Hardy is a visionary, connector, catalyst for change and global citizen of the world. She is an award-winning thought leader with a global mindset and is known as a “Go To” leader who develops high-level relationship alliances that foster inclusion, belonging, collaboration and commitment to align diversity strategies with business objectives to accelerate employee engagement, innovation and organizational success.  

She is the former Global Head of Global Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at NetApp. Prior to NetApp she was the Managing Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Oracle. Barbara’s mission is to unlock the untapped brilliance in all of us.  

Feel free to connect with Barb after the session or follow her on Twitter @bawconnects


Lorenzo A. Claridy


Lorenzo A. Claridy is a certified and credentialed Executive Coach, business executive, speaker, trainer and facilitator. Lorenzo offers more than two decades of leadership-laden experience spanning from his service within the U.S. Army to his role as the Head of Inclusion and Diversity at GlaxoSmithKline.

Lorenzo possesses a B.S. degree from Hampton University where he majored in Business Management while also participating in Army R.O.T.C as a 4-year scholarship recipient. Lorenzo has experience leading diverse teams in dynamic and high-pressure environments, resulting in delivering consistent business performance.  Additionally, Lorenzo has extensive learning and development in the areas of Emotional Intelligence, Conflict Resolution, Influencing Skills, Energy Resilience, Inclusion & Diversity, Leadership Development, Energy for Performance and Process Improvement.


Tony Colon



As vice president of Portfolio Product Development for Cisco Customer Experience (CX), Tony leads and aligns the teams that design, develop and deliver the company’s CX offers, systems and technical support tools. He partners with technology, learning and innovation leaders across the company to drive business transformation in a time of critical growth and opportunity for Cisco.

Tony is known for the entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and technical expertise he contributes to his many technology leadership roles, especially over the past 20 years. His technical expertise centers on ensuring customers have the right tools and the right time, and delivering an exceptional customer experience. 

In addition to his passion for innovation, Tony is active in a number of social and professional causes that advance diversity and inclusion. He is the executive sponsor for Cisco Men for Inclusion and a member of the Cisco Conexión Hispanic employee network. Outside of the office, Tony is active serving on advisory boards for the March of Dimes and Hispanic IT Executive Council. He is also a member of the Forbes Technology Council. Tony lives in Chicago with his wife and two young children. 

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Kevin Tolson


Kevin A. Tolson works in brand marketing at Unilever as the Senior Brand Manager on Vaseline and is a graduate of the New York University Stern School of Business. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies and on the Nielsen E-Sports Advisory Board. Beyond his interest in the intersection of business strategy and documentary storytelling, Kevin is an active alumni of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which provides scholarships and professional training for minority students in higher education.


Elfi Martinez


Elfi Martinez is a walker of several worlds. From inner-city Chicago to Wall Street to Hollywood, he has lived a life of eclectic and profound experiences that have honed a unique worldview and creative approaches to obstacles and opportunities. He cultivated his ability to create and communicate emotionally resonant messages while writing for television as a selectee to the prestigious Warner Brothers Television Writers’ Workshop and the CBS Writers Mentoring Program.

Elfi develops his strategic and facilitation acumen as an independent Organizational Development Consultant – specializing in Leadership Development, Emotional Intelligence, Visioning/Business Development, and Diversity & Inclusion for nonprofits and Fortune 500 clients including Microsoft, T-Mobile, LinkedIn, GlaxoSmithKline, Capital One, NPR/PBS, The Red Cross and Education Pioneers.

Elfi’s analytical skills were honed via an MBA in Corporate Finance and Accounting from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester and later as an Assistant Vice-President in Securities Lending for the Bank of New York.

Elfi enjoys giving back to the Latino Community as a member of Prospanica (formerly the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s) – where he held several leadership positions including Vice-President of Marketing and Corporate Relations for the Philadelphia chapter. He was elected chapter President for 2014 – where he led a Board of 11 Officers and over 500 members and served as the key liaison with corporate partners, universities, chapter members and community organizations.


Ryan Jenson

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Ryan Jenson is Vice President and Deputy Controller in the Corporate Controller’s Department. Ryan oversees the Program Offices Financial Reporting function (consolidations), Technical Accounting, National Accounting Policies and provides leadership over Statutory Accounting and Reporting process and key regulatory filings including the quarterly and annual Department of Managed Health Care reports and Medical Loss Ratio filings.  

Ryan’s brand is “a passion for people and process improvements”.  Ryan enjoys mentoring and teaching and has led multiple program-wide training events for Kaiser Permanente including acquisition accounting, analytics and various statutory accounting topics.  Ryan attended Harvard’s Executive Leadership Program (ELP) in 2017 and is very active in mentoring, inclusiveness efforts and leadership programs within Kaiser Permanente. Ryan is a board member for Linkage Inc.’s Women in Leadership Institute and is a mentor and sponsor for the Finance/Shared Services Women In Leadership program. 


Jason Solomon


Jason Solomon is Director of Operations in Intel’s Assembly Test Technology Development (ATTD) organization in the Technology and Manufacturing Group (TMG). A 25-year Intel veteran, Jason combines his technical expertise with operations acumen to design and develop innovative systems and solutions to support ATTD’s business objectives.  He collaborates with internal and external business partners on technology development, systems design and enabling, cost controls, product quality, compliance, risk management, training, and workforce planning.

During his Intel career, Jason has held a variety of manufacturing and engineering management leadership positions in support of revenue, Intel Architecture, packaging technology development and transfer to high-volume manufacturing. Known for his ability to drive revenue growth, reduce costs, advance new technologies, and achieve operational excellence, Jason has received an Intel Achievement Award and several TMG Excellence and Divisional Awards.  In addition, Jason has been recognized for his commitment to diversity and inclusion, receiving the 2017 Intel Global Diversity and Inclusion Team of the Year Award and 2018 Intel Global Diversity Inclusive Leader of Year.

Jason earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Washington.  He enjoys spending time outdoors with his 3 boys (Jadon, Justice, and Jackson), coaching sports (football, baseball), fitness, and all things adrenalin including hunting, skiing, scuba diving, and riding ATVs.

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Jim Gordon


GM, Ecosystem Strategy & Business Development - Platform Security Division

Leads strategy, product and business development resources charged with developingintegrated hardware and software cyber security and privacy solutions for PC and data centercomputing at Intel. This includes but is not limited to secure online payments, enterprise multi-factor identity management, hardware-assisted data protection and advanced cyber threat detection.

Also an appointed member of Intel's "Inclusive Leaders" program for diversity, as well as the Platform Security Division's diversity champion.


Vincent Guglielmetti


Vice President, Manufacturing and Operations
General Manager, Corporate Services - America’s Manufacturing Operations

Vincent Guglielmetti is general manager of Intel Costa Rica since June 2014. As a leader, his main task is to transform Intel Costa Rica from a manufacturing operation to a research and development facility; accompanied by a global services center of excellence. Guglielmetti works for the Intel since 2000. He moved to Costa Rica in 2005, where he was factory manager, manufacturing manager and controller at Intel Costa Rica. He holds a bachelor’s degree in administration and a master´s in finance from the University of Michigan.

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Ariana Blossom


Ariana Blossom is a TEDx speaker, leadership consultant, Army veteran, and entrepreneur. She coaches leaders to develop stories that get their audiences, employees, and investors to move mountains and write checks. Her day job is running Blossom Consulting - a leadership development company that offers sexual harassment training, management and strategic plan alignment, and strategies for sustainable growth. And when she’s not working she can be found at playgrounds acting like a kid with her 4-year old son Javier.


Robert Beaven


As the Managing Director of JBC’s consulting arm and a Cornell Certified Diversity Professional/Advanced Practitioner, Robert Beaven oversees all JBC company operations with a focus on strategic business development, operational effectiveness, and organizational culture development. He is an adept cross-team facilitator who enables diverse groups to collaboratively align to ensure effective change management and thoughtful, impactful integration.

A self-described “Ally-in-Training”, Robert holds a BS in Authentic Leadership and Organizational Development and believes that it is the responsibility of men, who most often hold positions of power, to use that power and their privilege to drive positive change and ensure everyone feels Welcomed, Valued, Respected, and Heard. By meeting C-suite leaders where they are and without judgment, his goal is to help them see workplace dynamics through a new lens, so they can create more impactful organizations from the top down.

Robert was involved in the early stages of business development for Jack Welch’s leadership training program, The Welch Way. He has also brought his operational and leadership skills to several startup organizations as a founding partner, and is Board Chair for several non-profit organizations.

As a coach and executive consultant, Robert has worked with senior healthcare leadership in hospitals and QIOs to define effective strategies for continued success in the midst of evolving healthcare regulation, federal and private payment strategies, IHDN mergers, population health management and information technology. He has also been instrumental in helping companies develop effective strategies for managing remote teams, customers, and consultants worldwide.

Robert lives with his spouse and five children (a beautiful, blended family) outside of the Philadelphia area.