Gisele Garraway & Rebecca Ford - Starfish Initiative
Topic: Mentoring and its Impact on Inclusion Initiatives in the Workplace
Starfish Initiative inspires, encourages, and prepares promising, economically disadvantaged students for college and career success by pairing low-income high school students one-on-one with college-educated mentors.
Led by Gisele Garraway, formerly a Senior Vice President at Devonshire Investors, the private equity affiliate of Fidelity Investments, Gisele joined Starfish Initiative as its third President and CEO in July 2017. One of the first Staples.com leaders, she was responsible for developing profitable growth opportunities; leading the marketing, merchandising and operations for the Canadian online/catalog business; and providing strategic analytics to the heads of Staples’ global ecommerce and retail business units. Prior to her Staples tenure, Gisele was a consultant at Boston-based Bain & Company for several years, where she consulted numerous Fortune 500 companies on strategic, marketing and operational issues. Gisele has dedicated efforts to various youth-related community causes and is an advocate for mentoring and its impact on the whole community, including corporate America.
This presentation, will also highlight the impact of mentoring in the workplace as presented by 3-time Starfish mentor Rebecca Ford of Eli Lilly. Ford has scaled the technical ranks at global pharmaceutical leader, Eli Lilly to become the only female and only under 40 project manager in the large-scale capital group responsible for design and construction of drug manufacturing plants. She has proactively led initiatives for Unconscious Bias, Gender Bias, Living and Working with Disabilities, African American Journey, Hispanic Journey, and LGBTQ+ equality at Lilly and is committed to drive value in Starfish, Lilly Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, and Lilly’s technical mentoring.
Topic: Intersectionality: The Future of Diversity and Inclusion
Demetria Miles-McDonald is the Founder and CEO of Decide Diversity, a company focused on increasing the presence and effectiveness of underrepresented groups in the workplace, specifically in leadership positions. Demetria specializes in bringing the experiences of people who identify with two or more marginalized groups to the forefront, to better understand and utilize the strengths they bring to the workplace. Demetria's experience in industrial and organizational psychology have energized her to take action and lead today's leaders away from stereotypes and bias that prevent qualified people from reaching their highest potential. Demetria's powerful presentations and workshops make leaders think outside the box and consider solutions that move organizations forward.
Demetria was recently recognized as a Young Leader of Louisville and also received the Member of the Year award from the National Association of Women Business Owners Kentucky chapter. Demetria is a 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award Nominee and a 2018 Trustees of Inclusion and Equity . Both awards were presented due to Demetria’s work in diversity and inclusion in the community.
Today’s version of diversity covers, among many other things: gender, race, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and veteran status. Everyone fits nicely into these groups. According to statistical reports, people fit into only one of these categories at a time. We compare men to women, white people to people of color, and cis gender and straight to LGBTQ. What happens when people identify with more than one of these groups? Business leaders have traditionally assumed that every person who identifies with one of these groups experiences the world and workplace similarly. However, people are complex and rarely identify with only one group. It’s time to expand our definition of diversity and get back to its roots: uniqueness and individuality. It’s time to talk about intersectionality. In this session, attendees will
Learn the concept and history of intersectionality and how it fills the gap traditional diversity and inclusion programs create
Recognize and examine their own intersectional identities and how you utilize that uniqueness at work
Analyze the intersectional diversity in their organization and the competitive edge it gives
Discover their role in incorporating intersectionality into their diversity and inclusion initiatives
Captain John Walton - Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
Topic: The Importance of Diversity in Policing (Continued)
As a young child, Captain John Walton enjoyed imagining that he was a crime fighting super-hero. The concept of justice for all resonated into adulthood. An Indianapolis native, Captain Walton has served the City of Indianapolis for 36 years as a member of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and has received numerous promotions, awards, accommodations, and medals including the Medal of Bravery. In 2016, Captain Walton was the first African American promoted to the rank of Captain in over ten years. In 2017, Captain Walton was selected as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion for IMPD with the mission to enhance equity and inclusion within the department. Captain Walton volunteers as a head coach in the Washington Township Football League and views mentoring and serving as a role model to young people as one as his greatest achievements.
In this interactive presentation, Captain Walton returns for part two of his November 2018 discussion on why it is important to have a diverse police force and some of the obstacles and challenges facing police agencies today. In addition, he will discuss viable solutions that can help police agencies become more diverse and increase exclusivity. Finally, he will discuss the important role and impact that citizens can have in helping police departments achieve greater diversity.