UPDATE Thursday, February 13, 2014 9:02:00 am cst

NSHMBA Academy events and programs in Philadelphia still scheduled as planned. Click here to review the agenda.

Please note: the venue has been changed for the NSHMBA Kickoff Reception on Friday, February 14, 2014.The reception will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown- Liberty Ballroom from 6-8 pm

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3

Wednesday, February 12

6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Media Event

Thursday, February 13

8:00 AM- 6:00 PM
Corporate Advisory Board
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Welcome & Governance

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM


Financial Guidance

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Clarkson & Davis Strategy Session

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Corporate Networking Reception

Friday, February 14


8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Welcome Remarks - Angela Tristan, Director of Planning, NSHMBA National Office

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Opening Plenary-ERG Executive Champions - Pillars for Support and Change

Andrea Agnew, Comcast’s Executive Director of Workforce Diversity & Inclusion, will lead a panel of Comcast ERG Executive Champions as they discuss the important role executive champions play in the development, leadership and long-term success of ERGs.

Panelists will cover provocative topics such as:
• Who makes a good ERG Executive Champion?
• How are ERG Champions’ typically identified? Why "mixing it up works " best,
• What’s the most important leadership characteristic of an ERG Executive Champion?

• What are the top three benefits of having Executive Champions affiliated with

• What are some of the key benefits ERG Executive Champions derive from

involvement with ERGs?


  • o Andrea Agnew, Executive Director of Workforce Diversity & Inclusion, Comcast

  • Panelists:

    • o Charisse Lillie, Black Professional Alliance Executive Champion
    • Vice President, Community Investment, Comcast Corporation
    • President, Comcast Foundation
    • o Filemon Lopez, Unidos Executive Champion
    Senior Vice President, Strategic Operations, Comcast Cable
    • o Fred Maahs, Abilities Network Executive Champion
    Director, National Partnerships, Comcast Corporation
  • Vice President, Comcast Foundation
    • o Susan Jin Davis, Asian Pacific American Executive Champion
    Senior Vice President, Strategic Services Communications and Data Services,
  • Comcast Cable

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Breakout Session I

Session A: Hispanic ERG’s are our Business
The session will explore how companies can look inward to not only better understand their employees but to gain further insight on how ERG’s can make an impact on business imperatives.


o Irene del Corral, Senior Specialist, Diversity Strategies, American Airlines

o Victor Escalante, Client Solutions Manager, Vice President Hispanic Latin ERG,

American Airlines

o Maria Gonzalez-Diaz, President-Hispanic Heritage Network, Prudential Financial
o Leonardo J. Girón Monteverde, Sr. Manager, Process & Optimization, Tesoro

Corporation, Inc.

Session B: Lessons Learned: Making the Case for ERG Governance

Whether new or mature, ERGs can benefit from process & structure. Learn how governance has helped Dell’s ERGs grow to more than 120 chapters globally with even greater impact for the ERG members and for Dell’s business strategy.

o Consuelo Rodriguez, Diversity Strategist, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Dell Inc.

Session C: Leading and Participating in ERGs Can Be Career Changing

A panel of Comcast ERG leaders will discuss their experience as Comcast’s first ERG leaders including:

• What ERG Leaders learned along their leadership journey?
• How leading and participating in ERGs has helped progress career experiences

and offered valuable leadership training opportunities
• The many ways that ERGs can effectively support business priorities, talent

acquisition efforts and address community needs
• Why every employee should join one or more ERG?


o Angela Lagos, Universal Parks & Resorts


o Nick Jimenez, Unidos Philadelphia Lead

o Kristina Chang, Asian Pacific Americans Lead

o Ola Ekundare, Black Professional Alliance Lead

o Cecilia Isaacs-Blundin, OUT Lead

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Plenary Luncheon: Demonstrating the Business value of Military & Veteran ERG’s

Now that veterans are starting to stream into the civilian workplace, it is critical that companies have an understanding of the business value that could be derived from establishing and supporting a military veteran ERG. Join our panel as we discuss the ROI from this type of ERG in terms of business practices and aligning organizational talent acquisition needs

Moderator: Rod Colon, President, Rod Colon Consulting, LLC

o Marian Benz, Field VP, Regional Accounts, GlaxoSmithKline
o Lewis R. Runnion, Senior Vice President Public Policy Lead

Representative, Bank of America

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Breakout Session II

Session A: Best Practices in Hispanic ERG’s: What You Need to Know

Focus on best practices Johnson & Johnson will present strategies and techniques to lend their experience in building and sustaining a successful Hispanic ERG.


o Humberto Fernandez, Senior Director, Strategy & Support, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, Johnson & Johnson


o Gloria Candelario, Senior Manager, IT Global Application Services, Commercial and R & D Delivery, Johnson & Johnson

o Manny Diaz, Manager of Technology Integration, Johnson & Johnson

o Marcee Martinez, Senior Scientist, Johnson & Johnson

o Vicky Sanchez, Senior Director of Strategy & Support, Johnson & Johnson

Session B: Grow Your Career through ERG Leadership

The presentation will focus on best practices and lessons learned along the journey of implementing Travelers’ diversity strategy. The interactive dialogue will focus on critical competencies, including understanding organizational culture, collaboration and communication which proved critical to successful execution.

o Marco Irizarry, Manager, Diversity Initiatives, The Travelers Inc.
o Sebastian Marquez, Sales Manager, Personal Insurance, Professional Development Co-Chair Hispanic/Latino Diversity Network, The Travelers Inc.

Session C: Vanguard’s Approach to Women’s Leadership

The opportunity to grow and cultivate the next generation of women leaders within Vanguard has been largely attributed to the success of WILS (Women’s Initiative for Leadership Success). A panel of leaders will discuss how they drove the initiative and increased the level of participation within WILS.

o Amy Cribbs, Principal - Participant Experience, Vanguard

o Tammy Virnig, Principal - Retail Investor Group, Vanguard

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Closing Plenary: Vanguard’s Inclusive Culture

A panel of Vanguard leaders will discuss their efforts in establishing and maintaining an inclusive environment through the utilization of CRG’s. Emphasis will be placed on how they continue to create a diverse environment inclusive of its all their nine CRG’s.


o Christine Rogers-Raetsch, Principal-Chief Diversity Officer, Vanguard

o Steve Holman, Principal - Client Executive, Flagship Services, Vanguard
o Alba Martinez, Principal – Retail Investor Group, Vanguard
o Carmen Rive, Principal-Client Executive, Flagship Services, Vanguard ’s

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Closing Remarks
Victor Ruiz, Director of Business Development, NSHMBA National Office

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
NSHMBA Kickoff Reception

Sponsored by COMCAST
***Location: Liberty Ballroom

Saturday, February 15

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Check-In & Continental Breakfast

9:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Strategic Leadership Training

Relationships and Engagement, a Powerful Combination

In this workshop, Dale Carnegie will provide NSHMBA and ERG leaders with a unique perspective and the tools to strengthen relationships, cultivate engagement and bring new resources into their organizations. Starting with a broad view of the impact of focusing on engagement within our ERGs, then moving into our own personal ability to connect with and engage others, we will practice using the tools to make these transitions and create individual action plans to implement ideas gained from the session.


o Katie Iorio, Franchise President and CEO, Dale Carnegie

o Ellen Valudes, Business Consultant and Trainer, Dale Carnegie

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Chief Diversity Officer Leadership Panel Discussion

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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