Our Panelists - #HIREBLACKSUMMIT 2020

The #HIREBLACK Initiative Team is excited to host a series of expert panelists at our 2020 #HIREBLACK Summit. Each panelist has an exceptional voice that we cannot wait for you to hear

Continue below to learn more about our awesome line-up!

Niani Tolbert
Founder & CEO | #HIREBLACK

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Niani is a marketer-turned-recruiter and the Founder of the #HIREBLACK Initiative. 

#HIREBLACK started as a LinkedIn post to help 19 Black womxn get resume feedback on Juneteenth and grew into an initiative whose goal is to help 10,000 Black womxn get trained, hired, or promoted. 

Thanks to the support from our community and allies, we are now a network of 3,000 people and counting.

Here are some of our key accomplishment in the past 100+ days:

  • The #HIREBLACK Slack, our FREE safe space for Black womxn has grown to 5,000+ people.
  • We offer weekly LinkedIn Live sessions every Thursday at noon.
  • Our partnership with 81cents gives one free compensation review to a #HIREBLACK community member each month.
  • We are producing a #HIREBLACK Virtual Summit all about “starting a micro-revolution” in the fall.
  • We have recently wrapped up our mentor matching sessions, and we were able to match over 300 Black Womxn with career mentors based on industry and management experience! We partnered with Conde Nast, DoorDash, Sony Music Entertainment- along with recruiters at top companies to make this happen.
  • For Black Women’s Equal Pay Day (August 13th), we hosted a free webinar for 400+ attendees on negotiation strategies with leading womxn.
  • For Black Women’s Equal Pay Day (August 13th), we also made a “Radically Transparent Salary Database”: a crowd-sourced resource of 600+ salaries and demographics shared anonymously to offer transparency, compare and understand our market rate.

As a marketer, Niani was noted as one of Business Insiders’ 30 most creative people in advertising under 30.

Amber Garrett
Head of Technology Operations | #HIREBLACK

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“Amber is a tech & culture strategist who is redefining the echelons of innovative brands through unique experiences, strategic technologies, and business frameworks.”

Amber Garrett is a globally recognized client success manager and technologist based in Dallas, Texas with proven impact at the intersections of technology, culture, and business. She currently serves as the Head of Global Operations for the #HIREBLACK Initiative. #HIREBLACK started as a LinkedIn post to help 19 Black womxn receive resume feedback on Juneteenth, and grew into an initiative whose goal is to help 10,000 Black womxn get trained, hired, or promoted.

Thanks to the immense support and empowerment from their community & allies, they are now a network of 3,000 people and counting.

She currently leads all technological & client onboarding aspects of the #HIREBLACK Initiative, as well as the technical production of the upcoming 2020 #HIREBLACK Virtual Summit. Which is all about “starting a micro-revolution, and being the revolution.

Her interest involving the intersection of diversity & inclusion, technology, and social justice is the golden arch of her promise to the world. And her promise to build a more equitable and representative professional industry for Black womxn around the world, in addition to other marginalized communities.

The scope of her vision is grounded in the present moment, focusing on the day-to-day effort it takes to build a more impactful and inclusive world.

She is passionate about using her skillset in tech and client success to empower others to be the best professional versions of themselves that they can be.

With Amber’s diverse skill sets, she often finds herself intersecting many different spaces that she excels within. And she takes complete pride in bringing her whole, authentic and multi-dimensional self to every single one of them.

Before diving into the world of tech consultancy, and cultural impact, Amber acquired years of corporate experience working with a leading provider of real estate technologies & other SAAS products as an enterprise client success manager/software implementation consultant. Such experience has given her the foundational tools & knowledge to propel her impact as a culture influencer and technologist to others around the world. 

Amber is immensely passionate about diversity & inclusion, and creating pathways to bring more diverse individuals into the roles they were destined to shine within. 

Camye Mackey
EVP & Chief People, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena

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Camye Mackey is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief People, Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena. In her role as the club’s top Human Resources and Diversity executive, Mackey leads the team responsible for strategic development and implementation of the people philosophy and culture. Mackey’s priorities are leadership development, employee culture, embedding diversity and inclusion within all aspects of the business and providing the essential link between employee engagement and guest experience. This includes the overall implementation of the company’s S.M.I.L.E. service philosophy, which is rooted in southern hospitality and employee empowerment. Under her leadership, the Hawks won the Most Effective Recruitment Strategy award in the 2019 HR Excellence Awards presented by Atlanta Business Chronicle, and the Front Office Sports 2019 Best Employers in Sports.


Prior to joining the Hawks, Mackey established a proven track record of leadership experience within diverse companies and industries that included positions with MGM Resorts International, Walt Disney World, Special Olympics International and B. F. Saul Hospitality Group (owned and operated Hilton, Marriott International and Intercontinental properties). In addition, she owned and operated a full-service HR Consulting firm that serviced notable clients such as the American Red Cross, Walt Disney World, George Mason University, Health Central Hospital and Special Olympics Florida.

Mackey holds an M.A. in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and a B.B.A. in Business Management from Howard University. She has spoken at several human resource conferences and served on the board of directors at Virginia Tech’s Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Special Olympics Florida and currently resides on the Atlanta CHRO Governing Body and is a SHRM-Atlanta Board Member.

Mackey calls Milton, GA home and enjoys an active lifestyle with her husband, Karl, and three daughters Jazmin, Jada and Julia.

Rashaad Lambert
Director, Culture & Community, Forbes

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Rashaad Lambert is ​an award-winning marketing architect (or marketect ®), philanthropist, and community builder​. For more than 15 years, Lambert has aimed to level the playing field for Black professionals and create more equitable pathways via his expertise in marketing, diversity & inclusion, and corporate consulting.

In his role as Director of Culture and Community for ​Forbes​, Lambert is establishing the media brand as the preeminent community for young Black and Brown entrepreneurs. ​Prior to his appointment, Lambert founded ​For(bes) The Culture​, an organization that helps current and future leaders of color to connect, collaborate, and drive change within underrepresented communities. Since its inception in 2017, ​For(bes) The Culture ​has grown organically to welcome thousands of members and expanded its popular in-person #CultureTalks platform to Instagram where high-profile leaders across diverse industries and sectors are featured.

My Story

In addition to serving as ​Strategic Partner of Social Impact at TD Bank, Lambert is the founder of Sporty Marketing Group, the world’s only six sigma marketing agency. For over a decade, Lambert has worked with multi-million dollar brands and companies including Villa, Club Corp, and MyPhillyLawyer, as well as multi-billion dollar companies such as Uber, JetSmarter, Adidas, the NBA, and the NFL. ​A serial entrepreneur, Lambert ​founded CultureMakers Inc., a global agency executing cultural initiatives for institutions, and co-founded Trifecta MMM which focuses on sports and entertainment media, marketing, and management.

Lambert’s traits as a passionate, fearless, and strategic leader are also reflected in his approach to experiential philanthropy. In 2010 he founded Lambert Legacy Charities, a nonprofit organization created to help alleviate deep poverty in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The nonprofit has served over 50,000 people, providing food and clothing through ​The Annual Philadelphia Inter-Communal Giveback, a​ signature event in the city​. His nonprofit work led to Lambert receiving the NAACP Image Award (Hometown Champion) in 2016.

Over the years, Lambert has been recognized for his impact in the innovation economy. In addition to being a 2016 ​Forbes​ 30 Under 30 nominee, Lambert received a Congressional Proclamation, U.S. Senate Resolution, and the ‘Entrepreneurial Excellence’ award from the Pennsylvania House Of Representatives. He was also selected to serve as a 2016 ​Democratic National Convention Delegate​.

In his beloved hometown of Philadelphia, PA, Lambert has served on several advisory boards for entities such as The Franklin Institute, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, EducationWorks, and the Bethesda Project.

Cassandre Charles
Vice President, Marketing, Essence Communications

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Cassandre Charles is Vice President, Brand Marketing, at ESSENCE Communications. In this role, she is responsible for leading the brand’s marketing initiatives and live events sponsorship strategy—as well as bringing innovative advertising concepts to fruition, which include digital, native, insights, and the expansion of our branded video offerings, podcast and experiential. In addition, she works closely with ESSENCE’s content team to develop unique 360-degree programs that will enable the ESSENCE sales teams to sell cutting-edge, custom advertising solutions.

Cassandre is an award-winning, passionate, and performance-driven digital media sales & marketing leader with more than 20 years of experience in managing multiple facets of client programs, including digital strategy development, campaign execution, implementation, analytics, and reporting. Over the past decade, through strategic roles within Integrated Marketing and Sales Development, Cassandre has distinguished herself as a great leader and an invaluable asset to the brand. She has a stellar track record of delivering marketing projects from ideation to execution and meeting strict timelines with precision & accuracy by leveraging creative thinking to generate significant client satisfaction across various sectors. Her marketing and promotion prowess has garnered terrific results that have led to partnerships with some of the world’s biggest brands including Walmart, Coca-Cola, Ford, JP Morgan Chase, L’Oreal, McDonald’s, and many more. Cassandre is also a key member of the team that helps deliver and the record-breaking success of the brand’s marquee franchises the Essence Festival of Culture.

Prior to joining ESSENCE, she served as Merchandising Director at SELF Magazine, where she strengthened market position and brand recognition through the skillful selection of innovative and creatively designed strategies that appealed to target customers. She also served in a variety of marketing positions at MORE Magazine, including Associate Promotion Manager. Cassandre has received a number of awards for her expertise, including Marketer of the Year by MIN Integrated Marketing Awards for the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon and Folio Magazine’s Best Retail/Fashion Event for the ESSENCE and Chevy Cruze Street Style Program and she earned the Black Women in Media Award in 2018.

Cassandre received her Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Fashion Merchandising from the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, completed the NYU Digital Marketing certificate program, and is IAB Certified in Digital Media Sales.

Soon Me Kim
Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Omnicom Public Relations Group

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Soon Mee Kim is Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for the Omnicom Public Relations Group, the world’s leading communications agencies across a broad array of industries and specialties. Soon Mee is responsible for driving greater representation, engagement, and advancement among marginalized communities across 20 agencies and over 6,000 professionals.

Recognized as an industry pacesetter and culture creator, Soon Mee was most recently executive vice president and Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leader for Porter Novelli, the global purpose communications consultancy within the Omnicom network. She served on the Executive Leadership Team and developed policies and award-winning programs to foster receptive mindsets, challenge norms, and create cultures where all are valued. She created an organization-wide network of diversity champions to deliver locally impactful programming. She developed the agency’s DEI Advisory Services to support client diversity imperatives. As a client-counselor, she continues to work with senior executives on brand, corporate, purpose communications; and crisis and reputation management. Additionally, she is a high-empathy, strategic talent builder with a heart for mentorship.

A dreamer and a doer, Soon Mee is passionate about the power of the workplace to drive societal impact. Throughout the communities she serves, she is known as a purposeful and impactful leader. Among her many accolades, she was named an ADCOLOR 2020 Legend, as well as PRWEEK Hall of Femme 2020 honoree. PROVOKE (formerly The Holmes Report) recognized her as one of the Top 25 Innovators for the Americas in 2019, and ColorComm honored her with a 2019 Circle Award. Soon Mee spearheaded the best agency diversity initiatives for 2018 and 2019 as determined by PRWEEK and the PR Council, and was also named Agency Diversity Champion of the Year in 2018 by these organizations. She initiated an industry-wide diversity pledge aimed at transforming her industry to be inclusive of all forms of diversity.

Soon Mee is an active board member, volunteer, and advisor to numerous organizations which advance underrepresented professionals within the business and marketing communications industry, or support students exploring their purpose and pastoral ministry. She serves on the board of ColorComm, the advisory council for the Diversity Action Alliance, the board of The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), and the Forum for Theological Education (FTE). She created an online mentorship community called Mentor Monday. In her local community, she serves on the editorial advisory board of Atlanta Magazine, the advisory board of the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network, the board of the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, and is a dedicated volunteer with Leadership Atlanta, the city’s preeminent leadership development organization.

Soon Mee is a sought-after speaker and writer on topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is a graduate of Emory University, and a trained diversity coach through Coach Diversity Institute.

Callie Reynolds
Vice President, Account Management | Oracle

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Callie Reynolds is the Vice President of Account Management for Oracle Data Cloud, where she leads the teams responsible for Moat By Oracle Data Cloud across brands, agencies, publishers, and technology platforms. Callie has extensive experience in SaaS, coupled with deep digital marketing expertise, which has driven her to build teams focused on ensuring the success of brand marketers, digital platforms, large-scale publishers, and media companies all over the world.

In addition to helping clients maximize their potential in digital, Callie is a mom to twins, a lover of doughnuts, a dancing enthusiast, and an avid appreciator of cinematic adventures.

Jeremy Heimans
Co-founder & CEO | Purpose

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Jeremy Heimans is the co-founder and CEO of Purpose, a Public Benefit Corporation that works to build and support movements for an open, just, and habitable world. He is co-founder of GetUp!, an Australian political organization with more members than all of Australia’s political parties combined, and Avaaz, the world’s largest online citizens’ movement, now with more than 50 million members worldwide.

Heimans has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, The Guardian has named him as one of the ten most influential voices on sustainability in the US, and The Monthly has described him as “the most influential Australian in the world”. With Henry Timms, Jeremy is co-author of the bestselling book “New Power”, praised by the New York Times’ David Brooks as “the best window I’ve seen into this new world” and by The Guardian as “a manual on how to navigate the 21st century”.

Heimans and Timms’ thinking on new power has been featured as the Big Idea in Harvard Business Review, as one of CNN’s “ideas to change the world” and Jeremy’s top-rated TED talk on the topic has been viewed more than 1.5 million times.

Nancy Vaughn
Principal, PR & Marketing Director | White Book Agency

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Nancy Vaughn is a multi-passionate entrepreneur and principal, PR & Marketing Director at White Book Agency, an award-winning, full-service public/media relations, culture marketing and special events firm serving fashion, wellness and lifestyle brands. Always curious, Nancy is known for bringing her special blend of critical thinking and creativity to businesses looking to discover (and uncover) new ways to increase their visibility.

Nancy excels at assisting media professionals and clients alike, and is called upon frequently by media outlets for her PR/business knowledge, coaching and industry connections. Nancy’s agency leads strategic PR and marketing campaigns for businesses across the country and their clients have been seen in/on: Fast Company, InStyle, New Beauty,, Design Bureau, Luxe Interiors & Design, E! TV, Refinery 29, The New York Times, Daytime TV, Dwell and more.

Nancy is a diversity, equity, inclusion advocate/activist, founder of Tampa Bay Fashion Week and the 3% Accelerator (supporting creative entrepreneurs of color), mindfulness practitioner, and a tea drinker. She serves on Leadership Florida’s Special Council on Equity, Equality and Justice, is a member of Athena Society and The League of Extraordinary Women, and served on the boards of The Centre for Women and the American Advertising Federation Tampa Bay.

Candace Montgomery
VP, Experiential | Essence Communications, Inc.

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Candace Montgomery is the Vice President of  Experiential, for Essence, where she assumes the day-to-day responsibility for the culture, commerce, community, and company’s digital & live experiential division. In this role, she works to drive the growth and development of the brand experiences while leveraging editorial franchises. She is also responsible for strategy, creative production, operations, ticketing, talent, and P&L management of the full event portfolio as well as the go-to market strategy to support them.

Prior to this, she served as Executive Director, Experiential, where she would oversee all of the company’s live experiential strategy and signature programs. Montgomery is known for her infectious enthusiasm for the brand’s audience, and is a proven expert on how to engage the audience through experiential platforms. She has led the launch of some of the brand’s most successful event marketing franchises to date, including Street Style,  Black Women in Hollywood, Fashion House and Essence House, Wellness House and ESuite . Montgomery was also instrumental in producing Black Women in Hollywood as a television special on OWN and the annual Essence Festival- the largest cultural gathering in the country.

During her time at Essence, the magazine has been awarded considerable prestige for its branded events, including the 2013 min Integrated Marketing Event Award and 2013 min Total Integrated Program as an Honorable Mention. Essence was also awarded the 2015 FOLIO FAME Best Retail/Fashion Event Award and the 2015 FOLIO Consumer Series/Single Article-Parenting/Family Award. Additionally, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) received the 2016 NAMIC Vision Award for its exclusive primetime airing of theEssence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon. Under her leadership, the Special Events department has also received accolades from Folio, the Luce Awardand Bizbash. In October of 2018 Ms. Montgomery was named one of the Top 500 people in events in North America by Bizbash.

Montgomery joined Essence in 2004, after an extensive career in event strategy and production including the launch of Pixie Productions, a full-service special events agency managing programs primarily for the beauty and fashion industry, which followed stints at WVogue, and Elegant Bride. 

Over the yearsMontgomery has honed her skills through the conceptualization and implementation of 360-degree marketing programs, product launches, parties, galas, and client-centered promotions for notable brands such as Cosmopolitan, CHANEL, Dodge, Ralph Lauren, and more.

Candace is a graduate of Hampton University and resides in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and children.

Sharon Chuter
CEO/Founder | UOMA Beauty

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As both Founder and Creative Director of UOMA, Sharon has taken a hands-on approach to creating a makeup range that is forward-thinking, radical and uncompromising. UOMA is beyond beauty, it’s a global movement.

This is makeup with meaning. Makeup with emotion. Makeup with Afro roots. This is the start of the Afropolitan beauty revolution and all are welcome to this beautiful tribe.

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Morgan Smith-Williams
Chief Creative Officer | 1580 River Creative

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Morgan Smith-Williams (pronouns: she/her) is a magnetic communicator with a zone of genius in sourcing and telling compelling stories. With industry experience in sports, entertainment, and government, Morgan has collaborated and led PR campaigns for some of the most history-making events in the country.

Currently, Morgan supports the Global Communications Strategy and Campaigns team at McDonald’s corporation, helping the brand frame in efforts on both workforce development and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion business strategy. Previously, Morgan was Director of Communications for Georgia’s State Property Officer, where she was responsible for the reputation management of the State’s multi-billion dollar real estate portfolio. She started her career on the  Georgia World Congress Center Authority campus, where she was responsible for handling media relations for major sporting events, concerts, and conventions.

Morgan also owns 1580 River Creative, LLC, whose mission is to make BiPOC business owners thought leaders in their field. She is a graduate of both Vanderbilt University and the University of Georgia. With the heart of a servant leader, she is the chair of the Associate Board of Ambassadors for the American Cancer Society, and a proud soror of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated.

Jonathan Javier
CEO, Wonsulting

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Jonathan Javier is currently the CEO/Founder of Wonsulting, which mission is to “turn underdogs into winners”.

He’s also worked in the Strategy and Operations team at Snap, Google, and Cisco coming from a non-target school/non-traditional background. He works on many initiatives, providing advice and words of wisdom on LinkedIn and through speaking engagements.

In total, he has led 150+ workshops in 8 different countries including the Mena ICT Forum in Jordan, Resume/Personal Branding at Cisco, LinkedIn Strategy & Operations Offsite, Great Place To Work, Talks at Google, TEDx, and more. He’s amassed 60,000+ followers on LinkedIn as well as 15+ million impressions yearly on his content.

Susan T. Oludele
CEO, HairBySusy

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Susy also known as Africancreature is a celebrity Hairstylist and owner of Hair By Susy which is a hair salon and online beauty supply store. Just to name a few Hairbysusy has worked with Beyonce, Solange Knowles, Zoe Kravitz, Frank Ocean, Brandy, Lala Anthony and many more. Hairbysusy is now expanding to a Hair School and Beauty Brand hiring creatives from all different backgrounds and providing a platform for creatives to be themselves and work alongside a company that believes in their community.

Jerry Lee
COO, Wonsulting

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Jerry is an ex-Senior Strategy & Operations Manager at Google.

He is from Torrance, California, and graduated summa cum laude from Babson College. After graduating, Jerry was hired as the youngest analyst in his organization by being promoted multiple times in 2 years to his current position. Outside of work, Jerry partners with universities & organizations (135+ to date) to help others land into their dream careers. He’s amassed 70,000+ followers and has reached 15M+ professionals.

Justin W.R. Smith
Sr. Recruiting Lead, Uber Technologies, Inc.

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Justin W.R. Smith is a Sr Recruiting Lead, at Uber Technologies, Inc. where he oversees the sourcing business for the University Talent Acquisition team, focused on connecting diverse early career talent to opportunity in product and engineering. Prior to Uber, Justin spent 10 years at Apple, Inc. working in various capacities including sales, training, leadership, and HR functions. He hails from West Philadelphia and holds a B.S. in Accounting with a minor in Business Geographic Information Systems from West Chester Univ. of Pennsylvania.

The #HIREBLACK Initiative aligns with Justin’s passion to serve and in the first half of 2020 was a part of the first cohort of allies anxious to volunteer time in support.

Chynell Lee
Marketing Account Director, MMI Agency

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Chynell Lee is a creative strategist, public speaker, and marketing professional with 7+ years of experience.

Currently, Chynell is an Account Director at MMI Agency in Houston, Texas where she leads the media strategy, account management, and marketing creative execution of master-planned communities and commercial development for Howard Hughes Corporation.

Chynell has an extensive marketing and entertainment background, including experience leading creative and media strategy for McDonald’s in Dallas, Houston, and the state of Michigan. Chynell has experience producing large concerts and events with media partners like Revolt TV and Pandora, as well as planning and negotiating sponsor relationships with The Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, and Nascar to name a few. Over the years, Chynell’s projects have driven success in reaching/exceeding client business goals.

Chynell has uniquely led many diversity campaigns with consumer-targeted messaging and creative strategy for brands, that spoke in tone and energy to relatable audiences. Not only have many of Chynell’s marketing campaigns garnered local and national media attention, her projects have also won awards in Michigan and Texas.

In addition to marketing expertise, Chynell possesses a unique talent to captivate the attention of people with her voice. She has landed corporate, motivational, entertainment, and virtual speaking engagements. Chynell is also a Producer and host for Black Wall Street, managing events and entertainment in the Houston region.

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Trier-Lynn Bryant
Chief People Officer, Astra

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Trier-Lynn Bryant is currently the Chief People Officer (CPO) at Astra, an aerospace company building low orbital rockets to launch a new generation of services to connect and improve life on earth.  She is a strategic HR leader with distinctive Tech, Wall Street, and military experience spanning almost 15 years. She has been featured as an influential HR and diversity and inclusion (D&I) practitioner by several publications and outlets from USA Today to CNN and SXSW. Trier has an unwavering commitment to employees within organizations to create a more equitable, inclusive, and thriving culture to produce prosperous companies. The depth of her work ranges from talent acquisition, business partner, compensation, talent development, employee relations, leadership training, D&I, and other cross functional HR initiatives. Additionally, Trier advises leading companies like Equinox, Airbnb, Gusto, Compass, HackerRank, Rockefeller Foundation, and Novartis on their talent and D&I strategies through her consulting company called Pathfinder.

Previously, Trier was the VP of People and Workplace Experience at SigFig, a global FinTech company striving to empower everyone to achieve their financial goals with customer centric financial solutions. She led teams in six offices across four countries developing and operationalizing initiatives that optimize employees’ impact and experience.

Prior to SigFig, Trier was the Global Head of Revenue, G&A (Corporate Functions), University, and Diversity Recruiting at Twitter responsible for over 70% of hires. As a member of Twitter’s People Leadership Team, Trier led multiple initiatives across various HR disciplines including compensation, L&D, mobility, and inclusion. In addition to her day-to-day HR responsibilities, she partnered across various teams on both Engineering, Product, Design, and Revenue (Sales & Partnerships) to provide input on product functionality and client deliverables–most notably the multi-million dollar Black Panther Twitter activation and the Twitter Safety Council to combat abuse on the platform.

Before Twitter, Trier spent three years as the VP of Global Diversity Talent Acquisition at Goldman Sachs developing and executing the firm’s global diversity talent acquisition strategy across 15 functions for executive, experienced, and student hires. Goldman’s cross-functional and matrixed approach, allowed Trier to work across all Human Capital Management teams bringing a diversity and inclusion perspective to all strategies.  In this role, she became a sought after and trusted advisor to the firm’s clients seeking to mature their own D&I and HR strategies. Additionally, Trier served as the Chief of Staff to the Global Head of Talent Acquisition for a year leading the change management for a global reorganization across the Americas, EMEA, and APAC.

Trier built her professional foundation as an officer in the United States Air Force across seven years of active duty service. She began her military career leading D&I efforts for the Air Force Academy in Colorado then transferred to Illinois as a network engineer leading teams responsible for the audit, compliance, and network security of Air Force’s global infrastructure. As a network engineer, Trier led teams to various combat deployment locations every six months to secure networks supporting Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).

Trier also deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as the Computer Network Defense Chief and Deputy Cyber Commander responsible for analyzing unauthorized cyber activity supporting the detainee mission. Prior to leaving the military, Trier was by-name-requested by the Pentagon to return to the Air Force Academy to lead D&I and talent development initiatives for the Air Force Academy, Air Force, and the Department of Defense (DoD).

Trier earned a B.S. in Systems Engineering with a minor in Spanish and Leadership from the United States Air Force Academy where she played Division I volleyball. She was born in Trier, Germany, and lived across Europe with her family throughout primary school. In middle school, she spent a year living in Antigua, Guatemala but calls Denver, Colorado home where she completed high school followed by the college in Colorado Springs. Trier enjoys spending time with her close-knit family who taught her to live by the family motto “…good enough isn’t.” 

Abiola Jeremiah
Executive Director, Global HR, The Estee Lauder Companies

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Abiola Jeremiah has over 16 years of diverse international HR experience. In her current role as Executive Director, Global HR at The Estée Lauder Companies, she leads HR for several global Corporate Functions. She is also the enterprise wide Program Leader for Estée Lauder’s Racial Equity Initiative where she works to help ensure the company delivers on its commitments against racial and social injustice. Abiola also serves as a member of the company’s Inclusive Beauty Advisory Board. Prior to Estée Lauder, she worked at Northwell Health, ending her career there as the VP of HR for Glen Cove Hospital. She has held HR leadership roles at Metlife, Bank of America and United Technologies. Abiola began her HR career as part of Merck Pharmaceuticals HR Leadership Development Program. While at Merck, she held various strategic HR roles including positions within Mergers & Acquisition, HR Operations and Emerging Markets HR strategy. Abiola is on the Board of Trustees at Helene Fuld College of Nursing in Harlem. She holds a BA in Psychology from Temple University and a MA in HR Management from Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Nicole Garner Scott
Founder, Amount Financial

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Dr. Nicole Garner Scott is a highly sought after serial entrepreneur, finance expert, and coach. She launched Amount Financial Services which has positioned her as a thought leader, teacher, speaker, and nationally recognized money expert while gracing the stages of TEDx, the White House, and more.

A  disruptor, who’s committed to normalizing money talks around the nation, Nicole uses her own story and experiences to empower others with tools to change their financial trajectories. She has appeared in Essence, Cheddar, Upscale Magazine, and Rolling Out to name a few.Dr.

Grace Ouma-Cabezas
VP, Growth Marketing, TheSkimm

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Grace Ouma-Cabezas is a marketing executive with over a decade of experience delivering growth for digital-native, disruptive consumer brands. A believer in the power of storytelling, connection, and community – she’s passionate about building brands people love.

A Jersey girl and daughter of Kenyan immigrants – she’s a champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion in marketing and startups. She is excited to build the next generation of inclusive brands and leaders.

Janice Gassam Asare
Consultant & Professor, BWG Business Solutions, LLC

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Janice Gassam, Ph.D. is the founder of BWG Business Solutions, LLC, a consultancy designed to help organizations create more inclusive environments. Janice facilitates workshops, delivers keynote speeches, and “Awareness Talks” to spark important dialogue about workplace equity. Janice has had the opportunity to collaborate with Yale University, Nordstrom, H&M, and Paypal/Venmo among many others.

She is the host of the Diversity Dinner Dialogue, a free public workshop designed to address issues around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Janice is the author of the bestselling book, Dirty Diversity: A Practical Guide to Foster an Equitable and Inclusive Workplace for All. She is a senior contributing writer for Forbes having authored over 200 articles. Janice has a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in business and psychology. She is a TEDx speaker and the host of the Dirty Diversity podcast where she discusses all things diversity, equity, inclusion.

Promise Phelon
Founder, Investor and Author

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Promise Phelon is part of the 0.2% in Silicon Valley, a growth warrior and serial entrepreneur who has raised over $100 million in capital. Her expertise in technology, digital transformation, and SaaS business models resulting in multiple successful exits. As a pioneer in “influencer tech” holding multiple patents, Promise is empowering the underdog founder in the “The Way of the Growth Warrior” the name of her upcoming book and mentoring methodology where Promise and her team help founders learn the skills need to thrive. Additionally, Promise is actively leading seasoned investors through startup investments and making acquisitions of tech SaaS companies.

Stacey Gordon
Chief Diversity Strategist
Rework Work

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Leading at the intersection of diversity, inclusion, and workplace culture, as CEO and Chief Diversity Strategist of Rework Work, Stacey focuses on reworking how companies work; including how they inclusively recruit, hire and engage employees, effectively creating inclusion and belonging for all.

Stacey is the creator of the number one resume course at LinkedIn learning which is well on its way to accumulating 1 million views. Her unconscious bias course has been translated into several languages and has been featured by LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Virgin America (now Alaska Airlines).

As a consultant and career strategist, Stacey has written career and diversity-related articles and provided content for SHRM, Fast Company, Skillsoft, Forbes, NPR Radio, BBC Radio, Essence Magazine, and, to name a few. She earned her MBA from Pepperdine University Business School and her SHRM-SCP certification as well as the inclusive Workplace Culture Credential.

Nicole Arthur
Founder | HR Business Partner, Black HR Collective | Etsy

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Nicole is an HR Business Partner at Etsy, where she is responsible for collaborating with business leaders across the company to deliver talent insights, provide thought partnerships, and ensure that their people-driven strategies are effectively aligned with Etsy’s overall goals and values.

Prior to this role, she served as a hybrid HR Generalist & Tech Recruiter for the streaming arm of Warner Bros. Outside of her day job, Nicole founded the Black HR Collective, a community aimed at facilitating the cross-pollination of knowledge, ideas, and shared experiences between Black HR industry professionals. Nicole hails from New York and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Spelman College.

Pamela Capalad
Founder & Financial Planner, Brunch & Budget

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Pamela Capalad is a Certified Financial Planner™ and Accredited Financial Counselor™ and has been in the financial services industry since 2008.

She founded Brunch & Budget to help people who felt ashamed or embarrassed about money have a safe and friendly place to talk about it and make real financial progress. Her mission is to make financial planning as affordable as possible for the communities who need it most.

She co-hosts the Brunch & Budget podcast and co-founded the Race & Wealth Podcast Network. She also runs a group financial planning program called See Change, specifically designed for People of Color. Pam has been featured in the Washington Post, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, Vice Magazine, and other places you’ve heard of. She was named in New York Magazine’s Best of New York 2019 and has brunched with over 400 people and counting.

Palanda Brownlow
Founder & Executive Editor | American Popsy

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Palanda Brownlow is a writer, corporate attorney, and Founder & Executive Editor of American Popsy, a digital magazine for, about, and by professional women of color. With bylines in publications such as Working MotherSave the Date Magazine, and The National Jurist, Palanda launched a digital magazine solely dedicated to celebrating, empowering, and elevating professional women of color after noticing the lack of publications that speak to the unique concerns and challenges that we face in the spaces that we dare to inhabit and claim as our own.

AmPopsy is the place where readers can find meaningful and lasting connections through articles that uplift us, stories that connect us, and information that helps all of us “level up” in life.

In addition to founding AmPopsy, Palanda is a corporate attorney who has advised businesses in the areas of Corporate Compliance, Product Safety and Liability, Litigation, Insurance, and Regulatory Compliance. Her legal advice and commentary has appeared in publications such as Black Enterprise and The Daily Journal.

She is a proud graduate of Tulane Law School and currently lives in sun-soaked Los Angeles.

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Jessica Moulite
Video Producer, The Root

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Jessica Moulite is an award-winning video producer passionate about dismantling unjust societal power structures, social media’s ability to level the playing field for marginalized voices, and all things Black culture. The daughter of Haitian immigrants, Jessica has long understood and valued the importance of media as a tool to educate and empower those who are disenfranchised to establish their own powerful narratives.

Her work has been featured on The Root, BBC News, The Columbia Journalism Review, Univision News, The GlobalPost, and more. Her video interview where Representative Ayanna Pressley revealed the congresswoman’s “new normal” of living with alopecia went viral and amassed over 3 million views on Twitter alone. Recently, Jessica’s series “A King’s Place,” in which she highlighted the legacy of streets named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., won the 2020 Webby Award for Public Service & Activism Video.

A lifelong learner, Jessica is a graduate of Hamilton College where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Women’s Studies as both a Posse Foundation and Gates Millennium scholar. She also earned her Master’s in Journalism at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism where she received the prestigious Annenberg Graduate Fellowship.

Erica Smith
Founder | The BW Factor

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With a decade of consumer and B2B communications experience, Erica Smith joined Porter Novelli in April 2018. Erica leads the agency team responsible for providing strategy and counsel for grocery retailer Food Lion. She also supports managing out on U.S. and global business programs and events for Bayer in areas including executive visibility, reputation management, thought leadership, media relations, partnerships and content development. In the Atlanta office, she serves as the Diversity Champion, providing strategic counsel, leadership and programmatic efforts to clients and PN employees.

Erica holds degrees in Advertising and Spanish from the University of Georgia and has spent time abroad living in Southeast Asia and South America. When she’s not at work, she is working on The BW Factor, a community she founded to help Black and Latinx women ascend to senior levels within their organizations. She has recently been honored as an honoree of the PRSA Georgia 40 under 40 list in 2020.

Bie Aweh
Senior People Growth Manager for Women and URT Development | DoorDash

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Bie Aweh is a sought after talent developer focused on instructional learning and equity and inclusion strategy helping professionals evolve behaviors, advance skills, and lead inclusively.

Bie is also passionate about connecting underrepresented populations to the innovation economy. As technology continues to drive economic growth, she is a firm believer that the most vulnerable population should be contributing. With nearly a decade of experience in coaching adult learners, building sustainable partnerships, designing and facilitating training, fostering long-term professional relationships through meaningful networking opportunities, and driving social change by providing career pathways for underrepresented groups.

As a founding team member of and formerly of Devbootcamp, Bie consults and develops relationships that result in greater access for Black & Latinx populations.