The transition to a new normal – in the context of a global pandemic with far-reaching societal and economic implications – presents both challenges and opportunities for promoting diversity and fostering inclusion. Before COVID 19, the social and business imperatives for diversity and inclusion had become increasingly clear, with a commitment to an investment in D&I on the rise across corporate America and around the world. Now, in light of COVID 19 and the call for racial and social justice, it is more important than ever for organizations and individuals to practice inclusive leadership.
Come join us at the Diversity & Inclusion Track at TiEcon 2020 and participate in this extremely crucial dialogue on the steps that organizations must take to continue to strengthen diversity and build inclusive cultures in ways unlike ever before – through new communication strategies [internal and external], programs, data collection practices, and interventions that continue the momentum toward a more equitable and just world.
Our opening session is a fireside chat between Jyoti Chopra of MGM, and Shari Slate of Cisco, on the theme of “Leading with purpose.” This topic is critical as we face a global pandemic and racial injustice in the US. With an increasing emphasis on ESG (Environmental, Sustainability and Governance), investors and boards are focused on corporate impact with broader stakeholder groups. Jyoti and Shari will share with us their personal journeys on leading with purpose as female leaders and Chief People, Inclusion & Sustainability Officers at MGM Resorts International and Cisco respectively.
COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted diverse employees on the front lines and affected those who are now working from home and feeling isolated and anxious. Leaders are leaning into their empathetic and vulnerable sides to be more inclusive, and they have found that traditional ways of doing things are no longer valid and are looking to innovate new playbooks. Rajani Shailender of Tech Mahindra will discuss the key themes of diversity, inclusion and innovation with Shinder Dillon of Fortive, Puja Jaspal of Cisco, Usha Boddapu of eSolvit, and Dipti Ghosh.
Our closing session is a Fireside Chat between Tina Paikeday and Bo Young Lee. As TiE partners with the Asian Diaspora, similarities and differences in leadership between the East and West and related cultural expectations are worthy of exploration. Asian American Bo Young Lee, will share her personal experiences as well as her perspective as Chief Diversity Officer at Uber.
Looking forward to seeing all of you at TiEcon 2020.
Tina Paikeday, Rajani Shailender and Meena Meyyappan
Co-chairs, Diversity and Inclusion Track