D&I Best Practices Leadership Forum April 4, 2019

D&I Best Practices Leadership Forum

When: April 4, 9:00 – 3:00

Where:  EAB’s D.C. Office, 2445 M St NW, Washington D.C. 20037

Join us for the Diversity and Inclusion Best Practices Leadership Forum!

Thank you to our sponsor:

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This not-to-be-missed, complimentary D&I Best Practices event will introduce ways to take your D&I initiatives to the next level. By providing support across multiple dimensions of diversity and keeping the effort front and center in your organization, your efforts are sure to gain traction!

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8:00am – 9:00am
Breakfast & Registration
9:00am – 9:15am
Welcome/ Ice Breaker Activity
Bobby Gordon

Bobby Gordon

Vice President of Client Relationships, PRISM International, Inc.

9:15am – 10:30am
The Elephant We Can’t See

By tackling the “elephant” and confronting the unconscious biases, micro-inequities and cultural misunderstandings we all carry, we can remove judgments that can hinder or even derail trust, relationships, engagement, leadership, and performance.

Michael Fosberg
Michael Fosberg

Author & Actor, Incognito, Inc.

10:30am – 10:45am



10:45am – 12:00pm



Applying Lessons from The Elephant We Can’t See
  • Understand the impact of our identity through the power of storytelling.
  • Experience the impact of identity personally and professionally.
  • Taking responsibility for more constructive dialogues about race to reduce anxiety and focus on ongoing solutions.
  • Provide awareness & tools to strengthen relationships, build trust, and increase engagement for better business results.

Darrell Butler

Senior Consultant/Facilitator

12:00pm – 12:45pm

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12:45PM – 2:00PM

Building Allies for ERGs, BRGs and Beyond

Increasingly, organizations are using allies to help magnify the voice of under-represented groups. However, there is little clarity about the ally role and how allies can most effectively serve the organization. In this session, we will explore the do’s and don’ts of being an ally and the impact they can have on creating a culture of openness and engagement.

Ancella Livers

Ancella Livers

President, PRISM International, Inc.
Chief Innovation Officer, Talent Dimensions

2:00pm – 2:15pm
2:15– 3:00pm
Talent Dimensions
Leverage Inclusion, Drive Engagement

Engagement and Inclusion are two important pillars in an organization’s talent development strategy.  Individually they are powerful, together they achieve exponential results.  The ‘why’ is obvious, but what about the ‘how’?  In this interactive session Lindy Williams and Lynn Cowart will introduce you to the keys to identifying one’s values; how that understanding supports building an engaged and inclusive environment; and how you can influence the individual, the team and the organization through values, to achieve the common goal of workplace commitment.

Lynn Cowart

Chief Operating Officer, Talent Dimensions

Lindy Williams

Senior Consultant, Talent Dimensions

Closing/ Wrap Up
Cile Johnson

Chief Business Officer, Talent Dimensions


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About the Presenters

Chicago native Michael Fosberg has been working to create a national dialogue on race and identity since 2001 when he launched his one-man autobiographical play Incognito. The author-activist has used the unique presentation, along with engaging interactive training sessions and speeches, to embrace diversity in an effort to change corporate and organization cultures.

He has been a frequent guest in the media speaking as an expert on race and identity issues. His travels have taken him across the country facilitating meaningful conversations at educational institutions, corporations, government agencies and military bases. His highly praised memoir; Incognito: An American Odyssey of Race and Self Discovery, was published in 2011 and he is currently working on a second book about his efforts to provoke conversations about race over the past ten years. In addition he is crafting his revelatory life story into a screenplay as well as a dynamic E-Learning platform.


Darrell Butler specializes in work environment productivity through personal empowerment and inclusion. He is recognized as a leading resource in the field of leveraging diversity and professional development. For more than 10 years he has assisted major companies, non-profit organizations, and government and academic institutions with innovative strategies to transform relationships to high-performance results. Darrell has facilitated diversity, empowerment, and work-life balance training courses to all levels of organizations across many industries. He has also motivated audiences through keynote speeches, leadership seminars, and individual coaching.

Darrell’s work experience includes 10 years with Merck & Co, Inc. where he was Director of Work Environment and led the diversity and work-life initiatives for the sales and marketing division in the U.S., Latin America and Canada. In this role he designed and implemented diversity training programs, a comprehensive strategic diversity process, and numerous work environment assessment and productivity tools. In addition, his Merck experience extends beyond the area of human resources to include positions in sales, market research, and sales management where he managed business teams responsible for over $30 million in sales and achieved up to 800% product sales growth.

Darrell earned a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Physiology and Anatomy from Cornell University and a Masters in Business Administration from the John M. Olin School of Business, Washington University in St. Louis.

Ancella Livers

Prism President Ancella Livers is a skilled diversity and leadership development professional. She is the co-author of the book, Leading in Black and White and the HBR classic “Dear White Boss.” She has also written numerous articles, chapters, and reports on equity, diversity, and inclusion. In addition, for several years, she has written a blog focused on women of color in corporate America. In her TEDx talk, she discussed mutuality, which offered a new view of diversity and begins to chart an original way forward.

Prior to her work in the diversity and leadership development field, Ancella was an assistant professor at the West Virginia University School of Journalism. She also spent a decade as a newspaper journalist and held roles as acting business editor and Capitol Hill reporter for Gannett News Service.

Ancella holds a B.S. in Mass Communications from Hampton University, a M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University, and a M.A. and PH.D. in History from Carnegie Mellon University. She is also an executive coach and has served on several boards.

Lynn Cowart is the Chief Operating Officer for Talent Dimensions. Lynn’s career spans multiple industries working with senior leaders in support of their long term strategic goals in talent management and learning and development. Through the lens of retention, engagement and career development, her corporate experience with GE, Martin Marietta and Lockheed Martin has helped propel her clients to consistently achieve operational success through value creation.

In her role as Chief Operations Officer, Lynn is responsible for global delivery and solutions development, along with ensuring organizational excellence for Talent Dimensions and its clients.

Lynn recently co-authored the book, ‘Up is Not the Only Way – Rethinking Career Mobility’ with Bev Kaye and Lindy Williams, challenging leaders and employees to re-imagine what it takes to achieve ultimate career success through a true mobility mindset.


Drawing on 25 years of corporate experience, Lindy Williams offers a front line perspective to discussions of needs analysis and potential solutions to organizational challenges. Her extensive background in training, human resource development and career development enables her to partner with clients and internal subject matter experts in leveraging critical internal support processes while building innovative approaches to manage today’s issues while preparing for tomorrow’s opportunities.

Her facilitation experience includes coordination of project team initiatives and delivery of programs in Europe and Asia/Pacific locations  as well as sites throughout the U.S. She is a coauthor of the book, Up is Not the Only Way, (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 9/2017), and contributing author to HR in the 21st Century, (Wiley & Sons publishers) and a number of human resources and training publications.

Lindy has a BA in Education from the University of Kentucky and has been actively involved in advisory boards of Guilford Technical Community College, the Tech Prep Program, and the Guilford County Schools.

Bobby Gordon

Bobby Gordon is a Diversity and Inclusion Regional Vice President at PRISM International, Inc., a WBENC-certified, full-service provider of innovative and proven consulting services, training programs and products for leveraging diversity & inclusion, increasing cross cultural effectiveness and preventing harassing & discriminatory behaviors.  Bobby and PRISM serve 4 million plus employees in over 160 organizations in twenty-six countries on six continents. As a dedicated seasoned diversity and inclusion professional who leads with heart and passion, Bobby specializes in assisting organizations and individuals in achieving business goals by leveraging a diverse, energized and engaged workforce.

Prior to joining PRISM, Bobby was a cultural diversity trainer with the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) where he developed, revised and conducted training for managers and senior military leaders in communications, organizational effectiveness and conflict resolution.

Bobby received his Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College and a Master of Science in Transformative Leadership from Bethune-Cookman University. He is a graduate of the Army’s Officer Candidate School.  He is also a certified Equal Opportunity Advisor graduating from Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute.  Bobby lives in Daytona Beach and is an avid golfer and Harley Davidson enthusiast.