John Amaechi OBE is a respected organisational psychologist, best-selling New York Times author, sought after public speaker, executive coach and Founder of APS Intelligence. He is a non-executive director of a £2.4bn healthcare organisation, in addition to being a board advisor for several FTSE100 organisations in the financial, legal and professional services, technology, publishing, engineering and retail sectors. In 2019, John was recognised as one of HR’s most influential thinkers by HR Magazine. John is the first Briton to have a career in the NBA.
John is a Chartered Scientist, a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. He is a Research Fellow at the University of East London and his research interests are effective, inclusive leadership, building high-performing teams and organisational design that maximises productivity and human thriving in readiness for the future world of work.
John leads a team of psychologists, behavioural scientists and experienced business strategists that design and deliver evidence-based advisory interventions to service clients with people challenges that impact organisational performance.
APS has worked with hundreds of organisations over the last decade developing strategy and enhancing leaders, their teams and organisational culture in companies ranging from rapid scale-ups to established global brands.
Organisations approach APS to understand and unpick complex people challenges through advisory services driven by analytics, motivational presentations, workshops and masterclasses, executive coaching and digital learning.
A next generation HR Leader with the vision and authenticity to build world-class HR functions that deliver HR as it should be- not as you’ve experienced it before. Exceptional track record of supportingBoards and CEOs to develop high-performing Executive Committees who are united in a common purpose and have the requisite skills and mindset to transform the culture and performance of their organisations. Executive Committee member with extensive experience of shaping compelling organisation culture that inspires workforces and re-engages them in the mission and purpose of their organisation. Qualified Executive Coach with broad-ranging senior advisory experience to the corporate, start-up, high-net worth and celebrity markets.
Amy Blankson is the CEO Of Fearless Positivity, Co-Founder of the Digital Wellness Institute, and bestselling author of The Future of Happiness. A graduate of Harvard and the Yale School of Management, she’s the only person to receive a Point of Light award from two US Presidents. She is also a member of the UN Global Happiness Council, a Fellow of the World Innovation Organization, a featured professor in Oprah’s happiness e-course, and a regular contributor to Forbes. Her current work focuses on how to cultivate happiness and well-being in the digital era.
Harriet Dominique grew up rooted in values instilled by her parents: humility, faith, and service.Today, she draws upon those values to lead all Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and philanthropic strategies, including related investments, engagements, data and analytics, reporting and oversight of communications for USAA, a $40B net worth, 36,000 employee financial services Fortune 100 company. She serves as USAA’s ChiefDiversity, Equity, Inclusion and Corporate ResponsibilityOfficer, President of The USAA Foundation, Inc., and President of The USAA Educational Foundation. She also serves as Regional Vice President of the Downtown San Antonio Campus, a 1,600 personnel organization. With the purpose “to lead and inspire actions that improve lives in the military and our local communities,” Harriet leads high-performing teams that are dedicated to elevating equity and inclusion, improving military family resiliency, increasing investments in military philanthropy across the nation and strengthening local communities where USAA employees live and work. Harriet began at USAA in 1989 as an entry-level, call center representative and has held a wide variety of leadership positions.She strives to narrow divides between communities in hopes of a more inclusive and inspired society.
Debra Dunn is SVP, General Manager, Property at USAA. Prior to this role, Debra was the Senior Vice President, Senior Financial Officer for P&Cs Insurance group where she leads a team of professionals responsible for financial performance planning and forecasting reporting and analysis including by company, by product, by state analysis; Loss Reserving and CAT financial reporting; and P&C Rating agency support.
Debra has had many experiences at USAA in various leadership positions in CFO including leading professionals supporting Staff Agency CoSAs, Rating Agency relationship management, the Financial Development Program within CFO, Enterprise Stress testing, development of Integrating Planning and Forecasting (IPF), supporting the IMCO, NMS and FPS organizations as well as Treasurer to the USAA Mutual Fund Board from June 2005 to February 2008. She has also served as Vice President of Enterprise Underwriting & Pricing.
Before joining USAA in 1998, Debra was in public accounting with Price Waterhouse in San Antonio where she supported various industries including investments and financial services companies. She is a 1996 graduate of the University of Texas San Antonio after transferring from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a certified public accountant and a licensed Series 27 Financial & Operations Principal.
Debra is married to Brian and has a daughter, Elizabeth, and a stepson, Cory. Their family enjoys downhill skiing and spending time with family and friends.
A former commissioned officer in the US Naval Reserve, Anne Marie Elder knows how to navigate through the depths of ocean marine insurance. She has more than 30 years of property, inland and ocean marine underwriting experience and currently serves as AXA XL’s Global Chief Underwriting Officer of Marine insurance. The overriding goal is the execution of our target operating model in collaboration with each region. In this role, she oversees AXA XL’s global marine strategy focused on how the marine industry’s top risks and trends may impact AXA XL and its brokers and clients.
Previously, Anne Marie served as head of AXA XL’s North America Marine business, where she expanded the company’s footprint in key markets, diversified its portfolio, advocated for greater utilization of AI and data analytics, and improved efficiency across the board.
In addition to her underwriting management duties at AXA XL, Anne Marie also serves on the Boards of the American Institute of Marine Underwriters and the Water Quality Insurance Syndicate. She is a member of the ISO Emerging Issues Panel, the American Bureau of Shipping and the National Cargo Bureau. She is a past board member and the Inland Marine Underwriters Association’s (IMUA) and the IMUA New England Advisory Committee, where she was named as Committee Person of the Year in 2014. Anne Marie was Named an Elite Woman in Insurance in 2016 by Insurance Business America. She also holds the Associate in Marine Insurance Management (AMIM) designation.
Anne Marie is also very passionate about Inclusion and Diversity issues and has been a mentor and proponent of AXA XL’s Business Resource Groups, including its PRIDE BRG in support of LGBTQ+ colleagues.
Anne Marie is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, where she earned a commission as a Naval Officer as well as a USCG unlimited tonnage 3rd Mates License.
Trevor Gandy is the Managing Director, Talent, Diversity and Inclusion at Markel Corporation. In this role, he works closely with executives and their teams to ensure the company is viewed by its employees, customers and partners worldwide as an inclusive organization that promotes and leverages the business value of diversity and inclusion.
He previously served as Principal, Diversity & Inclusion at Amazon. Prior to that he was the Senior Vice President, Deputy Chief Culture Officer at Chubb Insurance. Prior to ACE’s acquisition of Chubb in January 2016, Mr. Gandy was Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Chubb.
Mr. Gandy received his Bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University and has completed an Executive Education Program for Senior Human Resources Executives at Stanford University. He further completed the Human Resources Leadership Academy development program sponsored by the Corporate Executive Board and Boston College Carroll School of Management Corporate Responsibility Management program.
He currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Tri-County Scholarship Fund, the Montclair Film Festival and on the Board of Directors of the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).
He has been featured in articles published by the Chicago Tribune, Catalyst, Business Insurance Magazine, TheGlassHammer.com and DiversityInc Magazine. He has served as Executive Committee Chair of The Conference Board Council of U.S. Diversity & Inclusion Executives. Additionally, he has served as a Co-Chair of the Center for Talent Innovation Task Force and Catalyst Expert Community.
Heather Giordano Serves as Vice President, Human Resources for CNA. In her role, she partners closely with CNA executive leadership to design and execute human capital strategies, programs and processes that drive measurable business results.
Heather also serves as the Chair of CNA’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. In this capacity, she leads CNA’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy, cultivating an inclusive culture that celebrates individuals’ differences, attracts diverse talent, and inspires a work environment that enables all employees to do their best work.
Prior to joining CNA in 2019, Heather held various HR leadership positions at the Health Care Service Corporation and Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Heather holds at Bachelors Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Dominican University, and a Masters Degree in Human Resources andIndustrial Relations from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center(ChicagoCAC), and leads the ChicagoCAC’s Organizational DevelopmentCommittee
Beverly Harris is the Vice President of Strategic Planning and Innovation at Texas Mutual Insurance Company. She has nearly two decades of experience analyzing and influencing operations, developing budgets and business plans, and recommending adjustments to ensure success. Beverly harnesses the power of research and data to develop strategy, and uses storytelling to foster organizational buy-in of strategic plans. She is passionate about innovation and strategic thinking and helping leaders prepare for known and unknown challenges of the future. Beverly is also passionate about supporting leaders in growing to become the best version of themselves. In her current role, she focuses on understanding the business challenges facing Texas Mutual, helping it formulate its corporate strategy while also looking ahead toward the ever-changing industry landscape.
Brian Hetherington is Chairman of The ABD Team, a specialized insurance brokerage headquartered in San Mateo, CA. ABD has offices throughout California, Washington, Illinois and New York and is home to over 350 employees who serve clients across the United States and globally, delivering services through eight core practice areas: Employee Benefits, Executive Risk, Human Resources, M&A advisory, Private Client, Property & Casualty, Retirement Services, and Wholesale Benefits. Brian started The ABD Team with 24 other found principals in July 2021.
The ABD Team has consistently been named one of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area since its founding. Brian previously held executive positions with Wells Fargo Insurance Services and ABD Insurance and Financial Services.
Brian has a successful track record in technology sales at NightFire, N.E.T., and MCI Telecommunications. Brian attended Northwestern University for his BA (with honors), Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Business (McGovern Academic Scholarship), and Stanford Law School's Directors College.
Kennedy Ihezieis Senior Director at American International Group where he leads GlobalDiversity, Equity & Inclusion. Ihezie is a recognized subject matter expert in the space of workplace diversity and inclusion and talent management. Most recently, Ihezie was Senior Director, Diversity and InclusionStrategy at Macy’s Inc, a global retail corporation. Previously, he was Vice President at the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI), a New York based premier global think tank and content provider that studies global workplace inclusion and diversity. Ihezie is recognized as a thought leader on intersectionality.
Jenny is chief accessibility office rat Microsoft, leading the company’s efforts to drive great products, services and websites that empower people and organizations to achieve more. Her team is at the forefront of creating positive experiences that apply technology to make a difference in the world and the lives of individuals, from how we hire and support people with disabilities in employment to innovative technology that aims to revolutionize what’s possible for people with disabilities.
With the help of her team and broad community within Microsoft, Lay-Flurrie leads many initiatives to empower people with disabilities both inside and outside of Microsoft. She founded the Disability Employee Resource Group at Microsoft and chaired it for 10 years. She created the Disability Answer Desk, which provides specialist customer support to people with disabilities(over 1M calls handled to date),hosts the annual Microsoft Ability Summit, which focuses on empowering2000+attendees with the inclusive and innovative thinking necessary to enable people around the world.Instrumental in projects such as Autism Hiring Program, Sound scape and the Microsoft Ability Hackathon, which has supported over 500 hackathon teams building technology for people with disabilities. Lay-Flurrie was recognized as nominated as a technology ground breaker by CEO Satya Nadellain Wired Magazine, and is a contributor to the book, “The Ability Hacks,” which shares behind-the-scenes stories of the hackers who pioneered two innovative hack-turned-solutions used by people with disabilities worldwide.
Outside of Microsoft, Jenny is the current board chair of Disability: IN and is on the board ofGallaudet University and Team Gleason. Was recognized as a‘Disability Employment Champion of Change’ by the White House in October 2014 and as one of Fast CompaniesMost Creative people in business in 2017.
Ed is EY’s Insurance Sector Leader for the Americas and is responsible for EY’s insurance consulting
businesses, markets and clients in this region. He has been responsible for overseeing and performing a
wide range of services to global and national financial services organizations, which include but are not
limited to business consulting, technology, innovation, strategy, regulatory matters, internal
control, finance improvement, risk mitigation and transactions. He has also served as the lead client service
partner for some of our largest insurance, retirement and financial services clients headquartered in the
United States. Ed is a frequent speaker at premier insurance industry events where he covers emerging
trends and issues impacting insurers and is often quoted by many of the largest insurance trade
Rachael is a Senior Director based in theWillis Towers Watson Philadelphia office. She has over 20 years of experience advising clients in their health & welfare strategy, innovation, modernization, cost management, employee experience and Inclusion and Diversity(I&D).
Rachael is a leader of Willis Towers Watson’s I&D consulting services. In this role, Rachael supports clients as they align their Talent, I&D, Benefit and Sustainability strategies with the employee experience. She provides strategic support relative to emerging trends and best practices, as well as tactical guidance by leading client engagements, architecting Willis Towers Watson’s research and intellectual capital, and external marketing events and branding efforts.
Rachael possesses a broad array of experience which includes the following:
Advises clients on the interplay of I&D with talent, total rewards, and expectations from investors and regulators, and how employers can optimize based on the diverse characteristics of their current and future workforce. This includes a focus on external metrics related to I&D, sustainability and benefit reviews
Supports clients in linking their benefit and people strategies to sustainability and ESG commitments and related reporting and measurement
Up until recently, Rachael also led a team of attorneys and paralegals who provide compliance expertise to WillisTowers Watson clients and colleagues in the US and Canada focused on health and welfare plan design and strategy, including I&D considerations
Support clients in their health and welfare strategy, benchmarking, design, vendor management, compliance, due diligence and implementation.Audit strategy and compliance consulting has focused on compliance requirements and best practices with respect to government regulations as well as management priorities around I&D
Dr. Leroy (Lee) David Nunery II is an accomplished executive and multigenerational entrepreneur with a unique breadth of experiences in corporate banking, capital markets, education, professional sports, and a family-owned electrical contracting firm, Leroy Nunery & Sons, Inc. In 2007, Dr. Nunery founded PlūsUltré LLC, a strategic advisory firm that focuses on turnarounds, transformations, growth and innovation planning, resource development, talent development, governance training, and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategies. Since its founding, PlūsUltré has successfully served educational, commercial, governmental, entrepreneurial, and nonprofit associations around the country.
In 2017, Dr. Nunery was commissioned by Marsh Companies to author a groundbreaking demographic and psychographic study called “The Journey of African American Insurance Professionals: Past and Present”, which analyzed the industry’s DEI dynamics and the historic accomplishments of African American practitioners, professionals, and insurance companies. Since publication, Dr. Nunery’s research has been presented in multiple forums and platforms, receiving national acclaim from audiences at all levels across the industry. Dr. Nunery is actively engaged as a strategic consultant industry-leading carriers, reinsurance companies, independent agencies, and trade associations to effectuate organizational cultural change by transforming their capacities to identify, select, and retain diverse talent. Dr. Nunery is also advising major insurance industry organizations on the development and implementation of DEI initiatives, including Executive Diversity Consultant to the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers Association (IIABA); Senior Advisor for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion to the Million Women Mentors’ Women in Insurance Initiative; Non-Resident Scholar for the Insurance Industry Institute (III); and DEI Research Consultant for the American Property and Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA). Because of the impact of his deep engagement with the industry, Dr. Nunery has been recognized by several organizations, including Insurance Business America’s “Leading The Change” (September 2020). He is developing proposals to extend The Journey Study to explore the linkages between effective diversity and inclusion practices and corporate performance and the impact and efficacy of supplier diversity and economic inclusion programs.
Dr. Nunery has extensive experience in governance, spanning forty years. He currently serves on the boards of Benchmark School, Philadelphia Outward Bound School, and the National Council of Washington University’s Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement. He has previously served on the boards of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Inc., Pitney Bowes, Inc., Savoy Bank (New York), and Lafayette College. He is a Lifetime Member of the National Black MBA Association, Inc., and served as National President (1983 - 1987). Among other recognitions, Dr. Nunery has been awarded the Wallace L. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award by the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, and the Alumni Achievement and Community Engagement Award from Washington University’s Gephardt Institute. Since 2002, Lafayette College has awarded the Leroy D. Nunery Award for Intellectual Citizenship to a senior student of color for leadership and academic excellence.
Dr. Nunery is a graduate of Lafayette College (B.A., Honors in History, 1977), Washington University (M.B.A., 1979), and the University of Pennsylvania (Ed.D., 2003). He has participated in the Aspen Institute’s Executive Seminar; the Public Education Leadership Program (Harvard); and the Wharton e-Fellows Program (University of Pennsylvania). He has lectured on educational access, leadership, and organizational development and taught at The Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania (2008 – 2015) and Keller Graduate School of Management (1981 – 1984) as an adjunct faculty member.
Leroy resides in Wyndmoor, PA, and is an avid golfer and loves to travel. He and his wife Gina Golson Nunery have three adult children, Leroy, Gillian, and Dorothy (Jackie). He is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.
Fran’s career at Chubb spans more than 36 years and she has held a variety of personal actuarial, underwriting and management positions; including Masterpiece product development, International Property Underwriting Manager, Worldwide ChiefUnderwriting Officer and Global Corporate Chief Risk Officer. In January of 2016, she became Division President, North America Personal Risk Services where she assumed overall operational responsibility for the division and its property and casualty insurance products for successful individuals and families with fine homes, automobiles, art, jewelry, watercraft and other valuable possessions.
Fran also serves as the Executive Sponsor of the Chubb Women’s Business Roundtable.
She is a graduate of Villanova University with a degree in Mathematics.
Stefanie Ott is Head Group Qualitative Risk Management at Swiss Re and member of Swiss Re’s Risk Management Executive Team, reporting to the Group CRO. She has the group-wide responsibility for the identification and oversight of emerging, cyber, operational, political, regulatory and sustainability risks. She also drives the implementation of the sustainability strategy for the company.
Prior to joining Swiss Re, Stefanie Ott was CRO and a member of the Executive Committee of Generali in Switzerland. She started with Generali in 2014 leading the Internal Audit function. Prior to joining Generali, she spent over 16 years with Deloitte in audit and consulting in the US,UK and Switzerland.
Stefanie Ott holds a Masters in Finance from the University of Geneva and is a Certified Public Accountant in US and Switzerland.
Sally is a member of LiveWell’s executiveteam and is responsible for leading a customer–first approach to productdevelopment and maintenance, as well as leading the proposition, includingmarketing collateral and communication. Sally also drives a global approach tovarious health partnerships and services, ensuring that all product featuresfollow an evidence led, best practice approach to preventative health.
Originally qualifying as a medicaldoctor, Sally has over 20 years experience in the life, general and healthinsurance industries in the South African, UK and Australian markets. She hasheld senior roles building and leading product development, proposition and underwriting and claims services. Shealso has experience in the development and delivery of marketing, communicationand proposition strategies.
Scott M. Purviance is the chief executive officer of Amwins, the largest independent wholesale distributor of specialty insurance products in the United States. Based in Charlotte, N.C., the company operates through more than 118 offices globally and handles premium placements in excess of $20 billion dollars annually.
One of the company’s first employees, Scott joined Amwins in July 2001 as chief financial officer and took on the additional role of chief operating officer in April 2012. He became chief executive officer on May 1, 2018. Scott has served on Amwins’ Board of Directors since April 2015.
Prior to joining Amwins in 2001, Purviance served as Vice President of Finance for the Business Insurance Division of Royal & SunAlliance USA, Inc. (1999-2001) and was in the insurance services assurance practice with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (1992-1999).
He holds a Bachelor of Accounting from Wake Forest University and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association for six years.
Neal Rideout is the SVP, GM of P&C Distribution & Service at USAA. In this role, Neal leads the teams responsible for all sales and service (non-Claims) member interactions across all channels (phone, digital, chat and paper).
Neal's team spans five key areas: The P&C Digital team is focused on creating a holistic digital experience that embodies great USAA service across mobile and dotcom. The Insurance Sales and Service team including internal and 3P Insurance Professionals provide member care to new and existing members in the phone channel. The team of Experience Owners and Business Process Consultants are accountable for experience design and optimization across all channels. Neal's Sales and Service Performance team is accountable for key performance metrics versus plan. The final area is the Operations and Planning team that manages the agile and non-IT portfolio of work to run and change the business.
Prior to this role, Neal led the Auto Insurance Experience function. In previous roles, he led Enterprise Client Management, Bank Client Management, and the Enterprise Client Management function.
Before joining USAA in 2012, Neal was Vice President for Red Ventures and was responsible for direct marketing and sales driving online demand generation and offline call center sales. Prior to Red Ventures, Neal served as Senior Vice President of Digital Marketing for Bank of America. There he was responsible for digital marketing of all card, deposits, home loans, integrated, and enterprise programs. Prior to Bank of America, Neal spent seven years with General Electric (GE) in sales and marketing roles, the last being Marketing Lead overseeing all marketing and site design for the eBay/PayPal credit portfolio.
Neal holds a B.A. from Illinois Benedictine College as well as an MBA from the University of Chicago and is a GE Six Sigma Black Belt. Neal and his wife, Melissa, have three children, Ava, Lyle and Cole.
Howard Ross is lifelong social justice advocate, and is considered one of the world’s seminal thought leaders on identifying and addressing unconscious bias. Howard has delivered programs in 47 states and over 40 other countries to audiences including Fortune 500 companies, colleges and universities, and major institutions within healthcare, government, and non-profit sectors. He authored the Washington Post best seller, Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives, ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose and Performance. His latest book, Our Search for Belonging: How the Need for Connection Is Tearing Our Culture Apart, published by Berrett-Koehler in 2018, received the Nautilus Gold Medal for Social Change and Social Justice. The updated edition of Everyday Bias Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives was published in July 2020.
Howard founded Cook Ross Inc., one of the nation’s leading Diversity and Inclusion consultancies. He sold the company in July 2018 and founded Udarta Consulting, LLC.
Isabelle Santenac is the Global Insurance Leader at EY. She sets the global strategy for a Sector comprised of over 18,000 industry professionals committed to help insurers around the world transform and reshape their business models through audit, business consulting, tax and corporate finance services. She has over 30 years of experience working with large financial services organizations globally. Previously, she was the Assurance Managing Partner for financial services in Europe and the Chief Operating Officer of EY’s Global Assurance practice.
Isabelle contributes extensively to EY’s global thought leadership and writes regularly on topics impacting the insurance industry. She is frequently quoted in the media and makes regular presentations on the insurance industry to a variety of audiences.
In addition, Isabelle is an active contributor to the discussion shaping the sustainability agenda in the insurance industry and is a board member and treasurer of Positive Planet, a non-profit organization for which EY is providing skilled sponsorship.
Finally, she is also a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusiveness and is known for nurturing talent and actively building high performing teams. She is a key supporter of the Insurance Supper Club, a global business community for women involved in the insurance industry.
Dana Sumpter is an associate professor of Organization Theory and Management at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business. Her research focuses on the intersection of relational behavior at work and managerial systems, with a particular focus on cross-cultural management. Secondarily, she studies gender and work/family issues in organizations. Formerly a Vice President of Human Resources at Citigroup, she draws from her travels, her work as an expatriate in Asia, and her research on international management in teaching graduate-level cross-cultural management and diversity.
Meg leads servicing, complex claims, practices and continuous improvement for U.S. Casualty Claims in Global Risk Solutions. She leads a group of approximately 700 claim professionals who support Casualty business, written on both an admitted and E&S basis, under the Liberty, Ironshore and Helmsman brands.
Meg has over twenty-five years of experience in insurance claims handling and oversight, on a domestic and international basis, from both a direct and reinsurance perspective.
Meg joined Liberty Mutual in 2015 and most recently served as the Vice President of Product for U.S. Casualty Claims. In that role, Meg was responsible for the operational support of the regions and setting our claim handling philosophy and practices, including claim handling guidelines, technology, tools, training, compliance and litigation management.
Meg has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton; is a Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter; and holds an Associate in Reinsurance from The Institutes.
Alvin B. Tillery, Jr. is Director of the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy and Associate Professor of political science at Northwestern University. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University in 2001. In 1993, he graduated summa cum laude from Morehouse College with a degree in political science. Tillery’s research focuses on the relationship between politics and racial and ethnic inequalities in the United States, presidential leadership, and social movements. His book Between Homeland and Motherland: Africa, US Foreign Policy and Black Leadership in America (Cornell University Press, 2011) won the W.E.B. Du Bois Distinguished Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists in 2012. In 2015-2016, Tillery served as co-chair of the American Political Science Association’s Presidential Task Force on Racialand Class Inequalities in the Americas. He currently serves as implementation czar for the American Political Science Association’s Presidential Task Force on Gender Equity in the Profession. Tillery is a frequent commentator in the national media on diversity issues and presidential leadership. Tillery is also the principal of Analytic Insights Leadership and Diversity Consulting, LLC.
Thea Valero joined Philadelphia Insurance Companies [PHLY] in 2013, and is a member of the human resources management team. Currently, she manages and leads the corporate social responsibility [CSR] team, which leverages PHLY’s commitment to thriving communities, environmental responsibility and employee engagement to create long-term value for employees, customers, business partners and communities.
Valero has played a significant role in expanding the CSR function by strengthening relationships and building lasting partnerships with PHLY’s business partners and nonprofit customers. She was integral in the formation of the company’s inaugural Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council, where she serves as a charter member and co-lead of the Community & Customers sub-team. Valero is also a member of the Women’s Leadership Committee at PHLY and is committed to helping foster a workforce that is inclusive, engaged, diverse and socially responsible.
Lisa Vura-Weis is the Vice President of HR Operations at FM Global. In her current role, Lisa is deeply involved in FM Global’s Future of Work efforts focusing on employee engagement, wellbeing, and future working models. She has also helped lead the efforts to support employees and ensure safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to FM Global, Lisa served as a senior advisor to Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island. Her scope of responsibility included standing up Rhode Island’s COVID-19 response, serving as interim leader of the state’s health and human services agencies, and driving improvements in HR and IT strategy and service delivery. Previously, Lisa worked at the Boston Consulting Group, leading projects focused on organizational design and operational improvement for Fortune 500 companies. Lisa holds an MBA from Columbia University and an MPA from Princeton University.
Werstak joined The Harford in July of 2004. She has served in numerous Product & Strategy roles over her 16+ year tenure.
Currently, Werstak leads the Group Benefits Small Business and Group Reinsurance Plus Businesses.
Major responsibilities include oversight of the financial performance as well as accountability for strategy development and execution of key business priorities for these businesses.
Prior to joining The Hartford, Werstak worked at for Dickinson Brands Inc., a privately owned consumer products company, as a Marketing Communications and Sales Account Manager.
Werstak holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration with a Marketing concentration from Eastern Connecticut State University.