Rebels With A Heart: January 20, 2021

DEI: The Future Of Work Now

This panel of Rebel DEI leaders are shaping the future of work, now. If you’re looking for innovative ways to have open dialogue, ensure trust, and create a safe environment for all, you’ll learn which Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiatives were the most successful, the most impactful for our guests. 

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Hosted by: Derek Lundsten,
President & CEO, LifeGuides

Our Panelists:

Carolynn L. Johnson

Since 2019, Carolynn Johnson has been Chief Executive Officer of DiversityInc Media LLC.

She previously served as the company’s COO and Chief Revenue Officer for the past 16 years during which she was responsible for operations, all major corporate partnerships, web properties, and events. She was also responsible for sales management, information technology, circulation, business development and the development and execution of the annual DiversityInc Top 50 competition.

Prior to joining DiversityInc in 2003, Ms. Johnson was the marketing coordinator of pharmaceutical and science groups, for Advanstar Communications. Prior to Advanstar, she was an account manager at Correct Communications, a full-service marketing and communications agency.

Carolynn completed an executive management program at the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth College and earned her MBA from Rutgers Business School.

She has been the director of the DiversityInc Foundation for the past 10 years and is on the National Board of Directors at INROADS. Additionally, Carolynn is a Founding Board Member of the Rutgers Business School Center for Women in Business. 

Sophia Khan

Sophia  is currently the Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion with Thompson Reuters.

Prior to her current position, she led the development of strategies for inclusion, diversity, and employee engagement at Medtronic, where in collaboration with HR and business leaders, she ensured an integrated approach to building a diverse talent pipeline across its global workforce.

Prior to Medtronic, Sophia was the Vice President, Organization Effectiveness and Development, and Global Strategic Diversity and Inclusion at Wells Fargo. In a similar capacity, she served as Senior Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Leader for 3M Company. She also worked at PepsiAmericas and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in both diversity and inclusion capacities and HR business partner roles.

Sophia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Cultural Pluralism, from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Arts in Human Resource Development with a concentration in Global Organizational Development, from the University of St. Thomas.

Joy Fitzgerald

Joy Fitzgerald joined Eli Lilly in the capacity of Director of Global Leadership and Employee Development in 2014. In this role, her responsibilities include creating solutions that enable and accelerate human capital growth and development for leaders and employees. She brings to Lilly a plethora of experiences, starting with her previous role of Director of Diversity and Workforce Effectiveness at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, IA.

She specializes in individual and team leadership development, diversity and inclusion, strategic planning, organizational effectiveness, and executive coaching. Joy is a strategic global leader in talent management and has dedicated her career to improving the lives of individuals one person at a time.

Joy has more than 20 years of leadership experience working across business sectors, both for profit and nonprofit organizations in various industries. She is an experienced global speaker, trainer, facilitator and business partner. She has served on the board of directors for several organizations and was named by Diversity Journal as a “Woman Worth Watching.” Joy earned her Master’s degree in Strategic Leadership and a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Development from the University of Memphis in Memphis, TN.

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