2011 Conference on Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement

Charlotte, North Carolina
Thursday, September 22, 2011

Honorable Anthony R. Foxx
Mayor, City of Charlotte

Patricia Crawford, Senior Vice President
Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion, Wells Fargo

Patricia Crawford is Senior Vice President and head of Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion for Wells Fargo. In this role, she leads the company’s diversity initiatives and is responsible for providing leadership and strategy to help the company develop and maintain a diverse and inclusive culture internally and external relationships that align with Wells Fargo diversity mission and values. 

Nereida Perez, Vice President
Global Diversity and Inclusion, Ingersoll Rand

Neddy Perez is a Global Diversity, HR and External Relations executive, known for developing and implementing innovative results. Experienced working with top Fortune 500 companies. She is a nationally recognized speaker on Inclusion & Diversity strategy development, Human Resources and External Relations management.

Ms. Perez has a successful track record in developing and implementing diversity and talent management initiatives designed to support strategic business and operation goals. She has a strong ability in connecting organizational dots. 

Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D
President, Cross Cultural Communications, Inc

Dr. Sondra Thiederman is one of the nation’s leading experts on workplace diversity, cross-cultural business, and bias reduction. As President of Cross-Cultural Communications, a San Diego based training firm, Sondra has 25 years experience as a speaker, trainer, and author helping professionals in Fortune 500 companies, public sector organizations, and dozens of associations find ways to successfully navigate our increasingly-diverse workplaces.  

Dr. Thiederman has written on diversity for the web site Monster.com, and is the author of four books including the groundbreaking, Making Diversity Work: Seven Steps for Defeating Bias in the Workplace. Most recently, she has completed work on the training video Is It Bias? Making Diversity Work.

Edwin J. Nichols, Ph.D

Edwin J. Nichols, Ph.D. is a Clinical/Industrial Psychologist, working in Organization Development.  He is Director of NICHOLS AND ASSOCIATES, Inc., an applied behavioral science firm, effecting technology transfer to organizations, based on principles of philosophy, basic and behavioral science. His hallmark paradigm: The Philosophical Aspects of Cultural Difference. He provides services to Fortune 500 Corporations, foreign governments, national government agencies, parastatals, associations, health and mental health systems. His commitment is to help organizations achieve systemic congruence through cultural competence; thus, assuring the value added, the competitive edge and an increased market share.


June M. Carter, Senior Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy Consultant for Wells Fargo's Community Bank Eastern Region. June is a certified diversity practitioner who in her current role consults to executive leaders across Wells Fargo on diversity and inclusion, team member engagement, change management, organization development, and other business strategies.  She has served as the lead consultant for Wells Fargo’s Black/African American Connection Team Member Network for the last 5 years.

Steve Larson is a Strategy Consultant in Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion for Wells Fargo.  He is responsible for diversity strategy, consults to the Enterprise Diversity Council and provides program management for the Wells Fargo Team Member Network Program.  Steve is a certified diversity practitioner and is nationally recognized as an expert in the field. His passion is developing and deploying strategies and programs that help organizations and individuals realize the excitement, power and creativity that inclusion brings.

Stan C. Kimer,  President, Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer combines his passion for personal growth with world-class business know-how to propel enterprises to gain efficiencies and grow profit through total engagement. He is recognized as an internal/external consultant with unique skills in employee development/career road mapping, GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender) diversity management and organizational effectiveness/project management.

Cindy-Ann Thomas, Sr. Counsel, Littler Learning Group has dedicated most of her legal career to providing companies with proactive workforce training and education programs. She designs and presents such programs to assist companies in avoiding employment-related litigation while emphasizing employee retention and development. Her seminars and workshops are consistently described as comprehensive, enlightening, interactive and captivating. Ms. Thomas has defended numerous employers, both before agencies and the courts, against claims of wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment on the bases of gender, age, national origin, race, color and disability as well as retaliation.    

Julian H. Wright, Jr., Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. Mr. Wright’s practice focuses on employment law, business litigation, and securities disputes. In employment law, Mr. Wright provides both counseling and litigation expertise to employers and executives. His experience ranges from the negotiation of employment and severance contracts, to day-to-day advice on employment law questions, to litigation of a variety of employment disputes, including discrimination, harassment, noncompetition covenant, trade secrets, wrongful termination and ERISA matters.  A former chair of the NCBA’s Labor & Employment Section, Mr. Wright currently co-chairs the firm’s Employment & Labor Practice Group. Mr. Wright also has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer for Business by Chambers USA, a North Carolina Legal Elite, a North Carolina Super Lawyer, and one of the Best Lawyers in America in his primary practice area of employment law.

Linette P. Fox, Ph.D
is Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Assistant Principal Investigator for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Faculty Enhancement Program at Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). Dr. Fox has served as the Special Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Chair of the Department of Business and Economics, and Co-chair of the JCSU Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Further, she conducts research in entrepreneurship, small business development, diversity management, and community assessment. 

Leslie Viviana Marenco is an associate at Concepcion, Martinez, & Bellido, P.A. and is a member of the firm's Complex Commercial Litigation practice group. Ms. Marenco is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. She is also a Registered Patent Attorney.

Active in professional associations, Ms. Marenco is currently a member of the Dade County Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, and the Cuban American Bar Association.


Patricia Crawford
, Senior Vice President and head of Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion for Wells Fargo.

Nicole Dean, Vice President Corporate HR, Diversity & Inclusion, Belk, Inc

Stan Kimer, President, Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer

Cindy-Ann Thomas
, Senior Counsel, Littler Learning Group

Rabbi Judith Schindler
, Temple Beth El and Co-Chair Advisory Board Mecklenburg Ministries

Bob Ingram
, Publisher, Uptown Professional Magazine


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