2015 ERG & Council Conference: Creating Impactful Change!
Speakers & Facilitators
Breaking Ice is a customized professional theatre experience created for organizations and businesses that need help with difficult issues both interpersonal and institutional. Because every organization wrestles with communication – often based on misunderstanding or cultural differences. But you don't have to let those differences block your organization's ability to move forward and succeed.
How Does it Work?
Through research and training, our professional staff develop a customized, highly specific performance that incorporates the issues that confront your organization.
Imagine what happens when the same discussions and dialogues you hear whispered at your workplace are illuminated on stage in a safe theater setting? It's a powerful, dramatic, and entertaining way to step back and get a fresh perspective while gaining a more intimate understanding of how individuals relate to each other.
Following the performance, Breaking Ice facilitators lead participants in discussions designed to foster better understanding and communication, exploring the tough stuff together. More than 200 organizations have since Breaking Ice began in 1996.
Kevin Bradley: Session Facilitator Senior Manager Diversity & Inclusion at Discover Financial Services
Kevin Bradley, Senior Manager Diversity & Inclusion at Discover Financial Services has over 25 years of experience in Compliance and Diversity/Inclusion. His role includes the oversight of the company’s Employee Resource Groups, the diversity learning curriculum, and building relationships with diverse organizations. He has performed D&I work with global companies including United Airlines, RR Donnelley &Sons, and McDonald’s Corporation. Most recently he was the Director of Diversity & Inclusion with Assurant, Inc., a specialty insurance company headquartered in New York.
Throughout his career, Kevin has managed and supported Employee Resource Groups and Diversity Councils, created and facilitated diversity training classes and workshops, led external partnership initiatives, and managed a supplier diversity initiative. His work includes the engagement of employee groups as they progressed from networking groups to contributors to innovation, inclusion, and revenue growth. He has also managed external partnerships to enhance the brand of his employers in various communities and potentially increase profits as well as create diverse applicant pools.
Kevin is a founding Board member of the U.S. Business Leadership Network, a business to business consortium that seeks to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities and was the Employer Subcommittee Chairperson on the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, serving two U.S. Presidents in that role. He has also recently served on the national Board of Directors of the National Association of Asian American Professionals.
A Chicago native, Kevin received his B.A. in Psychology from Northern Illinois University.
Darrell Butler: Workshop Facilitator Senior Consultant & Facilitator at PRISM International, Inc.
Darrell is a PRISM Senior Consultant & Facilitator specializing 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 20 years he has assisted major companies, non-profit organizations, and government and academic institutions with innovative strategies to transform relationships into high performance results.
Darrell holds 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.
Whitnee Dillard: Session Facilitator
Agent Development Programs Manager at the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, Inc.
Chicago native Author, Actor 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.
His memoir, Incognito: An American Odyssey of Race and Self-Discovery, was released in February 2011. He is currently working on a screenplay version of his story, along with his latest book, Nobody Wants to Talk About It…ten years in the trenches talking about race, stereotypes, & identity.
Michael s frequently featured in the media sharing his expertise on current race and identity issues.
Erby Foster Jr.: Session Facilitator Director of Diversity & Inclusion, The Clorox Company
Erby L. Foster, Jr. is the Director, Diversity & Inclusion, for The Clorox Company. He advises senior management and board of directors at The Clorox Company on diversity strategy, employment-branding initiatives, external partnerships, as well as supports employee resource groups. He is a CPA with broad experience creating business strategies that increase customer satisfaction, drive profitable growth, and expand market share.
Erby serves on Board of Directors of Enactus, Glide Foundation, Museum of African Diaspora, and Network of Executive Women. Prior to Clorox, Erby held senior positions at AAA Chicago, McDonald's Corporation, and PepsiCo.
A native of San Francisco, Erby is a graduate of University of Southern California and has been featured in Black Enterprise, CFO, Diversity Matters, Hispanic Network, Professional Women, and Wall Street Journal.
Davie Huddleston: Session Facilitator VP, Director Strategic College Recruiting at PNC Financial Services, Inc.
Karen Jones, Manager of Diversity, Inclusion and Career Development, manages the diversity, inclusion and cultural competency initiatives at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He duties include overseeing the development of programs and processes that reflects and celebrates the diversity and cultures of the medical center’s patients, employees and community. In addition to the responsibilities of diversity and inclusion, Karen coordinates the career development activities of the medical center, arranges on site academic programs for employees, and provides career coaching and academic assistance to all levels of employees in preparation for job advancement or job transition.
TOP 8 Recipient of the 2014 ERG & Council Honors Award™
"Drum Cafe leverages the stunning power of rhythm to engage people quickly and emotionally. We shift attitudes and effect change."
- Natalie Spiro
Natalie Spiro came to the USA in 2000 from South Africa with a Masters Degree in Industrial Psychology and an MBA in Corporate Strategy and Marketing. San Diego was a far cry from her life in Johannesburg, but her insatiable curiosity and hunger to make an impact wherever she lived and worked led her on a passionate path to understand corporate culture in America. She held positions in top global firms within the financial services and hospitality industries, including holding a senior position at the corporate offices of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Natalie’s African sensibilities ultimately connected her back to her passion for community and collaboration. She became an owner/partner in the world-wide Drum Cafe organization in 2002— and from this point forward, Natalie’s professional destiny came into clear view.
Derek Stapleton: Session Facilitator
Lead Chief of Staff at AT&T
Derek Stapleton is currently the Lead Chief of Staff for AT&T’s Group President and Chief Strategy Officer (a direct report to AT&T's CEO). He is a proven leader with extensive experience delivering complex software and network solutions to both external and internal customers. Most recently, he has been assigned to assist with the ongoing mergers in Mexico. In addition to his normal responsibilities, he is the National Chief Operating Officer for oxyGEN, and employee resource group focused on Attracting, Developing, and Retaining Future Leaders.
Derek received his B.S. in Finance from George Mason University.
TOP 9 Recipient of the 2014 ERG & Council Honors Award™ TOP 23 Recipient of the 2014 ERG & Council Honors Award™
Linda Stokes founded PRISM in 1992 with the mission of increasing organizational performance by creating more inclusive workplaces that value the contributions of all employees and that connect D&I strategies and tactics to the business of the organization. Under her leadership, PRISM has provided D&I consulting services, training and products to millions of employees in hundreds of organizations around the globe.
Linda is co-author of Multicultural Customer Service: Providing Outstanding Service Across Cultures, author of numerous journal articles, media contributor on topics of organizational strategic and tactical D&I, and a curriculum developer of over 120 cross cultural and D&I consulting and training programs. She is a recognized leader in the field of D&I and coaches and mentors Executives, CDOs and diversity professionals at several American and European global firms. As a women-owned certified business headquarter in Central Florida, Linda’s leadership and success was recognized by the Women’s Executive Council of Orlando when she was awarded their Women’s Achievement Award for Business.
Most recently she taking confronting our unconscious biases, micro-inequities, and cultural misunderstandings to the next level by creating The Elephant We Can't See™- a unique workshop that uses storytelling followed by interactive, engaging, skill building training to help begin a dialogue about any difference that makes a difference in the organization.
Prior to PRISM, Linda's professional experience included management and executive experience in education, healthcare, banking and international customer service consulting and training. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and her M.A. in Educational Leadership from Stetson University in Deland Florida.
Kelly Thayer: Workshop Facilitator Senior Consultant & Facilitator at PRISM International, Inc.
Kelly is a PRISM Senior Consultant & Facilitator specializing in diversity and inclusion, harassment and discrimination prevention, cross-cultural communication, equal employment opportunity compliance and personnel management. With over 30 years of experience, Kelly has dedicated her life to ensuring individuals are treated with respect and dignity and assisting organizations in becoming the Employer of Choice.
Kelly has a Master of Arts in Human Resources Development from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology from Park College. She is a certified mediator having received certification from the Centre of Conflict Resolution from Cape Town, South Africa and from the Department of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute.