General sessions


Special remarks

Tom Greco, President, Frito-Lay North America

One of the industry’s most influential leaders — inducted into the NEW CPG Retail Diversity Hall of Fame last fall — discusses why diversity and inclusion is key to the industry’s future.

Tuesday, March 6 | 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Dinner Dialogue
Getting the Conversation Started

Sue Dodsworth, Vice President, Global Diversity Officer, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Grant LaMontagne, SVP, Chief Customer Officer, The Clorox Company

A panel of top consumer products industry executives share their thoughts on diversity and the role it plays in their organizations.

Tuesday, March 6 | 8:00 pm - 8:50 pm


Opening keynote
Connecting D&I to the Bottom Line

Some say the jury is still out on the direct link between diversity and inclusion and bottom-line results — Johnson & Johnson begs to differ. In this content-rich presentation, the cpg giant’s CDO will share how J&J has leveraged diversity and inclusion to transform its global business practices and build high performing teams to achieve breakthrough results.

Anthony Carter, VP, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer, Johnson & Johnson

Wednesday, March 7 | 8:15 am - 9:00 am

The New Consumer

Get a quick tour of today’s changing consumer landscape from one of the world’s top consumer research firms.

Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, SVP Public Affairs and Government Relations, Nielsen

Wednesday, March 7, 9:00 am - 9:45 am

Special address
Driving Innovation through Diversity and Inclusion

Studies show that diverse work teams produce better results. But how precisely do you make it work? The chief diversity officer of one of the world’s top consumer packaged goods companies will share how Procter & Gamble has integrated diversity and inclusion throughout the organization to gain a global competitive advantage.

Linda Clement-Holmes, Chief Diversity Officer and SVP, Global Business Services,
Procter & Gamble

Wednesday, March 7 | 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm


Featured remarks
The Digital Edge: Using New Media to Connect with Multicultural Consumers

Fast-growing digital platforms, including social, mobile and interactive media, provide powerful tools to connect with consumers. These tools can be especially important in reaching multicultural consumers, who may be underserved by traditional mass media. But you need to have effective cultural competencies to understand your audience and speak their language. Lynn Fantom, CEO of Interpublic Group’s ID Media, will share how her agency has leveraged diversity and inclusion to build business for her firm’s clients, which include Johnson & Johnson, Nationwide and Verizon. She’ll share how best-in-class companies are using integrated marketing programs to create new relationships with multicultural consumers, and help you benchmark your organization’s multicultural marketing efforts and see how well they serve your consumers.

Lynn Fantom, Chairman and CEO, ID Media

Thursday, March 8 | 8:20 am - 9:10 am

Fireside Chat
The Opportunity Within: Building Cultural Competencies
Inside Your Organization

A panel of diversity experts discusses how to connect the dots between the workplace and the marketplace by building strong cultural competencies throughout your enterprise.

Maria Campbell, Director of Diversity, SC Johnson
Diane Cooke, VP, Human Resources, Schwan's Consumer Brands
Armando Martín, President/CEO and Co-Founder, XL Edge/XL Alliance

Thursday, March 8 | 9:40 am - 10:40 am

Closing keynote

One of the most influential people managers in the world will discuss Walmart’s trendsetting global business diversity programs and share how she manages the industry’s largest retail workforce.

Sharon Orlopp, Global Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President, Corporate People
Walmart Stores Inc.

Thursday, March 8 | 10:45 am - 11:30 am