Super Sessions

Tuesday, March 7 | 10:15 am -12:15 pm; repeat from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm


I. Workplace: Retaining Diverse Talent

Retaining diverse leaders is critical to accomplishing your diversity agenda and one of the top challenges facing cpg retail companies. In this session, a workforce trends expert will explain the critical trends you must address. You will also learn from best-in-class companies who have made the changes needed to retain their top talent. They’ll discuss their retention strategies so you can build your own plan of action.

Kenneth Charles, VP, Diversity and Inclusion, General Mills
Katherine Giscombe, VP, Diverse Women and Inclusion Research, Catalyst Inc.
Sue Johnson, Global Head of Gender Balance & Diversity, Nestlé Group

II. Marketplace: Building Bridges to Diverse Consumers

Multicultural markets are one of the fastest-growing segments of the consumer products and retail industry and a rich opportunity. But one approach does not fit all. In this session, a multicultural marketing expert will use new U.S. Census data to help you identify and target consumers in profitable multicultural market segments while an industry marketer explains how she builds authentic relationships with customers.

Steve Garcia, Founder and President, Lynx Marketing
Jacqueline Reynolds, Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer, Lambesis
Linda Singh, Senior Marketing Director, Fragrances, Coty Inc.

III. Supplier Diversity: The Secret to Better Business

This session will focus on the link between supplier diversity and organizational sustainability. Supplier diversity can be a source of a competitive advantage for your organization — if you maintain a high level of transparency, integration and collaboration across the enterprise. This session will provide practical advice on how to integrate supplier diversity throughout the organization. You’ll explore the strategic value of supplier diversity. Special attention will be paid to benefits of supplier diversity from an internal and external perspective.

Moderator: Bridgette Porter, Senior HR Manager, Diversity, Procter & Gamble
Gleatha Glispie
, Vice President, Supplier Diversity, Walgreen Company
Dr. Melvin Gravely, Author and Founder, The Institute of Entrepreneurial Thinking
Jean Lacefield, Group Manager, Supplier Diversity, PepsiCo Foods North America
Kathryn Mazon, Senior Business Development Lead, Supplier Diversity, Target Corporation