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Global Business Diversity and Inclusion Challenge
Doug Maxfield is a Senior Client Partner with Korn Ferry, a global organizational consulting firm. An organizational behavior graduate of the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University, Doug has over twenty five years of experience in leadership consulting. He has deep experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion, and was recently awarded the 2020 Korn Ferry Founders Award for his work with the team that produced the firm’s Race Matters series viewed by hundreds of thousands of leaders globally.
Michael Marker (MOB ’75 BYU) is a semi-retired organization effectiveness management consultant specializing in Socio Technical Systems Organization Design and High Performance Work System implementation with clients in consumer products, aerospace and defense industries. Prior to founding his management consulting practice he had a long career with the Procter & Gamble Company and taught Organization Development for the University of San Francisco. Mike currently splits his time between residences in Salt Lake City and rural NW Montana.
After running a successful entrepreneurial business of his own, Joe Nabrotzky graduated from the BYU MBA program and spent a decade as an HR Executive in a global fortune 100 company. He is currently the EVP and Managing Partner at Global Leader Group, a Leadership and HR consulting and training company. Joe has led people in every major region and lived all over the world, from the heart of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest to recently returning to Utah with his wife of 18 years and four children after five years in the French-speaking region of Switzerland.
Roland White is the Global Director for Diversity & Inclusion, at Microsoft. His team is
accountable for strategic leadership and subject matter expertise, embedding the implementation of diversity and inclusion programs in all countries outside of the US, alongside measuring the impact and ultimate ROI. As an openly gay leader, living with long term depression, Roland is a recognised industry leader in the subject of Diversity and Inclusion. He has worked with and mentored many global organisations and is a regular speaker at conferences on the impact of Diversity & Inclusion in multinational organisations.
Originally from Los Angeles, Michael developed his strategic leadership capabilities across industries from consumer packaged goods to healthcare and across educational experiences from a BA in Russian literature at Harvard to MBA at BYU to PhD in theatre and performance studies (with a focus on organizational theory) at Tufts University. He lives Vestal, New York with his wife Amy and their seven children. He currently leads strategy and insight for Western Governors University—an accredited, nonprofit, online university with more than 130,000 students.
Roxy Ndebumadu is a founder, technology leader, and elected-official known for being a bad-ass, game-changing, AI and cyber security enthusiast, who is making waves and redefining what it means to be an innovative professional powerhouse in today’s quickly changing world.
Through her work at Microsoft, Roxy has been instrumental in redefining how tech is used both domestically and internationally, spearheading the modernization of cloud businesses and the development of tactical and strategic workstreams. She has taught her teams the value of intentionally leading complex systems focused on human-centered design at unheard of scale. Most known for her work in disruptive innovation with the United States House of Representatives, Safaricom, and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Roxy has become the “Olivia Pope” for Federal Government, Commercial Enterprises, and C-suite executives across the world.
In 2019, Roxy became the youngest female and first African American woman to be voted and sworn into office as a Councilwoman for City of Bowie, District 4 in Maryland, serving a community of 68K constituents. Roxy was recently recognized and appointed by Governor Hogan to the Maryland State Board of Waterworks. A Howard University graduate of Nigerian descent, Roxy has always viewed empathy as the great equalizer that will bring society together. Respected for her resounding voice of reason, her dedication to the empowerment of others, and her technical expertise marketing to underprivileged communities, Roxy was named one of the most powerful women to watch out for in African Diaspora, Rising Star by Women in Technology, and 2021 Catalyst Young Visionary Award Recipient.
Out of viewing her life as a vehicle set to empower others by encouraging them to embrace their most authentic selves, own who they, and amplify the reach of their individual unique voice, Roxy started Alika Women’s Alliance LLC. With a history of overcoming opposition and successfully challenging limiting beliefs, there is no telling what this passionately driven young woman will tackle next. You can catch her on BBC News, keynoting conferences, or advocating for STEM education in Bowie.
Chloe Andersen is the Vice President of Consulting for LTHJ Global. She specializes in leadership development, team building, assessments, and cross-cultural communications. Chloe brings with her 20+ years of experience with 10+ years of leadership and people development at Fortune 30 companies.
Kelly is a Manager in PwC's Organization and Workforce Transformation practice, and focuses primarily on change management and employee experience. Prior to joining PwC, she worked within retail financial services, where she worked with executive leadership to drive strategic changes within organizations. She holds an MBA from Brigham Young University, with an emphasis in Strategic HR.
As Head of Talent & Organizational Capability for Microsoft’s Global Sales & Marketing Organization, Cherise Mendoza drives the talent management strategy worldwide. She leads critical organizational capability work, supporting divisional and company-wide change management efforts and leads key strategic initiatives. Cherise’s experience has spanned three continents, covering 49 countries across West, East, Central Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands, which, like Canada, was diverse in culture, and vast in geography.
Ricardo Wagner is the Accessibility Lead for Microsoft Canada. He believes technology elevates the education, employment, and living standards for billions of people around the world, especially people with disabilities.
Ricardo is Microsoft’s 2019 Hackathon Grand Prize Winner, awarded as the most influential Accessibility Advocate worldwide for Microsoft in 2020, and has won several recognitions including 2019 The Jim Flaherty Award for Leadership in Accessibility and Inclusion (Canada) and Microsoft’s Platinum Club in 2018.
First and foremost, Ronell Hugh is a proud husband and father. He has been married to his wife, Briawna, for 18 years, and they have 4 kids, two boys and two girls, ages ranging from 7 to 15. He has over 14 years of business and marketing experience managing billion-dollar revenue generating businesses and multi-million-dollar marketing budgets for Fortune 500 companies. His career has allowed him to work for amazing brands like Adobe Inc., Xbox at Microsoft, Walmart, Hewlett Packard, and Real Salt Lake. Ronell is passionate about being a JEDI (justice, equity, diversity and inclusion) activist, and recently launched an effort here in Utah called Breathing Inclusivity to help further Black success through equitable career opportunities. In his free time you’ll find Ronell playing games, ping pong and foosball, as well as watching shows and movies with his wife and kids. Ronell enjoys coaching youth soccer and basketball, running, mountain biking, golfing, snowboarding, and reading historical fiction and non-fiction books.
Peter Tennis has spent the last thirty years working with organizations, individuals, and teams to improve organizational performance, align culture and strategy, and increase leadership effectiveness. He recently led HRD for a 21,000 person services organization based in the Middle East with more than sixty nationalities represented within the workforce. Peter holds Bachelor and Master degrees in management and organizational behavior from Brigham Young University and is completing a Doctorate in Management from the University of Manchester, UK.
Sarah Jensen Clayton is a Senior Client Partner with Korn Ferry Consulting, leading the firm’s Culture & Change capability in North America. She takes a people-centric approach to transformation to improve organizational performance and align culture in support of business strategy.
Sarah’s range of expertise includes M&A, leadership alignment, change management, culture transformation, and restructuring, diversity and inclusion, employee engagement and internal communications, among other things. She regularly works with clients to shape their corporate identity including purpose, vision, mission, values and brand.
Sarah’s recent focus has been supporting clients in putting people first through the COVID-19 crisis and building cultures of inclusion where people of all backgrounds feel they belong.
Prior to Korn Ferry, Sarah was Executive Vice President and Regional Lead at United Minds, Weber Shandwick’s transformation consultancy, where she oversaw teams in the Central and West United States and led many of the firm’s specialized change management engagements. Previously, Sarah was a consultant with ROI Communication and Deloitte Consulting.
A regular contributor to Harvard Business Review’s blog, Sarah has also been a speaker and panelist at Glassdoor.com, the Society for Human Resource Management and other events.
Sarah began her career as a Presidential Management Fellow with the federal government and later served as Associate Deputy Director of Policy & Projects for the First Lady. She holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University.