Moderator: CRYSTA BOLTON, Southeast Region Inclusion & Diversity Lead, ACCENTURE
Crysta Bolton joined Accenture in 2005 and has held several roles within the Inclusion and Diversity Talent Acquisition Team. She is currently the Southeast Region Inclusion & Diversity Lead where she focuses on programs and initiatives to attract, develop, retain and advance Accenture’s workforce. Prior to joining Accenture, she was the Director of Admissions & Student Affairs for an MBA Program and has 20+ years of experience in I&D, talent acquisition and event management.
The State of the economy: Paula Tkac, Senior Vice President and Associate Research Director, The Federal Reserve Bank of AtlantA
Paula Tkac is a senior vice president and associate director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. She leads the financial markets and micro/macro research economics teams, serves as a policy adviser, and provides strategic direction for the research division.Her research has won two William F. Sharpe Awards at the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.In addition to publishing in academic journals, Tkac frequently speaks to academic and practitioner groups and has appeared on C-SPAN and as an op-ed writer in the Wall Street Journal.
How AI is Impacting Recruitment and Employers: Tammy Cohen, Founder and Chief Visionary Officer, Infomart
Tammy Cohen, Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of InfoMart, is a screening industry pioneer with nearly three decades of experience in the background check industry.
As a thought leader in HR, Tammy contributes to Forbes, HR Executive, and HR Technologist. In addition to recognition for owning one of “Atlanta’s Top 20 Women-Owned Firms,” Tammy has been honored for InfoMart’s workplace culture, “The House of IM,” for which InfoMart has received national and state “Best Place to Work” awards.
the next wave of learning credentials: dan stotz, Lecturer, Executive Director of Executive Education, Michael A. Leven School of Management, Entrepreneurship and Hospitality, kennesaw state university
Dan Stotz is executive director of executive education programs for the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. He has dedicated his life to helping people reach their full potential as leaders, innovators, and change-makers. Dan is a recognized expert in the areas of micro-learning, gamification, and on-the-job application. He has recently partnered with the Pat Summitt Leadership Group to design a Pat Summitt Leadership Program for Women that teaches Pat’s “Definite Dozen” principles for success
recruitment options from f-1 stem opt to h-1b/lpr sponsorship: Drew Webster, Asst. Director for Scholar Services, GA State University
Drew Webster works as an advisor to all Georgia State University faculty, researchers, and staff who are being sponsored by their departments on issues regarding the filing of employment-based visas and green cards, while also overseeing the J-1 scholar program. Drew previously worked for Georgia State advising F-1 and J-1 students. Drew’s most recent position prior to GSU was at The University of Texas at Austin, where he worked with J-1 scholars, employment-based visas, and green card petitions.
Workshop I – Staying the course: patrina King, Founder, CEO, Golf Women Mean Business
Patrina King is an avid Golfer, Entrepreneur, Youth Advocate, Founder of Golf Women Mean Business, LLC and Author of 9 Holes 9 Goals, A Beginner’s Guide to Doing Business on the Course. As a former Human Resources Professional, Patrina’s forte was background checks, employee development and employer unemployment claims. She understood that being successful is not always a straight process. She decided against choosing any of the 36 opportunities to play collegiate golf and attend college without any extracurricular activities in order to focus on getting her career started. Patrina has developed a great passion for educating professional women on how to use golf for business.
Workshop I – Staying the course: Niv Persaud, Founder, CEO, Golf Women Mean Business
Niv Persaud, CFP®, is the Founder of Transition Planning & Guidance™, LLC. She developed the 5 P’s of Life (Personal Relationships, Personal Finance, Profession, Peace of Mind, and Physical Health) to help clients define what they want from life and once she understands their vision, she helps them save for their lifestyle. Niv has over 25 years of business experience as a strategy and finance executive. Her work history includes firms such as Korn/Ferry International, Northern Trust, Merrill Lynch, and Commerzbank AG. Since 2013, Niv has participated in National Sporting Clay Association registered shoots. She has placed in several competitions for the preliminary course, 28-gauge FITASC, 20-gauge FITASC, 20-gauge course, and 28-gauge course. While accumulating trophies, she’s enjoyed watching the growth in female popularity for this
Workshop II – Selling and sealing the deal: Yvette Gavin, Founder, Yvette Gavin Consulting
workshop III – Run like a girl: Livia Whisenhunt, Founder, CEO, PS Energy Group
workshop III – Run like a girl: Jenny Taylor, Fleet Engineering Supervisor, Georgia Power
Jenny Taylor is the Fleet Engineering Supervisor within the Technical Services group of Fleet Operations. She leads a team that has a vast array of responsibilities including writing technical specifications, ordering fleet equipment, assisting the customer on all their fleet equipment needs including financials and replacements, helping to ensure electric vehicle goals are met and fleet technical training that covers the entire Southern Company footprint. Jenny was the first known female to serve the in the roles of Fleet Engineer, Fleet Supervisor and Fleet Engineering Supervisor at Georgia Power.
workshop III – Run like a girl: Necole Parker Green, Founder, CEO, The ELOCEN Group, LLC
Necole Parker Green, business expert, speaker, and philanthropist, is the CEO and Founder of The ELOCEN Group, LLC, a Program & Project Management provider of the built environment, committed to improving the quality of lives within our communities. With over 20 years of comprehensive Program & Project Management experience, Necole has expertly managed project lifecycles from start to finish, comprised primarily of new construction and renovation projects within government and commercial sector markets. She has appeared in the Washington Post, Black Enterprise, Essence, American Express, and CNBC. And she has visited the White House on multiple occasions as a small business ambassador under the previous administration, where she was privileged to meet President Obama personally.
workshop IV – Setting your brand apart: Anne Marsden, Founder, Marsden Marketing
LUNCHEON KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jeffery Tobias Halter, President, YWomen, Corporate Gender Consulting
Jeffery Tobias Halter is largely respected for being the country’s leading gender strategist. Halter serves as the President of YWomen, a strategic consulting firm focused on engaging men in women’s leadership issues.
Not only does Halter help organizations create “Integrated Women’s Leadership Strategies” by driving engaged business plans that address gender bias in the workplace, as well as, attract, retain, and advance women; his leadership has led to the launch of major statewide initiatives to advance women in Massachusetts, Utah and Iowa.