Panel Discussion: Does D+I Needs Its Own Office?

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Does having an established Diversity & Inclusion office or initiative give you an advantage in succeeding as an inclusive organization? Do you need a Diversity & Inclusion office if inclusion is ingrained in the organizations culture and strategy?
In this dynamic panel executives will share the different approaches that have successfully led their organization to inclusiveness. Join us as we talk with executives and weigh the options leading companies have chose in their Diversity & Inclusion initiatives.

Hear from panelists who have explored both options and learn what has worked best. Panelists will represent organizations that have an established Diversity & Inclusion office and organizations that do not have an established department. Gain helpful insights from leading companies on their inclusion journey.


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Joseph B. Hill
Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer
Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
With a B.A. in Political Science and History from Virginia Union University and an M.A. in Public History from Howard University, Joseph was headed down a path of public service and worked for the United States House of Representatives under Jim Malloy, the former doorkeeper of the house. Then he had the personal experience of seeing a family member through prostate cancer treatment and hospice care. It was a journey that opened Joseph’s eyes to the importance of culturally competent care and set him on his pathway and success in diversity and inclusiveness initiatives.

A native of Buffalo, New York, Joseph is often a speaker at national forums where he shares his insights and experience on the importance of diversity and strategic partnerships in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. In addition, Joseph serves as a volunteer and is a Board member for the National Football Players Father’s Association, Our Next Generation, Milwaukee Urban League and is on the Milwaukee Advisory Board for Usher’s New Look Foundation. Joseph and his wife Ericka resides in Milwaukee, WI and Atlanta, GA.
Sharon Brogdon
Sharon Brogdon Director, Diversity
Intel Corporation
Sharon Brogdon is the Director of Diversity at Intel Corporation. In this role she oversees the company’s strategic approach to the retention and development of its underrepresented minority and Veteran talent, creates and drives pipeline strategies such as the award winning Blueprint for Extraordinary Performance to address gaps, and drives the efforts of senior diverse councils and strategic employee groups to support the attraction and integration of diverse talent. Externally, she creates and maintains strategic relationships with key thought and opinion leaders focused on championing a diverse pipeline of technical talent. A 19-year veteran of Intel, Sharon has held positions in strategic marketing, business analysis and account management.

Prior to joining Intel, Sharon spent twelve years as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy in Undersea Surveillance and Data Communications. During her Naval service, Sharon achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander, earned warfare qualifications, and directly supported the fleet in the European Theater during Operation Desert Storm.

Sharon is a Cornell University Certified Diversity Professional, a Tuck School of Business Fellow and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Purdue University. She is a recipient of the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal.
Sylvester Mendoza
Corporate Director, Global Inclusion & Strategic Alliances,
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Sylvester Mendoza, Jr. is currently the Corporate Director of Global Inclusion & Strategic Alliances for Northrop Grumman in Falls Church, VA where he leads the strategic design and execution of its programs including Work Life Integration. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Sylvester held a position as the Senior Director for Global Diversity Strategies at Schering-Plough in New Jersey, where he led the pharmaceutical company’s diversity and inclusion strategy and implementation worldwide.

Sylvester’s extensive experience also included a role as Director of Diversity & Talent Acquisition for Quest Diagnostics, Inc., the country’s largest medical laboratory, headquartered in New Jersey.

Before joining Quest Diagnostics, Sylvester held a similar corporate position at Merrill Lynch, Inc. in New York. Previously, Mr. Mendoza worked at Hughes Electronics in Los Angeles and with General Telephone of California in a senior Human Resources management capacity.

Sylvester has been an active board member with a number of community-based organizations including the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Search to Involve Filipino Americans, and the Los Angeles Southwest College Foundation. He is currently on the Business Advisory Council of the Asian American Justice Center, Washington D.C. He was formerly a member of the Board with the Asian American Federation of New York, and the Employment Committee for the Office of Disability Employment Program, U.S. Department of Labor.

His current professional affiliations include The Conference Board (Council of U.S. Diversity & Inclusion Executives); Equal Employment Advisory Council and the Mercer/Organization Resource Counselors.

Sylvester received his BA from California State University, San Francisco and his JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He also completed the advanced program in Human Resource Management at the University of California, Los Angeles. Additionally, Mr. Mendoza completed Six Sigma training.
Camilla Collins
SVP, Global Diversity & Inclusion,
Bank of America
Camilla Collins is the Enterprise Diversity & Inclusion Consulting and Strategy Client Leader. In her current role, she is responsible for partnering with seven Diversity & Inclusion Client Executives, supporting over 240,000 employees. Collins provides consulting, intervention strategies and guidance on global diversity & inclusion initiatives for implementation within the bank, while ensuring alignment with the Global D&I strategy. She is a member of the Global Human Resources Diversity & Inclusion Council and several Employee Network Groups.

Previously, Collins was the Diversity & Inclusion Leader supporting over 160k employees in the Consumer Bank and approximately 30k employees in Global Wealth and Investment Management. She was the Learning and Leadership Development Executive for Risk, Lending, Business Support and Customer Experience prior to transitioning into diversity & inclusion. Collins supported Consumer as a Learning Executive and was responsible for building the Associate Development Center which houses onboarding, learning, performance support, learning maps and other vital resources enabling associate readiness.

Camilla began her career with the bank in the Consumer Bank Division in 1996. While in Consumer, she held several leadership positions including Call Center Executive and Call Center Strategies Leader. In 1999, as the National Inside Sales Executive for Dealer Financial Services, she was responsible for relationship expansion initiatives. In 2006, she transitioned to Learning and Leadership Development supporting Card Services with the MBNA acquisition. Collins developed and implemented strategies to culturally integrate over 35k legacy MBNA domestic and international employees.

Before joining Bank of America, Collins was employed at AT&T for ten years in various consumer and commercial leadership roles.

Collins devotes time to educating young adults about financial literacy and leadership skills. She is a graduate of the Diversity Leadership Academy and Edward Waters College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management. Camilla resides in Alpharetta, Georgia with her family.