WLN Q1 Event on Diversity Equity and Inclusion cohosted with Smeal Club NYC
Register Now: PSUNYC WLN teams up with Smeal NYC for a special Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion event to kick off 2021!
Be inspired by your fellow Penn State Alumni! The Q1 2021 event will be hosted jointly by PSUNYC & Smeal NYC Club. The session will center around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - highlighting men and women who share a passion for all things DEI. There will be a guided panel discussion followed by a Q&A from attendees.
Who: Penn State alumni and friends
What: Panel Discussion
When: 6:00 - 7:30PM on Wednesday, January 13th, 2021
Where: Zoom (link to be provided prior to event)
6:00 - 6:10PM Introductions
6:10 - 7:10PM Panel Discussion
7:10 - 7:30PM Q&A
Moderator, Christine Ramsay
BS (‘05) Marketing, Minor: International Business
MS (’22, Villanova) HR Development
Global Senior Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Engagement Leader at Jazz Pharmaceuticals
Christine Ramsay is a 1st generation Armenian- American cisgender woman who is a storyteller, a DEI change agent, a connector, a visionary, and global-minded. She is passionate and experienced in accelerating organizational transformation through impactful change strategies in DEI, Employee Engagement and Experience, Leadership, Talent and Change Management to enable growth, innovation, and global impact. She is a Certified Coach in Leadership, Certified Coach in Brain Based Skills Neuroscience of Inclusion, Certified coach for Social and Emotional Intelligence (EI), and a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP). In addition to her passion for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Christine is an influential thought leader and voice for bringing Neuro-diversity to the forefront and educating organizations, communities, and our global society on its importance.
Panelist, Bianca Bancroft
BA (’14) Public Relations & Advertising
Senior Recruiter, DEI Lead at HarperCollins Publishers
Bianca Bancroft is the Senior Recruiter, DEI Lead for HarperCollins Publishers. She has been with the company for four years and has spent her entire career surrounded by books! Bianca spends her days recruiting for full-time and internship roles, attending virtual college career fairs and helping to run the HarperCareers social media pages. As DEI Lead, Bianca works closely with senior leaders on diversity, equity, and inclusion programs, trainings, and other accessibility initiatives.
Panelist, Chris Clermont
BS (’04) Psychology
MS (’10) HR Management & Employee Relations
Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Vox Media
Chris Clermont (He/Him) is the Head of DE&I at Vox Media, and is pioneering project work focused on building empathy, leading with authenticity, and inclusive editorial and product design at Vox Media – building a roadmap for accelerating and sustaining diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice issues at the company and in media. As former Global Head of D&I, he oversaw inclusion and diversity vision, leadership, and strategy worldwide, while fostering an open culture for all employees to thrive. He's helped create diverse and inclusive transformations for some of the world’s leading organizations, including The Gallup Organization, Marriott International, Inc., Penn State University, BearingPoint, Inc., Deloitte, Dow Chemical, CA Technologies and WeWork. Chris lives in Brooklyn with his rescue dog Zuko.
Panelist, Melissa S. Jackson
BA (’08) Telecommunications, Minors: IST & Spanish
Global Program Manager, Diversity & Inclusion Co-Chair at Samsung NEXT
Melissa S. Jackson is a Global Program Manager within SamsungNEXT's new product development group. Her role in product allows her to lead operations for cross-functional teams from Korea to San Francisco. She serves as the co-chair for D&I at NEXT where her primary focus is on inclusive product development - ensuring Samsung is committed to developing new digital products with POC in mind. Her commitment to D&I can be traced back to her time at PSU where she led several student groups focused on inclusion and was the former President of the African American Alumni Organization - NYC (AAAO-NYC).