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.


Event Details

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

PSUAA NYC Members - Register Here

Panelist Bios


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).