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Panel Member Biographies
Oneida D Blagg, SHRM-CP, CM, PHRExecutive Officer for Equity, Diversity & InclusionPierce College DistrictLakewood, Wash.
Oneida D. Blagg is the inaugural Executive Officer for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Pierce College in Lakewood, Wash. The College's mission is to create quality educational opportunities for a community of diverse learners to thrive in an evolving world.
Blagg earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science, Summa Cum Laude, and a master's in Social Science from Pacific Lutheran University. During her undergraduate and graduate years, she enlisted in the National Guard and later became a commissioned officer. Blagg is also a graduate of several military schools such as the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, and the Air Command and Staff College.
Blagg has over 20 years' experience as a diversity professional in several sectors: higher education, county government, federal service, and reserve military service. Her work in diversity management has encompassed affirmative action planning, directing investigations into complaints of discrimination and sexual harassment/assault, investigating such complaints, coordinating ADA programs and Title IX programs, and managing employee assistance programs. In addition to having held several positions directing equal opportunity programs, Blagg has directed other functions as well such as human resources and student services. She has also taught at both the college and the university level.
During her military career, Blagg served in several National Guard positions which spanned from unit commander to operations officer before transferring to the Air Force Reserve. Her later assignments included serving at US Central Command in Florida, and as chief of military equal opportunity. In 2005, Blagg retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Kelley F. Cornish, CCDP Senior Consultant Havertown, Pa.
Danielle M. Gilbert, SHRM-CP, PHRDirector, Human ResourcesBon Secours RichmondMidlothian, Va.
Danielle Gilbert draws upon more than 10 years of experience to provide individuals with proven development and sound advice. Her experience over the past twelve years in Human Resources has included Consulting, Employee Relations, Compensation, Benefits, Diversity, Coaching, Mentoring, and Recruitment. Danielle spent a big part of her career in managerial roles, including Administrative Director of Human Resources of a large healthcare organization responsible for employee engagement and development, diversity, employee relations, and training.
She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in business administration. She later continued her education at Strayer University, earning two masters in Human Resources Management and Public Administration. She also became certified by the Human Resources Certification Institute as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) in January 2013. Gilbert is currently pursuing her Ph.D. Gilbert's true passion lies in guiding individuals and organizations' growth and success.
Fannie Glover Business Partnership Manager Early Care & Learning Council Albany, N.Y.
Dr. Tom C. Hogan, SHRM-SCP Professor of Practice in HR Management Penn State University School of Labor & Employment Relations University Park, Pa. Dr. Tom C. Hogan is a Professor of Practice in Human Resource Management at the Penn State University, School of Labor and Employment Relations. He is the founder and Director of the School's Academy of Human Capital Development and serves as Scholar-in-Residence at the Penn State Sustainability Institute. Dr. Hogan teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in-residence and on-line. His research and teaching interests include Global Leadership Development, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability.
Hogan has 30 years of experience as a practitioner and has served in leadership and management positions in higher education and the corporate sector. Prior to joining the Penn State University School of Labor and Employment Relations, he held the position of Interim Associate Provost, Office of Faculty Affairs at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). Prior to working for UMUC, he spent 23 years with AT&T in a variety of assignments including sales, sales support, business development, marketing and human resources. In December 2016, he was appointed to the ISO Work Group responsible for developing a global HR standard on diversity and inclusion. Hogan also serves on the Penn State University President's Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity and was elected Co-Chair Elect for Academic Year 2016-17. He serves on the Penn State Advisory Board of the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity. He was appointed in July 2016 to the Penn State Alumni Council and serves as Vice-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Susan Loynd, MA., SHRM-SCP Director of Administration & Human Resources Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc. Montpelier, Vt.
Susan Loynd is responsible for all Human Resources management and administrative activities for WCMHS, a privately held, non-profit community mental health center. She started her career in the renewable energy industry, in a corporate role, but soon discovered a passion for working at a grassroots level to have a positive impact on the most vulnerable members of her local community.
In addition to leading the Human Resources team she also manages quality assurance, IT, and other business activities. Loynd graduated with a Master's in literature from the University of Kent, England, and received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in English from the University of Vermont. She is dedicated to lifelong learning and volunteering and has taught numerous business and humanities courses at the college level for over 13 years, including working with a local college/university partner to facilitate the SHRM Learning System and other SHRM products. She has just completed her term as SHRM's Northeast representative on the Membership Advisory Council, and served on the SHRM Vermont State Council for over 10 years, most recently as the state director.
She is also an active member of local community theater, and sits on two Boards including a PRIDE committee dedicated to educating theater-goers about issues in the LGBTQ+ community.
Larry L. Robertson, SHRM-SCP, CAE Vice President, Human Resources The American Institute of Architects Washington, D.C.
Phyllis Rupert, SHRM-SCP Sr. Diversity & Inclusion Consultant Highmark Pittsburgh, Pa.
Phyllis Rupert is a Human Resources Professional with a record of and enthusiasm for organizational readiness, cultural change, performance excellence, and leadership and talent management. With Highmark Health or its predecessors for over 22 years, Rupert is a Senior Diversity Consultant in Highmark Health's Human Resources Diversity & Inclusion Practice Area. Rupert adds strategic value to the organization by leveraging diversity and enhancing performance through inclusion, education, and subject matter expertise across the diversity spectrum. Through partnership, influence and alignment with corporate goals, she was instrumental in the organization's sponsorship, pilot, and 100 organizational score on the Disability Equality Index and a current health plan enterprise first year 100 score on the Corporate Equality Index.
Rupert has been increasing leader and workforce cultural competence, designing results driven diversity programs for human resource professionals, business units, and executive leaders. She consults on, collaborates, partners, and leads corporate best practice solutions that include among others an embedded approach to diversity leader training, mentorship programs, educational diversity learning tracks, workplace and customer focused inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, Gender, LGBTQ, Veteran/Military, and a broad spectrum of diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Je'Mone Smith Senior Director of HR Kindred Healthcare, Inc Dallas, Texas
Julianne Sobral, SHRM-SCP, SPHR Senior Vice President of Operations and Talent Dev Council on Foundations Arlington, Va.
Dawnita J, Wilson, PHRDirector, Global Diversity and InclusionSodexoGaithersburg, Md.
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