Diversity and Inclusion Panel Members

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Oneida D Blagg, SHRM-CP, CM, PHR
Executive Officer for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Pierce College District
Lakewood, 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.

Kelley F. Cornish, MA, CCDP, is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion for AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies headquartered in Philadelphia, PA with locations in 19 states and the District of Columbia - the nation's leader in health care solutions for the underserved and chronically ill.  Kelley is also the co-author of her first book, “It’s Work! How Will You Show Up?” where she highlights the career of a millennial and offers relevant advice for excelling to the next level in the workplace and in your personal life.  

As the Director, Diversity & Inclusion for AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, Kelley is responsible for working collaboratively with assigned business units in the creation, promotion and implementation of diversity action plans and providing subject matter expertise to business leadership. In addition, Kelley oversees diversity analytics, EEO and other HR requirements and the enterprise’s teleworker program.

Prior to joining AmeriHealth Caritas, Kelley served as the President of Philly SHRM.  Her background also includes leading the efforts of the Diversity, Inclusion and Talent Management (Enterprise HR) function for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia from 2005 - 2010.  

Certified as a diversity management professional by Cornell University, Kelley holds a Masters in Human Resource Management from Webster University and a Bachelor's in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina - Aiken.  

Kelley is the proud mother of two sons, Avery, 24, and Trey, 16.  She resides near Philadelphia, PA.  


Danielle M. Gilbert, SHRM-CP, PHR
Director, Human Resources
Bon Secours Richmond
Midlothian, 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. 

Fannie is the Director of equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives for a statewide network. She is sought out for regionally as well as nationally conferences as a speaker on equity, diversity and inclusion topics. She is also a consultant on diversity and inclusion issues.

Fannie has over 15 years in Human Resources and holds a degree in Organizational Development.  To complement her training she is a trained facilitator for Anti- Defamation League (ADL).
Fannie was selected from a national pool of applicants as an Equity Leaders Action Network (ELAN) Fellow- representing NYS as part of a national team to advance racial equity in early childhood systems/industry. 

Fannie is a board member of NYS Society Human Resources Management (NYSSHRM), NYSSHRM Workforce Director.  She is past NYSSHRM Diversity Conference Chair/Diversity Director, and SHRM National Top Diversity Professional Workgroup Taskforce; founder of the Capital Region Human Resource Association Top Five Spectrum Award initiative.  She is also a member of several associations and organizations associated with equity, diversity and inclusion efforts.

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

Je’Mone currently resides in Dallas, Texas is the founder of Je’Mone Smith & Associates.  Former DVP of Human Resources and Diversity for Kindred HealthCare. Je’Mone has more than twenty years experience as an influential Business Leader with four Fortune “100” organizations: Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America as Assistant Vice President of Human Resources, Yum Brands as People Capability Leader, Wal-Mart Inc as Regional People Manager, and The Boeing Company as Employee Relations Consultant. He obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Masters Degree from Chapman University.  He holds certifications from Dale Carnegie Institute and Toastmaster International. Je’Mone previously served on the Advisory Board for Students in Free Enterprises. He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Pop Warner Little Scholars.


Julianne Sobral, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Senior Vice President of Operations and Talent Dev
Council on Foundations
Arlington, Va.

Julianne Sobral understands change management. Throughout her career, she has helped organizations adapt to a changing landscape and keep current with the latest dynamics impacting organizations’ bottom line. She began her career as a human resources professional and translated her expertise in employee relations, performance management, and benefits/compensation into positions with broader responsibilities. 

She started at the Council on Foundations as Human Resources Director and has since come to manage HR, operations, major programs, membership, research, and professional development as Senior Vice President of Operations and Talent Development. In this role, she is responsible for creating compensation research, ensuring that foundations nationwide understand the talent landscape of the field, and creating major programs to fill leadership gaps. 

She also co-founded a group for HR professionals in philanthropy and convenes senior foundation leaders at a now annual gathering to discuss the sector’s pressing talent issues. Additionally, she leads the Council on Foundations Annual Conference, which is the largest gathering of foundation leaders in the world. 

Prior to joining the Council, Julianne worked in Human Resources at Washington Post Newsweek Interactive, a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company & McClatchy Interactive where she oversaw the talent transitions of the 2006 Knight Ridder acquisition.

In addition, she consulted on the launch of a new DC-based office for the KAUST Investment Management Company.

A graduate of University of Virginia, Julianne has also obtained the highest professional certifications available from the Society of Human Resources Professionals and HR Certification Institute: SHRM – SCP & SPHR.

Dawnita J, Wilson, PHR
Recruiter/Trainer
5401 McGrath Blvd.
Apt. 803
Rockville, Md.

Dawnita Wilson currently serves as a Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion at Sodexo, a global leader in services that improve Quality of Life, an essential factor in individual and organizational performance.  Operating in 80 countries, Sodexo serves 75 million consumers each day through its unique combination of On-site Services, Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services, while engaging 430,000 employees worldwide.

In her role, Dawnita is responsible for leading and developing diversity and inclusion strategies focused on engagement, awareness, communications, and global partnerships.  She also has oversight of 9 Employee Business Resource Groups, which continue to play a significant role in ensuring that diversity and inclusion remains a top priority at Sodexo. During her time with the organization, she has been instrumental in furthering Sodexo’s thought leadership in the space of diversity and inclusion by contributing to their many successes, which include being named one of DiversityInc’s ‘Top 50 Companies for Diversity’ for the eighth consecutive year.

Dawnita has over 10 years of strategic Diversity and Inclusion experience having served as the Director of Inclusion Initiatives for Highmark, a $15 billion integrated healthcare delivery system and health plan with over 37,000 employees and as the Director of Inclusion Initiatives for UPMC, a $20 billion dollar healthcare organization with over 50,000 employees, both located in Pittsburgh, PA.  

With over 15 years of professional experience, Dawnita has a broad background in Diversity and Inclusion, Human Resources, Talent Acquisition, and Management, having worked for companies such as KMART Corporation, IKON office Solutions, and MARC USA.  

Dawnita holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from La Roche College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice from the University of Pittsburgh.  She has also maintained her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification since June of 2006.  


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