Announces ‘Future of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion’ Advisory Board for 2021 to Advise HR Research and Beyond

Jacksons Point, Ontario, Canada  –, the largest network of human resources (HR) executives, has announced their Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Board for 2021. 

The varietal advisors will collaborate to positively influence the HR industry’s thought leadership and best practices through primary research. In working closely with the HR Research Institute (HRRI) team, the newly-appointed advisory board will advise on the most impactful topics and key areas within diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) for conducting research. The research team captures the pulse of the HR community by asking about practices and attitudes on topics at their organizations. In addition to primary research, HRRI also releases a “State of the Industry” report annually in many topic areas, including DEI, such as The State of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 2021

The Advisory Board provides an opportunity for thought leaders to participate in discussions on this topic, share knowledge, and provide valuable insights that will help Senior HR Executives understand the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and guide systemic change within their organizations. This includes preparing for the 4th annual “Future of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion” virtual event taking place on February 3, 2021, by recommending presenters, session topics and helping to make the event best-in-class for HR professionals in attendance.

This virtual event focuses on DEI in today’s global workplace and how it can be an area where HR struggles, despite the fact that workplaces all over the world are becoming more diverse in terms of gender, ethnicity, culture, and cognitive approaches to solving business problems. In recent years, DEI has taken on greater social and workplace significance in the wake of the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements.

The event will highlight how successful organizations link DEI to organizational performance, innovation, engagement, brand, ethics, mission and leadership, rather than as a standalone issue related to fairness and legal compliance. Event content will detail best practices and show how top organizations leverage DEI as a competitive advantage. 

Participants will get a detailed snapshot of the state of DEI today, discuss where it is headed in the future, and reveal how it can be a key driver of both organizational performance and social justice growth across the world.

The newly appointed Future of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Board members include:

  • Sarah Anderson Director, Product Marketing, Philanthropy Cloud, Salesforce
  • Scott Ballina Sr. Director, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, Citrix
  • Karen Brown CEO, Speaker, Consultant, Diversity & Inclusion Management Consulting, Bridge Arrow
  • Sarah Callaghan Marketing Director, Wiley | Education Services
  • Arthur Chan DE&I Lead, Alzheimer’s Association
  • Maria Colacurcio CEO, Syndio
  • DeRetta Cole Rhodes, PhD – Senior Vice President People Capital/Head of HR at Atlanta Braves
  • Margot Goodson VP, Head of North America Diversity & Inclusion 
  • Camille Hamilton Pating Principal and Chair of Labor & Employment Practice and Chair of Workplace Investigations Practice, Meyers Nave
  • Effenus Henderson President and CEO, HenderWorks, Inc.
  • Linda Howard Strategic Advisor and Speaker on Compliance/Diversity, Equity & Inclusion/Multicultural Competency
  • Jared Karol Strategic DEIB Storytelling & Communications
  • Trina Laube VP of Strategic Initiatives, National Wellness Institute
  • Georges Smine VP, Product Marketing, Salesforce
  • Zoe Ann Whitley Manager, Diversity and Workforce Compliance, Affirmity 


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