Capital Exchange: Diversity & Inclusion – Defining the Future
Going beyond the buzzwords to attract diverse talent, cultivate an inclusive culture, and improve the bottom line.
Diversity & Inclusion: Defining the Future calls for nationwide action to bring a wider variety of perspectives to both the public and private sectors. How can companies capitalize on diversity and inclusion to improve recruiting, retention, and their bottom line? And what is the appropriate role for lawmakers and federal agencies within this space?
Ms. Goss Graves, who has served in numerous roles at NWLC for more than a decade, has spent her career fighting to advance opportunities for women and girls. She has a distinguished track record working across a broad set of issues central to women’s lives, including income security, health and reproductive rights, education access, and workplace fairness.
Prior to becoming President, Ms. Goss Graves served as the Center’s Senior Vice President for Program, where she led the organization’s broad program agenda to advance progress and eliminate barriers in employment, education, health and reproductive rights and lift women and families out of poverty. Prior to that, as the Center’s Vice President for Education and Employment, she led the Center’s anti-discrimination initiatives, including work to promote equal pay, combat harassment and sexual assault at work and at school, and advance equal access to education programs, with a particular focus on outcomes for women and girls of color.
Ms. Goss Graves has authored many articles, including A Victory for Women’s Health Advocates, National Law Journal (2016) and We Must Deal with K-12 Sexual Assault, National Law Journal (2015), and reports, including Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity (2014), Reality Check: Seventeen Million Reasons Low-Wage Workers Need Strong Protections from Harassment (2014), and 50 Years and Counting: The Unfinished Business of Achieving Fair Pay (2013).
Ms. Goss Graves received her B.A. from UCLA in 1998 and her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2001. She began her career as a litigator at the law firm of Mayer Brown LLP after clerking for the Honorable Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She currently serves as an advisor on the American Law Institute Project on Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct on Campus and was on the EEOC Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace and a Ford Foundation Public Voices Fellow.
She is widely recognized for her effectiveness in the complex public policy arena at both the state and federal levels, regularly testifies before Congress and federal agencies, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and other public education forums. Ms. Goss Graves appears often in print and on air as a legal expert on issues core to women’s lives, including in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, AP, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR.
Mr. Odland is the President & CEO of The Conference Board, Inc., the most widely cited private source of business intelligence. He brings to The Conference Board an extensive corporate background. He formerly served as Chairman & CEO of Office Depot, Inc. from 2005-2010; Chairman, President & CEO of AutoZone, Inc. from 2001 until 2005; and President & CEO of Tops Markets, Inc. from 1998 to 2000. From 2013-2018 he was President and CEO of The Conference Board's public policy affiliate, the Committee for Economic Development.
Mr. Odland also possesses a strong policy background. From 2004 to 2006, he was Chairman of the Business Roundtable's Corporate Governance Task Force. Previously, Odland was a U.S. Presidential appointee as a Commissioner on the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission; a member of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation; a U.S. Presidential Appointee on the Council on Service and Civic Participation; and a member of the Advisory Council of the Institute for Corporate Ethics. He also formerly served as an Adjunct Professor in the graduate schools of business at Florida Atlantic University and Lynn University.
He has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from The University of Notre Dame, and a Master’s of Management degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He currently is a member of the Board of Directors of General Mills, Inc. and Analogic Corporation, is a Senior Advisor at PJ Solomon, and is a CNBC Contributor.
William M. Rodgers III is Professor of Public Policy and chief economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. He is a member of the graduate faculty of Rutgers’ School of Management and Labor Relations, and a senior research affiliate of the National Poverty Center, University of Michigan. In 2006, he was elected to the membership of the National Academy of Social Insurance. He is Co-Chair of the Academy’s 2010 Conference, “Lessons from a Bad Economy for Jobs, Retirement, and Health Security.” From November 2009 to January 2010, Rodgers served on President Obama’s Department of Labor Transition Team.
Locally, Professor Rodgers is Vice Chair of Montgomery Township’s Planning Board and Board Chair of Somerset County’s United Way. At the state level, he served on Acting Governor Codey’s pensions benefits review task force and currently is a member of Governor Corzine’s commission on government efficiency and reform. At the regional level, Rodgers is a member of the United Way of America’s Regional Operating Council.
Prior to coming to Rutgers, Rodgers served as chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor from 2000-2001, appointed to that position by Alexis Herman, U.S. Secretary of Labor. At the time of his appointment, he was the Frances L. and Edwin L. Professor Cummings of Economics at the College of William and Mary.
Professor Rodgers’ research examines issues in labor economics and the economics of social problems. Building on his edited volume, Prosperity for All (Russell Sage Foundation) and studies published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Center for American Progress, and the Upjohn Institute, he is comparing the benefits of the most recent economic expansion to previous expansions, with a particular focus on the income of minority and disadvantaged workers. Professor Rodgers’ most recent book, The Handbook on the Economics of Discrimination, published by Edgar Elgar was selected by Choice, the review journal of the American Library Association, as an “Outstanding Academic Book for 2006”. His current research on racial inequality includes a study on the economic status of the New Jersey’s minorities, and pieces in the National Urban League’s State of Black America and American Prospect’s Special Issue, The Color of Opportunity.
Rodgers’ expertise is frequently called upon by journalists for articles in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Financial Times, U.S.A. Today, Business Week, and other publications. He has been a guest on NBC’s Meet the Press, CNN’s Your Money, CNBC’s Squawk Box, and CNNfn and many radio talk shows. His policy work includes testifying before the New Jersey Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee, New Jersey State Labor Committee, Joint Economic Committee, U.S. Congress, the Joint Sub-Committee Studying the Status and Needs of African American Males in Virginia, and serving as a consultant for the state of Virginia, the Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies, and the AFL-CIO.
Rodgers serves on numerous boards. He is a Past President of the National Economic Association and is currently a member of the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Minorities in the Economics Profession, and runs the Association’s mentoring program that seeks to increase the numbers of minorities that obtain economic doctorates. Rodgers is a member of Marc Morial’s National Urban League Council of Economic Advisors and a member of the Center for American Progress’ Academic Advisory Board.
Bo leads Uber’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts in the company, with our stakeholders, and in the communities where we operate. Bo partners with senior leadership including its CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, to build a work culture where radically diverse and inclusive teams drive innovation, accelerate growth, and build a work culture and systems were all employees have the opportunity to excel and grow to their highest potential. Prior to joining Uber, Bo was the first Global Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Risk and Insurance Services businesses for Marsh and McLennan Companies. Bo also launched and led Aon/Hewitt Associates’ Global Emerging Workforce Solutions consulting practice and held diversity leadership roles at Ernst & Young and National Grid. Bo also served as a Director of Advisory Services at Catalyst, the leading non-profit focused on the advancement of women in business. As a consultant and thought leader, Bo has enabled dozens of clients to achieve their diversity & inclusion goals. Past clients include Marriott International, Northern Trust, John Deere, Allstate, Booz & Co., Discover, Aon, Human Rights Campaign, and McKesson. Bo has an MBA with distinction from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a BBA magna cum laude from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. She is a frequently sought after speaker and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, MSNBC, Business Insurance, and other media outlets and conferences. She lives in New York City with her husband, daughters, Annabelle and Beatrice, and Betty the dog.
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