Inclusion in Action: CNBC Opportunity Forum

Creating an inclusive economy goes well beyond the workforce; it’s about expanding opportunities so more people can have the ability to achieve success. The Inclusion in Action: CNBC Opportunity Forum examines strategies and initiatives for organizations that create equity and opportunity not just for employees but also customers, clients, suppliers and the broader community to create lasting change.


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WHY NOW

While companies are pledging millions of dollars to the cause of racial equality, there is also a recognition that money and platitudes are no longer enough. Sustainable, systemic change is needed.

WHAT WE'LL TACKLE

We’ll discuss the quantitative and qualitative metrics and data that can inform diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

WHAT YOU'LL TAKE AWAY

This live virtual event will focus on practical solutions with results that are measurable, transparent and sustainable for corporate leaders to put into action in their organizations.

SPEAKERS

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Maria
Contreras-Sweet

Small Business Administration

Maria Contreras-Sweet is Former Administrator of the Small Business Administration.

Maria Contreras-Sweet

Maria Contreras-Sweet is an American businesswoman, banker and civic leader who served on President Obama’s cabinet as the 24th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The U.S. SBA provides business owners with capital through government-backed loan guarantees, a complex international counseling network, and by directing to them 23% of the federal procurement spend. The SBA manages the world’s largest fund of funds and the largest seed fund in the world.

Ms. Contreras-Sweet was the Founder and executive chairwoman of ProAmérica Bank. Prior, she managed a private equity firm and earlier served as the California cabinet Secretary of Business, Transportation, and Housing. Ms. Contreras-Sweet is the recipient of five honorary doctorate degrees, including from her alma mater Cal State University, Los Angeles and Tufts University. The Maria Contreras-Sweet Public Policy Impact Award was established in her honor for her efforts to expand entrepreneurship around the world and deepen democracies. She is currently serving on the board of The Bipartisan Policy Institute.

PLEASE NOTE: she is referred to as a member of President Obama’s cabinet or the 24th Administor of the US Small Business Administration. You are welcome to add: President and CEO, ContrerasSweet Companies.

Roger
Ferguson

TIAA

Roger Ferguson is President and CEO of TIAA.

Roger Ferguson

Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., is President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA, the leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical and cultural fields, and a Fortune 100 financial services organization.

Roger is the former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System. He represented the Federal Reserve on several international policy groups and served on key Federal Reserve System committees, including Payment System Oversight, Reserve Bank Operations, and Supervision and Regulation. As the only Governor in Washington, D.C., on 9/11, Roger led the Fed’s initial response to the terrorist attacks, taking actions that kept the U.S. financial system functioning while reassuring the global financial community that the U.S. economy would not be paralyzed.

Prior to joining TIAA in April 2008, he was head of financial services for Swiss Re, Chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation, and a member of the company’s executive committee. From 1984 to 1997, Roger was an Associate and Partner at McKinsey & Company. He began his career as an attorney at the New York City office of Davis Polk & Wardwell.

He is a member of the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents and serves on the New York State Insurance Advisory Board. Roger is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and co-chairs its Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education. He serves on the boards of Alphabet, Inc.; General Mills, Inc.; and International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.

Roger serves on the boards of The Conference Board, the American Council of Life Insurers, the Institute for Advanced Study and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is a fellow of the American Philosophical Society and a member of the Economic Club of New York, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Group of Thirty and the National Association for Business Economics.

Roger served on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness as well as its predecessor, the Economic Recovery Advisory Board, and he co-chaired the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Long-Run Macro-Economic Effects of the Aging U.S. Population.

Roger holds a B.A., J.D., and a Ph.D. in economics, all from Harvard University.

Mellody
Hobson

Ariel Investments

Mellody Hobson is President and Co-CEO of Ariel Investments.

Mellody Hobson

As Co-CEO, Mellody is responsible for management, strategic planning and growth for all areas of Ariel Investments outside of research and portfolio management. Additionally, she serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ariel Investment Trust—the company’s publicly traded mutual funds. Prior to being named Co-CEO, Mellody spent nearly two decades as the firm’s President. Outside of Ariel, Mellody is a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy. Her leadership has also been invaluable to corporate boardrooms across the nation. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Starbucks Corporation, and is the incoming Chairman of Starbucks, effective March 2021. She is also a director of JPMorgan Chase. She previously served as Chairman of the Board of DreamWorks Animation until the company’s sale and was also a long-standing board member of the Estée Lauder Companies. Mellody’s community outreach includes her role as Chairman of After School Matters, a Chicago non-profit that provides area teens with high-quality after school and summer programs. Additionally, she is vice chair of World Business Chicago; co-chair of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art; and a board member of the George Lucas Education Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. She also serves on the board of trustees of the Center for Strategic & International Studies, and of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Mellody is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Rockefeller Foundation Board of Trustees, and serves on the executive committee of the Investment Company Institute. Mellody earned her AB from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy. In 2019, she was awarded the University’s highest honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award, presented annually to a Princeton graduate whose career embodies a commitment to national service. She has also received honorary doctorate degrees from Howard University, Johns Hopkins University, St. Mary’s College, and the University of Southern California. In 2015, Time Magazine named her one of the “100 Most Influential People” in the world.

Roel
Campos

Latino Corporate Directors Association; Fmr. SEC Chairman

Roel Campos is Chair of Latino Corporate Directors Association and Former SEC Chairman.

Roel Campos

Roel C. Campos is senior counsel in the firm’s Washington, DC, office. Roel’s practice consists of advising senior management and boards in their most sensitive and complex issues. His practice often involves conducting internal investigations and defending matters involving financial regulators, such as the SEC, DOJ, CFTC, and FINRA. He also advises boards on items such as cybersecurity, governance, cryptocurrency and proposed rulemakings by financial regulators.

Beginning in 2002, Roel was appointed twice by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the US Senate as a Commissioner of the SEC, serving until 2007. During his tenure, Roel presided over hundreds of complex enforcement cases and rulemakings, involving the full range of federal securities laws.

Prior to being appointed to the SEC, Roel raised venture capital with partners, was a senior executive and operated a radio broadcasting company.

He began his career after graduating from the US Air Force Academy and served as an officer for five years. After attending Harvard Law School, he worked in Los Angeles for major law firms as a corporate transactions/securities lawyer and litigator.

Roel served in the US Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles. He prosecuted major narcotics cartels and, in a celebrated trial, convicted several kingpin cartel members for the kidnapping and murder of a DEA agent.

Tandra
Jackson

KPMG

Tandra Jackson is Vice Chair, Growth and Strategy at KPMG.

Tandra Jackson

Tandra Jackson is the Vice Chair of Growth & Strategy at KPMG LLP. In this role, she is responsible for leading KPMG’s Total Firm growth strategy, anticipating and responding to signals of change in the marketplace, and aligning the firm’s investments in innovative new services and capabilities.

Prior to this role, Tandra served as Office Managing Partner for KPMG’s Houston Major Market where she helped lead the growth and success of the firm’s audit, tax and advisory practices in Houston; ensured KPMG’s clients received exceptional service; supported and empowered the firm’s extraordinary people; and coordinated the office’s community engagement.

She has 27 years of professional experience across multiple industries, including energy and chemicals, industrial manufacturing, and healthcare. Her experience extends across a broad range of areas including business process improvement; systems selection and implementation; IT and internal audit; and governance and compliance.

Tandra is co-Chair of KPMG’s African Ancestry Business Resource Group and serves on the KPMG Foundation Board. Tandra has served on the Nominating Committee for the KPMG Board of Directors. Previous speaking engagements include KPMG’s Global Energy Conference, KPMG Insights, National Women’s Council Houston Conference, Rice University’s Women Leadership Conference, Texas Society of Women CPAs, and the Women in Leadership Symposium.

A recognized leader in the Houston market and across the region, Tandra is the recipient of the 2019 Impact (Chairman’s) Award by the National Black MBA Association; a 2019 Hall of Fame Inductee by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce; 2018 Women Who Mean Business by Houston Business Journal; 2017 Top 50 Influential Women in Houston by Houston Woman Magazine; 2017 Breakthrough Women by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce; 2017 Women Worth Watching by Diversity Magazine. In addition, she has authored several bylines on business, innovation, people, community and philanthropy in various media outlets.

She is passionate about making a difference in her community and society. She is a member of both Louisiana State University’s Dean Advisory Council and the Advisory Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Houston Chapter. She also serves on several non-profit boards including Greater Houston Partnership (Executive Committee and Higher Education Task Force); Central Houston (Executive and Finance Committees); CEOs against Cancer; and the Houston Zoo (Audit Committee Chair).

Tandra holds an M.B.A. in information systems from the University of Houston and B.S. in accounting from Louisiana State University. She is a Certified Information Systems Auditor.

Reshma
Saujani

Girls Who Code

Reshma Saujani is Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code.

Reshma Saujani

Reshma began her career as an attorney and activist. In 2010, she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. During the race, Reshma visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand, which led her to start Girls Who Code. Reshma is also the author of Brave, Not Perfect–a movement rooted in her experience, TedTalk, book, and podcast encourging women to live their bravest, fullest lives.

SPEAKERS

  • MARIA CONTRERAS-SWEET

    Girls Who Code Read Bio ⟶

    Reshma Saujani

    Maria Contreras-Sweet is an American businesswoman, banker and civic leader who served on President Obama’s cabinet as the 24th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The U.S. SBA provides business owners with capital through government-backed loan guarantees, a complex international counseling network, and by directing to them 23% of the federal procurement spend. The SBA manages the world’s largest fund of funds and the largest seed fund in the world.

    Ms. Contreras-Sweet was the Founder and executive chairwoman of ProAmérica Bank. Prior, she managed a private equity firm and earlier served as the California cabinet Secretary of Business, Transportation, and Housing. Ms. Contreras-Sweet is the recipient of five honorary doctorate degrees, including from her alma mater Cal State University, Los Angeles and Tufts University. The Maria Contreras-Sweet Public Policy Impact Award was established in her honor for her efforts to expand entrepreneurship around the world and deepen democracies. She is currently serving on the board of The Bipartisan Policy Institute.

    PLEASE NOTE: she is referred to as a member of President Obama’s cabinet or the 24th Administor of the US Small Business Administration. You are welcome to add: President and CEO, ContrerasSweet Companies.

  • ROGER FERGUSON

    Girls Who Code Read Bio ⟶

    Reshma Saujani

    Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., is President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA, the leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical and cultural fields, and a Fortune 100 financial services organization.

    Roger is the former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System. He represented the Federal Reserve on several international policy groups and served on key Federal Reserve System committees, including Payment System Oversight, Reserve Bank Operations, and Supervision and Regulation. As the only Governor in Washington, D.C., on 9/11, Roger led the Fed’s initial response to the terrorist attacks, taking actions that kept the U.S. financial system functioning while reassuring the global financial community that the U.S. economy would not be paralyzed.

    Prior to joining TIAA in April 2008, he was head of financial services for Swiss Re, Chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation, and a member of the company’s executive committee. From 1984 to 1997, Roger was an Associate and Partner at McKinsey & Company. He began his career as an attorney at the New York City office of Davis Polk & Wardwell.

    He is a member of the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents and serves on the New York State Insurance Advisory Board. Roger is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and co-chairs its Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education. He serves on the boards of Alphabet, Inc.; General Mills, Inc.; and International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.

    Roger serves on the boards of The Conference Board, the American Council of Life Insurers, the Institute for Advanced Study and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is a fellow of the American Philosophical Society and a member of the Economic Club of New York, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Group of Thirty and the National Association for Business Economics.

    Roger served on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness as well as its predecessor, the Economic Recovery Advisory Board, and he co-chaired the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Long-Run Macro-Economic Effects of the Aging U.S. Population.

    Roger holds a B.A., J.D., and a Ph.D. in economics, all from Harvard University.

  • MELLODY HOBSON

    Girls Who Code Read Bio ⟶

    Reshma Saujani

    As Co-CEO, Mellody is responsible for management, strategic planning and growth for all areas of Ariel Investments outside of research and portfolio management. Additionally, she serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ariel Investment Trust—the company’s publicly traded mutual funds. Prior to being named Co-CEO, Mellody spent nearly two decades as the firm’s President. Outside of Ariel, Mellody is a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy. Her leadership has also been invaluable to corporate boardrooms across the nation. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Starbucks Corporation, and is the incoming Chairman of Starbucks, effective March 2021. She is also a director of JPMorgan Chase. She previously served as Chairman of the Board of DreamWorks Animation until the company’s sale and was also a long-standing board member of the Estée Lauder Companies. Mellody’s community outreach includes her role as Chairman of After School Matters, a Chicago non-profit that provides area teens with high-quality after school and summer programs. Additionally, she is vice chair of World Business Chicago; co-chair of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art; and a board member of the George Lucas Education Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. She also serves on the board of trustees of the Center for Strategic & International Studies, and of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Mellody is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Rockefeller Foundation Board of Trustees, and serves on the executive committee of the Investment Company Institute. Mellody earned her AB from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy. In 2019, she was awarded the University’s highest honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award, presented annually to a Princeton graduate whose career embodies a commitment to national service. She has also received honorary doctorate degrees from Howard University, Johns Hopkins University, St. Mary’s College, and the University of Southern California. In 2015, Time Magazine named her one of the “100 Most Influential People” in the world.

  • ROEL CAMPOS

    Girls Who Code Read Bio ⟶

    Reshma Saujani

    Roel C. Campos is senior counsel in the firm’s Washington, DC, office. Roel’s practice consists of advising senior management and boards in their most sensitive and complex issues. His practice often involves conducting internal investigations and defending matters involving financial regulators, such as the SEC, DOJ, CFTC, and FINRA. He also advises boards on items such as cybersecurity, governance, cryptocurrency and proposed rulemakings by financial regulators.

    Beginning in 2002, Roel was appointed twice by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the US Senate as a Commissioner of the SEC, serving until 2007. During his tenure, Roel presided over hundreds of complex enforcement cases and rulemakings, involving the full range of federal securities laws.

    Prior to being appointed to the SEC, Roel raised venture capital with partners, was a senior executive and operated a radio broadcasting company.

    He began his career after graduating from the US Air Force Academy and served as an officer for five years. After attending Harvard Law School, he worked in Los Angeles for major law firms as a corporate transactions/securities lawyer and litigator.

    Roel served in the US Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles. He prosecuted major narcotics cartels and, in a celebrated trial, convicted several kingpin cartel members for the kidnapping and murder of a DEA agent.

  • TANDRA JACKSON

    Girls Who Code Read Bio ⟶

    Reshma Saujani

    Tandra Jackson is the Vice Chair of Growth & Strategy at KPMG LLP. In this role, she is responsible for leading KPMG’s Total Firm growth strategy, anticipating and responding to signals of change in the marketplace, and aligning the firm’s investments in innovative new services and capabilities.

    Prior to this role, Tandra served as Office Managing Partner for KPMG’s Houston Major Market where she helped lead the growth and success of the firm’s audit, tax and advisory practices in Houston; ensured KPMG’s clients received exceptional service; supported and empowered the firm’s extraordinary people; and coordinated the office’s community engagement.

    She has 27 years of professional experience across multiple industries, including energy and chemicals, industrial manufacturing, and healthcare. Her experience extends across a broad range of areas including business process improvement; systems selection and implementation; IT and internal audit; and governance and compliance.

    Tandra is co-Chair of KPMG’s African Ancestry Business Resource Group and serves on the KPMG Foundation Board. Tandra has served on the Nominating Committee for the KPMG Board of Directors. Previous speaking engagements include KPMG’s Global Energy Conference, KPMG Insights, National Women’s Council Houston Conference, Rice University’s Women Leadership Conference, Texas Society of Women CPAs, and the Women in Leadership Symposium.

    A recognized leader in the Houston market and across the region, Tandra is the recipient of the 2019 Impact (Chairman’s) Award by the National Black MBA Association; a 2019 Hall of Fame Inductee by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce; 2018 Women Who Mean Business by Houston Business Journal; 2017 Top 50 Influential Women in Houston by Houston Woman Magazine; 2017 Breakthrough Women by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce; 2017 Women Worth Watching by Diversity Magazine. In addition, she has authored several bylines on business, innovation, people, community and philanthropy in various media outlets.

    She is passionate about making a difference in her community and society. She is a member of both Louisiana State University’s Dean Advisory Council and the Advisory Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Houston Chapter. She also serves on several non-profit boards including Greater Houston Partnership (Executive Committee and Higher Education Task Force); Central Houston (Executive and Finance Committees); CEOs against Cancer; and the Houston Zoo (Audit Committee Chair).

    Tandra holds an M.B.A. in information systems from the University of Houston and B.S. in accounting from Louisiana State University. She is a Certified Information Systems Auditor.

  • RESHMA SAUJANI

    Girls Who Code Read Bio ⟶

    Reshma Saujani

    Reshma began her career as an attorney and activist. In 2010, she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. During the race, Reshma visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand, which led her to start Girls Who Code. Reshma is also the author of Brave, Not Perfect–a movement rooted in her experience, TedTalk, book, and podcast encourging women to live their bravest, fullest lives.

AGENDA

Agenda is subject to change

12:45pm ET

Doors Open

1:00pm ET

Program Begins

Creating an Inclusive Economy
Business leader Mellody Hobson sits down for an expansive discussion on how to rethink inclusion beyond hiring practices and policies; from setting standards within boards, to partnering with small businesses and creating opportunities within communities. Hobson will share her experiences and strategies to achieve a more inclusive environment.
Mellody Hobson, Ariel Investments co-CEO and President; Starbucks Board Chairwoman

 

The Board Imperative
As more firms announce they will no longer invest in companies without it, board diversity is beyond just a smart idea, it’s a business imperative. This session looks at how companies should approach their search and what makes a successfull diverse board.
Roel Campos, Former SEC Chairman and Latino Corporate Directors Association Chair
Tandra Jackson, KPMG Vice Chair, Growth & Strategy

 

Inclusion and Small Business: Challenges and Opportunities
Small business has often been regarded as a pathway to success and financial independence in many communities. The pandemic has hit small businesses particularly hard, and minority small business owners faced added challenges making their survival even more fragile. Here we look how the public and private sector can partner with small business to increase opportunities for success for more people.
Maria Contreras-Sweet, Small Business Administration Fmr. Administrator; Contreras-Sweet Enterprises Principal

 

Caregiver Crisis: A Bold Plan to Get Women Back to Work
Women – particularly women of color, have been overwhelmingly disenfranchised during the pandemic, due to both their greater share of responsibility during the current childcare and schooling crisis, and their representation in negatively affected industries. Now, the public and private sectors need to rethink the way working mothers are included in the workplace. Reshma Saujani wrote The Marshall Plan for Moms to help mothers get back to work and explains how it will help the economy overall.
Reshma Saujani, Girls Who Code Founder and CEO

 

The Big Picture: One-on-One with Roger Ferguson
Roger Ferguson is one of the most prominent Black executives in finance. He is former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors for the U.S. Federal Reserve System and has been the CEO of TIAA since 2008, which he has grown from about $435 billion to approximately $1.2 trillion assets under management. He will retire from that role at the end of this month. He sits down to talk about his career, his thoughts on how inclusion has evolved and what more still needs to be done, plus the role business and government need to play to create lasting change.
Roger Ferguson, TIAA President & CEO

3:00pm ET

Program Concludes

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    How business leaders can take immediate, concrete action addressing racial disparities in their organizations and create sustainable solutions to allow for equity and opportunity for all.

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