Employer Conference: Fostering Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging in the Workplace

Join us virtually on Thursday, June 24th, 1 pm-5 pm EDT for Northeastern University’s Employer Conference: Fostering Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in the Workplace


For graduates, early equitable access to hiring and advancement opportunities not only enables an organization to attract top talent but increases employee engagement and productivity, contributing directly to a company’s bottom line.

This conference is an opportunity to share best practices in workforce diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). It will feature reflections from current students and their needs for DEI in the workplace and employers who recruit and retain diverse talent.

For employers interested in building and sustaining DEI recruitment pipelines with colleges and universities, our conference provides the opportunity to:

  • Participate in an insightful conversation about best practices in building talent pathways for historically marginalized populations on campus.
  • Network with panelists and attendees and continue the dialogue post-event.
  • Build and expand diverse talent pathways in co-op, full-time, internship, and project-based recruiting at Northeastern.

*As a virtual event, please know that there will be live captioning offered.

Conference Program 


1:00 PM: Northeastern welcome address  – Manny Contomanolis, PhD, Senior Associate Vice President, Employer Engagement

1:15 PM: Keynote speaker – Dr. Karl W. Reid, Senior Vice Provost, and Chief Inclusion Officer

2:00 PM: Panel # 1: NU Students, moderated – Anthony Wilder, Program Coordinator, Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

3:00 PM: Panel # 2: Employers Representatives, moderated – Sumana Northover M.Ed.’16, Associate Director, Talent Acquisition Team, Employer Engagement

Panelists will include senior leaders of diversity, equity, and inclusion from the following organizations:

American Red Cross – Adrienne Alberts, Chief Diversity Officer

PVH Corp. – Lance A. LaVergne, Chief Diversity Officer & Senior Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition and Associate Experience

Dell Technologies – Danny Best, Human Resources and Diversity & Inclusion Leader

NetApp, Inc. – Gerri Mason Hall, Vice President of Global Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

State Street Corporation – Sharhea Wade, Vice President of Global Inclusion & Diversity

Unity Technologies – Movell Dash, Head of Inclusion

4:00 PM: Introduction of Employer for closing remarks – Manny Contomanolis

4:10 PM: Closing remarks – Bob Athwal, Global Lead for Racial Diversity and Early Careers at Skyscanner Ltd.

4:30 PM: Conference Ends