Monday, May 6

2:55 pm - 3:45 pm

Lightning rounds are a fast-paced way to share, network, and learn from facilitators and peers.  Attendees will choose 3 out of 5 skill-based topics for 15 minutes of firehose learning that’s fun!  Lightning rounds are designed to include exercises and best practice discussions to insure attendees leave with newly honed skills.

You will learn:

  • Business negotiation skills that create options for mutual gain
  • Legal protections that work to your advantage
  • Neuroscience mind tricks for better focus and communication
  • Psychological and behavioral strategies based on data
  • Coaching questions and formats that generate authentic discussions

Amanda Reid

IO Psychologist, HR Data Disruptor and Diversity Recruiting Manager

About Amanda Reid

Amanda Reid is the Diversity Recruiting Program Manager at Cummins Inc. As a part of the Global Diversity Recruiting and Technology Team.  Amanda’s work is rooted data driven strategy with integration of modern social science in order to achieve superior results.  At Cummins, diversity and inclusion is a way of doing work right.  The team has public commitments to creating workforces that represent the communities in which they operate, they demand safe and inclusive workplaces for all individuals, and reinforce behaviors that encourage all individuals to leverage their unique talents,  and to create an environment in which all voices are heard.

Over the last 5 years, Amanda worked for Caterpillar, most recently as a Global Diversity and Inclusion Consultant for Global Mining.  Her work in this role included designing means of removing systemic barriers from people processes, roll out of global Unconscious Bias Training, optimizing attraction to diverse populations, and coaching executives in the space of Diversity and Inclusion. There she also served as a member of the Leadership team for the Women’s Employee Resource Group. Prior to Caterpillar she also served in talent development and marketing roles at Caterpillar, Nielsen Media Research, and Verizon.

Amanda holds a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.  She is also a certified Gallup StrengthsFinder Coach.

Jason Lauritsen

Workforce Culture Expert and Author

About Jason Lauritsen

Jason Lauritsen a keynote speaker, author, and consultant.  He is an employee engagement and workplace culture expert who will challenge you to think differently.

A former corporate Human Resources executive, Jason has dedicated his career to helping leaders build organizations that are good for both people and profits.

Most recently, he led the research team for Quantum Workplace’s Best Places to Work program where he has studied the employee experience at thousands of companies to understand what the best workplaces in the world do differently than the rest.

Jason is the co-author of the book, Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships. Connect with Jason at

Megan Karsh

Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Expert, Lecturer in Law
Stanford Law School

About Megan Karsh

Megan is passionate about creating interactive educational opportunities for professionals and teams that lead to more equitable, inclusive, and empowered organizations.

 Megan Karsh teaches at Stanford Law and advises and designs programs for the United Nations. Megan founded (em) Leadership, a consulting practice focused on empowering individuals and organizations as a means to achieve social impact. She conducts negotiation and leadership workshops for organizations like Google and the Pacific Council on International Policy, provides strategic advice on issues like pay equity and vision-setting, and coaches female executives and changemakers. Megan has been interviewed by Forbes, The Modern Guide to Equality, and Women of Silicon Valley.

When it comes to leadership and interpersonal influence, Megan speaks from experience: she has directed organizations in North America, Asia, Africa, and online, where she has represented genocide survivors, negotiated international partnership agreements, and counseled young professionals. From 2012-16, Megan directed Stanford’s Rule of Law Program, implementing projects in Afghanistan, Iraq, Cambodia, and Rwanda and managing a $7.2-million State Department grant. Despite the serious subject matter, she believes that work can and should be fun.

Megan holds a J.D. from Stanford Law and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Art History from Oberlin College. She lives in sunny Los Angeles but pops up regularly in San Francisco and around the globe like a modern Carmen San Diego. Read more about and contact Megan using the information and links above.

Lisa Coleman, Ph.D.

Senior VP for Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation and Chief Diversity Officer
NYU (New York University)

About Lisa Coleman, Ph.D.

Dr. Lisa M. Coleman is New York University’s (NYU) inaugural Senior VP for Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation and Chief Diversity Officer. In this role, she is responsible for advancing strategic global inclusion, belonging and innovation initiatives across NYU’s global campus and schools. Prior to NYU, Dr. Coleman served as the first Chief Diversity Officer and Special Assistant to the President at Harvard University, 2010-2017. She earned her doctorate in Social and Cultural Analysis, American Studies from NYU and three master’s degrees from the Ohio State University in African and African American Studies; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Communication Studies. Her undergraduate foci were sociology/anthropology and computer science.

Dr. Coleman’s scholarly work was sparked by early professional work with the Association of American Medical Colleges, and working as an independent organizational computer consultant. Dr. Coleman has spent over 20 years teaching and working with numerous organizations including the Transportation Security Administration, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement, the University of Leiden, Vassar College, and New Zealand Works. Prior to NYU and Harvard, she directed the Africana program at Tufts University, and was appointed to serve as that institution’s first senior executive D&I officer reporting to the President. Dr. Coleman consults with leaders globally, and sits on various national and international boards including the US National Association for Tennis and the International board for Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations. Dr. Coleman is the recipient of numerous recognitions and awards for teaching, leadership, as well as for her work on diversity, inclusion, belonging and equity.

Antonia Wong

Director, PMO + Diversity & Inclusion Chair

About Antonia Wong

As TrueAccord’s Director of PMO, Antonia Wong is obsessed with innovating ways to bring effective process to a creative startup environment. She also serves as the Diversity & Inclusion Chair at TrueAccord and is passionate about cultivating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels comfortable bringing their authentic selves to work. Antonia most recently presented on Impostor Syndrome and Managing Millennials to help others become champions for diversity & inclusion at their respective companies. Did you know that by 2025, Millennials will make up 75% of the workforce? Connect with Antonia on LinkedIn: /antoniawong/ and Twitter @toniacaponia

Tessa Tzeitel Forshaw

the Institute of Design at Stanford University

About Tessa Tzeitel Forshaw

As a lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Engineering within the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (or and a Director of New Sector Alliance, Tessa works at the intersection of design, research, and technology to shape an inclusive future of work.

Prior to Stanford, Tessa worked at IDEO CoLab and Accenture’s Strategy Insight and Innovation team. Both of these roles focused on the future of work landscape and the opportunity for technology and innovation to help us make it more inclusive. While at Accenture, Tessa led flagship thought leadership research into the skills needed for the future and the role of technology in workforce development initiatives supporting non-traditional talent pipelines. Through these projects and others, Tessa had the opportunity to collaborate and design with a broad cross-section of organizations working to shape the future of work including the World Economic Forum, LinkedIn Economic Graph, the World Bank, Walmart, Starbucks, the Australian Government and more.

La’Wana Harris

Author of "Diversity Beyond Lip Service: A Coaching Guide for Challenging Bias"

About La’Wana Harris

La’Wana Harris, CDE, ACC, Harris is a Certified Diversity Executive, an ICF Credentialed Coach, and a global leadership development professional who has dedicated her career to aligning performance with business strategy. She has demonstrated success strategizing a range of corporate functions including global leadership and organizational development, diversity and inclusion, people leadership, and project management. In addition, as a community activist, she has created diversity and inclusion awareness programs, built culture programs, and designed overall integrated management solutions.

Spanning the decades of her professional career and social justice activism, La’Wana has received numerous industry and community awards. Most recently, La’Wana was recognized as one of 2018’s 100 Most Inspiring People in the life-sciences industry by PharmaVOICE magazine. She also received the Women in Leadership award from the National Black MBA Association and was invited to join the Forbes Coaches Council as a contributor and thought leader. She is currently serving on the global board of directors for the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association working to advance gender parity.

La’Wana is also a respected humanitarian and philanthropist. Understanding how important it is for children to read books with characters they can relate to she created two book series featuring children of color. These books promote cultural diversity and are translated into the native languages of underserved nations. La’Wana has donated 10,000 books in Haitian Creole to schools and orphanages throughout Haiti in partnership with Grace International. Through her efforts, U.S. sales from these books help support young females entering careers in STEM.

A servant leader, foreign and domestic missionary, and a passionate activist, La’Wana believes in meeting people where they are to combat racism, poverty, and injustice. Her most recent book, Diversity Beyond Lip Service: A Coaching Guide for Challenging Bias, introduces an “inside out” approach for D&I work.