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IT’S 2023…

DO YOU STILL CARE ABOUT DEI?

TUESDAY, APRIL 4 | 1:30 PM ET

Since May 2020, companies have committed $340B to drive racial equity. But nearly 3 years later, many of us are wondering, “where’s the money at?!” During this honest conversation, we’ll chat about the common barriers that stifle internal change and what you can do to promote inclusion in your workplace.

Meet Our Panelists

Dumebi Egbuna
Dumebi Egbuna is the Co-founder and CMO of Chezie, a comprehensive solution for building, tracking, and managing employee resource groups. Chezie has a mission of creating the most inclusive workplaces on Earth.
 
Upon graduation, Dumebi began working for IBM and it was at the company that she found her passion for helping minorities succeed in the spaces that have previously not been accessible to them, like higher education and corporate America. She knows what it’s like to be the only Black woman at the table, and has dedicated herself to helping people with similar backgrounds break through the glass ceilings and excel in their chosen fields.

 

Dumebi was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina after her family immigrated to the United States. She attended Emory University where she played basketball and majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Strategic Consulting.⁣

Jeff Fernandez

Jeff Fernandez is dedicated to building businesses that help people.

He is CEO and Co-Founder of Dandi, the analytics platform for advancing DEI. Launched in stealth mode in 2018, Dandi’s customers today include Oscar Health, Braze, Care/Of, Teachable, Catalyst, and Blue Shield of California.

As an advisor, Jeff works with socially-conscious companies including Sealed. He is a seed investor in Hone and a limited partner at Combine, a design-led venture capital firm.

Prior to Dandi, Jeff led Grovo, the enterprise learning company that he co-founded in 2010. Built with a mission to remake employee training, Grovo was used in 190 countries around the world and named by Fortune the second-best workplace in the US. Grovo was acquired in 2018 by Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD).

Originally from Dumont, NJ, Jeff graduated with highest honors from Harvard, where he wrote his thesis on maximizing human performance. Jeff has spoken at events including TEDx, SXSW, Internet Week, and ASU+GSV, and has contributed to Inc., Fast Company, Forbes, and more.

Jeff lives in New Jersey with his wife Cori and their two kids Remi and Rafael.

STEPANIE LEJOIE-LUBIN

Stephanie Lubin is a dynamic leader, consultant, certified coach, and public speaker with extensive experience in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Stephanie is the Head of DEI & Belonging at Drizly. In this role, she leads Drizly’s DEI and Social Impact strategy and initiatives. 

Prior to Drizly, Stephanie was the Senior Manager of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at CarGurus. During her tenure, she launched ERGs, secured over $170,000 in investment in the program, instituted compensation and metrics, and recruited executive-level sponsorships. She implemented a comprehensive and engaging DEI curriculum and improved scorecard inclusion and belonging metrics year over year by 10+ points. She has advised on and facilitated strategic DEI leadership development and training initiatives across corporate and nonprofit organizations and higher-education institutions such as Harvard University, Bentley University, and more. 

Stephanie holds an M.Ed. from Northeastern University and a B.A. in Marketing from Johnson & Wales University.  Over the past decade, Stephanie has developed a successful track record in helping companies to increase organizational diversity and contribute to employee growth, development, and overall sense of belonging in the workplace. She is on a mission to transform every space she enters through inclusion, equity, and positive social change.

nkem oghedo

Nkem Oghedo is the founder of Adá, a marketplace that helps companies celebrate diversity authentically with team events hosted by Black chefs. Previously, she worked in management consulting and served as the Chief of Staff of wellness startup, Care/of. Her professional mission is to create equitable economies in which Black communities thrive. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School

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