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2023 DEI Panel

Keynote Speaker: Todd Snovel, Chief Leadership and Engagement Officer for the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania

Todd Snovel (he, him, his) serves as the Chief Leadership and Engagement Officer for the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania after previously holding several senior roles in Higher Education and nonprofit administration. Todd was also previously appointed by former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf as the inaugural executive director for the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs.

Snovel is passionate about contributing to his community and advocating for equity through education, the arts, and healthcare. He currently chairs the board of the Keystone Business Alliance, South Central PA’s LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce, and has recently launched the LGBTQ+ Giving Circle as a new program through the Lancaster County Community Foundation. Todd also serves on the board for the Foundation for Enhancing Community and chairs the foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls.

Snovel has led workshops and training on issues of equity and inclusion for businesses, organizations, and professional conferences and is an active presenter, contributor, and foundation trustee for ACPA: College Student Educators International. He was presented with the Athena Award by the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce in 2014, the Catalyst Award from the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2019, an alumni citation from Lebanon Valley College in 2021, and was named one of Central Pennsylvania’s 40 Under 40 in 2020.

 

Panel #1: Building Inclusive Work Environments

Panelists

Lynette Chappell-Williams, JD, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Penn State Health 

As chief diversity officer and vice president of diversity and inclusion, Lynette Chappell-Williams is responsible for the development and execution of a vision and strategy that solidifies a culture of inclusiveness and diversity in all forms across the organization, which includes the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State Health Medical Group and the College of Medicine. She has more than 30 years of leadership experience in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Prior to joining Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine in 2015, Chappell-Williams was associate vice president for inclusion and workforce diversity at Cornell University, a position she held for more than two decades. She was largely responsible for many of Cornell’s awards as a best employer for its diversity and inclusion efforts, including the coveted Exemplary Voluntary Efforts Award from the Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Before joining Cornell University, Chappell-Williams held positions at organizations including George Washington University, Illinois Institute of Technology and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

Chappell-Williams has presented both nationally and internationally and received numerous awards for her efforts to expand diversity and improve work-life balance. She was recognized by Latino Connection as a Workforce Champion; by Human Resource Executive as an HR Rising Star/Diversity Champion; by the Cornell University Employee Assembly for promoting work-life balance; by the Families and Work Institute as a Work-Life Legacy Award recipient; by the Profiles in Leadership Diversity Journal as a Woman Worth Watching in Leadership; and by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of 40 health system diversity and inclusion executives to know. 

Chappell-Williams holds a law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz School of Law, bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and a diversity management certificate from Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. 

 

Joy Houck, VP Org Dev & Chief Learning Officer, WellSpan

Joy Houck Jones is vice president of organizational development and the chief learning officer for WellSpan Health. In her role, she provides strategic leadership in the form of employee engagement programs and experience, leadership development, clinical education and much more to lead change across WellSpan’s system structure, team member behaviors and operational processes. 

Beginning in 2014, Joy led strategic planning and organizational development for renowned Cleveland Clinic (CCF), an $11 billion not-for-profit, where she engaged teams, designed and implemented innovative solutions to hear employee voices and equipped frontline managers with impactful engagement resources; all of which helped move the needle with increasing engagement scores from the 39 percentile to top quartile. During her tenure at CCF, she earned numerous awards including outstanding achievement (2021) for her team’s impact on caregivers, patients, organization and community. Most notably, she led and executed coronavirus (COVID-19) employee and family support operations triaging 18,000 family cases, serving 40,000 employees at work and delivering one million meals, resulting in the organizations highest employee engagement scores. 

Over the years, Joy has held many leadership positions in banking and consumer products for National City Corporation (now PNC) and KeyBank and Nestle USA. She has also had the pleasure of contributing her knowledge and expertise as an independent consultant.  

In her leisure, she contributes her time to volunteering for organizations, such as, Urban League of Greater Cleveland, National United Way’s National Academy of Volunteers, Center for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and children, collecting and exploring the arts, advocating on issues that impact the lives of children living with disabilities and multi-cultural adoption and wellness. 

 

Tyrone J. Russell, Chief Executive Officer, Faces International Marketing and Development, LLC

Tyrone Russell is a community advocate, father and entrepreneur. Owner of Faces International Marketing and Development Firm and CCC training, he executes cultural realization sessions and diversity trainings for corporations, non-profits, and school districts throughout the United States. Having directly supervised over 200 individuals, he assists organizations in creating strategic frameworks to increase inclusion while enhancing tools and experiences that decrease institutional and personal biases that impact culture and day-to-day operations. Recipient of the 2017 African American Businessman of the Year Award Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and recognized by Lehigh Valley Style as one of the Most Influential Men of 2023, Tyrone has worked with PPL Electric, Olympus Corporation of Americas, Air Products, Exelon Nuclear, NFI and Graham Pelton as a facilitator and/or coach.  

Panel #2: Power, Privilege and Allyship

Panelists

George Fernandez, CEO, COLOR & CULTURE

George M. Fernandez is the President & CEO of Color & Culture, an integrated family of brands and changemakers that provide culturally relevant, human-centered strategies to solve ever-evolving challenges.
As the brainpower and visionary within Color & Culture, George is focused on helping organizations transform lives and communities by embracing all cultural identities. “My personal and professional passion is to ensure marginalized populations never experience what my family did and always have adequate access to social assistance programs, education, and resources which are the backbone of the services we offer today.”
The culmination of initiatives under George’s leadership have reached millions of individuals within multicultural markets. His work has helped hundreds of organizations maximize their reach and protect their core operations. Clients include billion-dollar, private-sector businesses, government agencies, community health partners, and nonprofits.
George’s innovative approach to the modern healthcare concept remains the nucleus of inspiration for all Latino Connection’s efforts and outreach. To effectively reach critically underserved populations, we must meet people where they are, break down all barriers that stand in the way, and maintain an authentic and trustworthy approach.
These concepts, which are radically different from the current healthcare landscape, are changing the world of healthcare for our diverse communities, one event and one initiative at a time. To this day, George has never forgotten his roots and the community who shaped his drive, dedication, and passion to become the servant leader he is today. In addition to representing the Latino community, George proudly represents LGBTQ communities, where he not only recognizes the unique challenges the members of these communities face, but proactively seeks ways to elevate their voices so they are heard, included, and given a seat at the table.
As a rising leader and visionary within the Latino community, George has been recognized with many unique opportunities and prestigious honors including the Jefferson Award, the Harrisburg Chamber’s Business Diversity & Inclusion Champion, and multiple honors from the Central Penn Business Journal including Forty Under 40, Healthcare Hero, and Game Changers Award for the most-loved CEO.

 

Steve Harfield, Director of Talent and Culture, Giant

Steve Harfield is the director of talent and culture at The GIANT Company, an omnichannel grocer known to customers as GIANT, MARTIN’S, GIANT Heirloom Market, GIANT Direct and MARTIN’S Direct that has been proudly serving families across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and New Jersey since 1923.  

At The GIANT Company, Steve provides strategy and expertise related to talent management including learning and development, performance management, talent and succession planning, and recruitment. 

Steve has been a GIANT team member since 1999, and has grown through new opportunities, from store manager to regional director and director of talent and culture.  

Steve has won the Catalyst for Change award (2016), The GIANT Company’s Presidents’ award (2020), and Ahold Delhaize’s Living Our Values award (2020). In addition, Steve serves as a board member of the Chris Handles Foundation in Harrisburg. 

Steve graduated from the University of Phoenix. 

 

Masai Lawson, Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition and Inclusion, Gannett Fleming

Masai Lawson chairs Gannett Fleming’s Inclusion Steering Committee. Over the past 5 years and with the support of senior leadership, Masai has taken the lead in developing the framework, promoting, and supporting Gannett Fleming’s vision and strategy to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse organization, while also creating a culture of belonging. She always wears the hat of Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition, where she and her team focus on translating the need to recruit top talent into strategic talent acquisition initiatives with a focus on high-touch candidate engagement, mapping recruiting efficiencies to impact overall business objectives while at the same time promoting an employee-centric culture.

Masai currently serves on the Board of Directors of Feel Your Boobies, a non-profit that targets women under 40 with lifesaving calls to action through social media outreach and engagement. She recently became a Board Member of WITF, a public media outlet, where she is lending her support to their mission of amplifying voices of marginalized communities, and she sits on the DEI&B Steering Committee for the American Council of Engineering Companies.

Masai believes that all leaders, especially female leaders, should have grit, resilience, and tenacity. Grit to push through the challenging obstacles in business that many women still face. Resilience to bounce back and continue tackling new problems without being weighed down by previous issues; and tenacity to continue fighting the fight even when things are complicated. Masai has been successful because she has never been intimated by a challenge. Believing that you figure it out, get what you need to accomplish the task, get it done, and move on to the next challenge. Her philosophy … As women, we must be the masters of our destiny; not letting others determine our fate – own it but always be humble.