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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit

Event Date: March 30

The Pennsylvania community has a critical role in the space of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Attend this online summit to take a step forward in creating your companies DEI business strategy and making equitable action a priority to improve business outcomes. 

Everyone has a role, take the first step to committing to yours by participating in this important event.

Sara I. Taylor, CEO of Positive Steps and Managing Director of Taylor-Jones Event Management Services

Sara I. Taylor is the President & CEO at Positive Steps Consulting and Taylor-Jones Enterprises. In addition, Sara is employed full time as a Training Specialist and Community Liaison in Western New York where she focuses on Social Justices and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives.

Sara’s 20+ year career, across multiple industries, range from direct-care front-line social worker to senior-level administrator. Sara has extensive experience providing leadership development training and capacity building services to organizations as well as managing professional conferences throughout North America. Over the last three years, Sara has become a well-respected leader and voice promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion across systems while reminding organizational leaders that “Everyone has a role”.  In 2019 Sara was humbled to be recognized with two prestigious community awards: Athena Finalist and Gloria Avis Legacy Award. 

A native of western Pennsylvania, Sara became a mother at the age of 16, while already living in a household stricken by poverty. Her entire career has focused on empowering and motivating vulnerable populations living in poverty and women of color who often face barriers related to career advancement.  Sara’s influence and credibility are also seen in her work as a community leader working on boards, with policy makers, philanthropist and other stakeholders who are collectively dedicated to improving outcomes for vulnerable populations and advancing Racial Equity strategies. Sara is the founder and visionary of the Upstate, NY Women of Color summit and in 2020 Sara became a strong voice for parents of color struggling to navigate the mental health systems and founded Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) PEEEEEEK Parent Mental Health project in Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse and Utica. 

Sara obtained her Master’s Degree in Human Service Administration from St. John Fisher College, Rochester NY and has received various certificates in leadership development. Sara has also completed several ministry and theology training courses and holds ministerial licenses and has received extensive training in conference and meeting planning. Sara has one biological son, Darwin, daughter in law, Dr. Shalon and two beautiful grandchildren Jaxon and Zara.  In 2009 Sara became the caregiver of her great niece Ariana and has since been raising her as her own.

Kim Brister, MBA, Senior Director, Talent Acquisition, Diversity and Inclusion, WellSpan Health

Kim Brister

Kimberly Brister is the Senior Director of Talent Acquisition, Diversity and Inclusion at WellSpan Health, where she leads the organizational strategy to build a diverse workforce and advance an inclusive workplace. With over 30 years of experience in Human Resources, Kim is recognized as a subject matter expert in executive-level recruitment, employee relations, regulatory compliance, training and development, and diversity and inclusion. Kim earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix and holds a Diversity & Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University. She extends her servant leadership mantra into the York Community where she is active on multiple community boards. For this work, Kim was recently honored with the Diversity Impact Award, one of the annual Spirit of YoCo Awards from the York County Economic Alliance.

Lynette Chappell Williams, Chief Diversity Officer, PennState Heath

Lynette Chappell Williams, JD, is the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Penn State Health in Hershey, PA, where she has responsibility for advancing the organization’s diversity and inclusion strategy.  Since being with Penn State, a 15,000 employee health system and medical educator, she has co-led implementation of a written patient bias policy to reduce provider experiences of bias, co-led establishment of the “Rooney Rule” to increase senior leadership gender and race/ethnic diverse representation, established diversity pipeline partnerships with HBCU schools, and established the framework for Penn State Health and the medical college to be recognized as a best employer for diversity by Forbes, Military Times, Human Rights Campaign, and Insight into Diversity.

Prior to Penn State Health, Lynette served as the Associate Vice President for Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY where she was responsible for implementing staff diversity initiatives, overseeing the Title IX program, and leading the affirmative action program.  While at Cornell, Lynette developed programs resulting in organizational recognition as a best employer for work/life by Working Mother Media, best employer for employees over 50 by AARP, adoption friendly employer by David Thomas Foundation, and Exemplary Voluntary Effort employer by Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

Lynette has been nationally recognized for her work in diversity, inclusion and work/life, including an HR Rising Star/Diversity Champion by HR Executive Magazine in 2006, the Legacy Award from Families and Work Institute in 2011, and  Women Worth Watching by Diversity Journal in 2013.

Lynette received her JD from The Ohio State University and a BS. in Psychology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, where she was a charter member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and a member of the honors program.

Lynette, originally from Newport News, VA, is a resident of the Harrisburg PA area and has one daughter who is an alum of George Mason University and a graduate student at Penn State University.

Aaysha Noor, Head of Diversity and Inclusion,  The GIANT Company

Aaysha Noor is the Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at The GIANT Company where she is responsible for strategizing DEI initiatives to build a culture of inclusion and belonging across all aspects of organizational work and also support communities in equitable ways. A sought-after speaker and facilitator of equity and inclusion, Aaysha not only brings professional expertise but also her lived experiences and community volunteer work that demonstrates her dedication to lift up underrepresented, and marginalized voices.

A social justice advocate and passionate about women empowerment, she continually serves on several nonprofit boards and committees to bridge the gap and help form inclusive policies and practices to make a difference. Currently serving on the Board of Directors of YWCA Carlisle, the Central PA Community College Foundation Board, the Pennsylvania Dept of Education Equity & Inclusion Task Force, the PA Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Network, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Task Force, Central PA Diversity Forum and The Fund for Women and Girls- Women in Philanthropy committee. She is also at Large Director at ACLU PA, member of Network of Executive Women and Advisory Council member of Society of Professional Women with The Main Line Chamber of Commerce.

She is the recipient of Leadership in Diversity Award by The Conference for Women: Be Extraordinary, Sarah Alyce Wright Award from YWCA Greater Harrisburg, and Torch of Global Enlightenment Award from World Affairs Council of Harrisburg among other honors. She was named Women of Style in recognition of her impact and was featured on the cover of Susquehanna Style Magazine in 2019.

Robert Weishaar, Jr.,  co-chairs the McNees Energy & Environmental Law Practice Group,  McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

Robert Weishaar, Jr. co-chairs the McNees Energy & Environmental Law Practice Group and serves on the Firm’s Management Committee and chairs the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.  Bob’s practice focuses primarily on matters involving the state and federal regulation of electricity supply and delivery, natural gas supply and delivery, and oil pipelines.  He has appeared before state regulatory commissions in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Virginia, and Ohio; before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and before various state and federal appellate courts.