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Diversity and Inclusion Summit

The Business Case for An Inclusive Workplace.

Summit attendees learned about why creating a more diverse workforce is not only good for social progress but also imperative for the financial wellbeing of your company.

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2020 Speakers

Eric Ellis, M.A.

Eric Ellis.

Eric has conducted national keynote addresses for the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), WBENC and multiple business expositions. He moderated the Common Ground broadcasts for ABC affiliates WCPO-TV and PBS’ WCET-TV during Cincinnati’s civil unrest. He has recently published a book, “Diversity Conversations,”which explores the practical application of managing inclusion.

​Previously, Eric had been Managing Director of Inroads Greater Cincinnati/Dayton, a training and development organization, and Program Director for the University of Cincinnati’s Division of Evening College and Continuing Education. He has an M.A. in Planning from the University of Cincinnati where he also completed two years of post-graduate studies focused on organizational development. He earned a B.A. in Business from Wright State University where he was a member of their NCAA Division l National Championship Basketball team.

The recipient of many awards, Ellis has received a State of Ohio Governor’s Citation, recognition for leadership by former President Bush’s Point of Light Foundation and the designation as Greater Cincinnati’s Big Brother of the Year. Integrity Development was also awarded Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Award and Ohio’s Minority Business of the Year Award.

He has been described by the Cincinnati Enquirer as “Cincinnati’s Diversity Fixer.”  He can be heard nationally on his weekly radio broadcast entitled Diversity Conversations, which can be heard globally through www.1320thevoice.com.

Kim Brister

Kim Brister is currently the Sr. Director, Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion at WellSpan.  She has a total of 23 years’ experience with WellSpan Health and seven years with DENTSPLY Inc.  Kim has worked in many areas of Human Resources; which include Diversity and Inclusion, Talent Acquisition, and Employee Relations.  Kim is passionate about Diversity in the workplace and developing an environment of inclusion. She has been a presenter of diversity and inclusion and related topics both at WellSpan and with local organizations.  Kim has a bachelor’s in business and an MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Administration both from the University of Phoenix.

Aaysha Noor

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

 A social justice advocate and passionate about women empowerment, she also serves on the Board of Directors for YWCA Carlisle, The Fund For Women & Girls of TFEC, PA Dept of Education Equity & Inclusion Task Force, HACC Foundation Board of Advisory, Central PA Diversity Forum, PHRC Task Force, PA Immigrant & Refugee Women Network, Race Against Racism of YWCA Greater Harrisburg and as an at-large director at ACLU PA.  

 As a servant leader passionately serving the community, Aaysha has received numerous awards acknowledging her work. She’s the recipient of Leadership in Diversity Award by The Conference for Women: Be Extraordinary, Sarah Alyce Wright Award from YWCA Greater Harrisburg,  Peacemaker Award from Brethren Community Ministries, and Torch of Global Enlightenment award from WACH. She was named 2019 Women of Style by Susquehanna Style and also featured in InSpire: Serving the Community, and Dreamer at Women of Heritage by Urban Connection.

She’s the graduate of Martin Luther King Jr Leadership development institute, and Let’s talk regional Leaders Cohort.

Mary Oliveria

Mary Oliveira serves as the Chief Membership Officer for the Pennsylvania Chamber.  In this capacity, she leads the membership team’s member-centric approach to deepening and broadening current member relationships while recruiting and onboarding new members to the PA Chamber. She also leads the marketing team in the strategic planning and execution of 


marketing campaigns, events and initiatives. 

Mary joined the PA Chamber in 2018 after spending more than a decade in Membership and Marketing leadership roles within the financial industry. She also has extensive prior leadership experience in retail sales.  Mary resides in a bi-cultural and bi-lingual home with her Brazilian-born husband, Paulo, her daughter Sofia, a pet beagle, and a part-time resident in her college son, Sebastian. She is heavily involved in community volunteer efforts, from serving on her local school board to engagement with other non-profit organizations that focus on making Pennsylvania a better place to work, live and play for the next generation.  Mary earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from American University in Washington, D.C., and a Master’s Degree in Organization Development and Leadership from Shippensburg University.

Lynette Chappell Williams

Lynette Chappell Williams, JD,  is the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Penn State Health and the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion Penn State College of Medicine 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.

David Dix 

David Dix is Co-Founder and CEO of Luminous Strategies. His passion for politics and public advocacy is made evident by the more than 20 years he has dedicated to forging broad and meaningful relationships with Republicans and Democrats alike, from across the nation.

In his role with Luminous Strategies, David leads the strategic visioning as well as the day to day operations of the firm’s government relations division. At both the state and federal level, David manages client needs by advising corporate, nonprofit, educational and governmental stakeholders how to navigate the political and legislative process. David strives daily to develop innovative approaches to civic engagement, advocacy and government relations.

Prior to forming Luminous, David served in various key roles for Pennsylvania Governors Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker. David performed, supported and promoted the successful outcomes of PA House Majority Leader Dave Reed and current Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. In 2005, David led the Republican Diversity Committee where he directed the national effort to organize and elevate the political voice of minorities.