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Danielle Ofek

Danielle is the Founder of GenddeX, and champions gender inclusion in the workplace and beyond. She has created and developed new accelerator programs for minorities to enhance their great ideas advancement and works to implement and measure gender equality in work through tailored recruitment, retention and promotion. Danielle founded WCF (World Crisis Forum), a non-political community of global-leaders who gather to identify solutions to global critical challenges operating in the spirit of inclusion, equality and diversity, and she serves at the IVLP- Leadership Program Alumni of the U.S. Department of State. In addition, she is an advisor at the Ministry of Science and Technology to promote women in science. Danielle is Co-Founder at GreenOn Startup encouraging the usage of green transportation.

Tea Colaianni

Tea is also the Founder and Chair of WiHTL – Women in Hospitality, Travel and Leisure. Tea’s approach towards D&I includes conducting research, supporting industry collaborations and sharing, and creating tangible action to root inclusion as a core principle within businesses across hospitality, travel and leisure. Tea has implemented cross-company mentoring programmes for women with over 300 participants, a reverse mentoring programme, and in 2020, Tea launched and chairs the Race and Ethnicity in HTL Committee made up of 28 leaders with 57% from a BAME background. The Committee focuses on the creation of best practices, tools, webinars content as well as raising awareness and improving educational programmes. Tea’s work is making a positive difference to 2 million people across the industry, and is building great momentum to achieve WiHTL’s mission to positively impact 5 million women and people from ethnic minorities across hospitality, travel and leisure by 2025. 

Hiltrud Dorothea Werner

Hiltrud serves as the Member of the Board of Management for Volkswagen AG. She is the Women’s Forum internal Mentor for Future Female Leaders at Volkswagen Management Association. Hiltrud is the Member of Initiative Women into Leadership, Women Leaders Global Forum and Women Corporate Directors. She made a great impact for application of young females to work in the automotive industry and for Volkswagen. She was the keynote speaker at the Women’s Conference. A champion advocate for gender equality in the workplace, Hiltrud is the recipient of “Mentor of the Year’ for advancing the careers of women in Compliance in Germany.

Aisling Gannon

Aisling is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution and Litigation department at Eversheds Sutherland Ireland and head of the firm’s Healthcare unit. Aisling Chairs Eversheds Sutherland’s CSR Committee and sits on the Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee. She was a member of ESW (now known as Pathways) – the firm’s gender diversity committee. Recently, Aisling was involved in spearheading the adoption of the firm’s Gender Identity in the Workplace policy. Aisling is also a committee member and Director of Irish Women Lawyers Association (IWLA). Seen in various print mediums and a regular speaker on D&I topics, Aisling has passionately advocated for equality in the workplace throughout her career. Aisling is currently shortlisted in the Insurance category of The Women in Business Law Europe Awards 2020. Aisling was delighted to feature on the HERoes Role Model List 2019.

Anna Gomez

Accountant by trade, accidental author and Chief Financial Officer of Leo Burnett Group—Anna Gomez’s story is all things inspirational. Originally from the Philippines and mother of three, Anna continuously elevates those around her, pushing for gender diversity inside—and outside—work. At Leo Burnett, Anna is the Executive Sponsor of Shades, an ERG for black colleagues and allies as well as the Executive Sponsor of Sages, an ERG for employees 45+, providing resources essential for colleagues to address challenges of ageism. Outside work, she’s on the Board as Treasurer of the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Organization, which provides leadership development opportunities to youth, and a Board Member of Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, where she supports the next generation of young women entrepreneurs. Most recently, she was a keynote speaker in the 2020 Illinois CPA Society Young Professionals Leadership Conference.

Reshma Ramachandran

The Vice President of Hitachi ABB Power grids , based at their headquarters in Switzerland, Reshma is a D&I keynote speaker and a member of the D&I council. As the Head of Engineering, Reshma has increased the number of women on the leadership team significantly and she also serves as the Founding Member of Divershefy. Reshma coaches and mentors several young women in universities that encouraged them to opt for STEM careers and minority ethnic groups to help them advance in their careers. As an advocate for women in STEM, Reshma actively champions the business benefits of employing an effective diversity strategy and has been a voice of change both inside and outside of the organization.

Beth Ann Kaminkow

Beth Ann is the Global CEO of Geometry, WPP’s Creative Commerce agency. Women’s initiatives remain a priority for her. Recently, she expanded WPP’s Stella program to NA recognizing the need for mentorship. Beth Ann is on the board of Geometry’s IE&D Council supporting efforts to globalize programs like WPPRoots to champion greater ethnic and cultural diversity and inclusion. She sponsors high potential talent across the organization. Working with World Woman Founder, Rupa Dash, a program has been conceived to share 60 inspiring leadership stories. Externally, Beth Ann serves on the board of Newhouse at Syracuse University where she mentors and provides a scholarship. Additionally, Beth Ann is on the National Board of Back on My Feet, an organization that uses running to address Homelessness. An advocate in the creative industry, Beth Ann is working to set new models that are fitting of a woman leader and relevant for today’s challenging world. 

Rocki Howard

In addition to heading the US region for Resource Solutions, Rocki heads the organization’s Global Diversity Council. She has fostered a culture of inclusion and acceptance through diversifying recruitment, mentoring promising talent and leading initiatives to entrench gender equality in the workplace. Her goal is to create cultures that open diverse career opportunities for bold, brilliant career women and advocate for the promotion of women into leadership and entrepreneurial roles. She has single-handedly launched an online platform for women over 40 to support their personal and professional development. Rocki even hosts a podcast that highlights the accomplishments of women. Over the years, she spoken at numerous events and written dozens of articles that advocate for respect and acknowledgment of women in the workplace and beyond.

Seema Bains

Seema is the head of DWF’s Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Group and is 1 of 8 women, and the first ethnic minority to hold the position of a Career Level 1 Partner. Seema has been appointed as a Partner Director on DWF’s Plc board with effect from 22 October 2020. Seema has been instrumental in creating an inclusive culture at DWF and promoting gender diversity, and has grown the Leadership Group into a global board, designed trailblazing gender and ethnicity targets across all levels of the business and pioneered D&I best practice to increase the recruitment of a diverse body of talent. Seema serves as a Senior Sponsor to women and BAME professionals and promotes inclusion through industry leading initiatives by the Gender Inclusion Network for Insurance and Women in Hospitality Travel and Leisure. Seema has been quoted in numerous legal and business publications, including the Sunday Times.

Roni Savage

As the CEO and Founder of Jomas Associates (Engineering), and a rare Black woman CEO in the construction industry, Roni is blazing trails for women in business and beyond. She champions diversity and inclusion across the company through strict policies, an unbiased recruitment process and as a mentor to staff members. She also spearheads the D&I campaign across business sectors and the construction industry, sitting on several advisory boards. Named as the Best Consultant & Most Distinguished Winner at the European Women in Construction & Engineering Awards, Roni was the National Lead for Women in STEM at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), and is now the Policy Chair for Construction, representing small businesses across the UK, while also promoting the importance of diversity.