Panel :: Building and Leading Inclusive Teams: The Dos & Don’ts for Greater Success in the Workplace, Wednesday, 5/19, 5:30pm PDT

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021
5:30pm— 6:30pm
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Diversity and inclusion continues to be a key topic that companies need to address. Chances are that the team you are leading is not as inclusive as you may think.  Per Glassdoor Diversity Hiring Survey, 67% of job seekers consider workplace diversity an important factor when considering employment opportunities.  PwC research highlights that 87% of global businesses say diversity and inclusion is an organizational priority.

So if D&I is such an important topic why are companies still getting it wrong?

Join us for a candid discussion on the dos and don’ts of building inclusion in the workplace and what you can do as a leader to lead inclusively.  We will unpack strategies to build a cohesive and collaborative team that empowers people to be themselves in the workplace and have a greater sense of belonging.  The goal is for your employees to feel safe to share, feel heard and be valued.

The research is compelling that diverse and inclusive teams are more innovative, have higher engagement levels and produce better results.  Per McKinsey, the business case for diversity and inclusion is stronger than ever.  Their 2015 Why Diversity Matters report on public companies found that those in the top quartile for gender diversity and ethnic and racial diversity in management were respectively 15% and 35% more likely to have returns above the industry mean.  The consulting company’s 2018 Delivering Through Diversity update reaffirms these statistics at 21% and 33%, respectively.

We hope you will join in the discussion.  Our panelists will be Stacey Gordon, Executive Advisor and Diversity Strategist and author of the new book UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work, Sarah Hassaine, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at ResMed, and Eng Taing, Founder and CEO of Touzi Capital.  The discussion will be moderated by Alissa Finerman, Executive Coach and Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, WG98 and VP of events for the Wharton Alumni Club of SoCal.

Date:  Wednesday, May 19, 5:30pm – 6:30pm PDT

Location:  Zoom

Format:  We will have a panel discussion for 45 minutes and then allow 15 minutes for networking and additional questions.

Cost:  $0 Members, $0 Non-Members (all are invited to attend for FREE)


About the Panelists

Photo by Bradford Rogne Photography

Stacey Gordon

Leading at the intersection of diversity, inclusion, and workplace culture, in her role as Executive Advisor and Diversity Strategist, Stacey Gordon coaches and counsels executive leaders on DEI strategies for the business, while offering a no-nonsense approach to education for the broader employee population.

Stacey’s book, UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work debuted at #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Release list and is also available at Barnes & Nobles, and wherever books are sold. Stacey is the creator of the second most viewed course across the LinkedIn learning platform, surpassing more than 1 million unique learners, which also includes her popular resume course. Her unconscious bias course has been translated into at least four languages and she has worked with people managers and executive leaders from companies such as American Express, ADP, Kia Motors, Hewlett Packard, Walmart, GE and many others to deliver notable sessions that support their D&I efforts. She earned her MBA from Pepperdine University Business School and her SHRM-SCP certification, as well as the SHRM Inclusive Workplace Culture Credential.

Sarah Hassaine, WG21

Sarah Hassaine is currently the Global Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the MedTech company ResMed.  She has over five years of experience in the D&I space, starting at Amazon where she helped with recruiting and retaining women in Applied Sciences, and at Qualcomm where she led their conference engagement, affinity group expansion, and their inclusion building programs and initiatives.  At ResMed, Sarah is focused on building a global strategy, expanding their affinity groups, and working closely with their leaders across all verticals on their learning journey.  Prior to finding her niche in D&I, Sarah worked in international development and government consulting around the world.  She is devoted to community empowerment and has done extensive work in San Diego with refugees and across the border in Mexico with orphanages through Corazon de Vida.  She is part of the San Diego Tech Women Coalition, the San Diego Diversity Council and is on the Board of the annual Women Symposium at the Our Lady of Peace High School.  She received her Executive MBA from the Wharton Business School and has an MA in Policy from George Washington University and a BA in International Affairs from UCSD.  She is trilingual, fluent in both French and Arabic.

Eng Taing, W’05

Eng Taing is an experienced real estate investor with $100M assets under management.  He has 12 years of real estate experience and has focused on cash flow investing to create significant passive income.  Eng is an economist by training, from the Wharton School of Business.  He also has experience leading data science and analytics at Apple, Capital One and AT&T.  He applies that experience when identifying and underwriting investment opportunities and markets.

Eng is the classic immigrant story that can only happen in America.  He was born in a refugee camp in Thailand, where his family escaped the Khmer Rogue from Cambodia.  Having grown up in Los Angeles, he pursued economics by day trading and playing Poker to pay for his tuition while attending the University of Pennsylvania.  There he trained as an economist and afterwards went into Investment banking.  Later he would leave the financial world to join the Peace Corps, volunteering in the Republic of Georgia–a year after the Russian invasion.  There he met his wife–Jennie, who was also volunteering abroad.  They now have one son, with another on the way.

Eng has presented at companies like Apple, Facebook, & Amazon where he teaches employees how to minimize their tax burden and keep and invest more of their earnings so that they can achieve financial freedom.