November 9, 2020

2:00 PM
Welcome Remarks
2:10 PM
Keynote Presentation:
Phyllis Newhouse, Xtreme Solutions, Inc. & ShoulderUp
2:40 PM
Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Award Presentation
3:00 PM
3:20 PM
A Diverse World and the Global Workplace
Moderated by Kelly Gay, Chairman Venture Atlanta & CEO and Board Member OnBoard Inc
How a Thriving Ecosystem Can Be Inclusive to Black and Brown Founders and Investors
Moderated by Rashaun Williams, Partner, Manhattan Ventures
Transforming an Industry for Inclusion & Innovation
Moderated by Stacey Rivers, Director Tech HCM, WarnerMedia
Culture Beats Strategy
Moderated by Gary Brantley, CIO, City of Atlanta
4:00 PM
Keynote Presentation:
Jimmy Etheredge, Accenture
Fred Blankenship, WSB-TV
4:35 PM
Closing Remarks
4:40 PM
Virtual Happy Hour with Entertainment
5:30 PM
End of Day 1

November 10, 2020

11:00 AM
Welcome Remarks
11:10 AM
Keynote Presentation:
Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour, VAI Consulting & Training LLC
11:45 AM
Practices for High Performing Inclusive Workplaces
Moderated by Adam Moore, VP Supplier Diversity, Truist
A Better Future in a Time of Change
Moderated by Noelle London. Accenture Ventures Open Innovation South Lead
Social Justice in the Workplace – An Uncomfortable Conversation
Moderated by Roy Hadley, Adams and Reese LLP
D&I Beyond the Numbers
Moderated by Lisette Reijers, VMWare
12:25 PM
Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Award Presentation
12:45 PM
Social Justice Task Force Announcement
1:00 PM
Keynote Presentation:
Ralph de la Vega, De La Vega Group
Larry K. Williams, Technology Association of Georgia
1:35 PM
Closing Conversation with Phyllis and Larry
2:00 PM
Converge 2020 Adjourn

Keynote Speakers

Fred Blankenship
Fred BlankenshipNews Anchor, Channel 2 Action News, WSB-TV

Since joining WSB-TV in 2007, Fred has written and produced special assignment news series and been a part of Prime Time Action News projects. Fred actively hosts local leadership and community events and celebrations. His true passion is working with kids and young adults to help insure they get added encouragement and support to accomplish whatever it is they want to do in life.

Watch Fred on Channel 2 Action News from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. and Channel 2 Action News at Noon.

Jimmy Etheredge
Jimmy EtheredgeCEO, North America, Accenture

As Accenture’s chief executive officer of North America, Jimmy Etheredge leads Accenture’s business in the United States—the company’s largest market—and Canada. He is a champion of improving equality, a proactive supporter of mental well-being programs and an advocate for bridging gaps for vulnerable communities. Jimmy helped bring Accenture’s national professional apprenticeship program to its Atlanta and D.C. innovation hubs, giving members of underrepresented groups new skills so they can adapt and thrive in the digital economy.

Phyllis Newhouse
Phyllis NewhousePresident & CEO, Xtreme Solutions, Inc.

Phyllis Newhouse is an entrepreneur, retired military senior non-commissioned officer, mentor, Founder and CEO of Xtreme Solutions, Inc. and Founder of ShoulderUp. A pioneer in cybersecurity, she is the first woman to win an Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur Of The Year® award in the technology category. Passionate about women-led businesses, Newhouse teaches aspiring entrepreneurs to recognize and capitalize on their leadership skills and empowers others to operate in greatness.

Ralph de la Vega
Ralph de la VegaFounder & Chairman, De La Vega Group; Former Vice Chairman of AT&T Inc. and CEO of Business Solutions & International

Ralph de la Vega is Chairman of the De La Vega group, which focuses on investments in entrepreneurial startups. He is the former Vice Chairman of AT&T Inc., and the author of Obstacles Welcome. He is actively focused on helping young people reach their full potential.

Vernice "FlyGirl" ArmourFounder & CBO (Chief Breakthrough Officer), VAI Consulting & Training, LLC

Known simply as FlyGirl, Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour went from beat cop to combat pilot in 3 years. Within months of earning her wings, she found herself flying over the deserts of Iraq supporting the men and women on the ground. After serving two tours overseas, she had become America's First African American Female Combat Pilot. After returning home, she realized that many people wanted to create breakthroughs in their own lives, they just didn't know how.


Content Sessions

A Diverse World and the Global Worldplace

Learn how global organizations are leveraging their workforce, technology, diverse cultures and ways of working amidst the new-new to lead the innovation economy.

  • Kelly Gay, CEO, OnBoard Inc. and Chairman, Venture Atlanta (Moderator)
  • Rachel Perry, Resident Managing Director, Aon
  • Valerie W. Mackey, President/CEO, Wright Now Solutions
  • Peter Williams, Director, Head of Community Strategy & Operations of Atlanta, Blackrock
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How a Thriving Ecosystem Can Be Inclusive to Black and Brown Founders and Investors

An engaging discussion with an iconic panel, led by a former investment banker turned venture capitalist who has build a practice working with family offices and influencers as an investor & advisor focused on tech, consumer products & media that is inclusive black and brown founders.

  • Rashaun Williams, General Partner, The All-Star Fund, Manhattan Venture Partners (Moderator)
  • Derrick Morgan, Tennessee Titans
  • Thaddeus Young, Chicago Bulls
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Transforming an Industry for Inclusion & Innovation

Media and Entertainment has been a leader in addressing the challenges for minorites and fostering opportunities. This conversation highlights the unprecedented change in the sector and how inclusion has driven innovation. We will explore these topics with a dynamic group representing various segments of the content production industry.

  • Stacey Rivers, Director of Tech Human Capital Management, WarnerMedia (Moderator)
  • Mallom Liggon, Director of Strategy & Insights, Turner Sports
  • Denise Santos, Actor, East Coast Talent
  • Jasmine Baskin, CEO & CPO, Xperienc on Demand
  • Chidi Afulezi, Co-Founder, The Massive Company and Rouse Media
  • Teresa Edwards, Business Consultant, WarnerMedia
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Culture Beats Strategy

Inclusive workplaces are established through culture that aligns with the right values and that fosters creativity, curiosity and a platform where employees can bring their whole-selves to the work. This track will highlight strategies from leading companies and organizations for building great cultures that influence inclusion and innovation.

  • Gary Brantley, CIO, City of Atlanta (Moderator)
  • Ashaki Wilham, Product Development Scientist, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Erin Smith, Senior Manager, Jabian Consulting
  • Tina Simmons, Senior Vice President Human Resources, Central Division, Comcast
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Practices for High Performing Inclusive Workplaces

A panel of D&I honored leaders will share best practices that have resulted in their companies or organizations to perform their best and being recognized for inclusion.

  • Adam Moore, VP Supplier Diversity, Truist (Moderator)
  • Wendy McSweeney, Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, Truist
  • Jelisa Stubs, Senior Manager, EY
  • Stephen Ichatha, Program Manager - Google Global Networking, Google
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A Better Future in a Time of Change

Explore how inclusive companies and organizations are leveraging their workforce and products to drive innovation during a time of change and uncertainity.

  • Noelle London, Open Innovation South Lead, Accenture Ventures (Moderator)
    • Namita Tirath, Chief Customer Officer, Pyramid Consulting
    • Romeen Sheth, President, Metasys
    • Mindy Scott, Account Executive, Civic Dinners
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    Social Justice in the Workplace – An Uncomfortable Conversation

    Social justice has affected businesses, organizations and society at large. It is real and it requires real solutions. This track, will highlight how companies and organizations have responded to social justice for greater inclusion and outcomes leading to innovation.

    • Roy Hadley, Adams and Reese LLP (Moderator)
    • Lashaun Solomon, Strategic Operations & Skill Development, Effectv
    • Chloe Barzey, Managing Director, Accenture
    • Stacie Hagan, Co-Chair, TAG Social Justice and Equity in Technology Taskforce
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    D&I Beyond the Numbers

    A discussion of techniques for measuring effectiveness and contribution of D&I programs. This track will highlight best practices KPIs and also introduce other qualitative measures for companies and organizations of all sizes.

    • Lisette Reijers, Inclusion Program Manager, VMWare (Moderator)
    • Crystal Williams, Chief Human Resource Officer, FLEETCOR
    • Vivian Greentree, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Corporate Citizenship, Fiserv
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