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8:00 am - 9:00 am
Registration & Networking


9:00 am - 9:10 am
Welcome & Opening Remarks Mayor of Hurst: Hon. Henry Wilson North Texas Commission Representative: Lori McMahon, NTC Chair, Toyota Motor North America, Government Affairs Director
Presenting Sponsor Remarks: Michelle Burgess, Director of Inclusion & Diversity at Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages (CCSWB)


9:10am - 9:20 am

Setting Intentions for the day: Introductions at Table: Linda Valdez Thompson, NTC Leadership and Diversity Program Director


9:20- 10:10

Topics: Inclusive Leadership Creates Innovative Culture


  • Norman Headlam, Head of Architecture for Fidelity Health, Fidelity Investments

  • Terry Pierce, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Corporate Services, Legal, Risk & Compliance, Fidelity Investments

  • Myrna Estrada, Senior Vice President and Field Executive, Central Region, Liberty Mutual

  • Errica Rivera, Assistant Director, Office of DEI, Liberty Mutual

  • Moderator: Cheryl D Orr, Owner, Insight HR Partners, LLC

10:15 - 11:15

Topic: Inclusion Key to Innovation in North Texas

  • Carlo Capua, Chief of Strategy and Innovation, City of Fort Worth

  • Anne Hagan, VP of Strategic Initiatives, Southern Gateway Park

  • Bianca Radney, VP of Patient Experience, Texas Health Resources

  • Dr. Joe Seabrooks, Cedar Valley Campus President, Dallas College

  • Moderator: Jennifer Sanders, Executive Director & Co-Founder, North Texas, Dallas Innovation Alliance


11:15 – 11:30


Keynote Speaker: Inclusion Ignites Innovation
Introduction – Chris Wallace, President/CEO, North Texas Commission
Keynote – Dr. Jose Antonio Bowen, Educator, Musician, Scholar, Consultant


Lunch and Launch of DE&I Toolkit

  • Jose Carreon, Stakeholder Relations Manager, North Texas Commission


Afternoon Breakout Sessions (2 sessions at the same time)


1:00-1:45 (Session 1)
Topic: Innovative Accessibility

  • Introduction by: Jared Haberman, Vice President, Workplace Investing Participant Services, Fidelity Investments

  • Dylan Rafaty, Founder, President & Chairman, North Texas Disability Chamber

1:00-1:45 (Session 2)
Topic: One of a Kind: How Leveraging Your Uniqueness is the Answer to Innovation

  • Intro by: Tatsumi Paredes, Senior Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, Toyota Motor North America

  • Dr. Alise Cortez, Chief Purpose Officer, Alise Cortez and Associates, Chief Ignition Officer, Gusto, Now!


1:45-2:30 (Session 3)

Topic: Best Practice Panel/ ERG’s

  • Michelle Burgess, Director of Inclusion & Diversity at Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages (CCSWB)

  • Jeannette Oliveros, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and People & Culture Transformation, Texas Health Resources

  • Chloe Lemelle, AVP, Human Resources, AT&T

  • Lisa Howe, VP of Membership & Programs, North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce

  • Moderator: Kim Cummings, SVP HR, Employee Experience, Children’s Hospital

Emerging Issues in DE&I:
Introduction by: Audra Leseckaite, Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Lennox International

  • Katie Anderson, Partner, Carrington Coleman 

  • Hon. Gyna Bivens, Ft. Worth City Council, Chief Executive Officer, LEAD

  • Mandy Price, Chief Executive Officer, Kanarys

  • Moderator: Dr. James Pogue, President & CEO, JP Enterprises

Closing remarks: Linda Valdez Thompson, NTC Leadership and Diversity Program Director

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Thank you to our sponsors!

Premiere Sponsor

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Session Sponsors

Signature Sponsor

Summit Sponsors

Children's Health | City of Irving | DFW International Airport
Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains | Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors 
Injury Management Organization | Lennox, Inc. |Liberty Mutual Insurance
Southern Methodist University | Texas Health Resources | Texas Women's Foundation
The Rios Group | Toyota Motor North America | UT Southwestern Medical Center | Visit Fort Worth

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