Marion Brooks is Vice President & US Country Head, Diversity & Inclusion at Novartis Pharmaceuticals.
Marion Brooks has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, of which 19 have been with Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Over the years, Marion has taken on roles of increasing responsibility and diversified his experience to include Sales, Training & Development, Sales Leadership, Marketing, and Patient & Specialty Services.
He is currently the Vice-President and US Country Head of Diversity & Inclusion for Novartis, where he leads the development and implementation of the diversity and inclusion strategy for all Novartis companies in the US. Most recently, he held the position of Sales Director West for Xolair, where he led his sales team that covers the West half of the U.S. to #1 for two consecutive years.
Over the years, Marion has demonstrated outstanding performance winning numerous awards including Director of the Year, ABL of the Year, Training Excellence, World Wide Franchise Award, and numerous Business Excellence Awards.
Homegrown in Texas, Marion has remained committed to people and their development. He stays true to this passion through his volunteer work in the community and numerous mentoring relationships. As chairman of the African Ancestry ERG, he developed the Owning Your Career Workshop and the AACE Mentoring program both designed to develop and retain key talent. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sunshine’s Open Door Foundation, an organization focused on supporting foster children.
In addition to his work at Novartis, Marion is an internationally certified executive coach, and best-selling author of What You Don’t Know IS Hurting You: 4 Keys to a Phenomenal Career.
Marion has a 21 year old daughter, and three nieces who he has raised as his own.
Dr. Rebecca Port leads the HR team for the finance and operations functions at Netflix – one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies, according to Forbes. Rebecca is an experienced HR leader who has worked across the globe and is passionate about creating work environments where people can be the best version of themselves.
Rebecca’s career started in the UK, as an academic. With a PhD in Occupational Psychology Rebecca created a master’s program in Business Psychology at City University in London. On leaving academia Rebecca went into consulting with the global consulting company DDI, initially in the UK before moving to Mumbai, India to set up their India operation. From India Rebecca moved to Singapore where she joined Standard Chartered Bank and held several senior HR roles including global head of talent & learning, head of HR risk and compliance, and head of HR Europe and Americas.
Rebecca’s work has focused on helping leaders facilitate the success of their teams. She has won numerous awards for her work especially for helping build gender diversity in finance.
Margot Roosevelt covers California economic, labor and workplace issues as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. A former environmental reporter for the Times, she previously wrote for TIME magazine as a foreign and national correspondent, for the Washington Post on the Congressional beat, and for the Orange County Register focusing on business and the Southern California economy.
Willie Jackson is a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) speaker, consultant and facilitator. A technologist by trade, Willie now makes waves at the intersection of event production, behavior change, and leadership development. He’s the founder of an online magazine for black men called Abernathy, and an advisor to authors, startups, and executives across a range of industries. Prior to his current work, Willie served as Technical Lead of Seth Godin’s altMBA program, an intensive, 4-week online workshop for high-performing individuals who want to level up and lead. In his spare time, he enjoys producing and hosting events and dinners.
Liji Thomas is head of diversity and inclusion, Southern California Edison.
Liji began her career lobbying on Capitol Hill for an increase in housing for low income women and children. In 2005, Liji joined Countrywide as a Project Manager and quickly rose through the ranks to become Assistant Vice President of Compliance and Risk Management. In this role, she oversaw compliance and risk assessment in Countrywide’s offshore operations and authored Countrywide’s Model for Offshore Compliance, a cross functional, global, risk-based approach to the company’s compliance efforts. In 2008, Liji joined the Internal Audit Department of Southwest Airlines. During her time in Internal Audit, Liji led the company’s first Capitalization of Labor Audit and published an article advancing thought leadership in the space in the 2010 issue of Internal Auditor magazine. She then assumed a role as Manager of Business Strategy, implementing new business initiatives impacting over 3,600 individuals. These initiatives included strategies to increase revenue, improve customer experience and realize process efficiencies. In the first six months of 2012, Liji impacted revenue generation in excess of $40 million. In late 2012, Liji Thomas was shoulder-tapped to help build diversity and inclusion efforts for Southwest Airlines. In this role, she informed all aspects of diversity and inclusion for the nations’ largest domestic airline and helped align Southwest Airlines culture with an award-winning diversity and inclusion strategy. After consulting with several Fortune 500 clients, Liji now leads the diversity and inclusion journey at Southern California Edison, the largest subsidiary of Edison International, a Fortune 250 company at the forefront of creating the clean energy future.
Liji is married and is the proud mom of two girls. In her spare time, Liji contributes to various charitable and civic causes. She is a Former Jesuit Volunteer and a 1998 graduate of Vanderbilt University. She has an MBA in Finance, a Master’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s degree in Information Technology Management and Consulting and holds CPA, CIA, CRMA and SHRM- CP designations. She was chosen to deliver her graduate school commencement address and is a graduate of the Leadership Dallas Class of 2017.
Ronald Reeves, CDP is currently Head of Diversity & Inclusion for the United States, Canada, Latin America & Caribbean for AIG. He has been in his current role for three years and has worked for AIG for 20 years. He is responsible for partnering with AIG’s leaders, managers and employees to design, develop and implement a sustainable and measurable D& I strategy that focuses on talent, workplace and the marketplace. Ronald is a Certified Diversity Professional.
Under Ronald’s leadership, AIG has been named to the 2019 DiversityInc’s Top 50 List. AIG has also been recognized as one of the Best Places To Work for LGBT Equality by the Human rights Campaign for eight consecutive years.
Ronald is a seasoned financial services industry training & leadership development professional. With over 20 years of insurance industry experience, he has extensive global leadership and management development experience. He has traveled to over 20 different countries in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific facilitating leadership, management and professional development programs. He is a skilled presenter, facilitator, sales trainer, instructional designer, project manager, executive/sales/life coach & learning officer. Ronald has deep expertise in sales training/coaching, business/technical training as well as management, leadership and professional development. He holds numerous learning & development certifications such as Achieve Global, DDI, Wilson Learning, Results Coaching Systems, MBTI and Facet 5 to name a few.
Ronald also has experience writing state training grant proposals as well as administering million dollar grants. He is a former award winning Sales Agent & Sales Manager for Allstate Insurance Company. Ronald is passionate about diversity & inclusion, leadership/executive development as well as improving sales revenue/production. He received his B.A. in Journalism from San Jose State University. Ronald resides in Los Angeles.
As a data seeker and trend translator, Brittany specializes in using analytics and innovations to connect companies and causes to do more good in the world. Brittany Hill is the CEO of Accelerist, the industry’s only matchmaking and measurement platform for companies and causes, with a proven track record of raising 35% more funds for social causes. As a social good technology entrepreneur, Brittany is behind some of the industry’s most innovative products and tools that help nonprofits and companies elevate their social impact.
Brittany’s extensive background in the nonprofit and agency sectors supports her vision for revolution in social good technology solutions. Mrs. Hill has built multi-channel partnerships and award-winning campaigns with some of the most notable blue-chip nonprofit organizations (American Heart Association, UNICEF, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Make-A-Wish International) and corporate brands (Pepsico, General Mills, Hasbro, Best Buy).
Brittany’s trendsetting insights have been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, TIME, MSN.com, among others. She is a seasoned speaker on the topics of data-driven cause alliances, social impact measurement, industry trends, people analytics and cause partnership sales, with previous engagements at Sustainable Brands, SXSW, Engage for Good (formerly Cause Marketing Forum), Momentum and various national nonprofit conferences.