Myra M. Wilder is the Sr. Manager of Affirmative Action & HR Compliance for Marriott International, Inc. In this position, she is responsible for the preparation of the Company’s Affirmative Action Plans (AAPs), as well as preparing and defending audits subject to review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Additionally, Myra responds to all requests from prospective applicants with disabilities on reasonable accommodations to complete the online application. In her capacity, she also works on other EEO and HR Compliance related projects.
Prior to joining Marriott, Myra was the Assistant Director of Student Affairs at the American University Washington College of Law. In that role, she was the administrator responsible for implementing all academic accommodations for students with disabilities. She regularly counseled students with disabilities on in-class accommodations, exam accommodations, accommodations in the workplace, and accommodations on licensing exams. Additionally, she worked cross-functionally with law school staff and faculty on reviewing and revising university and law school policies related to compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. Additionally, she served on the university’s Disability Compliance Project Team.
Before joining American, Myra was an Associate at Jackson Lewis P.C. in Melville, NY, where she was a member of the Affirmative Action Compliance and OFCCP Defense practice group.
Myra holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the State of New York, and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
Andrea Hall currently supports CSC in a dual capacity, her primary role is as the Diversity and Inclusion Principal, leading the global strategic and tactical D&I efforts and initiatives across the organization. In this role Andrea focuses on diversification of the global workforce demographics, identifying gaps and supporting in efforts around gap closure through recruitment, retention and employee engagement activities. She collaborates with the various teams across the organization to ensure compliance with the regional and governmental requirements. As part of this role, Andrea provides oversight and the budget allocations for all external partnering relationships and for CSC’s 9 Employee Resource Groups (ERG’s).
Andrea also supports the Diversity Recruitment as CSC's Military Spouse and Wounded Warrior Program Manager. Andrea is CSC’s liaison for the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) a ‘Joining Forces’ initiative launched by the Obama/Biden Administration. During the formal roll-out of the MSEP Program, Andrea was given the distinct honor to both speak on her experiences as a military spouse job seeker and to introduce the guest of honor, Dr. Jill Biden.
CSC’s Military Spouse Program is a key component of the company’s overall CSC Military Programs supporting employment of veterans, disabled veterans, military spouses, wounded warriors and their caregivers. Andrea works with all members of the military community, helping them to identify employment opportunities under CSC’s Global Diversity Recruitment efforts. She represents CSC at various events promoting CSC as an employer of choice and actively maintains relationships with organizations representing military members, spouses and families. For these efforts CSC has been recognized, for the 7th consecutive year by Military Spouse Magazine, as one of America’s “Top Military Spouse Friendly Employers for 2014”.
Andrea is a graduate of Frostburg State University with a BS in Sociology, and also a graduate from Western Kentucky University with an ME in Counseling. Andrea has supported a number of Department of the Army Programs including the Army Well-Being Constituent Liaison Office, under the Army G1, Pentagon. She was involved in the roll-out of the Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) assisting traumatically injured soldiers recently returning from combat. In her travels as a military spouse she has worked in four Army Education Centers.
Andrea has volunteered with the Fort Knox American Red Cross, Fox Troop 1/16 CAV Family Readiness Group, Mission Afghanistan – Community Relations Program, and in the Care Package Stuffing Program with the DC Metro USO on Fort Belvoir. Andrea also serves as a co-Chair on the Salutes ERG, supporting veterans Military Spouses and their supporters.
In 2015, Ellen joined The Choice, Inc., as Director of Diversity and Inclusion in an effort to expand Diversity and Inclusion in the staffing industry. Ellen also joined C5 Consulting, LLC in 2015 as a strategic executive consultant, bringing her years of diversity and inclusion leadership to support this woman-owned, disability-owned firm specializing in disability inclusion.
Ellen was the Founder and President of Diversity Services Inc. that served as the Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland markets from 1998 until mid-2015. With over 30 years’ experience in the staffing industry, Ellen provided her clients with a wealth of business knowledge- working to provide the best solutions- focusing on ability to perform the required task.
Ellen worked in the nonprofit sector, developing curriculum as well training teachers, in the area of motor skills development for children and adults with disabilities.She is the Past President of the DC Chapter of the American Staffing Association and sits on the Board of the Capitol Area Staffing Association. She was a Speaker at the “World Diversity Leadership Summit” held at the IMF in 2009. She is an Executive Board Member and Treasurer of the DC Metro Business Leadership Network.
Ms. Winters leads the Organization Transformation and Talent Service Line of the Deloitte’s Federal Human Capital practice. With over 20 years of experience in consulting, project and non-profit management, she has supported numerous organizations to navigate complex change involving large-scale design and implementation of major programs. Throughout her career, she has worked with senior executives to develop strategy and to execute effective program management, engagement controls, risk and quality assurance for some of the Government’s largest mission-critical programs. Ms. Winters has helped to develop leading practices in organizational change management that include an appropriate emphasis on project management discipline, collaboration and communications management, organizational design and performance management, workforce development, and learning. Ms. Winters has led teams with more than 150 members, including recent support for the implementation of major legislative initiatives for clients across government. Ms. Winters led non- profit management for a healthcare services provider in rural Northwest Colorado. As a result of her leadership, clients report significant improvements in operations. She also leads a number of Deloitte’s innovations around talent management and behavioral change including the Behavioral Insights team, providing clients with capabilities in the field of behavioral economics.
Michelle is responsible for all Human Resource functions for 687 room Hyatt Managed property. She hires, trains and recruits hotel staff to Hyatt specifications. She prepares annual HR budget and approve expenditures. Ensure compliance with State and Federal laws/regulations and court rulings. Michelle is responsible for compliance of EEO hiring and Affirmative Action plan. And handles Workers Compensation and unemployment claims. Her job also involves terminations and counseling of staff members. At Hyatt, Ms. Crabtree has worked with Hands on Education a specialized program working with people with disabilities. She has a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University and obtained certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Her prior employment includes: Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Hilton Hotels and Resorts. Ms. Crabtree has volunteered in the past for the Purdue Alumni Association (Board of Directors), Training Futures Advisory Board, and Stratford University.
Ms. DeMesme has over 18 years of experience in the areas of diversity, training, and human capital management. Ms. DeMesme joined the Golden Key Group (GKG) in September 2013 as a Director and is a member of the leadership team. In this role, she is responsible for internal diversity and inclusion efforts and is charged with identifying, developing, and expanding business opportunities to expand GKG’s customer base.<
Prior to joining the GKG, in 2008 she was hired as a Manager for ICF International’s Diversity Practice. She has extensive experience in developing and facilitating diversity and multicultural trainings to Department of Defense, the intelligence community, and FHLB executives. She led and managed workforce assessments projects and developed and managed strategic consultative efforts to help leaders create inclusive and high performing organizations.
She worked for Ernst & Young (EY) where she was the Inclusiveness and Flexibility Leader for the Mid-Atlantic Area. In that role she was a thought leader in the area of inclusiveness and diversity and was responsible for working with business unit leadership to challenge the pipeline of partner/principal candidates. She was the lead consultant for 23 Employee Resource Networks for Latino, Asian, African-American and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender professionals, as well as the Professional Women’s Network in support of their goals.
Before joining EY, she worked for SAIC (now Leidos) for 11 years worked both in a consulting capacity and in headquarters as the Senior Corporate Diversity Specialist. She initially joined SAIC as an implementation specialist in the Healthcare Sector, teaching medical software at military treatment facilities worldwide. She then transitioned to the National Securities and Strategies Group where she was an analyst and worked on national security issues. She then began working in the area of diversity management by advising senior HR staff regarding diversity outreach, diversity compensation management and EEO/AA policy and procedures. She was also responsible for research and analysis to develop corporate diversity strategies and initiatives specifically for women, people of color, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and work life balance.Ms. DeMesme holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science degree in Adult Learning and Human Resource Development from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Denyse S. Gordon is Senior Manager, Veteran Support & Inclusion with CACI International Inc. In that capacity, she assists newly hired veterans by providing assimilation, support programs and developmental opportunities to foster career progression, mentoring relationships and retention of all veterans.
Born in San Fernando Trinidad in August 1973, and raised in Brooklyn New York, her mother would routinely travel to the United States to visit her mother who left Trinidad in hopes of helping her family financially. In 1981, Denyse, her mother and two siblings moved to the US for good and settled into the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn with her grandmother and several members of her extended family. Several months after their move, tragedy struck the family. Walking home from an evening of work at the hospital, Denyse’s grandmother was accosted by three young men. A fighter from birth, her grandmother was not going to hand over neither her bag nor the few groceries she purchased for her family. She fought her attackers, but her fight ended tragically. Shot twice in her head at close range, they took from the family the matriarch. The glue! The life!
Faced with the uncertainty of a new country, the challenges of no longer being a stay at home mom to finding employment, and caring for the safety of 3 young children plus 2 of her sister’s kids, her mother struggled to hold things together. Although the burden was heavy and constant, she never showed it! Homeless, kicked out of family homes, healing from a divorce, and mourning the death of her mother her mother preserved! She found a job, ensured her children and nieces were fed and were under one roof. She stayed on public assistance for 2 years. She did not want that to define who she was – and it didn’t. Now, 30 years after her grandmother’s murder, Denyse’s mother has risen in the ranks within the Traffic Department of the New York City Police Department. And it is this perseverance which drives Denyse to this day. The belief that there is always more! The belief that you can do more! The belief that you achieve as much as you can for life is too short and no one is promised tomorrow.
Denyse comes from a long history of military and civic service. Her maternal grandfather served during WWII, her stepfather was a Vietnam era veteran and served in the United States Navy, her sister is a United States Army Reserve Captain who is a veteran of both the Gulf War and Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom, her mother retired as an Executive Officer with the New York City Police Department Traffic Division and Denyse, who is also an OEF/OIF combat veteran, is an 19 1/2 Year United States Air Force Reserves Master Sergeant having served 12 years on active duty.
Her mother instilled in her at an early age that education is important and it was one of the few things you can always count on! Having a drive to succeed and equipped with the sacrifices of her grandmother and mother, Denyse attended college at State University of New Paltz on an academic scholarship in 1992. However, her mother was paying for three college tuitions, her sister’s, Denyse’s and her own. So, Denyse decided to leave school and join the military so she could fund her own education and relieve some financial pressure on her mother. Attracted to power of Fighter Jets, Denyse was drawn to the Air Force. After basic training in 1993, Denyse was stationed at F.E. Warren AFB in Cheyenne Wyoming. Following that assignment, In 1995 Denyse went overseas to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa Japan where she had the opportunity to complete both her Associates degree her Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology. In 1999 she was stationed at Geilenkirchen Air Base, Geilenkirchen Germany where she kept going and she earned a dual masters degree in Human Relations/Human Resource Development. Following Germany, she returned to the states to Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas Nevada in August 2001.
In January 2003, she answered the call to deploy to Camp Doha Kuwait for what was supposed to be a 90 day Temporary Duty Assignment. Instead, she was in theater when OEF/OIF started where she served with brave men and women who fought and lost their lives for this country. During her time in Kuwait, her experiences forever changed her in every way. She understands firsthand the challenges of being a female veteran serving in a combat zone. There are no more ‘front lines’. Following her return from Kuwait, Denyse suffered with her Posttraumatic Stress (PTS) in silence and carried on as a Noncommissioned officer with a duty to mission and people. In 2004 she received an assignment to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea and in 2005, she returned to Nellis where after much deliberation, decided to leave active duty to pursue a commission in a reserve unit on Nellis. It was her intent to return to active duty as a commissioned officer and serve the rest of her career, but unfortunately, and fortunately, she did not earn her commission, but as a civilian she has been blessed to work in a career which she is very passionate about and in 2010 she was promoted to Master Sergeant in the USAFR.
In 2006, after transitioning from Active Duty, Denyse moved to Virginia, and began working at CACI in 2007. Denyse’s drive and initiative, led to her role as the Diversity & Disabled Veteran Recruiting Manager. Denyse continues to be a driving force in CACI’s bid to be recognized as an employer of choice for Diversity, Disability and Veteran hiring. An effective Program Manager with forward thinking ideas on how to continue to expand both programs for the benefit of the company, her outreach efforts, presentation, collegial work habits and continued involvement in all things Diversity and Disabled Veteran have helped propel CACI as an industry leader in Disabled American Veteran/Wounded Warrior hiring.
A survivor of Military Sexual Trauma and PTS, Denyse understands the issues surrounding the vulnerabilities many military females face. In 2007 Denyse began to pursue her doctorate degree in Health Psychology. As an “All But Dissertation Candidate”, Denyse will be researching the Social Dominance Theory as it pertains to female combat veterans, military sexual trauma and the plethora of co morbid issues which often arise while they serve.
Over the course of her 20 1/2-year career with the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve and her 6.5 year career with CACI, Denyse has committed to maintaining the highest of standards as a public servant in both her military and civilian careers. And, recognizing that education can be the determining factor in achieving your dreams and goals, Denyse and her siblings founded the Phyllis Katherine Morgan Academic Scholarship for their mother in honor of her late grandmother. This $5,000 United Negro Scholarship is awarded yearly to a deserving student who is studying in the social science field. Denyse is the recipient of numerous military awards and decorations, and has been inducted into the Golden Key International Honor Society for educational excellence while pursuing her doctorate.
Having been crowned the first Ms. Veteran America she was advocating for 55,000 homeless female veterans. In this capacity, she was the official spokesperson for Final Salute Inc., an organization whose mission is ending homelessness among the female veteran population by providing transitional housing, personal development, career counseling and empowerment opportunities. Recently, she was named as the first Director of the Ms. Veteran America Organization – which means increased responsibility with running the organization during Ms. Veteran America selection cycles. He passions also include creative arts, staying physically fit having completed the Marine Corps Marathon, writing, enjoying her family and spending time with her constant companion, her 9.5 year old Border Collie Coffey!
As the Director for Diversity and Inclusion with Northrop Grumman Corporation, Dan's focus is developing and executing programs that support the company's D&I strategy. Northrop Grumman's strategy is focused on attracting diverse talent, as well as, increasing workplace inclusion and employee engagement. This includes aligning D&I with the business; supporting the company's 14 ERG's; designing the company's D&I education framework; and providing guidance to HR and business organizations on issues related to diversity and InclusionDan is a certified Senior Human Resource Professional (SPHR) by the HRCI and holds a Master's of Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland University College. Dan has more than 13 years of HR experience and has held various roles in HR, including Learning and Development, Employee and Labor Relations, EEO/AA Compliance, Talent Acquisition, and Diversity and Inclusion.
Anna Irani is a Talent Development Consultant for the National Tax Department at EY. Prior to joining EY in 2014, she was a Human Resources Consultant at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and an 8th grade science teacher with Teach For America in Miami, FL. She also holds an M.S. in Organization Development from American University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Miami.
Eduardo, a brain injury survivor, has been involved in the accessibility and disabilities field for over 15 years working for numerous government agencies and contractors in support of people with disabilities. He is an advocate for people with disabilities and his competencies include a strong sales and business development background in both the private and public sectors. He supports eSSENTIAL Accessibility in its efforts to promote diversity and inclusion among companies that are interested in serving—and building loyalty with—consumers and employees with disabilities.
He is a skilled technologist, specializing in international accessibility trends, assistive technologies, legal mandates and social media. Eduardo has served on the Board of Directors of the D.C. Metro Business Leadership Network since 2009, and serves as their Webmaster and Social Media expert.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics, a Master of Science in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Master’s degree in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, AZ. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Frederick county Maryland.
Ms. Patricia Jackson has over thirty years of comprehensive experience administering and managing comprehensive vocational rehabilitation and workforce development service delivery programs for Social Security Beneficiaries. Ms. Jackson has provided technical assistance and consultation to public and private organizations on the practical implementation of complex disability employment policy including; the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Ticket- to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act, the Workforce Investment Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Dr. Charlesiah Mclean is an HR Director for Leidos, Inc. in Reston, Va. He is a results driven leader with proven success in how work environments respond inclusively to increasing diversity, dimensions of difference, and heightens expectations for inclusive cultures. Charlesiah has extensive experience in Diversity Talent Acquisition, Military Recruitment and Diversity & Inclusion. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Radford University, a Masters from Wake Forest and a Doctorate of Education Degree from Argosy University-Twin Cities.
Jennifer Sharp is an Advisory Manager at KPMG in the People & Change practice. She possesses skills in the areas of organizational design, change management, talent management, communications, project management and training design. She has worked in the energy, financial services, and healthcare industries doing human capital consulting. In addition, she has worked with the Department of Defense on change and communication projects. Jennifer has also spent time working in the international community doing development and training programs in West Africa.
Dan Sullivan is an Advisory Manager at KPMG in the People & Change practice specializing in behavioral change management, strategic communications, training strategies, workforce planning, and organization design. He has led teams in the Financial, Energy, Technology, Pharmaceutical, and Public sectors that have helped clients address the impacts of organization and business transformations, prepare stakeholders for technology implementations to increase adoption rates, develop communications strategies to increase alignment to organizational goals, and determine workforce critical skills and competencies required to achieve organizational objectives.
C5 Consulting. LLC, a certified woman owned and disability owned and operated consulting and training firm, serves as staff to the DC Metro Business Leadership Network. C5 services include supporting the private sector, the service provider sector and BLNs across the US with disability diversity inclusion strategies.
Katherine was the founding chair of the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®) and the Virginia BLN, and has been instrumental in assisting other affiliates around the country in start up and sustainability. She was appointed by two Virginia governors to serve on the VA Disability Commission and the VA Board for People with Disabilities. She was appointed by President Bush and confirmed by the US Senate in 2008 to serve on the National Council on Disability.
Katherine founded C5 Consulting, LLC, in May 2011 after 22 years at SunTrust Bank, Inc. as Chief Disability Officer, where her primary responsibility was developing and leading corporate disability initiatives. Some of her key successes at SunTrust include the internal development of disability employee resource groups, supporting the bank’s Regional Diversity Councils, co-chairing the organization’s disability mentoring day leadership council and promoting the employment and marketing case for including people with disabilities to senior management and across all lines of business, including supplier diversity, operations, private banking and call centers. She developed an internal accommodation library and request process and created and managed an intranet site to expand the bank awareness of disability inclusion and provide supporting information for hiring managers and employees with and without disabilities. She was responsible for the creation and management of accessible retail bank products such as bank statements and increased client awareness of the bank’s assistive technology loans.
Her contributions to SunTrust´s disability efforts resulted in national recognition including the SHRM HR Magazine 2000 Innovative Practice Award, the 2002 APSE National Employer of the Year Award, the 2002 US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®) Exceptional Leadership Award and the US Department of Labor Secretary’s 2004 New Freedom Initiative Award. In 2009, she received a USBLN® Lifetime Achievement Award.
During her initial employment at SunTrust’s predecessor bank, Crestar Bank, she was responsible for recruitment at all levels for Retail Banking. She then developed a strategy for the HR Director to expand diverse talent recruiting and retention, which returned to the bank a cost savings in excess of $5 million over the course of five years, by developing an internal supplemental staffing firm, FASTAFF. As the VP and Manager of FASTAFF, Katherine handled recruitment, assignment, supervisor support, payroll, employee relations, etc., of an internal pool of 600 supplemental staff as well as managed contractual vendor relationships with external staffing firms, ensuring diversity and disability inclusion of contract and bank employees. As a result of her leadership and her team, her department received annual corporate recognition.
Prior to joining SunTrust, she was CEO of SELECTEMPS, a Mid-Atlantic staffing firm, recognized as one of INC Magazine’s Top 500 Fastest Growing Companies, where she managed an internal staff of 100 employees and 9 regional offices. She developed a successful strategy for sales and procurement successes.
She now serves on the HSC Foundation National Youth Transition Center Leadership Council and the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind Advisory Board. As a former New Freedom Initiative winner, Katherine is a member of the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Circle of Champions. Katherine is a nationally recognized speaker and has shared her expertise with international, national, state, and regional conference audiences for the past 12 years. She is a SHRM certified Diversity Trainer and an ADA Leadership Network Trainer.