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AnitaB.org Presents: A Conversation: Leadership During a Time of Turmoil Webinar

March 26, 2020 · 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT



This first webinar in an ongoing series is a conversation between AnitaB.org and 3 of our Partners that will highlight the importance of providing support to the workforce given this unprecedented time. We must provide stability, guidance, and direction to move forward as a community of technologist and members of society.  Join the conversation as leaders from AnitaB.org, Cisco, Discover, and Accenture discuss how they are giving support to their employees and the community at large during this period of global uncertainly.


Brenda Darden Wilkerson
AnitaB.org President & CEO

Brenda Darden Wilkerson is an advocate for access, opportunity, and social justice for underrepresented communities in technology. She currently serves as the President and CEO of AnitaB.org, an organization that connects, inspires, and strives for greater equality for women technologists in business, academia, and government. She founded the original Computer Science for All program, building computer science classes into the curriculum for every student in the Chicago Public Schools, and serving as the inspiration for the Obama administration’s national CS4All initiatives.

Melissa Morganstein
Vice President, People & Communities-HR  Business Partner Leader, Cisco

Human Resources thought Leader with over 15+ years of HR experience partnering with Customer Service, Operations, IT, HR, Marketing, Enterprise, Hardware and IoT Engineering organizations.
Interested in hearing about HR thought leadership and making professional connections? Join the Cisco Talent Network: Jobs.cisco.com. Check us out on Twitter and join the fun via #WeAreCisco


COVID Support: providing free offerings and cloud-based services across Webex, security solutions and more; providing financial support and resources to individuals and households who would be at risk of homeless due to coronoavirus; engaging with heads of state and government agenices to support COVID related policies; donated over $1M worth of collaboration and networking technologies globally with more to come. https://www.cisco.com/c/m/en_us/covid19/letter-to-customers-partners.html

Kim Holmes
Sr Principal, Technology and Diversity Partnerships, Discover

As a seasoned intrapreneur, Kim B. Holmes has worked in financial services delivering enterprise class technology solutions in the insurance and banking sectors, both domestically and internationally.   After 19+ years in as a Director in Business Technology at Discover Financial Services, Kim recently moved into a role in Talent Acquisition at Discover, focused on technology talent acquisition.   Kim is passionate about driving innovation through inclusion, working to create educational and professional opportunities for women and people of color.  Kim was a founding co-chair of Discover’s women’s employee resource group and recently completed her term as chair of BOLD – Black Organizational Leadership at Discover.  In 2016 Kim was recognized by Wnet – Women in Electronic Transactions – as its Diversity Champion.  Kim currently mentors entrepreneurs at 1871 – Chicago’s center for technology and entrepreneurship as well as high school students as part of the National Black MBA Association’s Leaders of Tomorrow program.  A graduate of Shimer College, Kim also earned a Masters of Nonprofit Administration from North Park University where she earned the designation of Certified Nonprofit Professional.


Mary Hamilton
Managing Director, Accenture Technology Labs

I am the NorCal Accenture Technology Labs location lead and Managing Director responsible for the Global Digital Experiences group. In this role, I lead a research and development agenda focused on emerging digital technology to address key business challenges of Accenture’s clients. My multidisciplinary team creates differentiated technology concepts and solutions to drive Accenture’s growth and capabilities in new areas such as Digital Customer, Digital Workforce, and Digital Operations. These capabilities are based on new advances in experience-driven technologies including virtual/immersive/augmented reality, wearables, 3D printing, connected car, customer analytics and lifestyle services, social collaboration, gamification, and crowdsourcing.

Since joining Accenture in 1997, I’ve brought innovative technology solutions to both Accenture and our clients across a variety of industries, running technology innovation projects from incubation to large-scale implementation.


COVID Support: Put out resources to help people adjust to a work from home schedule – https://www.accenture.com/us-en/about/company/coronavirus-business-economic-impact






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March 26, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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