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Hope Giselle
Author, Activist, and DEI Specialist
The author (Becoming Hope: Removing the Disguise) and activist has now founded her own non profit organization (AllowMe) and works with organizations like HRC, freedom for all Americans, and LGBT University to help ensure that the voices of the communities she's apart of is heard.
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Richard Mihalic
Manager, Inclusive Diversity & Equity Team
Allstate Insurance Company
Richard Mihalic (he/him/his) is currently a Manager on the enterprise-wide Inclusive Diversity & Equity (IDE) Team at Allstate Insurance Company.  Providing oversight and support for many IDE efforts with Allstate and its family of Companies’ global initiatives, Richard is responsible for the integration of IDE into every facet of the various business areas at Allstate. 
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Katie Spitzel
Senior Project Manager, Co-chair of the Pride Business Resource Group
Freddie Mac
Katie Spitzel is a senior project manager at Freddie Mac and co-chair of their Pride Business Resource Group. Katie’s work with the Pride BRG has led Freddie Mac to be a leader in LGBTQ+ inclusion, including founding an LGBTQ+ Enterprise Initiatives committee focused on partnering with HR and DEI to foster LGBTQ+ visibility and inclusion in the company.
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Jerry Won
Founder & CEO
Just Like Media
Jerry Won is a keynote speaker, workshop facilitator and host who has worked with some of the world's most recognized brands in corporate and higher education. He speaks on a variety of topics including authentic storytelling, personal branding, creator economy, and the Asian American experience in the workplace.
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Kaela Blanks
Associate Director, Diversity Best Practices
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Lis Rakanovic
IT Audit and Compliance Lead
Lis Rakanovic is an IT Audit and Compliance Lead, where she is responsible for managing and supporting internal audits, external and regulatory inspections, and compliance related activities that impact Information Research – Business Technology Solutions (IR BTS) globally.
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René O. Deida
Vice President, Corporate Giving
Prudential Financial, Inc.
René leads Prudential’s global employee community engagement strategy and a portfolio of grants and programs that strengthen the capacity of nonprofit organizations. This includes volunteer activities under the PruCARES brand, a board service program to place Prudential leaders on boards of nonprofit organizations, pro-bono consulting projects and the company’s disaster relief and recovery efforts
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Kathryn Szeluga
Intern, Marketing Communications
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Jamell G. Mitchell
Global Neuro-Diverse Center of Excellence Ecosystem Leader
Jamell G. Mitchell serves as the Neuro-Diverse Centers of Excellence Global Ecosystem Leader at EY. His experience relative to market trend analysis and business strategies spans close to two decades.  Jamell is responsible for sourcing securing and scaling talent, while curating the broader ecosystem which supports the broader Neurodiversity Movement.
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Dr. Karmetria Dunham Burton
Sr Director- Global Supplier Diversity
Karmetria Dunham Burton is Sr Director- Global Supplier Diversity for McDonald’s Corporation. In this position, she is responsible for developing and executing a global Supplier Diversity program while enhancing the processes to assist McDonalds’s achieve its vision of being an industry leader of making minority and women owned businesses (MWBEs).
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