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Learning From Diversity & Inclusion Leaders: Prudential Financial and Pepsico

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Marjorie Derven, Managing Consultant, HUDSON Research & Consulting; Michele Green, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Prudential; and Rachel Cheeks-Givan, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, PepsiCo

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Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) is recognized as being a necessity to compete and thrive in today’s global, changing workplace and marketplace. Many organizations have discovered that putting the aspiration to create an inclusive environment into action is quite challenging. Join us for this interactive webinar, where we will explore two in-depth case examples: Prudential Financial, ranked number eight in the DiversityInc. Top 50, and PepsiCo, which has established innovative ways to reward and recognize individuals and teams who exemplify D&I.

As a result of this webcast, participants will:

  • learn how Prudential and PepsiCo establish priorities for D&I investments and obtain senior-level sponsorship
  • discover how Prudential and PepsiCo engage employees at different levels in their respective organizations to get involved
  • learn examples of “big wins” at Prudential in the workplace and marketplace
  • learn how PepsiCo creates rewards and recognition programs to promote diversity best practices globally
  • explore where PepsiCo and Prudential see D&I headed in the future.


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Marjorie Derven
Marjorie Derven

Managing Consultant, HUDSON Research & Consulting

Marjorie Derven is founder of HUDSON Research & Consulting (www.hudsonrc.com) and a Senior Fellow at the Conference Board, Human Capital Practice. She is co-author of the ATD Infoline, “Leveraging Diversity & Inclusion for a Global Economy," and writes a monthly D&I blog for ATD on a range of topics, including branding, measurement, communications, and spotlights on diverse populations. She previously served as Chair, T+D Editorial Board from 2010-2013. She has more than 20 years of experience in consulting with many industries, collaborating to deliver effective, customized D&I solutions, organizational effectiveness, competency models, and associated talent applications.

Marjorie has published more than 20 articles on a range of topics and is a frequent presenter at global conferences. Previous ATD webinars on D&I may be viewed on demand at http://webcasts.astd.org/webinar/952 and http://webcasts.astd.org/webinar/739.

Michele Green
Michele Green

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Prudential

Michele C. Green is Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Prudential. She is responsible for leading and supporting all diversity and inclusion initiatives for the company, and for ensuring ongoing compliance with federal and state equal employment opportunity/affirmative action laws and requirements. Green joined Prudential in April 2010 as Vice President and Counsel in the Employment and Labor Law Group. Prior to joining Prudential, Green served as General Counsel of the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor and has served as an employment attorney in prior roles. Green graduated from Seton Hall University and served as Law Clerk to the Honorable James H. Coleman, Jr. of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Green is on the Boards of GLSEN, Inc. (The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), the National Organization on Disability, and the American Conference on Diversity. She is also an active member of several professional associations. Recently, she made the Black Enterprise List of Top Executives in Corporate Diversity, and has also been honored as one of the "Most Powerful & Influential Women of the Tri-State Area" by The Tri-State Diversity Council. Green is married to Markus and is the proud mom/stepmom of five teenage children.

Rachel Cheeks-Givan
Rachel Cheeks-Givan

Director of Diversity & Inclusion, PepsiCo

Rachel Cheeks-Givan is Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion for PepsiCo. Her focus is on driving the diversity initiatives for the corporation in support of PepsiCo's vision tied to Performance with Purpose (Human, Talent, and Environmental Sustainability). She leads PepsiCo's global Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, oversees the development of inclusion capabilities and the strategy for employee engagement including the Employee Resource Groups, Women of Color Multicultural Alliance, and Global Women's initiatives across PepsiCo. She serves on the Board for Working Mother Media, and most recently the board of the National YWCA of USA as the Chair of the Global Relations Committee. With over 20 years at PepsiCo, Rachel worked at Frito-Lay in the Controller's function where she managed the National Commissions Team and created Controllers University.

Rachel was featured in Essence Magazine and won the Harvey C. Russell Inclusion award at PepsiCo for her contributions in D&I. She resides in the Bronx, NY, where she serves on the Board of Directors for I Love Our Youth, Inc. and the National Give Back for Kids Campaign, Inc. and is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and The Greater Bronx Links organization. Rachel holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a bachelor's degree from Baruch College and is a Certified Public Accountant. Recently she completed ASCENT's Mid-level Management program at Dartmouth College.