Wake Forest has a multitude of engaging programs built around this year's Marketing Summit, but one of the centerpiece activities is sure to be the roundtable discussion on Diversity in Corporate America.
To be held at Pugh Auditorium, the panel will be moderated by Steve Reinemund, dean of Wake Forest University's Schools of Business and retired CEO of PepsiCo. Dean Reinemund has long been an advocate of diversity in the work force.
Here are brief bios of the other panelists set to appear at the Feb. 5 event.
Patricia Harris: Since being named the global chief diversity officer at McDonald’s Corp. in 2001, Harris has been responsible for developing and implementing diversity strategies throughout the company. Under her leadership, McDonald’s has been voted one of the “35 Great Places to Work” by Ebony Magazine and one of the “30 Best Companies for Diversity” by Black Enterprise Magazine.
Ronald C. Glover: Prior to joining the human resources group at IBM Corp., where he leads diversity and workforce program efforts, Glover held a variety of HR management and executive posts, in addition to serving as a senior trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Labor in Massachusetts.
Esther Silver-Parker: As senior vice president of corporate affairs at Wal-mart Stores Inc., Silver-Parker is responsible for the strategic planning and execution of the retailer’s shareholder management efforts. In prior posts as senior vice president of diversity relations, she oversaw diversity efforts tied to areas such as supplier development, philanthropy and associate retention efforts.
Ronald C. Parker: As PepsiCo’s senior vice president and chief global diversity and inclusion officer, Parker is responsible for guiding the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy, while also having a direct role in succession planning, work force analysis, and developing the cultural competency of current and future leaders. He also chairs the PepsiCo Global Diversity and Inclusion Governance Council and its Ethnic Advisory Boards, reporting to CEO Indra Nooyi.
Andrés Tapia: In his role as the chief diversity officer and emerging workforce solutions leader at Hewitt Associates, Tapia leads the company’s diversity vision and strategies. As a journalist, he covered social trends in the U.S. and Latin America, and he has release a new book: The Inclusion Paradox: The Obama Era and the Transformation of Global Diversity.