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Webinar - Ideas that Work: High-Impact, Cost-Effective DEI Strategies for Every Business

Webinars Apr 20, 2023

Thursday, April 20

Learn cost-effective strategies for making progress on your DEI initiatives, even when your budget is limited.

About the Webinar

The economy is getting tighter and companies are under pressure to cut costs. They’re slashing non-essential programs, and unfortunately, the budget for DEI efforts is often one of the first to go. But when organizations lay off their DEI manager or pause professional training, how can their DEI efforts continue? Join us for a 1-hour webinar featuring a panel of experts across various industries who will speak to how they’ve made DEI progress in cost-effective ways.

Whether your company is in cost-cutting mode or it’s a small organization or nonprofit with a lean budget to begin with, these practical tips can help boost belonging, employee morale, and retention. In fact, companies that double-down on their DEI strategies will be better able to survive a financial downturn and emerge stronger when the economy improves.

Our panel will cover:

  • Creative and cost-effective solutions for DEI initiatives
  • Tools to help you scale DEI across your organization
  • Special considerations for nonprofits and small businesses

Meet the Panel

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Jamie Ousterout, CDE

VP, Client Success, The Diversity Movement

Jamie has spent more than a decade in creative, marketing, and digital companies. She has served clients across various industries, including healthcare, pharmaceutical, financial, technology, and non-profit. Jamie founded Stabilimenta in 2018 to help innovative and creative professional services organizations establish and optimize their processes to more effectively serve their clients and engage their employees.

While predominantly working in client service and project management roles, she always has had a keen focus on operations. She graduated from Cornell University in 2009 with a bachelor of arts in English and history.

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Luanne Welch

President & CEO, Easterseals UCP North Carolina & Virginia

Luanne is President and CEO of Easterseals UCP North Carolina & Virginia, an industry leader supporting 40,200 children, adults & families living with disabilities, mental health & substance use challenges. With more than 35 years of non-profit experience, Luanne is a thought leader, change agent, and powerful voice within the national health and human services industry. She is recognized as a turnaround leader with an ability to reorganize financially challenged organizations and reposition them for sustained, healthy growth. Devoted to positive change, Luanne actively engages an employee Council around inclusion, diversity, equity, authenticity and learning.

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Jose Rodriguez

Board Chair, NCACPA

After 26 years as a partner with KPMG and four decades in the financial services industry, Jose retired. He now sits on several boards within the finance and accounting industries.

Jose's experience in auditing has mostly been with large multi-national companies, mid-sized private, and publicly-held companies with a primary emphasis in the consumer markets (retail, restaurants, and distribution and manufacturing concerns) and oil and gas. He also has experience working on mergers & acquisitions, IFRS, and has participated in several IPOs and public company transitions. As the Partner in Charge and Executive Director of KPMG's Audit Committee Institute, Jose spends considerable time with boards and audit committees discussing governance and other relevant topics.

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Vanessa Gibson

Director, Human Resources, Accel-KKR

Vanessa Gibson is the Director of Human Resources at Accel-KKR and Co-Chair of Accel-KKR’s DE&I council supporting the firm’s initiatives on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Vanessa has over ten years of experiencing working in Financial Services & FinTech industries overseeing all aspects of Human Resources. Vanessa’s areas of expertise include establishing human resource teams and infrastructures to effectively support business growth. Vanessa received a Master of Jurisprudence in Labor and Employment Law from Tulane University, an MBA from Valdosta State University, and a B.S. in Psychology from Kennesaw State University.


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