Affinity Groups and Allies: Changing Organizational Culture Panel

Join this important conversation about how ERGs (Employee Resource Groups) and affinity groups help to contribute to the culture of an organization. This panel discussion will include professionals from diverse settings to explore topics in diversity and inclusion and how we can affect positive organizational change.

Speaker

Kristin Derwinski

Kristin is a talent and culture leader with a passion to drive change and business transformation. She leads the talent supply chain at Briggs and Stratton. In her role, Kristin is responsible for talent acquisition, diversity and inclusion, talent management, change management and helping the organization continue to evolve a performance and development culture.

Previously, Kristin served in various talent and development leadership positions at Kohl’s Department Stores. She started her career at Brady Corporation where she began to develop her strengths in transforming cultures and change management.

Kristin enjoys outdoor adventures with her husband and children – they love to hike, bike, swim, paddle board or ski down a mountain.

Kristin holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where she earned a double major in business and Spanish and earned her MBA from Marquette University.

Tim Bojko

Tim Bojko is a passionate leader who serves as a member of the governance team for the Northwestern Mutual (NM) Women’s Employee Resource group where he helps raise awareness of gender inequality in the workplace. He partners with leaders across the company advocating the value of gender equity at all levels. He engages men to help them understand why gender balance is a win-win for everyone.

In addition to this, Tim is a product manager in Client Communications where he guides teams to develop communication experiences that explain the value of NM’s products to clients and how these products help them achieve their financial goals. Tim is inspired by his loving wife of nearly 10 years and his three daughters whom he teaches anything from computer programming to entrepreneurship.

Ritika Singh

Ritika Singh is senior vice president and director of Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement at Associated Bank in Milwaukee, WI. She recently joined Associated Bank with over 15 years of experience in human resources management and leading diversity and inclusion for Fortune 50, Dow 30 and Top 10 Diversity Inc. global companies such as ESPN (The Walt Disney Company), Prudential Financial and United Technologies.

Ritika has a unique background as a seasoned human resource and diversity and inclusion (D&I) thought leader. Her professional experiences include partnering with senior leadership teams to develop overall diversity and inclusion strategy to foster inclusion, achieve business results and enhance customer value. In her D& I career journey she has rolled out D&I action plans, launched innovative enterprise-wide D&I learning and awareness programs, driven key talent management and engagement programs, designed global expansion of employee resource groups and led D&I councils.

During her career, Ritika actively supported and partnered with several national and regional diversity organizations and nonprofits including National Black MBA Association, National Society of Hispanic MBA, Society of Women Engineers, ASCEND, INROADS, ALPFA, The National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT). She is a sought out public speaker on D&I, human resources and employee resource group best practices at various cross-industry conferences and forums such as The Network & Affinity Leadership Congress (NALC), NSHMBA ERG Summit, CT Women in Leadership Conference and CT SHRM D&I Council.

Ritika takes pride in her distinctive and diverse background that has shaped her career and life. She is proficient in four languages, holds an MBA degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), NY and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting and finance from India.

Awards and accolades:

2016 Team Innovator of the Year Award, CTHRA’s Excellence in HR Awards

2017 Diversity in Business Award, The Daily Reporter, WI

Chelsey Vissat

Chelsey Vissat is the materials area manager for the Harley-Davidson Powertrain Manufacturing facility. In this role, she is responsible for all inbound-to-assembly and outbound material flows. Prior to her current role, she was the project manager for materials for Harley-Davidson’s Thailand facility. Chelsey has extensive experience in project and risk management, supplier relationships and strategic sourcing. She has been with Harley-Davidson since 2014 and prior to that worked at Kohl’s Corporate in Logistics and Compliance.

Chelsey is pursuing her MBA from UW-Milwaukee and has a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management from Michigan State University.

Dessa Johnson

Dessa Johnson is the North America diversity and inclusion leader for ManpowerGroup, the world leader in innovative workforce solutions, delivering high-impact solutions that enable clients and people to win in the world of work. Johnson provides direction, guidance and support to the development and implementation of workforce, workplace and marketplace diversity and inclusion initiatives. Since her appointment to this role in 2016, Dessa has led ManpowerGroup’s Business Resource Groups and strategic diversity partnerships and alliances including Catalyst, Human Rights Campaign FUEL Milwaukee, Diversity Best Practices, Elevate and Prospanica to further foster a culture of inclusion to enable all people to succeed in the world of work. Dessa is recognized as an authentic leader with a passion for creating inclusive environments that educate, inspire and help develop the next generation of leaders through mentoring, coaching and relationship building. Johnson has been with ManpowerGroup since 2010, previously serving as lead diversity consultant.

Johnson has held various positions in the human resources field, with specialties in employee relations, college relations, talent development, and diversity and inclusion. She has worked across the manufacturing, hospitality, consulting and financial services industries.

Johnson serves on the board at Sojourner Family Peace Center and currently represents ManpowerGroup on the Elevate ERG Economy Advisory Board, Disability: IN Wisconsin Steering Committee and the CDO Roundtable of Milwaukee. Johnson has also served on the Greater Milwaukee Hispanic Leadership Summit Planning Committee and has been a mentor with the UW-Milwaukee Multicultural Mentoring Program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial and organizational sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a master’s degree in education from Concordia University. Dessa resides in Milwaukee, WI, with her family.