Women Leaders Driving Equitable, Inclusive Workplace Cultures
Racial equity and inclusion in the workplace requires a shift in corporate culture … a shift that needs to include women. Despite the blow that women have taken in the workplace by way of COVID-19 (more stress, slow advancement, early exits from the workplace), women are consistently doing more to advance diversity, equity and inclusion for their teams and companies. Women are also more likely to be allies to women of color. Yet this important work is going unrewarded and unrecognized by many companies as they fail to formalize the critical role of women in this necessary workplace shift. Join us for this informative panel discussion about the valuable role of women in driving equitable, inclusive workplace cultures.
Corry Joe Biddle
Corry Joe serves as the vice president of Community Affairs for the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC), promoting the association’s mission to improve metro Milwaukee as a place to invest capital, grow business and create jobs. She is also the executive director of FUEL Milwaukee, the MMAC’s talent attraction and retention organization serving young professionals. Corry Joe is responsible for the oversight and development of programs, services and events benefiting FUEL’s members and corporate sponsors. She’s also involved in the development of MMAC’s workplace talent initiative, “Making Milwaukee a Region of Choice for Diverse Talent,” which seeks to increase the numbers of African American and Latino/Hispanic professionals in leadership roles.
Formerly the executive director of America’s Black Holocaust Museum, Corry Joe offers a unique perspective on the relationship between diversity, economic development and community engagement.
Corry Joe graduated from Mount Mary College with degrees in business administration and professional writing and has earned a certificate of leadership from the Cardinal Stritch African American Leadership Program. She is the recipient of the U.S. Postal Service’s Growing Leadership Award, has been honored as one of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 and was also named a “Rad Woman” by the Greater Milwaukee Women’s Fund.
“Your future will unfold when you tell the truth.” – Sandye Brown, Leadership Coach
As the chief human resources officer, Denise helps Johnson Financial Group associates to be as engaged, productive and successful as possible. With extensive experience working in dynamic, complex organizations, Denise understands the importance of business transformation and the impact it has on an organization’s people. Using her 20-plus years of career experience, Denise is a proactive human resources leader adept at positioning people in the right roles to achieve optimal business results. As a strategic change leader and major influencer, Denise focuses on efficient operations and building consensus to align strategies with corporate goals and objectives. She insists on accountability at all levels of the organization and empowering development plans that create leaders.
Lucia leads people to succeed. She was born and raised in Ecuador, coming to the U.S. at the age of 17. She has an accounting degree from UW-Milwaukee and an MBA from Marquette University. She works as a finance business partner at Rockwell Automation. With over 17 years of experience in manufacturing fields, Lucia has led diverse teams across the globe and supported functional and business unit leadership to achieve their goals. She also has served the Rockwell Latinx Professional Network board as president, vice president and advisor. With a daring and energetic attitude, she follows her passion and calling – anywhere from being a mom to being a servant leader to the organization and the Hispanic and African American communities.
Lucia lives in Wisconsin with her husband of 20 years and their four kids.
Ellen McGirt is a senior editor at Fortune magazine, where she established the race and culture beat in 2016. In addition to long-form magazine features, she writes “RaceAhead,” a regular column on race and inclusion in corporate life and beyond. The column has received a New York Press Club Award for commentary, a National Headliner Award and the Steven Heller Prize for Commentary from the AIGA. She is the editorial director of Fortune Connect, a membership community of mid-career executives focused on purpose, stakeholder capitalism and anti-racist inclusion. Ellen is also the co-chair of Fortune’s CEO Initiative and Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit and the co-host of Fortune’s Leadership Next podcast.
Previously she’s written for Money, Time and Fast Company, where she wrote or contributed to more than 20 cover stories and created the digital series “The 30 Second MBA.” Her reporting has taken her inside the C-suites of Facebook, Nike, Twitter, Intel, Xerox and Cisco; on the campaign trail with Barack Obama and across Africa with Bono to study breakthrough philanthropy. McGirt was the editor for “Your First Leadership Job,” a book published by Wiley in 2016. Ellen attended Brown University.
The New York City native now mostly lives in the Midwest with her family. Ask her about fly-fishing if you get a chance.
A dynamic powerhouse, Attorney Isioma Nwabuzor (pronounced “E-see-o-muh Wah-boo-zur”) is a corporate attorney by trade, negotiating deals for Baird, an international financial services company. A double-alumna of Marquette University, Attorney Nwabuzor earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology.
After earning her juris doctorate from Marquette University Law School, Attorney Nwabuzor went on to work in various sectors, developing an expertise in transactional matters. With a strong dedication to her profession, Attorney Nwabuzor presently serves as a board member for both the sports and entertainment law, and IP and technology law sections of the State Bar of Wisconsin. She is an alumna of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Leadership Development Summit and a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel. In 2020, Attorney Nwabuzor was recognized by the Milwaukee Business Journal as one of its “40 Under 40,” a recognition given to Milwaukee-area individuals under the age of 40 who are making a difference in their professions and communities.
In 2019, Attorney Nwabuzor founded The DREAMer Next Door, Inc., a nonprofit organization (coined after her highly acclaimed TEDx Talk, “The DREAMer Next Door”) designed to mobilize millennials in solving pressing socio-political issues, particularly immigration.
Shary Tran is the global diversity equity and inclusion leader for Amazon Worldwide Operations. Prior to her role at Amazon, Shary spent eight years as director of diversity and inclusion at Froedtert Health and 15 years in manufacturing with companies such as Briggs & Stratton and Johnson Controls. Shary is also a co-founder of ElevAsian, whose mission is to elevate the visibility of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in Milwaukee, and a co-founder of the AAPI Coalition of Wisconsin, a statewide advocacy group to advance policies and programs that impact the AAPI community. Shary is also a board member of HPGM and Sojourner Family Peace Center and an advisory board member of Teens Grow Greens.