Molly Q. Ford is Senior Director of Global Equality Programs at Salesforce, the World’s Most Innovative Company according to Forbes and one of Fortune’s Best Companies to Work for eight years in a row. In this role, she is responsible for shaping and sharing the company’s core value of Equality and evangelizing the Salesforce culture.
Prior to making her passion for Equality a full-time job, Molly worked on the award-winning Salesforce Public Relations team. With more than 15 years of Public Relations experience, she was responsible for building awareness for Salesforce Service Cloud, the world’s #1 customer service and support solution. Prior to joining Salesforce, she held positions at major technology companies including Cisco, Check Point Software, IBM and UMAX.
Molly holds a B.S. in Public Relations from San Jose State University. She resides in Oakland, CA with her puppy Jackson, the amazing Maltese.
Kevin is the co-founder of Save the Children’s Innovation Accelerator and Director of New Partnership Development, focused on identifying partnerships at the leading edge of our mission for children. Kevin works with technical program teams to identify, refine and disseminate innovative development approaches with a clear social impact. He is instrumental in raising seed funding from private and institutional donors interested in scaling breakthrough approaches to address children’s health, education and livelihood outcomes. During his tenure at Save the Children, Kevin has cultivated a number of notable partnerships with foundation, external affairs, marketing and HR teams at Fortune 500 companies such as Accenture, Mattel, Facebook, Google, P&G, and more.
Prior to joining Save the Children, Kevin worked in business development at the Earthwatch Institute. Kevin also spent a decade working in multiple organizations across advocacy, political organizing and marketing. Kevin graduated as a New England Scholar from The University of Connecticut with degrees in philosophy and political science. Kevin recently completed his MBA, also at UConn, and is a trained mediator. Kevin lives in Monroe, Connecticut with his wife Amanda, his daughter Cecelia and his son Tommy.
Shane Metcalf is a seasoned executive coach and speaker who is obsessed with building healthy organizations, and creating the opportunity for people to have meaningful work and meaningful relationships. Driven by his deep belief in the potential of our species, Shane co-founded 15Five, industry-leading performance management software that is unlocking the potential of the global workforce. As Chief Culture Officer, Shane understands what fundamentally motivates people, how to architect high performance, and which principles and rituals create “self-organizing cultures”. Along with his co-founder, David Hassell, Shane has developed the Best-Self Management methodology and the HumansNotResources podcast where they explore the art, science, and personal experience of high performance at work and in life. Shane has been featured in XConomy, LingoLive, and the Association for Talent Development. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Jonathan Raymond is the author of Good Authority and the CEO at Refound. Refound is a leadership training firm that designs and delivers accountability skills training programs for high-growth organizations. He’s an experienced CEO and people leader and has worked in tech between performance and empathy. He’s a half-decent barista, a bad-but-enthusiastic surfer, and a proud father of two incredible girls. He lives in Encinitas, California.
Nancy Vitale is the CHRO / Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Genentech and a member of the Genentech Executive Committee. She is responsible for leading the HR team that is dedicated to creating a great place for the organization’s 14,000 employees to do their best work in pursuit of the company’s important mission. Nancy is also a Board Member for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America – another mission-driven organization.
Prior to joining Genentech in 2006, Nancy was director of HR for the Gillette North American Commercial Division at Procter & Gamble (P&G) where she was integrally involved in the merger of Gillette and P&G. Prior to P&G, Nancy was vice president of HR for CIGNA’s Group Insurance Division. She has held other senior HR positions in a variety of industries and companies, including Deloitte Consulting, DANKA Office Imaging and the Times Publishing Company.
Nancy is known for her drive and leadership. She thrives on challenges, particularly those that involve complex organizational dynamics. Her life purpose is to “make meaningful connections,” which she explains as being for both people and ideas.
Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Emory University. In 2015, Nancy was recognized by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the “Most Influential Women in the Bay Area,” and in 2016 was named to their “Forever Influential” Honor Roll.
Christine Lopez is president of the McKesson Foundation and vice president, Corporate Citizenship. A Corporate Responsibility and Philanthropy executive with 13+ years of experience leading corporate citizenship and private foundation initiatives for the nation’s sixth largest company, Christine is passionate about designing and implementing data-driven, impactful, and scalable solutions that meet community, employee, and business needs and objectives.
Allan Swan is leading the Panasonic team at the Gigafactory located in Sparks, NV. He’s supporting the teams by combining servant leadership and Panasonic’s 7 basic business philosophies.
The PENA team is producing the world’s safest, highest quality, best performing Lithium-ion batteries and delivering them to our partner, Tesla.
Previously, Allan was Senior Vice President of Operations for the Defense Sector in the United States at Rolls-Royce. This role was based in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was responsible for five (5) manufacturing plants, that consist of more than 1,500 employees.
Allan was responsible for the full breadth of manufacturing activities including deploying the Rolls-Royce Production System, High Performance Culture with a focus of
Engagement and Recognition and implementing a large-scale modernization project. He has led teams in North America and Europe to deliver a world-class supply chain that is lean, scalable and the global standard.
Over his career, Allan has worked in purchasing, logistics, operations and corporate strategy roles including roles at Rolls‐Royce, Thyssen Krupp and United Technologies.
Allan is a graduate of Southampton University with a Master’s Degree in Global Supply Chain Management; and also holds a number of Management Diplomas.
Allan lives in Sparks, NV, is married and has three children. In his spare time Allan enjoys traveling, team sports, and studying world history.
Phyllis A. James is Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity & Corporate Responsibility Officer for MGM Resorts International, responsible for leadership of the Company’s enterprise-wide Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) policy, business strategy and initiatives, including the Company’s diversity and inclusion, philanthropy and volunteerism programs and its Corporate Diversity and Community Engagement Department.
Ms. James’ duties as leader of Corporate Diversity and Community Engagement Department include policy and strategy formulation regarding overall CSR, inclusion and philanthropy initiatives in alignment with the Company’s overarching business objectives; development of critical implementation practices and program execution; collaboration with key internal and external stakeholders; and cultivation of strategic alliances with key constituency groups. She serves as principal management liaison to MGM Resorts International’s Board of Directors CSR Committee, and the Chairman’s Executive CSR Committee. She also functions as key spokesperson for CSR initiatives and Corporate Diversity and Community Engagement Department. Beyond her CSR activities Ms. James is a director on the board of and special advisor to MGM Grand Detroit, LLC.
Ms. James has received several recognitions for her legal accomplishments and civic contributions. In 2015 she was admitted to the American Law Institute, the leading independent U.S. organization producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and improve the law. In 2016 the National Bar Association conferred upon her a Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2017 she received the Human Rights Campaign’s Equality Award at the HRC Las Vegas Gala for outstanding leadership and service to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (“LGBTQ”) community; and the “Make An Impact” Leadership Award from Las Vegas’ City Impact Center. Black Enterprise Magazine named her among the Top Executives in Corporate Diversity in 2016. Savoy Magazine recognized her as one of the Most Influential Black Lawyers of 2015, and as one of 2016’s and 2014’s Top Influential Women in Corporate America. In 2014, the Las Vegas nonprofit organization Señoras of Excellence and Señores of Distinction honored Ms. James for her philanthropic efforts, and with its Celebrating Community Badge the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada acknowledged her work to advance the roles of women in our society. In 2012, Uptown Professional Magazine selected her as one of the top 100 executives in corporate America, and in 2011 Black Enterprise Magazine listed her as a Top Executive in Diversity. In 20l0 she was credited by the National Association of Women Business Owners, Southern Nevada Chapter, with the Women of Distinction Award in Gaming, Hospitality and Convention Services.
Ms. James serves as a director on several nonprofit boards, including The MGM Resorts Foundation, Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas, Nevada Legal Services Inc. and Grand Victoria Foundation (Chicago, IL).
Ms. James graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American History and Literature in 1974 from Harvard/Radcliffe College after having received the honors of Phi Beta Kappa junior year, the Captain Jonathan Fay Prize (then Radcliffe College’s highest honor for a graduating woman based on the graduate’s scholarship, conduct and character) and the lsobelle T. Briggs Fellowship for Graduate Study. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1977.