The Future of D&I: Blended Learning
On Wednesday, June 30, 2021 we heard from Bechtel Chief D&I Officer Kevin Edwards, Amazon Senior DEI Program Manager Armani’ O’Neal and WMFDP’s Mark Williams and Rich Shaeff as they discussed the digital future of diversity and inclusion.
Learn about these leaders’ and their organizations’ approaches to workplace hybridization through blended learning by viewing the recording here.
Now more than ever, we need sustainable, scalable and impactful D&I solutions that truly shift workplace culture towards greater inclusion. We have to broaden our reach, more deeply integrate skill-building and practice, and grow employee consciousness.
The future of work is also the future of diversity, equity and inclusion. As our workplaces hybridize over the coming year—meaning, we’ll be juggling a mix of in-person and virtual work, all while needing to stay connected and cohesive in our efforts—so must our D&I solutions.
Introducing Inclusion Insights, our blended learning solution. Inclusion Insights is the fabric that weaves together in-person and virtual experiences with a robust online, digital learning platform built for integration and application of inclusive leadership skills, all in the company of peers and customized to your organization.
This is a tool that flexes with the real world, keeps you current on trends, and creates a web of connectivity between your internal change agents.
More about our guests:
Mark Williams partnered with WMFDP in 2018, and is known for his unique ability to integrate conceptual frameworks, research and diagnostics with web-based tools and multimedia in his facilitation work with organizations, teams and small groups. He is the founder and co-creator of WIN Insights and has conducted over 200 diversity training presentations. Mark is a highly regarded thought leader, consultant, coach, public speaker and author of five books, including the best-selling book entitled “The 10 Lenses, Their Guide to Living and Working in a Multicultural World.” Read more about Mark here.
Rich Schaeff has spent the bulk of his career facilitating large-scale culture change within the manufacturing, healthcare and conservation industries. He took a break from that career in 2000 to pursue an interest in medicine. After two years of pre-med, he decided to major in biology and head toward teaching high school biology. Life intervened and he helped raise his grandson instead. He re-entered his consulting and facilitating career two years ago, now with the focus of diversity and inclusivity. In his free time, Rich enjoys creating sculptures from bones he finds while hiking in the mountains. Read more about Rich here.
Kevin Edwards is the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Bechtel. His responsibilities inlcude developing a vision, strategic Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) roadmap, and enterprise plan to implement key program actions to support progress in Bechtel’s DE&I efforts. Before leading diversity and inclusion, Kevin led the Quality and Six Sigma Infrastructure functional team and other Corporate EPC quality roles. Prior to his quality assignments, Kevin was field engineering manager (PFE) for the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project in Virginia. Kevin has also served in roles including lead field engineer, lead resident engineer and project engineering. Kevin has a Master of Engineering in environmental engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Rutgers University.
Armani’ O’Neal joined Amazon in 2020 as a part of the G&A Learning and Development team. With the pressing need to grow leader engagement in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Armani’ transitioned to the G&A DEI team as a Senior Program Manager. She owns DEI Learning for the Finance, Legal, Global Corporate Affairs, and HR organizations. Armani’ also serves as the DEI Business Partner to the Legal organization. Before joining Amazon, Armani’ spent her career in Leadership Development and Talent Management roles. She designed and managed leadership programs for companies like Expedia Group and Alaska Air Group. In addition, Armani’ was the Talent Management Partner for the northwest market of Sears Holding Corporation. Armani’ has a strong value of community, stemming from her southern, Florida roots. She spends her time in active allyship, advocacy, and engineering “Ah-ha” moments for the leaders of tomorrow.