Why is DEI important for any size company/business?
Join us on Tuesday, October 26 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm for a live facilitated discussion with business owners/executives and workforce development specialists who are also all residents of Hudson!
Learn from industry professionals how to create an inclusive culture in your business to improve employee engagement and business results. Three panelists from large and small companies will discuss employee expectations about workplace environment, inclusive leadership, and shareholder expectations about diversity and inclusion.
- Data on better business performance with companies that have more diverse leadership teams
- Employees expectations about working for an inclusive company
- Shareholder Priorities/Accountability
Tips and Lessons learned about DEI in business/education
- You can’t have diversity without inclusion
- Diversity is more than just a number
- Unconscious bias exists with everyone and training is important
- Training on why diversity is important
- Alethea Ganaway, Program Manager, Additive Manufacturing and Ideation Station, Cuyahoga Community College
- Jill Willis, Vice President Talent and Back Office Process Improvement, Master Brand Cabinets
- Lisa Radigan, Vice President and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Diebold Nixdorf
- Dan Soulsby, Owner, Splott Graphics
Facilitator – Ben Gambrel, V.P. Vontier Business System Office
Question for Panelists? Please submit them by October 24th at 10AM to HudsonDEIAlliance@gmail.com
Alethea V. Ganaway, a graduate of Hudson City Schools and current resident, has been an educator for 13 years. She currently works for Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) where she serves as a Program Manager for the Additive Manufacturing and Ideation Station (a hi tech fab lab). In addition to her role as a Program Manager, she taught subjects including mathematics, architecture, urban studies and engineering. As a teacher, she worked with students from urban schools or with programs for low-income students. Her passion is helping underserved populations gain greater access to technology and STEM education. Her ultimate goal is to help cultivate communities that are empowered so that they may actively improve their surroundings, transforming underserved communities into areas that have greater access to education and safer communities through better design and planning. Alethea serves as Chair of the ACE Mentoring Program Cleveland Internship/Alumni Committee and on the Advisory Board. Her degrees include a BA and MA in History, a BS in Architecture from Kent State University, and a Master in Urban Planning Design & Development from Cleveland State University. She was featured in Crain’s Cleveland Business for her expertise in Manufacturing. In 2015, she received an award from the National Technology Association award for her contributions to technology and Tri-C’s Professional Excellence award in 2020. She is a member of the National Organization of Minority Architects.
Ben Gambrel, a Hudson resident, is the Vice President of the Vontier Business System Office, is responsible for the company’s key continuous improvement initiatives. Ben previously worked in a variety of roles in industrial and technology companies including for Danaher and Fortive Corp. He is the Executive Sponsor for Vontier Allies for Inclusion employee resource group and has a passion for creating a more inclusive, diverse and equitable environment in his company and community.
Lisa Radigan, a Hudson resident, is the vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer for Diebold Nixdorf, where she oversees the development, implementation and management of the organization’s global ethics and compliance program. Prior to her role at Diebold, Lisa was an attorney at global law firm, Jones Day, where she represented public companies in U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and company internal investigations. She conducted global investigations arising out of conduct related to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as other global anti-corruption laws, anti-trust laws, financial and accounting fraud and other areas of corporate governance. Lisa is also the executive champion of DN’s employee resource group, Women@DN, whose goal is to welcome and empower women at the Company by providing support, events, and education that aim to build a positive, supportive community of women and promote their professional and personal growth.
Dan Soulsby, a Hudson resident, is owner of Splott Graphics located in downtown Hudson. He has been in the graphics industry for over 25 years and before that he worked at Walt Disney Studios casting and directing actors for animated cartoons. Dan is a graduate of Kent State University and he collects and repairs classic arcade games from the 80’s. He and his wife Mindy live in Hudson and have 3 kids all enrolled in Hudson City Schools. His wife is a graphic designer who also teaches Kid’s Art Classes through Splott Studios.
Jill Willis, a Hudson resident, is currently the Vice President of Talent and Process Improvement for Master Brand Cabinets. In this role she is responsible for developing and executing the talent strategy for Master Brand. She is also responsible for implementing Master Brand Way and process improvement culture within the back-office functions. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of Human Resources with experience leading Inclusion and Diversity programs and improving employee engagement.