Featured Speakers

The special guests for this year's conference bring experience in building and strengthening diverse communities. These speakers will share their unique perspectives on a variety of topics that relate to courage.




Regina Glenn '70, M.B.A.'71

"The Courage to Speak Up"

Monday, Jan. 8

Glenn has more than 32 years of experience in management, marketing, training, and diversity inclusion with a strong emphasis on diversity management for large public work contracts dealing with government agencies on transportation and water projects. Her responsibilities have included community outreach, public involvement, strategic planning, diversity and inclusion management, project management, diversity plan development, and communication plan development. Regina has managed small business training and development, diversity compliance and quality control, outreach and interviewing for disparity studies, DBE/MWBE reports and facilitation, and focus group development.

Most recently, Glenn developed the Multicultural and Small Business Development program for the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Currently, Regina manages the Diversity and Inclusion Program for HDR Engineering, supporting the $1.64 billion SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program. Pacific Communications Consultants Inc. also provides small business outreach for the Pine Street Group’s $1 billion dollar “ADDITION” project for the Washington State Convention Center. Regina founded Pacific Communications Consultants Inc. and Diversity Business News in 1991 in Seattle, and has held various positions during her career.

Glenn graduated with an M.B.A. from the University of Puget Sound in 1971. She has been named Women in Business Woman of the Year, SBA advocate of the year, NW Mountain MSDC John Gilmore winner, and Minority Supplier of the Year.

 This session will be recorded. 

   This session will use interactive polling. Please bring your mobile device.


  


Michael Baran, Ph.D.

"(Don't) Guess My Race"

Tuesday, Jan. 9

Baran is a cultural anthropologist with more than 20 years of experience conducting and organizing ethnographic research for social change on a variety of issues related to race and identity, disparities, and inclusion. He currently consults for businesses, schools, and non-profits on issues related to diversity and inclusion, often incorporating the digital tools developed at Interactive Diversity Solutions as part of a blended approach. In this capacity, he has worked with companies such as Boeing, Disney, and Newsela, as well as universities such as Harvard, Brown, and the University of Indiana. His digital program "(Don’t) Guess My Race" was recently selected as one of the top 100 most inspiring innovations in education globally by the Finland-based education group hundrED.org.

In addition to his IDS work, he has taught courses on race and identity, Latin America, child development, expository writing, and research methodology at Harvard University and the University of Michigan. He has worked as associate director at the FrameWorks Institute and currently works as a principal researcher at the American Institutes for Research. In that capacity, he manages multi-year research and intervention projects with funders such as USAID, the MacArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Harvard Center on the Developing Child, UNICEF, and the Bernard van Leer Foundation.

Baran received his B.A. from Emory University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology, with a certificate in culture and cognition, from the University of Michigan. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and is learning Haitian Creole.

 This session will be recorded. 

   This session will use interactive polling. Please bring your mobile device.


  


Sarah Moore, Ph.D.

"Generational Difference in Workplace Expectations"

Wednesday, Jan. 10

Moore’s early research examined the effects of workplace change, stress, and well-being, with an emphasis on managerial women and generational impacts. Her current focus is on the changing social contract and the ways in which employees engage with their work and organizations. Since 1996, Moore has collaborated with Leon Grunberg on a long-term study at Boeing Commercial, twice receiving National Institutes of Health funding to investigate the health and well-being effects of organizational change. This led to their co-authored books, Turbulence: Boeing and the State of American Workers and Managers and Emerging from Turbulence: Boeing and Stories of the American Workplace Today, as well as dozens of scholarly articles. Moore’s recent co-authored articles include "Generational Differences in Workplace Expectations: A Comparison of Production and Professional Workers" (Current Psychology, 2015), and "Ideological Currency in the Psychological Contracts of Corporate Manufacturing Employees" (Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, 2017).


  


Susan Weiss

"Generational Difference in Workplace Expectations"

Wednesday, Jan. 10

Weiss is a high-energy leader who has been in formal management roles since she was 27. Her candid style and experience as a millennial shapes her views of leadership and engagement in the workplace. She brings a unique perspective on career growth, leading a multi-generational team, and navigating office politics through personal stories and engaging narrative. Susan enjoys sharing her personal philosophies on leadership to diverse audiences across the globe. For her "day job," Susan is a director on the new middle-market airplane at The Boeing Company.

 


 


Julian Schrenzel

"Dealing With Change Using 'Yes... AND!' Principle"

Thursday, Jan. 11

Schrenzel, the founder and chief spontaneity officer of Improv-Alive and the Seattle Improvisation Community, is dedicated to helping individuals and teams reach and exceed their goals through friendly but challenging applied improvisation workshops. With over 25 years of experience as a professional actor, singer, corporate trainer, and teacher/practitioner of improvisation, Julian leads workshops in which people with little or no performance experience engage each other with a new and different set of tools that dramatically increases their creative and collaborative abilities.

 This session will be recorded. 

   This session will use interactive polling. Please bring your mobile device.