Let’s Return to a Better Workplace!
Webinar #3: Finding Solutions Together
September 30 | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST
For the past five years, the AABDC has convened multi-cultural business professionals from all levels – C-suite to young professionals – to tackle topics that are meaningful not just to the mission of diversity and inclusion in the workplace but to broader conversations on trends in the workplace. Through this three-part webinar series we aim to engage our broad audience of internal organizational champions across industries – those who will lead the post-shutdown change in the workplace — in the conversation on using the learnings from most current crisis to significantly improve the future of work – from the way we work to the tools we use to the spaces we work in.
The unprecedented health, social and economic consequences of this pandemic helped make the case for the necessity of bold, focused actions. In 2020 it is more important than ever for business leaders to join forces in advancing social justice and empowering diverse communities through inclusive and deliberate economic recovery efforts.
This webinar highlights lessons from Asian American, Black and Hispanic communities, and their allies, in rallying to fight racism and discrimination and to stimulate business recovery and community revitalization. Esteemed panelists will discuss examples of corporate responses in support of economic recovery from the converging pandemics (Covid-19 and racism). Join us to learn from CEO Action, comprised of 1,000+ CEOs and Presidents pledging to act on supporting a more inclusive workplace for employees, communities and society at large, and Unfinished Business Initiative, a new program by Hennessy that provides immediate relief and long-term support to Black, Asian, and Latinx small-business owners.
Journalist and News Anchor, MSNBC/NBC News
Richard Lui is a thought leader at the intersection of media, social impact, and storytelling. He is a content and digital-social specialist with 30 years of experience in network television, technology, and business.
Currently, he is a journalist and news anchor for MSNBC and NBC News. Before that, he was news anchor at CNN Worldwide, where he became the first Asian American male to anchor a daily national news broadcast in the U.S. Most recently, Lui reported on the ground on the Paris and San Bernardino Terror Attacks and in Ferguson and Baltimore during heightened racial unrest.
For 15 years Lui’s reporting has focused on politics, covering every U.S. national election since 2004. He has interviewed hundreds of politicians, from Detroit Mayor to U.S. President. He has been a contributing columnist for USA Today, Politico, Seattle Times, Detroit Free Press, Huffington Post, and others. Lui is a Policy Fellow at UC Riverside.
Lui is also a technologist with a wide-reaching business career that started in the 1990s. He launched six technology brands over three technology cycles, most recently an artificial intelligence company in Silicon Valley in 2016. While at Citibank Singapore, he co-founded and patented a Visa-like payments backbone (a first of its kind) and was a management consultant at Mercer for an IBM joint venture. He sits on six boards of directors / advisers in spaces ranging from international relations to artificial intelligence. He is a 2016 Governance Fellow for the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Lui’s accolades and achievements include the top tiers of business, political and journalism distinctions. In addition to being a team Emmy and team Peabody recipient, he has been recognized for his reporting from national organizations including the National Education Association, Advancing Justice, AAJA, NAAAP 100 and WWAAC. He is ranked globally in the top 1% of social media users by Twitter Counter. Business Insider named Lui one of 21 careers to watch alongside Warren Buffett and Sheryl Sandberg. And more lightheartedly, he’s been ranked three years in a row by Mediaite as one of the “50 Sexiest in TV News.”
Lui graduated from City College of San Francisco with A.S. Honors in Math and Science, UC Berkeley with a B.A. Honors Rhetoric, and the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan with an MBA. A first generation Chinese and Polynesian American, Lui has a twist in his background. Because his grandfather, an unauthorized immigrant, filed false “Paper Son” documents, Lui’s real last name is Wong.
Lui is conversant as a thought leader in various spaces, speaking at over 300 events over the past five years. More information on his speaking can be found at the Washington Speakers Bureau website (https://speakers.wsbdirectconnect.com/speaker/profile/28877/Richard-Lui#.V7ZA8ArLMRg.twitter).
Timothy F. Ryan
US Chair and Senior Partner, PwC
Tim Ryan is US Chair and Senior Partner of PwC after being elected to a second four-year term beginning July 1, 2020. Tim is responsible for leading the culture and setting the tone on quality for the US firm and its approximately 55,000 employees and partners. Prior to his role as Chair and Senior Partner, Tim served as Vice Chair and Markets, Strategy and Stakeholders Leader.
Tim serves on the US Board of Partners and Principals as well as the Network Leadership Team (NLT), which includes the senior partners from the network’s four largest territories. He also serves as Asia Pacific Americas (APA) Leader and drives activity in that region. He plays an active role in the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ), a non-partisan and non-profit group dedicated to enhancing investor confidence and public trust in the global capital markets. He also serves on the Financial Accounting Foundation’s Board of Trustees and serves as a member of its Standard-Setting Process Oversight Committee.
In addition, Tim worked with a small group of CEOs to launch CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™– now the largest ever CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace, with more than 1,000 signatory organizations.
Tim has over 30 years of diversified experience serving clients in the financial services industry in the U.S. and internationally. He is a certified public accountant in Massachusetts and New York and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He graduated from Babson College where he studied accounting and communications, and joined the firm after graduation. Tim is a Boston native, marathon runner, and proud father of six children.
Senior Vice President, Hennessy Cognac, Moët-Hennessy USA
With 20+ years’ experience spanning brand strategy, communications & sales, Giles Woodyer has a proven record of positively impacting business performance for some of the world’s most valued luxury brands. In his role as Senior Vice President, he brings this and an unparalleled expertise in distilled spirits to Moët Hennessy USA, where he manages the portfolio for Hennessy, the #1 Cognac brand in the United States.
Mr. Woodyer believes in purpose-driven marketing and spearheaded Hennessy’s largest philanthropic initiative to date, the Hennessy Fellows program. The effort, in partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, provides scholarship and mentorship to graduate students attending HBCUs. He also led Hennessy’s community response to the COVID-19 pandemic by launching Unfinished Business, an initiative committed to helping culturally diverse, small businesses secure financial, social and human resources during the pandemic and beyond.
Prior to joining the company, Mr. Woodyer helped launch Australian-based Artisan Spirit Merchants (ASM) in the U.S., serving as the company’s Managing Director for the region. Previously, he worked in both sales and brand management as VP Brand Managing Director at BACARDI USA. During his nearly ten-year tenure at the organization, his leadership delivered critical product innovations like D’Usse Cognac and Bombay Sapphire East, in addition to a revamped go-to-market strategy for the full portfolio of BACARDI brands.
A native of the U.K., Mr. Woodyer began his career as a London-based advertising executive, where he managed communications across a diverse group of industries, including esteemed brands’ Cathay Pacific Airlines, Rover Cars, Glenfiddich Whisky, Discovery Channel, among others.
As a featured speaker at a number of industry and nonprofit events, including the National IEG Conference, Mr. Woodyer’s keen industry insights have also positioned him as a frequent resource for media, with fodder appearing in outlets ranging from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal to Bloomberg Television.
Giles Woodyer holds a Bachelor’s of Arts with Honors in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Durham in Durham, England. He currently resides in New York City.
SVP, ESG Program Manager, Bank of America
Stephanie Lomibao is a member of the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) team and serves as a program manager for the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. As part of the enterprise program and strategy team, Stephanie helps deliver the bank’s ESG philanthropic initiatives and integrate these programs across global enterprise platforms including volunteerism and thought leadership. In her role, Stephanie also helps develop and implement the philanthropic platform that focuses on the economic mobility needs of individuals and families which includes hunger relief, services for the homeless, workforce development through social enterprises, as well as better money habits (financial education). The portfolio of global grantees she manages includes partners that provide programs and services for the formerly incarcerated, opportunity youth, disability, and other diverse communities.
Prior to joining Bank of America in 2009, Stephanie was fund development director for New Economics for Women (NEW) in Los Angeles, California where she was responsible for the fundraising and funder relationship cultivation to support NEW’s programs and services. Stephanie also previously served as vice president, regional manager of volunteerism and events for Washington Mutual where she provided regional oversight of community development service goals tied to the bank’s Community Reinvestment Act federal requirements and signature employee volunteer projects and initiatives through Washington Mutual’s Committed Active Neighbors (CAN) employee volunteer program from Central to Southern California.
Stephanie brings over 19 years of professional experience from the nonprofit, private, and public sectors, beginning her career at California State University Fullerton’s University Advancement Foundation where she managed accounts payable, donor data, and development staff training. Stephanie earned her dual bachelor’s degree in business marketing and public administration from California State University (CSU) Fullerton, where she participated in the CSU California State Capitol Internship Program, and her master’s degree in public policy with an emphasis in philanthropy from the University of Southern California where she co-authored “The reality of race neutral admission for minority students at the University of California: Turning the tide or turning them away?” (2004) as a research assistant at the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute.
In 2015 Stephanie was named one of the Global 100 most influential Filipinas by the Filipina Women’s Network. She is currently board chair for Central City Neighborhood Partners, serves on the Association for Corporate Citizenship Professionals national board of directors, steering committee for the Asian America Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Los Angeles Chapter, founding member of the Filipino Executive Network, member of the CSU Fullerton President Scholars Alumni Council, and is executive committeeperson for the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 472.