March 30, 2021

The 140K: Women and the Pandemic

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March 30, 2021
12:00pm-1:00PM (ET)


Virtual Event via Zoom

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On the heels of February’s Young, Black & Techy: Recruiting, Retaining, and Cultivating Diverse Talent, Diverse by Design is proud to host The 140K: Women and the Pandemic on March 30 starting at 12 noon Eastern.

Taking place during Women’s History Month, this Diverse by Design virtual event will explore the unique challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has presented for women and the solutions companies are employing to address them.

Hosted by Per Scholas Chief Administrative Officer Michelle Pullaro, The 140K: Women and the Pandemic will unpack the startling statistic from the December 2020 jobs report: women accounted for all 140,000 jobs lost in the final month of the year. TIME Magazine’s March 15 cover story reveals more than 2.3 million women have dropped out of the workforce in the past 12 months, with Latina and Black women most affected.

On International Women’s Day, U.S. News & World Report published a piece with the disheartening headline: “In One Year, Coronavirus Pandemic Has Wreaked Havoc on Working Women.” One troubling takeaway – the labor participation rate for women is at its lowest since 1987.

After an overview of the 2020 Women in the Workplace Study, presented by Per Scholas Columbus Managing Director Toni Cunningham, the virtual event will feature a dynamic conversation between Google’s Stephanie LeBlanc-Godfrey, Julie Dillman of Chubb, and PwC’s Kimberly Jones.

Featured Speakers

DxD Speaker Headshot - Stephanie LeBlanc-GodfreyStephanie LeBlanc-Godfrey

Global Head of Inclusion for Women of Color, Google

Stephanie LeBlanc-Godfrey is the Global Head of Community Inclusion Programs for Women of Color at Google. She was born in Brooklyn, NY, attended Stevens Institute of Technology, and completed her bachelors of engineering degree in Electrical Engineering before starting her career in the finance industry. She then pivoted her career to digital media, where she spent over 10 years in Advertising Operations at major media conglomerates including Forbes Media, FOX News Digital, and NBC News Digital. Currently, Stephanie’s work at Google is in service of women of color and parents/caregivers to create community where it doesn’t naturally exist and to influence the policies, programs, and processes that impact a woman’s sense of belonging and inclusion at Google.

DxD Speaker Headshot -Julie DillmanJulie Dillman

Global Head of Operations, Chubb Group

Julie Dillman was appointed SVP for Chubb Group and Global Head of Operations in October 2016. In her position, she oversees a wide range of operational areas across the Chubb organization including information technology, service, digital and e-business operations, real estate, facilities, and flight operations. Prior to joining Chubb, Julie was with Travelers Insurance, where as a member of the Company management committee, she led global operations and the corporate wide digital and analytics delivery. Julie was honored in 2013 by the Connecticut Technology Association as a Woman of Innovation and by Insurance Business Magazine with the 2018 Elite Women award. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

DxD Speaker Headshot - Kimberly JonesKimberly Jones

People Experience and Talent, Center of Expertise Leader, PwC

Kim Jones joined PwC more than 25 years ago as an audit associate. Since her transition to the Human Capital team, she has served in many roles ranging from recruiter to diversity leader to global project leader. She now leads the People Experience and Talent Center of Expertise. She is focused on enhancing the day-to-day People experience across the PwC US/Mexico firm for its 50,000 partners and employees and leads firmwide initiatives including flexibility, diversity and inclusion, and talent strategy. In addition, Kim leads the firm’s Market People Leaders in their ongoing work as credentialed coaches and in support of PwC’s overall people priorities in geographic markets. Kim graduated with both a Bachelor and Master of Accountancy degree from the University of Oklahoma.

DxD Speaker Headshot - Michelle PullaroMichelle Pullaro

Chief Administrative Officer, Per Scholas

Since 2015, Michelle Pullaro has served as Per Scholas’ Chief Administrative Officer, overseeing the organization’s national growth. Immediately prior, Michelle served as the Managing Partner of a nonprofit management consulting firm, Quidoo, helping nonprofits develop the management and organizational capacity to scale their impact. Prior to her role as a consultant and advisor to scaling nonprofits, Michelle was the Executive Director for Taproot Foundation. Prior to her contributions to the nonprofit sector as a visionary social impact leader, Michelle held various leadership roles with Automatic Data Processing (ADP) in Sales Management, Corporate Training, and Corporate Marketing. Michelle attended Columbia University’s Executive Program in Nonprofit Management, earned her MBA from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, where she was a recipient of a NASH Honors Scholarship, and holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from University of Wisconsin, Madison.

DxD Speaker Headshot - Toni CunninghamToni Cunningham

Columbus Managing Director, Per Scholas

Toni Cunningham is an accomplished leader, motivator, workforce development professional, and reboot strategist. As Per Scholas’s Managing Director in Columbus, Toni provides vision, operational, and executive leadership. She is a highly sought after conference speaker and workshop facilitator for organizations including Dress For Success, Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD), National Urban League, and Women In Tech. Toni’s passion is supporting women and girls; she serves as a member of getWITit Columbus Women in Tech, partners with Women In Tech International (WITI) Columbus and Women in Analytics (WIA) Columbus and is a volunteer mentor with Dress for Success Columbus. Toni was named a “Woman WELDing the Way” by WELD in 2020 and recently appointed to the Board of Directors of New Directions Career Center.

DxD Speaker Headshot - Nia DarvilleNia Darville

Director, Diverse by Design

Nia Darville was appointed to the position of Per Scholas’s Director of Diverse by Design in January 2021. In her role, she is responsible for providing vision and leadership, fiscal responsibility and sustainability, alliance cultivation, strategic thinking, and event management for Diverse by Design. Prior to her promotion, Nia served in various capacities in Per Scholas’ training organization bringing innovation and efficiency to each role she held. Nia obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Andrews University and is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Organizational Management at Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.

Diverse by Design is powered by Per Scholas and ITSMF (IT Senior Management Forum) and generously supported by Comcast NBC Universal, Google, JPMC, and TEKsystems.

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