Advancing workplace Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is not only a hot topic these days, it is increasingly a suite of training deliverables that is becoming the development and implementation responsibility of many L&D functions, leaders and practitioners. Join us for a panel discussion with various DEI experts from different walks of life to help shed light on DEI practices and cultural impact. Learn how to create meaningful and sustainable change with a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
We will touch upon the following topics:
- The Importance of DEI
- How to Create Sustainable Change
- Getting Leadership Buy-In
- Best Practices for Training
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM: Announcements & Break Out Rooms
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM: Speaker Panel
Sherlonda Martin is the Head of Global Diversity Equity and Inclusion for the Manufacturing Division at Takeda Pharmaceuticals. This global role will oversee the strategy and the roadmap for DE&I for 17,000 employees at 31 manufacturing facilities around the world. But, Covington will always be home.
As a first-generation college graduate, Sherlonda graduated from UGA in 1991 with a degree in Business with lots of science classes because her original intent was to be a physical therapist. Instead, she was introduced to the pharmaceutical industry her Jr. year in college through a summer internship with Johnson & Johnson and immediately entered the pharmaceutical industry upon graduation.
Sherlonda spent 23+ years on the commercial side (Sales). Sherlonda bridged to the manufacturing side of the business close to 8 years when she joined the Baxter site here in Covington to oversee the training team.
Sherlonda served as the co-chair for BLC here in Covington. Then, she went on to be the Executive co-chair for BLC helping to grow BLC’s presence globally within Takeda.
Sherlonda is married to her college sweetheart. Together they have five children. In her spare time she likes to plan neighborhood and family events. In addition, she enjoys photography, scrapbooking, and cheering at her kid’s sporting events.
Traco Matthews is the Chief Health Equity Officer (CHEO) for Kern Health Systems (KHS). Working with the Executive team, he provides leadership in the design and implementation of KHS’s business strategies, stakeholder relationships, and community programs to ensure health equity is prioritized and addressed. Traco brings extensive leadership skills, a strong diversity, equity, and inclusion vision, and deep community connections to this critical position in Kern County’s local Medi-Cal managed care health plan.
Traco continually seeks to improve culture, processes, and outcomes through his work at KHS and in the community. He uses his experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to contribute human- centered strategic analysis, effective leadership development, and expertise in building trust with Kern Family Health Care members and other important stakeholders including providers and community partners.
The passion that drives Traco in his work at Kern Heath Systems also shapes his commitment to the community in his personal life. He teaches business courses at California State University, Bakersfield, provides mentoring for leaders on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and serves as a local pastor and community advocate. He graduated from the University of California, Davis with a bachelor’s degree in Economics in 2001, and from California State University, Bakersfield, with an M.B.A. in 2017. He is happily married to his wife of over 20 years, Dr. Jessica Grimes, a community college district administrator. Bakersfield, CA serves as the home base for their frequent travels and life adventures.
ATD Capability Model
Participants will receive tools and experiences to support their own competencies and ATD capabilities:
- Collaboration and Leadership
- Cultural Awareness and Inclusion
- Organization Development and Culture
- Talent Strategy and Management
- Future Readiness
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