December 9, 2021

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.   



2021 Diversity Champion Award Ceremony


Corporate Champion

Annie Lidge - Director Supplier Diversity, Fluor


Community Champion

David Leebron - President Rice University


Team Champion

Digital and Information Technology STEM Team - HCC






October 28, 2021

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   


Mental Health and AAPI Hate: How We ALL Can Play a Role in Helping Each Other in the Workplace" ?



Sarah Nguyen, MD, UCLA

Uyen-Khanh Quang-Dang, MD, MS, Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Tam Nguyen, PhD, Sutter Health

Jennifer Tran, DO, Palo Alto Medical Foundation


Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, discrimination, verbal assaults, and physical violence against members of the AAPI community have skyrocketed, disproportionately harming vulnerable members of the community, including women, youth, and elders. This racism takes its toll.  Please join us to learn what you can do to help combat anti-Asian racism in everyday living and support the AAPI community.

Topics will include:

Understanding the problem of racism

Practical, actionable steps to disrupt racism and overcome unconscious biases

Ways to create a safe space to speak up against racism








September 24, 2021

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.   

Session:    White Males Journey to Allyship: Head and HEART Based Leadership

Moderator: John Sequeira, CEO TL One Partner LLC


Ray Arata, Founder, Better Men Movement and Author

Andy Drake,  VP Asset Integrity, Gas Transmission and Midstream, Enbridge

Leslie Mays, Chief DEI Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Michael Pubentz,  VP IT Major Projects & Systems Development, Oxy


Are you struggling to engage more White Males in your DEI efforts? In the session you will hear from leading edge strategic thinkers, practitioners and role models as to ways they have found effective in bringing this group on board.  Take full advantage and invite others to join us in exploring this very important aspect of any successful DEI implementation. 









August 26, 2021

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   

Session:    A Conversation about Race and Law Enforcement

Moderator: Al Tribble, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI (Retired)


Eric Fagan, Sheriff, Fort Bend County

Troy Finner, Chief of Police, City of Houston

Brian Middleton, District Attorney, Fort Bend County

Eric Robbins, Chief of Police, City of Sugar Land

A number of law enforcement officials in Houston area are African Americans and it would be interesting to have them on a panel discussing  what it's like to be an African American law enforcement leader at a time when we are so keenly aware of the disparities in how some law enforcement officers treat members of certain communities, how they see solving that problem, what they've been subjected to themselves by law enforcement as African American citizens, and how they believe they and we should work together to address these issues.











July 28, 2021

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   

Session:    Let's Talk about Race and Anti-Racism


Pranika Sinha, Managing Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Greystone

This interactive and self-reflective session will overview various types of racism, define antiracism, discuss common detours from antiracist behavior and outline the journey to becoming antiracist. It will also cover how to engage in antiracist behavior and suggestions for dialogue. Material will delve into what you know about race, spheres of influence, the role you can personally play, and how to be an ally with an action plan with respect to anti-racism. A guide/workbook will be shared prior to the course time.








May 27, 2021

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   

Session:    Corporate Social Responsibility and Volunteerism


Amanda Scott, Specialist, Diversity, Inclusion, and Talent Acquisition Strategy, Enbridge


Mike Fernandez, SVP, Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability (PACS) and Chief Communications Officer, Enbridge

Melissa Garza Garrison, Director of Talent, Bridgeway Capital Management

Jai Collier, JD, SPHR, Program Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Harris Health System

Gayla Wilson, Program Manager, Volunteer Houston – Interfaith Ministries Greater Houston

Join our panel as they share Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) best practices, initiatives and programs to mobilize employees to positively impact the Greater Houston community where they work and live. Employees engaged in Corporate Social Responsibility appreciate the opportunity to help individuals and communities in need.

Volunteering in a virtual world has changed how companies can engage with nonprofit organizations while building rapport among employees. Whether your organization is large or small, Corporate Social Responsibility matters - it creates a culture that is centered on relationships, not just the bottom line, increases brand awareness and sets you apart from your business sector or industry.


March 24, 20211

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   


Session:    Effective Allyship: Practice, Reflect, Refine

Speakers:  Kelly Kleinkort, Director of Corporate Engagement, Catalyst

                    Jason Limerick, Director HR Strategy Growth Division, BHP Petroleum

                    Jeanele Davis, Talent Management Specialist, SCI Resources LLC


More than ever, it is imperative individuals and organizations that care about diversity, equity and inclusion understand steps we can take to be effective allies, creating more inclusive, psychologically safe environments for people from marginalized groups. In order to be effective allies, we need to celebrate both our differences and our points of connection. We can honor diversity and difference and, at the same time, find common ground, connect, and build alliances. Through curiosity, we might discover the ways that we’ll personally benefit from inclusion in the workplace. Allyship requires work but when supercharged with curiosity, its outcomes can be powerful.


During this session, we will unpack allyship—what it is and what it isn’t; the pitfalls of performative allyship; and how to effectively begin or progress in an allyship journey both as an individual and an organization.