August 26, 2021
May 27, 2021
Moderator - Al Tribble
Alfred Tribble spent 27 years as an FBI Special Agent. Al’s last position before he retired in 2018, was Supervisory Special Agent. He supervised agents who investigated civil rights, human trafficking and violent crimes against children. A subject matter expert in hate crimes and color of law investigations, Al also investigated financial institution fraud, gangs, drugs and terrorism and drafted guidelines for initiating color of law investigations.
He developed and taught training to better comprehend the threat of hate crimes, deprivation of rights under color of law, violent crimes against children and human trafficking. He also served Houston’s FBI as a SWAT Team sniper, hostage negotiator and media spokesperson.
Fort Bend County District Attorney
Brian Middleton, a native Houstonian, was elected to serve as District Attorney of Fort Bend County in November of 2018. He worked in both the public and private sector before being sworn in as D.A.
He has been a municipal prosecutor for the City of Meadows Place, City of Wallis, and City of Jersey Village, and has worked as a Judge for Jacinto City. He has held jobs in the office of the Attorney General of Texas, has worked as a briefing attorney for Judge Morris Overstreet at the Texas court of Criminal Appeals and as an Assistant D.A. in the Fort Bend County DA’s office.
In the private sector, Mr. Middleton established the Middleton Law Firm and practiced in the areas of criminal law, civil litigation, bankruptcy and appeals, and worked for the firm of Barrett, Burke, Wilson, Castile, Daffin and Frappier.
Fort Bend County Sheriff
Sheriff Eric Fagan has been Sheriff of Fort Bend County since January of 2021. He is the first African American to serve in the position since Reconstruction. He spent 31 years in the Houston Police Department, where he won the Officer of the Year Award three times. He also served as President and President Emeritus of the African American Police Officer’s League.
As an HPD Officer, Sheriff Fagan served in numerous capacities, including on Mayor Sylvester Turner’s protection detail. As an officer assigned to the Internal Affairs Division’s Alternative Dispute Resolution section, he personally mediated over 200 cases with a 100 percent rate of agreement between the parties. He has lived in Fort Bend County for 30 years. He was born in Harrisonburg, Louisiana, but was raised in Houston.
Sugar Land Police Chief
Chief Eric Robins is a native Houstonian who has spent almost his entire career with the Sugar Land Police Department. Before he joined the Sugar Land PD in 1992, he was a correctional officer with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
In his career with Sugar Land, Chief Robins has risen through the ranks from patrol officer to detective, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and Assistant Chief. He has provided leadership for every division in the police department.
Chief Robins is known for his innovations since becoming Chief in ______. He has increased police visibility, made it easier for his investigators to recognize and address criminal trends, and created special enforcement teams to target and handle high crime patterns in the city. His initiatives have directly contributed to a lower crime rate.
Houston Police Chief
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner is a native Houstonian who was born in the Fifth Ward and raised in the Hiram Clarke neighborhood.
As Chief of the fourth largest city in the United States, he oversees 5300 sworn personnel and over 1200 civilian staff members.
Chief Finner has been a Houston police officer for 31 years, serving in numerous capacities. He has been an Executive Assistant Chief, Assistant Chief of the South Patrol Command, Manager of Field and Support Operations, and has worked in the Office of Public Affairs, Southwest Division, South Gessner Division, and Internal Investigation Command.
He is deeply committed to strengthening the relationship of the community with police, especially as it relates to building trust. He leads from the front line during major events, including civil unrest and protest, and he embraces the use of technology and data-driven analysis in the response to and reduction of crime.
Pranika Uppal Sinha
Managing Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Pranika Uppal Sinha leads Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at Greystone. In this role, she is responsible for introducing new DEI initiatives, including education, resources, and programming, across the entire firm to ensure Greystone’s diversity efforts evolve and move forward.
Pranika previously worked at Occidental in Houston, Texas, where she spent nine years in various senior talent, training, and development roles, most recently as Senior Manager, Talent Development & Inclusion. While there, she led global leadership development programs, workshops, culture and strategic diversity efforts. Prior to Occidental, Pranika held talent development, training, and diversity-focused roles at Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston and 21st Century Consulting, Inc. in Chicago, IL.
Pranika earned a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering at Northwestern University and an MBA at Rice University, and is also a graduate of Leadership Houston – Class XXXIV. She is based in Houston, TX.
Specialist, Diversity, Inclusion, and Talent Acquisition Strategy
Amanda started her career working on US Political campaigns, in 5 different states, focused on electing women at all levels, from Presidential down through all levels to local city government races in Houston.
Amanda has experience in the Healthcare, Construction and Energy industries. She has expertise in many facets of HR, including Employee Relations, Talent Acquisition, Workforce Analytics, Management Strategy, and Organizational Development. A native Houstonian, she loves living here with her husband, two kids, and three fur-babies.
Jai Collier, JD, SPHR (She/Her)
Program Manager, Diversity & Inclusion
Harris Health System
Jai Collier, JD SPHR is a 14-year civil litigation attorney and Diversity Equity and Inclusion practitioner, speaker, and author. She currently manages the Diversity and Inclusion program at Harris Health System and serves as Co-Chair of the Houston Chapter of Diversity First Coalition, a subset of the Texas Diversity Council, and the National Diversity Council. She is also a wife and mother of three and a proud UT Law graduate. "Hook em!"
SVP, Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability (PACS)
and Chief Communications Officer
Mike has served as the chief communications officer for several large companies, including Cargill, Cigna and State Farm – prior to joining Enbridge in March. He’s also served as the US CEO of Burson-Marsteller (one of the world’s largest PR firms) and as a Professor at Boston University.
Early in his career, he was press secretary to a US Senator who chaired the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and the Senate Budget Committee.
He earned a B.A. in government and M.S. in accounting from Georgetown University.
Mike and his teams have won numerous honors for their work in marketing, crisis management, sustainability and communications – his work, in fact, earned Cargill a place on Fortune magazine’s first list of “Change the World” companies.
Mike himself has a number of distinct honors, among them: he was the youngest press secretary in U.S. Senate history at 23, and he was the first U.S. born Latino to serve as a chief communications officer of a Fortune 500 company.
Melissa Garza Garrison
Director of Talent
Bridgeway Capital Management
Bridgeway is a Houston, Texas based asset management firm that fosters a culture that is purposely focused on our clients. Bridgeway is a leader in relational investing which bridges the gap between investment results and returns for humanity by taking an innovative approach to asset management. It is a statistical, evidence-based investment approach motivated by a passion for servant leadership and global impact which we accomplish by donating 50% of our firm profits to organizations making a positive impact for humanity.
As Director of Talent, Melissa leads culture and talent development, recruiting, rewards initiatives, and other human resource elements at Bridgeway. Currently, Melissa is advancing the organizations Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives by continuing the implementation of Bridgeway’s three-year DEI plan and leading DEI communication and education within the firm. Before joining Bridgeway in 2010, she was the Deputy Director of Children At Risk, where she oversaw communications, administration, and finance.
Melissa earned both an MA and a BS in Behavioral Science at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Passionate about improving the lives of socioeconomically disadvantaged youth, Melissa mentors local youth, exposing them to college and career options early in life. She also advocates for public policy that supports long-term positive outcomes for youth in Houston and Texas.
Volunteer Houston - Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
Gayla joined Volunteer Houston in 2018 after a 30-year career as Regional Sales Manager for various companies in the foodservice industry. As program manager, she manages the corporate volunteer program, working with organizations and companies to develop, manage and meet their Corporate Social Responsibility goals.
Originally from Oklahoma City, she relocated to Houston in 1996 and now calls the Bayou City home. She is a lifelong volunteer having served in various organizations to include Child Advocates, Dress for Success, Children @ Risk and Bel Inizio. A lover of music and live concerts – the smaller the venue the better and there is always a song in her head! Her loves of life include her husband, family and friends, great food which includes finding great recipes to try at home, early morning runs, a suitcase – passport welcomed but not required and finding ways to be a changemaker in the most diverse city in the country.
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Catalyst is a global nonprofit working with leading companies to create inclusive workplaces. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies, foreign governments, nonprofits and institutions of higher education to build bridges of understanding across cultures and peoples and create inclusive environments. She frequently presents on unconscious bias, inclusive leadership and courageous conversations.
Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Texas A&M University, a Master of Public Administration degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a language certification from Inner Mongolia University of China, where she lived and worked for three years. She is a Fulbright Scholar as well as a Young Sinologist, a fellowship awarded by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Director of Corporate Engagement
Director HR Strategy
Jason is an HR and DEI professional with 16 years’ experience working in and supporting the energy sector. He specializes in Culture Planning, Inclusion and Diversity strategy, and Change Management.
Jeanele received her degree in Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Speech Communications from Houston Baptist University and a Masters of Arts in Human Resources Management from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.
Jeanele started her career in the Human Resources department in 2015. Her focus shifted to Inclusion and Diversity in 2018. Since this time she has been instrumental in implementing several I&D programs and initiatives to include, Employee Resource Groups, Women’s Conferences, and I&D target metrics. Jeanele is a native Houstonian, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the proud mother of a 2-year-old baby girl, Destiny Marie.
Talent Management Specialist
SCI Shared Resources, LLC