Session Speakers

Dana Dawsey

As Dow Texas operations Leader, Dana is responsible for the plant assets, personnel and ensuring the achievement of global objectives. Dana provides leadership through daily actions, and provides coaching and guidance to plant teams and individuals.

As co-lead for Texas Operations Inclusion and Diversity Leadership team, Dana collaborates with a team to lead the journey to foster a workplace in which each employee and contractor at Dow feels respected, engaged and valued in the workplace.

 

She has great passion for Inclusion and Diversity and is also active in all ten Dow ERGs including her service as Chair for Women’s Inclusion Network (WIN) and Recruitment and Engagement Co-Chair for Global African Affinity Network (GAAN). She is also a member of the Society of Women Engineers.

 

Dana joined Dow in 2016, after having worked for Caterpillar Inc. in various Operations, Supply Chain, Project Management, EH&S and Inclusion and Diversity leadership roles. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Industrial Management from Northern Illinois University. She is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

Dow Texas Operations Leader & Site Inclusion and Diversity Leader

Dow Chemical

Kelly Kleinkort

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

Catalyst

Joyce Rehm Eisler

Joyce designs and conducts leadership programs and professional development workshops. She has been a guest speaker at the 2015, 2016, 2018 Annual Texas Diversity & Leadership Conferences, 2015 Live2Lead-Houston, 2019 ATD-Houston Talent Development and the 2019 Women’s Global Leadership Conference in Energy.

Certified Leadership Coach and Supervisor of Training,

Occidental (Oxy)

Pranika Sinha

Pranika has a passion for developing people, and has been in training and development for over 17 years. Her focus at Oxy includes talent management, leadership development, and inclusion / diversity. Pranika previously worked as a diversity consultant, and is the former President of the Texas Diversity Council, Gulf Coast Chapter. Pranika has a keen interest in mentoring and developing women, and started the women’s network at Oxy in 2013. She also speaks regularly at local conferences on diversity/inclusion and leadership topics.

Pranika holds a B.S. degree from Northwestern University in Environmental Engineering, and an MBA from Rice University. She is a Corporate Fellow with University of Houston, Downtown - MBA program and periodically co-teaches talent management. Pranika is also a graduate of Leadership Houston, Class XXXIV.

Senior Manager, Talent Development & Inclusion,
Occidental (Oxy)

Michael Amilcar

Michael Leslie Amilcar is CEO of Cook Ross Inc where she guides the vision and mission of the organization. Under her leadership, she continues to build upon the 30-year legacy of the organization in commitment to advancing inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility in the world.

 

Driven by a passion to bring about social change in the world, Michael’s experience and accomplishments reveal a relentless dedication to evolving conscious and inclusive leadership that brings greater equity for all. She and her team are committed to building workplaces where every employee, not just a few, can THRIVE.

 

Michael is Black and LatinX, born and raised in Chicago. She is a wife, mom, entrepreneur, activist, and adoptive family advocate. Michael hasn’t met a challenge she felt could not be solved with the right people working together.  She is proud to be at the helm of Cook Ross, working with a talented and passionate team, and partnering with courageous and committed clients.

CEO, Cook Ross

Jessica Li

Jessica Li is a certified diversity coach, trainer, advocate, and non-profit consultant. She has worked for almost 15 years in the social sector, primarily with non-profits and grassroots movements. Her background is in working to end gender-based violence, creating long-lasting social impact, and working with communities of color.

 

Jessica has previously served as the Executive Director of San Francisco SafeHouse, as one of the few non-profit womxn leaders of color in the city. She was also previously the Executive Director of the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project in Washington, D.C. Jessica has worked for the United Nations Mission in Sudan and the International Rescue Committee. Most recently, Jessica was the Director of Impact Initiatives at the LeaderSpring Center in Oakland, where she focused on building leadership development of senior leaders in the non- profit sector through the use of a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens.

 

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from Syracuse University, and a Master in Public Administration from Cornell University. Jessica is a proud New Yorker and spends her free time traveling and hanging out with her rescue dog, Hansyn.

Healing Equity United

Fiona Oliphant

Fiona Oliphant’s personal mission is to create a world which centers those living in the margins of our society by valuing their lived experiences, amplifying their voices and realigning current systems of power.

 

She’s primarily worked in the gender-based violence sector for almost two decades to actualize that mission. Fiona has been an intern, legal advocate, program manager, staff attorney, trainer, public speaker and director. Each position has been a fundamental building block priming her for sustained social impact work. Prior to working independently, Fiona served as the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement for the DC Coalition to End Sexual Violence. She was also the Director of the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project as well as Director of CONNECT’s Legal Advocacy Program.

 

Fiona graduated with honors from Wellesley College and received an Masters degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Fiona also has a law degree from Brooklyn Law School. She firmly believes that our identities, ALL of our identities, are sources of strength, ingenuity and connection. Some of Fiona’s most valued identities are: mother; spouse; first-generation Jamaican-American; avid reader and perpetual globe trotter. Fiona is also an unwavering optimist who believes that collectively we can end violence and oppression.

Healing Equity United

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