On January 30, more than 100 CEOs and corporate executives attended the Change From the Top Diversity Forum held in MoFo’s New York office.
As noted in a recent McKinsey study, companies with diverse workforces financially outperform their peers.
January’s event looked at ways that corporate leaders can champion diversity within the organization, addressing such questions as:
- How can we define diversity within a global context?
- Do traditional notions of “leadership” stifle progress toward innovation, engagement, collaboration, and meaningful inclusion?
- What can we do to close the gender pay gap?
- How can we effectively address unconscious bias in the workplace?
- How do we overcome climates of silence?
- What best practices exist to support diversity talent in the financial, legal, technology, commodities, and communications industries?
MoFo panelists and speakers included:
- Larren Nashelsky, chair
- Keith Wetmore, chair emeritus
- Purvi Patel, co-chair, Diversity Strategy Committee
- Jamie Levitt, partner
- Josh Klayman, of counsel
- Dario de Martino, associate
- Natalie Kernisant, attorney diversity and inclusion manager
Other panelists included:
- Jon Iwata, senior vice president, marketing and communications, at IBM
- Kimberly Lubel, CEO of CST Brands, Inc.
- Julian Moore, senior managing director of K2 Intelligence LLC
- Dinesh Paliwal, CEO of Harman International Industries
- Jerome Peribere, CEO of Sealed Air Corporation
- Danya Perry, general counsel of MacAndrews & Forbes
New York of counsel Josh Klayman; James Blueweiss, Head of North American Partnerships, Babator; New York associate Dario de Martino; Diversity and Inclusion Manager Natalie Kernisant; and Genevieve Leveille, CEO of AgriLedger were among the many attendees in our New York office.
Musicians from Julliard opened the evening reception.
Jon Iwata, SVP, Marketing and Communications, IBM; Dinesh Paliwal, CEO of Harman International Industries; and New York associate Dario de Martino shared best practices for promoting diversity.