Change From the Top

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:

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.