Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit
Lehigh Valley Business hosts Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summits annually to educate and bring together leaders in this area to help others grow their DEI efforts.
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KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Holly R. Evans, P.E. , President , Evans Engineering, inc.
Ms. Evans is a Graduate of Penn State University and a licensed Professional Engineer with over 37 years’ experience as both a Civil and Structural engineer. Upon graduation Ms. Evans spent her first five years in the highway and bridge industry performing designs and inspections on numerous Highway projects in Pennsylvania. In 1989 Ms. Evans started Evans Engineering Inc. EEI, providing Civil and Structural Engineering services for private Commercial and Industrial clients. She is also a Partner in the Architectural Firm of Modern Architectural Design; MAD. Ms. Evans has worked on projects throughout much of the Continental US.
As President of Evans Engineering Inc. Ms. Evans has overseen the design and has prepared designs for the development of various Commercial Manufacturing, Industrial and Distribution facilities including projects for companies such as Pepsi, Amazon, UPS, The Hershey Company, Penske Trucking and Whirlpool Industries. These facilities include buildings as large as 1.7 million sf. in size. Additionally, she has prepared designs for various Retail centers, Automotive Dealerships, and School Districts.
Ms. Evans is a current Board Member of The Fund for Enhancing Communities, TFEC’s Fund for Woman and Girls Advisory Committee. She also serves as the Family and Youth Coordinator for TCPA, where she works to assist family members in coping with and understanding their children, grandchildren, or family member who have recently come out as transgender or gender fluid.
Ms. Evans is a past board member of the Keystone Business Alliance, KBA, and a recent recipient of, KBA’s Member of the Year award. She is also a Recipient of the Whitaker Center’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, STEM, Award, for Woman in STEM, “Breaking Barriers”. She is the past President of TransCentralPA, TCPA, a support Group for Trans-gender adults, and the Past President of the American Society of Highway Engineers, ASHE, for the Central Pa Chapter. Ms. Evans has also served on the Board for the Central Dauphin School District’s Panther Ram Foundation.
Monica Gould, President/Founder Strategic Consulting Partners
As the president and founder of an award-winning management consulting firm, Monica Gould thrives on leading organizational change, navigating disruption, and building diverse and efficient teams. With 30 years of advising corporations, public and private entities, and government agencies, Gould has earned the respect and trust of some of the world’s highest profile brands.
A 2021 and 2022 Central Penn Business Journal Top 100 Power Player, Gould and her team deliver training, coaching, strategic planning, and DEI initiatives that create productive work environments and meet their clients’ business goals. As the proud daughter of immigrants, Gould has a keen passion for coaching clients on all aspects of diversity. She has equipped over 100,000 leaders to meet the future better prepared with clarity, confidence, and optimism.
Aaysha Noor, Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at The GIANT Company
Aaysha Noor is the Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at The GIANT Company where she is responsible for strategizing DEI initiatives to build a culture of inclusion and belonging across all aspects of organizational work and also support communities in equitable ways. A sought-after speaker and facilitator of equity and inclusion, Aaysha not only brings professional expertise but also her lived experiences and community service that demonstrates her dedication to lift up underrepresented, and elevate marginalized voices.
A social justice advocate and passionate about women empowerment, she continually serves on several nonprofit boards and committees to bridge the gap and help form inclusive policies and practices to make a positive impact. Currently serving on the Board of Directors of YWCA Carlisle, HACC- the Central PA Community College, the Pennsylvania Dept of Education Equity & Inclusion Task Force, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Task Force, Central PA Diversity Forum and The Fund for Women and Girls- Women in Philanthropy committee. She is also at Large Director at ACLU PA, member of Network of Executive Women and Advisory Council member of Society of Professional Women with The Main Line Chamber of Commerce.
She is the recipient of Leadership in Diversity Award by The Conference for Women: Be Extraordinary, Sarah Alyce Wright Award from YWCA Greater Harrisburg, and Torch of Global Enlightenment Award from World Affairs Council of Harrisburg. She was named Women of Style in recognition of her impact by Susquehanna Style Magazine in 2019. She was also recognized as Top women in Grocery 2021 by Progressive Grocer, DEI Champion by National Diversity Council, and Women of Influence by The Griffin Report.
Nakesha Muldrow, Vice President, Finance, Access and Scheduling, WellSpan Health
Mrs. Muldrow has held several leadership positions during her sixteen-year tenure with WellSpan Health. Currently, she serves as Vice President, finance, Access and Scheduling. In connection with her role at WellSpan Health, Nakesha is a member of the Healthy York County Coalition, serving on the Access and Empowerment Committee. Outside of work, Nakesha has served on the boards of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of York and Adams County and Unstoppable You Ministries, Inc. She is the current board chair of the Cornerstone Youth Home and a board member of the York Jewish Community Center; leading their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Nakesha is also a proud member of the York Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she leads the Social Action Committee.
Nakesha received her Bachelor of Science degree in Long-Term Health Administration from York College of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Muldrow returned to York College and graduated with her Master of Business Administration degree in 2013. Most recently, Nakesha is working towards her Doctorate in Business, with an emphasis on leadership.
Nakesha strives to continue to advance her career in healthcare while making positive contributions to health equity, access to affordable care, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
Lynette Chappell Williams, (she/her) JD, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Penn State Health,
Lynette Chappell Williams, (she/her) JD, is the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Penn State Health, where she has responsibility for advancing the organization’s diversity and inclusion strategy. Since being with Penn State Health, she has co-led implementation of a written patient bias policy to reduce provider experiences of bias, co-led establishment of the “Rooney Rule” to increase senior leadership gender and race/ethnic diverse representation, established diversity pathway partnerships with HBCU schools, and established the foundation for Penn State Health and the medical college to be recognized as a best employer for diversity by Forbes, Military Times, the Human Rights Campaign, and Insight into Diversity.
Prior to joining Penn State Health, Lynette served as the Associate Vice President for Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY where she was responsible for implementing staff diversity initiatives, overseeing the Title IX program, advancing the university’s affirmative action obligations, and leading the organization’s commitment to work/life integration. While at Cornell, Lynette developed programs resulting in organizational recognition as a best employer for work/life by Working Mother Media, a best employer for employees over 50 by AARP, an adoption friendly employer by David Thomas Foundation, and an Exemplary Voluntary Effort employer by Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Lynette has also held roles as an employment manager for Automobile Club of Michigan, staff attorney with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and a judicial law clerk with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (Richmond, Va.).
Lynette has been nationally recognized for her work in diversity, inclusion and work/life, including an HR Rising Star/Diversity Champion by HR Executive, the Legacy Award from Families and Work Institute, and Women Worth Watching by Diversity Journal, and has presented on diversity and inclusion both nationally and internationally.
Lynette received her JD from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and a BS. in Psychology and Sociology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., where she was a charter member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and a member of the honors program. She also received a certification in diversity from Cornell University.
Lynette, originally from Newport News, Va., is a resident of Harrisburg, Pa. and has one daughter who received her undergraduate degree from George Mason University and a graduate degree from Penn State University, as well as three dogs.