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2021 FINRA Virtual Diversity Leadership Summit Reflecting Back and Looking Forward—Agenda

September 28 – 30, 2021

Agenda

Tuesday, September 28


12:30 p.m.

NEW Keynote Address: The Honorable Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Chair, U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH) chairs the Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion of the House Financial Services Committee and this year became the 27th chair of the historic 58 member Congressional Black Caucus. In this keynote address, Chairwoman Beatty will offer attendees insight into her agenda for the Subcommittee and share the vision Congressional leaders are working toward to build inclusivity and diversity while eliminating barriers within the financial services industry.

Introduction:

  • Robert Cook, President and CEO, FINRA

Speaker:

  • The Honorable Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Chair, U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion

 

2 – 3 p.m.

Create the World You Want to Live In

During this session, attendees learn why it’s important to always be your best self and help make the world a better place. Luvvie Jones, New York Times Best-Selling Author, Podcast Host and Professional Troublemaker, will share insights and discuss a variety of strategies to create a sense of belonging for everyone, as well as specific actions that create positive and impactful change that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion.

Introduction:

  • Peter Gonzalez, 2021 Diversity Leadership Summit Co-chair, Community Outreach Program Manager, Investor Education
  • Gina Petrocelli, 2021 Diversity Leadership Summit Co-chair, Chief Counsel, Enforcement

Speakers:

  • Luvvie Ajayi Jones, New York Times Best-Selling Author, Podcast Host and Professional Troublemaker
  • Rainia Washington, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, People Solutions, FINRA

 

4 – 5 p.m.

Access and Impact – Pathways to Promoting Prosperity

This session focuses on the potential implications of shifting U.S. demographic trends, examines the role of financial knowledge, and highlights effective approaches that advance financial inclusion.

Introduction:

  • Ritta McLaughlin, Director, Investor Education, FINRA

Speakers:

  • Darrick Hamilton, Henry Cohen Professor of Economics and Urban Policy, The New School
  • Gerri Walsh, President, FINRA Foundation, Senior Vice President, Investor Education, FINRA

 

Wednesday, September 29


2 – 3 p.m.

Financial Technology and Its Implications for Financial Inclusion

During this session, panelists examine FinTech business models being explored in the financial industry while considering their implications in reimagining financial inclusion. Topics to be discussed include innovative applications involving artificial intelligence, gamification, blockchain and other digital services.

Introduction:

  • Sydney Teixeira, Principal Analyst, Fixed Income Regulation, Regulatory Practice and Policy, FINRA

Moderator:

  • Haime Workie, Senior Director, Office of Financial Innovation, FINRA

Speakers:

  • Carmelle Cadet, Founder and CEO, EMTECH
  • Wole Coaxum, Founder and CEO, Mobility Capital Finance, Inc.
  • Melissa Koide, Founder and CEO, FinRegLab
  • Jason Young, Co-founder and CEO, Mindblown Labs

 

4 – 5 p.m.

Evolving Strategies for Inclusive Leadership

A discussion of scholarly research findings and their applications in the workplace. During this conversation, professors identify and analyze obstacles and opportunities for refining, reexamining and reimagining strategies for inclusive leadership and diversity training in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and movements for racial justice.

Moderator:

  • Ralph Delouis, Principal Counsel, Enforcement, FINRA

Speakers:

  • Dr. Edward Chang, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard University Business School
  • Dr. Frank Dobbin, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, Chair Harvard University Sociology Department
  • Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson, Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership and Information Analytics, University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business

 

Thursday, September 30


2 – 3 p.m.

CEO Conversation

A conversation between FINRA President and CEO Robert Cook and Eileen Murray, FINRA Chairperson and Public Governor, about the challenges, progress and breakthroughs of diversity, equity and inclusion in the financial services industry.

Introduction:

  • Audria Pendergrass Lee, Senior Director, Inclusion, Recruitment & Workforce Compliance, FINRA

Speakers:

  • Robert Cook, President and CEO, FINRA
  • Eileen Murray, FINRA Chairperson and Public Governor

 

 

4 – 5 p.m.

Chief Diversity Officer Roundtable

Drawing on their own professional experiences, panelists from various industries share their perspectives on the solutions, innovations and research findings explored during FINRA’s Diversity Leadership Summit and provide actionable steps attendees can take to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.

Moderator:

  • Audria Pendergrass Lee, Senior Director, Inclusion, Recruitment & Workforce Compliance, FINRA

Speakers:

  • Nadine Augusta,Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Emily Pitts, Chief Diversity Officer, Lindenwood University