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Register for the 'How Personal Experiences Shape Corporate Inclusion' Webinar

Register for the second webinar of the Making Our Strong Community, Stronger collaborative initiative, featuring diverse personal stories and histories of colleagues across the mainframe community

Dr. Gloria Chance, Ashley Peterson, Jeff Henry, Sharra Owens-Schwartz, Jerry Chuaypradit

Join us on April 28, 2021 at 11:00 CST // 12:00 EST for “How Personal Experiences Shape Corporate Inclusion”—the second webinar of the Making Our Strong Community, Stronger collaborative initiative on diversity, equity and inclusion. This collaborative initiative is inspired by a question to mainframe leaders about diversity: “What are you doing about it?”
 
This initiative gained traction with the 2020 webinar, “Why Mainframe Executives are Investing in Diversity and Inclusion.” Now, we’re continuing the conversation by featuring the diverse personal stories and histories of colleagues across the mainframe community to reveal how experiences influence “company culture” and shape corporate inclusion. Challenging the biases we see in each other is the first step to real inclusivity, unlocking the potential of people and therefore, our teams, our companies, and our community.
 
Panelists for this webinar (sponsored by Broadcom, IBM, Open Mainframe Project, Rocket Software, TechChannel and VirtualZ Computing) will include:
 
  • Ashley Peterson, product marketing manager, IBM Z and LinuxONE, IBM
  • Jeff Henry, vice president, Product Management and Design, Mainframe Software Division, Broadcom
  • Sharra Owens-Schwartz, inclusion, diversity and equity senior director, Rocket Software
  • Jerry Chuaypradit, manager, IBM Z Enterprise Networking Solutions, IBM
  • Moderator: Dr. Gloria Chance, president/CEO, The Mousai Group
 
When we join companies, we bring our experiences—societal, cultural, spiritual, familial—with us. These experiences then create personas within the company that contribute to the collective personality of the organization. With this reality in mind, how do we purposefully create inclusive cultures that elevate people and the value of diversity, equity and inclusion in our daily work? We will define inclusive through the real-life experiences of our panelists and outline how colleagues and companies are exploring the importance of a welcoming environment by understanding and living the habits that create it. Authentically building and growing DE&I also includes identifying behaviors, stereotypes and actions that can obstruct a culture of inclusion.
 
Diversity is a priority for the mainframe and tech ecosystems, but diversity is not sustainable without inclusion. We know that intentional DE&I is life-changing for people, igniting vibrant corporate cultures that out-innovate with increased profitability. With a goal of accelerating diversity by sharing voices, perspectives and corporate cultures, we hope to inspire meaningful conversations and most importantly, approachable actions that elevate inclusivity with lasting impact.
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