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DI&E: Lessons from industry experts

  • Friday, November 01, 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Tower Club, Tysons Corner, 8000 Towers Crescent Dr. #1700, Vienna, VA 22182


Back by popular demand, our November program will feature a panel of experts to continue the conversation we started last program year on Diversity, Inclusion & Equity! We’ll take a deeper dive into some of the topics around inclusion systems, compensation strategies, cross cultural communication, case studies, and for smaller companies (200-1000 employees)- ideas about vendors/external service providers in DI&E.

About the Speakers

Dr. Virginia Biano-Mathis (moderator)
Marymount University

Virginia Bianco-Mathis, a Strategic Performance Group partner, has more than 20 years of experience and a doctorate in human resource and organization development. She is considered a leader in her field. Her background includes a core set of industry positions, extensive consulting with corporate and agency executives, and publications/presentations in the areas of performance management, organizational change, leadership development, executive team-building, coaching and strategic planning.

Bianco-Mathis has held positions in human resources, strategy and organization development at C&P Telephone, AT&T, Lockheed Martin and the Artery Organization. Currently, she is a professor in the School of Business, chair of the Department of Management, at Marymount University. She teaches courses in organization development, team and group dynamics, leadership and strategy. Her current consulting engagements include leadership development, executive coaching, strategic planning, team-building and organizational change.

Bianco-Mathis has given major presentations at several international conferences. Major publications include “Consulting Dilemmas” (Training and Development Journal), Change in Organizations: Best Practices (with Roman, U.S. Department of Agriculture), “Cross-Functional Teams at AOL” (with Fitzgerald, OD Practitioner). With her SPG partner. Lisa Nabors, she has published “The Dialogue Deck” (2017) and Everyday Coaching (2018), which is being widely read by leaders. She also has written numerous articles for the Washington Business Journal.

Dominica Groom Williams
Freddie Mac, Human Resources Division


Dominica Groom Williams is Vice President of the Office of Inclusive Engagement at Freddie Mac. She leads the company’s inclusion, diversity and community engagement functions. Her oversight includes diverse employee and supplier attraction, engagement, development and retention as well as community outreach that targets underserved affinities. She also focuses on innovative practices to deliver favorable business outcomes. Most recently, she integrated the workforce and supplier diversity functions into one cohesive function, creating a more unified focus, fostering more effective management and driving streamlined execution across the company.

Dominica has more than 15 years of experience leading inclusion and diversity programs as well as global marketing and communications initiatives, most recently as Senior Director, Global Supplier Diversity and Sustainability (Global Operations) at Marriott International, the world's largest global lodging company. Prior to this role, she oversaw marketing, change management and communications for various highly-visible company initiatives, as well as worked in nonprofit program management.

Dominica is a graduate of the University of Michigan. She was named one of Black Enterprises “Top Executives in Corporate Diversity,” recognized as one of the “Top 100 Women” in the state of Maryland by The Daily Record, and as one of Maryland’s top "Leading Women" under the age of 40. She was also named a "Top Influential Leader in Diversity" by the National Association for Minority Companies for her commitment to diversity and inclusion. She was recently inducted as a member to The Executive Leadership Council.

Tim Springer

Level Access

Tim Springer founded Level Access with the vision of creating a world where all digital systems are accessible to people with disabilities. For nearly two decades Level Access has provided digital accessibility compliance solutions for corporations, government agencies and leading educational institutions. Tim views access to digital technology as a profound, empowering force in the lives of individuals with disabilities. As CEO of Level Access, he is dedicated to ensuring technology not only meet regulatory standards but supports real world use by individuals with disabilities.

As founder of Level Access, Mr. Springer designed Level Access's core technology and led the development of InFocus(tm) the industry's first commercial software for testing Web accessibility. Tim served as the chief architect of the Accessibility Management Platform, Level Access's proprietary accessibility assessment methodology and wrote Level Access's programming language - the Document Compliance Query Language (DCQL). Mr. Springer advises many large public and private sector organizations on the technical challenges and best practices required to successfully achieve accessibility. He holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Computer Science from Stanford University. He was recently awarded recognition as a Champion of Change by the White House.

Shaara Roman
The Silverene Group

Shaara Roman is a board member, former CHRO, entrepreneur, speaker and CEO of a boutique management and culture consulting firm, The Silverene Group. Drawing on her global perspective, Shaara and her team help bring an organization’s aspirational culture to life to holistically strengthen a company’s trajectory. Shaara often speaks on the role of an inclusive company culture in driving employee and business success. 

Prior to starting her business, she held leadership and executive level roles at CGI, Fannie Mae, NRECA and VISA. She received an MBA from Georgetown University and sits on two non-profit boards.

Shaara lives in Arlington with her husband and two teenagers, enjoys the theater, travel, soccer, football, and time with friends and family.

Liz A. Buday
Architect of the Capitol

Liz A. Buday is the Director of the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Dispute Resolution for the Architect of the Capitol (AOC). Serving Congress and the Supreme Court, the AOC is the builder and steward of the landmark buildings and grounds of Capitol Hill. As a member of senior leadership, Liz works with AOC managers, supervisors and employees to further the agency’s efforts in building and sustaining an inclusive workplace based on respect and civility. She provides direction on conflict resolution, EEO issues, sexual harassment prevention, and all Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) initiatives. Liz has introduced a host of innovative strategies that expand the D&I portfolio to include employee engagement, corporate culture, leadership development, broader training, and organizational assessments. Recently, she was tasked with leading the agency’s multi-year effort to improve the overall corporate culture. Liz is a certified Executive Coach (ICF-ACC) and serves as an internal leadership coach.

With over 25 years of D&I, Human Resources and Organizational Development experience, Liz was previously the director of civil rights for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), chief executive officer for a private civil rights and human resources consulting firm, and she began her career with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Kymberlee Dwinell
Northrop Grumman

Kymberlee Dwinell is the corporate director for Diversity and Inclusion for Northrop Grumman. She is responsible for the strategic direction, implementation, and alignment of the company’s integrated diversity and inclusion initiatives around the world.

Ms. Dwinell manages initiatives designed to foster inclusive workplace behaviors, create educational vehicles for expanding diversity knowledge, and develop employee networks and strategic communications plans for diversity. She has recently testified before Congress on the topics of Women Parity and Women in the 21st Century Workplace.

Prior to her current role, Ms. Dwinell served as director, Diversity and Inclusion, EEO/Compliance, Corporate Citizenship, as well as Environmental, Health and Safety, as part of her center of excellence in Northrop Grumman’s Information Systems sector. She was previously director, Human Resources, of the former Information Technology sector’s Enterprise Infrastructure, Commercial, State and Local and Defense business groups.

Before then, Ms. Dwinell served as HR director for a number of divisions within Northrop Grumman’s former Mission Systems sector, including Surveillance and Reconnaissance and Information and Technical Services. Ms. Dwinell joined Northrop Grumman in 1991 and before that held HR positions with the National Rifle Association of America and Mobil Oil Corporation.

Ms. Dwinell holds a bachelors of arts from Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts, and has attended postgraduate courses at Cornell, Fordham, the University of Virginia, and the University of Michigan. She also holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certificate from the Human Resources Certificate Institute. She completed the advanced leadership program, Creating the Future at the Darden Graduate LEAD1NG One Northrop Grumman leadership program.

In addition, she is a certified coach for the Personnel Decisions International Profiler 360, is Myers-Briggs Type Indicator qualified, and certified to facilitate the Drexler-Sibbet Team performance model, Prosci change management learning systems, as well as William Bridges and Associates Leading Organizational Transition.

Date and Time:

Friday, November 1, 2019  

Registration and breakfast: 8:00am to 8:30am
Program:  8:30am to 10:30am

HRCI  & SHRM Credit available to attendees

Registration Details:           

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