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Ask the Experts: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

  • Friday, February 05, 2021
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


DEI Panel moderated by Lahaja Furaha, Director, Diversity & Inclusion at the Washington Post 

Lahaja is responsible for the design and implementation of change, development, and performance management. Lahaja is a Prosci™ Certified Change Management Practitioner and Leadership Coach with experience providing culture assessments to strengthen business performance and build organizational capability; strategy alignment; leadership program design, assessment, and facilitation; talent and comprehensive change initiatives; and succession planning. Lahaja holds a BA from Howard University and a graduate degree from the University of Michigan.


Elliot Francis
Director, Diversity & Inclusion @ Biotechnology Innovation Org

Elliott is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of progressive and successful experience in both the private and federal sectors in the areas of Inclusive Diversity Leadership, Project Management, Diversity & Inclusion Consulting, Human Capital/Talent Management and Strategic Workforce Planning.

Elise Schroeter
Managing Director, Talent & Rewards at Willis Towers Watson

Known as an accomplished and high-impact business leader, trusted advisor and consulting partner. Elise offers an uncommon blend of expertise in revenue generation, business leadership and operational excellence supplemented by global insight and diverse experience across West Africa, Europe and North America. 

With a 20+ year career delivering specialized solutions in human capital and program management to signature organizations, Elise drives the development of strategic roadmaps that offer a direct line-of-sight to achieving enterprise-critical objectives – in ramp-up, turnaround, and high-growth environments. Fluent in several languages, she is asked to share my global perspective on people issues such as women in leadership and organizational excellence, having served as a speaker and author for events and publications on these topics. 

Elise earned her M.B.A. degree from Temple University with a concentration in international business and human resources, a Master’s Certificate in European economics from the Europa Institute at the University of Saarland in Germany and graduated with honors from the University of Benin in Nigeria with a bachelor’s degree in economics and statistics. 

Fernando Little
Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer at Atrium Health

Fernando Little is the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Atrium Health. Fernando leads broad, collaborative efforts throughout Atrium Health's operations and academic programs to foster diversity, inclusion, culturally competent care, inclusive purchasing, language access, and health equity for diverse and underserved populations. He develops, implements and monitors programs and processes that sustain Atrium Health's inclusive organizational culture. Fernando and his team at Atrium were recently recognized through the 2020 CMS Health Equity award for their work.



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