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Join us for our 5th Annual Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Symposium, a day dedicated to exploring the strategies and tactics needed to fully integrate diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging into your organization and team. The day will include panels, breakouts, and general sessions throughout that provide the guidance and thought leadership needed to craft your organization's plan, with sensitivity to the current work environment.

NEHRA Members:
Early-Bird - $299 (ends Tuesday 11/16)
Regular - $399 (11/17-on)

Non-Members: $399
Early-Bird - $399 (ends Tuesday 11/16)
Regular - $499 (11/17-on)

*Sleeping rooms available at the Four Points by Sheraton at a discounted rate of $145/night. Call 781-769-7900 and use code NEHRA when booking. 

NEHRA Registration Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations must be received in writing by Friday December, 3rd, and will be charged a $100 cancellation fee.


8:30 - 9:00am: Registration, Breakfast, & Networking

9:00 - 10:15am: Welcome Remarks & Opening Session -
Addressing Power, Privilege, and Racial Equity in Your Organization

10:15 - 10:45am: Break

10:45am - 12:00pm: Breakouts ( choice of 3 )
1 - Empathetic Leadership Through a Diverse Lens
2 - Inclusive Strategies to Engage and Support Employees with Diverse Abilities
3 - Uplift & Empower Women to Avoid the Great Resignation

12:00 - 1:15pm: Lunch & Networking Activity: Sharing Stories and Building Connections 

1:15 - 2:30pm: Breakouts ( choice of 3 )
1- The Development of Racial & Social Justice Work at BAMSI (Brockton Area Multi-Services, Inc): A Case Study
2 - Intersectional Identities: Adding Mental Health to DE&I Initiatives at Work
3 - Hot Off the Press! Greater Boston 2021 Gender and Racial Wage Gap Measurement Results from the BWWC

2:30 - 3:00pm: Break

3:00 - 4:00pm: Closing Keynote: Cultivating Joy: A Conversation with Thaddeus Miles

4:00 - 5:00pm: Networking Reception sponsored by: Professional Staffing Group (PSG)



9:00 - 10:15AM - WELCOME REMARKS & OPENING SESSION - Addressing Power, Privilege, and Racial Equity in Your Organization
Facilitator:  Marcia Kimm-Jackson, Facilitator, Trainer, & Coach, IBIS Consulting Group

Organizations are making racial equity a business priority to create a culture of belonging. This often requires leaders to engage in difficult conversations around power, privilege and now racial equity.

In this unique and dynamic session, the IBIS Consulting Group and their troupe of professional actors will perform a workplace scenario that will serve as starting points for discussion on inclusive leadership and allies in the workplace. This real-life scenario will illustrate role of leaders on mitigating bias and addressing systemic disparities.


1 - Empathetic Leadership Through a Diverse Lens
Speakers:  Su Joun, Principal, Diversity@Workplace & Amanda Martinez, Senior Consultant, Diversity@Workplace

Many believe that empathy is a good leadership skill to have, but why is it extra critical for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in this current environment? This session will cover what exactly empathy is, how it is different from sympathy, how it can be learned and developed, and how best to utilize it to advance DEI as an individual and in an organization. 

2 - Inclusive Strategies to Engage and Support Employees with Diverse Abilities
Speaker: Lisa Drennan, Founder, MERGE Diverse Abilities Inclusion Consulting

If your business or organization has committed to hiring a diverse workforce, this session is for you. Inclusion is not about proximity, or simply providing a work opportunity for someone with a disability. Inclusion is the intentional work we do to ensure that everyone is welcomed, engaged and supported to be successful in their roles. Here we will explore together the top inclusion strategies that will give your team the tools and confidence to create a culture of inclusion ensuring that persons with diverse abilities are valued (and equal) members of your team. 

In this interactive training, attendees will learn about disability etiquette, suggested terminology and best practice around inclusion strategies. End the session reviewing inclusion scenarios in small groups and apply the strategies learned to solve them. You’ll leave knowing that Inclusion means FOR ALL and is achieved when there is organizational commitment.

3 - Uplift & Empower Women to Avoid the Great Resignation
Speakers: Sarah MacConduibh, Aurora Guide Team Lead, reacHIRE & Addie Swartz, CEO, reacHIRE 

According to a new global study from Qualtrics, belonging is the top employee experience driver linked to engagement and well-being in 2021. When employees feel like they belong in an organization and see real evidence that they are valued, they perform better, are more engaged and are more likely to stay and thrive. When we focus on women and people who identify as female, a sense of belonging is especially critical as we emerge from a post-pandemic world and weather the aftershocks together.

In this presentation, attendees will learn about the business benefits of establishing small, scalable “community groups” for women within the parameters of the traditional workday to build belonging and shared experiences. We will also discuss how small group community for historically marginalized employees differs from ERGs and why it is especially critical for Women of Color, Women in STEM and new mothers, and non-binary team members.

Instead of helping women find belonging as they climb the corporate ladder alone, this presentati on will explore how we can turn the proverbial ladder into a community bridge that helps more women get to where they want to go, together.

Sharing Stories and Building Connections
Facilitator:  Kari Heistad, CEO of Diversity Dashboard and DEIBoxx, and Advisory Board Member for the D&I Masters Program at Tufts University 

1 - The Development of Racial & Social Justice Work at BAMSI (Brockton Area Multi-Services, Inc.): A Case Study
Speakers: Sonia D'Alarcao, VP of Learning & Development, BAMSI, Peter Evers, CEO, BAMSI, Christiana Odunze, RN, Director of Healthcare Services, & Catherine Stewart, Program Director of the CSA, BAMSI

Recent events have sparked a renewed movement towards racial justice.  Organizations are looking within and making changes.  This session will present BAMSI as a case study in how an organization can begin or expand this work. 

A panel of BAMSI leaders will present this organization’s approach to racial and social justice work, including the following areas:

  • ASSESS to identify challenges and ensure inclusivity
  • ENGAGE employee voices and participation in programs and events
  • ENHANCE processes and policies
  • STRENGTHEN through advocacy, education and support
  • INNOVATE to meet employee and agency needs
  • CELEBRATE who we are and where we come from 

2 - Intersectional Identities: Adding Mental Health to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives at Work
Speaker: Kyrah Altman, CEO, LEAD, Inc.

Join us for this impactful session to discover how Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging initiatives fuel mental health and psychological safety in the workplace. We'll explore how intersectional identities influence one’s feelings of inclusion, belonging, and justice at work. Participants will also learn how to effectively apply proactive strategies to prevent burnout, maximize productivity, and foster psychological safety in the workplace, such as updating HR policies and leveraging "identity" and "mental health days."

3 - Hot Off the Press! Greater Boston 2021 Gender and Racial Wage Gap Measurement Results from the BWWC (Boston Women's Workforce Council)
Speakers:  Mim Minichiello, President, Employee Benefits, HUB International New England & Kimberly Borman, Executive Director, Boston Women’s Workforce Council

Disparity in pay? You don’t say! Results from the BWWC’s 2021 Wage Gap Report

Are we any closer to closing the gender & racial wage gap? That’s what the Boston Women’s Workforce Council has been studying for the past several years, and the Wage Gap Report has the answers. Join Executive Director Kim Borman to get a snapshot of the current landscape, progress that’s being made and best practices that BBWC’s Compact Signers are adopting to make their organizations more equitable. We’ll also discuss how you can become a Compact Signer and be the change you want to see for a better workplace.

3:00 - 4:00PM: 
Cultivating Joy: A Conversation with Thaddeus Miles

Thaddeus Miles is the Director of Community Services at MassHousing, an internationally recognized and award- winning photographer, and the founder of the #BlackJoy project which sets out to highlight and celebrate joy. At MassHousing, Thaddeus is responsible for Housing Stability, Knowledge and Capacity Building, and Strengthening Families and Communities for over 500 Housing developments across the commonwealth. He has received several awards and recognitions for making positive impacts on the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of the population by raising awareness, fighting against social injustices and advocating for those who do not have a voice.

Thaddeus will sit down with Aaron Green, Founder of PSG and member of NEHRA's Diversity Steering Committee. They will discuss Thaddeus' steadfast commitment to ensuring genuine opportunities for success and achievement for underserved populations, as well as his inspiration for creating the Black Joy Project, and how it has already sparked resilience, empowerment, and happiness among the Black community and beyond.

Sponsored by:  


COVID-19 Protocols

COVID-19 Protocols (updated 11/9/2021)

NEHRA remains committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all of our in-person events. We continue to hold the health and safety of our community as our top priority and encourage participants to make this a priority as well. With that in mind, please find our protocol for events below, including participant requirements. We appreciate your partnership in making in-person events a safe success!

• Abide by the safety protocols mandated by the State of Massachusetts, the venue, the CDC, and/or NEHRA
• Either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or receive a negative viral COVID-19 test result 3 days prior to the conference (you will be asked to attest to this at check-in)
• Wear a mask during all indoor activities, unless eating or drinking, and regardless of vaccination status (NEHRA will have disposable masks available at the registration booth)
• Not attend the event if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are not yet cleared as non-contagious by the health care team responsible for treatment, or are awaiting a COVID-19 test result (you will be asked to attest to this at check-in)
• Not attend the event if they have been exposed to anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 10 days (you will be asked to attest to this at check-in)
• Immediately excuse themselves from the event and inform NEHRA staff should they discover that they have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, and/or begin exhibiting symptoms themselves. 


• NEHRA staff and hotel staff will be wearing masks inside, and following all CDC/MA guidelines
• Sanitizing stations will be available throughout the event space, and enhanced sanitization is performed at the venue
• Distanced seating will be available in meeting spaces and for meals
• NEHRA will provide green, yellow, and red stickers available at check in that participants may display on their name badge to indicate your level of comfortability with interactions (i.e. no contact, limited, or open to contact)


Kyrah J. Altman (she/her)


Lead, Inc.

Kyrah J. Altman's story of social entrepreneurship began at nine years old. As a result of growing up in a broken home, she began experiencing severe post-traumatic stress disorder and depression in middle school. While mental illness followed her throughout adolescence, she channeled her loss of childhood and early adverse experiences into planning local fundraisers to support historically marginalized groups in her community, including children with disabilities, mothers recovering from substance use disorders, and survivors of domestic violence. 

Despite battling mental illness, suicidal ideation, and a loss of childhood throughout adolescence, Kyrah continued channeling her internal struggles by working passionately with seven high school peers to establish a student-led social enterprise called Let's Empower, Advocate, and Do (LEAD). At the time of LEAD’s founding in 2012, Kyrah was already a seasoned, 16-year-old social entrepreneur who had spent years planning community service initiatives and working as a Certified Nurse Assistant with Hospice patients. LEAD's founding was directly catalyzed by the Newtown CT, tragedy, as many of the school shooting's victims were similar ages to Kyrah's younger siblings. Since Kyrah began raising her younger siblings as a pre-teen herself, this horrific tragedy catapulted her and her peers into action. 

Despite being displaced from her home at age 17 and surviving an abusive romantic relationship, Kyrah continued to simultaneously direct LEAD and manage her mental health. By her high school graduation, LEAD donated over $10K to its Leominster, Massachusetts community through sustainable social justice initiatives and community service events. 

In 2016, and as the only female and freshman social entrepreneur in the George Washington University New Venture Competition, Kyrah won $32,500 of seed funding and incorporated LEAD as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. From her dorm room, Kyrah scaled LEAD into the international mental health literacy organization it is today, dedicating the organization to providing training and curriculum to strengthen mental health literacy, promote lifelong well-being, and build community resilience. Kyrah graduated from the George Washington University in 2019, with a degree in Human Services & Social Justice, Public Health, and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. During that time, Kyrah also served as the nation's youngest Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor and was honored to represent her home state as the MA Cherry Blossom Princess for the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.

Kim Borman

Executive Director

Boston Women’s Workforce Council

Kim Borman brings over 25 years of expertise in private sector management, marketing and operations and a wide variety of experience in building and sustaining nonprofit organizations. She has held senior executive positions at a variety of top Boston advertising agencies as well as owned and managed her own agency, Avenue Brand, in Boston’s South End for several years. Throughout her career, Kim has been committed to pay equity and has the battle scars to prove it.

Kim also has many years of nonprofit engagement at organizations like Planned Parenthood, The Social Innovation Forum and The Rian Immigrant Center, where she currently sits as Vice President on the Board of Directors. Most recently, Kim was honored to be included in the BBJ’s list of the Power 50 – the Movement Makers in Boston.

A graduate of Brown University and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern, Kim recently earned her Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.  

Sonia D’Alarcao

Vice President of Learning & Development

BAMSI (Brockton Area Multi-Services, Inc.)

Sonia D’Alarcao joined BAMSI in 2013 and is the Vice President of Learning & Development.  In this role, she oversees the design and execution of the agency’s professional development plan and directs employee learning and development programs, conferences, forums and seminars.  She also coordinates professional offerings to organizations outside of BAMSI and the greater community.  Sonia has a passion for racial and social justice and strives to educate and provide resources that promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

Prior to joining BAMSI, Sonia spent over 10 years in positions directing training for non-profit organizations.  She also spent part of her career as an early childhood educator, and served on the Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children.

Sonia is active in several long-term volunteer programs, including co-facilitating the Read to Me Father Program at the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater, MA.

Sonia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Cultural Anthropology from Bridgewater State University.

Lisa Drennan


MERGE Diverse Abilities Inclusion Consulting

Lisa has a 36-year career supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be active and engaged within their community. At New England Village in Pembroke, MA, she gained experience in working as a Direct Support Worker and eventually as the Director of The Sollar Wellness Center specifically designed for this population.

In 2014, she joined the South Shore YMCA as the first-ever Association Director of Inclusion, creating innovative programs and comprehensive staff trainings to build a culture of inclusion.  In 2018 Lisa started her company, MERGE Inclusion Consulting where she provides consultation, staff training and systems implementation to community entities committed to recreation and social inclusion of persons with disabilities. 

Peter Evers

President & CEO

BAMSI (Brockton Area Multi-Services, Inc.)

Peter Evers is the President & CEO of BAMSI, a Massachusetts based human service agency providing services to adults and children with developmental disabilities, mental illness, behavioral health, and public health needs. Prior to joining BAMSI, Evers served as the President and CEO of Riverbend Community Mental Health, Inc., and Vice President for Behavioral Health at Concord Hospital.  A Licensed Social Worker, he has more than 30 years of experience in the mental health and human services fields, including leadership positions in emergency, residential, and outpatient services.  Evers also served as Vice President for Program Operations at The Home for Little Wanderers in Boston before joining Riverbend. Prior to that, he was the Southeastern Area Director at the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH).  

Throughout his career, he has been a leader in the social service industry, promoting resilience in persons served, educating communities around stigma, and the worth of every human being through engagement. He also firmly believes that a positive agency culture, the effective use of resources, and the sustainability of state-of-the-art facilities are a reflection of an organization’s quest for excellence.

Educated in England and a graduate of Sheffield Hallam University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business Studies, Evers obtained his Masters in Social Work from the University of Kent, and is a Licensed Clinical Social worker here and in Great Britain. 

Kari Heistad

CEO, Culture Coach International and Diversity Dashboard

Kari Heistad has been working in the fields of diversity, equity and inclusion and cultural competency for over 30 years. With diversity as the hallmark of her work, her experiences have brought her into contact with world leaders, inner-city youth, non-profit organizations and business people.  She leads two teams - one for Culture Coach International and the other for the Diversity Dashboard. Both companies are supporting diversity professionals in providing programs and services that promote diverse and inclusive workplaces. She has worked across a wide range of industries, has spoken before more than 18,000 people, has developed more than 300 products and tools and has served as a media resource. 

This fall, Kari's team launched the DEIBoxx, a subscription service of ready to use diversity tools delivered monthly to your inbox. 

Su Joun

Principal, Diversity@Workplace Consulting Group

Su Joun (she/her/hers) is the Principal of Diversity@WorkplaceConsulting Group LLC  (http://www.diversityatworkplace.com) that specializes in innovative, implementation-focused,no-frills Diversity & Inclusion training and consultation.  Su is alsoan adjunct professor at Suffolk University where she teaches Global HumanResources Management, Organizational Behavior and Career LAUNCH classes.

She was the Vice President of Talent, Diversityand Inclusion at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) where she ledthe enterprise diversity and inclusion, talent acquisition, performance managementand leadership development, and associate engagement teams.  In addition to expertise in Diversity &Inclusion and talent management, she has held leadership roles in IT & operations,marketing, sales and call centers in various organizations and industries. Su hasalso founded and operated a publishing company. This breadth of experiencesenables her to fully understand and “speak the language” of the variousbusiness areas and leaders allowing for true partnership to champion Diversity& Inclusion goals and programs.

Su received her MBA from Suffolk University andher MS in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University.

Her thought-leadership on Diversity &Inclusion and talent overall has been showcased in the Skillsoft video libraryand on the Urban Update.  She has presented to various audiences suchas the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, NAAAP, CFO Roundtable, UMASS Centerfor Collaborative Leadership, NEHRA, HUBweek, General Assembly, Skillsoft Conference,Design Museum Boston Workplace Innovation Summit, Northeastern University Open Classroomand the Boston Bar Association. 

Marcia Kimm, M.Ed., SHRM-CP

Facilitator, Trainer, & Coach

IBIS Consulting Group

With more than 30 years of experience in Human Resources, nonprofit practice and adult education, Marcia Kimm-Jackson is a committed and effective Facilitator, Trainer and Coach. Having coached corporate professionals and leaders in various sectors, and led workshops on a variety of topics, she has a brand as a personable, insightful, engaging and compassionate Coach and professional development guide. Currently, Marcia is expanding her practice as a racial equity practitioner leading small group discussions and workshops focused on allyship and challenging racism, both in corporate settings and in community organizations. Before that, Marcia spent over 19 years as a Human Resources Specialist and Senior Trainer with the Federal Reserve System in Boston. In addition, she has consulted with Dartmouth College, the METCO Program and the TJX Corporation on various topics including career development, team building and organizational change management.

 Ms. Kimm-Jackson, a certified Human Resources professional through the Society for Human Resource Management, has completed training as a Professional/Life Coach in the tradition of the Coaches Training Institute, and is trained as a strengths-based practitioner in the Appreciative Inquiry methodology. In addition to educational sessions with the National Racial Equity Institute, she also earned specialized credentials as an Emotional Intelligence Coach by Learning In Action and has been recognized by her State’s legislature for her community efforts around racial equity and community engagement and leadership.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Education. She is recently earned a Nonprofit Leadership Certificate from Tufts University Center for Civic Life and the Institute for Nonprofit Practice.

Sarah MacConduibh

Aurora Guide Team Lead


  • Sarah MacConduibh is an experienced executive with 40 years in national defense, and retired in 2019 as VP for Air Force Portfolio at the MITRE Corporation. She is currently a Senior Fellow Adjunct at the RAND Corporation, Owner of SJSM LLC, consulting in Leadership and National Defense, and is a Certified Aurora Expert Guide with reacHIRE, enabling women to succeed in the workplace.

Amanda Martinez

Senior Consultant


Amanda Martinez is a Senior Consultant with Diversity@Workplace Consulting Group who has extensive experience assisting organizations improve their strategic operations with a concentration on diversity and organizational development.  Her previous experience includes similar roles in the non-profit, medical device, consulting, semiconductor, consumer products and aerospace industries.  Most recently, Amanda was the Executive Director of the Latino STEM Alliance; a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and empower underserved youth through STEM education.

Ms. Martinez supports many non-profit organizations and has a strong passion for STEM, diversity and mentoring initiatives.  This passion has been exhibited through her involvement in many organizations including serving on the Global Employee Resource (ERG) Council and HOLA ERG core team for Boston Scientific and as a founding member of the Greater Boston Diversity Collaborative; a collaboration of Fortune 500 companies tasked with raising diversity awareness and support within the Greater Boston area.

Amanda’s passion is also shown through her work as the Board President for the Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative in Nashua, NH and as a workgroup member of the NH Race & Equity initiative. Amanda’s dedication to her community has been recognized by the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots Foundations and by MassMentoring and the Highland Street Foundation as their inaugural Ignite Award Honoree.  Amanda was also recognized as one of El Planeta’s POWERMETER 100’s “Most Influential People for Latinos in Massachusetts”.

Amanda is an alumna of the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth where she also served as a board member of the school’s Alumni Association.

Thaddeus Miles

Director of Community Services


Mr. Thaddeus Miles is currently The Director of Community Services at MassHousing where he is responsible for three impact areas, Housing Stability, Knowledge and Capacity Building and Strengthen Families and Communities for over 500 Housing developments across the commonwealth. His first twenty years at MassHousing Miles held the title of Director of Public Safety and designed and implemented crime prevention strategies affecting several thousand housing units throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Mr. Miles emphasizes strategies that directly engage residents in addressing quality of life issues which he envisions leading to sustainable cities and confronts the complexities of social justice issues.

Mr. Miles credits his international work at Harvard Law School and Community/Urban planning programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. These experiences reinforced his steadfast commitment to ensuring that the most underserved members of our cities have genuine opportunities for success and achievement.

Mr. Miles has been involved with many non-profit organizations both as creator and in leadership roles establishing and reinforcing his strong commitment to empowering people and strengthening youth voice, and vision. In the most recent years Thaddeus founded “Think Big Dream Big,” a youth-driven initiative to jumpstart young people on the journey to a positive future, the fulfillment of their goals, and dreams. Additionally, Thaddeus founded HoodFit, a cross-collaborative movement to amplify the positive attributes in community health and wellness. HoodFit started the first ever 5k run through the community of Roxbury, Massachusetts which now, in partnership with the Boston Athletic Association and Dimock Center, hosts over 1000 runners/walkers and a community health fair.

Early in his career Miles, He co-founded MassIMPACT Technology Consortium the Alray Scholarship Fund which provides a second chance scholarship to Boston Public School students and founded the VIP Collaborative- the first in the City of Boston- consisting of 15 community organizations committed to addressing violence and trauma in the community.

Miles is a Veteran of the United States Air Force.  In 2017 The Obama Foundation invited Thaddeus Miles to join hundreds of global leaders for their inaugural summit focusing on creative solutions to common problems. Mr. Miles is also an animator and internationally recognized and award- winning photographer, a devoted father, recent grandfather and relished friend.

Mim Minichiello

President, Employee Benefits

HUB International New England

Mim Minichiello serves as President, Employee Benefits, of HUB International New England. With over 25 years of experience, Mim provides leadership and implementation of employee benefit initiatives across the New England Region, building and expanding the HUB New England’s offerings as the top employee benefits solution provider.

Before joining HUB New England, Mim  served in executive positions within the insurance brokerage and health plan industry.  Mim’s experience lies in executing strategic growth and operational plans, building and implementing innovating sales strategies, and cultivating best-in-class teams.

Outside of her leadership role, with HUB New England, Mim is the Chair of the YW Boston, an organization committed to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Mim is also a member of the New England Advisory Council for Facing History.  Facing History’s approach heightens student’s understanding of racism, religious intolerance, and prejudice; increases student’s ability to relate history to their own lives, and promotes greater understanding of their roles and responsibilities in a democracy. She is also active with  NEHRA (Northeast Human Resources Association), The Boston Club, and The Commonwealth Institute.

Mim is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. Mim has also received a graduate certificate in management from Radcliffe College, and has completed AHIP’s Executive Leaders program with the Certified Health Insurance Executive designation.

Christiana Odunze, RN

Director of Healthcare Services

BAMSI (Brockton Area Multi-Services, Inc.)

Christiana Odunze is an RN and works for BAMSI a non-profit organization as Director of Healthcare Services. Christiana graduated from Nursing School Nigeria, a West African Country. Christiana believes in service to others which is why when she moved to the United States in 1998, it was easy for her to continue her career as a nurse. Christiana understands from firsthand experience the challenges facing public health in under developed countries. Christiana passionately believes that community education will help improve quality of life.

Addie Swartz



Addie Swartz is focused on strengthening the talent pipeline so women leaders are equally represented at all levels of the workforce. As CEO of reacHIRE, Addie works with Fortune 500 companies and talent innovators to drive higher engagement and lower attrition to improve gender diversity. reacHIRE’s signature Return-to-Work programs enable companies like Fidelity, Wayfair, and T-Mobile to tap into a hidden talent pool—professionals returning to the workforce after a career break. The company’s new SaaS platform, Aurora, offers an innovative, team-based approach to improving the engagement and retention of women currently in the workforce. Corporations that leverage this platform are able to put action behind their diversity and inclusion goals at scale—proactively supporting thousands of women in their organizations—so they don’t have to leave the workforce in the first place. An accomplished executive, Addie was recently named to the Inc. Magazine 2021 Female Founders List in the category, “Lifted Other Women Up.” She started her career at Bain & Co., built new businesses within Disney, Reebok and Lotus Development, and from there, went on to found three companies designed to empower women and girls. Addie holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

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NEHRA's DEI Symposium - December 9, 2021
12/09/2021 at 8:30 AM (EST)   |  8 hours, 30 minutes
12/09/2021 at 8:30 AM (EST)   |  8 hours, 30 minutes The Symposium will take place at the Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood, MA. A limited amount of sleeping rooms available at a discounted rate of $145/night. Call 781-769-7900 and use code NEHRA when booking. Visit the "Overview" tab for the full agenda!
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