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With Singleton Beato (Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, McCann), Devin Jackson (Founder, We Build Black), Stephen Caesar (Global Head of Compliance Audit, PayPal), Kenneth Walker (SVP Operations, Per Scholas).
Monday, February 25, 2019 at 06:30 PM   $45
Civic Hall, 118 W 22nd St, 12th Fl

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Pluto Power Shiftis a quarterly after-work panel series curated by the Pluto team. Our goal is to bring together the brightest minds in Diversity & Inclusion to speak about why these issues matter, especially for companies who are starting to develop their efforts & enjoy hearing some advice.
A play off James Brown's 1968 hit classic, join us for this Black History Month themed event as we bring together the best & brightest African-American D&I execs & game changers to discuss what organizations can do to increase minority talent across several industries including tech, finance, advertising & media.
We'll also discuss actionable steps stakeholders can take to solve these issues. Topics to include: diversity, inclusion, equality, transparency, accountability, company culture, & leadership.
Check out the recap from our last eventhere. Special shoutout to our partners Part of the Conversation & Civic Hall!
We look forward to you joining us there!
**Want to attend, but short on change? No worries! E-mail us at for a template to request your employer to reimburse you or pay for your ticket.**

6:30 pm - Doors open & networking
6:55 pm - Panelists intros
7 pm - 8 pm - Discussion
8 pm - 8:30 pm - Q&A & close

Singleton Beato (Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer,McCann)
Devin Jackson(Founder, We Build Black)
Stephen Caesar(Global Head of Compliance Audit, Paypal)
Kenneth Walker(SVP of Operations, Per Scholas)


Singleton Beato (Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer,McCann)
Singleton Beato joined McCann Worldgroup in the global position of Chief Diversity & Engagement Officer in 2017. In this role, she is responsible for designing & leading strategic workforce diversity & engagement solutions that drive business performance & innovation across MWG agencies.
Singleton was previously Executive VP, Diversity Strategy & Talent Development at the 4A's, where she developed & led strategic initiatives to advance the talent leadership & diversity agenda across the advertising, media & communications industry.
While at the 4A's, Singleton wascalled upon by top agency executives to provide leadership, partnership, guidance & support in the design & application of best practices in diversity & talent development that increase organizational capacity & growth. Her accomplishments include the design & development of The Face Of Talent symposium as well as industry's only national Talent Leadership Conference, Talent@2030 along with the transformation of the industry's legacy Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP) & the renowned 4A's Foundation.
Singleton has over 20 years of experience as an accomplished human resources executive & is recognized for her success driving large scale people & organizational change initiatives across a wide range of industries, having held talent leadership roles at J. Walter Thompson, Crunch Fitness International, & Bloomberg L.P.
Singleton, who has an MS from Fairleigh Dickinson University, has served on several non-profit boards & has received numerous accolades as a change agent & diversity educator for her work from the American Advertising Federation, ADCOLOR & the World Diversity Leadership Summit.

Devin Jackson(Founder, We Build Black)
Devin Jackson is the co-founder & CEO of We Build Black, an organization of technologists educating & empowering the Black community. Devin started his career as a full stack engineer 5 years ago when joining a bootcamp & getting his first job as a Python engineer. After finding the lack of Black people in the industry he joined up with his team & they took upon themselves to change it.

Stephen Caesar(Global Head of Compliance Audit, Paypal)
Stephen is the Global Head of Compliance Audit at PayPal. Stephen's team is responsible for evaluating the design & effectiveness of controls in mitigating compliance risks across PayPal's businesses. Before joining PayPal threeyears ago, Stephen worked at American Express, most recently as VP, Regulatory Relations. Stephen also held positions as VP, Strategic Quality Plans & Strategic Initiatives & Director, Internal Audit. Prior to American Express, Stephen was a Senior Consultant, Enterprise Risk Services at Deloitte & started his career as an Auditor at Marriott International. Stephen has a Bachelor's degree in International Business, Finance from Howard University in Washington, D.C. In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Stephen co-leads local office initiatives for PayPal's black employee affinity group Amplify. He is also an active member of PayPal's Pride network.
Stephen lives in Jersey City with his husband Ryan. In his free time, he enjoys to workout, cook, & host friends at their home.

Kenneth Walker(SVP of Operations, Per Scholas)
Ken Walker is the Senior Vice President of Core Mission Support for Per Scholas, a national nonprofit that drives positive & proven social change in communities, across the country. He leads Per Scholas' growing operations nationally, providing thought leadership across operations, technology, development, marketing, talent, & financial functions to help Per Scholas advance as an agile, innovative provider of needed IT skills & expertise across the nation.
Ken is a diversity, equity, & inclusion champion, helping to lead Per Scholas' Diverse by Design & Inclusion by Intention efforts. At Per Scholas, diversity is core to its mission to open doors to transformative technology careers for individuals from often-overlooked communities. We believe sharing best practices & working collaboratively across sectors to ensure that America's workforce represents the diversity of our nation is critical to creating sustainable change for businesses, communities, & individuals. To that end, Ken helped launch Diverse by Design in partnership with the Information Technology Senior Management Forum, the nation's association of African American senior technology executives. The campaign's goal is to discover & unleash a wealth of new ideas & best practices that companies are using today to increase tech workforce diversity & inclusion. He also helped to launch Inclusion by Intention, an internal platform to discuss staff experiences relevant to equity & inclusion in the workplace, & to identify & seek improvements with patient urgency. Both are conversation series targeted at changing the face of IT talent at employer partners while ensuring internal staff members model the behaviors we wish to see in the students we graduate & find jobs in the technology sector.
Ken is an IT sector veteran, with 20+ years of sales, business development, & non-profit executive experience across the media & entertainment, government, & telecommunications sector. Before Per Scholas, Ken spent three years in Business Development at start-up organizations in Silicon Valley & ended his 18-year career at IBM as a Business Unit Executive for IBM's Media industry.
Ken attended Columbia University's Executive Program in Nonprofit Management, earned his BS in Information Science at Fordham University, & dabbles in real estate after attending the Stephen L. Newman Institute & is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson. Ken lives in New York City with his spouse, is a half-marathoner, & volunteers his time with Project People Foundation, a non-profit focused on education & empowerment programs in communities in South Africa & NYC.
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