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With Dara Williams (Chief People & Diversity Officer, Casper), Brianna Holt (Author, In Our Shoes), Oscar Diaz (Media Strategist), Yvonne Dodd (Business Coach), Nissa Booker (Head of Tech Recruiting, Gray Scalable).
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 04:00 PM   Absolutely Free   Online

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Join us as we ask our panelists to share stories & strategies from the front lines of the fight for inclusion.
As organizations increase their focus on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, bringing your whole self to work has become a popular concept but a complicated reality. Let's open up the conversation & say the quiet part out loud: is everyone able to be themselves at work or is that just idealistic? We'll swap stories about navigating those less-than-inclusive spaces & share strategies to create environments where every individual can be their full self.

Join us for a panel discussion on how to navigate less-than-inclusive spaces & tricky office politics, as well as strategies to create environments where everyone can truly thrive while being themselves.

Meet the Panelists
We've brought together a panel of thought leaders who are getting real about their experiences struggling to fit in, how they've helped others get seen fairly while still being themselves, & coaching companies toward truly creating more equitable & inclusive work environments.

Brianna Holt
Culture Writer, Essayist, Author
Brianna is a freelance writer & author. Her debut novel "In Our Shoes," set to publish by Penguin Random House's Plume division, is an essay collection that dissects & analyzes stereotypes that millennial Black women are expected to live up to. Brianna has experience reporting, editing, & interviewing having covered politics, breaking news, entertainment, music, & lifestyle news. Additionally, she has held reporter roles at Quartz, BuzzFeed & The Daily Dot as staff. Her work can be found at

Yvonne Dodd
Life, Business & Career Coach
Yvonne focuses on helping driven, growth-minded people get the clarity, confidence, & strategy they need to do profitable & sustainable work. She has worked with everyone from high-level executives & entrepreneurs to at-risk youth & families & was featured in Voyage Atlanta's Most Inspiring People column, Hypepotamus's Women Who Lead & Light Up Atlanta's Tech Ecosystem article, & nominated for FTV's "30 Under 30" Award.

Oscar Diaz
Media Strategist
Oscar is a queer & trans artist, an experiential/special event producer, & multimedia photojournalist. Equipped with tools & knowledge (and forever learning them, too) of the modern media landscape, Oscar is particularly interested in the ways experiences extend through digital media shifting a consumer's consciousness & awareness.They can often be found behind the scenes coordinating events, documenting communities in resistance, uplifting Latinx creatives via @nulatinx, & always @oscmdiaz on the web.

Dara Williams
CPO at Casper
As Chief People & Diversity Officer, Dara is responsible for building a dynamic company culture & driving Casper's mission of bringing better sleep to more people. In this role, she oversees all areas of HR for the company, while developing & executing the organizational strategy. She also leads all diversity, equity & inclusion work, including strategy, education, cultural initiatives, & internal development. Dara brings more than 15 years of HR leadership experience to her role as CPDO. Prior to Casper, she held senior HR roles at several high-growth companies, including Refinery 29, Blue Apron, Gilt & Carat.

Moderated by...
Nissa Booker
Head of Tech Recruiting at Gray Scalable
Nissa has been a Talent Acquisition leader for over ten years working across media & tech, at companies like AOL & Vimeo. She started her career at ABC News as a Desk Assistant & worked her way up to leading Talent Acquisition at Moda Operandi, Inc & BuzzFeed. Nissa is passionate about creating inclusive workplaces & she is driven by helping others find their dream job.
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