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With Ryan Lathrum (Community & Inclusion Mgr,, Rachel Renock (CEO, Wethos), Tony Gaston (Dir., Per Scholas), Meghan Catucci (Content Strategist, NewsCred), Anita Hossain (Head of Knowledge, First Round).
Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 06:30 PM   $45
Civic Hall, 118 W 22nd St, 12th Fl

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Pluto Power Shift is a monthly 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.
The buzz around effective diversity & inclusion has never been higher, but where's the plan of action?Pluto is starting the conversation by establishing that D&I is a need to have, not a nice to have. But, how does a company navigate this unfamiliar territory?
This month's panel will discuss how companies can take concrete steps building diverse & inclusive work cultures regardless of their size.Our speakers will elaborate on their own experience, their D&I efforts at their company & other strategies to improve culture. Topics to include: transparency, accountability, company culture, & leadership.
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 - 7:45 pm - Discussion
7:50 pm - 8 pm - Q&A & close

Rachel Renock (CEO, Wethos)
Tony Gaston (Director of Business Solutions, Per Scholas)
Meghan Catucci (Content Strategist, NewsCred)
Ryan Lathrum(Community & Inclusion Manager, Jet)
Anita Hossain (Head of Knowledge, First Round)


Rachel Renock(CEO, Wethos)
A former advertising creative, Renock quit her job at 25 to launchWethosin pursuit of a mission to connect people with more meaningful work. Since the launch in 2016, she's been featured in Forbes & Tech Crunch for raising $1M in VC funding, landed on the cover of the New York Times for breaking the silence on a culture of sexual harassment, & was featured at Politico's Women Rule Summit to frankly discuss sexism & sexual harassment to a nation-wide audience. As a member of the LGBTQ community in a politically charged world, she believes that now more than ever people must speak up for what is right & has made it her mission to empower organizations committed to pushing us toward a more equitable world.

Tony Gaston(Director of Business Solutions, Per Scholas)
Tony Gaston is the Senior Manager of Business Solutions at Per Scholas where he has worked for almost the past 6 years. In this role, he is responsible for developing sound business strategies to increase corporate client engagement. As the direct liaison between businesses looking to hire & Per Scholas students, Tony plays an integral part in ensuring that Per Scholas' students get a job. Prior to joining Per Scholas Tony was a Project Coordinator for Grand Street Settlement, where he focused on Youth Initiatives. Tony, additionally has over 11 years of private consulting experience, during which time he has worked on various marketing & branding projects for small-medium sized organizations. In his spare time he is an avid writer, an aspiring guitarist & a spoken word performer.

Meghan Catucci(Content Strategist, NewsCred)
MeghanCatucciis a content strategist at NewsCred, where she works with B2C & healthcare clients to drive successful content marketing campaigns that deliver on business goals. She has a master's in journalism from Columbia University, where her thesis focused on blacks in tech in NYC. Her dedication to diversity & inclusion is driven in part by her own biracial background, as well as a passion for learning how to make workplace culture a positive, inclusive & inspiring extension of our daily lives.

Ryan Lathrum(Community & Inclusion Manager, Jet)
Ryan is honored to lead to the Community & Inclusion team at Jet & Walmart eCommerce. Super passionate about the employee experience, Ryan launched Employee Resource Groups at Jet, re-launched the clubs platform, & introduced an eComm Culture Network. Employees in eComm have many ways to step up & truly own a piece of the culture., Ryan worked at American Express on the D&I team leading the Employee Network platform, & prior to that built a career in higher education in academic advising, & student engagement.

Anita Hossain(Head of Knowledge, First Round)
Anitaleads the knowledge program at First Round, where she designs & launches initiatives - fromsummitstounconferencestomasterclassesand more - that provide entrepreneurs & tech operators resources to stay motivated, accelerate their businesses, & build community. Anita is also anexecutive coach & group facilitatorat Reboot where shesupports clients on their journeys to become the most effective & intentional leaders they can be.She loves traveling without itineraries, cooking (but mainly eating) Bengali food, & hosting murder mystery nights.
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