Nelda Connors — Strategic Growth Accelerator
Nelda Connors — Strategic Growth Accelerator
Nelda Connors — Strategic Growth Accelerator

As advisor to the Nissan U.S. Board of Directors, I was recently a guest speaker at one of Nissan’s virtual conversations to celebrate Black History Month.

I shared my insights on how to deal with and grow your career in the automotive industry as a female Black professional.

The dialogue was as lively as I expected and I hope I provided relevant perspectives and useful advice.

I would like to leave my fellow collogues and any other diverse professionals off with this sentiment on Diversity and Inclusion: You cannot choose to be diverse, but you can choose to be included.


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Katherine Johnson — 1918 -2020

On Monday, Katherine Johnson will arrive at the International Space Station (ISS). Quite a feat for a woman who died in February 2020.

Johnson, the African-American mathematician whose contributions were featured in the Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures,” will reach the station courtesy of a Northrop Grumman Cygnus capsule bearing her name. The S.S. Katherine Johnson carries roughly four tons of cargo to the ISS.

“It’s our tradition to name each Cygnus after an individual who’s played a pivotal role in human spaceflight,” said Frank DeMauro, a Northrop Grumman vice president, according to Space.com. “Mrs. …


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“Every leader needs to allow their employees the opportunity to take risks. In order to truly be a ‘servant-leader’ it is important to give your employees the space and resources they need to take those risks. The number one thing which holds people back is not being given that lee-way early on in order to be successful.

“As an example - let's say we are sending an employee from the US to Japan to be the manager of a certain department or company. Some might hesitate to do so. Instead of fearing that risk, the better option would be to…


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Women are more likely to lead through inspiration, transforming people’s attitudes and beliefs, and aligning people with meaning and purpose.

COVID-19 has raised the idea that women are better political leaders than men, an idea whose currency stems that female leaders in places like New Zealand and Taiwan have been more successful in curbing and combating the virus.

While the crux of that idea remains in debate, it underscores what has been established: women are more likely to lead through inspiration, transforming people’s attitudes and beliefs, and aligning people with meaning and purpose. …


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Jennifer Hessel never backs down from a challenge. Her vast experiences in different sectors in the beauty industry have given her a unique perspective that tackles problems holistically. Jennifer’s collaborative skills have helped her to transform beauty technologies to boost brand growth.

She recently was interviewed by CoolBrands People, to discuss some of the challenges throughout her career that she took head on.

Jennifer, your expertise lies in taking on ‘impossible’ challenges and uncovering solutions by viewing business differently. In today’s dynamic world environment, this is a quality every company wishes to have on its board. …


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Tyronne Stoudemire is a felicitator of lasting change. Through his vast experiences in DEI and passion to create a more equal world around him, he has made revolutionary strides in organization’s paths to become more inclusive. His deep knowledge in diversity stems from both personal and professional experiences alike.

He is an honest, effective communicator fighting for change. Tyronne was featured on Culture Moments Podcast discussing global lessons in DEI and the importance of equity.

“It’s about diversity, equity, and inclusion. There’s a difference between equity and a difference between equality. Equality says everybody gets treated the same — ‘We’re…


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Tyronne Stoudemire

Tyronne is the Global Vice President of Diversity Equity & Inclusion for Hyatt Hotels Corporation, a global hospitality company with widely recognized, industry-leading brands and a tradition of innovation developed over its more than 60-year history.

At Hyatt, Corporation Stoudemire Collaborates with the senior leadership team to implement culture, talent, and marketplace strategies that leverage diversity and inclusion globally growing the enterprise-wide across brand portfolio. As such, his team and internal corporate stakeholders implement diversity initiatives that include Resource Groups, mentoring programs for high potential women and people of color, a communications and public relations strategy to drive internal engagement…


Tod’s Asia Pacific Regional Director Igor Poza and Jennifer Tse
Tod’s Asia Pacific Regional Director Igor Poza and Jennifer Tse
Tod’s Asia Pacific Regional Director Igor Poza and Jennifer Tse

TOD’S Group, the well-known luxury apparel brand, conducted a project called ‘Dots for Life’ to showcase their Gommino shoe. The Gommino shoe has an iconic rubber sole constructed of 133 Dots. It represents high-end, innovative artistry and beauty. The project used digital platforms to highlight the shoe, as various influencers posted pictures wearing the shoes in their own fashion and hash-tagged #dotsoflife or #todsgommino.

To celebrate the project, TOD’S Group hosted a Dots for Life event.

Of the attendees was Igor Poza, (at the time) Tod’s Asia Pacific Regional Director. Igor is well versed in expanding luxury brands through his…


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“There are t-shirts that say, ‘Underestimate me. This will be fun,’ and that was exactly how I approached life.” If this sentence doesn’t encompass the attitude and story of Julie Roehm, we don’t know what does.

Julie Roehm, Chief Marketing and Experience Officer at Party City, was recently featured in the ‘Empowered Women Series’ in a talk about Opportunity in Adversity.

In this discussion, Julie shares her thoughts and experiences with Purnima Thakre, about her adventurous and exciting career.

Julie is no stranger to adversity and has been fierce and determined since a young age. As portrayed by her anecdotes…


Jacopo D’Alessandris the CEO & President of E-Alternative Solutions and team
Jacopo D’Alessandris the CEO & President of E-Alternative Solutions and team
Jacopo D’Alessandris the CEO & President of E-Alternative Solutions and team

Jacopo D’Alessandris is a conscientious global leader with vast experience in consumer goods products. He strives to innovate and build legacy brands that withstand and adapt to consumers’ changing needs. He is currently the CEO of E-Alternative Solutions, an incubator of new technologies and products in alternative categories such as CBD and e-Vapor.

“In his current role, Jacopo directs all functions of the E-Alternative Solutions enterprise, including strategic development, sales, marketing, and corporate citizenship.

“Since joining EAS in 2016, D’Alessandris has grown the company from a single brand to a brand incubator, specializing in highly regulated, emerging industries with a…

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