Selina Farwell, Lumentum, UK
Fatima Gunning, Tyndall National Institute, Ireland
Lauren Mecum-Smith, IEEE Photonics Society, USA
Marcia Lesky, Optica, USA
Allison Romanyshyn, SPIE, USA
20.09.2022, 10:45 – 12:30
Diversity of thought drives new ideas and innovation. The workshop kicks off with a presentation reminding us of published data linking a diverse workforce and innovation value.
Organizations which embrace diversity and inclusion have a strategic advantage because it delivers a broad range of business benefits. These include improved business performance and financial success, with employees that are highly engaged, more happy, healthy, and productive, improved retention of staff and generation of more and better ideas. If we want to have the strategic advantage of diversity, what inclusive behaviors should we adopt?
Are role models important, should we have mentors? What should interview panels look like and how to ensure that diverse people are heard? How can we have equal and fair networking opportunities and team building? What’s the role of leadership teams?
Let’s hear from organizations who are on a journey to realize the broad business benefits that the research predicts. Three leaders will openly share the problems they faced in their business and what compelled them to act. We will learn what initiatives truly created a diverse and inclusive workplace- and what completely missed the mark. The objective is to take away the top three lessons each organization has learnt.
In this workshop we will discuss best practice instituted policies and programs which made a difference to inclusion, employee engagement, a sense of workplace belonging and career success. The workshop includes a motivational talk followed by position talks from industry and academia followed by a panel discussion.
This workshop is designed for supervisors, managers, team leaders and anyone who is interested in promoting diversity.
Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required.
Innovation value of Diversity
Anna Pirhofer, Partner, Boston Consulting Group, Zurich, Switzerland
Robert Sewell, Head of Academic Affairs, ICFO, Spain & SPIE@ICFO Chair for Diversity in the Photonic Sciences
LITE’s Journey to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Janet S. Wong, CPA, NACD.DC, Independent Board Director Lumentum Holdings, Inc, USA
Panel discussion (45 min)
chaired by Grace Lee, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Lumentum Holdings Inc, USA
|Speaker 2: Robert Sewell, Head of Academic Affairs, ICFO, Spain & SPIE@ICFO Chair for Diversity in the Photonic Sciences
Biography: Prof. Sewell is Head of Academic Affairs at ICFO, responsible for oversight of the ICFO PhD program and training of students and researchers, including programs such as the Summer Fellows program, Maria Yzuel Fellowship Awards, and the Frontiers of Light summer schools. He completed a dual arts/science undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne, and received his PhD in Physics from Imperial College London in 2009. He joined ICFO in 2009 as a Marie Curie Research Postdoctoral Fellow, and became Staff Scientist and Coordinator of Academic Programs in 2015. In 2020 he was appointed SPIE@ICFO Chair for Diversity in Photonic Sciences. He is Co-Director of the Master of Multidisciplinary Research in Experimental Sciences offered by the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, and sits on the coordinating committee of the inter-university Master of Quantum Science and Technology.
|Speaker 3: Janet S. Wong, CPA, NACD.DC, Independent Board Director Lumentum Holdings, Inc, USA
Biography: Janet S. Wong is an experienced business executive. Currently, she serves as an independent corporate board director for Lumentum (Nasdaq: LITE), a leading technology company; Lucid Group (Nasdaq: LCID), an electric vehicle manufacturer and Enviva Inc (NYSE: EVA), a global energy company. She served as a senior partner with KPMG, a global professional services organization, where she spent the majority of her career based in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices providing her industry experience in technology, manufacturing, services and consumer products. She is an established thought leader and speaker on issues facing global companies today including diversity, Environmental Social & Governance (ESG), and leadership development. Janet is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a National Association of Corporate Directors Certified® Director. She earned her Master of Professional Accountancy from Louisiana Tech University and Master of Taxation from Golden Gate University.
|Panel Chair: Grace Lee, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Lumentum Holdings Inc, USA
Biography: Grace Lee is senior vice president, chief human resources officer at Lumentum (LITE). In this role, she is responsible for all disciplines of global human resources. She is a Board member at Asure Software (ASUR) where she is chair of the nominating and governance committee. Prior to joining Lumentum, Ms. Lee was Chief Human Resources and Diversity Officer at Cubic. She has been named as Top 50 Chief Diversity Officers in the U.S., and Top 100 Chief Human Resources Officers in the U.S. Ms. Lee holds a master’s degree in Human Resources from Cornell University, Industrial and Labor Relations School; a master’s degree in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego, School of Business; and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of the Philippines.
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