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  • Welcome

    Elevate's national signature event convenes Employee Resource Group (ERG) leaders, champions and sponsors, as well as diversity advocates from major organizations to share and learn best practices in talent development and business development.

    This year’s ERG Summit theme is “Strategize: ERGs Shaping the Future of Leadership” and will be held at the San Diego Marriott La Jolla Hotel (San Diego, CA) on June 4 & 5, 2015.


    Beginning in 2014, Upward Synergy’s National ERG Summit is pleased to announce that it will be merging with the Elevate Forum. This merger with the Elevate Forum further strengthens our initiatives to provide global leadership and learning media.

    The Elevate Forum

    In partnership with University of California–San Diego, University of California–Riverside and California State University–Fullerton, this leadership event features over 20 senior executives sharing their best insights in Leadership Lightning Talks before an audience of leaders and over 60 executives. Our upcoming Elevate Forum will be on June 5, 2015 in La Jolla, CA.

    2015 National ERG Summit and Elevate Forum Speakers

    Past speakers from our National ERG Summit and Elevate Forum include the following:

    2014 National ERG Summit Speakers

    • Roy Azevedo | Vice President, Advanced Concepts & Technology, Space & Airborne Systems, Raytheon Company
    • John Basile | Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion Strategies, Fidelity Investments
    • Ondra Berry | Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, MGM Resorts
    • James Colon | Vice President, African American Business Strategy, North America, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
    • Susana Escalante | Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems (SAS)
    • Ash Hanson | Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Aramark
    • Larry Harrington | Vice President, Internal Audit, Raytheon
    • Tisa Jackson | Vice President, Corporate Diversity & Inclusion, Union Bank
    • Thea Jenkins | Management Development Director, GEICO
    • Audria P. Lee | Director Diversity and WorkLife, FINRA – Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
    • Sandra Evers-Manly | Vice President, Global Corporate Responsibility, Northrop Grumman Corporation
    • La Toya Smith | Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, Brown-Forman Corporation
    • Geri Thomas | SVP, Chief Diversity Officer and Georgia Market President, Bank of America
    • Lorie Valle-Yanez | Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, Mass Mutual
    • Veronica Villalobos | Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
    • Kimberly Williams | Diversity Consultant, Office of Diversity, Baystate Health
    • Chelle Wingeleth | Director, Talent Solutions, Diversity & Inclusion, Southern California Edison

    June 2014 Elevate Forum Speakers

    • Roy Azevedo | Vice President, Advanced Concepts & Technology, Space & Airborne Systems, Raytheon Company
    • Ken Baruth | Vice President Risk, Dealer Credit & IT Security, and Chief Risk Officer, Toyota Financial Services Corporation
    • Susan Beat | Senior Vice President, Unionbank
    • Shawn Burklin | Regional Vice President, San Diego, GEICO
    • Lisa Cagnolatti | Vice President, Business Customer Division, Southern California Edison
    • Mark Czaja | Group Vice President, Technology & Innovation, Parker Aerospace
    • Larry Harrington | Vice President Internal Audit, Raytheon
    • Leonard L. Kaigler | Vice President–Agency, State Farm Insurance
    • Harry Lee | Vice President, Corporate Contracts, Pricing & Supply Chain, Northrop Grumman
    • Patrick Lee | Senior Vice President, Customer Service, Innovation & Business Strategy and Chief Environmental Compliance Officer, Southern California Gas Company
    • Diego Miralles | Global Head, Innovation, Janssen, Johnson & Johnson
    • Michael Moran | Vice President, Clinical, Facility & Guest Services, Baystate Health
    • Catherine Rice | Vice President of Contracts, Pricing and Program Business Operations, Northrop Grumman, Aerospace Systems Sector
    • Scott Shane | Senior Vice President Talent Acquisition and Diversity & Inclusion, Unionbank
    • Daniel M. Sibears | Executive Vice President, Regulatory Operations/Shared Services, FINRA - Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
    • Albert A. Smith | Vice President of Customer Service, Lexus Division, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc.
    • Veronica Villalobos | Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
    • Gillian Wright | Director of Customer Programs and Assistance, Southern California Gas Company

    About Elevate

    UC Riverside and UC San Diego have partnered with CREW, operated by the Career Center at CSU Fullerton, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, to disseminate information on best practices to support Employee Resource Groups. ELEVATE is the hub for all ERGs. We synergize the collective knowledge, best practices and passion of ERGs across organizations. Our mission is to align Employee Resource Groups to augment their Organization’s business Return on Investment (ROI).

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