Inclusion Is Good For Business

/Inclusion Is Good For Business

Discussion Event

Inclusion Is Good For Business

Friday May 4th - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Record North

Content creators in Film, Television, VR, and elsewhere have the power to change and inspire audiences. The case is indisputable, media that is gender balanced and inclusive performs better. This discussion will prove the business case for inclusion. How do we collaborate more purposefully to get inspiring stories in front of a wider audience?


Monica Diaz

Monica Diaz was named Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer in 2017. She reports to Bob Morrissey, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.

Monica leads Campbell’s enterprise-wide strategy to build a more inclusive culture and diverse workforce that reflects and respects a wide array of backgrounds, ideas, life experience and reflects the global consumer base. She brings to life core company Values to Seek the Power of Different and Dare to Disrupt. She also serves as partner and adviser to Campbell’s Leadership Team.

Previously, Monica spent five years as Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellness with ESPN (part of The Walt Disney Company). She has also held leadership roles in global diversity and inclusion, talent management, and organizational development with leading companies including Microsoft, Merck & Co., and Sara Lee Corporation. She has developed expertise in transforming corporate culture, developing high-performing teams, and leading in multi-cultural and matrix environments.

Practitioners and professional organizations in a wide range of industries frequently seek Monica for public presentations. In addition, she has been recognized as a Leader of Team Innovation (Cable and Telecommunications Human Resources Association, 2017), named one of the Most Influential Minorities in Cable TV (CableFax, 2015, 2016, and 2017), honored with the Multicultural Leadership Award (Tri-State Diversity Council, 2015), included as one of the Top 10 Lideres by Hispanic Executive Magazine (2014), and selected by Hispanic Business Magazine as part of its Top 50 Influentials (2013) and 100 Influentials (2011).

She earned both her B.A. degree in psychology and her M.A. degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, and completed the WISE Executive Leadership Institute at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Monica has a multi-cultural background. She is bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish and proficient in Portuguese.

Mindy Sherwood

A 27 year veteran of Procter & Gamble, Mindy Sherwood is currently the Vice President of P&G’s Global Walmart Business. Prior to her appointment as the Global Walmart Leader, Mindy held numerous roles with increasing leadership responsibilities across the company’s domestic and international businesses. Most recently as the VP/General Manager of the Nordics based in Stockholm, Sweden. Other assignments have included leading the Central European Operations while in Budapest and Director of P&G’s Kroger business.

Mindy is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, which enables her to develop others and help them perform at their best. She consistently receives high marks as a leader and role model. She speaks regularly to leaders at all levels, empowering them to discover their inner strengths and attain the skills needed to excel.

Throughout her career, Sherwood has been a passionate advocate for women in leadership. She is active in numerous local, national, and international activities focused on developing women and helping those overcome barriers and bias. Most notably, she served as Global Women’s Diversity and Inclusion Leader for P&G in North America and Central Europe. She was also Chairman of the Network of Executive Women for Cincinnati, Ohio, and is a key leader in the Female Empowerment and Gender Equality platform for NW Arkansas. Mindy has also played an active role in sustainability as a board member for The Haga Initiative in Stockholm, Sweden. She serves on the Executive Board of the Northwest Arkansas Council, the Walton Arts Center Board and the Development Council for the Jones Center.

Mindy holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is a native of Michigan and enjoys hiking, running, community service and reading. She and her husband Marc have two children, Max and Franki, and live in Northwest Arkansas.

Andrew R. Davis

Andrew R. Davis
Global Chief Diversity& Inclusion Officer
The Coca-Cola Company

Andrew R. Davis is the Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC), based in Atlanta. In this role, Andrew leads all diversity, inclusion and workplace fairness strategies across the 200+ countries where Coca-Cola operates. Andrew’s work seeks to create an “inclusion mindset” throughout the global business enabling the Company to harness the vast untapped business opportunity in an increasingly diverse marketplace. Working with colleagues in philanthropy, supplier diversity, legal, human resources, multicultural marketing and government/media relations, Andrew is responsible for relationships with internal and external stakeholders on inclusion and fairness related initiatives, creating an environment that promotes fairness, respect and appreciation of the similarities and differences for the company’s 700,000 system employees. Davis joined TCCC in October 2007 as the Human Resources (HR) Group Director, supporting the FoodService On-Premise sales team for the North America division. In 2010, Davis was appointed Vice President of HR for the enabling functions of Coca-Cola Refreshments, a division of TCCC, leading integration, culture and transformation work for the company-owned bottler. In 2015, he was assigned to the Southeast Asia region under the Bottling Investment Division of TCCC, stationed in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and supported HR capability development for five countries in the region. Prior to joining the Company, Davis was employed with The Home Depot, where he provided HR leadership and consulting services to several Corporate Center functions. Throughout his career, Davis has held several key positions of increasing responsibility at Yum Brands, Black Entertainment Television and Best Buy. Davis holds several Human Resources certifications in assessment systems and skills training. He serves as a board director for Adventist Health in Roseville, CA, as well as the board chair of their Human Performance Committee. He serves as a regular guest lecturer for the business schools at Emory University and Clayton State University. He also serves as the executive advisor for Coca-Cola’s Millennial Voices Council. Davis received his Bachelors of Science in Organizational Management from Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland and his MBA from Emory University Goizueta School of Business in Atlanta, Georgia. Davis resides in Atlanta with his daughter, Dreu.

Han Soto

Prior to working in the entertainment industry, Han was a successful businessman in the building trades industry, created and operated a website and branding business, has worked as an independent consultant in corporate Information Technology, and has decades of retail experience.

As a devoted husband and father to a beautiful 5 year old daughter, Han is a family man who essentially raised his younger siblings and guided their education and professional careers while supporting his parents, assuming the role of head of the home, as his own father was stricken with a terminal disease.

In addition to his endless family support, Han has contributed much to international relief organizations, including traveling to remote parts of India to document the plight of blind children at a school where the boys live after being rejected from their families. He is also a leader among North American students who come from Southeast Asia, and helps provide fund-raising, scholarships, direction, and support for these 1st and 2nd generation young Asian Americans.

Han is a natural leader who has the ability to inspire and encourage people to do their very best, and his entire focus in life is to help and support people to achieve excellence in their personal lives, as well as in their families and communities, both locally and abroad.

Han is an Actor and Producer whose work spans across the lines of genre. Whether on blockbuster films such as Logan & Ender’s Game or documentaries like Feint & Watts and The King, Soto brings his blend of business sense and keen eye to whatever project is at hand. Han’s ability to bring together creative talent and resources can be witnessed by the recently completed production of The Middle Of This Nowhere, an impressive two-part music video for award winning artist, Hammock. Its stunning visuals lie in harmonic balance with the atmospheric sounds of the famed recording duo. Gripping and heartfelt. Soto’s latest documentary A Tuba To Cuba, currently making its festival run, focuses on a son seeking to fulfill his late father’s dream takes his band from the storied city of New Orleans to the shores of Cuba, where — through the universal language of music — dark and ancient connections between their peoples reveal the roots of jazz.

Future projects include producing inspirational and educational film and television projects, and helping provide to others opportunities similar to those that helped him early in his career, and continuing work with non-profits by guidance, viral marketing support, being a high visibility spokesperson and networker, and personally funding permanent projects in some of the neediest areas of the planet.

Ben Hasan

Ben Hasan joined the Global People team as Chief Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Officer in 2015. In this global role Ben and his team are responsible for the continued development of the healthy evolution of the company’s culture, the development of behaviors that embrace diversity and inclusion at all levels of the company and the promotion of the company’s external reputation as a great place to work.

Ben Hasan joined Walmart in 2008, and previously served as senior vice president Strategic Services in Walmart Technology. In this role he and his team were responsible for ISD Strategy, Communication, Innovation, ISD Vendor Management, Project Management Office, Business Analysis, GTS – India & Mexico and Quality Assurance.

Prior to his current role at Walmart, Ben worked 11 years at Dell Inc. He progressed through several leadership positions before serving as vice president of Corporate and Product Group I/T. In this position, he directed teams in Texas, Shanghai, Taipei, and Singapore. He also served as general manager of Dell’s I/T development centers in Brazil and India. Before joining Dell, he gained broad experience in I/T, Human Resources, Rates and Regulatory Affairs, and Customer Service during his 14-year career with ENSERCH Corporation, an oil and gas company based in Dallas, Texas.

In 2006, Ben received the Temple University Fox School I/T Award for Distinguished Alumni.
Ben holds an M.B.A. from Amber University in Dallas, Texas, a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in computer science from Temple University in Philadelphia and attended Harvard’s Advance Management Program.

Ben sits on the Walmart Foundation Board, Walmart 401K & Retirement Plan Committee, Board of Advisors Catalyst, Board of Trustees Ron Clark Academy, Board of Directors Thaden School and Board of Directors United Negro College Fund.