Landing Pad

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Discussion Event

Landing Pad

Friday May 4th - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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This panel will explore how companies can create, implement, and support programs to assure diversity is celebrated and inclusion is the norm within their businesses. We’ll explore the idea that one can not exist without the other, and how each can help to generate a productive and vibrant workforce under the company’s umbrella.

Speaker(s):

Laurie Gaskins Baise

Prof. Laurie Baise graduated with a BSE from Princeton University in 1995. She then received her PhD and MS at the University of California at Berkeley in Civil Engineering. She started at Tufts University in 2001 and was promoted to Professor in 2015 and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2017. Prof. Baise's research is in the field of geotechnical earthquake engineering and engineering seismology. Prof. Baise’s research has been funded by the U.S. Geologic Survey and the National Science Foundation. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Seismological Society of America from 2011-2017. Prof. Baise has been honored by numerous awards including several teaching and mentoring awards at Tufts and the Casagrande Professional Development Award in 2008 from the American Society of Civil Engineers. While at Tufts, Prof. Baise has been involved in recruiting and retaining undergraduate students in Civil and Environmental Engineering through her role as Director of the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree.

Alanna Cotton

Alanna Cotton is the Senior Vice President and General Manager at Samsung Electronics America. In this role, Alanna has full revenue and P&L responsibility for the Tablets, PC, Wearables, Mobile Audio and Virtual Reality businesses in the U.S. market. Known for transforming brands and businesses, Alanna leads a cross-functional team of professionals to drive continued growth and innovation for these multi-billion dollar categories.

Over the years, Alanna has gained a reputation as a change agent and innovative business leader. At Fortune 50 leaders Procter and Gamble and PepsiCo, she held a number of executive positions including Vice President of Brands and Senior Director of Sales and Business Development. Her leadership of large field-based organizations, national customer sales teams, and marketing and brand teams has led to her General Management approach, delivering stellar performance repeatedly.

In 2016, Alanna was named to Dealerscope’s Most Powerful Women in Consumer Technology list due to her leadership in the field. She also served on the Board of the Positive Coaching Alliance, and the Advisory Boards for the Women of Color Alliance and iMedia’s Brand Summits. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from Stanford University.

Lori Flees

Lori Flees is Senior Vice President, Next Gen Retail and Principal, Store No 8. In this role, Lori leads the incubation of new businesses (via Store No 8) and builds strategic partnerships that will help Walmart define, enable and win the next generation of retail. Lori is also responsible for our growth strategies and partnerships in digital media/entertainment (including day-to-day leadership of our VUDU platform) and in Health and Wellness in close collaboration with the Walmart US Stores leadership.

Lori joined Walmart in 2014 as SVP, Corporate Strategy and had responsibility for Corporate Strategy, Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis, Mergers & Acquisitions and Integration (Acceleration). In this role, Lori worked with Walmart’s senior leadership to define the company’s priorities. This included an aggressive corporate development agenda which comprised the acquisition and integration of Jet.com, several additional eCom acquisitions as well as key strategic or joint-venture partnership agreements in healthcare and supply chain.

Prior to joining Walmart, Lori spent over 17 years at Bain & Company where she was a partner in the global strategy consulting firm. While at Bain, Lori worked with clients to develop strategies to deliver growth and drive performance improvement. Prior to Bain, Lori held roles at Intel Corporation and General Motors.

Lori has a bachelor's degree in management systems from Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute) and a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School. Lori is married to James King and has two children (Oliver and Lucy).

Sarah Bettman

Sarah Bettman is Talent Development Manager for Wine & Spirits and is leading Diversity and Inclusion efforts at Constellation Brands. She has two decades of experience designing and implementing organizational and leadership development solutions in a variety of industries. She is passionate about and known for her work in the areas of leadership development, advancing women leaders, and inclusive leadership with clients from around the world.

Prior to joining Constellation Brands, Sarah served as a Principal Consultant with Linkage, Inc. where she created customized solutions by collaborating with multiple stakeholders on large scale projects to ensure that her clients ultimately achieve their strategic objectives. Sarah effectively blends facilitation, team development, and executive coaching to create engagements that have impact and get results.

She was also a Director of Leadership Development for Kaiser Permanente. In this role, she managed a multifaceted leadership initiative, in addition to focusing on team development, executive coaching, and strategic consulting efforts including a comprehensive business performance review process. Her work helped drive statistically significant increases in customer satisfaction and quality scores. At Sutter Health, she worked as an internal coach, managing over 300 individuals and teams responsible for driving growth at all levels of the organization.

Her experience as a firefighter and paramedic taught her first-hand about the power of effective leadership and high-performing teams—and shaped her passion for leadership development and management. She has worked extensively in a variety of industries including healthcare, energy, technology and finance.

Sarah holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Colorado and an MBA in Strategic Leadership from Dominican University of California. She is certified in individual coaching through the Coaches Training Institute, in Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching from CRR Global.

Sarah Bettman

Sarah Bettman is Talent Development Manager for Wine & Spirits and is leading Diversity and Inclusion efforts at Constellation Brands. She has two decades of experience designing and implementing organizational and leadership development solutions in a variety of industries. She is passionate about and known for her work in the areas of leadership development, advancing women leaders, and inclusive leadership with clients from around the world.

Prior to joining Constellation Brands, Sarah served as a Principal Consultant with Linkage, Inc. where she created customized solutions by collaborating with multiple stakeholders on large scale projects to ensure that her clients ultimately achieve their strategic objectives. Sarah effectively blends facilitation, team development, and executive coaching to create engagements that have impact and get results.

She was also a Director of Leadership Development for Kaiser Permanente. In this role, she managed a multifaceted leadership initiative, in addition to focusing on team development, executive coaching, and strategic consulting efforts including a comprehensive business performance review process. Her work helped drive statistically significant increases in customer satisfaction and quality scores. At Sutter Health, she worked as an internal coach, managing over 300 individuals and teams responsible for driving growth at all levels of the organization.

Her experience as a firefighter and paramedic taught her first-hand about the power of effective leadership and high-performing teams—and shaped her passion for leadership development and management. She has worked extensively in a variety of industries including healthcare, energy, technology and finance.

Sarah holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Colorado and an MBA in Strategic Leadership from Dominican University of California. She is certified in individual coaching through the Coaches Training Institute, in Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching from CRR Global.