Since the social unrest in 2020, there has been a resurgence in interest, focus and activity related to DE&I objectives and efforts. Black professionals are “trending hot” right now, and we should be diligent and expedient to take full advantage of our opportunities at this time. If history is a predictor, we will not stay as “hot” forever…a cool down is inevitable.
Dr. Theoria Cason-Speaker
Dr. Theoria M. Cason is a corporate DEI practitioner, educator, and entrepreneur. In her role as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, she is responsible for the development and integration of Gulfstream’s global DEI strategy, which aims to hire and develop diverse talent, foster an inclusive work environment and ensure management accountability. Since she joined the company in February, Dr. Cason has facilitated unconscious bias training for more than 450 company leaders and developed diversity and inclusion metrics for the leadership development training curricula. Additionally, she managed the launch of Gulfstream’s first employee resource group for African American and Black employees and established a framework of policy and practices to systematize the expansion of future employee resource groups. Concurrent with her responsibilities at Gulfstream, she also serves as an E-Cornell Facilitator for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate program, and is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of her consulting firm, Theoria In Praxis, Inc.
Prior to her role at Gulfstream, Dr. Cason served as the inaugural Sr. Training and Education Consultant for the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX at Cornell University. In this role, she created training and educational initiatives that focused on the prevention of sexual and related misconduct through the application of laws and policies that govern the institutional response to prohibited bias, discrimination, and harassment.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University, and a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Management from the University of Pittsburgh.
Bryony Bouyer is a seasoned executive with demonstrated leadership and revenue-building experience in a $6.5B+ publicly traded consumer products and entertainment company. Her brand building, licensing and promotional experience has been recognized by multiple sources including Women In Toy (WIT) and the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth where she recently received an Honorary Doctorate.
Ms. Bouyer currently leads Hasbro’s Global Diversity and Inclusion initiatives to foster a more diverse workforce while ensuring that the company derives incremental growth from the Multi-cultural consumer. Since assuming this position in late 2018, Ms. Bouyer has led the execution of the company’s first-ever performance-based diversity and inclusion goals in order to cultivate a successful and sustainable business for the future.
Ms. Bouyer began her Hasbro career in 1995, serving in a variety of roles in both the Global Brand and Global Consumer Products team. Responsible for developing & driving the global licensing strategy for all of Hasbro’s iconic brands, Ms. Bouyer leveraged her negotiation, sales, marketing, creative and operational skills to successfully expand the company’s iconic brands, into key consumer products categories. From taking the MY LITTLE PONY brand into more 70 than countries and across all major consumer products and promotional categories, to growing the TRANSFORMERS consumer products portfolio to deliver over $12 billion in retail sales since 2014; Ms. Bouyer has played an integral role in strategically advancing Hasbro’s successful consumer products division via the licensing mechanism.
Ms. Bouyer currently serves on the board of the Charlton College of Business at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She also serves as a Trustee for the Community College of Rhode Island. Ms. Bouyer is a member of the Toy Association’s Diversity Committee and an active member of the Women In Toy (WIT) organization.
Ms. Bouyer received her BS in marketing and Honorary Doctorate degrees from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and her MBA from Bryant University.
Mr. Callender serves clients in a variety of industries across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He works with clients’ executive teams to develop diversity and inclusion strategies that align with their talent management and organization strategies.
A seasoned trainer and facilitator, he supports his clients’ talent management objectives through innovative program design and delivery on topics including leadership, diversity and inclusion, high-performing teams, and cultural awareness. Participants emerge with skills and tools that enable them to drive higher levels of performance, teamwork, and innovation.
Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Mr. Callender managed a variety of operations and staff functions within United Parcel Service including the corporate office’s training and development function.