Jenny R. Yang joined the OFCCP as its Director on January 20, 2021. In the Obama-Biden Administration, from 2013-2018, she served as Chair, Vice-Chair, and Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), after unanimous Senate confirmation. She led efforts to tackle systemic discrimination, including enhancing the EEOC’s annual data collection to include employer reporting of pay data and initiated the Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace. She led comprehensive investments in agency-wide technology, launching new digital systems to expand access to the public.
EEOC Vice Chair
Jocelyn Samuels was designated by President Biden as Vice Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on January 20, 2021. She joined the EEOC as a Commissioner on October 14, 2020, and on July 14, 2021, was confirmed for a second term ending in 2026.
Immediately prior to joining the Commission, Vice Chair Samuels served as the Executive Director and Roberta A. Conroy Scholar of Law at the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, focusing on legal and social science research on issues related to sexual and gender minorities. From August 2014 through January 2017, she was the Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, where she oversaw civil rights enforcement with respect to hospitals, healthcare providers, insurers, and human services agencies. In that role, she spearheaded development of regulations implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act—the first broad-based federal law to prohibit sex discrimination in healthcare. Among other advances, those groundbreaking regulations protected LGBTQ persons from discrimination based on sex stereotyping and gender identity.
Workhuman Chro & Author
Best Selling Author, Philanthropist, Acclaimed Speaker, and Senior Level Executive for the Likes of Monster.com, Walgreens Boots Alliance, and Workhuman.
Steve Pemberton’s story is about defying seemingly insurmountable odds to become a trail-blazing corporate executive, enlightened diversity leader, visionary youth advocate, and acclaimed speaker. His best-selling memoir, A Chance in the World, recounts his triumphant life journey and drive to become a man of resilience, determination and vision. Now an upcoming major motion picture, A Chance in the World further amplifies Steve’s highly motivational messages: Believe in your dreams, rise above obstacles, create opportunities for others, and most of all, persevere.
Charlotte A. Burrows was designated by President Biden as Chair of the EEOC on Jan. 20, 2021. She was initially nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2014 and then re-nominated in 2019. The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed her to a second term ending in 2023.
Chair Burrows has advocated for strong civil rights protections and robust cooperation between the Commission, employers, and employees to advance equal opportunity in the workplace. She seeks to enhance the Commission's enforcement of all laws within its jurisdiction, focusing in particular on initiatives to combat harassment, foster pay equity, and advance diversity and inclusion. While at the Commission, she has worked to increase the agency's outreach to Native Americans, vulnerable immigrant and migrant communities, and other traditionally underserved populations. In addition, Chair Burrows is particularly interested in the impact of technology and big data on civil rights and employee privacy.
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Founder - BufferSprings
Rob Arndt is the founder of BufferSprings. Rob is a 14-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps and Enterprise Sales Executive. Rob spent 8 years of his military service focused on developing the armed forces recruitment & retention strategy. Since transitioning from military service, Rob has spent the past decade working consultatively with Fortune 500 companies, federal agencies, government contractors, and educational institutions to build effective military veteran and diversity recruitment and compliance initiatives. Rob and the BufferSprings team leverage a vast array of insider connections, cutting-edge HR technology, and expansive online communities to build talent acquisition solutions that provide immediate and ongoing results for smart companies. BufferSprings is proud to be a Certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business.
District Director - OFCCP
Rhonda Aubin-Smith serves as the District Director for the Boston District Office of the Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Beginning her career with OFCCP in 2000, Rhonda worked as a Compliance Officer and an Assistant District Director prior to taking on her District Director responsibilities in 2011. Prior to her work with the OFCCP Rhonda worked in the equal opportunity field with the State of Oklahoma and with the Department of the Air Force. Rhonda also served in the US Navy Reserves. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Liberal Arts and a Masters in Human Relations. As the Boston District Director, Rhonda ensures that her office uphold the purpose of the OFCCP - to enforce, for the benefit of job seekers and wage earners, the contractual promise of affirmative action and equal opportunity required of those who do business with the government. The Boston District Office covers Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Eastern Massachusetts.
Partner - McGuireWoods, LLP
Brian Barger is a labor and employment partner at McGuireWoods LLP with 30+ years of experience, focused on federal affirmative action law and strategic employment risk management. Mr. Barger defends clients in affirmative action systemic discrimination enforcement claims, audits, and complaint investigations throughout the country. He also regularly works on preparing affirmative action plans and counseling clients regarding applicant tracking and selection system design, diversity initiatives, compensation analyses, pre-employment testing, and federal record keeping requirements.
Associate Director, Boston University's Thurman Center for Common Ground
Nick Bates is Associate Director of Boston University's Thurman Center for Common Ground. Howard Thurman, a mentor of Martin Luther King, believed that personal self-exploration and community building are achieved through dialogue and “creative shared experiences”. Nick helps others develop programs and strategies to reshape socialized perceptions of race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality while fostering an environment for healthy identity development. Nick has a Master's Degree in Higher Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Counsel - Fortney & Scott, LLC
Nita Beecher is a nationally recognized expert on Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) matters. She is Counsel to Fortney & Scott, LLC with a focus on OFCCP regulatory affairs. Ms. Beecher’s primary focus is labor and employment law with substantial experience with class investigations by the EEOC and OFCCP. She has more than 40 years of experience in labor and employment law particularly with class investigations by the OFCCP and the EEOC. A member of the St. Louis ILG where she presents regularly, Ms. Beecher has presented at nearly every NILG since 2004.
Partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP
Cheryl Behymer is a Partner in the Columbia office of Fisher & Phillips LLP and Co-Chair of the firm’s Pay Equity Practice Group, as well as the Affirmative Action and Federal Contract Compliance Practice Group. She assists clients by providing timely and practical counsel, training and audit defense in affirmative action, workplace harassment, employee leave issues involving the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other labor and employment issues. Cheryl is a frequent presenter on pay equity, compensation, affirmative action, and harassment legal issues at national, state and local organizations. She is past chair of the South Carolina Diversity Council, served as Co-Chair for the 2016 National ILG Conference and was a board member of the South Carolina ILG. Cheryl is an Ambassador for the South Carolina Diversity Recruitment Consortium.
Director of Audit Strategy and Regulatory Affairs - DCI Consulting Group
Amanda Bowman is the Director of Audit Strategy and Regulatory Affairs at DCI Consulting Group. Amanda’s primary focus is on OFCCP audit submission, support, and conciliation. She is also involved in monitoring and digesting regulatory changes and information collection requests impacting the Federal contractor community. Amanda is a board member of the Washington Metro ILG and has presented at several local ILG meetings. She has also presented at the NILG Conference.
Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP
GUY BRENNER, PARTNER – PROSKAUER ROSE LLP
Guy Brenner is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department of Proskauer Rose LLP and leads the Firm’s Washington, D.C. Labor & Employment practice. He is head of the Government Contractor Compliance Group and is co-head of the Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Group. Guy regularly advises federal government contractors and subcontractors all aspects of Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs regulations and requirements, including preparing affirmative action plans, responding to desk audits, and managing on-site audits. Guy is a member of the Washington Metro ILG and a member of its Board.
Senior Consultant - Outsolve
Amie Brunelle is a Senior Consultant with Outsolve where she advises clients in a broad range of industries throughout the US on compliance and enforcement issues involving the OFCCP. She helps clients in the preparation and management of their affirmative action programs, government reporting, and compensation analysis. She has 25 years of experience as a Human Resources professional, having supported employees and employers on a wide range of workplace issues. Promoting best practices and preventative strategies, Amie provides clients with comprehensive compliance support aimed at championing today’s affirmative action and diversity initiatives. Amie is an active member of the Rhode Island SHRM and New England Industry Liaison Group.
Regional Attorney, New York District (EEOC)
Jeffrey Burstein is Regional Attorney for the New York District of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Since coming to EEOC in November 2007, he has also served as a Trial Attorney, a Supervisory Trial Attorney, and Acting Director of EEOC’s Newark Area Office. He has litigated employment discrimination cases for EEOC in federal district courts throughout EEOC’s New York District, often involving class claims.
Before joining EEOC, he held various legal and administrative positions with the State of New Jersey. He was an Assistant Attorney General supervising attorneys in the areas of civil rights, consumer fraud, securities fraud, and professional regulation. He also served as Acting Director of the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, and Acting Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs.
He is a contributor to Employment Litigation in New Jersey (Matthew Bender 2006), writing the chapter on practice and procedure before the Division on Civil Rights.
He is a graduate of Rutgers-Newark Law School and Columbia College.
Director, Enterprise Account Management Director - ZVRS
Corey Burton currently holds the position of Enterprise Account Management Director for ZVRS. He also served as an Executive Director of Youth Programs with National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA) in 2017 and 2019 before being promoted to become the Director of the Youth Empowerment Summit (Y.E.S!) summer program in 2011, 2013, and 2015. Corey is the proud recipient of the 2020 Deaf in Government Key Contributor Award for his innovation and contribution on the Deaf in Government Advisory Board. He is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts and Science with professional concentrations in Organizational Leadership and Change, Quality Management, and Communication. Corey has previously presented at the NILG.
Associate - Jackson Lewis P.C.
Alyssa Calabrese is an associate in the Long Island, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses on preparing affirmative action plans for federal contractors and defending federal contractors in audits by the OFCCP. Alyssa also assists federal contractors in the preparation EEO-1 and VETS-4212 reports and defends contractors against allegations of discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, disability, and veteran status in connection with audits by the OFCCP and in related litigation brought on OFCCP's behalf by the Solicitor's Office at the U.S. Department of Labor. She also assists clients in the design and implementation of proactive pay equity analyses.
Principal - Jackson Lewis P.C.
Matt Camardella is a Principal in the Long Island, New York office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is the Co-Leader of the Affirmative Action Compliance and OFCCP Defense Practice Group. Matt directs the preparation of more than 1,000 AAPs each year and has defended hundreds of OFCCP audits for a broad range of employers across the country. He also serves as the Practice Group lead on responding to OFCCP allegations of class-based discrimination. He regularly counsels clients about the design and implementation of company-wide AAP structures, applicant tracking systems, and complex “real world” compliance issues. He spends significant time advising clients on their compensation practices and directing pay equity analysis. Matt is currently a member of the NILG Advisory Council.
Manager of Compensation Services – Berkshire Associates, Inc.
Thomas Carnahan, Ph.D is the Manager of Compensation Services at Berkshire Associates, Inc. and is responsible for managing Berkshire’s pay equity line of business by promoting the ability to conduct meaningful, statistical analyses of clients’ compensation data to ensure fair pay and in support of federal, state, and/or local fair pay laws. With two decades of experience in research methodology, data analysis, and HR process development, Thomas holds a Ph.D in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Capella University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Western Kentucky University. Thomas is a frequent speaker at local human resources events.
Executive Director - DirectEmployers
Candee Chambers, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, SR. CAAP, is the Executive Director of DirectEmployers and CEO for the organization’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Recruit Rooster. Candee previously served as the Association’s VP of Compliance and Partnerships and she oversaw the creation of strategic partnerships with a multitude of organizations and managed the relationship with the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA), which includes the joint-initiative National Labor Exchange (NLx). With a background in recruitment, HRIS analysis, and affirmative action management, Candee often shares trusted guidance and advice at Affirmative Action-related conferences, regional ILG meetings, and National ILG Conferences. Her depth of knowledge led her to become a faculty member for the National Law Institute’s (NELI) Affirmative Action Program series. Candee is the
current Chair of the Indiana Industry Liaison Group.
Thought Leader, Advocate, and Consultant
Inderdeep Chatrath served as AVP of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the Duke University Office for Institutional Equity for 20 years. Her role was highly influential, and she regularly took on additional responsibilities as the University’s needs changed over time. In addition to ownership of the annual Affirmative Action Plan and internal audit, Inderdeep managed a wide range of research and evaluation studies to guide the evolution of EEO/AA policies, procedures, and investments, then leveraged that data to ensure continued compliance with local, state, and national regulations. Concurrent with her position at Duke, Inderdeep was engaged by public and private higher education institutions, consulting firms, legal counsel, audit and risk management professionals, and senior HR professionals in all areas of human resources to advise on EEO/AA compliance and develop strategies that promote D/E/I in the workplace.
Principal - Jackson Lewis, P.C.
Joy Chin is a principal in the Long Island, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors, co-leader of the firm’s Affirmative Action, OFCCP and Government Contract Compliance practice group, and co-leader of the firm's Pay Equity group. Joy has over 25 years’ experience helping employers navigate EEO and affirmative action regulations. She regularly works with corporate counsel and human resources executives to develop practical approaches to EEO and affirmative action compliance. She has successfully defended employers in litigation, OFCCP audits and EEOC and OFCCP complaint investigations, including “glass ceiling” audits and claims of systemic discrimination in pay, hiring, promotion, and terminations.
Counsel - Jackson Lewis, P.C.
Christopher Chrisbens is of counsel in the Denver, Colorado, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Chris joined Jackson Lewis after many subsequent years as the manager of affirmative action planning and OFCCP compliance in both the law firm and employer association settings. He now counsels, represents, and provides training to federal contractors in all facets of affirmative action planning and OFCCP compliance, including all phases of OFCCP compliance audits. Chris has successfully and efficiently guided many federal contractors through OFCCP audits, including on-site investigations, compensation scrutiny and applicant tracking analyses. He also provides customized on-site affirmative action and investigations training, and frequently accepts speaking engagements on both topics. Chris is a member of the Colorado ILG.
Director, U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau
Wendy Chun-Hoon serves as the 20th director of the Women’s Bureau, appointed by President Biden on February 1, 2021. Wendy is skilled at coalition building, bridging strategy across grassroots community organizing, and public sector policy making at state and national levels. She has held senior positions in Maryland state government and private philanthropy, overseeing large-scale, results-driven initiatives for worker and family economic justice.
For the past 10 years, Wendy’s led Family Values @ Work, a national network of grassroots coalitions that have won more than 60 new paid leave policies bringing new rights to 55 million workers and their loved ones and are organizing to win greater access to child care, and fair wages and employment conditions for workers. Recognizing the ways in which her own family would be excluded from new policies for paid time to care, Wendy spearheaded the development of the Family Justice Network, building cross-movement organizing among paid leave advocates, communities of color, groups working for reproductive and disability justice, equality for LGBTQ individuals, and organized labor that has made inclusive family recognition a hallmark of the paid leave movement. Under Wendy’s leadership, FV@W’s staff and board grew and are now majority women of color. She was also instrumental in bringing together dozens of organizations to form a coordinated national campaign known as Paid Leave for All.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Wendy graduated from Vassar College before earning master’s degrees in Philanthropic Studies and Nonprofit Management from Indiana University. An avid soccer player, Wendy lives with her wife and their two kids in Silver Spring, MD.
Director of Audit and HR Services - Berkshire Associates, Inc.
Lynn Clements is Director of Audit and HR Services for Berkshire Associates, Inc. She oversees Berkshire’s audit defense, pay equity and advanced people analytics practice. Throughout her career, Lynn has provided clients with strategic insight and practical compliance and risk management advice in hundreds of government investigations, including OFCCP compliance reviews and EEOC investigations. With over 20 years of experience, including serving in high level policy positions at both the OFCCP and the EEOC, Lynn is a regular presenter of management and employee training at all levels of organizations and has testified before Congress regarding EEO and pay equity issues. Lynn is a frequent presenter at national events and at local ILG meetings. She is currently a member of the NILG Advisory Council.
Equity & Compliance Consultant - The Coca-Cola Company
Connie Cody is an Equity & Compliance Consultant for The Coca-Cola Company. Connie's main focus is the development and implementation of processes for the effective administration and monitoring of affirmative action programs. She also prepares necessary governmental reports and OFCCP audit submissions. Connie serves on the leadership board for the This-Ability Inclusion Network. She is a strong advocate for the inclusion of persons with disabilities and shares the mission of releasing the potential of employees, family members and consumers of all abilities.
Founder and President - DCI Consulting Group, Inc.
David Cohen is the founder and President of DCI Consulting Group, Inc. He provides consulting services to employers and management law firms on a wide range of human resource risk management strategies, particularly in the areas of EEO/affirmative action program development, systemic compensation statistical analyses, comprehensive human resources self-audits, and employee selection and test validation. In addition, Mr. Cohen is the co-founder of The Institute for Workplace Equality, a national nonprofit employer association that trains and educates federal contractors in understanding and complying with their affirmative action and equal employment obligations. Mr. Cohen speaks frequently before corporate leaders from Fortune 500 companies, and at regional and NILG conferences and OFCCP events.
Southeast Regional Director - OFCCP
On June 4, 2021, Aida Collins was named Regional Director for the OFCCP's Southeast Region. Aida served as the Deputy Regional Director for the Southwest and Rocky Mountain Region (SWARM) since 2015. She started her career of public service in the United States Armed Forces. She honorably served in the US Army for more than 10 years. Aida continued her public service as a civil servant with the U.S. Census Bureau, the Department of the Army and the Department of Labor. After two years as a Claims Examiner with the Office of Workers Compensation Programs (OWCP), Aida joined the OFCCP team. Formerly a compliance officer in the Dallas District Officer, Assistant District Director of the Houston District office and Director of Regional Operations, Aida has been with OFCCP for over 20 years.
Partner - Orrick, Harrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Erin Connell is an employment partner and Co-chair of Orrick's EEO & OFCCP Compliance Group and Pay Equity Task Force. Erin represents employers in high stakes employment litigation and is an expert in equal employment opportunity law, pay equity, and OFCCP compliance. Erin defends employers in class actions and other complex cases, as well as in systemic investigations and audits by the EEOC, OFCCP, and the California DFEH. Erin led the trial team that obtained a complete dismissal for Oracle in OFCCP v. Oracle, a high-stakes systemic compensation discrimination case, which garnered national media attention and earned Erin recognition as a Litigator of the Week by the American Lawyer and a 2021 Employment MVP by Law360.
Associate Principal Consultant - DCI Consulting Group, Inc.
Rosemary Cox is an Associate Principal Consultant at DCI Consulting Group where she provides consultation and compliance strategy specific to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action statutes and regulations. Her expertise includes AAP regulations, audits and reporting, data reconciliation and management, recruitment process and metrics, hiring process reviews, mock audits, compliance and diversity/inclusion training and strategy. Rosemary holds a MSA in Human Resources from Central Michigan University, has senior level certifications through SHRM, HRCI, AAAED and the State of Ohio. With more than 20 years of human resource compliance experience, she supports corporations in various industries, writes blogs and conducts training. Rosemary is chair of the Ohio Industry Liaison Group (OILG).
Principal - Jackson Lewis P.C.
Matt Camardella is a Principal in the Long Island, New York office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is the Co-Leader of the Affirmative Action Compliance and OFCCP Defense Practice Group. Matt directs the preparation of more than 1,000 AAPs each year and has defended hundreds of OFCCP audits for a broad range of employers across the country. He also serves as the Practice Group lead on responding to OFCCP allegations of class-based discrimination. He regularly counsels clients about the design and implementation of company-wide AAP structures, applicant tracking systems, and complex “real world” compliance issues. He spends significant time advising clients on their compensation practices and directing pay equity analysis. Matt is currently a member of the NILG Advisory Council.
Equity Partner – Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP
Cara Crotty is an Equity Partner in the Columbia, South Carolina office of Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, where she practices employment litigation and affirmative action. Cara’s affirmative action practice includes advising clients on all aspects of affirmative action compliance, plan development, and preparing for and representing contractors during compliance reviews. She became Leader of the firm’s Affirmative Action Practice Area in 2003. In her litigation practice, Cara represents clients in all varieties of employment-related lawsuits and provides general and preventative advice to companies. Cara is Counsel to the NILG Board, a member of the South Carolina ILG, and routinely speaks to employer organizations and human resource professionals on affirmative action and employment law issues.
Associate Solicitor Civil Rights & Labor-Management
Beverly Dankowitz has served as the Associate Solicitor for the Civil Rights and Labor-Management Division (CRLM) since May 2016. Prior to her appointment as Associate Solicitor, Ms. Dankowitz served as the Deputy Associate Solicitor for CRLM for five years. In this position, she oversees the Division within the Office of the Solicitor that provides legal services to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS), Civil Rights Center (CRC), Women’s Bureau, Office of Disability Policy and to several other agencies on civil rights-related issues.
Ms. Dankowitz has been an attorney in CRLM and its predecessor, the Civil Rights Division, since 1985, serving as a trial attorney, Assistant Counsel, and Counsel. As Counsel for Litigation and Regional Coordination for 10 years, she supervised the division's enforcement-related activity under OFCCP’s laws, monitored OFCCP enforcement activity nation-wide and provided advice to OFCCP and the Regional Solicitors' Offices. She successfully resolved a number of systemic hiring discrimination cases, some in partnership with RSOL, oversaw administrative appeals that led to favorable final agency decisions, worked with DOJ successfully to defend final agency decisions and developed nation-wide procedures to strategically select cases for enforcement and improve the effectiveness of conciliation agreements.
Ms. Dankowitz received her J.D. from American University and her undergraduate degree from the University at Albany - SUNY.
Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer – Wintrust Financial Corporation
Melissa Donaldson, a self-described business leader with a heart for human capital, is the first chief diversity officer at Wintrust and responsible for developing diversity and inclusion strategies for increasing competitive advantage while positioning Wintrust as an employer of choice and responsible corporate citizen. The heart of her practice is that advancing diversity, equity and inclusion should be business-owned and leader-led to promote shared responsibility in action.
Equity Principal - Jackson Lewis P.C.
Daniel Duff is an equity principal in the Long Island, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has more than 18 years of experience advising clients in a wide array of employment law and litigation areas, with a focus on affirmative action, diversity, EEO and pay equity matters. Dan has defended numerous OFCCP compliance evaluations, on-site reviews, and complaints of discrimination. He has broad experience dealing with the OFCCP, EEOC, as well as a variety of state and local employment fair practice agencies. Dan has significant appellate practice experience, including defending appeals to the New York State Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Managing Director, HR Services Group – WilmerHale
Janice DuFresne is managing director and a founding principal of the WilmerHale HR Services practice. She has over 20 years of broad human resources experience both within companies and then advising client companies in all areas of human resources consulting with a strong focus on affirmative action program development and implementation; OFCCP audit support; and compensation systems development, analysis and pay equity analysis working with WilmerHale attorneys. With strong experience in affirmative action program development, Janice works with clients on AAP recruiting systems design, outreach program development, strategic job group structure, management training and overall affirmative action program management.
Principal - Jackson Lewis P.C.
Michelle Duncan is a principal in the Denver, Colorado, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice is focused on representing employers in affirmative action and employment discrimination matters before OFCCP. Michelle joined the firm after working for nearly fourteen years as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor. As a senior trial attorney, she litigated numerous OFCCP cases and provided ongoing counsel to high-level OFCCP officials. In addition, Michelle provided legal and enforcement training on a national level to both OFCCP enforcement personnel and other attorneys in the Office of the Solicitor. Michelle is Co-Chair of the Colorado ILG.
Vice President of the Employment and Litigation Services Division - DCI Consulting
Eric Dunleavy, Ph.D. is Vice President of the Employment and Litigation Services Division at DCI Consulting Group, where he leads a group of Industrial/Organizational Psychologists and Labor Economists involved in a wide variety of personnel selection, work analysis, workforce analytics, and litigation support projects. Dr. Dunleavy has testified before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on matters related to big data/people analytics in employment and has been involved in a number of technical advisory committees related to artificial intelligence. For his work, Dr. Dunleavy has received numerous awards and recognitions. He has served as a consulting or testifying expert on matters related to Title VII, ADEA, EO 11246, and the California Fair Pay Act.
Principal - Duane Morris LLP
Christopher Durham, an attorney with Duane Morris LLP provides strategic employment advice and counseling on matters such as the preparation of human resources policies, wage and hour compliance, employee performance management and terminations, medical accommodation, FMLA compliance, labor-management relations and NLRA compliance, harassment and discrimination prevention, employee investigations, background checks and drug testing. He regularly counsels businesses on affirmative action / OFFCP compliance and the development and implementation of affirmative action programs, and defends businesses in OFCCP audits. Mr. Durham also represents businesses before federal and state courts and administrative agencies in various types of employment litigation. Mr. Durham is a member of the Philadelphia ILG.
Christina English specializes in validating and analyzing data to help NT Lakis clients understand and mitigate their affirmative action and systemic discrimination risks, and demonstrate their compliance with the requirements enforced by the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
An experienced programmer in statistical software packages such as SAS and Stata, Christina works closely with the firm’s attorneys and consultants to rigorously analyze client data on representation, compensation, and career progression by race, gender, age, disability status, and other demographic characteristics. She also helps clients ensure that all data submitted to OFCCP for analysis are accurate and complete.
In addition to her law firm role, Christina also serves as a Staff Economist for the Center for Workplace Compliance (CWC), where she researches, analyzes, and writes about labor market issues affecting employer compliance and diversity programs. Christina is also a Manager of Analytics with the firm’s affiliated consulting group, Employment Advisory Services, Inc.
Senior Research Specialist - Yang-Tan Institute
William Erickson, M.S., is a researcher at the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University. He has been actively involved with disability research for over 20 years and has extensive disability research experience including employment, employer practices and policies, vocational rehabilitation, disability statistics, secondary data sources, survey design, web accessibility, and youth transition. He is the lead researcher in the production of the Annual Disability Status Report series and has expertise in the area of disability statistics and secondary data related to disability.
Vice President - Charles River Associates
Valentín Estévez, Ph.D. is a Vice President in the Labor and Employment Practice at Charles River Associates. He performs statistical analyses of claims of employment discrimination filed under federal and state statutes and of alleged violations of the FLSA and state wage and hour regulations. Dr. Estévez has helped government contractors throughout the country and in numerous industries prepare for and respond to OFCCP audits. Besides his litigation work, Dr. Estévez regularly advises clients on pay equity and pay gap issues and has completed hundreds of privileged pay equity studies under federal, state, and international pay equity regulations. He presents frequently on the application of economics, statistics, and advanced data analysis techniques in labor and employment matters. Dr. Estévez is currently a member of the NILG Advisory Council.
Principal - Jackson Lewis P.C.
Eric Felsberg is a principal in the Long Island, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and the national director of the firm's Data Analytics group. He co-leads the Firm’s Technology Industry Group and is a member of the Firm’s Affirmative Action Compliance and OFCCP Defense Practice Group. Eric has presented at past NILG Conferences.
EEO/AA Compliance Director Employment Law - PEPSICO
Kevin Fitzpatrick is the EEO/AA Compliance Director – Employment Law Team at PepsiCo. He is an experienced Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with a demonstrated history of working in the food and beverages industry. He is skilled in Consumer Products, Sales, Pricing Strategy, Management, and Shopper Marketing. He is a strong finance professional with a Masters focused in Human Resource Education. Kevin is a member of the NILG Board representing the Southwest Region, served on the Board’s Executive Committee and Chaired the 2021 NILG National Conference. He is a member of the North Texas ILG.
Co-Chair, RTI International
Marcel W. Foster, MPH, (they/them) serves as the Co-Chair for the LGBTQIA+ Pride Employee Resource group and Research Public Health Analyst with RTI International. They bring expertise in evaluation, equity, and community engagement, and additionally works as Adjunct Faculty with University of Florida’s Center for Arts in Medicine as an evaluation specialist.
Partner - Fox, Wang & Morgan
John Fox is an employment lawyer with Fox, Wang & Morgan. He practices nationwide and advises companies in employment compliance matters. He previously served as the Executive Director (now renamed “Deputy Director”) to OFCCP Director Ellen Shong Bergman (the first female OFCCP Director). John defended the largest lawsuit OFCCP has ever brought against a contractor. John has also defended more OFCCP Complaints filed in the Courts than any other living or retired lawyer. Despite having spent over 400 days in trial in his career, John views himself as trainer and writer. John co-authored (with David A. Copus, former Director of the EEOC’s first Systemic Discrimination Unit) the first book in the country describing how to develop Affirmative Action Plans, now in its 38th Edition. John is also one of the three authors (along with Candee Chambers and Jen Polcer) of the DirectEmployers Week In Review. The “WIR” has become the main channel of communication about OFCCP and EEO matters with over 7,000 subscribers and over 20,000 content reads per month. JDSupra presented John with its “Readers Choice Top Author” award for 2021 (from among 19,000 other writers on compliance and contracting matters).
Principal Consultant/Labor Economist - DCI Consulting Group
David Garber, Ph.D., is a Labor Economist and Principal Consultant at DCI Consulting Group where he provides expert analysis and advice to both employers aiming to proactively assess and optimize workplace equity outcomes as well as to those actively undergoing audits or enforcement actions. Prior to joining the DCI team, Dr. Garber served as Labor Economist with OFCCP’s Branch of Expert Services. Having served as an economist in research, government, and private sector environments, Dr. Garber has a passion for effectively communicating technical knowledge in language that is accessible to and actionable for a wide array of clients. Dr. Garber has presented at NILG conferences and was a panel member at the January, 2021 OFCCP-NILG Pay Equity "Roundtable".
Counsel - Ogletree Deakins
Laura Garger is Of Counsel at Ogletree Deakins and has been representing federal contractors in affirmative action and OFCCP matters for over 25 years. She counsels and defends employers in a variety of industries, and has significant experience in jurisdictional challenges, systemic discrimination claims, and complaint investigations before the OFCCP. She works closely with contractors to balance best business practices with strategies to comply with affirmative action/OFCCP regulations and advance DE&I initiatives. She conducts specialized training for executives, hiring managers, human resources and talent acquisition representatives, and assists companies in the development of outreach and recruiting efforts to meet compliance obligations and to build a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce.
President - National Organization on Disability
Carol Glazer is president of the National Organization on Disability, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization representing all of America’s 61 million people with disabilities. In her ten years as President, Carol has transformed NOD into the country’s premier resource on disability inclusion through its Employment Tracker, its Leadership Council, and its professional advisory services helping companies with talent acquisition. Carol is a speaker and subject matter expert on issues regarding the employment of people with disabilities and has addressed audiences at national conferences, corporate forums and higher education institutions, among others. Carol holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and in 2012, was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Allegheny College for her work on behalf of individuals with disabilities. She has two children, one of whom was born with hydrocephalus and has physical and intellectual disabilities.
Principal - Littler
Chris Gokturk, a Principal at Littler, assists companies in understanding and mitigating their affirmative action and systemic discrimination risks, particularly in the areas of talent acquisition, compensation, performance management, as well as workforce planning and restructuring. Chris has more than 20 years of professional experience in compliance, enterprise risk management, and statistics. Her expertise includes preparing fully compliant affirmative action programs; managing all phases of the OFCCP’s compliance evaluation process; conducting self-critical analyses of compensation data, designing and executing statistical analyses of employment transactions data; developing legally defensible diversity and inclusion metrics; assessing organizational compliance with talent acquisition requirements; assisting in implementation of applicant tracking and HRIS systems; conducting risk assessments in all areas related to human resources and compliance; preparing and evaluating diversity metrics.
Global Disability Strategy Leader - EY
Lori Golden is EY Global Disability Strategy Leader, driving efforts to build an enabling environment for people of all abilities, enhance accessibility, educate the workforce, and create new employment models, including EY’s Neuro-diverse Centers of Excellence. A member of the US Department of Labor's Circle of Champions and the Global Committee of Disability:IN, she served on the Disability: IN Board of Directors and is Board Vice Chair of TransCen, a non-profit for youth with disabilities. Lori has disabilities and two children with disabilities. A winner of EY’s Chairman’s Values and Better Begins with You Awards, she’s been at EY 24 years and is a graduate of Harvard University.
Shareholder - Littler
David Goldstein is co-chair of Littler's OFCCP Practice Group and Government Contractors Industry Group. David’s practice is devoted to assisting employers with the implementation and maintenance of effective affirmative action programs and representing government contractors before the OFCCP, as well as similar state and local agencies. In March 2014, David testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections providing insight on how healthcare employers are making strategic decisions based on possible OFCCP actions. David’s experience includes representing employers in trials before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including class action litigation. David also frequently works with mediation and other dispute-resolution techniques in order to efficiently resolve disputes.
Senior Director of HR Compliance - Raytheon Technologies
Diego Gonzales is the Senior Director of HR Compliance for Raytheon Technologies, a merger of United Technologies Corporation and Raytheon Company. Diego currently oversees the Compliance Center of Expertise across the RTX enterprise which includes over 200 affirmative action plans and leads multiple OFCCP audits on an annual basis. His experience includes over 15 years compliance experience, including with the US DOL OFCCP, Employment & Training Administration as well as the Women's Bureau. While at the OFCCP he served in multiple branches within the National Office and as the Assistant District Director of the Hartford office.
VP of Product and Market Development - OutSolve
Alex Gonzalez joined OutSolve as VP of Product and Market Development. Alex works with the team to expand OutSolve’s offerings for clients and bring greater opportunities for growth and development to OutSolve. He has spent more than 30 years leading hundreds of clients in various industries in preparing affirmative action programs and diversity programs, implementing software solutions and managing strategic product roadmaps. Gonzalez is closely involved and engaged with the compliance community regularly delivering presentations and webinars covering various compliance topics at industry conferences including the NILG Conference and local ILGs. Gonzalez served as president of the North Texas ILG and is currently serving on the Executive Board and Program Committee.
Meredith Gregston, Attorney with Dimensional Fund, focuses on employment counseling, litigation, and complex commercial disputes. In her previous roles, she has handled employment litigation such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, trade secrets and wage and hour. She has advised federal contractors on OFCCP compliance issues from developing affirmative action plans to representing companies during the audit process. Meredith has assisted with pay equity disputes, internal audits and global compliance with pay equity legislation as well as other wage and hour issues. Meredith is a member of the NILG Board representing the Southwest Region. She is the current Chair of the San Antonio ILG.
Manager Compensation, HRIS, and Benefits - Ingalls Shipbuilding
Ed Hagar is responsible for administration and design of Ingalls Shipbuilding's pay, executive compensation, and HRIS systems. At Ingalls, Ed has served as Manager of Compensation, Benefits, and HRIS since 2011, supporting a workforce of 11,000. Ed has over 25 years of experience in the human resources field. Before his HR career, Ed spent 3 years as an Economic Analyst with the CIA’s Directorate of Intelligence. He is an instructor in Human Resources at the University of South Alabama, and past instructor of statistics at Samford University and economics at Birmingham-Southern College.
VP of Strategic Initiatives - Syndio
Christine Hendrickson is a leader on corporate pay equity and international pay reporting laws. As Syndio's Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Christine works at the intersection of HR analytics and law, partnering with employers to drive strategic, practical, and cutting-edge practices on pay equity, diversity, equity, and inclusion analysis. Prior to joining Syndio, Christine was a partner at Seyfarth Shaw, where she was the co-Chair of Seyfarth's Global Pay Equity Group. Christine is a frequent speaker, including several speaking opportunities at NILG.
Chief Legal Officer - ZVRS
Greg Hlibok joined ZVRS in 2016 following his position as the Chief of Disability Rights at the Federal Communications Commission. He was responsible for administering a wide array of disability rulemaking proceedings and policy matters, including advancements of relay service and various issues on accessibility of communication technologies. Greg holds a BA in Government from Gallaudet University and a JD from Hofstra University School of Law. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Lexington School for the Deaf and Center as well as Gallaudet University. He is known for his leadership role during the Deaf President Now movement at Gallaudet University in 1988.
Partner - FordHarrison LLP
Nancy Holt is an employment and labor law partner with FordHarrison LLP and is a leader of the firm’s Affirmative Action Compliance/OFCCP Defense practice group. She provides preventive employment law counseling and efficient litigation defense to a wide range of clients, with a focus on federal contractors, airlines and salons and spas. Nancy has significant experience representing companies in OFCCP matters, preparing for OFCCP audits, and counseling employers on issues stemming from OFCCP regulations. Nancy personally oversees the development of hundreds of Affirmative Action Plans and EEO-1 and VETS-4212 reports for clients across the country annually. She has successfully defended employers in litigation matters, OFCCP audits, and EEOC and OFCCP complaint investigations.
Partner - Resolution Economics, LLC
Rick Holt is a Partner at Resolution Economics, LLC, an economics, statistics, and forensic accounting consulting firm. Dr. Holt is a labor economist that has been involved in projects over the last 15 years covering all aspects of employment discrimination cases, including: compensation, hiring, promotion, and termination. He has worked with several Fortune 500 companies on projects involving OFCCP audits, FLSA wage and hour cases, and economic damages (single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, and class actions). He has also assisted clients in the context of settlement discussions, trial preparation, and consent decree reporting. Rick Holt is the past President and current Treasurer of the Washington Metro ILG.
Member Attorney – Roffman Horvitz, PLC
Alissa Horvitz is an attorney in the Northern Virginia law firm she co-founded with her friend and partner Josh Roffman. Josh and Alissa have been practicing together since their days at Morgan Lewis and Littler Mendelson. Roffman Horvitz focuses its practice in the legal space where employment law and data analytics intersect. In addition to preparing affirmative action plans, helping employers that are being audited by OFCCP, and conducting privileged pay equity analyses and adverse impact analyses, Roffman Horvitz conducts analyses of applicant tracking systems and performs mock internal audits, also under attorney client privilege. Josh has presented at previous NILG conferences and is a member of the Baltimore ILG and Washington Metro ILG.
Senior Associate - Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Kristie Iacopetta is a Senior Associate at Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Kristie provides employers with strategic and practical approaches to compliance with Executive Order 11246, VEVRAA, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures. She collaborates with employers to design and maintain compliant affirmative action programs and defend those programs during compliance evaluations. Additionally, Kristie works closely with employers to conduct proactive pay equity analyses to identify and address any potential inequities. With Kristie’s background and experience as an affirmative action data analyst, she has a unique understanding of the data, analytical, and legal aspects of affirmative action and EEO compliance. Kristie has presented at the New Jersey, Long Island, Philadelphia, and San Antonio ILGs meetings.
Owner/Primary Consultant - EEO Consulting, LLC
Judy Julius is Owner/Primary Consultant of EEO Consulting, LLC. Now celebrating 28 years in business, Judy's company develops Affirmative Action Programs for federal contractors in the Supply and Service Industry. She also conducts training classes. EEO Consulting is based in St. Louis, MO but have clients across the country and multiple industries. Judy has been writing AAPs for 40 years including 13 years in Corporate HR at McDonnell Douglas (Boeing) and Bunge Corporation. Judy is an active member of the St. Louis ILG. and has been doing presentations on the new census data since May, 2021.
Public Health Research Analyst - RTI International
Ariana W. K. Katz is a researcher within RTI International’s Women’s Global Health Imperative (WGHI), part of the Center for Global Health. Specializing in qualitative research methods, analysis, and program implementation and evaluation, Ms. Katz has a background in health behavior and psychology with nearly a decade of experience bringing a health equity, sex-positive, and pleasure lens to sexual and reproductive health, HIV prevention, and LGBTQIA+ health in global and domestic settings. She is a skilled facilitator, interviewer, and trainer and also serves as Communications and Special Projects Lead for RTI’s Strategic Engagement and Belonging program within the office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging (EDIB). In this capacity, Ms. Katz supports the EDIB and corporate communications team collecting, writing, and editing content about EDIB news and events, collaborates on strategic planning initiatives, and develops and facilitates EDIB-related trainings and workshops.
Vice President, American Society of Employers (ASE)
Anthony Kaylin is a Vice President at ASE and has been with the company over 15 years. Anthony chairs the Michigan Industry Liaison Group and represents the Midwest Region for the National Industry Group as well as being its current Chair.
Before joining ASE, Kaylin worked for the U.S. Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) as a compliance officer; as an affirmative action specialist for Tellabs, a telecommunications manufacturer in Illinois, as employee relations manager and EEO officer for NYU Langone Medical Center, and as EO Program Manager for IBM. In each assignment he served in various HR roles, progressively taking on additional responsibilities in each one.
VP, Diversity & Inclusion - SVRS
AnnMarie Killian brings over 25 plus years of diverse experience in telecommunications, retail, and fitness industry. As a Deaf individual, she is intimately familiar with the challenges of engagement and inclusion which has influenced her professional aspirations. Recently, AnnMarie served as the Vice President of Operations responsible for leading key deliverables for increasing profitability, growing revenue, and maximizing operational efficiencies. Prior to ZVRS, AnnMarie served in various leadership roles including but not limited to Senior Vice President and COO of CSD, Vice President of Interpreting Operations and Director of Customer Experience.
VP of Legal and Audit Support Services - Biddle Consulting Group
Daniel Kuang, Ph.D., is the Vice President of Legal and Audit Support Services at Biddle Consulting Group. Dr. Kuang is an expert in analyzing and modeling complex and messy data, concentrating on high-stakes data analytics and social psychological research. He has extensive experience with Title VII related matters. Specifically, he specializes in adverse impact and disparate treatment in class action employment matters including hiring, selection, promotion, termination, compensation, and discipline. Dr. Kuang serves on the Northern California ILG and has presented extensively at both local ILGs and NILG conferences over the past 15-years. He is currently a member of the NILG Advisory Council.
Attorney, Boston Solicitor’s Office
Kelly Lawson has been an attorney with the Boston Solicitor’s Office for over 20 years and has served as the Counsel for Civil Rights for the last 8 years. In that capacity, she oversees the OFCCP, whistleblower, and internal labor relations programs. Prior to her time in the Solicitor’s Office, she worked in private practice in New York City, where she focused on litigating complex civil cases and appealing a death penalty conviction involving a battered woman in Alabama.
Director of Enforcement - OFCCP
Bob LaJeunesse, Ph.D. is Director of Enforcement for Office of Federal Contract Compliance. Dr. Lajeunesse oversees the OFCCP’s statistical and economic analysis program and serves as the agency’s expert technical advisor in the development and resolution of systemic discrimination cases. Before joining OFCCP, Dr. LaJeunesse was a forensic labor economist at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). He also served as an Economist for the U.S. Treasury and the AFL-CIO. Prior to joining federal service, Dr. LaJeunesse was an assistant professor of economics at the State University of New York (New Paltz) and a senior lecturer at the University of Newcastle in Australia.
Partner - K&L Gates LLP
Craig Leen is a partner in the DC office of K&L Gates in the Labor, Employment, and Workplace Safety practice group. He previously served as OFCCP Director and has been a frequent speaker at NILG conferences. In addition, Craig serves on the Circa Board, Eightfold Advisory Board, RespectAbility Advisory Board, and Disability:IN DC Metro Advisory Board. He is also a Professorial Lecturer in Law at GW Law and on the faculty of the Institute for Workplace Equality. Craig is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Florida, Massachusetts, and New York, and he is board certified by The Florida Bar in city, county, and local government law.
Partner - Resolution Economics, LLP
Victoria Lipnic is a Partner at Resolution Economics, LLC. She leads the Company’s Human Capital Strategy Group, which combines the Company’s expertise in data analytics and deep knowledge of regulatory requirements with an interdisciplinary approach to advise organizations on the full range of their human capital needs and reporting requirements including recruitment, selection, promotions, DE&I, pay equity, and overall talent allocation. Prior to joining Resolution Economics she served as Commissioner from 2010 to 2020 and Acting Chair from 2017 to 2019 of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. While at the EEOC she participated in numerous agency regulatory initiatives including the final GINA regulations, the ADA, as amended, and the revisions to the EEO-1 form to include pay data reporting. She organized the agency’s first public meeting on Big Data in Employment, oversaw development of the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics and published a significant report on age discrimination. She co-chaired the EEOC’s Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace, and co-authored its seminal report. Vicki is currently chair of a technical advisory committee on artificial intelligence in employment organized by the Institute for Workplace Equality. Vicki is currently a member of the NILG Advisory Council.
Human Resources Director - Integrated Computer Solutions, Inc.
Chris Long is an accomplished human resource professional with extensive experience in HR employee relations, recruiting and development, compliance, and successful change management initiatives. Strength in all aspects of human resources generalist responsibilities. Outstanding leadership, negotiation, and conflict resolution ability. Excel in listening to company objectives and developing a prudent approach to achieve them while maintaining management and employee values and confidence. Military veteran.
Counsel, Labor-Management and Civil Rights Enforcement (DOL Solicitor’s Office)
Jeff Lupardo is the Counsel for Labor-Management and Civil Rights Enforcement in the Department of Labor’s Solicitor’s Office. Jeff joined the Solicitor’s Office (SOL) in 2008 and has worked on numerous OFCCP enforcement actions and defensive cases brought against OFCCP under the Administrative Procedure Act. Further, Jeff works closely with OFCCP and SOL National Office leadership to implement agency enforcement and policy priorities. As part of his position, Jeff coordinates with the Regional Solicitors’ Offices regarding SOL involvement in OFCCP matters. Such involvement ranges from the time of scheduling through the filing of an enforcement action. In his current role, Jeff also advises the Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) on policy issues, formal rulemakings, as well as coordinates with the Department of Justice to litigate matters under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA). Prior to joining the Solicitor’s Office, Jeff worked in the National Labor Relations Board’s Office of the General Counsel.
MidAtlantic Regional Director - OFCCP
Sam recently rejoined the agency and brings expertise in resolving systemic discrimination cases. Sam a Compliance Officer, an Assistant District Director, and then Director of Regional Operations. Next, he served as the Deputy Regional Director for the Northeast Region and then as Regional Director in Atlanta in 2015 – a position he held through 2020. Sam brings a commitment to achieve results for workers.
Director of Affirmative Action & Diversity Analytics - Harvard University
Teresa C. Malonzo is the Director of Affirmative Action and Diversity Analytics in the Office for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Harvard University. Teresa has over 20 years of experience working in higher education administration and in affirmative action compliance. Teresa oversees the collection and analysis of data related to affirmative action compliance and the development and strengthening of internal audit and monitoring procedures designed to assure compliance with AA programs, policies and procedures relating to faculty and staff employment.
Associate Director for Equity Compliance - Princeton University
Donna Maywar is Assistant Director for Equity Compliance at Princeton University. This equity champion enjoys a sixteen-year career within Human Resources and AAP compliance over three industries; R&D, Pharma and Higher Ed. She has helped to found three employee resources groups and is currently president of Disability Alliance at Princeton. Certifications include SHRM Senior Certified Professional (c.2016) and the IAAP Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (c.2018). Maywar is a former board chair of the New Jersey ILG and currently serves on the boards of Princeton in African and the Safkhet Literacy Project. Maywar co-owns Classics Bookshop in her hometown of Trenton, New Jersey.
Senior Director of Partnership Development - Disability Solutions
Kevin McCloskey is the Senior Director of Partnership Development with Disability Solutions. Kevin manages employer programs including Pepsi and Frito Lay to actively recruit, hire and retain talent with disabilities. He prepares employers for success through interactive training on best practices to engage, support, and manage talent with disabilities as well as dispelling fears and stigmas around hiring talent with disabilities. Kevin also develops and manages talent partnerships for Disability Solutions' clients by establishing relationships with federal, state, and local talent partners to identify qualified talent with disabilities to fill their clients' hiring needs.
Managing Partner - Praxis Compliance
Paul McGovern is Managing Partner of Praxis Compliance, an HR compliance consulting firm specializing in Affirmative Action, EEO/Employee Relations investigation and remediation, and Diversity & Inclusion program design. Paul is a NILG Board member representing the Northeast Region. He served as NILG Chair from 2017-2020. Paul is a former program lead for Verizon Communications Affirmative Action and EEO/Employee Relations investigations initiatives. An attorney, Paul was a member of Verizon Communication’s Legal Department and a litigator in private practice.
Principal Business Consultant - Affirmity
Patrick McNiel is a principal business consultant for Affirmity. Dr. McNiel advises clients on issues related to workforce measurement and statistical analysis, diversity and inclusion, OFCCP and EEOC compliance, and pay equity. Dr. McNiel has over ten years of experience as a generalist in the field of Industrial and Organizational Psychology and has focused on employee selection and assessment for most of his career. He received his PhD in I-O Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Houston ILG, and he has presented at several national conferences including APA, APS, SIOP, AAAED, and NILG.
Hiring and Engagement Consultant - Disability Solutions
Keith Meadows is the Hiring and Engagement Consultant with Disability Solutions. Keith manages Disability Solutions' employer client's talent needs by engaging jobseekers with disabilities, including veterans with service-related disabilities, to deliver strategic outcome-based solutions to our clients. Keith works with many Fortune 500 companies all across the country. He enjoys brewing his own beer, which makes him a popular member of the Disability Solutions team.
Director, EEO & Affirmative Action - Emerson Electric Co.
Fred Melkey has over 16 years of experience related to Affirmative Action compliance. In his current role as the Corporate Director of EEO and Affirmative Action for Emerson Electric Co., he has responsibility for over 100 AAPs. Fred began his career as an Engineer. For his “mid-life crisis” he attended law school in the evenings. He has held EEO/AA related roles in a wide variety of industries including working for Intel, The Hartford Insurance, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Emerson. Fred earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, an MBA from the University of New Mexico, and a JD with Honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Principal – Jackson Lewis P.C.
Laura Mitchell is principal in Jackson Lewis’ Pay Equity and Affirmative Action/OFCCP groups. She partners with her clients to build pay equity programs that benefit employees and create a stable, high-functioning workplace. Laura enjoys counseling companies on the development of proactive and equitable pay practices. She helps clients understand all issues across the spectrum of their pay equity journey, helping to establish regular annual pay equity analyses as well as counseling organizations on implementation and compliance with government contractor obligations. Laura is the editor and a principal contributor of the award-winning The Affirmative Action Law Advisor blog and regularly presents on pay equity, affirmative action compliance, OFCCP enforcement trends, and government contractor obligations.
President - The Arbor Consulting Group, Inc.
Joan Moore, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the President and founder of The Arbor Consulting Group, Inc. Ms. Moore is an attorney, nationally-recognized speaker and author. Ms. Moore has many years of experience in the affirmative action and diversity arenas and has consulted on EEO and affirmative action issues for clients across the U.S., including a subspecialty in construction affirmative action and OFCCP audit support. Her expertise is in managing difficult OFCCP affirmative action audits for successful outcomes and she has a superior track record. Her combined legal/HR background positions her to work multi-dimensionally across organizations to determine the best course of action given the difficult and often complex nature of these issues. Ms. Moore is a member of the Michigan ILG.
Regional Director Midwest Region, OFCCP
Carmen Navarro is the Regional Director for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Midwest Region. In her current role, she leads a team of skilled employees charged with carrying out the agency’s mission of protecting workers, promoting diversity and enforcing federal employment law.
Ms. Navarro has more than 34 years of federal service, over 20 of them with OFCCP where she has played a key role in identifying and resolving numerous cases of systemic discrimination.
Senior Consultant - The Arbor Consulting Group, Inc.
Mim Munzel is a senior consultant with The Arbor Consulting Group, Inc. She has supported numerous organizations with affirmative action compliance implementation and audit defense. She has worked with federal contractors in industries ranging from manufacturing to high-tech to universities to construction companies. She manages projects and consults with C-suite executives, General Counsel and HR leaders on AA issues, including pay equity and diversity outreach. She has served as the Diversity Director for the Michigan Council of SHRM (MISHRM) and was co-chair of the Diversity Committee for the Greater Ann Arbor SHRM chapter. She is a member of the Michigan ILG.
Director - BCG Institute
Matt Nusbaum, Director of Biddle Consulting’s BCG Institute, provides consulting advice on workplace compliance requirements to federal contractor employers regarding the nondiscrimination and affirmative action requirements enforced by the OFCCP of the U.S. Department of Labor. Matt has more than nine years of experience as a practicing attorney counseling and representing employers on matters before the OFCCP and other federal, state, and local workplace regulatory and enforcement agencies. Matt is passionate about EEO/AA and strives to bring energy and enthusiasm to the conversation. This does not make him overly popular at cocktail parties, but he cannot be dissuaded. Matt presents to local ILGs throughout the nation.
Director of the Employer and Workplace Policy Team - ODEP
Louis Orslene is the Director of the Employer and Workplace Policy Team for the Office of Disability Employment Policy which examines the policy issues and barriers facing employers as they seek to recruit, hire, retain and advance individuals with disabilities in the workplace. The Team encourages the adoption and implementation of policies and practices that meet the needs of both employers and people with disabilities. Prior to joining ODEP, Louis served as a Disability Policy Advisor supporting the Department of Defense Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. He also co-directed the Department of Labor’s Job Accommodation Network (JAN). He has extensive knowledge of workplace accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Principal - Jackson Lewis P.C.
Christopher Patrick is a Principal in the Denver, Colorado, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and is a member of the Firm’s Affirmative Action Compliance and OFCCP Defense Practice Group and Pay Equity Resource Group. Chris partners with employers on practical solutions to ensure equal employment opportunity, including counseling on affirmative action, pay equity and transparency, and diversity. In short, Chris develops actionable strategies under privilege that identify and eliminate unseen barriers to EEO in personnel practices—often informed by trends in employee data. Chris is a member of ILG Colorado and a Steering Committee Member of ILG Northern California.
Vice President – Kairos Services
Nicolas Paul, Vice President of Kairos Services, is responsible for managing the preparation and implementation of Affirmative Action Programs for its clients. In addition to providing guidance to ensure clients comply with the rules and regulations enforced by OFCCP and EEOC, Nick assists contractors with the development and implementation of workplace compliance strategies. Nick served as a leader with Special Operations’ 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Texas at Dallas. Speaking from his first-hand experience as a disabled veteran, Nick regularly presents at local, regional and NILG Conferences as well as SHRM meetings. Nick is President of the North Texas ILG.
Director Affirmative Action - Tyson Foods, Inc
Vicki Pearson has over 25 years of human resources experience in progressively responsible roles focused on equal opportunity, affirmative action, diversity, and HR/Employment compliance. In her current role as Director Affirmative Action for Tyson Foods, Vicki provides long-term planning, strategic direction, and guidance to ensure companywide compliance with Tyson’s Affirmative Action Plans. She is responsible for managing employment compliance programs including remediation in procedural gaps and training. Vicki also ensures companywide compliance with government regulations and handles government regulatory reporting.
Prior to Tyson, Vicki was a Human Resources Consultant where she helped employers develop policies and procedures aimed at preventing workplace problems including discrimination and harassment. Her efforts included conducting comprehensive employment audits, providing management training, and developing or reviewing policy and procedure manuals aimed at ensuring compliance with federal and state laws.
Managing Partner - NT Lakis, LLP
Danny Petrella is the Managing Partner of NT Lakis, LLP. Danny has more than 15 years of professional experience advising employers on the specific workplace implications of federal, state, and local labor and employment laws, with a particular emphasis on the nondiscrimination and affirmative action requirements enforced by the OFCCP. Danny provides NT Lakis clients with a full range of advice and counsel on workplace legal and compliance requirements. In addition to his law firm role, Danny also serves as VP, Compliance and Assistant General Counsel to the Center for Workplace Compliance, where he helps CWC members understand and meet their workplace compliance requirements. Danny is also a Senior Consultant with the firm’s affiliated consulting group, Employment Advisory Services, Inc.
CEO - Talmetrix, Inc.
Chris Powell, CEO at Talmetrix, a human capital feedback, research and insights company focused on providing solutions, technology and services. Chris is a proven executive and entrepreneur who has spent over 25 years enabling high-growth, inclusive and performing organizations. Before joining Talmetrix, Chris was the Chief Human Resources & Diversity Officer for Scripps Networks Interactive (acquired by Discovery, Inc.), former parent company for HGTV and Food Network. Chris also held HR leadership roles with Voya (formerly ING), Marriott International, and Deloitte. Chris completed his undergraduate studies at Northwestern University where he also worked as an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions. He completed advanced graduate studies at Harvard School of Business.
U.S. Department of Labor
Nakisha Pugh is the Director of Education and Partner Engagement in the Division of Policy and Program Development. She oversees the agency’s stakeholder engagement, outreach and compliance assistance and training efforts.
Nakisha previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor with the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. In this capacity she advised on the development of disability employment policies and played a lead role in overseeing the education and outreach programs for private and public sector employers – to include several federal contractors.
Prior to joining ODEP, Nakisha served in many roles with OFCCP including Branch Chief of Functional Affirmative Action Programs (FAAP). As the FAAP Branch Chief, Nakisha oversaw the day-to-day operations of the FAAP Branch. She was also instrumental in the development of the Section 503 and VEVRAA Focused Review programs, including, the development of resource materials, development, and delivery of training, participation in OFCCP Townhalls, conducting outreach with stakeholders, and participating as a panelist in plenary sessions including the Annual NILG Conference.
Nakisha has a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development with a concentration in Organizational Leadership and Learning from The George Washington University. She also has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Morgan State University.
VP of Operations - EEO/AA Division - Biddle Consulting Group
Marife has been practicing in the field of EEO and Affirmative Action since 1996 and is currently the VP of EEO/AA Operations and a Sr. Consultant at Biddle Consulting Group, Inc. (BCG). Her primary responsibilities include the oversight of the day to day operations of the EEO/AA Division, litigation support, affirmative action plan (AAP) development, and AAP audit support. Within that capacity she has been involved in hundreds of projects involving statistical adverse impact analyses of personnel actions (hires, promotions, and terminations) for employers ranging in size from 50 employees to well over 50,000. Ms. Ramos has conducted numerous training programs across the United States on AAP methodology, adverse impact analysis, and compensation analysis and is a contributing author in the Adverse Impact Analysis: Understanding Data, Statistics, and Risk (Chapter 7, Workforce and Utilization) (Routledge Publishing).
Office of Strategic Outreach - VETS
Kris serves with the Department of Labor (DOL), Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) Office of Strategic Outreach. Kris formally joined VETS in June 2022 after serving for three years as the DOD Senior Fellow at the U.S. Department of Labor.
Kris served in the Army for over 30 years retiring as a Command Sergeant Major. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Management, a Master’s degree in Public Health, and a Project Management Professional credential.
AVP, EEO Compliance - Wintrust Financial Corporation
Mary Ann Rivers, AVP, EEO Compliance joined Wintrust in 2017 and is responsible for overseeing Wintrust’s affirmative action compliance for 15 bank charters and several lines of business. Mary Ann joins Wintrust’s SVP and Chief Diversity Officer to meet diversity and inclusion strategies for business success. Mary Ann has more than 20 years’ experience as a practitioner, and prior to joining Wintrust served two terms as an Employee Resource Group Chair. Mary Ann earned her BA in business from North Central College, as well as certificates in human resources and affirmative action compliance. Mary Ann has served as a panel speaker for the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce and also serves as secretary to the Chicago Metro Industry Liaison Group.
Managing Attorney - Roffman Horvitz, PLC
Josh Roffman is the Managing Attorney of the law firm that he co-founded with his friend and colleague, Alissa Horvitz. The firm practices in the legal space where equal opportunity law and data analytics intersect, with a particular focus on helping government contractor organizations prepare affirmative action plans, evaluate pay equity under attorney client privilege, prepare for and participate in OFCCP compliance reviews, and comply with the OFCCP's regulatory requirements. Josh has presented at previous NILG conferences and is a member of the Baltimore ILG and Washington Metro ILG.
VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Circa
Roselle Rogers is Circa’s Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Circa. Roselle is an accomplished HR executive, with 30+ years of practical application. She joined Circa in 2006 and has been instrumental in the company’s growth from local job board provider to the launch of its OFCCP compliance and diversity products. Roselle leads Circa’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategy and thought leadership as well as the company’s OFCCP compliance and community partner relations.
Director of Pay Strategy and Partner Success - Syndio
Nancy Romanyshyn is the Director of Pay Strategy and Partner Success at Syndio. She helps organizations embed fairness in their Total Rewards programs. She provides expert guidance, insights, and education to Syndio's clients. Prior to Syndio, Nancy led the North America Fair Pay team at Willis Towers Watson, leading analyses testing compensation programs for fairness. She has 30 years of experience in compensation design and management, both in-house and consulting, as well as expertise in leadership communications related to Fair Pay and compensation programs.
President - Berkshire Associates, Inc.
Beth Ronnenburg, President of Berkshire Associates Inc., oversees all business interests and operations, including consulting, product development, marketing, and sales to ensure the delivery of high-caliber solutions to clients. With over 25 years of experience in the human resources field, Beth helps this nation’s top law firms and Fortune 500 companies navigate through the complex regulatory requirements of OFCCP. Beth’s understanding of the inner workings of OFCCP often take her around the country where she coaches professionals on effective solutions for remaining proactive and reducing liability. Beth is a frequent speaker at national events. Beth is a member of the NILG Board representing the Mid-Atlantic Region and is on the board’s Executive Committee. She is also the Chair of the Baltimore ILG.
Managing Consultant - Berkshire Associates, Inc.
Rachel Rubino is a Managing Consultant at Berkshire Associates, Inc. where she specializes in helping federal contractors and subcontractors of all sizes and industries meet their unique affirmative action needs. With an in-depth understanding of OFCCP regulations and requirements, Rachel provides leading support and guidance to her clients—working to keep them up-to-date and compliant. Rachel is dedicated to keeping her colleagues informed, which is why she regularly develops articles on the latest trends and updates. Rachel is a frequent speaker at local human resources events. She is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management and holds both SPHR and SHRM-SCP Certification.
Of Counsel, Fisher Phillips
Marilynn Schuyler, JD, is Of Counsel at Fisher Phillips. She has more than 30 years of experience representing federal contractors in OFCCP audits and advising and training clients on EEO, diversity, equity & inclusion, and accommodation-related workplace issues. Notably, she established and chaired a coalition of academic institutions in recommending changes to federal regulations, resulting in the first publication of OFCCP’s Educational Institutions Technical Assistance Guide. She served as President of the WMILG, Chair of the 2014 ILG National Conference, and on the board of the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity. Ms. Schuyler has presented at numerous NILGs, as well as local ILGs. She is a member of the Sacramento ILG.
Shareholder - Carlton Fields, P.A.
James Sconzo is a shareholder and chair of the Labor & Employment and Education practices for Carlton Fields, P.A. He is a “go-to” adviser for all aspects of the labor, employment, and education laws and rules affecting public and private sector organizations and institutions. He is a skilled trial lawyer, negotiator, investigator, and proven leader. He is a renowned negotiator of workplace disputes and organizational issues, and has represented numerous clients in both individual and class-based arbitrations and litigation matters. Jim is also the president of Core Triangle Consulting LLC, a separate, wholly owned subsidiary of Carlton Fields that provides a variety of human capital management consulting services. Jim holds leadership positions in the Connecticut Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law, Litigation, and Education Law sections.
Northeast Regional Director - OFCCP
Diana Sen is the Regional Director of OFCCP for the Northeast Region. In this capacity, she leads the agency's enforcement and outreach efforts in the Northeast, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. She is based in New York City. Diana is an experienced and highly skilled civil rights lawyer and advocate for the most vulnerable populations in our country, with significant experience in government, non-profit and in the private sector.
Consultant - Biddle Consulting Group, Inc.
Cassie Shamber has been a member of Biddle Consulting Group, Inc.’s enthusiastic team of EEO/AA specialists for the last 12 years. Not only has she been heavily involved in the development of hundreds of affirmative action plans for clients of various sizes during her time at BCG, but has also successfully supported clients in over 150 OFCCP compliance reviews. In addition to her current role as Consultant, Cassie specializes in training and advancing the knowledge base of human resource professionals in areas such as equal employment opportunity (EEO), OFCCP compliance, affirmative action planning, compensation analysis, and a variety of other human resource topics with a focus on EEO.
Shareholder - Silberman Law P.C.
Mickey Silberman is the founder of and a Shareholder with Silberman Law PC. For more than 25 years Mickey has represented employers throughout the nation in every industry regarding affirmative action, OFCCP, pay equity, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. He is a nationally recognized expert and public speaker in these areas. Mickey helps employers navigate the often tricky world of systemic EEO and he provides to his clients creative, practical and strategic counsel and legal representation.
Executive Director, Boston After School & Beyond
Chris Smith is Executive Director of Boston After School & Beyond, a non-profit organization connecting 400 out-of-school programs, supporting businesses, and schools to provide rich, skill-building opportunities to 25,000 area children. Boston Beyond endeavors to close the enrichment gap for children from low-income families to ensure that every child in the city has access to the future they deserve.
SR HR Program Manager, Compliance - DoorDash
Kelsey Smithisler is currently a Senior HR Compliance Program Manager at DoorDash. Kelsey has over 11 years of HR experience and is passionate about creating and implementing compliant solutions to business and people challenges. Kelsey provides compliance guidance and training through various internal presentations and trainings, and she previously presented at the 2020 I-9 Palooza. Prior to joining DoorDash, Kelsey was a HR Compliance Program Manager at PPD and the Lead HR Compliance Specialist at Whole Foods Market. Kelsey is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Austin Human Resource Management Association.
Principal - Sparlin Law Office, PLLC
Dean Sparlin is the founder and Principal of Sparlin Law Office, PLLC based in Fairfax, Virginia. He represents and advises management on employment issues, specializing in affirmative action plans and other applications of sophisticated statistical techniques to the field of employment law. In doing so, he draws upon his legal education at the College of William and Mary, a masters degree in statistics at George Mason University, and more than 30 years of experience as a practicing attorney and affirmative action consultant. He has practiced in the field of employment law for 36 years, including 17 years at a large national law firm and the past 19 years as the founder of Sparlin Law Office, PLLC.
SWARM Regional Director - OFCCP
Melissa L. Speer has been with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), for over 32 years. She began her career as a Compliance Officer in Little Rock, Arkansas where she spent ten years before being promoted to the Dallas, Texas. She has worked throughout the SWARM Region as a Liaison Officer, District Director in Dallas, Director of Regional Operations, Deputy Regional Director and Regional Director. As the Regional Director, she provides leadership for more than 50 employees spanning 11 states and five offices. She has been the Acting Deputy Director in 2019 and recently completed a stint as the Acting Regional Director for the Southeast Region. Ms. Speer received a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1988 and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1991. Melissa is a dedicated civil servant and is committed to fairness in the workplace.
Pacific Regional Director, OFCCP
Jane Suhr is the Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Pacific Region. In this role, she leads the Pacific Region’s enforcement, outreach, and compliance assistance programs and policies to carry out the mission and objectives of the Agency. Ms. Suhr has devoted her career to government service and protecting the rights of American workers.
Extension Associate - Yang-Tan Institute
Ellice Switzer, MA, is an Extension Associate for the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University. She provides content development, training and technical assistance for EARN, working closely NILG member partners. As an Extension Associate, she provides national technical assistance and training on topics related to disability and employment, and U.S. disability policy. Her areas of focus include employer practices to support workforce disability inclusion, demand-side strategies to improve employer engagement among disability service providers and evidence-based practices to support post-school success for youth with disabilities.
Chief Education Officer, Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center
Nikki Tabron is the Chief Education Officer of the Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center. The Thompson Island program focuses on enhancing education and collaboration, building trust and confidence, and teaching conflict resolution and leadership skills. Nikki oversees programming for over 4,000 students annually, partnering with Boston Public Schools to provide a multi-year sequence of STEM and social emotional development programming to middle school and high school students. In addition to her work with Outward Bound, Nikki serves as the Board Chair of Throw Pink, a non-profit that supports women's health initiatives. Nikki has a Master's Degree from the McCormack School of Policy and Global Studies at
Partner - Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Annette Tyman is a Partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP and the co-leader of the People Analytics practice group. She regularly advises employers on the use of technology in employment decision-making, including the use of artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, and machine learning algorithms to address key processes including recruiting, hiring, retention, workforce planning, and diversity and inclusion efforts. Annette has also provided written and oral testimony on proposed labor and employment legislation and regulations pending before the United States Senate, House of Representatives, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Annette regularly presents at various local ILG meetings and the NILG conference.
Director of North America Employment Law - Wayfair
Rae Vann is Director of North America Employment Law for Wayfair, a global e-commerce retailer of all things Home. Prior to joining Wayfair in January 2022, Rae spent over twenty years in private practice, where she represented and advised corporate clients on a variety of workplace compliance matters, with an emphasis on EEO, nondiscrimination, and affirmative action. She also previously served as senior vice president and general counsel of the Center for Workplace Compliance, the national employer association formerly known as the Equal Employment Advisory Council (EEAC). Rae’s thought leadership has been featured in media including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Law, Law360, National Law Journal, National Public Radio, PBS NewsHour, Politico, and Reuters.
Director of Audit Services - Kairos Services, Inc.
Will Waymel, Director of Audit Services at Kairos Services, Inc., serves clients by providing affirmative action program development and implementation, auditing, and training. His experience as a Bilingual Compliance Officer at the OFCCP investigating systemic discrimination in hiring, compensation, and testing, provides a unique perspective on the agency’s practices for contractors. Will has a passion for working with data - excelling in finding ways to utilize large and/or unstructured datasets using Excel’s Power Query and VBA, providing training to the OFCCP SWARM region while working in the Denver office for over seven years. Mr. Waymel earned an MBA and MS in International Business from the University of Colorado in Denver and is a member of the Colorado ILG.
Senior Statistician - Silberman Law, PC
Krystal Welland has fifteen years of in-depth pay analysis experience. Krystal prepares Title VII, state-specific and international proactive pay equity analyses as well as formulates strategic pay analyses and reviews under OFCCP audits and EEOC systemic discrimination cases. Krystal performs complex pay equity regression analyses, adverse impact analyses and many other statistical tests employing the same methodology utilized by EEOC, OFCCP and other state enforcement agencies. Krystal specializes in proactive pay equity and pay parity analyses. Krystal was recognized by Colorado Law Week as an "outstanding legal professional" and often speaks at industry conferences on pay equity.
Assistant Secretary - ODEP
Taryn Mackenzie Williams is the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy. In this position, she advises the Secretary of Labor on how the Department’s policies and programs impact the employment of people with disabilities and leads the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), which works with employers and all levels of government to promote evidence-based policy that improves employment opportunities and outcomes for people with disabilities. Previously, Williams was the managing director for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at American Progress, which works on progressive policies focused on a broad range of anti-poverty strategies. Before joining American Progress, she worked at ODEP on a variety of issues related to education, workforce policy, Social Security, Medicaid and civil rights. In her role as director of youth policy, Williams led agency efforts to coordinate education and employment policy in support of improved labor force outcomes for disabled youth. From 2014 through 2016, Williams served as ODEP’s chief of staff. She also undertook detail assignments as associate director for public engagement and liaison to the disability community at the White House from 2014 through 2015 and as a policy adviser on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions from 2012 through 2013. Prior to joining the federal government, Williams worked as the research coordinator for leadership programs at the Institute for Educational Leadership and as the director of programs at the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues headquartered in Chicago. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Brown University and a master’s degree in education with a concentration in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University. She resides in Washington, DC.
Director of Policy and Program Development, U.S. Department of Labor (OFCCP)
Tina Williams is the Policy Director for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), National Office; where she is responsible for overseeing the development and coordination of new directives, regulations, agency policies and procedures, the OFCCP Training Academy, and the development of public education and outreach materials. In 2006, she began her federal career with the U.S. Department of Justice and joined OFCCP in 2013. Mrs. Williams brings a wealth of knowledge in federal government compliance, EEO, Title VII, ADA, Public Policy and Rulemaking.
Partner - Fisher Phillips LLP
Sheila Willis is a partner with the law firm of Fisher Phillips, LLP, representing employers as they navigate affirmative action compliance, Title IX compliance, wage and hour issues, and employment discrimination claims. She is a past president of both the South Carolina Women Lawyers’ Association (SCWLA) and the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers (SCYLD) Division. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Columbia – Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the board of the National Conference of Women’s’ Bar Associations. Sheila is active in the Richland County Bar, American Bar Association, and is a member of the Junior League of Columbia. She is a member of the South Carolina ILG, Charlotte Area ILG, and is a previous presenter for the NILG, SC ILG, and CALG.
Partner - Resolution Economics, LLC
Paul White, Ph.D. is a Partner with Resolution Economics, LLC. As a labor economist, Dr. White’s practice areas cover all aspects of employment discrimination cases, including compensation, hiring, promotion, and termination. Dr. White’s labor and employment practice also includes EEOC investigations, OFCCP investigations of federal contractors, proactive monitoring of compensation and employee selections, FLSA wage and hour cases, economic damages (single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, and class actions), union contract negotiations, and NLRB hearings. Additionally, Dr. White has conducted analyses on mutual fund trading practices, asbestos exposure, and prescription drug pricing. Dr. White has testified numerous times in local, state, and federal courts.
Career Services Director, Boston Private Industry Council (PIC)
Jimmy Wyman is the Career Services Director of the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC). For more than 40 years, the PIC has connected Boston residents to
promising careers by creating a diverse talent pipeline for local employers. Jimmy oversees the identification, preparation and placement of Boston Public high school students in paid internships. Jimmy's background supporting the youth career development includes positions with Outward Bound USA, City Year Miami, and Boston's Sociedad Latina and Citizen Schools. Jimmy has a Master's Degree in
education from Lesley University.
Data Scientist - Jackson Lewis P.C.
Sunil Yernagula is a Sr. Data Scientist in Jackson Lewis P.C.’s Houston, TX office. He regularly assists clients with data-driven projects, including those related to diversity, equity, and inclusion programs.