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Leadership & OD SIG: "L&D’s Role in a Strategic Approach to DE&I"

  • June 22, 2022
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Virtual Only


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For the past couple of years there have been articles written on the lack of effectiveness of diversity training. Some of the reasons for this include treating such training as an event (a “check-the-box” approach), lack of integrating training with other systems (e.g., recruitment, onboarding, engagement, etc.) to support the goals, and thinking of ‘training’ rather than ‘learning’.  As a result, time, money and effort are poured into a much-needed initiative with little results to show for it.

Join us to hear from talent development leaders about how they approached DE&I “training” in a strategic, comprehensive, and integrated way. We will begin by hearing from Adrina Walker (Executive Director of Engagement Programs for Estée Lauder) about the commitment, support and involvement of senior leaders in their company. Then we will hear from Karen Basile (Chief Learning Officer for Johnson Controls) on their L&D strategy to make marked and measurable differences in DE&I initiatives.

We will have plenty of time for Q&A.

We hope to see you there.

Note: this program has been changed to virtual only.

6:30 – 8:00 pm: Program

This event is sponsored by The Judge Group

The Judge Group

Speaker Bios:

Karen Clay Basile| VP Global Learning and Development and Culture for Johnson Controls International

Karen (Basile) Clay

Karen Clay Basile has been with Johnson Controls International for almost 8 years and has been helping to transform the organization through learning, talent, and organization culture leadership roles. Karen became the first Chief Learning Officer of Johnson Controls after leading an 18-month redesign and integration of the learning function.  Her role is inclusive of Leadership and Core skills development, functional and product training for 97,000 employees, channel partners and customers. She is also responsible for the organization engagement survey and culture.

As the VP of Global Learning and Development at Johnson Controls, she led the global learning function for both corporate and the smart buildings business. The vision of the “One JCI Learning” function is to create a learning culture that enables our colleagues and partners to continually learn, develop and grow. The award-winning learning team designs, develops and delivers highly effective product training, designs enterprise-wide development programs, innovates with new learning technologies and enables the growth for leaders at Johnson Controls.  

Prior to Johnson Controls, Karen held Talent, HR and Learning leadership roles at General Electric, VWR, Cigna, Wawa, and various tech and venture-backed companies over the last 25 years. She is a member of the Forum of Executive Women, i4cp Chief Learning Officer board, Association for Talent Development (ATD), and Learning and Development Philadelphia. Karen holds a B.S. in Marketing and International Business from Penn State and an M.S. in Organizational Dynamics from University of Pennsylvania.

Adrina Walker| Executive Director, Engagement Program Lead for The Estée Lauder Companies

Adrina Walker currently serves as Executive Director, Engagement Program Leadwithin the recently formed Equity and Engagement Center of Excellence (COE) for The Estee Lauder Companies. 

In this role, Adrina is responsible for influencing the initiatives, programs and communications globally related to employee engagement to drive equity across The Estee Lauder Companies Enterprise. A significant part of Adrina’s day focuses on promoting and developing programs to enhance employees’ understanding on inclusion issues, community building, belonging, and connectivity. Adrina also collaborates with other Global Talent teams to implement engaging and equitable recruitment, hiring, onboarding and retention practices. 

Additionally, Adrina serves as Co-Chair of The Estee Lauder Companies’ Women’s Leadership Network and provides strategic oversight and leadership of WLN events. In her prior role, Adrina was Director, Global Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP), supporting Global Brand Supply Chain, Product Development, and Corporate Innovation.

Adrina has over 15 years of diverse business and HR experience. She has an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and Training from Liberty University and holds a Masters in Organizational Leadership/Behavior & Communications from Rider University. 

Deborah Williams| Principal, Bright Light Consulting Services

Deborah Williams began her learning and development career in instructional design with an international provider of organizational training solutions for Fortune 500 companies. During her career at M&T Bank (formerly Wilmington Trust) in Wilmington DE, she directed consumer banking training and led staff education initiatives for the entire company. She was promoted to Vice President, while leading the company’s customer service, learning and development, and quality assurance teams within the contact center.

Deborah has been involved with the ATD Greater Philadelphia Chapter as the leader of the Delaware Geographic Interest Group.  She currently serves as VP of Programs to ensure the chapter offers a wide array of quality programs.  

She served on the Executive Committee for the board of the YWCA Delaware and is on the advisory board for Project New Start, a non-profit organization that assists individuals in their transition from correctional institutions to achieving long-term success in the workplace.

Deborah earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Smith College in Northampton, MA and completed the Graduate School of Retail Bank Management at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, a three-year executive development program. In 2018 she became a Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD). 

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