How to Include. Now. (Peninsula)
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How to Include. Now. (Peninsula)

When: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
5-7 p.m.
Where: Nest Labs
4001 Miranda Ave.
Palo Alto, California 
United States
Contact: Mary Thorsby

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Watermark and Wolff Olins invite you to explore how organizations are developing radical new ways to create a truly diverse workforce at our How to Include. Now. summit.

What are the Bay Area's top D&I executives doing now that's new and different? How do they leverage D&I to expand their business, build creativity, strengthen employee retention and attract new talent?

D&I execs will share their firsthand experiences, ­ their wins and their lessons learned – and they'll offer valuable best practices that you can put into action.

There's no fee and no PowerPoint. Just smart conversation, a chance to make new connections and rekindle current ones – ­ and enjoy some good food.

Panelists include:

Jess Bryndza, Global Human Resources Director, Uber
Sandra E. Lopez, Vice President, Intel Sports Group
Felicia Mayo, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Tesla
Carin Taylor, Chief Diversity Officer, Workday

Moderator: Emilie Lasseron, Strategic Director, Wolff Olins

We hope you can make it! Reception to follow for those who can join.

Panelist and Moderator Bios

Jessica Bryndza is Global Director of People Experiences and Employer Brand at Uber. Her team is dedicated to helping answer the questions “Why should I work at Uber?” and “Why should I stay at Uber?”

Jessica is obsessed with bringing people together, telling stories and creating experiences for humans on behalf of some of the best companies on the planet, including Uber, Google, SoftBank, American Express, SoulCycle and Estee Lauder.

A leader with (lots of) years of B2B and B2C experience, Jessica has helped redefine the way Fortune 500 companies develop brand marketing strategies and campaigns as they constantly seek to connect with their customers (and employees) through stories, live and digital experiences and cultural moments.

Sandra E. Lopez is vice president in the Intel Sports Group, helping to lead business, marketing, and market development efforts. Her team is responsible for partnering with the sports industry to transform how sports are played and watched. This includes defining business and partner strategies in order to achieve Intel Sport’s growth and profit objectives as well as managing overall go-to-market activities with the business partners and customers.

Previously, she was within Intel’s New Technology Group, leading and managing the fashion wearable business. In this role, Sandra was a vocal advocate for the convergence between fashion and technology.

Prior to her current position, Sandra was director of strategic partnerships for fashion and fitness, with responsibility for defining and carrying out Intel’s business strategy for wearables technology.

Sandra earned her degree in textiles and clothing marketing and agricultural economics from the University of California at Davis. She is an active member of several organizations focused on women and Latino advancements, including Intel’s Hispanic Leadership Council and Pay It Forward Program She is a vocal champion of Intel’s diversity and inclusion initiatives as well as an advocate for empowering the next generation of engineers.

Felicia Mayo is the Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Tesla. Prior to that, she was Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition and Authenticity and Inclusion for Juniper Networks where she had the unique opportunity to work with employees, leaders and the marketplace globally while transforming the approach to talent and diversity for Juniper Networks and in the industry.

Felicia started her career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a Benefits Research Analyst after graduating with a B.A. of Political Science from North Carolina State University. PwC afforded her the opportunity to lean into her leadership capabilities by leading one of the largest outsourced defined contributions accounts. PwC set the foundation for Felicia to continue her career growth in high-tech in Silicon Valley, starting with Siebel Systems and then Oracle.

Felicia serves on the board of directors for Watermark, and she co-leads the Watermark CHRO Network. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Rho Delta Omega Chapter located in Palo Alto. She has served as Vice President, Committee leader and Mentor to undergraduates at Stanford University. 

Carin Taylor is Chief Diversity Officer at Workday.  She is a highly successful senior leader in diversity and inclusion, offering extensive expertise in strategy, high-impact program development and cross-functional team leadership. Carin excels in creating, planning, and executing strategic programs that drive innovation, engagement, attracting top talent and retention.

Prior to Workday, Carin was Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Innovation at Genentech, where she was responsible for planning, developing and directing strategies to help the company more effectively recruit, develop and retain a diverse workforce and increase Genentech’s ability to support an environment where all people feel included, comfortable being themselves and enabled to contribute in significant ways to the company’s innovation and success.

Emilie Lasseron, Strategy Director at Wolff Olins, uses the power of design and storytelling to help clients transform into purpose-led brands and meaningfully connect with people. Emilie brings more than 15 years of experience identifying growth opportunities for forward-thinking organizations, from Fortune 500 corporations to startups. A human-centered approach to products, systems and brand drives her work.


Previously, Emilie led in-house design and innovation teams at Chobani, Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital and a biotech focused on women’s health. She spent a number of years at IDEO and SMART Design working across diverse challenges including reimagining the future of manufacturing for an iconic apparel brand, improving the bone marrow transplant matching process and repositioning long-acting birth control.


Emilie is a passionate advocate of empowering women through reproductive health – a domain she has both worked in and written about extensively. She is a graduate of the University of California-Berkeley.