Community Forum: Leading with Inclusion

Wednesday, May 12th 2021
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM PST

This year we have gathered thought leaders across industries to talk about what’s working as they strive to create more inclusive company cultures. Since many organizations issued statements in support of black lives last year, employees and community members are impatiently asking, what has changed? In February, we discussed how to not only motivate but measure change inside and out of our companies. Join us for our fourth forum as we continue this conversation and invite the Watermark community to share what’s working within their organizations.

Kemi Olugemo
Kemi Olugemo, M.D.

Kemi Olugemo, M.D., is a Neuroscience Researcher devoted to healthcare advocacy and empowering women personally and professionally.

After earning her undergraduate degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Massachusetts (magna cum laude), Kemi completed her MD at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and remained in Baltimore for her Neurology Residency before undertaking an additional Fellowship in Neuroimmunology & Multiple Sclerosis (MS) at the Maryland Center for MS.

Over her 18+ years in clinical research and patient care, Kemi has been involved in community education, patient advocacy, all phases of drug development, global medical strategy, business development, and innovations in lifecycle planning. She is currently an Executive Medical Director at Ionis Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Ionis, she held progressive leadership roles at Parexel International, Questcor Pharmaceuticals and Akcea Therapeutics; and was a long-term consultant in Neurology with Quorum Independent Review Board (now Advarra IRB). Kemi brings a diverse set of experiences to Watermark, including serving as the Director of Communications for Women of Color in Pharma (WOCIP) and on the Scientific Committee of the International Society for CNS Clinical Trials and Methodology (ISCTM).

Lori Nishiura-Mackenzie

Lori Nishiura Mackenzie is Lead Strategist, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the co-founder of the new Stanford VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab. She advises the diversity and inclusion efforts at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and teaches executive education. She is the former Executive Director of Stanford University's Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Lori speaks globally at organizations such as the European Central Bank, the Watermark Conference for Women and the World Banking Group. Her work has been published in the Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, BBC, San Francisco Chronicle, and Brand Eins. Lori was one of the BBC’s 100 Women in 2017 and was interviewed for the 2018 documentary, Bias. Lori brings 20 years of business management experience from companies including Procter & Gamble, Apple, eBay and PayPal and is on the board of the Alliance for Girls. She has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Melynnie Rizvi
Melynnie Rizvi

Melynnie Rizvi is the director of employment, inclusion, and impact at SurveyMonkey. Rizvi provides strategic guidance to the People team, oversees global employment law, and leads SurveyMonkey for Good, the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion, and social impact initiative. Prior to SurveyMonkey, she was the senior director of global employment, litigation, chief sustainability and diversity officer, and chief compliance officer at Veritas, a global technology company. Prior to Veritas, she was a director of global employment law at Symantec. Prior to Symantec, she was a partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith and an associate at Baker & McKenzie. Rizvi is a board member of Fresh Lifelines for Youth and former board member of Success Through Education Program. Rizvi is a recent graduate of Northern California Grantmaker’s Racial Equity Action Institute and The Leadership Consortium, Harvard Business School’s Executive Leadership Acceleration Program, and was named 2016 Employment Counsel of the Year. She received her JD and Bachelors of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, In Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.