Cultivating Tomorrow’s Leaders: What companies can do now

Tuesday, December 15th 2020

For recent college graduates and others new to the workforce, Covid has delayed and disrupted dreams. For young people of color seeking an entrée to the professional world, the situation can be especially challenging. Companies that seek to capitalize on the next generation’s good ideas and passionate engagement need to step up recruitment and retention efforts and create genuine support systems across cultures. The first step? Listen to what your prospective employees need. If you’re an HR professional, DEI leader or hiring manager committed to creating a culture of inclusion, please join us for a roundtable discussion with a diverse group of young professionals. Adolpha Cole, Founder, Candidly Speaking, will moderate.

Adolpha Cole

Marketing leader and published author, Adolpha has over 20 years of B to C marketing experience. She specializes in product messaging, brand awareness and staying ahead of lifestyle and culture trends relating to generations X, Y and Z; leading to significant increases in company revenue and growth. A community organizer, Adolpha founded Candidly Speaking, an experiential program to help students, communities and companies build understanding, trust and productivity through uncomfortable conversations. Active in the Silicon Valley community, Adolpha’s volunteerism includes raising capital for a couple of local non-profit organizations. She also volunteers on a mentor team with SHE-CAN and as a writing mentor with Cinnamongirl, both San Francisco Bay Area nonprofits. Adolpha is currently a marketing consultant with EquiFi, a FinTech start-up and serves as a compass for its mission to eliminate systemic racism and discrimination in housing. Adolpha received a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Georgia State University and a Specialized Associates Degree in Film & Video Production from Full Sail University.

Rahimeh Ramezany
Program Manager, Islamic Networks Group

Rahimeh Ramezany (Rah-hee-may Ram-eh-zaun-nee) (she/her/hers) is a multiethnic Muslim professional who works at the crossroads of diversity, equity, and inclusion and intercultural communication. She specializes in program management and training, and is currently the Program Manager at Islamic Networks Group where she runs multiple speakers bureaus. She holds a Certificate in Advanced Global Leadership from the Lucas College of Business’s Global Leadership Advancement Center, and in 2016 she served as a Fellow at the Summer Institute of Intercultural Communication. Rahimeh earned both her M.A. and B.A. in Communication Studies with a concentration in Intercultural Communication from San Jose State University.

Kaylyn Goode

Kaylyn Goode is a sophomore at George Washington University studying International Affairs with a concentration in Global Public Health. While at home in the East Bay this academic year due to COVID-19, Kaylyn is currently an intern for Mindful Littles, a local nonprofit focused on youth activism through compassion, and a participant in the cohort New Deal for Youth with other young leaders to co-create innovative and bold ideas. Previously, she completed internships with the California Public Interest Research Group and The Center of Excellence in Life, and she served on the National Youth Advisory Board for Young Invincibles'. She also helped organize rallies to influence change to support diversity, equity and inclusion in her local school district. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and grassroots organizing.

Yohannes Kalonji

Yohannes Kalonji, is currently a third year student at San Diego State University majoring in Business Management with a specialization in Entrepreneurship. Outside of his studies, he works for the San Diego Padres in the Event Operations department. In addition, this year he launched, More Love, Love More, which is a limited clothing brand that is produced, marketed and managed by his family. Thus far, the company has been recognized by GQ as a place to buy fashionable face masks and has customers across the nation.

Sydni Singleton

Sydni Singleton is a recent college graduate of Georgia State University with a BA in Journalism and a minor in Art History. Sydni's goal is to use her Journalism and Art degree to pursue a career in Fashion Writing. Sydni is a powerful force in the workplace and uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed. Sydni is inspired daily by her mother and father. In her free time, Sydni likes to listen to music, read, and spend time with her friends.