How 9 Companies Capitalize on Innovation: Resource Groups, Engagement & Talent Development

Diversity experts at Innovation Fest! reveal how leading organizations turned their diversity-management efforts into measurable, sustainable growth. Watch the videos.

Innovation Fest! 2012, innovationInnovation is the lifeblood of business success, but is there really a way to ensure your company is fostering these breakthrough opportunities?

The nine diversity innovations presented by leading companies at our Innovation Fest! demonstrate how they’ve transformed effective diversity management into a true source of innovation, capable of generating the business solutions they need to differentiate their company, get a leg up on competitors and capture new market share.

Diversity Management: A Source of Innovation

Held in New York City, DiversityInc’s second Innovation Fest! featured a series of quick-fire, 30-minute presentations from corporate leaders quantifying the benefits diversity management has on business results. [View presentations from our February Innovation Fest!]

These include positive results in sales, productivity and pipeline development from innovations in resource groups, recruitment and talent development, supplier diversity, employee engagement/productivity, and corporate communications.

Watch videos of the presentations from PricewaterhouseCoopers, Brown-Forman, Wells Fargo, Rockwell Collins, BASF, AT&T, Travelers, Marriott International and Monsanto in the player below, plus watch University Hospital’s Dr. Drew Hertz, the lunchtime speaker. (For closed captions, press the CC button in the YouTube player.)

The full Innovation Fest! presentations with PowerPoint slides are available on by clicking the links below.

DiversityInc Innovation Fest!: How 9 Companies Capitalize on Innovation

Elena Richards, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Increasing Engagement, Retention & Talent Development of New Black Hires
Elena Richards, Talent Management Leader, Office of Diversity, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)



Matt Hamel, Brown-Forman

How a Liquor Company Benefits From Resource Group for Non-Drinkers
Matt Hamel, General Counsel and Executive Sponsor of the Non-Drinker Resource group, and Judy Spalding, the resource group’s founder and co-leader, Brown-Forman



Kyle Young, Wells Fargo, DiversityInc Innovation Fest!Accredited Domestic Partnership Advisor Program
Kyle Young, Certified Financial Planner and Vice President, Investment Officer, Wells Fargo



Dr. Drew Hertz, University Hospitals

Improving Healthcare for 68,000 Black & Latino Children
Dr. Drew Hertz, Medical Director for UH Rainbow Care Network and an Assistant Clinical Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine



Amber Janey, Rockwell Collins

Innovative Ways to Develop & Support Supplier Diversity
Amber Janey, senior project manager for supplier diversity, and Evette Creighton, Diversity Program Manager, Rockwell Collins



How Diversity Dashboards Improve Leadership Accountability
Tina Kao, vice president, Talent Development, and Patricia Rossman, Chief Diversity Officer, BASF



AT&T ZellnerThe Innovation Pipeline: Promoting Cross-Function Collaboration
Sam Zellner, Executive Director of Innovation Applications and Services Infrastructure, AT&T



Nicole Hughey, Travelers

Diversity Training Equals $2M Savings for Insurance Company
Nicole Hughey, Director, Enterprise Diversity & Inclusion at Travelers




Francesca Martinez, Marriott

Social Gaming: A Diversity Strategy for Cross-Cultural Engagement
Francisca Martinez, Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition, Marriott International



Melissa Harper, Monsanto

Talent Acquisition Integration
Melissa Harper, Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition, Monsanto




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