How Coaching Supports Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations

  • March 02, 2020
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • NYU Kimmel Center Eisner and Lubin Auditorium. 60 Washington Sq S


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Join us on March 2nd, 2020 for the Second Annual ICF NYC and NYU Human Capital Management Organizational Coaching Event hosted at NYU's Kimmel Center. This year's theme is How Coaching Supports Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations. 

When:  March 2, 2020, 6:00 PM - 9:00PM
Location:  NYU Kimmel Center Eisner and Lubin Auditorium. 60 Washington Sq S
Speakers: Keynote - Nellie Borrero, Moderator: Dr. Anna Tavis, Panelists: Dr. Michael Valentine, Ana Polanco, JD, PCC, Joung-ah Ghedini-Williams, Gina Chaney
Format:  Live
CCEUs: 1.5 Core, 1 RD
Who is this event for: Coaches, HR and Talent Professionals, D&I Professionals, Senior Leaders

The event 

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) initiatives are an estimated $8 billion dollar industry in the US alone today. Yet only a few organizations achieve meaningful results in attracting and developing a diverse pool of leaders and building a culture of true inclusivity. 

This event brings together thought and practice leaders to share insights on how coaching can and does support D&I function and help create social and business impact in organizations locally and worldwide. 

Keynote Speaker

Ms. Nellie Borrero
Managing Director, Senior Global Inclusion & Diversity Lead and Market Client Practice Lead - Certified executive coach

Impact driven, inclusion & diversity senior global lead at Accenture – a global professional services company with more than 480,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries

One of Association of Latino Professionals’ America’s 50 Most Powerful Latinas showcased by Fortune 2017 and 2018; ALPFA 2019 50 Most Powerful Latinas

Award-winning leadership, including: 2018 LatinaStyle Top 12 Highest Ranking Latinas; 2018 Council for Latino Workplace Equality Top Latina Leader; 2015 & 2016 HITEC Top 100 Most Influential and notable Hispanic Professionals in IT; 2016 Black Enterprise Top Executives In Corporate Diversity; 2012 LATINA Style Top 5 Executive Women; 2012 Marcus Buckingham Leaders Leading Leaders Award; 2012 Hispanic Business Influentials and the 2008 Stevie Women in Business Awards

A highly respected senior leader with global experience and expertise spanning three decades, Nellie Borrero is known for her unwavering passion for inclusion, diversity and sharp focus on equality. She works to raise awareness, re-shape cultures and increase understanding – at Accenture and to clients across industries as she leads the Client Market Inclusion and Diversity practice.

Nellie joined Accenture in 1986 and created the first role for diversity efforts. A deeply committed advocate for change, Nellie believes strongly that Accenture’s rich diversity makes the company stronger and more innovative and is focused on increasing the representation across all segments of diversity. In her current role as senior global inclusion & diversity managing director, Nellie sets the vision and strategy behind the company's diversity initiatives, working with its most senior leaders. Under her direction, the company launched several successful training programs around the world – including in Japan, India, South Africa, Brazil, U.K. and the U.S., among many others – spanning multiple segments of diversity. Her focus has included the creation of a global career development program for high performing women, global positioning of the company’s LGBTQ+ and Persons with Disability agendas and the design and execution of ethnic diversity focused programs. Most recently, she has created and is leading the Global Inclusion & Diversity Market Offering practice, serving multiple clients across industries.

Outside of Accenture, few are better poised to speak about diversity. Nellie has lent her voice to publications such as Forbes, The Chicago Tribune, Management Consulting Magazine, Diversity Inc., Diversity Careers in IT & Engineering, Black Enterprise Magazine, Hispanic Executive Magazine,  Hispanic Engineering Magazine, and LatinaStyle, she has also been a featured guest on National Public Radio (NPR). She is a sought after global speaker for her inspirational impact, seeking to raise awareness of the development and advancement of women, ethnic minorities and all diversity segments represented in the workplace. Nellie has spoken at prestigious events including The Colloquium on Global Diversity, The Global Summit of Women in New York, SHRM Diversity Conference, Latina Style Top 50, Asian Business Roundtable Conference and multiple other events. Nellie has also authored several write-ups highlighting her expertise.

Nellie earned a BA in Management – Human Resources from Lehman College. She served as an Advisory Board Member of VisionSpring, LaGuardia Community College Foundation and Aspira of New York. She currently serves on the board of Comprehensive Development, Inc. and has received a coaching certification from the Hudson Institute and the International Coaching Federation.

Nellie is married with two children – a daughter and son. She enjoys her family life, reading, playing tennis and purposefully giving to the world.


Dr. Anna Tavis is Clinical Associate Professor and Academic Director of Human Capital Management Department at New York University. Senior Fellow with the Conference Board, and the Academic in Residence with Executive Networks. She is also Senior Editor of People+Strategy Journal a publication of HRPS, SHRM’s Executive network.

She publishes regularly in the HR media and has been quoted by the Washington Post, Bloomberg, The Human Resources Executive. Dr. Tavis’ Harvard Business Review articles HR Goes  Agile ( 2018) and  The Performance Management Revolution (2016) were reprinted in HBR Must Reads 2018. The Definitive Management Ideas of the Year. The two volumes of edited essays  Point/Counterpoint: The New Perspectives on People and Strategy (SHRM 2013 and 2017) were approved for HR professional certification credit.

Prior to joining NYU faculty, Dr. Tavis navigated a diverse global career in business and consulting.

In business, Dr. Tavis was Head of Motorola’s EMEA OD function based in London, Nokia’s Global Head of Talent Management based in Helsinki, Chief Learning Officer with United Technologies Corp based in Hartford, CT and Global Head of Talent and Organizational Development with AIG Investments based in NYC.

Dr. Tavis got her Doctorate at Princeton University and Executive MBA from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Tavis speaks English, Russian, German, Spanish and is an avid Astanga yoga practitioner.


Dr. Michael Valentine
New York University
Clinical Assistant Professor, Human Capital Programs

Mike Valentine has an extensive career as a business consultant, executive coach and Human Resource thought leader, with over 30 years of experience in a wide range of sectors.

Michael was a part of The New York Times leadership team (2008-2012) as Vice President of Human Resources and held leadership positions at Publishers Circulation Fulfillment, as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Cutler Hammer International Division, Allied Signal (Honeywell), RJR Nabisco, Pepsi Co and Johnson & Johnson. He currently is a Managing Partner at Truedge consulting and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Human Capital Programs at New York University.

Michael holds coaching certifications from the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbra and Case Western Reserve University. He received a Juris Doctor (JD) from Temple University School of Law holds a BA in Political Science from The Citadel the Military College of South Carolina where he also received his commission as a US Naval Officer. In 2016 Michael earned his PhD in Leadership and Change from Antioch University, where his research focused on behavior change in complex organizations. He has published and is actively researching the influence of organizational context on coaching outcomes.

Mike is married, has two sons, and spends his private time hiking with his rescue dogs Lola and Goliath and training for his next marathon.

Ana Polanco, JD, PCC
Polanco Consulting

Ana Polanco is a founder, internationally certified professional coach and culture change strategist working with individuals and groups to strengthen and advance purpose driven missions. 

With twenty years of experience, Ana supports leaders to reimagine how their ideas can have greater social impact and advance innovation. Using a wide range of inclusive team development and emergent strategy skills, campaign and facilitation approaches and coaching techniques, Ana guides leaders to develop and activate values driven approaches to the change they want to create. 

Her recent article, Emergent Coaching: Becoming Nimble in Complex Times, reflects the depth of work, Ana is doing to support the emergence of new coaching methods in the workplace that are inclusive and responsive to a quickly changing landscape. As a Leadership That Works faculty member, Ana works with new coaches to clarify how coaching methods can align to their own skills to explore transformation in their workplaces.

Ana has been recognized by several organizations for her leadership on equity issues and public service. Before starting Polanco Consulting, Ana had the privilege of leading and managing local national and international campaigns to elevate civil and human rights facing workers and their families. 

Ana Polanco has a Bachelor's degree from American University in Washington, DC and a Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison.  She is an alumna of Leadership That Works, The Social Transformation Project, Rockwood Leadership Institute and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. 

Joung-ah Ghedini-Williams
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency
Head, Global Communications Desk

Joung-ah has been working in the refugee field for 24 years. She began her career during the Bosnian war in 1994 with the American NGO Refugees International. She joined UNHCR in 1997 where she was appointed Spokesperson for the Rwandan Refugee Crisis, then the Kosovo Emergency, and Senior Regional Spokesperson based in Washington, DC. Joung-ah was also UNHCR’s Coordinator for Reintegration in Eritrea from. She also co-created and launched UNHCR’s Global Campaign to End Statelessness and led communications for the Europe Bureau during the 2015 Europe refugee crisis. Most recently, she led UNHCR’s global emergency private sector fundraising campaigns, which raised over US$150 million over three years. Since July 2018, she has been in New York, leading UNHCR’s new Global Communications Hub, with the aim of building support and solidarity for the global refugee cause.

Joung-ah speaks English, French, Italian, Korean and Spanish has been published and featured widely in the media. She has guest lectured at the Oxford Refugee Studies Centre, Princeton and Yale Universities, and regularly represents UNHCR at public events. She is a certified yoga instructor, avid scuba diver, lover of good books and coffee and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two kids and fuzzy labradoodle.

Gina Chaney
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Inclusion and Diversity Busin
ess Lead 

Gina Chaney is the Inclusion and Diversity Business Lead for US Pharmaceuticals at GlaxoSmithKline. Gina is responsible for developing the I&D Strategy to create a more diverse and inclusive organization.  Key initiatives that Gina has led focus on Diverse Talent Programs such as the Accelerating Difference for Diverse Men and the Women of Color Field Initiative.  The programs are designed to develop and progress high potential diverse talent into senior roles within GSK through a holistic coaching approach.  Gina believes that the talent development framework with focused priority on individual and group coaching are the most important components to the programs.

Gina has been with GSK for 26 years on the Commercial side of the business in Sales Leadership, Training, Marketing and now Human Resources.  Gina is also a certified corporate coach with GSK. (Jobs Plus Coach).

Personally, Gina loves to spend time with family, traveling, running and participation in community service activities in Atlanta, GA where she resides.



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Entrance to the NYU Kimmel Center is at 60 Washington Sq S. 

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