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    • Deborah

      I am coming away from this event feeling really optimistic. This is actually one of the few events that I've been to where the lens has been mission-driven. I'm feeling really refreshed by what I'm seeing and inspired by all the people here.”

      Deborah Yeh, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Sephora

    • Randi

      There are good industry events - even some great ones. And then there are experiences that fundamentally change how we think, how we act, how we lead. #BRIDGE2023 was an experience. ”

      Randi Stipes, Chief Marketing Officer, The Weather Company

    • Elise

      This was an amazing experience, Sheryl and team. I feel so full right now. It's easy to get defeated when you are doing this work, so I want to thank you for holding space for us to give back and share.”

      Elise James-DeCruise, Chief Equity Officer, AdCouncil

    • David

      I was delighted and honored to join Bridge 2023 today for a powerful conversation about the critical role CEOs play in building DE&I into their company's core strategic and operational priorities.”

      David Kenny, Executive Chairman, Nielsen

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    • Sunday, April 23

      • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

        Food Truck Area

        BRIDGE Board of Directors Lunch
        BRIDGE Board of Directors Lunch
      • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

        Game Room by Pool

        BRIDGE Board of Directors Meeting
      • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

        Playa Vista Lawn Area

        Cocktails
        Cocktails
      • 6:15 PM - 6:30 PM

        Playa Vista Lawn Area

        Welcome to BRIDGE 2023
        Sheryl Daija
        Sheryl Daija
        CEO & Founder
        BRIDGE
      • 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM

        Tent on Plaza

        Inspirational Speaker

        London-based Saint Lucian photographer, artist, filmmaker, historian, activist and storyteller, Fiona Compton is unapologetically dedicated to retelling and reclaiming Caribbean history and culture and its unbreakable linkages to Africa by unearthing stories buried away in obscure corners of little known history books.

        Through her work with her platform, Know your Caribbean, Ms. Compton explores the intersection between identity, self empowerment and representation by dismantling the Eurocentric perspective and disparities within art and mainstream media. As a trustee on the board of The World Reimagined, Ms. Compton was part of a prodigious effort that exhibited 103 globes across the UK exploring the history, legacy and future of Enslaved Africans through the work of incredible artists, including Ms. Compton herself. This work ignited discussions with King Charles III, about colonization and Britain’s role in the slave trade.

        In our opening keynote, Fiona Compton will share her story and help us imagine a different world centered around inclusion and equity as she retells history in ways we might not have heard before.

      • 7:45 PM - 9:15 PM

        Tent on Plaza

        Sunday Dinner
        Sunday Dinner
      • 8:45 PM - 8:55 PM

        Tent on Plaza

        BRIDGE Stories
        Breaking Through

        Kareem Cook, CMO & Owner of Naturade and BRIDGE Board Member, shares his experience of breaking through in the world of big-box retail with his line of plant-based meal alternatives. He’ll take us through the twists and turns in becoming the first Black-owned company in their category to be distributed at Costco.

        Kareem Cook
        Kareem Cook
        Chief Marketing Officer, Owner
        Naturade/VeganSmart
        BRIDGE Stories
      • 9:15 PM - 10:00 PM

        Firepits

        Open Bar

        In partnership with:

        iHeartMedia
        Open Bar
      • 9:15 PM

        Firepits

        Firepits and S’mores
        Firepits and S’mores
    • Monday, April 24

      • 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

        Tent on Plaza

        Breakfast

        In partnership with:

        MilkPEP
        Breakfast
      • 9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

        Tides Ballroom

        BRIDGE Board of Directors Chair Welcome
        Jonita Wilson
        Jonita Wilson
        Chief Diversity Officer
        Discover Financial
      • 9:10 AM - 9:20 AM

        Tides Ballroom

        BRIDGE Welcome
        Sheryl Daija
        Sheryl Daija
        CEO & Founder
        BRIDGE
      • 9:20 AM - 9:50 AM

        Tides Ballroom

        Session 1: Keynote Fireside Chat: Debunking the Myths that Hold us Back from Building Inclusive Workplaces

        In an exclusive fireside chat, BRIDGE Founder and CEO, Sheryl Daija will interview corporate change maker, inclusion champion and industry influencer Mita Mallick around her soon to be released book Reimagine Inclusion: Debunking 13 Myths to Transform your Workplace. For the very first time at BRIDGE 2023, Mallick will reveal details of her work which is already being hailed as a must have resource for all levels in an organization. Both thought provoking and actionable, Mallick and Daija will dig deep into some of the myths and explore how when we show up as more inclusive leaders, we have the power to create a ripple effect across our industry in building more inclusive, empathetic and resilient organizations.

        Mita Mallick
        Mita Mallick
        Head of Inclusion, Equity and Impact
        Carta
        Interviewed by:
        Sheryl Daija
        Sheryl Daija
        CEO & Founder
        BRIDGE
      • 9:50 AM - 10:20 AM

        Tides Ballroom

        Session 2A: How to Build Inclusion as a Business Practice

        Given the critical role that brands play in influencing cultural change, there is a heightened awareness and motivation among business leaders to expand opportunities to advance diversity, inclusion and equity in their organizations and in their marketplace actions. Led by an academic team from Emory University, Indiana University and the University of Georgia, BRIDGE’s proprietary Voices of Inclusion research uncovered 72 business practices across 5 dimensions on what it will take to build an inclusive company/brand. For the first-time, Omar Rodriguez Vila, PhD, Associate Professor in the Practice of Marketing at Emory University will reveal how you can measure your own inclusion maturity and what it will take to bridge your unique gaps across the workplace, workforce and marketplace!

        Dr. Omar Rodriguez Vila
        Dr. Omar Rodriguez Vila
        Professor in the Practice of Marketing and the Director of Education / Business & Society Institute
        Goizueta Business School, Emory University
      • 10:20 AM - 11:00 AM

        Tides Ballroom

        Session 2B: How do you Build an Inclusive Workplace, Workforce and Marketplace

        As part two of building inclusion as a business practice, we will share how three leading brands applied the learnings as part of a pilot program. By using the BRIDGE Assessment Tool each company was able to identify their own unique maturity level of inclusion practices, as well as determine specific actions to help accelerate their company’s progress to building an inclusive workplace, workforce and marketplace and drive business growth.

        Deborah Yeh
        Deborah Yeh
        Global Chief Marketing Officer
        Sephora
        Emile Khader
        Emile Khader
        Former Chief of Staff to the President of Condé Nast Entertainment & SVP, Global Marketing
        Condé Nast
        Leslie Waller
        Leslie Waller
        Former VP, Marketing
        Campbells
        Moderator:
        Rebecca Messina
        Rebecca Messina
        Senior Advisor
        McKinsey & Co
      • 11:00 AM - 11:10 AM

        Tides Ballroom

        BRIDGE Stories
        Seeing us, Seeing the Truth

        Powerhouse DEI leader and BRIDGE Board Member, Sandra Sims Williams will speak her truth about what it means to be a Black woman in corporate America. She will share her experiences about being one of few underrepresented Black women leaders through her journey as well as her own-first hand experiences with discrimination in the workplace as she climbed through the ranks. Emphasizing the importance to be seen, Sandra will also talk about how difficult it is to be present at work when racial aggressions and inequities occur in our society and what we can do as individuals in support of our Black colleagues.

        Sandra Sims-Williams
        Sandra Sims-Williams
        Chief Diversity Officer
        Nielsen
        BRIDGE Stories
      • 11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

        Outside Tides Ballroom

        Refreshment Break

        In partnership with:

        Canela Media
        Refreshment Break
      • 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

        Tides Ballroom

        Session 3: What does Inclusion mean for the Most Unincluded?

        Social inclusion is defined as the process of improving the terms of participation in society, particularly for people who are disadvantaged, through enhancing opportunities, access to resources, voice and respect for rights. Inclusion is not only a matter of respect, but of understanding and valuing the perspectives of those who have been left out and marginalized. But what does inclusion mean for those who are the most unincluded of all?

        Ness Murby
        Ness Murby
        JEDI Brand Strategist, Counsellor and Paralympian
        Vanessa Castañeda Gill
        Vanessa Castañeda Gill
        CEO and Co-Founder
        Social Cipher
        Joanna McElnea
        Joanna McElnea
        Community Manager and Disability Advocate
        Creative Spirit US
        Moderator:
        Matthew Tsang
        Matthew Tsang
        Co-Founder
        AndHumanity
      • 12:00 PM - 12:10 PM

        Tides Ballroom

        BRIDGE Stories
        Smile, Black Man, Smile

        Best known as the NCAA Division 1 leading scored 37.7point per game record-holder for most points in a single game 72pts, Kevin Bradshaw is no stranger to success. A former professional basketball player, high school teacher, Dean of Students, Principal and currently serves as the Executive Director of City Year San Jose / Silicon Valley, working to empower and support young people, particularly those from underserved communities. Kevin is also a US. Navy Veteran and the subject of the award-winning documentary ShootingForHome. In our second BRIDGE Stories segment, Smile, Black Man, Smile, Kevin shares his personal lived experiences and unique understanding of the issues facing Black Men in business.

        Kevin Bradshaw
        Kevin Bradshaw
        SVP, Executive Director, City Year San Jose
        Former Professional Basketball Player
        BRIDGE Stories
      • 12:10 PM - 12:40 PM

        Tides Ballroom

        Session 4: Talent is Universal. Opportunity is Not

        A commitment to diversity in marketing isn’t one size fits all as we will see from these two different approaches! Indeed’s VP Global Brand Marketing and Communications Jennifer Warren, will share how their Tribeca Film Festival award-winning Rising Voices initiative aims to discover, invest in and amplify stories created by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) filmmakers and storytellers. While Yin Woon Rani, CEO @MilkPEP, will share how their bold new campaign “You’re Gonna Need Milk For That” showcases how milk fuels athletic performance for all kinds of people, families, teens and tweens. This always-on omnichannel campaign is intentional and consistent in celebrating a wide range of races, body types, physical abilities, sexual orientation, and more.

        Yin Woon Rani
        Yin Woon Rani
        CEO/CMO
        milkPEP
        Jennifer Warren
        Jennifer Warren
        VP, Global Brand Marketing and Communications
        Indeed
      • 12:40 PM - 12:50 PM

        Tides Ballroom

        BRIDGE Stories
        Finding My Voice

        Kanye West’s antisemitic rhetoric at the end of 2022 were full of hate-filled language that inspired even further public bigotry. As celebrities, agencies, and brands began to vocally distance themselves from West, Sarah Camhi, an adidas employee and member of the Jewish Community, found herself in a difficult situation. She was a loyal fan of the brand, but found herself disturbed by the company's inaction. In our final BRIDGE story of the day, we will be joined by Sarah as she shares her story and how she found her voice as an advocate in standing up to hate.

        Sarah Camhi
        Sarah Camhi
        Director, Trade Marketing
        adidas
        BRIDGE Stories
      • 12:55 PM - 1:55 PM

        Playa Vista Lawn Area

        Lunch

        In partnership with:

        AdsMovil
        Lunch
      • 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

        Shore & Reef

        Workshops Part 1
        • Workshop 1: Attracting the next generation of diverse talent through skills-based hiring, on the job learning and equitable experiences
          Participate in an interactive discussion led by a group of industry experts on what it means to build inclusive workforces for the next generation. We will explore how adapting to the needs of a purpose-driven gig economy is absolutely paramount in this moment. The next generation of diverse leaders is pushing for community, cultural competency, and a change in how we invest in skills-based hiring, on the job learning and creating equitable access to experiences and advancement opportunities that support their DEIB initiatives.
          Facilitated by:
          Elise James-DeCruise
          Elise James-DeCruise
          Chief Equity Officer
          AdCouncil
          Ziad Ahmed
          Ziad Ahmed
          Founder & CEO
          JUV Consulting
          Maia Ervin
          Maia Ervin
          Chief Impact Officer
          JUV Consulting

          In partnership with:

          Ad Council
        • Workshop 2: Media Responsibility, Democracy and the 2024 Elections
          Participate in this workshop for an interactive discussion on how media responsibility efforts can support credible and reliable news content that attracts diverse, engaged and attentive audiences looking for information about our country’s most contentious human rights issues and as we approach another potentially divisive election cycle. We will also dig into brand safety and suitability protocols that inadvertently block diverse-created content from being monetized, and the challenge for diverse-owned publishers in navigating fraud and other issues in the the media supply chain.
          Facilitated by:
          Lou Paskalis
          Lou Paskalis
          Chief Strategy Officer
          Ad Fontes Media
          Louis Jones
          Louis Jones
          CMO
          The Brand Safety Institute

          In partnership with:

          Ad Fontes Media
      • 2:50 PM - 3:00 PM

        Outside Shore & Reef

        Refreshment Break
        Refreshment Break
      • 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

        Shore & Reef

        Workshops Part 2
        • Workshop 3A: What does BRIDGE stand for?
          The BRIDGE acronym is made up of Belonging, Representation, Inclusion, Diversity the G is the Gap and E is Equity. Even though these terms are used daily there is no industry standard of their definitions. In this facilitated workshop by DEI OGs you will get the opportunity to input into how we define these constructs before BRIDGE launches them as an industry standard. Group 1a will focus on B for Belonging, R for Representation and I for Inclusion
          Facilitated by:
          Jonita Wilson
          Jonita Wilson
          Chief Diversity Officer
          Discover Financial
          Elise James-DeCruise
          Elise James-DeCruise
          Chief Equity Officer
          AdCouncil

          In partnership with:

          Nielsen
        • Workshop 3B: What does BRIDGE stand for?
          The BRIDGE acronym is made up of Belonging, Representation, Inclusion, Diversity the G is the Gap and E is Equity. Even though these terms are used daily there is no industry standard of their definitions. In this facilitated workshop by DEI OGs you will get the opportunity to input into how we define these constructs before BRIDGE launches them as an industry standard. Group 1b will focus on D for Diversity and E for Equity
          Facilitated by:
          Sandra Sims-Williams
          Sandra Sims-Williams
          Chief Diversity Officer
          Nielsen
          Judy Jackson
          Judy Jackson
          Former Global Head of Culture, WPP
          Co-Founder of We All Rise Together

          In partnership with:

          Nielsen
      • 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

        Shore & Reef

        Executive Sessions

        The Executive Sessions are intended to be honest and real, conversations in a safe environment to discuss the challenges to change and what priorities they would like to see BRIDGE attack. from the diversity leaders and business and marketing leaders respectively. Separated into two the sessions will be facilitated by BRIDGE Board Members representing diversity and marketing and business leaders respectively. On Tuesday in a main stage session, they will collectively bring the perspectives from each session back to the broader audience.

        • Session 1: CMO/Business Leader Session

          In this executive session facilitated by Randi Stipes, Deidre Small Landau and Mark Walker, we will explore the crucial role marketing and business leaders play in building an inclusive workplace and marketplace. In an open roundtable forum, we will discuss the differences between being an ally and an advocate, how you can build your own cultural comptency and the critial role your DEI leaders can have as partners. And we want to hear how BRIDGE can support you in all these efforts!

          Randi Stipes
          Randi Stipes
          Chief Marketing Officer
          The Weather Company
          Deidre Smalls-Landau
          Deidre Smalls-Landau
          Chief Business Equity Officer
          UM/IPG Mediabrands
          Mark Walker
          Mark Walker
          Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO
          Direct Digital Holdings
        • Session 2: CDO Session

          In this executive session facilitated by Tish and Lukeisha, we will explore how we are moving away from DEI as a pilosophy to inclusion as a business practice and what this means for DEI leaders. We will explore the crucial role you all play and your contributions to DEI as a business growth strategy and it impact to overall business outcomes.

          Wendy John
          Wendy John
          Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion
          Fidelity Investments
          Lukeisha Paul
          Lukeisha Paul
          Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
          GroupM
      • 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM
        Open Time
      • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

        Playa Vista Lawn Area

        Cocktails
        Cocktails
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

        Tent on Plaza

        Cultural Dinner

        In partnership with:

        Discover
        Cultural Dinner
      • 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

        Solarium Room & Firepits

        After Party, Firepits and S’mores

        In partnership with:

        Condé Nast
        After Party, Firepits and S’mores
    • Tuesday, April 25

      • 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

        Tent on Plaza

        Breakfast
        Breakfast
      • 9:00 AM - 9:05 AM

        Tides Ballroom

        BRIDGE Welcome Remarks
        Sheryl Daija
        Sheryl Daija
        CEO & Founder
        BRIDGE
      • 9:05 AM - 10:05 AM

        Tides Ballroom

        Session 1: Opening Keynote - The Critical Role of the CEO in Building an Inclusive Company

        The need for Inclusion in the workplace and marketplace to drive change at scale has never been stronger. And the role CEOs play creating inclusive environments where everyone can thrive has never been more critical. Diversity, equity and inclusion is a societal issue and bold action from the business community - especially CEOs - in modeling purposeful, authentic and inclusive leadership for the rest of the organization should be a business imperative. Yet, the pace of change still remains too slow relative to the challenges. In a candid conversation juxtaposing the experiences of two CEOs, Judy Smith, crisis management expert and inspiration for the hit TV show Scandal, will uncover what it means to build inclusion as part of a company’s core strategic and operational priorities

        David Kenny
        David Kenny
        Executive Chairman
        Nielsen
        Kirk McDonald
        Kirk McDonald
        Chief Executive Officer
        GroupM North America
        Judy Smith
        Judy Smith
        Crisis Management Expert & inspiration for the hit TV show Scandal, Founder & CEO
        Smith & Company
      • 10:05 AM - 10:15 AM

        Tides Ballroom

        Workshop 1 Feedback: Attracting the next generation of diverse talent through skills-based hiring, on the job learning and equitable experiences
        Elise James-DeCruise
        Elise James-DeCruise
        Chief Equity Officer
        AdCouncil
      • 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

        Tides Ballroom

        Session 2: Inclusion Matters in Content: How it Shapes our Memory and Life Experiences and Ensures Underrepresented Communities are Seen, Heard and Represented.

        Purposeful storytelling allows viewers to identify and imagine themselves as belonging in the plot or context which is why diverse representation in front of and behind the camera is critical to the accurate portrayal of race and culture in media. While we have seen progress in this area, we still see too many lingering stereotypes and racial inconsistencies with casting of characters that have no likeness to the original. In this session you will hear from leaders who are committed to furthering representation on the screen and in content to bring in the multi-faceted aspects of humanity, achieve racial equity, and further empower and celebrate diverse voices.

        Erin Lim Rhodes
        Erin Lim Rhodes
        Host, “E! News The Rundown”
        NBCUniversal
        Marya Bangee
        Marya Bangee
        VP, Multicultural Audience Engagement
        Disney Studios
        Moderator:
        Jarvis Sam
        Jarvis Sam
        CEO & Founder, Rainbow Disruption and former Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer
        Nike Inc.
      • 10:45 AM - 10:55 AM

        Tides Ballroom

        Workshop 2 Feedback: Media Responsibility, Democracy and the 2024 Elections
        Lou Paskalis
        Lou Paskalis
        Chief Strategy Officer
        Ad Fontes Media
      • 10:55 AM - 11:25 AM

        Tides Ballroom

        Session 3: Multi-cultural Marketing is Marketing. Why Inclusive Media Buying just Makes Cents?

        Making the right consumer connections is about to take on factorial proportions and while values and outlook may hold groups of targets together, beliefs and aspirations will splinter them – requiring much deeper considerations for message tone, creative and of course media placement. Buying power for Black Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic and Native Americans was projected at close to $5 trillion in 2020 which represents over 28 percent of the nation's buying power. Clearly this shows that underrepresented communities have considerable clout and it’s a cautionary tale for those brands that take a one size fits all approach to customer segmentation and marketing consumer goods and services.

        Gonzalo Del Fa
        Gonzalo Del Fa
        President
        GroupM Multicultural
        Michael Roca
        Michael Roca
        Executive Director, Elevate at
        OMG
        Moderator:
        Jessica Ricaurte
        Jessica Ricaurte
        Chief Revenue Officer
        Adsmovil
      • 11:25 AM - 11:40 AM

        Outside Tides Ballroom

        Refreshment Break
        Refreshment Break
      • 11:40 AM - 12:10 PM

        Tides Ballroom

        Session 4: Taking Matters into Your Own Hands: Achieving Racial Equity through Entrepreneurship

        Promoting racial equity means tearing down systemic and structural barriers that keep people of color from achieving equal opportunities and outcomes. Unfortunately, too many industries have failed to address the lack of diversity and inclusion in their ranks, leaving talented individuals feeling excluded from these opportunities. However, the emergence of Black entrepreneurs has shifted the business landscape in recent years. By forging their own paths, they have served underrepresented communities and created racial equity on their own terms, leveling the playing field. This session will uncover how established companies have yet to capitalize on the rising economic power of multicultural audiences and how entrepreneurship can lead the way toward a more equitable future.

        Kevin Larkai
        Kevin Larkai
        Founder & CEO, Blackleaf Organic &
        Co-Founder Proof Theory
        Christine Wachira
        Dr. Christine Wachira
        Founder & CEO of The Wachira Group, Wachira Wines, KARIBU by Wachira, and SOKO Distributors
        Moderator:
        Jon Suarez Davis
        Jon Suarez Davis
        Chief Customer Officer
        super{set}
      • 12:10 PM - 12:20 PM

        Tides Ballroom

        Workshop 3A & 3B Feedback: What does BRIDGE Stand For?
        Jonita Wilson
        Jonita Wilson
        Chief Diversity Officer
        Discover Financial
        Judy Jackson
        Judy Jackson
        Former Global Head of Culture, WPP
        Co-Founder of We All Rise Together
      • 12:20 PM - 12:50 PM

        Tides Ballroom

        Session 5: Where the Change Happens: The Convergence between Diversity, Marketing and Business leaders

        As we close BRIDGE 2023, we will bring together the facilitators of the Monday Executive Sessions as they collectively share the actionable perspectives from their respective sessions. At BRIDGE, we believe the change must happen at the intersection between DEI and business, that marketing/business leaders should make a commitment to building their own cultural competency and that DEI leaders should be an integral part of business, not on the outside of business. The learnings from these sessions will help us prioritize BRIDGE programs and the drive for accelerated change for the industry! A must attend session for your voice to be heard!

        Randi Stipes
        Randi Stipes
        Chief Marketing Officer
        The Weather Company
        Deidre Smalls-Landau
        Deidre Smalls-Landau
        Chief Business Equity Officer
        UM/IPG Mediabrands
        Mark Walker
        Mark Walker
        Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO
        Direct Digital Holdings
        Wendy John
        Wendy John
        Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion
        Fidelity Investments
        Lukeisha Paul
        Lukeisha Paul
        Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
        GroupM
        Moderator:
        Sheryl Daija
        Sheryl Daija
        CEO & Founder
        BRIDGE
      • 12:50 PM - 1:00 PM

        Tides Ballroom

        Closing Remarks
        Sheryl Daija
        Sheryl Daija
        CEO & Founder
        BRIDGE
      • 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
        Picnic Lunch
        Picnic Lunch
      • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
        Activities
        • Wine Tasting
          Wine Tasting
          with Wachira Wines
          Join us for a #winesafari with the first Kenyan-American winery in the U.S.
        • Kayaking
          Kayaking
          in the Channel Islands Harbor
          Grab a kayak and adventure through the stunning beauty of the Channel Islands National Park where you’ll explore unparalleled natural wonders of the area.
        • Surfboard Painting
          Surfboard Painting
          Join us to paint surfboards in partnership with More Than Conquerors Surf. The painted boards will be donated to the organization for their foster youth surfing program.

    2023 Speakers Included

    Fiona Compton
    Fiona Compton
    Educator, Cultural Ambassador, Founder
    Know Your Caribbean Educational Initiative
    Mita Mallick
    Mita Mallick
    Head of Inclusion, Equity and Impact
    Carta
    Ziad Ahmed
    Ziad Ahmed
    Founder & CEO
    JUV Consulting
    Marya Bangee
    Marya Bangee
    VP, Multicultural Audience Engagement
    Disney Studios
    Kevin Bradshaw
    Kevin Bradshaw
    SVP, Executive Director, City Year San Jose
    Former Professional Basketball Player
    Sarah Camhi
    Sarah Camhi
    Director, Trade Marketing
    adidas
    Vanessa Castañeda Gill
    Vanessa Castañeda Gill
    CEO and Co-Founder
    Social Cipher
    Kareem Cook
    Kareem Cook
    Chief Marketing Officer, Owner
    Naturade/VeganSmart
    Sheryl Daija
    Sheryl Daija
    CEO & Founder
    BRIDGE
    Gonzalo Del Fa
    Gonzalo Del Fa
    President
    GroupM Multicultural
    Maia Ervin
    Maia Ervin
    Chief Impact Officer
    JUV Consulting
    Judy Jackson
    Judy Jackson
    Former Global Head of Culture, WPP
    Co-Founder of We All Rise Together
    Elise James-DeCruise
    Elise James-DeCruise
    Chief Equity Officer
    AdCouncil
    Wendy John
    Wendy John
    Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion
    Fidelity Investments
    Louis Jones
    Louis Jones
    CMO
    The Brand Safety Institute
    David Kenny
    David Kenny
    Executive Chairman
    Nielsen
    Emile Khader
    Emile Khader
    Former Chief of Staff to the President of Condé Nast Entertainment & SVP, Global Marketing
    Condé Nast
    Kevin Larkai
    Kevin Larkai
    Founder & CEO, Blackleaf Organic &
    Co-Founder Proof Theory
    Kirk McDonald
    Kirk McDonald
    Chief Executive Officer
    GroupM North America
    Joanna McElnea
    Joanna McElnea
    Community Manager and Disability Advocate
    Creative Spirit US
    Rebecca Messina
    Rebecca Messina
    Senior Advisor
    McKinsey & Co
    Ness Murby
    Ness Murby
    JEDI Brand Strategist, Counsellor and Paralympian
    Lou Paskalis
    Lou Paskalis
    Chief Strategy Officer
    Ad Fontes Media
    Lukeisha Paul
    Lukeisha Paul
    Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
    GroupM
    Erin Lim Rhodes
    Erin Lim Rhodes
    Host, “E! News The Rundown”
    NBCUniversal
    Jessica Ricaurte
    Jessica Ricaurte
    Chief Revenue Officer
    Adsmovil
    Michael Roca
    Michael Roca
    Executive Director, Elevate at
    OMG
    Dr. Omar Rodriguez Vila
    Dr. Omar Rodriguez Vila
    Professor in the Practice of Marketing and the Director of Education / Business & Society Institute
    Goizueta Business School, Emory University
    Jarvis Sam
    Jarvis Sam
    CEO & Founder, Rainbow Disruption and former Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer
    Nike Inc.
    Sandra Sims-Williams
    Sandra Sims-Williams
    Chief Diversity Officer
    Nielsen
    Deidre Smalls-Landau
    Deidre Smalls-Landau
    Chief Business Equity Officer
    UM/IPG Mediabrands
    Judy Smith
    Judy Smith
    Crisis Management Expert & inspiration for the hit TV show Scandal, Founder & CEO
    Smith & Company
    Randi Stipes
    Randi Stipes
    Chief Marketing Officer
    The Weather Company
    Jon Suarez Davis
    Jon Suarez Davis
    Chief Customer Officer
    super{set}
    Matthew Tsang
    Matthew Tsang
    Co-Founder
    AndHumanity
    Christine Wachira
    Dr. Christine Wachira
    Founder & CEO of The Wachira Group, Wachira Wines, KARIBU by Wachira, and SOKO Distributors
    Mark Walker
    Mark Walker
    Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO
    Direct Digital Holdings
    Leslie Waller
    Leslie Waller
    Former VP, Marketing
    Campbells
    Jennifer Warren
    Jennifer Warren
    VP, Global Brand Marketing and Communications
    Indeed
    Jonita Wilson
    Jonita Wilson
    Chief Diversity Officer
    Discover Financial
    Yin Woon Rani
    Yin Woon Rani
    CEO/CMO
    milkPEP
    Deborah Yeh
    Deborah Yeh
    Global Chief Marketing Officer
    Sephora

    Meet your hosts of Bridge 2023

    BRIDGE is the first-ever purpose-driven DEI trade group serving the global marketing industry. We help companies bridge the gaps that have created inequities for under-represented and untapped communities in the workplace, workforce & marketplace. BRIDGE is an acronym for belonging, representation, inclusion, diversity, G is the gap and equity.

    The BRIDGE Board

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    Sheryl Daija
    CEO & Founder
    BRIDGE
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    Jonita Wilson
    Chief Diversity Officer
    Discover Financial
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    Yin Woon Rani
    CEO/CMO
    milkPEP
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    Tish Archie Oliver
    Head of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
    Unilever
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    Emile Khader
    Former Chief of Staff to the President of Condé Nast Entertainment & SVP, Global Marketing
    Condé Nast
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    Randi Stipes
    Chief Marketing Officer
    The Weather Company
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    Jon Suarez Davis
    Chief Customer Officer
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    Mark Walker
    Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO
    Direct Digital Holdings
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    Deborah Yeh
    Global Chief Marketing Officer
    Sephora
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    Joy Allen-Altimare
    Chief Revenue Officer
    Havas Media
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    Meredith Brace
    Chief Marketing Officer
    XR Extreme Reach
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    Peter Blacker
    EVP, Streaming & Data Products, Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Advertising & Partnerships
    NBCUniversal
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    Kareem Cook
    Chief Marketing Officer, Owner
    Naturade/VeganSmart
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    Phil Cowdell
    Global Chief Strategy Officer
    Channel Factory
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    Jacqueline Crombie
    Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Leader
    Gallo
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    Lori Goode
    Chief Marketing Officer
    Index Exchange
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    Diana Haussling
    SVP - GM, Consumer Experience & Growth
    Colgate-Palmolive
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    Judy Jackson
    Former Global Head of Culture, WPP
    Co-Founder of We All Rise Together
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    Elise James-DeCruise
    Chief Equity Officer
    AdCouncil
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    Louis Jones
    CMO
    The Brand Safety Institute
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    Amy Labroo
    Former VP, Growth Marketing, Engagement and Analytics
    H&R Block
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    Michele Laven
    Chief Human Resources Officer / Chief Diversity Officer
    iHeartMedia
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    Rebecca Messina
    Senior Advisor
    McKinsey & Co
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    Yashica Olden
    Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
    Condé Nast
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    Lukeisha Paul
    Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
    GroupM
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    Jessica Ricaurte
    Chief Revenue Officer
    Adsmovil
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    Sandra Sims-Williams
    Chief Diversity Officer
    Nielsen
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    Deidre Smalls-Landau
    Chief Business Equity Officer
    UM/IPG Mediabrands
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    Leslie Waller
    Former VP, Marketing
    Campbells
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    Jennifer Warren
    VP, Global Brand Marketing and Communications
    Indeed
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    Geraldine White
    Chief Diversity Officer
    Publicis Groupe
    • Deborah

      I am coming away from this event feeling really optimistic. This is actually one of the few events that I've been to where the lens has been mission-driven. I'm feeling really refreshed by what I'm seeing and inspired by all the people here.”

      Deborah Yeh, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Sephora

    • Randi

      There are good industry events - even some great ones. And then there are experiences that fundamentally change how we think, how we act, how we lead. #BRIDGE2023 was an experience. ”

      Randi Stipes, Chief Marketing Officer, The Weather Company

    • Elise

      This was an amazing experience, Sheryl and team. I feel so full right now. It's easy to get defeated when you are doing this work, so I want to thank you for holding space for us to give back and share.”

      Elise James-DeCruise, Chief Equity Officer, AdCouncil

    • David

      I was delighted and honored to join Bridge 2023 today for a powerful conversation about the critical role CEOs play in building DE&I into their company's core strategic and operational priorities.”

      David Kenny, Executive Chairman, Nielsen

    Our 2023 Attendees Included

    Thank you to our 2023 Partners

    discover
    fidelity
    indeed
    adsmovil
    hilton
    milkpep
    nielsen
    adcouncil
    canela
    conde-nast
    iheartmedia

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