Introducing

Pioneering DEI Next Practices

2101 Mandalay Beach Rd, Oxnard, CA 93035

Request an Invitation

Launching for the first time in 2023, the annual BRIDGE executive 2 1⁄2 day retreat is curated specifically for Chief Diversity Officers, CMOs, CEOs and other business leaders. Focused on the development of next practices, that DEI is a journey not an end goal, BRIDGE 2023 attendees will workshop against pioneering research and rich content to achieve the right breakthrough ideas and innovations that support DEI as a long-term business growth driver.

Interactive and actionable in nature BRIDGE 2023 is also a place for rising stars and advocates to lend their voices as we define the future of DEI for the new generation who believes it’s important for companies to make the world a better place through systemic change.

No matter where you are on the DEI journey maturity curve, you will leave with an action plan on how to build an Inclusive Workplace, Workforce and Marketplace.

Who should attend

Drive Systemic Change by Building an Inclusive Workplace, Workforce and Marketplace.

At BRIDGE we believe that the change will happen with the convergence of diversity and business leaders. In keeping with the makeup of our board, attendees will represent this convergence.

Please join us if you’re a:

  • Chief DEI Officer, DEI Leader
  • Chief Marketing Officer, Marketing Leader
  • CEO, COO, Business Leader
  • Rising Stars - we want future Leaders!

Why Sponsor Bridge

Give Back with Authentic Cultural Experiences and Thought Leadership Opportunities

In keeping with our mission to make the world a better place, every BRIDGE sponsorship package includes a give back!

  • For every meal we serve, we will donate a meal.
  • All products, swag, giveaways will support an under-represented community.
  • All experiences will be curated to authentically celebrate diverse cultures.

For more information on sponsoring BRIDGE 2023, please email Keith D Wright III.

Our Steering Committee

Chair
Jonita Wilson
Jonita Wilson
Chief Diversity Officer
Discover Financial
 
Peter Blacker
Peter Blacker
EVP, Streaming & Data Products, Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Advertising & Partnerships
NBCUniversal
Yin Woon Rani
Yin Woon Rani
CEO/CMO
milkPEP
Jessica Ricaurte
Jessica Ricaurte
Chief Revenue Officer
Adsmovil
Randi Stipes
Randi Stipes
VP, IBM Brand Marketing; CMO
The Weather Company and IBM Watson Advertising
Leslie Waller
Leslie Waller
Vice President of Marketing
Campbells
Jennifer Warren
Jennifer Warren
VP, Global Brand Marketing and Communications
Indeed

The Agenda

  • Sunday, April 23

    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
      Cocktails
      Cocktails
    • 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
      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.

    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
      Sunday Dinner
      Sunday Dinner
    • 9:00 PM - 9:15 PM
      BRIDGE Stories
      Kareem Cook
      Kareem Cook
      Chief Marketing Officer, Owner
      Naturade/VeganSmart
      BRIDGE Stories
  • Monday, April 24

    • 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM
      Breakfast

      In partnership with:

      MilkPEP
      Breakfast
    • 9:00 AM - 9:10 AM
      BRIDGE Board of Directors Chair Welcome
      Jonita Wilson
      Jonita Wilson
      Chief Diversity Officer
      Discover Financial
    • 9:10 AM - 9:20 AM
      BRIDGE Welcome
      Sheryl Daija
      Sheryl Daija
      CEO & Founder
      BRIDGE
    • 9:20 AM - 9:50 AM
      Session 1: Opening Keynote
    • 9:50 AM - 10:20 AM
      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
      Associate Professor in the Practice of Marketing
      Emory University - Goizueta Business School
    • 10:20 AM - 11:00 AM
      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 Brand Purpose Officer
      Sephora Americas
      Yashica Olden
      Yashica Olden
      Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
      Condé Nast
      Leslie Waller
      Leslie Waller
      Vice President of Marketing
      Campbells
    • 11:00 AM - 11:10 AM
      BRIDGE Stories
      Seeing us, Seeing the Truth
      Sandra Sims-Williams
      Sandra Sims-Williams
      Chief Diversity Officer
      Nielsen
      BRIDGE Stories
    • 11:10 AM - 11:30 AM
      Refreshment Break
      Refreshment Break
    • 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
      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
      Wiley Davi, PhD
      Wiley Davi, PhD
      Professor of English & Media Studies
      Bentley University
      Vanessa Castañeda Gill
      Vanessa Castañeda Gill
      CEO and Co-Founder
      Social Cipher
      Moderator:
      Matthew Tsang
      Matthew Tsang
      Co-Founder
      AndHumanity
    • 12:00 PM - 12:10 PM
      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
      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
      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
      Lunch

      In partnership with:

      AdsMovil
      Lunch
    • 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
      Workshops Part 1
      • Workshop 1: Representation and the U.S. Census

        In partnership with:

        Nielsen
      • Workshop 2

        In partnership with:

        Channel Factory
      • Workshop 3
    • 2:50 PM - 3:00 PM
      Refreshment Break
      Refreshment Break
    • 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
      Workshops Part 2
      • Workshop 4
      • Workshop 5
      • Workshop 6
    • 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
      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
        VP, IBM Brand Marketing; CMO
        The Weather Company and IBM Watson Advertising
        Deidre Smalls-Landau
        Deidre Smalls-Landau
        U.S CMO & EVP, Global Business Equity
        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.

        Tish Archie Oliver
        Tish Archie Oliver
        Head of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
        Unilever
        Lukeisha Paul
        Lukeisha Paul
        Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
        GroupM
    • 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM
      Open Time
    • 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
      Cocktails
      Cocktails
    • 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM
      Cultural Dinner

      In partnership with:

      Discover
      Cultural Dinner
    • 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
      After Party
      After Party
  • Tuesday, April 25

    • 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM
      Breakfast
      Breakfast
    • 9:00 AM - 9:10 AM
      BRIDGE Welcome Remarks
      Sheryl Daija
      Sheryl Daija
      CEO & Founder
      BRIDGE
    • 9:10 AM - 9:40 AM
      Session 1: Opening Keynote - The Critical Role of the CEO in Building an Inclusive Company
    • 9:40 AM - 9:45 AM
      Workshop 1 Feedback
    • 9:45 AM - 9:50 AM
      Workshop 2 Feedback
    • 9:50 AM - 10:20 AM
      Session 2: White Lives Matter, Antisemitism, Asian Hate, Homophobia - The Role Corporations Play
    • 10:20 AM - 10:50 AM
      Session 3
    • 10:50 AM - 10:55 AM
      Workshop 3 Feedback
    • 10:55 AM - 11:00 AM
      Workshop 4 Feedback
    • 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
      Refreshment Break
      Refreshment Break
    • 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
      Session 4
    • 11:45 AM - 11:50 AM
      Workshop 5 Feedback
    • 11:50 AM - 11:55 AM
      Workshop 6 Feedback
    • 11:55 AM - 12:25 PM
      Session 5
    • 12:25 PM - 12:55 PM
      Session 6: CMO/CDO Panel - Where the Change Will Happen: 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
      VP, IBM Brand Marketing; CMO
      The Weather Company and IBM Watson Advertising
      Deidre Smalls-Landau
      Deidre Smalls-Landau
      U.S CMO & EVP, Global Business Equity
      Mediabrands
      Mark Walker
      Mark Walker
      Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO
      Direct Digital Holdings
      Tish Archie Oliver
      Tish Archie Oliver
      Head of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
      Unilever
      Lukeisha Paul
      Lukeisha Paul
      Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
      GroupM
      Moderator:
      Sheryl Daija
      Sheryl Daija
      CEO & Founder
      BRIDGE
    • 12:55 PM - 1:00 PM
      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
      • Kayaking
        Kayaking in the Channel Islands Harbor
      • Surfboard Painting
        Surfboard Painting

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

{sp.first} {sp.last}
Sheryl Daija
CEO & Founder
BRIDGE
{sp.first} {sp.last}
Jonita Wilson
Chief Diversity Officer
Discover Financial
{sp.first} {sp.last}
Tish Archie Oliver
Head of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
Unilever
{sp.first} {sp.last}
Peter Blacker
EVP, Streaming & Data Products, Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Advertising & Partnerships
NBCUniversal
{sp.first} {sp.last}
Kareem Cook
Chief Marketing Officer, Owner
Naturade/VeganSmart
{sp.first} {sp.last}
Tony Chen
CEO and Founder
Channel Factory
{sp.first} {sp.last}
Trixie Ferguson Gray
Former President
The Newsette
{sp.first} {sp.last}
Judy Jackson
Former Global Head of Culture, WPP
Co-Founder of We All Rise Together
{sp.first} {sp.last}
Elise James-DeCruise
Chief Equity Officer
AdCouncil
{sp.first} {sp.last}
Emile Khader
Senior Vice President, Marketing Strategy
Condé Nast
{sp.first} {sp.last}
Louis Jones
CMO
The Brand Safety Institute
{sp.first} {sp.last}
Michele Laven
Chief Human Resources Officer / Chief Diversity Officer
iHeartMedia
{sp.first} {sp.last}
Rebecca Messina
Senior Advisor
McKinsey & Co
{sp.first} {sp.last}
Lukeisha Paul
Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
GroupM
{sp.first} {sp.last}
Yin Woon Rani
CEO/CMO
milkPEP
{sp.first} {sp.last}
Jessica Ricaurte
Chief Revenue Officer
Adsmovil
{sp.first} {sp.last}
Sandra Sims-Williams
Chief Diversity Officer
Nielsen
{sp.first} {sp.last}
Deidre Smalls-Landau
U.S CMO & EVP, Global Business Equity
Mediabrands
{sp.first} {sp.last}
Randi Stipes
VP, IBM Brand Marketing; CMO
The Weather Company and IBM Watson Advertising
{sp.first} {sp.last}
Jon Suarez Davis
Chief Customer Officer
super{set}
{sp.first} {sp.last}
Mark Walker
Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO
Direct Digital Holdings
{sp.first} {sp.last}
Leslie Waller
Vice President of Marketing
Campbells
{sp.first} {sp.last}
Jennifer Warren
VP, Global Brand Marketing and Communications
Indeed
{sp.first} {sp.last}
Deborah Yeh
Global Brand Purpose Officer
Sephora Americas
  • BRIDGE is about to show the industry what we are made of, as we roll out our first action-based programs.”

    Jonita Wilson, Chief Diversity Officer, Discover Financial

  • It is fundamental for marketing and business leaders to incorporate DEI as core to our growth strategies and to build a culture of inclusion at both the brand and company levels.”

    Emile Khader, Senior Vice President, Marketing Strategy, Condé Nast

  • Positioning diversity, equity and inclusion at the center of your business, beyond HR or culture, sets you up for long-term business success.”

    Sandra Sims-Williams, Chief Diversity Officer, Nielsen

  • The membership of BRIDGE spans a variety of functional experts, so we get the insight of amazing marketers but also experienced DEI practitioners.”

    Deborah Yeh, Global Brand Purpose Officer, Sephora Americas

Registration

Registration is by invitation. Please request an invitation to receive a link to register.

Request an Invitation

DEI Leaders

$1,599
discounted rate

Marketing and Business Leaders

$2,599

A DEI Leader + a Marketing/Business Leader from the same company

$3,599
two tickets total

If you’re interested in pricing for 3+ people from same company, please email [email protected].

Zachari Dunes Curio Collection by Hilton
(800) 362-2779 | zarcharidunes.com
  • Venue
  • Venue
  • Venue
  • Venue
  • Venue
  • Venue

    A Perfect Location

    Zachari Dunes at Mandalay Beach is a hidden gem nestled along 8 acres of an untouched stretch of gorgeous beachfront against the sparkle of the Pacific Ocean between Malibu and Santa Barbara. All- suite accommodation, with at least 600 square feet of space, private bedroom, separate living room and two full baths. With more than 23,000 sq. ft. of unique indoor and outdoor event space including 3,500 sq. ft. of ocean front lawn, we will deliver unprecedented content and experiences.

    • Mantra, “We are diverse by nature and inclusive by choice”
    • Women comprise 72% of the management team, which is 50% ethnically diverse
    • Committed to both anti-racism and a workplace free of discrimination to all
    • Owned in part by RLJ Lodging Trust, a BIPOC owned company

    Booking

    BRIDGE 2023 has secured a special group rate so don’t wait to reserve your suite online or by phone. Book by March 15!

    Or call (800) 362-2779 using the group code “BRDG”


    Travel

    There are a number of airport options to fly into. Some will have more flight options than others but you can fly into any of the below three. We have estimated the time it will take to the hotel:

    • Los Angeles Airport (LAX): 1hr+ depending on traffic
    • Burbank Airport (BUR): 1hr+ depending on traffic
    • Santa Barbara Airport (SBA): A little less than an hour depending on traffic

    Copyright © 2023 BRIDGE. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy

    Site by Solidmark.