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LSIG | Inclusive Leadership Panel
Thermo Fisher Scientific
5823 Newton Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM PDT
Category: SIG Events

Life Sciences Special Interest Group Committee Presents |
Inclusive Leadership Panel

Today’s leaders must contribute to the inclusiveness ecosystem by creating a culture where employees are respected, accepted, supported and valued. It is no longer enough for management to focus only on day-to-day roles and activities. Join some of San Diego’s top thought leaders for a discussion to evolve the diversity conversation and for tips on how to advance inclusion efforts to maximize employee satisfaction and business outcomes. 


Meet the Panel

Sylvia Acevedo
Chief Executive Officer | Girl Scouts of the USA
Sylvia Acevedo is an award-winning entrepreneur who has earned worldwide recognition for her work in addressing one of society’s most vexing challenges – universal access to education.
Sylvia started her career as a rocket scientist at the Jet Propulsion Labs where she worked on the Voyager mission’s fly by of Jupiter and its moons and the Solar Polar/Probe missions.
As an engineer at IBM, she led the redesign of state of the art manufacturing facilities that became an international showcase. Leveraging her technical training in the technology industry, she served as an executive with Fortune 100 companies: Apple, Autodesk and Dell. She holds a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from Stanford University where she was one of the first Hispanics, male or female, to have earned a graduate engineering degree. Sylvia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State University which in 2010, named Sylvia as one of their most Distinguished Engineering Alumni.

Dr. Roddy Carter
Principal | BodyWHealth
Dr. Carter coaches senior executives and their teams to achieve peak performance. His unique approach is based on deep scientific insight into human performance and social interaction. Dr. Carter is an expert in human potential, and shares the science and secrets gained through a wonderful career as a physician, scientist, author and corporate leader, helping others achieve their greatest potential. Dr. Carter's life-changing methods are richly textured by practical insights gained through training elite athletes for Olympic competition, coaching accomplished leaders and their teams to success, and his own personal transformation. 

Peter Kim
VP, Culture and Counsel | Thermo Fisher Scientific
Peter K. Kim serves as Vice President, Culture and Counsel at Thermo Fisher Scientific. In this role, Peter focuses on elevating the employee experience by shaping the culture of the company. Diversity and Inclusion and Employee Engagement are part of the Culture and Counsel platform. Prior to leading the Culture and Counsel Platform, Peter served as the Chief Employment Counsel, which is a position that he still currently holds. Before joining Thermo Fisher Scientific, Peter worked at Pfizer and Nestle USA, both in employment law positions. Peter obtained his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and his undergraduate degree from UCLA. Peter lives in Carlsbad, California with his partner of twenty-five years.

Lee Wills
Head of Talent Acquisition & Employee Engagement | Sony
Head of Talent Acquisition & Engagement at Sony, Lee is an experienced HR Leader having held senior positions at companies in the technology industry. She has an extensive background in Diversity & Inclusion, Talent Management and Employee Relations at FORTUNE 500 Companies, including Intel and Qualcomm. Lee has a bachelor’s of Science in Business Management, HR Certificate from Chapman University and completed Executive Leadership at UCLA Anderson School of Business. Lee is a current board member of Athena San Diego, Consumer Technology Association Workforce Committee, a co-founder of the Links to STEM Program for students, and previously, a member the Conference Board Diversity & Inclusion Executives, the Board of Walden Family Services, LEAD San Diego and past Board Chair for the Urban League of San Diego. Lee has been recognized by the San Diego Business Journal with the Women Who Mean Business Award and has spoken at national conferences for BDPA, National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT).


Jae Requiro
Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion | Thermo Fisher Scientific
Jennifer “Jae” Pi’ilani Requiro is Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Thermo Fisher Scientific.  Her role contributes to the company’s success by leading global D&I initiatives across multiple lines of the business. She provides consultation to develop customized strategies to help the company. In addition, she directs the global ERG efforts and partners with key stakeholder departments such as talent acquisition and employee relations.
Jae is also a sensei at Togisala Shorin Ryu, an Okinawan karate studio. The dojo’s teaching philosophy focuses on the principles of respect, discipline, and self-defense. The dojo has earned a reputation as a nurturing and safe space for students with special abilities to thrive.  Jae also encourages her students to find their “ikigai”. 
Prior to this, she served as the National Manager of Diversity and Inclusion at Toyota Financial Services. Her responsibilities focused on D&I education, executive accountability, mentoring and ERGs. In addition, Jae developed strategies to enhance Toyota’s reputation around D&I and increase partnerships with certified diverse suppliers. Jae also led the North American D&I Communication Strategy. She spoke at several conferences, workshops and educational forums to share insights on ERGs and generational diversity. 
Beginning in December 2018, Jae will begin her term as a board member for the Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF). APIAHF influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. In May 2014, Jae was awarded a “California Multicultural Leadership” Award from the National Diversity Council. Jae earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a specialization in stratification, race, and ethnicity and an emphasis in business administration from UCLA. In her spare time, Jae also performs hula; paddles outrigger canoes; and is a single mother to a college-aged daughter, her source of inspiration and perspiration.

Date and Time      Thursday, October 18, 2018 | 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Location Thermo Fisher Scientific | 5823 Newton Drive, Carlsbad
Cost $20 Members; $40 Non-Members
Sponsored members complimentary with code

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