Webinar: Leading Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity Through COVID-19 and Beyond
April 14, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm Mountain Time
Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity leaders from the active-outdoor industries will exchange ideas and share best practices in a facilitated, peer-to-peer conversation. This webinar will address how to create and sustain inclusive, equitable, and diverse workplaces through the challenges of COVID-19.
Topics will include:
→ Identifying and reducing bias and xenophobia, with a focus on anti-Asian bias during this pandemic
→ Fostering an inclusive culture even when employees are working from home
→ Leveraging Employee Resource Groups and other tools
→ How DEI leaders can meet the challenge of economic recession and/or industry contraction
→ How DEI leaders can prepare for a post-COVID-19 rebound and recovery
About Our Panelists:
Reginald J. Miller (He/Him/His) is the Vice President, Global Inclusion and Diversity at VF Corporation where he directs, develops, and operationalizes the company’s global I&D strategy with a focus on transformational change.
Throughout his career, Miller has worked in a variety of different disciplines including supply chain, merchandising, international project management, and multiple disciplines within human resources. Prior to joining VF, he was the Director, Diversity Strategy, and Support, responsible for the D&I strategy, reporting, and consultation for all Walmart stores in the U.S. and was a recruiter and D&I leader at Tyson Foods. He also was an instructor and faculty administrator for the University of Phoenix for several years. As a former U.S. Army Veteran, Miller served as a Supply Sergeant with deployments to Germany, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan. In addition, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education—HR Development and a Master of Science in Education—Workforce Development from the University of Arkansas. Miller also received an MBA from Webster University.
Currently, Miller is a board member for the Executive Advisory Committee for the College of Business and Economics at North Carolina A&T State University. Additionally, he serves on the Executive Committee for Camber Outdoors, the Apparel/Footwear subcommittee for CEO Action for D&I, and the CHRO subcommittee for Paradigm for Parity. He’s also signed the C4DI pledge for Disability Matters.
Heather McKendry, M.A. (She/Her/Hers) is the Director of Organizational Development at Ruffwear. She’s a compassionate leader who thrives on collaboration, big-picture thinking, strategic project management, and the relational side of business. While getting her master's degree in Organization Systems Renewal at Seattle University, she came to the realization that embracing both the light and dark sides of being human can lead to more meaningful connections. Her search led her to define her purpose—unleashing the world's love.
An accomplished leader with diverse business experience, McKendry’s expertise is in creating the conditions necessary to foster connections and bring about transformational shifts in organizations and people. She’s a “hybrid thinker,” someone that uses both sides of her brain when working with organizations whose mission resonates with her desire to make a difference in the world. Outside of work, McKendry appreciates the simple joys that come from cooking with her wife and watching her dogs happily frolic in the woods.
Thank you to our 2020 webinar sponsor, W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.