WIB-National: Activating Advocacy to Support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Feb 23, 2021 12:00PM—1:00PM

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Join WIB’s Diversity and Inclusion Resource Group in the first of a series of events focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) topics. Our first kickoff event will focus on the importance of advocacy in the workplace.

A welcoming workplace culture is crucial for operational success, advocacy is at the heart of this matter. It has been routinely demonstrated that when employees are given equal opportunities to succeed and contribute, organizations are more likely to meet their goals.

Join us for an engaging dialog and interactive Q&A with an all-star panel on advocacy featuring Thalia Mingo, Global Lead, Bristol Myers Squibb’s Network of Women (B-NOW). They will discuss organizational best practices for fostering advocacy in the workplace, personal success stories, and what can be done to overcome the challenges that organizations and individuals face creating a more inclusive workplace.

Disclaimer: This event may be recorded. If so, there is a possibility your image and or voice may be a part of that recording. If you do not wish for your image to be included please turn off your camera.


12:00 p.m. – 12:05 p.m.: Welcome and Introductions
12:05 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Panel Discussion
12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Q&A

Featured Speaker

Thalia Mingo

A strategic, inspiring leader, Thalia is passionate about helping others to fully realize their potential, agility, and ability to thrive during times of change, uncertainty, and disruption. Thalia is a gender champion and advocate, using her authentic leadership style to energize others through periods of change and transformation. Thalia has a 20+ years career with Bristol Myers Squibb, progressing to levels of increasing responsibility that include Sales, Marketing, and Commercialization. She has the current privilege to serve as Global Lead for the Bristol Myers Squibb Network of Women. In this role, she is responsible for championing gender equity and parity for all women to be supported, developed, and receive the opportunity to advance to the executive and C-suite levels within Bristol Myers Squibb Company.


Alicia Hemphill

Alicia L. Hemphill, RAC is VP of Regulatory Affairs and Consulting at Oriel STAT A MATRIX where she leads a team of consultants who help manufacturers maintain compliance to complex regulatory and quality medical device requirements. Alicia’s professional experience spans over 30 years in the medical device industry covering IVD, aortic implants, and orthopedic devices to obtain clinical, PMA approvals, and 510k clearances submissions. She leads her teams and organization to see past established patterns to implement new strategic tools and product offerings. Alicia’s passion for Diversity & Inclusion originates from overcoming injustices and racism in the workplace that was meant to marginalize her career advancement. Leading diversity organization in the workplace or in the community, she has chaired community groups and been on company boards to educate and train others raising awareness of practices that hinder inclusion.

She is a contributing author to the best-selling book Black Women Speak, released in 2020, which tells our stories to encourage and strengthen women in their fight against racism. Recently, she formed a partnership to create and launch EBONY-OPOLY “The Reconstruction Era”. This interactive version of Monopoly provides a fun, educational, and interactive experience about Black American Life during the days after slavery was abolished in America.

Alicia has a Master of Science in Engineering Technology from Murray State University and a Bachelor of Science from Cedar Crest College. She lives in Dallas, Texas and is the mother of two daughters and has a grandson. 

Alexandra Reznick

Dr. Allie Reznik is an award-winning Assistant Professor of literature, cultural studies, and women’s and gender studies at Chatham University. Most recently, she has been recognized by the Association of American Colleges and Universities as a K. Patricia Cross Award Winner for showing exemplary promise as a leader of higher education and as a Mellon Periclean Faculty Leader in the Humanities to teach a new, innovative Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies course in collaboration with community partners Write Pittsburgh and the Latino Community Center of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Reznik’s scholarship and creative endeavors explore how identity and representation influence the navigation of power systems. Her pedagogical philosophy entails the continual exploration of ways she can collaborate with people to empower themselves, which informs her research agenda of analyzing the ways in which authors and historians represent literary characters and historical figures navigating power systems. She has published in The Western Journal of Black Culture and Lamar Journal of the Humanities and has forthcoming articles in Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, the Routledge Companion to Music and Modern Literature, and Springer’s Studies in Music and Literature: Popular Music.

Alanna Kaplan Muñoz, Moderator

As Principal at Metaplan, Alanna Kaplan Muñoz has worked with a broad range of Metaplan clients to generate alignment, buy-in, and consensus. The Metaplan methodology uses facilitation and moderation processes to generate collective insights and aligned strategies in organizations. The Metaplan process works well for complex issues requiring cross-functional alignment and consensus. Alanna uses this “consulting from within” approach to create new insights and strategies based on the client group’s collective knowledge.

Alanna’s areas of focus are strategic and brand planning, launch and competitive readiness, and cross-functional and leadership team alignment. She supports senior leadership and cross-functional teams with a focus on consensus-based decision-making. Her clients value her ability to lead teams to strategic directions and decisions by synthesizing insights and driving collective action.

Prior to joining Metaplan in 2003, Alanna worked in marketing with consumer packaged goods companies including Nabisco and Gerber, with a focus on new products. Alanna also worked in the technology arena, as an investment banker with Broadview Associates and as a member of the management team at IPHighway. Alanna has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters.