Co-hosted by the Center for Ethics, Diversity, & Workplace Culture
Work as we know it has changed forever. Not only has the Covid-19 pandemic forced us to rapidly adapt to online interaction, but also a steady series of movements around gross societal injustices have given rise to new demands for workplace equality, equity and awareness. At the same time, the drive toward innovation requires more productive collaboration between stakeholders than ever before. As a result, today’s organizations now face the daunting challenge of optimizing an increasingly diverse workforce in a fully-remote or hybrid environment. But there is hope! Some organizations and leaders are blazing trails toward the future of virtual and inclusive workplaces, reimagining corporate culture and the nature of work as we know it.
Join the ILSS to learn thought-leading strategies around remote & woke work from our panelists: Kelli Clark, Chief Culture Officer at Aon; J Mendes, Co-Founder of the Future of Work Conference and Event Manager for the oldest remote work conference in Europe; and Jameel Rush, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for The Philadelphia Inquirer; as well as moderator Eric Brunner, Assistant Vice President, Learning & Development at Temple University.
ABOUT OUR PANELISTS AND MODERATOR:
Chief Culture Officer, Aon
Kelli Clark is the Chief Culture Officer at Aon. In this role, she directs the firm’s strategies for inclusive people leadership and culture initiatives, colleague engagement, inclusion & diversity, onboarding and early careers. Kelli’s mission is to bring out the best in people while delivering differentiating value to organizations. Through her unique leadership style, Kelli brings a blend of strategic clarity, compassion and integrity as she encourages colleagues to work together in innovative ways to drive growth for the firm while enabling colleagues to grow into their full potential. Kelli has played a critical role in driving Aon’s change management strategy and supporting the Aon Executive Committee to build and launch the Aon Story – the next step in the firm’s decade-long Aon United journey. Under Kelli’s leadership, Aon’s signature cultural workshop – Leading Aon United — has been scaled to reach more than 8,000 colleagues virtually while maintaining more than 98% positive feedback from colleagues. In addition, she has led her teams to establish long-term strategies that support the firm’s growth priorities. This work has resulted in the creation of new and relevant tools such as Aon’s Ally Guide, which centralizes and streamlines the full suite of Inclusion & Diversity resources and information, tools and training to support Aon’s Smart Working Strategy, and the Aon IQ initiative which guides colleagues through interactive experiences to broaden their understanding of unique client solutions offered across the firm. Kelli joined Aon in 2019 as part of her more than 20-year career in a variety of industries leading culture, change and communication strategies, initiatives and teams. Kelli is a storyteller and strategist who uses her communication ability and passion for people to create thriving team cultures keeping colleagues engaged, informed and excited about their work while also serving as executive advisor to C-suite leaders. Kelli earned a BS in Communication from Missouri State University and a Master of International Business from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. Kelli serves as a senior advisory board member for the Center for Ethics, Diversity and Workplace Culture at Temple University’s Fox School of Business. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, running, reading, and making pancakes on Saturday mornings with her daughter. She lives in Chicago with her wife, kiddos, and their spunky seven-pound pup, Della.
Co-Founder of the Future of Work Conference and Event Manager for repeople, the oldest remote work conference in Europe
J Mendes is Co-Founder of the Future of Work Conference, and Event Manager for repeople, the oldest remote work conference in Europe. He is a thought leader and consultant in the areas of digital nomadism, remote work and sustainability. J has a degree in industrial engineering from the Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto in Portugal, and a masters of science in operations and management-logistics from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. With his specialization in Logistics and Operations, he worked as a logistics and supply chain consultant and sourcing manager in the textile and health industries, bringing him to companies such as DHL, the International Committee of the Red Cross and EY (formerly Ernst & Young). After he embarked on his dream of traveling the world with his partner Sara, they found a way to perpetually work remotely, and they now share insights on digital nomadism on their website No Footprint Nomads. Through their consultancy, No Footprint Consulting, J partners with SEO specialists to help the eco-accommodation industry thrive. In addition to co-founding the Future of Work Conference and managing to repeople, he is co-founder of the Eco-Hotel Summit and Thriving Nomad events, as well as co-organizer of Greenfest.
Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Jameel Rush, PHR, SHRM-CP, is the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at The Philadelphia Inquirer. In this role he helps to lead DEI initiatives impacting the organization’s culture, coverage, and community efforts. He has over 15 years of global talent management and human resources experience having worked in leadership development, organizational development, HR Business Partner, and talent management roles across several public and private organizations. He has his master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Development from St. Joseph’s University and is a graduate from Temple University with a bachelor’s in business administration focusing on Human Resource Management and Management Information Systems.
Jameel has a passion for strengthening the community and serves on the board for several non-profits including the Philadelphia Society for Human Resource Management, People for People Inc., Leadership Philadelphia, The Workshop School, and Research for Action. Jameel has been recognized numerous times for his work in the Philadelphia and HR community including being nominated as HR Person of the Year by the Delaware Valley HR Person of the Year Awards, receiving the HR Rising Star Award from Temple University, being named as one of Philadelphia’s Top 55 Connectors and Keepers by Leadership Philadelphia, and being placed on Philadelphia’s Top Professionals under 40 list by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Jameel also serves as an adjunct professor at Temple University and Villanova University and participates in Temple’s HR Roundtable which uses local professionals to help guide the curriculum of their Human Resources Program.
Moderator Eric Brunner
Assistant Vice President of the Learning & Development Division of Temple University’s Human Resources Department
Eric Brunner is Assistant Vice President of the Learning & Development (L&D) Division of Temple University’s Human Resources Department. Eric and his division are responsible for the design, delivery and evaluation of Temple University’s, in-person, virtual, and online professional development, and compliance training programs. In addition, Eric is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Human Resources Department of the Fox School of Business. He has won multiple teaching awards in the Fox School of Business’ Human Resources Management graduate and undergraduate programs. As an independent learning and development consultant, he has worked with Glaxo Smith Kline, Astra Zeneca, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, ARAMARK, Lane Bryant, Continental Airlines, Penn State, Community College of Philadelphia, and The Philadelphia Housing Authority, among other clients. Since 1994, Eric has studied various forms of improvisational theater with a specialty in Playback Theater. Several Philadelphia theater companies have used Eric’s expertise to train actors on improvisational theatre techniques, and Eric has performed in and/or facilitated over 200 improvisational theater performances in the last twenty years for organizations. Prior to working at Temple, Eric was Executive Director of Operation Understanding, a Philadelphia non-profit that’s mission is to identify and develop future leaders in the African-American and Jewish communities while also educating the community-at-large about race, conflict resolution, and the need for mutual respect for others. From 1983 to 2000 Eric was a manufacturer’s representative in the commercial foodservice equipment field. During his 17 years in sales, Eric interacted with large and small corporations at all employment levels from senior leadership to line managers and production staff.
The Innovation Leaders Speaker Series creates a community of learning around innovation management best practices and entrepreneurial thinking. The series is hosted by the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute at the Fox School of Business at Temple University, along with partner organizations the Product Development and Management Association, Innovation Research Interchange, and Technical.ly Philly. This panel is co-sponsored by the Fox School’s Center for Ethics, Diversity and Workplace Culture.