Webinar | Authentic Inclusion as a Business Imperative

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM CST

09:00 AM - 10:15 AM (Pacific)
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM (Mountain)
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM (Central) 

12:00 PM - 01:15 PM (Eastern)

Zoom Invitation Will Be Shared the Day of the Event



‚ÄčAuthentic Inclusion must be elevated to the Board level to ensure that systemic change and transformation can take place, especially within today’s global landscape of the COVID19 Pandemic and the Black Lives matter movement. In this Panel/Webinar we will dive into Inclusion from the perspective of  Digital Transformation, Psychological underpinnings of bias, and hear from active Board members on how they are thinking about and approaching this topic as well as what implementation plans they have today. 

Value to Audience

Addressing current events that require Board attention & action. Attendees will be challenged on their current thinking. With this organic understanding the audience will be motivated to move from talking to authentic action toward Inclusion as a Business Imperative and not a check box exercise. 





Frances West
Speaker and Author

Frances West is an internationally recognized thought leader, speaker, strategy adviser, and women-in-technology trailblazer known for her work in innovation, technology, and business transformation. She is the author of "Authentic Inclusion™ Drives Disruptive Innovation" and founder of FrancesWestCo, a global strategy advisory company focused on operationalizing inclusion as a business and technology imperative.  Her insightful knowledge and "human first" approach come from her personal journey as a first-generation, non-English speaking immigrant and her career as a technology executive, which includes being IBM's first Chief Accessibility Officer. Frances' expertise has been highly sought after by governments, businesses, nonprofits and startups. She was invited to be the sole IT expert witness to testify before the US Senate on the need to pass the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.  She recently was appointed as an instructor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Massachusetts in Boston in recognition of her work in accessibility, research, and digital inclusion. Frances was born in Taiwan and educated in Hong Kong and the US. She is married with two sons and currently resides in Newton, Massachusetts.


John Evans
Licensing Executive
Johnson Controls

John is currently the Licensing Executive at Johnson Controls, a provider of Intelligent Building Systems and Solutions.  Previously, John worked at IBM Corporation  in various positions, including Business Development Manager for the Worldwide Accessibility Center, Business Development Executive in the Technology and IP Licensing practice in IBM Corporate Headquarters, and Managing Partner of the National Insurance Solutions practice in IBM Global Services. He has served as President of The Elmwood Foundation, a housing non-profit in Providence, RI and is a martial arts enthusiast.



Lisa S. Thompson
Founder and CEO
Sturbridge Growth Partners

Prior to founding Sturbridge Growth Partners, Lisa was a partner with Deloitte Consulting in their Strategy & Operations practice. She has over two decades of management consulting experience. She and her colleagues have helped clients drive billions of dollars in profitable revenue through better commercial practices (marketing, pricing, sales and business unit/corporate strategy).

Lisa has experience in a variety of B2B and B2C industries including manufacturing, specialty chemicals, life sciences & healthcare, B2B services, household appliances, consumer goods, real estate and insurance. She has worked for Fortune 100 companies, mid-sized firms, start-ups, and non-profits.

Prior to joining Deloitte, Lisa was a senior partner at Monitor Group (acquired by Deloitte in 2013) where she served clients with their organic growth needs and her fellow partners as a member of the firm’s board of directors. Prior to Monitor Group, Lisa was a managing director at Strategic Pricing Group (acquired by Monitor in 2005).

Lisa has an MBA from Babson College (ranked as the #1 MBA program for Entrepreneurship 4 straight years) and a BA from Regis College. Lisa enjoys serving on nonprofit boards, doing volunteer work, reading, traveling and connecting people in her network. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and their children.