Google’s newly appointed Chief Diversity Officer and Global Director, Employee Engagement, Melonie Parker will spearhead a keynote for a dynamic group of diversity and inclusion trailblazers at the upcoming event Converge 2019 to be held on August 6.
An Advocate for Change
Prior to joining Google, Parker worked as the VP of Human Resources and Communications at Sandia Corporation and had earlier held a variety of leadership roles at LockHeed Martin in a span of 17 years in the company. A passionate thought leader, she is an experienced HR leader committed to the cause of relevant, innovative, and contemporary HR leadership. She has been appointed recently at Google with the task at hand of advancing the company’s employee engagement strategy across diversity, equity, and inclusion. She also serves the Department of Energy as a Minority in Energy Initiative Champion.
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Converge 2019 – Agenda
The half-day event to be held at the Southern Exchange Ballrooms in Atlanta will be hosted by Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and presented by Accenture. TAG holds over 200 events every year. This particular event recognizes the diversity and inclusion that drives innovation across the technology ecosystem. It highlights tech industry companies and leaders employing inclusion to drive innovation, demonstrating the power of diversity to keep companies globally competitive, creating the subsequent generation to drive the economy of Georgia.
Converge 2019 will feature a number of interactive content sessions, keynotes from industry experts, and TAG’s annual Diversity Leadership Awards that recognizes the inspiring personalities in the field. Adorned by 400 attendees, 20% of which will be C-level executives, the event will feature one dynamic keynote, six captivating content sessions, and a range of networking opportunities.
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“TAG is excited to be hosting an event that highlights all the technology industries in Georgia which are fostering an inclusive environment that drives real innovation and keeps our economy competitive. A diverse workforce is what drives growth and creates a connected technology ecosystem that thrives,” quoted Larry K. Williams, President, and CEO of TAG.
The role technology plays in leveraging and serving billions of customers, a diverse workforce, and supplier base is immense. Breakout sessions will provide attendees with some key takeaways for their businesses and community on themes including Return on Inclusion (ROI), tackling bias in technology, future innovations, and a lot more. The event should serve as a drill on how companies should build their inclusion strategies and why is it absolutely important to do so.
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