Mentorship and Advocacy: Enablers for Equal Opportunity

WITI and Pluralsight present a panel discussion on using Mentorship and Advocacy as tools to enable equal opportunity in the workplace.

Studies have shown that increased workforce diversity strengthens the bottom line and improves employee satisfaction. Thus, many organizations have committed themselves to expanded efforts to fully engage previously underutilized talent. Because WITI is a women's advocacy organization, our panel will begin with a discussion on how leaders can determine the changes required in their organizations to provide opportunities without gender bias. We'll provide tips on:

- Ways to develop strategies to reach the desired state
- Proactive measures to encourage buy-in throughout the organization
- The powerful role of mentorship in employees' long-term development
- Guidance for establishing company mentorship programs
- Best practices for both mentors and mentees
- How managers can employ mentorship programs to ensure smart career paths for future leaders

Next we'll discuss the use of Advocacy to enable change at the enterprise level, and how to coax active participation in equal-opportunity initiatives. We'll review ways in which both men and women can advocate for fair treatment and productive methods for speaking up in uncomfortable situations.

Join us and our sponsors Pluralsight for a discussion that may seem to be ahead of its time but is actually right on cue.

Featured Speaker(s)

Cathy Scerbo is VP and GM of Analytics & Applied Innovation at Liberty Mutual. In an era of digital disruption, she is responsible for empowering the technology organization with the tools, training, coaching and resources they need to transform the way they work and to build a fast, flexible, innovative and collaborative culture. In her role, she oversees Software Innovation, Design Research & Innovation, Analytic Platforms & Services, Cloud Product Management, Technology Communications, Technology Learning, and Agile Enterprise Enablement.

Cathy brings more than 20 years of technology experience, including leading through change as the organization embraces an Agile approach to software development to meet the changing expectations of customers.

As the IT Executive sponsor of Liberty Mutual's "Women in Technology" employee group, Cathy is passionate about leading and mentoring the next generation of women in IT. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern District YMCA of NH and recently participated in her second Pan-Mass Challenge, an annual bike-a-thon that raises money for Dana-Farber and cancer research, tackling 111 miles on her bike during the two-day ride. She holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

Matt Finley currently holds the position of Executive, Shop Operations leading manufacturing sites for GE Healthcare Life Sciences in Westborough, MA and Issaquah, WA. In this role he has direct responsibility for the day to day operations of the Westborough site and overall financial responsibility for the Issaquah site. Matt, joined Life Sciences in Q3 2015 as the Hardware Simplification Leader responsible for driving operational excellence and simplification in the delivery of our hardware systems to include Flex Factory, working horizontally across the business with the Enterprise, R&D, and hardware engineering teams to enable the successful build, test and shipment of multiple Delta-V Flex Factories. Prior to coming to Life Science, Matt has held several roles within GEHC including, Plant Manger Tower Avenue, Materials Manager and Business Team Leader for MR Coils, and Functional Design Leader on an Oracle and Warehouse Integration with UPS for the Global Parts team. Matt joined GE in 2002 from Ford Motor Company. Matt is a native of Prattsburgh, NY and hold a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from The United States Military Academy West Point.

Markus Hiller has over 21 years of management consulting, global technology program & operations management and pre- and post- sale customer relationship management experience.

He joined CHG-MERIDIAN in 2014 as Principal North America. He is responsible for CHG-MERIDIAN's national consulting practice and value-added technology management services.

Prior to joining CHG-MERIDIAN, Markus spent most of his career at Siemens in international technology operations management roles and at KPMG in management consulting related to Mergers and Acquisitions.

Markus is certified in program management, ITIL and health care management. He has a track record of successful client consulting, sales support and program/service delivery management.

Markus holds a German degree in Industry Electronics from Robert Bosch GmbH and the Carl Schaefer School of Business in Baden Wuerttemberg Germany. He resides in Chicago, Illinois.

Mildred Bermeois a CPA and a Senior Manager in the PwC's Assurance Practice in Boston. Mildred joined PwC in 2008 and since then she has focused her career at PwC serving clients in the firm's Technology practice working with a variety of technology-based clients, ranging from large multi-national public companies to mid-large public and private development-stage companies. Mildred has broad experience serving clients in the cybersecurity sphere, and e-commerce industry.

Mildred was born and raised in Mexico City, and attended the University of Texas at Austin before moving to Boston to start her career. She is fluent in both Spanish and English and is conversational in Italian. She enjoys traveling internationally and likes to learn about different cultures. Mildred likes to be active outdoors and indoors including running, yoga and boxing classes, etc.

Schedule of Events

5:30 pm Check-in and networking
6:15 pm WITI Welcome & Introductions
6:30 pm Panel Presentation & Questions
8:00 pm WITI Raffles
8:15 pm Wrap up