Are These The Answers to Diversity and Inclusion?


October 08, 2019
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
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The Hyatt Lodge
2815 Jorie Boulevard
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Diversity management and Cultural Intelligence are powerful allies. To unlock the value in diversity, organizations must possess the competencies needed to process and promote inclusion, open dialogue, and shared learning. Hear from a powerful panel of experts as they discuss how Diversity and Culture are shaping the modern Workforce.

Registration & Networking:  7:30am - 8:00am
Breakfast & Announcements: 8:00am - 8:30am
Program: 8:30am - 9:30am

About the Speakers

Emilia Linardakis

Emilia Linardakis is a successful entrepreneur and leading expert in strategic global organizational development and multicultural communication strategies.  She is the founder of Language Advisors Network Group, an independent woman-owned small business and a Global Leadership Training Company that offers a suite of dynamic solutions designed to equip global leaders with the skills they need to succeed while conducting business in culturally complex situations. 

As a motivational business strategist and mentor, she is dedicated to developing, improving and discovering strength and potential in diverse populations and organizations.

With over 18 years of international experience in global education training and global strategy, Emilia offers her expertise to identify corporate needs and challenges. She also helps to design, develop and launch innovative training programs and turns around failing processes to ensure performance objectives are met and exceeded.

With her experience in linguistics, cultural counseling, training, and organizational development, combined with her passion for international business and global economies, Emilia has an edgy advantage. She is able to assist organizations and individuals by identifying the needs of creating and developing a culturally sensitive approach as well as creating multicultural and diverse awareness in a global marketplace.

Her goal is to engage clients, ignite their interest and embed a better understanding of cultural differences and multicultural communication within our society so that the talents, energy and insights of all people can be maximized.

Specialties: Cultural Training and Agility; Global Strategic Planning; Multicultural Acumen; Coaching and Mentoring; Global Business Communication; Language Instruction and Curriculum Development; Multicultural Business Training.

Monica Guillory

Monica Guillory, SPHR, is Director HR and Workplace Inclusion for RRD, a $7 billion global, integrated communications provider enabling organizations to create, manage, deliver and optimize their multichannel business communications. Her responsibilities include leading Diversity & Inclusion for RRD as well as the Human Resources function for its Logistics platform. Her expertise includes leadership development, diversity & inclusion workplace strategies, culture transformation and motivating teams for sustainable results. 

Monica is a recipient of a Leadership Excellence Award by the National Diversity Council in 2015 and Community Service Pillar Award by the Valley View School District. Monica serves as Vice President of the Board for the IL Diversity Council, Board Member of Empowering Women Network (EWN), Director on the Workforce Investment Board of Will County, and an inaugural Board member for Emerging Life Solutions, Inc (ELS) a non-profit agency working to house and educate homeless youth. She founded an award-winning Corporate Women’s Mentoring Program.  She frequently is invited to speak on topics such as inclusive leadership, workplace culture, engaging employees and building and leveraging social capital.

Monica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Houston and is a senior certified Human Resources professional.

Kimberly Castillo

Kimberly Castillo - Over a very long career working for family-owned businesses, not-for-profit, Fortune 500 corporations and private equity, Kim started as an administrative assistant in fundraising and marketing with a not-for-profit then moved to higher level senior executive assistant and finance role with Baxter Healthcare Corporation.  Due to two fabulous mentors at Baxter (who she still stays in contact today) - who identified she liked people more than the routine finance duties - Kim was encouraged to move to sales training, then human resources where she remains today. No matter what size company during her career, there has always been the need for employee recognition, engagement, culture, inclusion and diversity.  At age 40, Kim went back to school with her son, and self-funded her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Human Resource Management, also obtaining additional certifications in both fields.  Continuing to manage her career in HR, she moved from Corporate America to a one-person HR office with just under 500 employees and you can only imagine how busy that office became 24/7.

Kim’s a transparent HR professional with 25+ years of human resource experience as a transformational coach and advisor with history of strengthening relationships that enhance and embrace trust and performance by recruiting, engaging and retaining top talent.  She’s the transactional business partner solving problems and finding solutions through broad-based HR expertise to deliver programs, HRIS systems, organizational effectiveness and efficiency by managing projects from start-to-finish with a flawless record of trust, attention to detail, integrity and confidentiality with the C-Suite, business partners and employees.

Kim started Because Business Matters, LLC … Business Driven | People Focused in January, 2019 to share her experiences by “building tomorrow’s leaders through effective relationship management.”  No job is too big or too small and Kim’s first set of clients are very diverse in thought, process and strategy representing private-duty healthcare, marketing, technology and finance.  One of her first contract engagements was to complete the very first Affirmative Action Plan for a company located in Chicago.  What she’s found is these companies share the same needs:  lack of resources to complete projects and the ability to learn how to break down barriers between senior leadership and employees.  As the change agent and subject matter expert, Kim provides operational excellence and efficiency by building best business practices and employee engagement.

Karen Brown

Karen Brown is an accomplished business leader, advisor and speaker with significant multicultural and global experience promoting diversity and inclusion within the corporate, non-profit and academic sectors. With a passion for linking diversity and inclusion to key business initiatives, she brings first-rate knowledge and real world examples to every consulting and speaking opportunity.

Brown is the founder of Bridge Arrow, a Chicago-based management consultancy whose mission is to make leaders more effective and businesses more profitable through diversity and inclusion. She launched the firm following a career as an operations executive and diversity and inclusion expert in major global companies. She most recently served as Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer with Baker McKenzie, a $2.8 billion global law firm, who is also a client. In addition, she has held senior roles at Sodexo, Baxter Healthcare, Monsanto and Rockwell Collins.

A compelling and highly regarded advisor and speaker, Brown excites and educates audiences on the business advantages of diversity and inclusion. Her topics include D.I.N.E.: Are You Eating What You’re Serving?*, Self-Advocacy: Owning Your Future, and Moving Beyond Counting People to Making People Count. A keynoter and panel moderator, she speaks at conferences hosted by organizations such as the US Military Academy, HR Vision: London, A.T. Kearney and others. She illuminates her perspective with thought-provoking commentary and was recently published in Harvard Business Review for her article, “To Retain Employees, Focus on Inclusion – Not Just Diversity.” Her forthcoming book, based on a series of interviews with female and male leaders, explores the business mandates of gender equity. She has also published a keystone outlining her winning approach.

Dedicated to pioneering the path for diversity & inclusion, she is adept at using data analytics as insights for decision-making. Her specific expertise is in P&L Management, Public Speaking, Focus Groups, Strategic Business Planning, ROI Alignment, Executive Diversity Councils, Leadership, Panel/Workshop Facilitation, Branding, Communication, Coaching/Mentoring, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Scorecard, External Partnerships, Business/Employee Resource Groups, Board Relations, and Education. Her client roster includes industries as legal, banking, retail, healthcare, education, solar energy, entertainment, among others. Throughout her career, Brown has given time and expertise to various organizations and non-profits. She is a Governance Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors, whose more than 18,000 members include both corporate directors and C-Suite executives. She is an active member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a think tank, a citizen diplomacy ambassador and board member of WorldChicago, a non-profit organization that promotes interactions among global citizens to make the world a more peaceful and prosperous place. She has been an adviser to ICEDR-QUEST, Chicago United and the National Organization on Disability as well as a past board member of the Gay Lesbian Straight Educators Network and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Cynthia Cobb

Cynthia Cobb has over 25 years of human resources generalist and staffing experience, most of which was built at Baxter Healthcare Corporation. She has effectively partnered to accomplish business and individual goals not only at Baxter but also with clients since becoming a consultant in 2004. In addition to her consulting practice, Cynthia is also a member of the Leadership Team at United Services by Permaco, Inc, a privately –owned restoration company in Lake Bluff, IL.

Cynthia excels at creating communication bridges, working collaboratively and skillfully at all levels. Her depth and breadth of experience is a valuable asset. Employees and leaders at all levels have benefited from Cynthia’s straightforward approach grounded in analysis and logic as well as her values-driven decision-making. Those she has coached speak highly of her listening skills, ability to help them understand the feedback they’ve been given, and guiding them toward reasonable development plans. Other consulting engagements have been in strategic staffing, creating plans to achieve diversity and inclusion goals, policy development, employee relations, employer engagement, benchmarking best practices, and training (e.g., diversity, leading others, harassment prevention, interviewing).

An active volunteer, Cynthia has served on the boards of Bernie’s Book Bank and YWCA Lake County, assisted her community’s Girl Scout Service Unit, and participates in various community service ministries at her church.

Sponsor: RJ Reliance

RJ Reliance

This program is approved for 1 PDC through SHRM and 1 PDC (HR General Credit) through HRCI. 



$40.00 Member Ticket (at the door)
$30.00 Earlybird rate before October 8

$50.00 Non-Member Ticket