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We are so excited to have an amazing line-up of prominent leaders and trailblazers speaking at our 2019 Annual Conference Inspire. Innovate. Ignite! on Thursday, November 7 in Washington, DC.  We will be introducing these dynamic and engaging speakers during the next couple of months here on our blog. We asked our speakers to answer a few questions about themselves, their approach to their career, and their lives.

 

This week’s “Getting To Know Our Conference Speakers” post highlights Jennifer Flynn, Managing Vice President & Head of Small Business Bank at Capital One.

A true champion of diversity and flexibility, Jenn will share her insights on a panel with other leaders.

 

Diversity & Flexibility Alliance: What was the most meaningful piece of leadership advice you have received? 

Jenn Flynn: Set your priorities; make your decisions around those priorities; and, if you don’t like the consequences of those decisions, make another choice. This advice has served me well over the years and has also helped me remove guilt from my vocabulary! When you are confident in your priorities, everything else falls into place.

Through this journey, I also learned the power of using my voice and encouraging others to use their voice. Sharing my priorities with others really helped me find the “and” – the flexibility I need to make things work for both my family and my organization. Don’t underestimate the power of letting someone in.

I am where I am today largely because of the leaders who took a chance on me, stretched me, and supported me on both my personal and professional journey. My goal is to be that person for my team.

DFA: How do you pay it forward?

JF: I make it a point to surround myself with leaders who model the behaviors I value, and I have become a champion for those just starting out on their journey. I am committed to working with my teams to create a culture where everyone feels a sense of belonging, an obligation to share a dissenting opinion, and can bring their whole selves to work feeling inspired and respected. It is important for everyone to work for leaders who bring out the best in you and who embrace varying perspectives and see differences as an opportunity to grow. I made a promise to remain true to my authentic self and I want others to feel the freedom to do the same.

I am also actively engaged on the Executive Steering Committee for Capital One’s Women’s Business Resource Group and the Capital One Greater Washington Market President Network, both in McLean. I am an advisor for 1863 Ventures and passionate about helping small businesses succeed.

 

Don’t miss hearing insights from Jenn Flynn and other leaders who are helping to support and advance flexible working arrangements in their organizations.

Register for our conference TODAY. 

We are so excited to have an amazing line-up of prominent leaders and trailblazers speaking at our 2019 Annual Conference Inspire. Innovate. Ignite! on Thursday, November 7 in Washington, DC.  We will be introducing these dynamic and engaging speakers during the next couple of months here on our blog. We asked our speakers to answer a few questions about themselves, their approach to their career, and their lives.

This week’s “Getting To Know Our Conference Speakers” post highlights Lily Zheng, D&I Consultant and Co-Author, Gender Ambiguity in the Workplace. Lily will share Lessons in Inclusion as part of our new “Meet The Influencers” program at the conference. You don’t want to miss it!

 

Diversity & Flexibility Alliance: What was the most meaningful piece of leadership advice you have received? Who has had the most influence on your career?

Lily Zheng: One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received was from Dereca Blackmon, Associate Dean at Stanford University, who told me that meaningful change could happen from both inside and outside of systems. As a young activist at the time, it broadened my understanding of my role in the world and empowered me to become a more thoughtful leader and changemaker. I’ve never forgotten that advice.  

DFA: How do you recharge? 

LZ: I schedule in time with my chosen family–a handful of people from outside my professional life who I trust will care for me no matter what and who I can let my guard down around. It’s incredibly good for me to have people around whom I not only don’t want to, but can’t, talk about work.  

DFA: Where and when are you most content?
LZ: When I’m with chosen family, wherever they happen to be. 


DFA: What do you know now that you wish you knew then?

LZ: That I don’t have to be a perfect activist to be a good one. 

DFA: How do you pay it forward?

LZ: Create systems so that people who don’t want to become advocates don’t have to. Mentor the next generation to understand history so that they can do more of what worked and less of what didn’t. 

DFA: What can we be doing to create more inclusive organizations?
LZ: Understanding that inclusion is a philosophy and not a state, and that organizations need to embed inclusion into every aspect of their being–their policies, practices, leaders, spaces, products, structures, and more. As for specific practices, a shortlist of my favorite:
  • work with middle managers to articulate how diversity & inclusion factors into their team’s/project’s goals;
  • create gender-inclusive bathrooms, locker rooms, and other spaces;
  • hire and collaborate with members of marginalized groups on any project (and it should be most of them) in which they’re stakeholders;
  • give your Chief Diversity Officer a damn budget.   

DFA: How has flexibility impacted your life?

LZ: It’s one of the most important aspects of the life I live. As a consultant, I’ve worked to build my own life that allows me to have the impact in the world that I want while nourishing the parts of me that keep me going. I wouldn’t be able to do any of that without the flexibility I’ve made a core need. 


DFA: What book is on your nightstand?
LZ: Cheating answer, but my own! My nightstand is currently a storage container filled with copies of Gender Ambiguity in the Workplace, though come October of this year I’ll be filling it with copies of my newest book, The Ethical Sellout–super excited! 

Don’t miss hearing insights from Lily Zheng and our

other inspirational Influencers! 

Register for our conference TODAY. 

Early bird registration will continue until September 13.

We are so excited to have an amazing line-up of prominent leaders and trailblazers speaking at our 2019 Annual Conference Inspire. Innovate. Ignite! on Thursday, November 7 in Washington, DC.  We will be introducing these dynamic and engaging speakers during the next couple of months here on our blog. We asked our speakers to answer a few questions about themselves, their approach to their career, and their lives.

This week’s “Getting To Know Our Conference Speakers” post highlights The Honorable Tonya Parker, a trailblazing Judge from the 116th District Court in Dallas County. Judge Parker’s incredibly insightful presentation about Labels is part of our brand new “Meet The Influencers” program at the conference. You don’t want to miss it!

 

Diversity & Flexibility Alliance: What was the most meaningful piece of leadership advice you have received?

Judge Tonya Parker: Leadership is about responsibility, not power.  Power is only about ego.

DFA: Who has had the most influence on your career?

JTP: Ron White, the managing partner of White & Wiggins, LLP n/k/a White, Wiggins, & Barnes, LLP.  Ron taught me that hard work can atone for what one lacks in skill and even intellect. 

DFA: How do you recharge? 

JTP: Exercise and creative writing.

DFA: Where and when are you most content?

JTP: Saturday mornings eating cereal with my son.

DFA: What do you know now that you wish you knew then?

JTP: While it is true that no one is lesser than I am; it is also true that no one is greater.

DFA: How do you pay it forward?

JTP: By using the influence I have within my family/friend circle to advance righteous causes, noble ideas, and people who are kind and hard-working.   

DFA: What can we be doing to create more inclusive organizations?

JTP: Commit ourselves to taking an act each day that reflects the values of being anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-phobic.  

DFA: What book is on your nightstand?

JTP: “I Am Not Here To Give a Speech” by Gabriel García Márquez

 

Don’t miss hearing insights from Judge Parker and our other inspirational Influencers! 

Register for our conference TODAY. 

Early bird registration will continue until September 13.

We are so excited to have an amazing line-up of prominent leaders and trailblazers speaking at our 2019 Annual Conference Inspire. Innovate. Ignite! on Thursday, November 7 in Washington, DC.  We will be introducing these dynamic and engaging speakers during the next couple of months here on our blog. We asked our speakers to answer a few questions about themselves, their approach to their career, and their lives.

This week’s “Getting To Know Our Conference Speakers” post highlights Sarah Chapman, PhD, Director within Deloitte’s Sustainability & Social Impact Advisory Practice & National Lead, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability for Deloitte Canada and Chile

 

 

Diversity & Flexibility Alliance: What was the most meaningful piece of leadership advice you have received?

Sarah Chapman: The best advice I ever received is the “Four Agreements of Life”

  1. Be impeccable with your word
  2. Don’t take anything personally
  3. Make no assumptions
  4. Always do your best

DFA: How do you recharge?

SC: My husband and I work out together every morning at 4:30am – it’s cherished time together and allows us to start the day on an energized note.

DFA: Where and when are you most content?

SC: With my family and out on the water, in a forest, or on a mountain!

DFA: What book is on your nightstand?

SC: Radical Candor by Kim Scott

Register for our conference today to hear expert insight from Sarah and other inspiring leaders developing innovative diversity and flexibility solutions and igniting change in their organizations

Early bird registration will continue until September 13.