Would you plant a garden with only one type of plant? What is a gardener’s responsibility in making sure all of their plants thrive? Come to this session, where you will learn why diverse teams working in an environment of equity, inclusion, and belonging drive the best business results. This session’s panel includes perspectives from PPAI members leading the DEI charge within their organizations and the owner of a consulting firm whose sole purpose is to help organizations build inclusion programs, through inclusive leadership coaching and evidence-based tools.
Dawn Olds, MAS (Moderator)
Immediate Past Board Chair and Senior Vice President of Industry Relations and DEI
Dawn Olds, MAS, has been in management for over 20 years, spanning three focus areas: accounting, information technology and general operations. She has developed and managed project integration plans for dozens of successful acquisitions. Olds has been the executive sponsor for several Lean Six Sigma projects. Her career highlights also include mentoring and developing dozens of professionals within the Halo organization and promoting them. In addition to the development of people, Olds dedicates time to volunteering for Junior Achievement, is a mentor for a high school entrepreneur program, and is a member of the Women’s Professional Network, She holds a bachelor’s in information systems and an associate degree in accounting.
Sonya Kaleel (Moderator)
Founder and DEI Strategist
The Inclusion Practice
Sonya Kaleel (she/her/hers), founder and DEI Strategist of The Inclusion Practice, guides leaders and organizations in bringing diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) from theory to practice with a focus on outcomes. Her background spans 30 years in leadership development, organizational learning, and social justice advocacy. Driven by a sense of curiosity, creativity, and compassion, she is skilled at providing changemakers with practical ways to set the tone for inclusion and be accountable. She is adjunct faculty for Northwestern University’s Leading Equity & Inclusion in Organizations Master’s Program, and she holds an MS in Learning & Organizational Change from Northwestern. She currently resides in Long Beach, CA where she enjoys walking on the beach, baking with her family, and chilling with her two cats.
Natalie Tenner (Moderator)
Credit Manager and First Chair of the IDEA Council
Natalie Tenner has been with the SanMar corporation out of Issaquah, Washington for over 20 years. Currently, she is a Credit Manager and the first chair of the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Action) council. Natalie is honored to be the chair of the IDEA council and has spent the last 2 years, managing the council’s initiatives, and meeting with departments throughout the organization as a guest speaker and most importantly taking the time to learn and engage. The work of the council has been well received and she wants to make sure the vision of empowering and encouraging employees to embrace differences, maximize talents and to create opportunities for equitable growth remains central. She also wants to promote an inclusive culture built on respect and open communication, she says, “that starts with humble and honest communication. It is innovative when an organization sees diversity as an opportunity and not as an inconvenience, in fact, differences can cultivate amazing relationships and creativity.” Natalie holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in communication and most recently attended Cornell University’s Diversity and Inclusion certificate program. Natalie is married and has two sons.
Johanna Gottlieb (Moderator)
Vice President of Sales
Johanna Gottlieb is the Vice President of Sales for HALO. She began her industry career 16 years ago at Axis, where she was an Associate Account Manager. Jo was named to Advertising Specialty Institute’s “Hot List” in 2017. She has been an active volunteer for both, PromoKitchen in 2019 and PPAI’s DEI Taskforce. She is also a frequent speaker, presenting topics regarding best business practices and diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.
Kara Keister (Moderator)
Board Member and Co-Owner
Social Good Promotions
Kara Keister started her promotional professional career 12 years ago in distributor sales. She is now the Co-Owner of Social Good Promotions, which received the PPAI Silver Pyramid Award in the Social Responsibility Program and Digital Self-Promotion categories. Kara has served as a volunteer on regional industry boards in an executive capacity and was named to the PPAI Rising Star list in 2021.
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