I. Corporate Diversity - Is There a Business Case for Diversity?
Mr. Ted Childs, Jr.
In August, 2006, J.T. (Ted) Childs, Jr. retired from IBM after a distinguished 39 year career as a member of their corporate Human Resources team. Upon retiring, he founded Ted Childs, LLC.
The goal of Ted Childs LLC is to coach a corporate Workforce Diversity team through the identification of their internal / external stakeholders, an assessment of the internal / external environment, and the development and execution of a Global Workforce Diversity Strategy. Through this interaction, we will lead a company’s Workforce Diversity team in the initial staff work, and strategy development and execution. The desired outcome: to move a company from “spinning your wheels, politically correct behavior” to execution that reflects performance and leadership.
While at IBM, Ted held a variety of human resource assignments, including fifteen years of executive responsibility for global workforce diversity programs and policies. In addition, Ted served as Executive Assistant to Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks, Executive Director of the NAACP, on an IBM Social Service Leave from March 1982 to September 1983.
Ted is a graduate of West Virginia State University, a member of the board of directors and a past president of the University’s Foundation, and a member of the West Virginia State University National Alumni Association.
In December 1989, Ted was appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo to the New York State Governor’s Advisory Council on Child Care. In 1992, Ted was named co-chair of the National Council of Jewish Women’s Work Family Advisory Board, and was presented with their Founder’s Award for commitment to quality of life issues for American families.
In 1995, Ted was appointed as an official delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging. In 1996, Ted was invited by Vice President Albert Gore to serve on the eight person planning team for the 1996 Family Re-union “V” that the Vice President and Mrs. Gore hosted in Nashville, Tn. In 1997, Ted was named by Working Mother magazine as one of the 25 Men Friends of the Family who have made it easier for working parents to raise and nurture children. Also in 1997, U.S. Treasury Secretary, Robert E. Rubin appointed Ted as an advisor to the Secretary’s Working Group on Child Care to focus on best practices which address child care problems facing working parents.
In 1998, The National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies presented Ms. Joan Lombardi, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Senators Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch and Ted with its Lifetime Achievement Award. In March of 2000, Ted received the Diversity Awards 2000 for Excellence in Diversity in the Corporate Sector from Working Mother magazine. In 2002, Savoy magazine and the Women and Diversity Leadership Summit honored Ted with their Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2003, the Human Rights Campaign presented IBM and Ted with its Corporate Leadership Award. In 2004, The Families and Work Institute presented Ted with its Work/Life Legacy Award. In 2006, Ted received the Trailblazers in Diversity Award from the Chief Diversity Officer’s Forum, sponsored by Bennett College; and, Working Mother Media announced The Ted Childs WorkLife Excellence Award to be given annually to the individual who by their distinctive performance has contributed to the field of work life in the business community.
Ted is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC); The Families and Work Institute Board of Directors, and was installed as a Fellow in The National Academy of Human Resources in 2001. Ted has received Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degrees from Pace University (2001), West Virginia State University (2003), and Our Lady of the Elms College (2005). Ted holds life memberships in the NAACP, the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., The National Organization of Women (NOW), the Sierra Club, and the Bass Anglers Sportsmen Society.
Ms. Stacey Adams
Stacey Adams is Global Diversity Director for Rohm and Haas Company in Philadelphia, PA where she has responsibility for strategy development and implementation for the global diversity process. Ms. Adams has over 15 years of experience in the areas of Management Consulting, Change Management, Human Resources and Diversity. She has worked in numerous industries including manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, financial services and specialty chemicals. She has held positions of increasing responsibility with Accenture Consulting (formerly Andersen Consulting), First Union National Bank and GlaxoSmithKline. She also serves as a Board member of the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board. Ms. Adams holds a B.S in Business Management/Marketing from Widener University, a M.S in Human Organization Science from Villanova and is currently working on her PhD.
Mr. Reginald Van Lee
Mr. Van Lee is a Senior Vice President in the New York office of Booz Allen Hamilton where he leads the firm’s organization and change capabilities in global health public sector agencies and co leads the Not-For-Profit business. His expertise lies in how global organizations can build capabilities to make them resilient to any potential shocks to mission accomplishment and growth. He has worked extensively with private sector, public sector and NGO sector clients in the area of strategic transformation and high performance organizational design. His experiences range from redefining business models for global communications, media and technology companies to co-leading the Urban Enterprise Initiative with the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation in New York City focused on providing technical support to small businesses in Harlem, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Los Angeles to driving growth and mission accomplishment in not-for-profits like Habitat for Humanity, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and numerous foundations.
He has co-authored articles on the topic of strategy implementation and developed an innovative and integrated "tool kit" for management with techniques designed to help CEOs realize new strategies and institutionalize existing strategies. His article "Rewiring the Corporation" has appeared in The Journal of Business Strategy and Business Horizons. Mr. Van Lee has also appeared numerous times on ABC's "World News This Morning" television program and CNBC speaking on the topics of CEO tenures, corporate values and enterprise resilience.
Mr. Van Lee holds BS and MS degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also earned an MBA at the Harvard Business School. Mr. Van Lee is a member and supporter of many organizations and activities outside of Booz Allen Hamilton including the Executive Leadership Council, and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.
Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund; the Abyssinian Development Corporation; a member of MIT’s National Selection Committee; the New York International Ballet Competition, New York City Center for Charter School Excellence; chair of the Board of the EVIDENCE Dance Company; a Trustee and Treasurer of the Studio Museum in Harlem; and Chairman of the Corporate Advisory Board at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business. Mr. Van Lee was named one of the top 25 consultants in the world in "Consulting Magazine" in 2000 and recognized as one of New York’s Finest Philanthropists in 2002. In 2004, Mr. Van Lee received from New York University their C. Walter Nichols award for outstanding community service as well as the prestigious Spirit of Cabrini award by the Cabrini Mission Foundation. In 2005 Mr. Van Lee was awarded the Joseph Papp Racial Harmony Award from the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and in 2006 he was awarded the Black Engineer of the Year “Pioneer” Award.
Freda Campbell is an Assistant Vice President in the Global Diversity and Inclusion office at Credit Suisse. She has an extensive background in diversity that covers recruiting, retention, and work/life balance in the financial services and nonprofit arenas. In Freda's current role at Credit Suisse, she develops and implements the strategy for lateral recruiting and awareness in the Americas. She works with senior management to determine the strategic direction of recruiting efforts for the Diversity Advisory Councils, Diversity Advisory Board, and employee networks.
Freda is an avid supporter of philanthropic initiatives. In her spare time, she volunteers with organizations, such as Prep for Prep and Good Sheppard Services. Freda holds a BA in sociology from Georgia State University with a certification in Family and Community Services.
Other Confirmed Panelists:
- Nellie Borrero, Global Lead for Women’s Diversity - Accenture Consulting