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2021 Speaker Line up

Richard Lopez

Richard is responsible fordeveloping and leading innovative global diversity and inclusion initiatives,programs and strategies. He provides consultation and subject matter expertiseto senior leaders and HR to drive leadership commitment to diversity goals. Hedesigns and implements diversity action plans, leadership training programs,and initiatives to foster an inclusive work culture. He is the global projectlead for Dell’s Be the Change initiative that focuses on engaging team membersthrough inclusion awareness and unconscious bias training.

Prior to this role, Richardmanaged Dell’s international expatriate program where he consulted HR andbusiness leaders on the policies, laws, and business procedures that impact aglobally mobile workforce.

Prior to working at Dell, Richardworked for Ernst & Young and has extensive experience in HR consulting,expatriate tax, and supplier management. He completed international assignmentsin London, England and Guadalajara, México. He received his BA degree ininternational business from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas and iscertified as a Global Mobility Specialist by Worldwide ERC, the Association forWorkforce Mobility.

Guisselle Nuñez

Guisselle takes her audience from revelation to results. For over a decade, she mastered her craft by teaching personal branding andmarketing to private/public sector audiences and as faculty for University ofPhoenix Silicon Valley.  Praise for her message and speaking style has comefrom the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Watermark, CREW Silicon Valley, Bankof America, NAWBO Silicon Valley, to name a few. 

The recipient of several awards and author of the book Take Charge of Your Brand, she is known and recognized as a dynamic,hands-on, and insightful personal brand expert who provides participants withbite-sized, quick and easy techniques to help them weave personal branding intotheir daily professional and personal actions. 

Her seasoned, marketing and personal branding skills havehelped thousands of professionals, with a large number being women, learn howto communicate their value, and advocate for themselves by building a strongpersonal brand.

Deniss Pleiner

Deniss Pleiner is a licensed therapist and mental healthadvocate.  She specializes in workingwith the Latinx Community-- particularly in supporting first and secondgeneration Latinx professionals in navigating bicultural identity, breakingtoxic generational patterns, and battling impostor syndrome.

Inside and outside of the therapy office, she coversmental health aspects that take into account our cultural experiences: fromfamily dynamics and generational trauma to boundary setting and work-lifebalance. She has developed workshops for professional agencies, nonprofits, andspoken at community panels.

She strongly believes that everyone has a right to freemental health information and education and dedicates her free time to creatingeducational mental health content on Instagram(@denisspleiner), YouTube (Therapy,Explained), and a podcast (My Therapist Friends).

Dr. Laura Quiros

Dr. Laura Quiros, Ph.D., LMSW advises, coaches, and trains boards of directors, executives, and other professionals across the corporate, professional services, higher education, and non-profit sectors to advance their DEI efforts. As an affiliate of Coston Consulting, she regularly works with clients to expand their racial literacy and help them communicate more openly about race and racism. She also helps clients identify, understand, and overcome issues that create a culture of organizational whiteness.

For the past 11 years, Dr. Quiros has served as an Associate Professor of Social Work at Adelphi University, where she teaches social work practice at the doctoral and master's levels. Her research and scholarly interests focus on the social construction of racial and ethnic identity and trauma informed care through a social justice lens. Dr. Quiros is a founding member of the advisory board for the Prospanica Center for Social Justice, which seeks “to improve our ability to have critical conversations about social justice issues as a diverse and multi-faceted community” of Latino professionals.

As a woman of color from a multicultural background, Dr. Quiros leverages her experiences, relationship building, and clinical skills to foster connections, inclusion, and empathic accountability. Having to negotiate her own identity required her to create safe spaces to survive and thrive and helped her develop tools that allow her to relate to various experiences that impact diverse groups.

Dr. Quiros earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Welfare from The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, where her dissertation focused on “The Social Construction of Racial and Ethnic Identity among Women of Color from Mixed Ancestry: Psychological Freedoms and Sociological.” She also earned a master’s degree in social work from Hunter College School of Social Work and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Skidmore College.

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