Conference Speakers & Presenters

Conn Alumni

Sarah Carlson '94

Sarah Carlson '94

Founder & Artistic Director of DanceLink

Block 1: What Lies Within

Sarah danced professionally for 10 years in NYC with numerous companies including Alexandra Beller/Dances, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Clare Byrne Dance, Paul Mosley Dance and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. As an independent choreographer, her own work has been presented throughout the US at venues such as Gibney Dance in NYC, On the Boards in Seattle, and The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard as well as in Benin, Africa.

Liana Douillet Guzmán '05

Liana Douillet Guzmán '05

Chief Marketing Officer, Skillshare

Block 5: Out at Work

As CMO, Liana helps to set Skillshare’s long-term strategy and drives Skillshare’s growth and retention through brand, acquisition, communications, partnerships and sales. Prior to joining Skillshare, Liana spent 4 years at Blockchain, most recently as the company’s COO. Liana’s philanthropic work earned her a spot on the New York Observer’s “Top 20 Philanthropists under 40” list alongside Olivia Wilde, Zac Posen and Carmelo Anthony, among others. In her free time, she likes to explore Brooklyn and beyond with her wife and children.

Kim-An Hernandez '99

Kim-An Hernandez '99

Principal, Head of IT Global Resource Strategy and Controls, Vanguard

Block 5: Out at Work

Kim-An Hernandez ‘99 joined Vanguard in September 2018 as Head of Information Technology & Security Legal, and currently serves as Principal, Head of IT Global Resource Strategy and Controls (GRSC). Kim-An earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law, a Law and Business Certificate from Vanderbilt Owen School of Management, and her B.A. from Connecticut College where she was an NSCAA All-American and captain of both the Women’s Varsity soccer and lacrosse teams. Kim-An leads Vanguard’s US IT Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Team and is Officer co-lead of OPEN, Vanguard’s LGBTQIA+ Professional Engagement Network

André Robert Lee '93

André Robert Lee '93

Speaker, Director, Producer

Film Screening, Tuesday 7pm

André has taken a unique path from teaching in the NYC public school system, to graduate school, and then the Ford Foundation before finding his way to the entertainment business. André wrote, directed and produced the feature documentary The Prep School Negro (2012) which has had hundreds of screenings and workshops at high schools, colleges, universities, gatherings and conferences. He also produced the documentary feature I’m Not Racist…Am I? (2014).

Erica Lovett `14

Erica Lovett `14

Block 2: Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Cartier North America

DEI Professionals Roundtable

Well before Condé Nast Artistic Director Anna Wintour publicly admitted the media company's failures in elevating Black talent, its former director of inclusion and diversity, Erica Lovett, recognized that putting Black models on the pages of its imprints wasn't enough. With imprints like the New Yorker, Vogue, GQ, Glamour and Teen Vogue under the Condé Nast umbrella, Lovett made it her mission to foster strong diversity efforts and improve company culture across brands. She was recently appointed to a new role at Cartier North America.

Jonathan McBride '92

Jonathan McBride '92

Block 2: Advisor to Boards, CEOs, and Executives

DEI Professionals Roundtable

Jonathan McBride is the former global head of inclusion and diversity at BlackRock, a position he left in December 2019. He also served on the firm's operating committee and held other leadership roles. Prior to joining BlackRock, McBride was director of the Presidential Personnel Office in the White House, a role he was appointed to in July 2013. He joined the administration in August 2009 as a special assistant to the president and deputy director of the Presidential Personnel Office.

Shameesha Pryor `17

Shameesha Pryor `17

Law Student and Legal Aid Chicago

Film Screening, Tuesday 7pm

Shameesha Pryor '17 is a Posse alumna and was the first student at Conn to declare a major in Africana Studies. She minored in Human Development and earned the PICA certificate for her project, "Art as a New Approach to Juvenile Delinquency and Criminality." While Shameesha continues to pursue her Juris Doctors degree, she dedicated two years of service as an AmeriCorps member and leader. She currently works at Legal Aid Chicago, a non-profit organization that provides free legal assistance in civil cases to people living in Chicago and suburban Cook County.

Ivan Reynolds '17

Ivan Reynolds '17

MBA Student and Entrepreneur

Block 5: Out at Work

Ivan Reynolds ‘17, is a serial entrepreneur and curator of experiences with years of event production and leadership experience. His background includes work in the entertainment and hospitality industries, and higher education. He is an advocate of community support and collaboration, working to create solutions and share resources. He currently owns and operates a firm that does consumer product sourcing and business consulting for both domestic and international clients. In addition, he recently launched BLK Media, a media enterprise that documents and redefines the identities of BIPOC communities.

Noah Silverman '04

Noah Silverman '04

Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC)

Block 1: Interfaith Coalition Building

A proud Connecticut College alum, Noah J. Silverman also holds an MA in religious studies from New York University and has been involved in interfaith work for nearly two decades on three continents. In addition to his work with IFYC, Noah has served as the Associate Director of Multifaith Education at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City, and has worked for Religions for Peace at the United Nations, the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Barcelona, the Interfaith Encounter Association and the Seeds of Peace Center for Coexistence in Jerusalem, and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation in London.

Liza Talusan '97

Liza Talusan '97

Educator and Consultant

Block 2: DEI Professionals Roundtable

Dr. Liza (LIE-zuh) Talusan (TAH-loo-SUN) is an educator, speaker, leader, writer, life/leadership coach and parent. With over 22 years of experience in PreK-20 education, Liza is an engaging facilitator in conversations about diversity, anti-racism, bias, privilege and power and creates environments that allow for people to discuss these difficult topics openly. Through her direct work with organizational leaders, staff, students, teachers, and communities, Liza empowers individuals to create a more inclusive organization, environment, community and team.

Frank Tuitt '87

Frank Tuitt '87

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, University of Connecticut

Block 2: DEI Professionals Roundtable

Dr. Frank Tuitt, who has more than two decades of higher education administration experience, was named Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Connecticut in late July 2020. Dr. Tuitt had been a member of the University of Denver faculty since 2004 and was that school’s Chief Diversity Officer from 2015 to 2019.  From September 2019 to Summer 2020, he was a visiting scholar at the Echo Center for Diversity Policy at The Hague, Netherlands.

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