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Leading Diversity@Wharton: Fostering Belonging at Work

March 11, 2019

Monday, March 11 | 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM EDT
Room 350, Steinberg-Dietrich Hall

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Leading Diversity@Wharton – Fostering Belonging at Work: Insights from the Experts

Professor Stephanie Creary moderates a panel featuring:


Rebekah Bastian, VP of Culture and Community at Zillow:

Rebekah Bastian is Vice President of Community & Culture at Zillow Group, leading efforts around Equity & Belonging, Social Impact Products and Cultural Engagement. 

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Rebekah was one of Zillow’s first employees, coming over from Microsoft in 2005, and spent her first 12 years leading product development across many areas of the company.  Rebekah serves on the Board of Directors of Bellwether Housing and the Advisory Board for the University of Washington School of Mechanical Engineering. She is also an advisor to technology startups, a respected thought leader and community partner. She writes articles in multiple publications including Forbes.com and is a frequent speaker at conferences and community events. She has been recognized in the Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40, the Inman 33 People Changing the Real Estate Industry and the Female Founders Alliance Champion Awards.  Rebekah earned her Masters of Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington. 

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Samuel P. Lalanne, Senior Vice President, Global Diversity and Talent Management at Citi:

Sam Lalanne is a Senior Vice President of Citi’s Global Diversity and Talent Management team, an HR corporate center function. 

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Sam has been with Citi for 15 years, and is currently focused on enterprise-wide, data-driven talent and diversity strategies.  In this global role, Sam has oversight of metrics and analytics across the organization and partners closely with Talent & Diversity leads and Senior Human Resource Officers across Citi’s products and functions to identify a consistent approach to strategy, issue resolution, and program execution. Previously, Sam was the Business Risk & Strategy Senior Manager within the Office of the COO of Citi’s Private Bank focused on risk management and strategic initiatives in support and oversight of the North America region.  Responsibilities included leading several key client experience and business process projects that thematically aligned to issue/root cause remediation, automating manual processes, and innovation.  During Sam’s tenure at Citi Private Bank North America, he also held roles including Head of Fraud Management, Head of Group Information Security, and Head of Vendor Management.   Sam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. 

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Eric Solomon, Chief Marketing Office in Residence, Blackbird Global (former CMA at Bonobos)

Eric has had the great pleasure of working at the intersection of technology, human psychology, and brands for over 20 years.

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He has held leadership positions for some the top technology companies in the world including YouTube, Spotify, Google, and Instagram, and was the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for Bonobos, a digitally-native men’s apparel brand. Eric entered the business world through the doors of academia, earning his Ph.D. in psychology prior to running brand and creative strategy in award-winning advertising agencies. He is currently the CMO-in-Residence for Blackbird Global, a strategy and business innovation firm based in New York City. Eric is a sought-after speaker, writer, teacher, and mentor who is passionate about building and nurturing diverse, collaborative workplace cultures.  




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