2019-Friday, February 8 – “Creating a More Diverse and Inclusive Organization”

Triangle CHRO Association

Friday, February 8th, 2019
from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT) – Durham, NC

Location: RTI International , Horizon Building, 3040 E. Cornwallis Road, Durham, NC 27709


Creating a More Diverse and Inclusive Organization

For the last several years, RTI International has embarked on a journey to create a more diverse and inclusive organization. During this meeting, there will be a brief presentation of RTI’s approach, and a panel discussion with several RTI staff members sharing details about their inclusion journey. This includes the creation of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to encourage more honest and insightful exchanges about what active inclusion really looks like, and how RTI is tracking their progress to create a more inclusive culture. They will share what has worked and what hasn’t, as well as lessons learned. They will also welcome discussion and stories from our attending members.

About Our Speakers

Kristina Brunelle, Director, Organizational Development and Lead, Diversity & Inclusion Council, RTI International 

Krista BrunelleKristina Brunelle is a Talent Development Consultant, Executive Coach and Master Facilitator with over 20 years of global experience in diversity & inclusion, executive coaching, and organizational development. She specializes in developing effective leaders, and helping organizations unleash the potential of their employees to achieve ambitious goals.

Kristina’s consulting, coaching, leadership and diversity & inclusion experiences include working with global companies such as RTI, Red Hat, Vistaprint, the Forum Corporation, Ameriprise, Irving Oil, Archstone, Novell, and Cambridge Technology Partners. She is also a fluent Spanish speaker and has delivered programs in Spain, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Venezuela, Brazil, Sweden, the Netherlands, the UK, Germany, Canada, Jamaica, Australia, China, India & Indonesia.

Kristina holds a Master’s from Harvard University and a BA from Tufts University as well as a Masters Coaching Certification from William James College (formerly The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology); New England’s only accredited graduate school program in executive coaching.

Bucky Fairfax, Senior Vice President, Strategic Talent Management

Bucky FairfaxMr. Fairfax is a recognized HR leader in international HR and emerging markets with over 20 years of progressive experience as a global human resources leader. He currently serves as the Senior Vice President, Strategic Talent Management at RTI International overseeing Global Talent Acquisition, Organizational Development and Learning, Talent Analytics, Performance Management, and Diversity and Inclusion. His previous positions at RTI include Vice President and Senior HR Business Partner and Vice President for HR and International Offices. He has also held HR leadership and key positions at Conservation International and ChildFund International.

Mr. Fairfax holds a BA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University, an MBA from Averett University, a certificate for Advanced HR Executive from the University of Michigan, is a Senior Certified Professional with the Society of Human Resources Management, and is an executive member for Humentum. Mr. Fairfax is also a doctoral candidate in business at Temple University.

Triangle CHRO Association Board of Directors:

Christiaan Heijmen, Director, Triangle CHRO Association
Jason Kranack, Square 1 Bank
Jenn Mann, SAS
Lisa May, RTI International
Donna Rhode, Director, Triangle CHRO Association
Michelle Strader, Zaloni
Ron Tomaszewski, Butterball
Lisa van Capelle, Syneos Health

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