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The Workplace Revolution: Why Inclusion and Belonging Are Critical to Your Company’s Success

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Dr. Linda Singh
Kaleidoscope Affect, CEO & Founder

With over 30 years of leadership, consulting, and systems integration experience, having served in various senior executive level positions, Dr. Linda Singh offers a blend of public and private sector experience that spans health, defense, state, and local government.
in 2010, doubling the size of the business.

As the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kaleidoscope Affect, LLC providing leadership and management consulting as well as strategic advisory services for a variety of public and private sector clients. Previously, Dr. Singh was the Interim Executive Director and CEO of TEDCO focused on investing and helping to grow early stage technology and life sciences companies to fuel economic development and growth. Prior to that she served as a Major General in the Maryland National Guard, dedicating more than 38 years of service. As the Adjutant General and a Cabinet Secretary she was responsible for the Maryland Military Department. As part of her military role she worked with senior level officials at ministerial and ambassador levels in Estonia and Bosnia developing country strategies under the Department of Defense State Partnership Program. Dr. Singh retired from Accenture in 2016, she was a Managing Director in the Health and Public Service North America Operating Unit where she served for 21 years.

John Estafanous
RallyBright, Founder and CEO

John Estafanous is the founder and CEO of RallyBright, a SaaS team development platform that helps business leaders improve team performance, dynamics and inclusion.

As a repeat founder with extensive digital transformation, marketing, and operations experience, John leverages his executive leadership and technology background to build solutions that drive business impact and are easy to use. Prior to founding RallyBright, John served as the Global Managing Director of the Digital practice at a leading Omnicom agency where he led global digital strategy, operations, product, and growth initiatives and grew the team from 100-400+ members and annual revenues from $27M to $100M+. Before that, John was CTO & President of Technology Services for WhittmanHart Interactive, a top 10 US digital agency which acquired his SaaS marketing software company and agency.

He believes that resilient, high-performing and inclusive teams can change the world.

Nassim Abdi
Storybolt, CEO & Co-founder

Nassim Abdi, PhD is the award-winning founder of StoryBolt, a corporate inclusion training company with a radically innovative and science-backed approach to inspiring empathy and building more inclusive workspaces. An educator, actor, storyteller, and inclusion evangelist, Nassim has adapted her decades of experience into training businesses how to model empathetic leadership and build inclusive workplace environments. Her novel active learning Mpathi™ methodology is trusted by many among Fortune 1000 companies.

McKeever (Mac) Conwell
RareBreed Ventures, Founder & Managing Director

McKeever “Mac” Conwell II is a software engineer by trade and was a former DOD contractor with a top-secret clearance. He was a two-time founder with an exit and a failure. Next Mac moved on to the venture capital world via the Maryland Technology Development Corporation as part of their Seed Investment Team.During his four years there, Mac amassed experience leading an initiative to create the Minority Business Pre-seed Fund, the first and only, at the time, state-backed pre-seed fund for women and minorities in the country. The program institutionalized the friends and family round for black-, women-, and minority-led startups and was subsequently funded long-term by the state of Maryland. In September 2020, Mac founded RareBreed VC, a pre-seed fund that invests in exceptional founders outside of large tech ecosystems.

Organizations and leaders everywhere are currently looking more closely at their business models and workplace cultures to address diversity, equity and inclusion. The concept of belonging, traditionally less emphasized than psychological safety, is getting renewed attention as recent research and scholarship point to its foundational importance in inclusive workplace cultures. Join local thought leaders and practitioners in the field as they discuss how inclusion activates diversity, why belonging is so critical to every successful workplace, and how leaders can be change agents for inclusive collaboration.