For years, companies have been asked to disclose data on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at the board or management levels. But while some companies have reported on diversity and even adopted goals, what progress have companies actually made on advancing DEI at all cohort levels, from the board down throughout the whole workforce? In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, learn how investors and corporates can raise the bar on advancing DEI to push for more disclosure and action to create change across the board.
Additional speakers to be announced.
Executive Director, Corporate Governance
Office of the New York City Comptroller
Yumi Narita joined the Office of the Comptroller’s Bureau of Asset Management (BAM) as the executive director of corporate governance in the Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment Unit in December 2019. The Comptroller serves as investment advisor, custodian, and a trustee to the New York City Pension Funds, which hold approximately $215 billion in assets (as of November 2019). In her role as executive director, Narita is responsible for developing and implementing active ownership programs for public equities, including voting proxies, engaging portfolio companies on their ESG policies and practices, and advocating for regulatory reforms to protect investors and strengthen investor rights. Narita has 16 years of experience in the ESG industry. Prior to BAM, Narita was the global head of corporate governance at Alliance Bernstein, and vice president on the BlackRock Stewardship team.
Director, Shareholder Advocacy
Trillium Asset Management
Brianna Murphy is Director of Shareholder Advocacy and joined Trillium in 2010. Her responsibilities include engaging companies on environmental, social, and governance issues and public policy advocacy. Prior to Trillium she was a Portfolio Administrator at US Bank in Trust Services.
Managing Director and Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer
Kara Helander is managing director and chief inclusion and diversity officer at The Carlyle Group. Prior to joining Carlyle, she was a managing director at BlackRock, where she led the firm’s global inclusion and diversity and philanthropy initiatives. She also consulted with organizations to develop corporate social responsibility and diversity strategies.
Helander founded the Science of Diversity and Inclusion (SODI), a coalition of top companies and behavioral scientists working to design and test new approaches to accelerate diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. She also led CSR at Barclay’s Global Investors (BGI). Prior to BGI, she launched and led the Western Region for Catalyst in Silicon Valley.
Nandini supports companies in the Financial Services industry in integrating ESG considerations and sustainability more broadly into their business strategies, asset classes, and products and services. Most recently, Nandini was seconded to KKR to support their Responsible Investment Program implementation.
Previously, Nandini worked with the global professional services firm EY LLP on its climate change and sustainability services practice, leading its social and human rights engagements in the Americas. She speaks French, Italian, Kannada, and Hindi fluently.
Nandini has a M.A. in International Affairs from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).
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