2021 Michigan Women in Leadership Symposium
March 30, 2021
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (ET)
Onward and Upward: The Era Of The Empowered Woman
With the turn of events in the year 2020, women of all backgrounds have experienced what it means to be resilient, adaptable, and forward thinking. We observed women taking on challenging situations that affect their personal and professional lives with innovation, flexibility, and strength. This year’s symposium will explore the ways women can empower themselves and one another to conquer new norms throughout the journey of life.
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Angeles Valenciano serves as chief executive officer of the National Diversity Council (NDC), becoming the first female CEO of this major nonprofit. In this role, she will continue to advance the NDC’s mission of fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She will also focus on strengthening partnerships with businesses, academia and the community at large. Ms. Valenciano is a seasoned strategist with more than 20 years of experience in human resources, primarily focused on diversity, organizational change, and development. She was previously president of the Healthcare Diversity Council and executive vice president of the NDC. In the latter role, she oversaw the growth of several national markets, including California, Colorado and Arizona. In addition, she also served as vice president of business development for the Texas Diversity Council (TXDC), one of the NDC state councils. Ms. Valenciano was the TXDC’s first executive director with responsibility over operations and policy implementation as adopted by the Board of Directors. She directed the agendas of the regional diversity council’s advisory boards in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston. Under her leadership, the annual Women in Leadership Symposium was created and is now a national and global event held in more than twelve states and several countries including England, Mexico, Canada and most recently United Arab Emirates. Formerly, Ms. Valenciano was the director of diversity and inclusion for 84 Lumber Company. She provided leadership and direction for the infrastructure, design, formulation, implementation and execution of the organization’s overall diversity strategy, which included external communications, public relations, and community engagement. She was also responsible for ensuring the efficacy of these business practices, processes, and procedures. Ms. Valenciano’s role was carried out in the company’s business expansion into Mexico and Canada. As an assistant vice president and officer at JPMorgan, she served in the capacity of leadership development consultant in Credit Card Services and Organizational Development, and consultant to Customer Services’ clients. Ms. Valenciano also managed the strategic direction and execution of organizational-wide development processes as well as diversity programs and initiatives. She served as subject matter expert on global diversity, overseeing the company’s initiatives in various countries. Active in charitable and civic affairs, Ms. Valenciano is a graduate of the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de San Luis Potosí located in the City of San Luis Potosí in Mexico with a degree in business and computer information systems. She holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certificate from University of Villanova. She has completed various leadership and professional development programs across the country and abroad. Ms. Valenciano is fluent in English and Spanish. She serves on the board of the Science, Engineering and Technology at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. She is a strong advocate and chairs several committees for people with disabilities in the workplace. She is a proud ally to the LGBT community and is active with several chambers of commerce across the country. Ms. Valenciano lives in San Antonio, TX, with her sons.
Dr. Carladenise Armbrister Edwards, Henry Ford Health System’s executive vice president and chief strategy officer provides executive counsel and leadership for the system’s strategic planning efforts and partnership ventures, business development and transformation initiatives, government affairs, as well as Henry Ford Innovations, the health system’s multi-disciplinary team responsible for product design and commercialization, technology transfer, licensing agreements and international programs. Dr. Edwards is an accomplished healthcare executive with nearly three decades of healthcare, nonprofit and government experience. Prior to Henry Ford, she was executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Providence St. Joseph Health, a $24 billion Catholic health system headquartered in Renton, WA, comprising 51 hospitals and 800+ clinics across seven states. Before that, she served as chief administrative officer for Providence Health & Services’ Population Health division and was instrumental in the 2016 merger with St. Joseph Health. Additional executive leadership roles include chief strategy officer for Alameda Health System in Oakland, CA, where she facilitated the expansion and rebranding of the integrated public health system with a mission of caring, healing, teaching and serving all. An expert in the intersection of healthcare and technology, Dr. Edwards also served as founding president and CEO of a nonprofit corporation, which governed California’s electronic Health Information Exchange, held technology based leadership roles in Georgia’s Department of Community Health, and advised healthcare, technology and nonprofit clients as principal advisor and CEO with a Florida based consulting firm. Rooted in a strong commitment to service, Dr. Edwards serves on several boards, including the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing, Seattle-based College Success Foundation, Heluna Health, a not-for-profit population health company headquartered in California, and Apatics, Inc. She has a Ph.D. in Medical Sociology from the University of Florida, a master’s degree in Education and Psychological Services and bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Edwards also studied neuroscience at the University of Leuven in Belgium and gerontology at the University of California Los Angeles.
As a shareholder in the Corporate and Employment practice group, Ms. Brown looks for ways that the law can build business and protect people. She applies these same principles to her own firm, where she serves as a member of the Executive Committee. Having worked first on behalf of employees and now primarily on behalf of employers, she is dedicated to helping employers create welcoming and inclusive workplaces where people and businesses can be most successful. While she enjoys many aspects of her work, Ms. Brown especially enjoys facilitating management training sessions, driven by company mission and vision, to help clients create purposeful plans and policies that lead to enduring business outcomes. Ms. Brown appreciates the depth of her firm’s practice groups, which empower her work in employment law, with partners who specialize in all aspects of the business process. Ms. Brown’s expertise in employment law spans topics including diversity and inclusion, hiring and termination, discrimination and harassment, management and executive training, and advice and counsel on best practices. She serves a variety of industries with a focus on the people behind a business, offering valuable strategies on which decisions will empower a business to transcend momentary challenges and achieve long-term success. With several awards to her credit, Ms. Brown has been included in Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2020, was named the 2018 Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer by the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section, was recognized among Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2016 Up and Coming Lawyers, and has been named a Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2014 to 2020. She has also led the Oakland County Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, as Chair from 2019-2021, though which the organization has developed an Anti-Racism Statement and partnered with professionals to enhance and lead conversations that will have a meaningful impacts on our legal and larger Detroit-Metro communities. Before becoming an attorney, Katie Brown was a documentarian filmmaker with Discovery Health, the History Channel and National Geographic, and personally driven to share stories about the universal experiences of life. Before settling in Michigan, Ms. Brown lived in Colorado, West Virginia and New York, earning degrees from Washington & Lee University in Virginia. The mother of two young daughters, and wife to an attorney she met in law school, Ms. Brown lives with her family in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Zahira (Zah) Gonzalvo is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer (CISO) since 2018 for Flagstar Bank, a $31 billion assets bank and top 10 mortgage originator in the country, where she leads the cyber security, technology risk, data protection and privacy strategy and execution for the Bank. Zah also co-led the early C19 response effort for the Bank and continues to be part of the crisis leadership team. Prior to her CISO role, Zah was the Head of Enterprise Risk Management and Operational Risk teams since 2013 when she joined Flagstar Bank. Zah was the Strategy Leader for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Bank since its inception in 2016 until December 2018. Flagstar won the Diversity and Inclusion award from the Mortgage Bankers Association in 2017 under her leadership. She remains a member of the Flagstar DEI Executive Advisory Council. Prior to Flagstar, Zah was Operational Risk Director for Ally Financial. Over the course of her 27 years career, she’s worked in different supervisory roles in audit, risk, compliance and technology for Ally Financial, GMAC, General Motors, Kmart Corp, Arthur Andersen, and Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, where she started her career. Zah graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelors in Business Administration and a dual degree in Accounting, and Management Information Systems. She also graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Masters of Science in IT Management and Information Security, while working full-time, married and with three small children. Currently, Zah serves as a board member of the Flagstar Foundation, the McLaren Hospital Oakland Foundation, the American Lung Association of the Midwest, and it’s part of the governing body of the Detroit Chief Information Security Officers Community Gartner/Evanta group. She is also a mentor for women in cybersecurity through the Women’s Security Alliance (WomSA).
Grace Lee is the CEO/President of Ashford Connex, LLC., a world leading workforce solutions and organization development innovator. Prior to founding Ashford Connex, Grace was a co-founder and CFO of Logic Solutions, Inc., a global web technology company that provides technology solutions and services. Grace Lee has over 20 years of experience in both corporate/public accounting and human resources. As CFO of Logic Solutions, she overseed Logic accounting/finance, human resources, compliance and legal functions and evaluate M& A potentials. Besides running a successful business, Grace is a passionate advocate of diversity and entrepreneurship. She is currently serving as a Commissioner for White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She also serves as the Vice Chair at Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission and the board of Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (National ACE). She served as Chair of the Board of Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC), Board of Directors on Michigan Minority of Supplier Development Council, Foreign Direct Investment Committee, Spark, Accounting/Finance Advisory Board, College of Business, Eastern Michigan University, and DTE Supplier Diversity Advisory Council. She also served as the Treasurer for MIT Enterprise Forum of the Great Lakes Chapter, Vice President/Treasurer of Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship (ACE). She received the MIT Enterprise Forum Excellence Award in 2012 as well as the Diversity award from Corp! Magazine in 2008, Alumni of the Year for College of Business, Eastern Michigan University, 2017. Grace Lee holds a BA in Economics from UCLA and a Master’s in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University.
Darlene King began her career with the Michigan Diversity Council-MIDC, a division of the National Diversity Council, in 2015. As the executive director, her charge is working with corporations and organizations in developing diversity and inclusion initiatives, programs, processes, and procedures. She also oversees the growth of the council in the area of business development throughout the entire state of Michigan. Prior to her tenure with the MIDC, she held the role of director of events, consultant services, training and development for all 34 school districts under the Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency for over 10 years. Her territory covered implementation and execution of all workshops and conference as well as maintaining CEU’s for teachers and administrators within Wayne County MI. She managed more than 60 consultants as well as county-wide, signature events such as the Teacher Job Fair, County K-12 Art Fair and the Cultural Collaborative for Learning. Darlene was also an inaugural member of the Diversity Strategic Planning Committee, which rolled out a county-wide diversity plan for all districts. Darlene’s background is widespread. She spent six years as a national concert promoter, traveling around the world with some of today’s most popular artists in the industry. She has produced and promoted shows at every concert venue in Detroit and beyond. In 2008, she launched her consulting company, Life’s Journey Training and Consulting. Competing in today's global market, Life’s Journey offers services in industries ranging from education to automotive, medical, non-profits and manufacturing. Its area of expertise consists of diversity and inclusion, leadership development, marketing, and public relations. Life’s Journey has provided service deliverables to Wayne County Head Start Programs, Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, The Order of the Fisherman, The Detroit Medical Center, Revival Home Health Care, RTM Music Group, Real Times Media, Stonecrest Behavioral Health, Detroit Area Agency on Aging, Universal Studios, Detroit Community Schools, MASCO Corporation, Diversity Lansing and many more. Darlene is a native of Michigan and enjoys spending time with her family, nephews and niece. She says her faith in God, family, passion for people and her love of traveling and gardening are the drivers which keep her on a Life’s Journey. Darlene has a passion for people and earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations and marketing from Wayne State University in Detroit. She has been operating in this capacity as well as in education and organizational development for 25 years. Darlene earned her National Certification as a Certified Diversity and Inclusion Professional in 2018.
Joneigh S. Khaldun, MD, MPH, FACEP is the Chief Medical Executive for the State of Michigan and Chief Deputy Director for Health in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). In these roles, she provides overall medical guidance for the State of Michigan as a cabinet member of the Governor, and oversees public health and aging programs, Medicaid, and behavioral health for MDHHS. Prior to her role at MDHHS, she was the Director and Health Officer for the Detroit Health Department, where she oversaw a robust community health assessment, established a comprehensive reproductive health network, spear-headed new human service efforts, and led Detroit’s response to the largest Hepatitis A outbreak in modern U.S. history. Previously, Dr. Khaldun was the Baltimore City Health Department’s Chief Medical Officer, where she led their efforts to address the opioid epidemic and expanded and modernized the department’s multiple clinical services and laboratory. She has held previous positions as the Director of the Center for Injury Prevention and Control at George Washington University, Founder and Director of the Fellowship in Health Policy in the University of Maryland Department of Emergency Medicine, and Fellow in the Obama administration’s Office of Health Reform in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She currently serves on the National Advisory Board for the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at the University of Michigan, the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit, and on the Health and Medicine Committee of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. Khaldun has received numerous awards including the 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health Award by the National Minority Quality Forum, the deBeaumont Foundation 40 Under 40 Leaders in Public Health Award, and the George Washington University Dean’s 950 Award. In 2020, she was named a Notable Woman in Health and Newsmaker of the Year by Crain’s Detroit. Dr. Khaldun obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, MPH in Health Policy from George Washington University, and completed residency in emergency medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center/Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, where was elected chief resident in her final year. She practices emergency medicine part time at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
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