2022 Arizona Women in Leadership Symposium
March 30, 2022
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (MT)
Paragon of Womanhood: Restoration, Reintegration, and Reemergence
This year’s symposium will explore the ways women can reintegrate, restore and reemerge. With a renewed drive and focus on redefining womanhood, women are adapting and becoming flexible to changing tides in work structure, pay equity and interpersonal relationships. As we embark on two decades of progress, the Women in Leadership Symposium highlights the legacy of excellence and advocacy for women’s equality in workplaces and communities.
Danielle Crop is the Senior Vice President and Chief Data Officer at Albertsons and is responsible for building and executing a world-class central data strategy that delivers benefits for the customer regardless of whether they shop in store or on the company’s digital platforms. Her work uses machine learning and advanced data science capabilities to enhance performance across Albertson’s businesses and markets. Prior to Albertsons, as Chief Data Officer for American Express, Danielle was responsible for realizing the potential of American Express data assets to create the world’s best customer experience. She built upon the data-driven success of American Express and furthered the company’s focus on data strategy, management, and governance across the Enterprise. In this role, she led multidisciplinary and globally dispersed teams that were responsible for the data products, platforms that create, manage, govern, store, and share American Express data assets. This includes big data, AI/ML and core analytics platforms, digital and data platforms and frameworks, system of record for customer relationships (C360), APIs for Third Party Integrations, AMEX for Developers portal, and products that support customer experiences and regulatory requirements (i.e. Open Banking, Privacy). Throughout Danielle’s career she has held a series of multi-market roles within the areas of fraud risk management, merchant and cardmember demographics, payment and network data, and global digital products for new cardmember acquisition. Danielle has a strong background in analytics, data management, modeling, digital experimentation, as well as scaled agile digital transformation and product management. Danielle holds both a Bachelor of Applied Science in Quantitative Terrestrial Ecology and a Master of Science in Statistics from Oregon State University. Danielle lives in Phoenix with her husband Chris and their daughter Anna. Ask Danielle about reading, gardening, her favorite TED Talk or Wes Anderson movies.
Ning Duong is the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Credit Union West. Founded in 1951, Credit Union West is a full service financial institution in Arizona with 200 employees and a growing membership of over 80,000. Its current asset size is just over $1 billion. With more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, Duong became COO of Credit Union West in 2021. She previously served as Chief Retail Officer for San Francisco Federal Credit Union in California. During the earlier stages of COVID-19 vaccine availability, she provided consulting services to support the California Department of Public Health with information distribution. Her background and knowledge in contact centers helped with establishing call centers to answer questions and provide education for Californians and medical providers. Over the years, she has been an integral part of the credit union movement, focused on people helping people. Born to immigrant parents and raised in the projects, she experienced firsthand what it was like to grow up poor with limited access to financial resources. This is what makes her so passionate about giving back to the community through volunteerism and providing financial education to low income families and youth. She is also dedicated to educating and promoting diversity, inclusion and belonging in the workplace. Ning Duong holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University and earned her Diversity and Inclusion certificate from Cornell University. Raised in Sacramento, California, she now resides in Peoria, Arizona where she lives with her husband, Bao and daughter Lily. Duong and her husband also have two older children Andrew and Madison, both college students living in Sacramento, California. During her free time, she enjoys exploring all the beauty Arizona has to offer and trying out new restaurants.
Linda brings extensive experience leading people strategy in fast-growing, high-performance organizations with a passion for employee engagement and enablement. With expertise in Talent Management, Succession, Learning & Development, Linda defines success as getting the right talent in the right place at the right time in all areas of the business. Her background includes HR leadership roles at GT Advanced Technologies and United Rentals. Linda was named to the 2020 Phoenix Business Journal Outstanding Women in Business. Linda has a bachelor's degree in Business Management.
Jessica founded Career Connectors in 2009 after the economy had a personal impact on her family. Originally started as a small volunteer group to help write resumes, it quickly turned into a larger organization helping people get back to work. She is now the CEO of Career Connectors as well as a known speaker, hiring professional and career transition expert. Career Connectors has now served over 43,000 people in the Phoenix area and is the #5 networking group from the Phoenix Business Journal. Jessica has spoken at The White House in the Forum on Job Clubs in the United States. She has also been named as one of Phoenix’s 40 Under Forty and an award recipient of the Arizona Foothill’s Women Who Move the Valley. Jessica has been featured in the Arizona Republic, on NBC Channel 12, ABC Channel 15, AZ Channel 3 and more. Jessica is also a Church Hiring Strategist and runs a hiring firm to support churches throughout the United States. Jessica has 3 amazing kids and a wonderful husband. Connect with them on social media, and you’ll see that they never really take themselves too seriously - You can often hear them say “Living the Dream”!
Veronica Delgado is a Senior Global Business Leader with expertise in Human Resources, corporate transformation and nonprofit Boards of Directors. She brings deep experience in total rewards strategy, organizational effectiveness, diversity & inclusion initiatives, talent acquisition and management, and mergers & acquisitions/divestitures. At Centuri Group, Inc., a construction firm with 10,000 employees and $2.5 billion in revenue, providing infrastructure solutions to gas and electric providers across the U.S. and Canada, Veronica is Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer/Chief Diversity Officer. She was recruited to the newly created position to create diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) initiatives as part of the Executive Leadership Team and to oversee all HR functions. This follows Veronica’s time as Advisory Officer/Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Workforce Development & Facilities Administration at Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., a privately held company providing products and services to owners and operators of business jets for corporate and personal air travel. She led the People function for a $2+ billion business across 14 countries with more than 2,000 employees and was responsible for global internal communications and facilities. Earlier, Veronica was Principal Officer/Vice President, Human Resources at Aquinas Management Services, a privately held commercial construction organization. As Group Head, Global Talent Management for Air Liquide, which supplies industrial gases and services to various industries, including medical, chemical and electronic manufacturers, Veronica was recruited to lead the new function to drive HR People Development & Succession Planning for 1,5oo high-potentials in various plants and corporate functions, and 800 technical experts globally. Working in Paris, France, she managed a multicultural team (French, Austrian, Scottish, Turkish, Russian, Croatian) of six in France and five others in Italy and the U.S. Prior to this, Veronica was with Kellogg, Brown & Root – Halliburton, a global engineering, construction and services company supporting the energy, petrochemical, government services and civil infrastructures sectors. She quickly rose to the position of Director, Global Talent Management, when she managed a global team in Iraq, Australia, Great Britain, Indonesia, Mexico and the U.S., overseeing performance management, talent acquisition, and learning & development systems and processes for approximately 2,000 employees. She also managed the corporate university and colleges with curriculum of 200+ leadership, technical and non-technical courses, and served as a liaison with Texas A&M University for executive classes. Earlier in her career, Veronica was Human Resources & Operational Internal Consultant for MD Anderson Cancer Center, Manager of Organizational Design and Compensation for The Shaw Group, Compensation and Benefits Manager for EATEL, and HR Generalist for ExxonMobil. She also has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston, Rice University and the University of Texas Nursing school. Veronica brings extensive Board experience, having served as a Member of the Board of Directors of Dream Soar, Junior Achievement Baton Rouge and HR Houston and its Compensation Committee, as well as a Member of the Executive Board of Capital Area United Way of Baton Rouge and Family Services of Baton Rouge. She has completed training for Executive Board Members through the Directors Academy. Veronica earned an Executive Master of Business Administration at Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (with a focus on Industrial Psychology/Business Administration) from Iowa State University, and completed the International High Potential Program for Air Liquide at the London School of Business. She is certified by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and by WorldatWork as a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and a Global Remuneration Professional (GRP). She is a National Member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), SHRM and WorldatWork, and a Member of Construction People Executive Group (CPEG). She is a Founding Member of Vistage Houston CHRO Executive Key Group. She was named one of the Top 20 Business Women for Texas by the National Diversity Council in 2015.
Krystal Bird serves as the Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships in Arizona State University’s Business and Finance division. Arizona State University has been ranked #1 in innovation for the past six years and is one of our nation’s largest Universities. Krystal helps to oversee a wide portfolio of operations including Campus Stores, Print Services, Pouring Rights, Campus Vending, and other strategic initiatives. Krystal is also deeply involved with social justice initiatives within the University. Prior to joining Arizona State University, Krystal worked within the Healthcare industry at Kaiser Permanente Colorado in their Strategy Management division. She was responsible for the portfolio scorecard and development of internal strategies and execution plans within healthcare initiatives that included the opening of new service lines. Krystal has had experience in various industries including higher education, healthcare, engine testing and development, mining, law enforcement, laboratory, and property management. She is passionate about effective servant leadership, justice, equity, and diversity.
Kristin Rodney (she/her) serves as the Head of Belonging D&I at PetSmart, where she facilitates conversations that support the belonging program and partnerships that drive diversity and inclusion initiatives across the organization. A Howard University alumna, Kristin is committed to having courageous conversations and has supported strategy and execution for various global retail brands, not limited to Adidas and Cole Haan.
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