Keynote Speakers

Liz Wessel


Liz Wessel is the Co-Founder & CEO of WayUp, the go-to platform used by 6 million early-career professionals to get hired and by thousands of employers to recruit qualified, diverse early-career candidates. Liz has been featured in Forbes 30U30, the “18 Coolest Women in Silicon Valley” by Business Insider and NY Business Journal’s “Most Influential Women.” Liz has also been a speaker at TEDx, TechCrunch Disrupt, SXSW, and more. Before WayUp, Liz worked in marketing at Google in Mountain View and India.
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July 20, 2021 12:00 PM EST | The truth behind hiring a more diverse entry-level workforce
Every employer says they want to recruit a more diverse entry-level workforce, yet so many companies continue to miss their goals. Liz Wessel, the CEO and Co-Founder of WayUp (a platform used by 6M+ early career candidates and thousands of employers) will share her company's findings, along with what the future of recruiting should look like for companies who want to hire in a more equitable way. This presentation will be backed by millions of data points that WayUp has reviewed, as Liz presents the key reasons why companies who achieve their D&I hiring goals do so, and why those who don't, don't. And while companies love to claim it's due to sourcing channels, spoiler alert: very often, it's not. Tune in for Liz Wessel's Keynote on "The truth behind hiring a more diverse entry-level workforce" on July 20th at 12pm ET to learn more.


Dr. Todd Jenkins
Bowtie Leadership and Development, Inc.

Dr. Jenkins is the Founder and CEO of Bowtie Leadership and Development, Inc., a global leadership management training and coaching firm with a focus on bringing diverse people together to increase individual or organizational productivity and performance. Dr. Jenkins has more than ten years of experience as a senior partner and chief diversity executive, trainer, and strategist. His portfolio includes clients from various non-profits, small businesses, colleges and universities, and large corporations such as Walmart Inc., Verizon, Coca-Cola Inc, Tyson Foods, Inc., Deloitte, Inc, Black Hills Energy Inc., CNN, Facebook, IBM, American Airlines, Amazon, Google, and Starbucks to name a few. Also, as another "first," he serves in the newly created senior role to lead a formal Diversity and Inclusion initiative at with a fortune 100 company. Throughout his consulting firm and keynotes, he has spoken to large crowds with over 30, 000 people in Korea and multiple engagements across the globe in South America, North America, Asia, and Europe. Bowtie Leadership and Development senior partners and the team has a combined 65 years of experience in leadership development, diversity and inclusion, human resources, and training and development.

Dr. Jenkins is a proud alumnus of The University of South Carolina, where he graduated with high honors and received two undergraduate degrees, his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. He earned his Master of Science from Illinois State University and a doctorate from the University of Arkansas. Currently, he is a faculty member at Executive Institute on Inclusion and completing his post-doctorate studies focus on "Biases and Inclusion in the Workplace" at Harvard University. Throughout his professional career, Dr. Jenkins serves on multiple boards in his local community, colleges and universities, and internationally through global organizations such as Rotary International.

In January 2020, Dr. Jenkins received recognition as a Top 25 Influencer in Business, along with names such as Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart, state senators, and prestigious business leaders by Arkansas Money and Politics Magazine. In 2019, he was selected as one of the Top 100 Diversity and Inclusion Executives under 50 by DiversityMBA Global magazine, "40 under 40" by Arkansas Business Journal, Top 12 of Ones to Watch by Celebrate Magazine in 2017, the Rodney Momon Award recipient, Paul Harris Fellow, and included in the "30 under 30" 2016 list of Top Minority-Owned Businesses. He has been featured and contributed to several research articles, podcasts, and book chapters around building inclusion and engagement within organizations and communities.

Today he is known as Dr. "Bowtie Todd," an inspirational educator, trainer, consultant, motivational speaker, and life coach. He is a proud husband, author, servant leader, educator, and conversationalist who believes in his philosophy "bowtie" it all together, serve and simply be a gift unto the world!

July 21, 2021 12:30 PM EST | Moving from Diversity to Inclusion

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