The Business Imperative of DEI&B: The Key to Continued Innovation

Webinar Replay

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) are critical to driving innovation and growth, as well as the long-term success of our company. As companies continue to leverage digital transformation to gain a competitive advantage and market share, diverse voices are necessary for continued innovation.

With diversity comes smarter and more creative ideas, better performance, and the added potential to appeal to a broader market. But diversity cannot be sustained without equity, inclusion, and belonging — they all work together to create a culture where every single person can thrive at work. 

In this webinar replay, Join Brian K. Reaves, UKG’s Chief Belonging, Diversity and Equity Officer, and Sue Collard, UKG’s Sr. Director of Strategy & Operations for Belonging, Diversity & Equity, for a virtual fireside chat where they discuss the business imperative around DEIB and the role each of us plays in creating an environment that sets a company and its customers up for future success.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify the ways in which increased diversity benefits a business
  • Understand the interdependencies of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
  • Gain insight into the actions you can take today to create a culture where everyone can bring their true selves to work

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About the Speakers:

Brian K. Reaves | Chief Belonging, Diversity, and Equity Officer | UKG

As Chief Belonging, Diversity, and Equity Officer at UKG, Brian leads the company’s global belonging, diversity, and equity efforts so all people can thrive in their careers. A software engineer by trade, Brian brings an “engineering mindset” to UKG along with more than 30 years of advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) within the tech industry.

He most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Dell Technologies. Prior to Dell, Brian spent eight years at SAP, serving as head of Diversity and Inclusion for the Office of the CEO, and as global head of products and innovations for SAP d.Studio next generation technology team. He has held senior executive software development and management roles across industries and in tech sectors such as, cloud computing, supply chain, healthcare, finance, telecommunications, and utilities. He began his career as a software developer at the Xerox Corporation.

Brian is a recognized thought leader on several DE&I topics including strategies to innovatively engage and expand diverse talent pools as well as how to directly correlate DE&I initiatives with positive business outcomes. 

Brian’s passions include design thinking, international travel, and professional/amateur sports. Brian holds a B.S. in Mathematics/Computer Science from UCLA and resides with his wife in Austin, TX. 

Sue Collard | Sr. Director Strategy & Operations for Belonging, Diversity & Equity | UKG

Sue is a seasoned marketing professional and leader in the Diversity, Equity, and inclusion (DE&I) space. Over the last 25+ years, she has held senior management positions in DE&I operations and strategy as well as in marketing and talent development. These roles span various industries within start-ups, Fortune 500 companies and ad agencies.  Sue’s combination of business and DE&I experience allow her to bring business acumen, innovation and a people mindset when developing DE&I strategies and programs supporting ALL to rise.

Sue’s current role at Ultimate Kronos Group is focused on establishing DE&I as a business imperative that will drive impactful business outcomes and align with the values of our global customers and partners. Sue is focused on driving operational excellence and leading strategic programs including the buildout of the Belonging, Diversity and Equity operational framework and processes, foundational learning curriculum, sales enablement/customer engagement programs and ambassador program. 

Before joining Ultimate Kronos Group, Sue led field marketing for the data storage start-up, EqualLogic, before it was acquired by Dell Technologies in 2008. During Sue’s 16 years at Dell Technologies, she held various positions in marketing, talent, and diversity and inclusion.  Sue works from her remote office just outside of Portland, Maine when she is not travelling to Ultimate Kronos Group’s global sites or conferences.  

Sue holds a BS in Marketing from Bentley University.  She resides in Ocean Park, Maine and is passionate about the environment, children in need, nutrition/fitness, travelling and helping others to grow and thrive as their authentic selves.  

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