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309 Why Inclusion Remains Imperative in the Evolving DEI Landscape

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM ET
Tuesday, December 5

In recent years, the momentum for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives has grown substantially within organizations. However, with recent Supreme Court rulings, many companies find their DEI programs losing steam. However, DEI extends beyond just looking good, it holds a crucial significance in the recruitment and preservation of a skilled workforce. In reality, a substantial 81% of potential applicants assess a company’s position on DEI through its website prior to applying. 

We’ll discuss how prioritizing DEI isn’t just about compliance or reputation management; it’s also a strategic move for talent attraction and retention. Creating an inclusive culture fosters healthier workplaces and communities, leading to increased productivity, innovation, and employee satisfaction. Join us for a discussion moderated by Skillsoft’s Asha Palmer, SVP Compliance Solutions, where we delve into these pressing issues, providing practical insights and strategies to strengthen your organization’s DEI initiatives. 

Attendees will learn:  

  • The impact of recent regulatory changes on corporate DEI initiatives  
  • About renewed importance for maintaining corporate DEI initiative 
  • How DEI initiatives contribute to a diverse and powerful talent pipeline

Asha Palmer (Host)

SVP Compliance Solutions


Rich Baker

Sr. Enterprise LMS Administrator


Rich Baker is the Sr. Enterprise LMS Administrator for ICE, a Fortune 500 company that designs, builds, and operates digital networks to connect people to opportunity. With more than 25 years of learning experience, Rich focuses on ensuring every employee has the opportunity to grow their career through education opportunities. Rich is the founding chair of the organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion employee roundtable. Rich also is known as the go-to individual on many of ICE’s training initiatives, such as Office 365 training, the Guru program, and support of the leadership programs. As an active representative of ICE in the community, Rich serves on organizational committees for JASMYN, which focuses on LGBTQ+ youth in the Jacksonville community.

Terri Walker

Director, People (HR) Business Partner


Terri Walker is a people business partner director supporting the National Field Sales organization at TriNet. She is a results-driven Leader with over 20 years of experience in human resources and organizational development. Her core competencies include strategic workforce planning, talent management, DEIB, succession planning, training and development, employee relations, benefits design, and policy development. Terri is skilled in delivering results to improve organizational culture, employee performance, business growth, and innovation.  

Diane Williams

HR Director, Talent Engagement


Diane Williams is the Human Resources Director of Talent Engagement for ICE, a Fortune 500 company that designs, builds, and operates digital networks to connect people to opportunity. With more than 25 years of human resources experience, Diane is responsible for developing and managing several company initiatives including employee learning and leadership development; diversity, equity, and inclusion; the summer intern program; the mentor program; and the Women in IT program. Diane also facilitates many of ICE’s training initiatives such as Diversity & Inclusion for Leaders, FranklinCovey’s Unconscious Bias, 6 Critical Practices for Leading a Team and Speed of Trust, and John Maxwell’s 5 Levels of Leadership. As an active representative of ICE in the community, Diane serves on the Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Forum (JWLF) Board as president and on the CareerSource Northeast Florida Board. Diane’s leadership and expertise have transformed ICE’s employee programs, linking talent engagement and development to business strategy.