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People, Power, and Profitability: Navigating The Future officer

The Human Capital Management Club and Master of Science in Human Capital Management Program at Columbia University School of Professional Studies will be hosting a fireside chat on Thursday, January 25th from 6-8:30 PM featuring Jennifer Brown, Founder and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting and David Gonzales, Global Chief Diversity Officer at Bristol-Myers Squibb. They will discuss the evolving role of the Chief Diversity Officer, its rising importance, and effective change management.

Speaker Bios:

Jennifer Brown is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, diversity and inclusion consultant, and author. As the successful founder, president, and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting, headquartered in New York City, Jennifer is responsible for designing workplace strategies that have been implemented by some of the biggest companies and nonprofits in the world. She has harnessed more than 14 years of experience as a world-renowned diversity and inclusion expert through consulting work, keynoting and thought leadership.

Jennifer has spoken at many top conferences and events such as the International Diversity Forum, the Global D&I Summit, the Forum for Workplace Inclusion, the NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference, the Out & Equal Workplace Summit, Emerging Women, as well as at organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the NBA, Google, IBM, and more.

She is the bestselling author of; Inclusion: Diversity, The New Workplace and The Will to Change and a new book; How To Be An Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive, now available for pre-order:

Jennifer is the host of the popular weekly podcast, The Will to Change, which uncovers true stories of diversity and inclusion.

She is also the proud recipient of several accolades, having been named Woman of the Year by Pace University, Social Entrepreneur of the year by the NYC National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), one of the Top 40 Outstanding Women by Stonewall Community Foundation, and NYC Controller Bill Thompson’s LGBT Business Owner of the Year. She has also been a finalist for both the Wells Fargo Business Owner of the Year Award and for the Ernst & Young’s Winning Women Program.

As a successful entrepreneur, Jennifer has been featured in media such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, AdWeek, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Inc., CBS, and many more.

David Gonzales is an innovative and highly-accomplished Top Global Operations and Corporate Social Responsibility Executive with a proven track record of achievement in global diversity and inclusion business performance strategies, global operations management, strategic planning, performance management, ethical sourcing and sustainable supply chain management, organizational strategy and structure, community economic development, strategic philanthropy and board relations. David has a reputation for management skills focused on internal and external stakeholder engagement and alliance building among corporations, government, non-governmental organizations and communities worldwide to drive business solutions to key global societal issues.

David is a visionary and entrepreneurially-driven executive who places a corporation at the forefront of its industry by driving business performance through the integration of global diversity and inclusion and leveraging deep operational and global supply chain excellence, while building a socially-responsible and culturally diverse organization.

David's personal passion and commitment is focused on sustainable economic change to build capacity in societies worldwide.


  • Global Diversity and Inclusion Business Performance Strategies
  • Big Data, Advanced Analytics and the Global Workforce for the 21st Century
  • Enterprise Culture and the Science of Inclusive Leadership Behaviors
  • Integrated External Engagement: Global Alliance Development and Community Engagement
  • Global Strategy Development and Business Processes
  • Change Management and Organizational Design
  • Strategic Partnership Development /Management
  • Global Supplier Development /Sustainable Supply Chain Management
  • Strategic Philanthropy
  • Latino Leadership and Executive Development
  • Global Leadership Team Development and Authentic Leadership
  • Government Relations and Coalition Building
  • Actionable, Leverageable Access to Corporate Executives and Key Influentials

For further information please contact Brad Tuyay, bjt2131 [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu.

For additional information about program offerings at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies, please contact an Admissions Counselor at 212-854-9666 or inquire [[at]] sps [[dot]] columbia [[dot]] edu.

Please note the COVID-19 requirements for this event.

As of Spring 2023, Columbia University does not have any restrictions on social gatherings on or off campus, except for clinical-related settings. The Office of Event Management follows the protocols and procedures the University has established around Covid-19. Any University updates will be reflected in the work of OEM. For more in depth information, visit: