Diversity and Inclusion

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Mosaic Series:  Creating Workplaces That Work For All



8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion - GlasSalon

Ample parking is available at the Museum. Attendees should park in Lot 6, which is located across the street from the Glass Pavilion on Parkwood Avenue entrance.



Our goal is to educate advertising professionals on their responsibility to cultivate, and advocate for, diverse talent within their fields. For our industry to stay competitive and lucrative; this requires the creative intelligence of all individuals, from all backgrounds and walks of life.


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8:30-8:55 a.m. - Registration, networking, and breakfast

8:55-9:00 a.m. - Introduction of event

9:00-9:45 a.m. – Presentation by Felicia Johnson, Diversity & Inclusion Coach  

9:45-9:55 a.m. - Break/refreshments

9:55-10:55 a.m. – Follow-up presentation from Felicia

10:55-11:05 a.m. - Dr. T. Michael Toole, “The Business Case for Diversity” presentation

11:05-11:55 a.m. - Panel discussion

11:55 a.m.-Noon - Closing remarks



Keynote Speaker:

Felicia Johnson is the Founder and Managing Director of Gatson Group, LLC, a full-service Diversity & Inclusion consulting firm, offering comprehensive inclusion based solutions in specialty areas including Inclusive Leadership Education, Cultural Competency, Unconscious Bias, Recruiting/Retention, Talent/Succession, Community Engagement and Engagement Strategy & Execution. 

Most recently, Johnson served as the Global Manager for Global Diversity & Inclusion for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in Akron, OH. In this role, she led the design and implementation of the global strategy for diversity and inclusion, supporting more than 60,000 employees across North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific.  Prior to Goodyear, Johnson served as the Sr. Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, for Nebraska based Cabela’s, Inc., where she served as a subject matter expert in the development, design and execution of diversity and inclusion based initiatives serving over 19,000 employees in the US and Canada.

Johnson co-led global diversity and inclusion efforts at Franklin, TN based Nissan North America, where she served as the Assistant Secretary for the Global Inclusion Council, as well as a Board Member for The Nissan Foundation Board of Directors.   Johnson is also a Certified Speaker, Coach and Trainer with The John Maxwell Team, which is ranked as Inc. Magazine’s No. 1 leadership and management expert in the world.

Felicia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Management from Dallas Baptist University and an MBA in Marketing Management from The University of Dallas. She was recently honored as a 2017 Distinguished Alumni of The University of Dallas, the highest honor the university can bestow upon its alumni. She is recognized as a Certified Diversity Professional by The Society for Diversity/Institute for Diversity Certification where she has obtained the (CDP) Credential and serves as a Certified Instructor.



Beatriz Jimenez serves as senior director of global talent management and diversity and inclusion for Dana.  In this role, she is responsible for ensuring that Dana has policies and practices in place, globally, to attract, retain, and utilize the best talent within the organization.  In addition, she is a champion for diversity and inclusion initiatives and works to advance a culture where employees’ ideas and perspectives are heard and valued.

Beatriz joined Dana in 2009 as human resources (HR) country lead for Dana Mexico responsible for leading HR initiatives across all product and functional groups in the region while also supporting Dana’s overall HR transformation efforts.  In 2011, she joined Dana Brazil Ltd. in Porto Alegre, Brazil, as vice president of HR SA before relocating to the world headquarters in 2014 to lead HR initiatives for Dana’s Light Vehicle and Commercial Vehicle business units.  She assumed her current role in 2016.

Prior to joining Dana, Beatriz worked for Grupo ADO as a corporate director responsible for labor relations, training, organizational development, and personnel administration. She also served in several key roles involving labor relations, training, and organizational development for General Motors, including an assignment at NUMMI, the joint venture between GM and Toyota in Fremont, California.

Beatriz earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations from Universidad Iberoamericana and a master’s degree in organizational development from Bowling Green State University.


Elaine Korenich is a veteran graphic designer with experience in production, packaging, and print media. Currently at Root Inc., she integrates design into gamified learning for global brands. Since her graduation from Bowling Green State University, she's kept a freelance design business (Elaine Marie K Designs) and continues involvement with the fine arts and glass. She also serves the community as chair of the board of directors for EqualityToledo, working to eliminate discrimination in our region on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, through education, activism and other anti-defamation efforts. When she's not meeting for coffee at a local shop, she can be found baking or caring for her home in the Historic Old West End.


Originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Gregory M. Shaw, attended Capital Area School for the Arts, where he began his film studies. He then went on to study film production at Bowling Green State University. While attending BGSU, Mr. Shaw assistant directed numerous of his film professor’s personal projects and co-produced video content for WBGU-TV, a PBS affiliate, as well as freelanced in the industry. He has worked on numerous film and commercial productions, while showcasing multiple years of professional experience working in broadcast television. Having held many different positions, from production assistant to director and everything in between, Shaw has gained a broad knowledge and understanding of the process of creating video. Shaw currently works for the Toledo based marketing and advertising company, HART, as a video producer and editor.


T. Michael Toole became the Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Toledo on August 1, 2017.  He came to UT after spending 18 years at Bucknell University, including as an Associate Dean of Engineering, a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Director of the Grand Challenges Scholars Program, the Director of the Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management, and as a Senior Fellow in the Society and Technology Residential College.  Mike received his B.S. from Bucknell and his Masters and Ph.D. from M.I.T.  A professional civil engineer registered in Pennsylvania and a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers, he initiated and maintains www.designforconstructionsafety.org.  His professional employment includes the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps, a publicly traded homebuilder, a multidisciplinary engineering firm and three start ups.  His recent research has focused on organizational innovation in design and construction and the social sustainability aspects of occupational safety.


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