Thawing the Frozen Middle

An in-depth look at improving upward mobility 
Hosted by Diversio & MLT
Recorded on April 11, 2:30 PM ET

Join Diversio and MLT for a live, conversational webinar, during which we will delve into the critical topic of improving upward mobility within organizations by leveraging inclusion and engagement initiatives.

Our expert speakers will guide you through a comprehensive examination of diagnosing upward mobility opportunities, including how to  define and measure key inclusion metrics. We’ll explore best practices for identifying tenure, gender, sexual orientation, leadership representation, and more at different levels within the organization. Additionally, we’ll discuss best practices for upward mobility in leadership positions and the importance of equity and inclusion in enabling advancement, emphasizing the role of intersectionality.

Using real-life examples, we’ll examine the impact of implicit bias and explore solutions in mentorship and creating physically and psychologically safe workplaces. Our framework for “Thawing the Frozen Middle” will cover strategies for improving recruitment, retention, and upward mobility in underrepresented groups, focusing on motivating, equipping, measuring progress, embedding best practices, and tracking to maintain a healthy, diverse, and equitable pipeline.

The session will include interactive elements and end with a Q&A session with our hosts to directly address unique perspectives and challenges in the audience.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights, learn best practices, and contribute to creating more inclusive and equitable workplaces. Register now!

Featured topics:

  • Review 6 inclusion metrics & briefly describe best practices
  • Identify tenure, gender, sexual orientation, leadership, representation of race & gender at different levels in the organization
  • Leveraging equity & inclusion to create an environment where everyone has fair opportunities for advancement
  • Identify solutions in mentorship, physical & psychologically safe workplaces
  • Improving recruitment, retention, and upward mobility in underrepresented groups
  • Best practices for measuring progress over time

Expert hosts:

Anya Klimbovskaia

Anya Klimbovskaia is the COO & co-founder of Diversio, a technology company that leverages data to analyze, improve, and track diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Diversio works with companies across the world, ranging from household names such as Unilever and Heineken to multinationals like BP and Accenture. Anya has led diversity and inclusion engagements for senior leadership across numerous sectors, including venture capital, banking, retail, and government. Anya has secured channel partnerships with UN Women, the Business Development Bank of Canada, OneEleven, Women in Capital Markets, the Human Resources Professionals Association, the Law Society of Ontario, and Women in Renewable Energy.

Anya previously served as the Director of Research for the Office of the CEO at the Royal Bank of Canada, where she led RBC’s thought leadership on the Future of Work and built a model for increasing Canadians’ resilience to automation and AI. She has also supported research projects for: Global Affairs Canada, UN Women, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, SSHRC, and Fulbright Canada. Anya serves as part of the Corporate Committee for the Art Gallery of Ontario and is an Advisor to the Pan-Canadian K-12 Computer Science Education Framework, a joint initiative between Canada Learning Code, Amazon and the Government of Canada.

Tina Gilbert

Tina Gilbert (she / her)  is the Vice President of the Employer Offering practice responsible for delivery of client services and development of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion leading practices and insights.  Tina brings 10 years of DEI Leadership (4 years global), 15 years of Strategic Consulting, and 25 years of corporate experiences across different industries to this role. Throughout her career, she has led efforts to transform organizations’ operating models, business processes, and employee culture to create measurable impact. As an I&D Leader, she has partnered with Business and HR leaders in designing strategies and metrics that align with talent strategies and desired business outcomes.

Prior to joining MLT, Tina was the Inclusion and Diversity Leader for two organizations, Teva Pharmaceuticals and Accolade (Healthcare Navigation and Data). As the first I&D leader at both organizations, she guided each organizations’ evolution from diversity compliance management to recognizing its value as a business imperative. Her work at Teva was recognized in 2017 by Diversity Inc. Magazine as one of their Noteworthy Companies. More recently she was named as one of Hive Learning’s Most Influential D&I Leadersand by FindSpark as one of the 30 Must-Follow Diversity & Inclusion Thought Leaders Transforming the Workplace.

Before working as a full-time Diversity Practitioner, Tina was a Partner/Managing Director with Accenture’s Strategy Practice leading large transformation projects, business strategic planning programs, and operations/organizational design.  At Accenture, she sponsored a variety of DEI programming, recruiting and training initiatives. She holds a BS from Spelman College, an Industrial Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  She is based out of Philadelphia, PA area.

Jennifer Huggins

Jennifer Huggins (she/her) is a Senior Director in MLT’s Employer practice.  In addition to working with consulting teams and delivering client engagements, Jennifer focuses on the organizational development and performance of the advisory practice.

Her career spans 20 years, leading strategic and operational work in consulting and corporate settings. She has deep expertise in evolving business strategy and transforming organizations.  Jennifer is a high-energy professional with an innate ability to inspire, influence and envision the future.

Jennifer leads by example and fosters productive dialogue, enabling business leaders to consider a broad array of possibilities. She partners with clients at every step and empowers them to elevate their thinking. She specializes in accelerating transformation by aligning workforce, organizations, leadership and culture.

She has held roles with Accenture, Deloitte, Humana, KPMG and NBC Universal. She is passionate about cultivating talent.  Throughout her career she has led a variety of DEI programming, recruiting and training initiatives.

Jennifer holds a BS from Florida A&M University and an MBA from the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business.  She is certified in Change Management, Coaching and Design-Thinking.   She is based out of Richmond, VA.


Where & when will the event be held?

The session is scheduled for February 29 at 12:30 PM ET and is expected to be about 1 hour long, ending at roughly 1:30 PM ET. This event will be hosted on Zoom. If you are not a current Zoom user, we recommend installing the Zoom app on the hardware on which you intend to participate and setting up your account well ahead of the event. Current Zoom users should confirm that their system and software are up to date and that they have account access in advance.

Who is Diversio?

Diversio is the people intelligence platform that measures, tracks, and improves DEI. By connecting AI technology, sophisticated data analytics, and knowledgeable subject matter experts, Diversio is able to accurately diagnose opportunity areas, benchmark against peers, and create a robust action plan to meet any DEI goal. Through the unique combination of technology and human expertise, Diversio drives meaningful impact for hundreds of organizations across over 35 countries globally.

About Management Leadership for Tomorrow

At Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), we exist to advance racial equity. Launched in 2002, MLT is a national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the corporate landscape through education and empowerment of underrepresented communities: Black, Hispanic/Latine, and Native American. In order to create lasting change in corporate America, MLT’s guiding principles focus on shifting the narrative of Black and Brown people from surviving to thriving. Today, MLT has partnerships with over 200 notable organizations in a variety of fields including tech, finance, and education. Additionally, more than 10,000 Alumni have participated in a unique MLT program which has altered their personal and professional trajectories.

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Kate Stone
Kate Stone
Kate Stone leads marketing at Diversio, a technology startup that uses data analytics to help companies and investors unlock diversity for improved performance. Diversio works with clients in 30 countries across the world and has been featured at global events like the G20 and Davos.
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