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Putting Practices and Fundamental Changes in Place for Diversity & Inclusion by The Nashville CFOLC

Putting Practices and Fundamental Changes in Place for Diversity & Inclusion Thursday, September 17, 2020 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

When: September 17, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Where: Webcast - Zoom Link Provided in Registration Confirmation
United States
Contact: Jennifer Langley

Online registration is available until: 9/18/2020
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Program Description:

For CFOs, the ability to articulate and champion the value of diversity & inclusion within their teams and across the organization will drive business value. Research shows that companies in the top quartile for gender, and ethnic, diversity respectively outperform their competitors by 15% and 35%. Make plans to join us for “Putting Practices and Fundamental Changes in Place for Diversity & Inclusion”, where our speakers will share their experience on this topic and discuss how companies are working to build and support diverse teams and leaders internally.

Our speakers will discuss practical tips on fostering employee resource groups, implementing sponsorship and developing partnerships with customers. They will also discuss how they have used training on unconscious bias and prevention of discrimination to increase awareness of the importance of diversity - and inclusion. 

Learning Objectives:

  • How diversity and inclusion can drive revenue, motivate employees, and foster innovation
  • Strategies to influence increased diversity and inclusion across the broader organization, including vendor and Board relationships
  • The importance of building a diverse customer/client base




Mark Baugh, Shareholder, Baker Donelson

Mark A. Baugh, chair of the Firm's Diversity Committee and resident in the Nashville office, concentrates his practice in litigation and representing employers in employment-related issues.

He has successfully tried cases in both state and federal courts in several states. Mr. Baugh has significant experience litigating both jury and bench race, age, gender, religion and disability discrimination lawsuits, wage and hour class and collective actions and retaliation claims. Mr. Baugh's extensive trial experience provides him with the experience to work closely with clients in resolving employment disputes in the manner most beneficial to the client.


CB Bowman, CEO, Workplace Racial Equality

CB’s newest role is that of CEO for the organization “Workplace Racial Equality” where her goal is to support individuals and organizations whose focus is to move from workplace intent & commitment to action. The program is based on her knowledge of suing two F’1000 organizations for racial discrimination and winning both cases. In addition to her experience of being the first black woman in many organizational environments and one of 50 leading global executive coaches. CB Is supported on this endeavor by a powerhouse executive committee and a brilliant group of facilitators, all of whom will provide a psychologically safe space to learn from experiential involvement.

In her role as the CEO of the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches (ACEC) she also coaches members helping them expand their brand equity and solve client issues. ACEC supports Master-Level Corporate Executive Coaches that coach the top tier of Fortune 1000 companies in being “enterprise-wide business partners™” with their clients. She is also the CEO of the MEECO Leadership Institute, a non-profit think tank that supports I organizations who use executive coaches, excel in positive cultural dynamics, and have strong employee engagement.

CB is one of the first black female executives to work for a Fortune 500 consumer products company. In that role, she won several awards for product marketing and branding for foods such as Honey Bunches of Oats, Raisin Brand, Shake N Bake, and Nabisco Shredded Wheat. 

Before moving into marketing, she co-founded the National Association for Interior Design and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Pace University's Lubin School of Business, where she also taught and served on the Board of Advisors. 

CB is one of the world’s most respected, indeed celebrated Certified Master Coaches. She received her certification as a Master Coach from the Behavioral Coaching Institute in the Far East and Europe. She is also certified as a Master Corporate Executive Coach through the MEECO Leadership Institute. She is a thought leader and has been recognized as the world’s leading coach for advancing the quality of coaching, and she is one of Marshall Goldsmith’s MG100.

Wil Lewis, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Senior Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion Executive, Bank of America

Wil Lewis is a Diversity & Inclusion Executive and Head of Bank of America’s global disability strategy.  Additionally, Wil has responsibility for the firm’s Global Employee Networks and D&I recognition awards. In this role, he is responsible for 11 networks with more than 300 chapters in forty countries with 140,000+ members.

Prior to this role, Wil was head of Diversity & Inclusion for the bank’s Consumer, Merrill, Wealth management and Business Banking businesses which encompassed more than 100,000 of the firm’s employees.  Before joining the Diversity & Inclusion team, Wil was head of Talent Acquisition for Bank of America’s Consumer Bank.  Wil’s team drove recruiting activity for Bank of America’s nearly 5,800 banking centers across the US with over 25,000 hires a year.  During his tenure at the bank Wil has also led Executive Recruiting, the talent acquisition efforts for Small Business Banking, Sales Service & Execution, Global Trust Services and E-Commerce.  Wil joined Bank of America in 2006 from the LaSalle acquisition where he held the position of Head of Talent Acquisition for LaSalle Bank and ABN Amro North America. 

Before coming to Bank of America, Wil was a team member at Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, a manufacturing organization of 32,000 world-wide associates.  During his time at Smurfit-Stone, Wil led employee relations, talent development and staffing.  Notable accomplishments were his implementation of multiple Peoplesoft modules for the global enterprise.  As part of this implementation Wil also created new business processes in 23 countries and centralized multiple functions for the organization resulting in a significant benefit to business.

In his career, Wil has been committed to driving diversity in the workplace.  He has served as executive sponsor to Latino, African American and Native American affinity groups.  Additionally, Wil has worked diligently to create a strong connection with the communities Bank of America does business in.

Wil has held roles in both, sales and operations before starting his career path in human resources.  Wil is actively engaged in many community activities including serving on the board of Disability: IN; and serving as co-chair of the Disability: IN corporate advisory board consisting of more the 50 fortune 500 companies committed to driving equality for individuals with disabilities.  He also serves on the board of Centers for New Horizons a social service agency focused on child & elder care, foster and adoption needs on Chicago’s south side and the Chicago Minority Supplier Diversity Council.  Wil is a graduate of Drake University and resides with his family in Chicago, IL.


Chris Simmons, Chief Diversity Officer, PwC

Chris Simmons, a native of Tennessee, rose to the highest levels of national leadership at PwC, or PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the largest professional services firm in the world.  His career involved several distinctly different leadership and management functions.  He was the head of the firm’s mergers & acquisitions department; for 7 years, he was the partner-in-charge of the Washington DC business region, where he led over 3,000 employees; and he was the firm’s national head of diversity, or Chief Diversity Officer, for three years reporting directly to the CEO.  Chris also led diversity strategies and execution as a member of the PwC US governing board, USA Partner Admissions Committee chair, and Human Capital Board Committee member. 

As the head of diversity, Chris took the firm in directions which were bold and provocative and repeatedly resulted in Top 10 or better national honors for major US employers.   Additionally, Chris was the first African-American since the merger creating PwC to be elected by national vote of his fellow 2,000 plus partners to the firm’s national governing board.  Chris is a valued speaker, consultant, and executive coach in the areas of diversity strategy and overall business strategy for companies, and in the area of success tactics for individuals striving to rise to the top of their organizations. In addition to coaching and advising companies, leaders and professionals of all backgrounds, Chris has an extensive focus on the unique challenges and strategies relevant to success for woman, all racial/ethnic minorities, and GLBT professionals. Chris is known for his unpredictable insights, balanced opinions, and straight to the point dialogue. 

In high school in Memphis, Chris insisted on transferring to a virtually all-white high school for the experience. Chris is a graduate of Harvard College, where he studied economics, and Harvard Business School, where he obtained an MBA and particularly excelled in the strategy and organizational management classes. Chris has served on numerous non-profit boards, including the Executive Leadership Council (highest ranking corporate blacks in US), Association of Latino Professionals, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, The Historymakers and the Economic Club of Washington.  


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CFO Leadership Council members may attend this program for free. Non-member senior financial executives who are CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Directors of Finance and Controllers (or the like) are welcome to attend this program at a one-time cost of $65.

Please note that service providers or any executives who are not senior financial executives (CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Controllers, Directors of Finance, etc.) will not be admitted attendance to this event. The CFO Leadership Council reserves the right to decline any registration.


More Information

For more information about this program or The CFO Leadership Council, please contact Jennifer Langley, Southeast Regional Director, at


Cancellation Policy

If you would like to cancel your ticket or request a refund, please contact Refunds are available up to 24 hours prior to the program.


CPE Information

 Instructional method: Group-Internet-Based
 Recommended CPE Credits:  1.5 Credits 

 Experience Level: Basic

 Prerequisites/advance preparation: None

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