Featured Speakers

Keith Sonderling

Tuesday, April 19 | 12:00-1:15 p.m. ET

Keith E. Sonderling was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 22, 2020, to be a commissioner on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term expiring July 1, 2024. He previously served as the Commission’s vice-chair.

Prior to his confirmation, Commissioner Sonderling served as the acting and deputy administrator of the Wage and Hour Division at the U.S. Department of Labor, where he oversaw enforcement, outreach, regulatory work, strategic planning, performance management, communications and stakeholder engagement. During his tenure, the Division accomplished back-to-back record-breaking enforcement collections and educational outreach events. He oversaw the development and publication of large-scale deregulatory rules and authored numerous Opinion Letters, Field Assistance Bulletins and All Agency Memorandums. Additionally, he was instrumental in developing the Division’s first comprehensive self-audit program, which collected more than $4 million for nearly 10,000 workers.

Before joining the Department of Labor in 2017, Commissioner Sonderling was a partner at the Gunster Law Firm in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he practiced labor and employment law. In 2012, Governor Rick Scott appointed Sonderling to serve as the chair of the Judicial Nominating Committee for appellate courts in South Florida.

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Homa Tavangar and Eric Dozier

Wednesday, April 20 | 1:30-2:45 p.m. ET

For three decades, Homa Tavangar’s work has bridged topics from global competitiveness to global citizenship; economic development to storytelling; and fostering empathy, collaboration, inclusion, leadership and creative problem-solving. She connects timely topics of the moment with the timeless desire to work with purpose and make a difference – whatever one’s circumstances.

Homa’s ability to translate culture, diversity and inclusion, innovation and globalization trends, and breakthroughs in academic and social-emotional learning has sparked initiatives to help audiences from CEOs to teachers and K-12 to graduate students learn and thrive in a global context – and have fun along the way. Homa works actively with K-12 schools and universities to build global, racial and cultural competence, through holistic programs engaging teachers, leaders, parents and students, as well as by offering keynotes, workshops, coaching and professional development across the life cycle of learners. She is co-founder of the Big Questions Institute, helping leaders design the future through inquiry, and co-founder of the Oneness Lab, working with individuals and organizations to go deeper than diversity.

Homa spent 20 years working in global competitiveness, organizational, business and international economic development with hundreds of businesses, nonprofits and public organizations, before turning her attention to global education. She is the author of the widely-acclaimed books Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be at Home in the World and Global Kids.

Eric Dozier is a cultural activist, theologian, musician and father. The former musical director for the World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir, Eric is co-founder and National Director of Arts and Education for One Human Family Music Workshops, Inc., an organization devoted to eradicating discrimination by “Uniting the World … One Song at a Time,” and one-half of the duo Moanin’ Sons, which develops a creative context, through music, to address racial inequality. He co-founded the Oneness Lab, with Homa Tavangar, and through his insightful lyrical stylings, soulful melodies and interactive workshops, he continues to dedicate his musical, spiritual and intellectual talents to welding the hearts and minds of a divided humanity into one loving fellowship. 

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Jody Urquhart

Thursday, April 21 | 3:00-4:15 p.m. ET

Jody Urquhart has been presenting her keynote addresses around the world for over 10 years. She is passionate about spreading the message of fun and meaningful work. Annually she is a guest lecturer at more than 40 organizations and associations and is a top motivational speaker.

She is author of the book All Work & No SAY and writes a syndicated column called the “Joy of Work,” which is published in more than 40 magazines and trade journals. Her mission is to help motivate company employees to derive more meaning and satisfaction from their work. She is a featured guest speaker for the GE Healthcare Tip-TV program broadcast in over 2,600 healthcare facilities.

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