Rebels With A Heart:
The New Rules of Leadership

Championing Every Face of DEI

Wednesday, November 17th, 2021

11:00 AM PT | 1:00 PM CT | 2:00 PM ET


  • Rocki Howard – Chief People & Equity Officer, The Mom Project
  • Donna Morris – Chief People Officer, Walmart
  • Elba Pareja-Gallagher – Sustainability Director Stakeholder Engagement, UPS + Founder,

Moderated by: Derek Lundsten, President & CEO, LifeGuides


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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is a topic in today’s business conversations, but is it truly in today’s organizations?

These Rebel Leaders will review:

  • how to champion every face(t) of DEI – and how to truly celebrate every person, no matter their age, (dis)ability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, political perspective, race, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, etc.
  • how to dispel pre-conceived assumptions and be aware of, understand, support every dimension of diversity and inclusion.
  • how to set-up applicable policies, processes and programs for your organization that openly reflect the culture – and for the future of work.

Meet This Month’s Rebels:

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Acknowledged as one of the Top 100 Minority Executives two years in a row, Rocki Howard is Chief People and Equity Officer at The Mom Project and host of the Voices of Diversity podcast. Rocki is a tenured talent acquisition strategist with Lean, Project Management, and HR certifications.

By creating a high-performing, inclusive culture, The Mom Project team is facilitating $1B of economic opportunity for working moms within two years.

Just recently, Rocki was Chief Diversity Officer for SmartRecruiters, where her responsibilities included: ownership of its anti-racism plan; architecting the industry’s leading model in diversity recruitment practices; leading the implementation of Diversity programs internally creating a culture where all team members are brazen advocates for the under-represented; partnering with R&D and Product Development to launch a product driving diversity hiring outcomes; being a thought leader in the space of D&I recruiting.

She is a proud over 40, black, Christian wife and mom who prioritizes being a voice for the multiple dimensions of diversity. Featured in such talent outlets as HR Tech, HR Executive, ERE, TA Week and 40+ podcasts and events, he is on a mission to help disrupt the intersection of diversity, recruitment, and inclusion to create high-performing inclusive work cultures. Rocki believes “If we change the lives of the historically excluded, we change the world.”

Donna Morris is Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer for Walmart Inc. As a member of the executive committee, Donna is responsible for attracting, retaining and developing talent for one of the world’s largest private employers.

Donna has nearly 20 years of leadership experience in delivering innovative people solutions, developing and managing teams that operate in an agile way, and helping to build a high-performance culture promoting diversity and inclusion. Donna joined Walmart from Adobe, where she served as Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice President, Employee Experience.

A native of Ottawa, Canada, Donna joined Adobe in 2002 and most recently led all aspects of the company’s human resources, real estate and security operations. She led a number of workplace-friendly initiatives at Adobe, including expanding its family leave policy and simplifying standard HR processes.

Donna has a BA degree in Political Science from Carleton University. Donna holds the Society for Human Resource Management – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), Senior HR Professional (SHRP) and Canadian Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designations. She also serves on the board of directors of Marvell Technology.

Elba Pareja-Gallagher is a finance and strategy professional with 20+ years of experience at UPS. She has held roles in Finance, Investor Relations, Marketing and Strategy. Most recently, she joined the Sustainability Team, as Director Stakeholder Engagement. In this role, she devises and executes strategies to influence value creation for all UPS Stakeholders, including employees, customers, communities, suppliers and investors via environmental care, social responsibility and governing ethically – ESG.

Elba was the Chair of the UPS Hispanic Business Resource Group, Crecer. During her leadership, Crecer was recognized as the #1 Hispanic Employee Resource Group by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Latina Style Magazine. Elba has published several thought leadership blogs including on Women and COVID, Keeping Women Visible: A New Reality.

Elba holds a BBA degree from Millsaps College (Jackson, MS) and a MS, Supply Chain Management from Florida Institute of Technology.  She was named one of the 50 Most Influential Latinos in Georgia by the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of The Women’s Collective, an initiative of Collier’s International to promote and enhance women leaders.