In this series, we’ll be exploring what matters most in building an organization – the feeling of inclusion by all. The panel discussion will examine the impact diversity and inclusivity has on an internal culture and how it generates increased retention, ROI, and revenue.

Nzinga Shaw, first D&I Officer of the NBA, and Amir Ashkenazi, serial entrepreneur with multiple company acquisitions under his belt, will contribute to a conversation that values backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Moderated by diversity specialist, Torin Ellis, we’ll drill into the embodiment of inclusion and where it should rank as a business principle.

Our Panelists:

Nzinga Shaw

Chief Diversity Officer, Atlanta Hawks

Nzinga Shaw is currently the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of the Atlanta Hawks. She is the first person to hold this position in the National Basketball Association. Prior to joining the Atlanta Hawks & Philips Arena, Shaw has been at the forefront of leading organizational change through diversity at Edleman, Essence Magazine, YES Network, and the NFL.

Amir Ashkenazi

Founder & CEO, Uncommon Co.

Having successfully sold two companies for nearly $1B, Amir Ashkenazi is as ambitious today as he was 15 years ago. In addition to his astute vision and ability to scale, he has never lost sight of the employee in the value proposition. Which is why he and his team are working towards a better candidate experience and mitigating bias using artificial intelligence.

Torin Ellis

Diversity Strategist, Author

As a top diversity recruiter and author, Torin Ellis has coached thousands of professionals and undergraduate students with career advice to help prepare them for a successful future. Ellis has received national attention on several media platforms, including NBCBLK, The Network Journal, and Bloomberg.