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The Cost of Racism: Cultivating Transparent Workplaces from the Inside (Free Boston Globe Event)


March 25, 2021 10:00 am



NAJUMA ATKINSON is Dell Technologies’ senior vice president of global HR services in the CHRO. She is an executive leader with more than 20 years of experience leading global organizations. Under her leadership, the organization leverages data and insights from across the leader and team member journey; identifying break-through focus areas to improve employee experience. Atkinson has global responsibility for Dell’s regional HR teams, employee relations, labor relations, HR compliance, team member services (HR service desk/chat), payroll services, contingent labor solutions, HR operations, and HR mergers and acquisitions and divestitures. Atkinson is a committed advocate for social impact and increasing diversity in the technology industry. She currently sits on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Austin Area. She is a founding member and current executive sponsor of Dell’s Black Network Alliance and GenNext Employee Resource Groups; as well as a member of Dell’s Women Entrepreneur Network (DWEN). In fall 2019, Atkinson was featured in Black Enterprise’s (BE) Corporate Leadership Edition. She was also featured in the Spring 2020 Edition of Savoy magazine, as one of the 2020 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America and Dell’s FY’20 Progress Made Real report. In the Winter 2021 issue of Diversity Woman, she was included among the Elite 100, A Tribute to Black Women Executives. @dell

JAVIER BARRIENTOS is the head of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Takeda Pharmaceuticals. He joined Takeda from T-Mobile, where he led the DE&I engagement team. His corporate career encompasses the technology, telecom, finance, health, and health sciences sectors, having worked for companies such as T-Mobile, Amazon, Biogen, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Bank of America, the TJX Companies, and Business for Social Responsibility. Barrientos’ work includes several firsts in the diversity, equity, and inclusion space. These include a Multiple Sclerosis program for underserved patient populations, tax benefit equality for same-sex couples, women’s leadership programs, transgender healthcare benefits, the Biodiversity Fellowship, and Raising the Bar Women on Corporate Boards programs. He has been recognized by the Boston Business Journal with the Leaders in Innovation Award, the Harvard Medical School Biomedical Career Sciences Program Honor Roll, the National Center for Race Amity, and GK100 as a top 100 most influential leaders in Greater Boston and Boston’s Whittier Street Health Center as a Men’s Health Champion. @takedapharma

CHINA WIDENER serves as Deloitte’s consulting business leader in the telecommunications, media and technology industry market focused on technology clients., on Deloitte’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council, and Black Action Council. During her tenure, a key program inaugurated is an innovative approach to preparing clients and practitioners for growth – SPRING (Sponsorship Readiness to Invest, Network and set Goals). She has been featured in Savoy Magazine discussing the value of Sister Circles and interviewed in several publications regarding women leadership development. Before joining Deloitte in 2006, China spent fifteen years in various C-suite roles including COO, chief of strategy, and chief risk officer, and served as an assistant prosecuting attorney and in-house counsel. China received her BS in government, economics, and philosophy from Eastern Michigan University, and holds a J.D. from the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law. She has studied at Harvard’s Kennedy. @deloitte

PAMELA J. BOONE is senior managing director, SSGM – global head of client service solutions for State Street Corporation. She is responsible for end to end client onboarding and account opening, contract management, and organizational and business process solutions within the COO organization. Boone was previously SVP, North America controller. Her responsibilities included end-to-end accounting for ongoing financial transactions and new products, as well as accounting and system support for all strategic initiatives and acquisitions. Prior to joining State Street in August 2005, Boone was the director of financial reporting and accounting policy at Investors Bank and Trust. In addition, she spent 12 years at FleetBoston Financial Corporation in various roles, including accounting policy director-derivatives and hedging, director of capital markets financial reporting, and manager of financial reporting-international private banking. Her responsibilities in these roles included SEC and regulatory reporting, providing accounting expertise to capital markets and treasury businesses, accounting research, and implementation of newly issued accounting literature. She also worked in corporate finance at Unisys Corporation in Philadelphia, PA and Arthur Andersen & Co. in Northern Virginia. Boone earned a BBA in accounting from Howard University, Washington D.C. and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. @statestreet

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