NOAA's 2021 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA)/Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment (SASH) Summit.

"Turning the Tide"

July 28 & 29, 2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

About the Event

NOAA’s Offices of Inclusion and Civil Rights and Workplace Violence Prevention and Response is pleased to announce the 2021 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA)/ Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment (SASH) Summit scheduled for July 28 - 29, 2021 (10:00 am - 5:00 pm ET). The overall theme for this year’s summit is “Turning the Tide.” 

This joint summit is the agency’s premiere event to propel efforts in fostering and sustaining a culture of respect where DEIA is embraced and every member of the workforce feels safe and valued. Some of the industry’s most talented professionals have been acquired to educate, share valuable insights, and offer best practices on DEIA and SASH to empower all members of the workforce to lead the charge for change.


July 28, 2021 - “Turning the Tide Towards DEIA”

  10:00am - 10:05am 

Neavaly Touray

Host, Office of Chief Administrative Officer, NOAA

Natahnya Campbell

Host, Office of Human Capital Services, NOAA

  10:05am - 10:15am

Dr. Richard Spinrad

Administrator and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, NOAA

  10:15am - 10:25am

Larry J. Beat (Jerry)

Deputy Director and Acting Director, Office of Civil Rights, DOC

  10:25am - 11:00am

Kenneth M. Bailey

Director, Office of Inclusion and Civil Rights, NOAA

 11:00am - 11:50am

Jennifer Brown (Keynote Speaker)

Founder and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting and Author of “How to Be an Inclusion Leader; Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive"

  11:50am - 12:20pm

  12:20pm - 12:25pm

Mindful NOAA Employee Resource Group (ERG)

 12:25pm - 1:25pm

  1:25pm - 1:55pm

Dr. Kendall Moore

Professor, University of Rhode Island, Documentary Filmmaker


Dr. Letise LaFeir

Senior Advisor, NOAA

Brandon Jones

Program Director, Education and Broadening Participation, NSF

Dr. Wendy Smythe

Professor, University of Minnesota Duluth

Dr. Aradhna Tripati

Professor, University of California Los Angeles Center for Diverse Leadership in Science

Catalina Martinez

Ocean Exploration, NOAA

  1:55pm - 2:00pm

 2:00pm - 2:50pm

Ryan Hill

Director, HR Research and Advisory, Gartner Group

  2:50pm - 3:00pm

Mindful NOAA ERG

  3:00pm - 3:50pm

Dr. Daniel Simons

Professor, University of Illinois and Author of “The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us

  3:50pm - 4:40pm

Sybastian Smith

National Organizer, National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)

  4:40pm - 5:00pm

Kenneth M. Bailey

Director, Office of Inclusion and Civil Rights, NOAA


July 29, 2021 - "Turning the Tide on SASH

  10:00am - 10:30am

  10:30am - 11:30am

 11:30am - 12:30pm

Meet the new staff of Workplace Violence Prevention and Response (WVPR) and our volunteers.

  12:30pm - 1:00pm


  1:00pm - 1:05pm

Kelley Bonner, MA, LCSW

Director, Workplace Violence Prevention and Response (WVPR), NOAA

  1:05pm - 1:10pm

Benjamin Friedman

Deputy Under Secretary for Operations, NOAA

  1:10pm - 1:40pm

 1:40pm- 2:50pm

Response Panel Discussion: Moderated by Lori Campbell


Callie Stewart

Director of Strategic Engagement and Partnerships at National Organization for Victim Assistance, (NOVA)

Jerika Heinze

Founder, Fieldwork Initiative and creator of the Fieldwork Initiative to Stop Sexualized Trauma Training (F.I.S.S.T.)

Duane de Four

Founder, DD4 Consulting and Interim Executive Director for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC)

  2:50pm - 2:55pm

  2:55pm - 4:10pm

"You Spoke. We Listened."

Reflecting on the “We Are NOAA” survey results

Prevention Panel Discussion: Moderated by Chassidy Ryals


Dr. Jessica Gallus

Senior Advisor (Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, & Suicide Prevention & Response), United States Department of the Navy

Sirajah Raheem

Founder, Groundsheet, and Senior Manager of Inclusion and Diversity at MiQ

Jane Stapleton

Co-Founder and President, Soteria Solutions

Caroline Leyva

Curriculum Development Specialist and Lead Trainer, Soteria Solutions

Dr. Alan Berkowitz

Social Norms Expert Consultant

Keetah Salazar-Thompson

Coordinator, Administrator's Action Alliance for Preventing Sexual Misconduct (AAPSM), USAID

 4:10pm- 4:55pm

A Conversation with Rosie Hidalgo (Keynote Speaker), Senior Advisor on Gender-Based Violence and Special Assistant to the President, White House Gender Policy Council

 4:55pm- 5:00pm

Kelley Bonner, MA, LCSW

Director, Workplace Violence Prevention and Response (WVPR), NOAA


  12:25 - 12:45 GMT +4


Noreena Hertz

Author, Professor, Board Member at Warner Music Group

 12:45- 12:55 GMT +4


Erdem Aksakal

Head of Marketing - Middle East South at SAP

 13:00 - 13:20 GMT +4

Public Sector

Dr. Ashraf Abdel Wahab

Industry Value Advisory, Public Sector

John Farr

Industry Value Advisory, Public Sector

Oil & Gas, Chemicals & Metals

Harish Bansal

Regional Lead, Energy Sector, Industry & Value Advisory at SAP

Consumer Products

Yavuz Durgut

Industry Advisor for Consumer Industries at SAP


Mohamed Ahmed

Industry Value Advisor -Healthcare, SAP


Rui De Sousa

Industry Value Advisor – Energy & Natural Resources at SAP


Didier Uljasz

Director Industry Advisory – Retail – ME South at SAP

 13:20 - 13:40 GMT +4

Data Management and AI

Pavlos Panagiotidis

VP, Data Science, Platform & Technology Group at SAP

Intelligent Finance and Risk

Vivek Chhibber

Director, Business Development, Finance & Risk at SAP

Intelligent Spend Management

Jean-Sebastien Floch

SAP Ariba and SAP Fieldglass Business Development Manager

SAP Customer Experience

Chahid Kharmich

CX Presales Manager at SAP Customer Experience MENA at SAP

Human Experience Management

Christina Nouaime

Customer Solution Advisor at SAP

Digital Supply Chain

Matthias Vogel

Business Development Manager, SAP

 13:40 - 14:00 GMT +4

Data Management and AI

Faisal Haneef

Senior Director Cloud Platform - Middle East and Africa, SAP

Intelligent Finance and Risk

Kuldeep Raina

Director | Business Solutions Presales | Finance, Risk & Compliance at SAP

Intelligent Spend Management

Nabil Eeldib

MENA Presales Manager_Intelligent Spend Management

SAP Customer Experience

Matt Whitehart

Presales Expert | SAP Customer Experience

Human Experience Management

Aswathy Anilkumar

Solution Advisor, SuccessFactors at SAP

Digital Supply Chain

Francesco Penza

Supply Chain Expert – South Europe, Middle East & Africa

 14:00 - 14:20 GMT +4

Data Management and AI

Bhavesh Chavda

Designation: Senior Director: Customer & Solution Advisory Platform & Technologies: Centre of Excellence EMEA South at SAP

Robert Lightfoot

Designation: Senior Solutions Advisor Platform & Technologies: Presales Blackbelt EMEA South at SAP

Intelligent Finance and Risk

Bo Baade-Pedersen


Intelligent Spend Management

Emma Shakespeare

MENA South Director for SAP Concur

SAP Customer Experience

Arthur Garcin

SAP Customer Experience Solution Consultant

Human Experience Management

Reem Yahfoufi

SAP SuccessFactors Solution Advisor

Digital Supply Chain

Raj Singh

Director - Operational Excellence, EMEA CoE, Digital Supply Chain, SAP