Katrice A. Albert
"The Inclusion Speaker Series" brings to campus noted speakers with different perspectives on diversity and inclusion based on their own personal and professional backgrounds. These presentations are intended to provide tools to help the University community engage in self-reflection and examine how what we say and do can help promote inclusion as well as student and employee success.
The third speaker in the series is Katrice A. Albert, scheduled to speak on Friday, February 15, at 11:30 a.m. in Bethany Hall. As the NCAA's executive vice president of inclusion and human resources, Albert leads efforts to enhance diversity, inclusion, leadership development and education and community engagement. She is also responsible for leading national office employee relations, performance management, professional development, and compensation and benefits programs. Before joining the NCAA, Albert served in executive capacities and led diversity, inclusion and equity strategies with both the University of Minnesota System and Louisiana State University.
Albert frequently writes, speaks and consults on issues of intercultural competence, educational and workforce diversity, the complexities of diverse populations, community-university partnerships and corporate social responsibility. View the calendar event for more information.
The four-part "Inclusion Speaker Series" kicked off last September with a visit from Reginald Butler, founder and CEO of Performance Paradigm LLC. A well-recognized motivational speaker, consultant and educator, Butler provided a high-energy presentation in which he asked audience members to speak about how they thought their own personal opinions can affect the working environment.
On January 8, Cristina Santos, a senior leader in diversity, inclusion and equality, spoke to the Seton Hall community, bringing her corporate perspective on diversity and inclusion. As the Head of Diversity and Inclusion and Equal Employment Opportunity for North America at Sanofi, Santos leads the healthcare company's efforts to maximize what she refers to as "the strength of difference within," to enable "a culture where employees are engaged, empowered and included."
"Diversity and inclusion are not the same," said Santos during her hour-long presentation. "Diversity is a fact — you can't change who is in the room, but you can change who gets included."
While there are differences between university and corporate environments, Santos pointed out that upon inspection, the similarities become clear. At Sanofi, they work passionately every day and have grounded values in teamwork, integrity and respect. She noted that Seton Hall is a community with similar values, where the community is passionate about students and instilling values.
Mary Hinton, president of the College of St. Benedict, a Catholic liberal arts college for women in Minnesota, will close the series on Friday, March 29. Hinton is a distinguished speaker about diversity and inclusion and brings a higher-education perspective to this important topic.
Faculty, administrators and staff who attend all four of the speaker series events will receive a certificate of attendance; please bring your SHU ID for the certificate of attendance records.