Isabel Wilkerson

Pulitzer Prize winner and author of the critically acclaimed bestsellers The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste

Isabel Wilkerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, is the author of critically acclaimed, New York Times bestsellers The Warmth of Other Suns, and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. “Wilkerson's work,” in the words of The American Prospect magazine, “is the missing puzzle piece of our country's history.” The Warmth of Other Suns won the National Book Critics Circle Award, among other honors, and was named to more than 30 Best of the Year lists, including The New York Times’ 10 Best Books of the Year, Amazon’s 5 Best Books of the Year, and Best of the Year lists in The New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. It made national news when President Barack Obama chose the book for summer reading in 2011. TIME Magazine named it one of the “10 Best Non-Fiction Books” of the decade. And The New York Times Magazine named Warmth to its list of the best nonfiction books of all time. Her new book, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, published in August 2020 to critical acclaim, with Dwight Garner of The New York Times calling it, “An instant American classic” and Oprah choosing it for her monthly book club pick. Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her deeply humane narrative writing while serving as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times in 1994, making her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African American to win for individual reporting. With Wilkerson’s subsequent work in nonfiction literature, as the historian Jill Lepore observed in The New Yorker: “What Wilkerson urges, isn’t argument at all; it’s compassion. Hush, and listen."

Ben Hasan

SVP and Chief Global Culture, Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Walmart

Ben Hasan joined Walmart’s Global People team as Senior Vice President and Chief Global Culture, Diversity & Inclusion Officer in July 2015. In this role, Ben and his team are responsible for the activation and strategic evolution of Walmart’s culture; the development of behaviors that embrace diversity and inclusion at all levels; and the promotion of the company’s external reputation as a great place to work. He joined Walmart in 2008, and previously served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Services, in Walmart Technology. In this role, Ben and his team were responsible for ISD (Information Systems Division) strategy, communication, innovation, vendor management, project management, business analysis, GTS – India & Mexico, and quality assurance.  

Prior to joining Walmart, Ben worked 11 years at Dell Inc. where he progressed through several leadership positions before serving as Vice President of Corporate & Product Group Information Technology (IT). In this position, he directed teams in Texas, Shanghai, Taipei, and Singapore. Ben also served as General Manager of Dell’s IT Development Centers in Brazil and India. He gained broad experience in IT, human resources, rates and regulatory affairs, and customer service early in his career across 14 years at ENSERCH Corporation, an energy company based in Dallas.

Ben was the 2006 recipient of the Temple University Fox School IT Award for Distinguished Alumni. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Amberton University in Dallas and a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a computer science concentration from Temple University in Philadelphia. Ben also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Alison Maitland

International Writer, Speaker, Adviser, Facilitator and Coach

Alison Maitland is an author, speaker, adviser and coach. She specializes in leadership, inclusion and diversity, and the changing world of work. She is co-author of three books, INdivisible, Future Work and Why Women Mean Business, and has had a long career in international journalism, including 20 years with the Financial Times and six years with Reuters.

Her speaking engagements have taken her around the world and she has been widely interviewed on inclusion, gender in business, and the future of work. In 2012, she received a “World of Difference 100 Award” from The International Alliance for Women. Alison is a Senior Visiting Fellow at The Business School (formerly Cass) in London and chairs its Global Women's Leadership Programme Executive Board. She is a Senior Fellow with The Conference Board, an ICF-credentialed coach, and an alumna of the ‘Collective Leadership’ programme created by PresenceAtWork. 

Alison is a member of IWF United Kingdom. She served on the IWF UK Board from 2016-2020, where she was responsible for the Communication strategy and served as Vice Chair from 2018-2020. She also previously served on the Membership Committee. Maitland has an MA in Social and Political Sciences from King’s College, Cambridge University.

Rosalind Kainyah, MBE

Managing Director, Kina Advisory Limited

Rosalind Kainyah is a trusted advisor to global companies on sustainability in emerging markets. Rosalind has worked across Africa, Western and Eastern Europe, North and South America, Asia and the South Pacific, and for companies and organizations including Anglo American Corporation of South Africa, Linklaters, De Beers, Tullow Oil, UNEP, Imperial College Centre for Environmental Technology and Oxford University’s Environmental Change Unit. Rosalind is a member of the Bar of England and Wales. She is an experienced Non-Executive Director and Trustee and Founding Co-President of the International Women’s Forum Ghana. In 2014, she was awarded an MBE for services to CSR for the benefit of youth in Africa. In 2019, she was selected as one of 50 leading female professionals from Black, Asian and other Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds by Cranfield University. In 2008, she was selected as one of Britain’s most influential people of African and Caribbean heritage by The Power List. Rosalind is Co-President of IWF Ghana and a member of IWF UK. 

Adriane Brown

Strategic Director; Independent Board Director, Flying Fish Partners

Adriane M. Brown currently sits on the board of directors for eBay, Axon, Washington Research Foundation, International Women’s Forum, and is the Board Chair at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center. Adriane serves as a strategic director at Flying Fish Partners, a venture firm that invests capital and expertise in Pacific Northwest startups focused on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Adriane served as President and COO at Intellectual Ventures for 7 years; and 10 years prior, she served as president and CEO of Honeywell Transportation Systems and vice president and general manager of two Honeywell Aerospace business units. During her early career at Corning, Adriane rose from shift supervisor to VP/GM of the Environmental Products Division. 

Adriane has received many honors throughout her life. As a pioneer in corporate America, she learned how to navigate and thrive while holding on to her passion for the advancement of people, technology, and business. Today, Adriane invest her time in mentorship of people from all walks of life and uses her voice for positive progress. Adriane holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Old Dominion University. She received her master’s degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Adriane is a member of IWF Washington.