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Finding The “I” within Inclusion

The concept of Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) is often taught to be ‘for’ and ‘about’ individuals who are a part of underrepresented groups. Unfortunately, that narrative is not only untrue, but it has also worked to prevent members from overrepresented groups from understanding how I&D positively impacts them personally, interpersonally, and culturally.

During this interactive presentation, Wade Davis and Karen Casella will explore some of the history of I&D, it’s historical relationship with both over and underrepresented groups, and how to find yourself within I&D.


Wade Davis

Vice President of Inclusion Strategy -- Product @Netflix

Wade Davis is the Vice President of Inclusion Strategy -- Product for Netflix. At Netflix, Wade works directly with Netflix’s Chief Product Officer and 31 Vice Presidents to enhance their inclusive leadership capabilities, as well as create and embed diversity and inclusion policies, norms, and practices. Prior to joining Netflix, Wade built an inclusive leadership coaching and consulting practice with clients including Netflix, Google, P&G, Viacom and the NFL. 

Wade is a former NFL player and is the NFL’s first LGBT inclusion consultant where he has developed and implemented leadership strategies and national engagement initiatives at the intersection of sexism, racism, and homophobia. 

Wade was an official surrogate for President Obama in 2012 and is a UN Women Global Impact Champion for Change. He also regularly collaborates with #MeToo, The Ms. Foundation for Women and Times Up Now.

Wade has been an Adjunct Professor at the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business and at the Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration. He continues to lecture on the intersections of race, sexuality, and gender at universities nationally and internationally. 

Wade Davis was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and graduated from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In 2014 Wade received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Northeastern University for his leadership and ongoing efforts to eradicate homophobia and sexism in athletics.


Karen Casella

Director of Engineering @Netflix, previously leading architecture teams @eBay & @Sun

Karen is currently an engineering director @ Netflix, where she is responsible for the teams that build the server-side infrastructure to enable a secure viewing experience for our members. Karen had previously led engineering and architecture teams @EBay & @Sun, before taking a ten year detour to start-up land. Karen is passionate about diversity and inclusion in technology organizations and how to encourage young people from under-represented groups to start their journey towards our incredible world of ever-changing technology.

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