Every member of the Dartmouth community can help advance racial equity—across all of society, in our communities, and where we work.

Join us on January 26 for a lively discussion about ways to promote racial equity in the workplace.

Learn from alumni who are already creating truly equitable workplaces in every dimension, including changing their business practices and policies, workplace environments, hiring and retention, and employee engagement.

You’ll leave informed and inspired to be part of this crucially important work.

Moderator

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Ella L.J. Bell Smith

Ella Smith is a professor of business administration at Tuck and works in the field of organizational behavior. She has previously served on the faculties of Belk College of Business Administration, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale's School of Management and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

The research interests of Professor Smith focus on the career and life histories of professional African-American and European-American women. She is currently inquiring into issues of work/life balance. She has served as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies and to many public institutions. Her scholarly works have been reported in many top publications, and her book, Our Separate Ways: Black and White Women and the Struggle for Professional Identity, has been widely acclaimed.

Panelists

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Katherine Akiko Day ’07

Katherine is an assistant art director/set designer for film and television.

The child of a painter and a physicist, Katherine draws on these influences as a set designer for film and television. She has worked on such projects as Smash, The Normal Heart, The Tonight Show, Gotham, The Deuce, Succession, Crashing, Power, and The Sinner. After experiencing a toxic, bullying workplace early in her career, Katherine found both therapy and Crossfit. What developed from there was a fascination with mindset, culture, safety, vulnerability, and purpose. As a member of the union United Scenic Artists Local 829 under IATSE, Katherine co-founded and leads the Respectful Workplace Committee - dedicated to creating comprehensive strategies and policy proposals that influence the culture of the entertainment industry to ensure safe, equitable, and respectful workplaces. Katherine’s main focus, bordering on obsession, is exploring how culture and environment can be the most powerful movers of collective action, and how individuals can be informed and inspired to live and behave as their best selves. As the daughter of an immigrant and a person of mixed race, Katherine is also keenly aware of how this concept can influence a group towards respecting historically excluded voices in a way that is holistic and constantly evolving.

Outside of her union work, Katherine co-founded Open Door Project which aims to expose young people of color in New York City to the film industry, the many interconnected jobs available, and to convey the power of storytelling, teamwork, and mindset. Katherine is also launching a podcast in 2021 with her lifelong friend Malasa Jois called Midnight (R)evolution, celebrating the friendships that anchor you in life and the deeply centering, transformative talks that accompany them.

Katherine has a B.A. in Art History and Film Studies from Dartmouth and an M.F.A. in Scenic Design from the Yale School of Drama.

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Aaron Limonthas ’12

Aaron (he/him) is an alumnus of Dartmouth, where he studied Sociology and Women & Gender Studies and has numerous years of D&I experience within global organizations. Aaron recently took over as the Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Shipt, Inc. Shipt is an on-demand distribution and delivery service, enabling delivery of fresh foods and desired essentials. Aaron joined Shipt from adidas, Inc. where he served as their North American Director of Diversity and Inclusion.

Under Aaron’s leadership, adidas launched their first global D&I strategy, increased funding of grassroots programs that support and empower communities of color by $120 million, revamped their talent acquisition programming to ensure fair and equitable hiring across adidas, and upskilled over 90% of their North American workforce on inclusive leadership.

Aaron also served as the Diversity lead for Reebok, a partner brand owned by adidas; navigating the intricacies between two separately run brands, within one company. Prior to Reebok, Aaron worked for Dropbox, Inc. helping the organization think inclusively as it grew from an engineering focused startup to a 2,500+ person organization. As their global diversity and inclusion program manager, Aaron helped launch 10 employee resource groups and their first mentorship program, while increasing employee retention by 38%.

Aaron is also a father of two, a seven year old and a six month old! If he is not wishing for sleep, Aaron is likely cheering on his favorite teams, the Houston Astros or the Baltimore Ravens. He and his family are currently living in Portland, Oregon.

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Brett Queener ’92

Brett is a Partner at Bonfire Ventures. His entire career has been focused on growing software companies--fast. From 2013–2016, Brett served as COO at SmartRecruiters, where he partnered with the founder to convert a pre-revenue company into the fastest growing and highest rated enterprise player in the recruiting technology space. Prior to SmartRecruiters, Brett spent a decade at Salesforce.com where he served in a variety of senior leadership roles in Sales, R&D, and Operations focused on driving the company growth and expansion across market segments and product categories. Prior to Salesforce.com, Brett held senior marketing and business development at Siebel Systems (acquired by Oracle). Brett is an active seed investor and advisor to numerous software entrepreneurs and serves on the board of SmartRecruiters, Pendo, Lytics, Invoca, ClearedIn, SpekIt, Aforza, Cube, Blueprint. Brett has a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard University.

Additional Resources

FOW events offer alumni-led industry presentations and panels as well as focused networking opportunities for alumni who are considering a career pivot or have a particular interest in a given industry.