Cathy Benko

Cathy Benko is vice chairman and managing principal, Deloitte LLP. Appointed Deloitte Consulting LLP’s talent game-changer, Cathy is a leader in creating innovative solutions that address the radical shifts in today’s workplace. Her signature corporate lattice™ framework is internationally recognized as a leading-edge model for how careers are built, work gets done and organizational collaboration is fostered in the 21st Century.

Recognizing the importance of societal impact in corporate and NGO value creation, Cathy was also appointed leader of Deloitte’s corporate citizenship efforts. These combined roles bring together skills honed through prior experiences, including chief talent officer; managing principal of brand, communications and community; high technology sector leader; global e-business leader, lead client service partner; and director of Deloitte’s award-winning Women’s Initiative.Cathy is a U.S. patent holder and bestselling co-author of a series of books published by Harvard Press: The Corporate Lattice (2010), Mass Career Customization (2007) and Connecting the Dots (2003). These works have been translated into multiple languages, and her byline appears in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Harvard Business Review, Forbes and Time, among others. She is a frequent speaker for corporate, nonprofit and public sector audiences on talent, workplace transformation and the role of business in accelerating societal innovation.Cathy has received numerous distinctions for her professional achievements, including Consulting magazine’s “25 Most Influential Consultants” and “Frontline Leader” recognitions as well as the publication’s inaugural Leadership Award for Women Leaders in Consulting. She has also been honored by the YWCA, Women in Technology International (WITI) and the San Francisco Business Times, which inducted her into its Forever Influential Honor Roll for exceptional women leaders.

Cathy earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from Ramapo College of New Jersey, which recently recognized her with its Distinguished Citizenship Award. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two children, although she remains a “Jersey Girl” at heart. A native of Nutley, NJ, she was recently inducted into the township’s Hall of Fame.

Eunice Laverne Byrd

LaVerne Byrd is the Vice Chair of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. The purpose of the Council is to act as an advisor and catalyst to the U.S. Census Bureau on diversity issues. In her role as Vice Chair, Ms. Byrd provides strong leadership to the Council and ensures the advancement of its purpose and goals such as reviewing policies, practices, and procedures regarding the U. S. Census Bureau’s organizational systems (i.e., hiring, retention, promotion, quality of work life programs, training, etc.) that impact the workforce. In addition, Ms. Byrd monitors and provides recommendations on diversity management at all levels (internal and external) of the agency; facilitates communications to improve awareness about diversity issues and initiatives throughout the agency and Department of Commerce; and promotes diversity awareness, understanding, and activities.

Under Ms. Byrd’s leadership, the Diversity and Inclusion Council has established approximately 50 employee Affinity Groups (AGs) that promote awareness of issues effecting employees of the group; provide employee support systems; and advocate for issues negatively affecting group members. The AGs are a valuable tool in implementing the Council’s Strategic Plan in the areas of recruitment and retention. Ms. Byrd is a devoted advocate for Census AGs and supports AG Leaders by approving funding for training opportunities.

Ms. Byrd is also a member of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Labor Management Council, which works collaboratively to enhance the work/life balance of the Census Bureau. Ms. Byrd worked diligently to bring Telework and flexible work schedules to the Bureau. She also serves on the Department of Commerce’s Labor Management Forum where she is dedicated to the exploration of pay equity between genders and she is a member of the Department of Commerce’s Diversity and Inclusion Council.

Ms. Byrd actively serves as 1st Vice President of AFGE Local 2782, Women’s Coordinator for Council 241, and is the Local Political Coordinator representing employees at the Census Bureau. Ms. Byrd is active in the community and serves on the Board of the Prince George’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), an organization that advocates for children in foster care involved in the juvenile court system.

Ms. Byrd works as a Survey Statistician in the Economic Indicators Division at the U.S. Census Bureau and has a B.S. in Business Administration.

Ms. Byrd believes strongly in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience and comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Susan Cheng

Dr. Susan Cheng is the Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She was formerly part of the founding team of Beyond Z, an early stage college to career start-up focused on accelerating diverse talent, where she directed college curriculum and program design for low-income, first-generation college students. Before joining this venture, Susan was an Associate Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund where she focused on human capital investment and management assistance for the firm’s teacher preparation portfolio ventures in the Learning to Teach Fund. While at NewSchools, Susan co-launched design teams focused on collaborating on solutions to address cross-sector challenges impacting teacher preparation. Prior to NewSchools, she joined Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s transition team for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). While with DCPS, she focused on human capital recruitment and talent development, organizational culture building, and designing and implementing a performance-management system for the central office. Susan also created and ran the Urban Education Leaders Internship Program (UELIP) and launched the Teachers Central to Leadership central office fellowship for DCPS teachers. Prior to DCPS, she volunteered with Partners in Health in Rwanda, worked in the DC Mayor’s office, and managed a portfolio of education diversity and environmental justice programs for the Greenlining Institute in California.

Susan graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in communications and minor in education. She has a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Doctor in Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. While at the Kennedy School, Susan co-designed the Community Building workshop to promote campus diversity and helped to form the ALANA (African, Latino(a), Asian and Native American) Group Chapter on campus. During her doctoral studies, Susan was a Freshman Proctor for Massachusetts Hall at Harvard College, supporting the academic and social development of 28 first year students.

Michael Dumlao

Michael Dumlao currently serves as the Director of Brand for Booz Allen Hamilton, a multinational leader in management and technology consulting that provides engineering, cyber, data science and systems integration for private and public sector clients. Tasked with pivoting the firm’s 102-year old brand, he leads the strategy and activation of brand systems which integrate market research and analysis, content and engagement strategy, digital platform architecture, publication and environment design, interactive media development and user-centered experiences.

A Certified Usability Analyst proficient in Design Thinking methodologies, Michael is a career Creative Director and digital strategist that has led teams of designers, writers and researchers for a number of government clients including the Department of Defense, the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Reserve Bank, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to name a few.

He served as Senior Advisor on Digital Strategy for the Director for Training Readiness and Strategy under the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense where he managed digital, marketing and brand strategy around the use of digital technology in diplomacy, communications and development. Michael served as the Creative Director of the Federal Reserve Bank’s Centennial Gateway where he led a team of visual designers and content developers in the creation of a public web portal for the Reserve’s historical archive. He led research for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Office of the Inspector General evaluating the use of social media by the regulatory body within the nuclear industry. Michael also led all creative development and interactive design for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Training Division where he served as special advisor for the Office of Safety and Environmental Program, The Leadership Development Program, and the Law Enforcement Bulletin magazine. He was also the chief designer and content architect of the FBI’s Learning Portal (an agency-wide SharePoint-based collaborative learning environment) where he presided over user interface strategies and design, multimedia production and all content development.

Through his time at Booz Allen, Michael has also served as the Chair of GLOBE (the firm’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender employee forum) and creative advisor to the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion team. He has led marketing, community outreach and LGBT engagement strategy while also advising and directing storytelling and messaging for the firm’s D&I agenda.

Prior to Booz Allen, Michael honed his brand acumen by stewarding a national charity organization called Fashion Fights Poverty through 10 years of advancing Corporate Social Responsibility in the fashion industry. He also led digital creative strategy and production for Georgetown University’s Center of New Designs in Learning and Scholarship. Furthermore, he oversaw research and digital development for the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area as the Director of Communications and, eventually, the Director of Global Classrooms.

Michael received his Masters in Communications, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University then continued his education through executive management courses in Kellogg University. He has a Bachelor in Arts specializing in photography and multimedia design from the University of California, Santa Barbara augmented with coursework at the Sydney College of Arts. Born in the Philippines and raised in Australia, he currently resides in Washington, DC with his Peruvian husband and the ever-charming America the Dog.

Mary Ann Fresco

Ms. Mary Ann Fresco was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in November 2002. Mrs. Fresco currently serves as the Director of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA’s) Office of Employee Empowerment (OEE). The OEE was officially recognized on June 14, 2016. As the OEE Director, she directs and oversees the NNSA Inclusive Diversity Program, Employee Engagement Program, Employee Concerns Program (ECP), and DOE/NNSA Contractor Employee Protection Program (CEPP).  Mrs. Fresco is responsible for building, fostering, leading and sustaining a diverse, inclusive, and empowered workforce; advancing understanding of inclusive diversity as a business imperative and critical component of workplace excellence, innovation and mission delivery; institutionalizing and infusing diversity into the NNSA systems, structures, practices, and policies to ensure equity and inclusion for all employees; encouraging free and open expression for employees to voice employee concerns; providing the workforce with an independent avenue to raise concerns; and, supporting a strong safety culture where concerns can be raised without fear of retaliation.
Previously, Ms. Fresco completed a three-year detail to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). In that capacity, she was instrumental in executing the President’s Executive Order 13583, “Establishing a Coordinated Government-wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Workforce.” While at OPM she served as the co-architect of a three phase process, by which all agencies government-wide focused-on workforce diversity, work place inclusion, and sustainability.
Ms. Fresco was born and raised in northeastern Pennsylvania. She graduated from Heidelberg College, Tiffin, Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. Ms. Fresco also attended Cornell University in New York City, New York where she earned the Cornell Certified Diversity Professional Advanced Practitioner Certification (CCDP/AP) in 2010. Ms. Fresco resides in northern Virginia with her family.