Tomorrow's Leaders Speaker Presentations


The Tomorrow's Leaders Equipped for Diversity Program offers several presentations on diversity each semester.

View presentations and presenter bios below, and register to attend presentations and complete the Leadership Diversity Certificate.

How CONTEXT Influences Thinking and Action

About Linda Alepin

Linda Alepin, Retired Executive Professor at Santa Clara University and Silicon Valley Executive at various technology firmsLinda Alepin’s vision is a world alive with possibility and peace. She believes that person has the capability to be a leader in the family, the community, and the world.  

Linda led a highly successful career in the high tech industry. After initial training with IBM, she joined Amdahl, a major competitor for IBM’s mainframe business. She spent 18 years there capping her accomplishments by leading the team that effected a $2 billion turnaround. She was elected to be an officer of this F200 company.

After seven years leading smaller startups, Linda joined Santa Clara University (SCU) as an Executive Professor. She specialized in developing and teaching leadership and entrepreneurship. She is a sought after speaker on a broad range of subjects.

In 2004, as a way of fulfilling her vision of women as great leaders all over the world, she founded the Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN).   She acted as the Executive Director for eight years as the organization grew its network of graduates and its reputation for the quality of its programs and the outstanding results of its graduates. She has been chair of the organization and is now Chair Emeritus. Linda was recognized for her work to forward women in leadership positions by the American Association of University Women with their Eleanor Roosevelt Foundation award in 2013.   

Linda is a graduate of Stanford University in Economics. She is the mother of four adult children and four grandchildren, including twin boys who are age 18 months.

Feeling Confident? How Perceptions of Competence Influence Negotiation, Promotions

About Michelle C. Bligh

Michelle C. Bligh is an associate professor in the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences (DBOS) and the Drucker–Ito School of Management at Claremont Graduate University (CA). She has also served as the associate dean of DBOS. Her research interests include charismatic leadership, interpersonal trust, gender issues in leadership, and political and executive leadership. Her work has been published in Journal of Applied Psychology, Leadership, Employee Relations, The Leadership Quarterly, Applied Psychology: An International Review, Group and Organization Management, Journal of Managerial Psychology, and The Journal of Business Ethics, and she serves on the editorial review boards of The Leadership Quarterly and Leadership. She was awarded the 2007 Sage Best Paper Award in Group and Organization Management and the 2003 Sage Outstanding Paper Award for Research Methods. Her scholarly work was recognized by The Leadership Quarterly as one of the top 50 most cited authors of the decade, 2000–10.

Dr. Bligh has served as a visiting professor for the Singapore Institute of Management's Executive MBA program for the last ten years. She has also helped a variety of public and private sector organizations assess and improve their effectiveness in the areas of leadership development, organizational culture, and change management in a variety of industries, including local and state law enforcement, consulting, finance, non-profits, healthcare, and real estate.

Changing the Face of High Tech

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About Henry Corral

Henry Corral, Global Diversity Manager at Intel Corporation has been at Intel for over 28 years and has played major roles in helping build Intel’s diversity presence. 

Leveraging Inclusion to Create High-performing Teams

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About Bev Crair

Bev Crair is vice president in the Data Center Group and general manager of the Storage Group at Intel Corporation. She leads the team responsible for delivering business strategies and products that address the existing and emerging storage needs of Intel customers across a breadth of environments, including the cloud, the enterprise, high-performance computing and communications. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of California, Santa Cruz; and an MBA degree from the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University. She is a standing member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the UC Santa Cruz Baskin School of Engineering, represents Intel in the Workforce Alliance with the National Center for Women and Information Technology, and is a member of the board of directors for Girls in Tech, Inc.


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About Barry Goldman

Barry Goldman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management and Organizations, University of Arizona 

Professor Goldman is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. He has also been a Visiting Associate Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and at the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, Spain. He holds a terminal degree in law and a Ph.D. in business management (University of Maryland) and studied on a fellowship at Oxford University. He practiced as a lawyer in a major law firm in Washington, DC for 10 years prior to getting his Ph.D.

His primary area of research involves conflict and dispute resolution at work and negotiations. He is senior editor of the recently released book titled Negotiations in the 21st Century (2012,Routledge Press). He also does research in the area of mediation of work-related disputes. He has published in The Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, and International Journal of Conflict Management., among other outlets. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and Negotiations and Conflict Management Research.

His research has also been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Inc Magazine, and numerous newspapers. Moreover, it is also discussed at some length in the Dalai Lama’s book, The Art of Happiness at Work. He is past Chair of the Conflict Management Division of the Academy of Management, the largest organization in the world for management scholars. Recently, he has been invited to give an online talk for TED-Ed.

He primarily teaches MBA courses in Negotiations, Conflict Management and Business Law. He has been honored to receive eight teaching awards from his students. He has also taught executive education for a number of organizations, including Wuhan University in China, Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, CA.), Ventana Medical Systems, DP World (Dubai), Pima County Attorneys Office, City of Tucson, and others.

Finally, he believes that the best teaching should be both fun and exciting. A good class is one in which there is much learning and much enthusiasm.

The Journey Through Workplace Inequality

About Daisy Jenkins

Daisy M. Jenkins, Esq., is the President of Daisy Jenkins & Associates, LLC, specializing in Human Resources consulting, executive and developmental coaching.  She is a Leadership Advisor in the THEO Executive Group, headquartered in Irving, TX. Jenkins previously served as executive vice president and Chief Administrative Officer for Carondelet Health Network and a number of Human Resources executive positions with Raytheon Company.

Jenkins published articles locally and nationally as a Public Voices Fellow through the OpEd Program and The University of Arizona, and has authored two novels: “Within The Walls, A Journey Through Sexism and Racism in Corporate America (The film “Title VII” is based on the novel) and “The Green Machine.”   She has received numerous awards: “The 2015 Sí Se Puéde Legacy Award” from the Arizona César Chavez Holiday Coalition, “Women Who Lead” from the University of Arizona (UA) Gender & Women’s Studies, the “Phenomenal Woman of the Year” from the UA Black Alumni Association; “2007 Tucson Woman of the Year,” Distinguished Alumnus” from the UA James E. Rogers College of Law, and recognized in Ebony Magazine as one of the “African American Women at the Top in Corporate America.”

Community affiliations includes The University of Arizona (UA) National Leadership Council,  Banner Health Southern Arizona Advisory Council, Women United, Tucson Airport Authority, UA James E. Rogers College of Law Board of Visitors, UA President’s African American Community Council and Tucson Unified School District African American Advisory Council. Jenkins is a dedicated education advocate for African American student achievement.  Jenkins is also proud member of the Las Donás of Tucson.

Jenkins holds bachelor’s and masters’ degrees in Communication from the University of Hawaii and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of Arizona.

Building Your Online Brand

About Rane Johnson-Stempson

Rane Johnson-Stempson is a Principal Research Director at Microsoft Research Outreach, where she engages with academics worldwide and identifies high-impact areas for research investigations. She is currently working on projects that use technology to transform how we learn about history, teach middle school girls programming and how we eradicate human trafficking. Rane is also the lead for growing, attracting and retaining women in research, science and engineering. She is actively working with NCWIT, Anita Borg, AAUW, CRA-W, IEEE-WIE, ACM-W and researchers on how to grow the pipeline of women in research, science and engineering. She has been selected to sit on Whitehouse committees to focus on how technology can stop the commercial sex trafficking of minors and technology inclusion for under-represented minorities in STEM.  Previously, as the WW Director of Education Strategy she was responsible for multi-stakeholder partnerships, Cisco-Intel-Microsoft Alliance, World Economic Forum- Global Education Initiative, Fast Track Initiative-Private Constituency and helping our local teams around the world use the power of technology as an accelerator to transform education to meet local government priorities to drive economic and workforce development in the 21st century.

Building Effective Global Relationships from Your Spare Room

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About JoAnn McCay

 JoAnn McCay is a project engineer with 25 years of experience in military and commercial aerospace development and certification, as well as semiconductor fab facility startups in the US and Saudi Arabia. Currently working from home as an outsource Systems Engineer on a major commercial aircraft program, JoAnn motivates a cross-functional engineering team spread across three continents, connecting internal and external stakeholders at a major supplier and the aircraft manufacturer. She holds a B.S. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Tech and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona. She is a life member of the Society of Women Engineers, and has served as the Outreach Chair and President of the Phoenix Section Society of Women Engineers, on the Arizona Council of Engineering and Scientific Associations, and as President of the Cross Cultural Exchange Association in Nagoya, Japan.

The Power in Diversity of Thought to Meet Technical Challenges

About Laura J. McGill

Laura J. McGill is a principal engineering fellow at Raytheon Missiles and a former deputy director for Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles and Special Programs. McGill is an adjunct lecturer for Raytheon’s onsite Master of Science in Systems Engineering program with Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering. She also serves as an instructor for the company’s Systems Engineering Technical Development Program.

She is a lifetime fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a member of its board of directors. She is AIAA’s current vice president–Standards and former vice president—Technical Activities.

Diversity in the Board Room

About Linda R. Medler

Brigadier General, USAF (Retired)  
Chief Information Security Officer/Director IT Security  
Raytheon Missile Systems

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2014 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity markets throughout the world. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass.

In her current role, Medler is responsible for synchronizing cyber initiatives and capability development across the RMS product family. She leads and creates the cyber vision and strategy to develop nonkinetic capabilities for customers, and ensures cyber resiliency and defensive measures are incorporated into all variants of RMS weapon systems. Medler is building the methodology to address the Department of Defense (DoD) guidance on electronic warfare and cyber convergence and is incorporating cyber resiliency testing during all phases of weapon systems testing and certification in accordance with Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) guidance and directives.

Before joining Raytheon, Medler was president and CEO of LA Medler and Associates, LLC, providing cyber strategy consulting services to commercial clients and numerous DoD customers and academic institutions. In 2014, she concluded 30 years of combined military service as a brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force as director of Capability and Resource Integration (J8) for United States Cyber Command. In this capacity, she was responsible for mapping cyber requirements to capabilities, identifying and resourcing emerging cyberspace capabilities, developing the cyber component of the future year’s defense plan and overseeing the command’s budget. To meet the growing demand for offensive and defensive cyberspace operations, Medler orchestrated the development of the current DoD Cyber Mission Force strategy and resourcing plan.

Her previous assignments included director of Communications and Networks for the Joint Sta , Joint Chiefs of Sta Deputy CIO, chief of staff for Air Force Materiel Command, Secretary of Defense corporate fellow; and presidential communications officer at the White House Communications Agency. Medler commanded at the squadron, group and wing level, and deployed to Afghanistan to lead more than 100 coalition personnel responsible for elding the Afghan National Army. In 2005, she commanded the 97th Air Expeditionary Group to provide humanitarian relief operations in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Medler is on the board of directors for both Operation Homefront and the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, and has served as a member of the Arizona Governor’s Cybersecurity Roundtable. A special adviser to the Arizona Cyber reat Response Alliance, she is also on the National Board of Advisers for the Eller College of Management, University of Arizona, and a member of the Board of the Arizona State University Research Enterprise.

Medler holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and management information systems from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She has a master’s degree in business administration, management information systems from the University of Arizona, and a master’s in national strategic studies from the Naval War College.

Unconscious Bias in the CS/IS Workforce: What You Can Do to Foster Inclusive Workplace Cultures

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About Heather Metcalf

Heather Metcalf is a Proposal and Award Coordinator with the University of Arizona’s College of Engineering and is a grant writer for the Aurora Foundation of Southern Arizona, a disability social justice and advocacy non-profit. 

She recently completed a postdoctoral research associate position with the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Grant at the UA where her responsibilities focused on examining issues of faculty equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. She earned her doctorate from the Center for the Study of Higher Education at UA in May 2011. She also holds master’s degrees in Gender and Women’s Studies and Computer Science. Her research areas are science and technology policy studies, gender studies, and human-computer interaction. She has research, policy and programmatic expertise in faculty and student development, recruitment and retention initiatives, STEM cultures, unconscious bias, STEM workforce issues, and diversity and equity issues. 

Diversity and Inclusion are Everyone's Full Time Roles

About Mike Miles

General Manager & Executive Sponsor of Diversity and Inclusion, Microsoft Cloud and Infrastructure Operations

Mike is a partner-level Technology Leader with 20+ years of software industry experience, with 15 years of experience building and leading teams in US and abroad.  Mike is currently a General Engineering Manager at Microsoft, responsible for planning, developing and building out cloud infrastructure and related automated systems in support of Microsoft’s cloud-based products (Exchange, O365, Bing, etc).

Mike is the executive sponsor for diversity and inclusion in Microsoft’s Cloud and Infrastructure Operations team, responsible for developing and leading best practices in diversity recruiting, retention and employee development.

Mike recently took on an additional role for Microsoft, leading an initiative leveraging Microsoft’s global datacenter fleet to make a positive impact in 30 local communities around the world.

Mike is passionate about empowering university students to pursue social change and is active in lecturing on Corporate Social Responsibility, guest speaking on philanthropy and connecting students to Microsoft resources to enable social impact.

Outside of his professional role at Microsoft, Mike, his wife Christine and oldest son Jake are passionate about extending the reach of global health care to underserved communities in South America through Timmy Global Health.

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Diversity and the Competitive Advantage

About Vicki Panhuise

Vicki Panhuise is a recognized strategic business leader with 35 years of experience in aerospace manufacturing and engineering roles for commercial and defense markets. She has a proven track record for delivering results for complex programs requiring significant business transformation thought processes. Prior to joining NorthFind Partners, Vicki managed her own consulting business, VePoint Consulting Group, LLC. She also was President of Airborne Systems Group, a division of HDT Global, and successfully led the sale of this business for the private equity owner. Previously, Vicki held key business leadership roles at Honeywell Aerospace including Vice President, US Defense

Customers, as well as many other significant roles during her 31-year career.

Vicki holds several degrees including a B.A. in Mathematics from Wells College, M.S. and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from University of Missouri-Columbia, and a MBA from the University of Arizona. She has served as the Chairman of the Arizona Aerospace and Defense Commission and on the Arizona Commerce Authority Board appointed by the Governor.

Building and Leveraging Diverse Networks

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About November Papaleo

November hails from San Diego by way of the Pacific Northwest. She earned her Ph.D. in Gender and Women's Studies from the University of Arizona with a minor in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English, and a certificate in mastery for College Teaching. Her recent work examines how educators recognize their relationships with technology both online and offline and how that relationship affects perceptions of bullying, disciplinary policy development, and empathy markers. Her work with digital literacy is ever present in workshops with schools in TUSD and in presentations for non-profits across the state. As the Director of Women in Science and Engineering, November has worked within Arizona to bring STEM learning to K-12 students, impoverished communities, and underrepresented students across the state. Utilizing a combination of educational leadership and pedagogical strategies, internal and external collaboration, and a hearty internship program, November and her team have increased participation in the program from 500 people annually in 2009 to over 5000 in the last academic year. Contact November at  

What Role Does the Boss Play?

About Cynthia K. Riem

Cynthia K. Riemenschneider is associate dean for research and faculty development and professor of Information Systems in the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University. Her publications have appeared in Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Information Systems, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, The DATA BASE for Advances in Information Systems, European Journal of Information Systems, and others. She currently conducts research on IT work force issues, women and minorities in IT, and ethical issues surrounding IT use.

Implicit Bias in the Academy: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions

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About Jeffrey Stone

Dr. Jeff Stone is Professor of Psychology in the School of Mind, Brain and Behavior, appointed faculty in the Marketing Department of the Eller College of Management, and a research associate in the Arizona Cancer Center, all at the University of Arizona. He directs two labs in the Psychology department. His Self and Attitudes lab develops new influence strategies that are used to promote health behavior and the reduction of prejudice. His Social Psychology of Sport Lab investigates the causes and consequences of racial and gender stereotypes for the behavior of athletes both on and off the field. 

Sponsorships and Mentorships—How to Navigate the First Years of Your Career

About Katee Van Horn

Katee Van Horn is the VP of Global Engagement & Inclusion for GoDaddy, driving the business imperative that more diverse teams build better products. She has the innate ability to quickly assess the organization, leadership, and individual development needs and create appropriate and operative solutions.

She is a reputable leader known for building and sustaining trusting, collaborative relationships and alliances to achieve business goals. Her focus is on outreach to diverse and underrepresented communities and building an inclusive culture for GoDaddy. 

She writes about being a better human resources practitioner and is working on her first book. You can follow her blog and see upcoming speaking engagements at