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The two part in-person event starts with a session on the hot topic of unconscious bias and wraps with a panel session on the value of women being allies for other women in the workplace. Lunch is provided between sessions.

Elaine Yarbrough and Lindsay Burr Singla join us from The Yarbrough Group to offer a multi-generational perspective on the unconscious biases within us, how they can impact us at work and the tips and tricks we can employ to overcome those biases.

The panel consists of four incredible women from Atlantic Broadband, Comcast, ESPN, and NESN along with moderator Alison Martin-Books, founder of Pass the Torch for Women Foundation. We’ll hear about their experiences working with women who have been great allies to the other women… as well as some who have not. They’ll discuss the challenges, the opportunities we all have to be better allies to our female colleagues and the impact that could have in the workplace.



The Yarbrough Group focuses on the human side of organizations, helping you tend the flame of sustainable change and ignite the genius of individuals, groups, and organizations. Their work on unconscious bias focuses on helping unearth our biases and put reminders in place to help mitigate bias in the workplace.

For 38 years, President and founder Dr. Elaine Yarbrough has worked in 30 countries developing healthy systems with a focus on diversity and inclusion, communication, conflict management, and managing change for individuals, groups, and organizations in a diverse global context.

Lindsay Burr Singla, MS, specializes in conflict analysis and resolution, women’s leadership and helping organizations and people set and achieve goals that are tied to meaningful work. She has also worked with domestic and international governments from more than 20 countries creating learning and best-practice sharing opportunities for members of parliament.

Click here to find out more about the Yarbrough Group.


Allison Martin-Books, Founder and CEO of Diverse Talent Strategies

Alisen Martin-Books

Alison Martin-Books is the Founder and CEO of Diverse Talent Strategies, a consulting practice who helps companies attract, retain, and develop their talent through strategic mentoring initiatives.

Her passion for supporting the advancement of women led her to found the Pass the Torch for Women Foundation in 2013. The Foundation was developed to provide mentoring for women in need and their vision is a world of equal opportunities for women in professional environments.

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Kerri St. Jean, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Northeast Division, Comcast Cable

Kerri St. Jean

Kerri St. Jean serves as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Comcast’s Northeast Division, which consists of approximately 22,000 employees and 8.8 million customers across 14 northeastern states from Maine down through Virginia. In this role, Kerri is responsible for leading all facets of human resources and organizational effectiveness strategy for the Division.

Kerri earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Flagler College and received her master’s degree from Northeastern University. In addition, she is a graduate of WICT’s Betsy Magness Leadership Institute.

Julie Smith, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Atlantic Broadband

Julie Smith

Julie Smith is the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Atlantic Broadband, the nation’s 9th largest U.S. cable provider. She is an original member of the company’s management team, and has been with the company since 2003. Julie is responsible for brand positioning and corporate identity, and oversees advertising, public relations and social media, direct marketing and web marketing to help drive the company’s continued residential and business sales growth.

Julie started her career in telecommunications over 25 years ago, and has held management positions at both MCI Communications, and MediaOne. She holds a BA in Economics from Bucknell University, as well as an MBA from Duke University.

Lisa Yarussi, Vice President Human Resources, NESN

Lisa Yarussi

Lisa A. Yarussi serves as Vice President, Human Resources for New England Sports Network . In this role, Ms. Yarussi is a member of the senior team and a performance driven business partner. Her focus is on the development of strategy and HR initiatives that impact progress and success. Engaging the organization through purpose, coaching, and continuous learning. A passionate HR professional for over 20 years, she is a steward of the culture, talent, and performance.

Celia Bouza, Associate Supervisor in Creative Services, ESPN

Celia Bouza

Celia Bouza is an Associate Supervisor in Creative Services at ESPN. She joined ESPN in 2010 as a Production Assistant and went on to become a two-time Emmy-winning Associate Producer on College GameDay producing features. In the fall of 2014, Bouza joined Production Enhancements serving as a liaison between Production, Technology and other groups to help generate new ideas and facilitate new techniques that can improve content as well as storytelling. Last year, as the Motion Graphics and Production Enhancements teams merged, she also began leading a small team of talented Motion Graphics designers.



9:30 am – 10:00 am Doors Open
10:00 am – 10:05 am Welcome & Announcements
10:05 am – 11:45 am Unconscious Bias (Yarbrough Group)
11:45 am – 12:45 pm Lunch
12:45 pm – 2:30 pm Becoming an Ally for Other Women in the Workplace Panel


April 19, 2017
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
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NonProfit Center
89 South Street
Boston, MA 02111 United States
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