Thursday, July 15, 2021

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM US Eastern
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM US Central
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM US Mountain
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM US Pacific
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM UTC

As business leaders across the globe recognize the importance and demand for prioritizing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, many are unsure how to achieve & measure success. Join us for BlogHer’s Inclusive Future: Building DEI in the Workplace to hear from DEI thought leaders on identifying your organization’s needs and establishing best practices to cultivate a more diverse & inclusive workplace.

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About this Event

11am ET/8am PT | In Conversation with Silke Muenster & Josefine van Zanten | Denise Hamilton will lead a conversation with Silke Muenster, PMI Chief Diversity Officer, and Josefine van Zanten, Chief Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Officer at IMD to introduce Inclusive Future, a year-long research study on measuring inclusion and diversity in the workplace.

  • Speakers: 
    • Silke Muenster, Chief Diversity Officer, PMI
    • Josefine van Zanten, Chief Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Officer, IMD
  • Moderator:
    • Denise Hamilton, Inclusion Strategist & Founder, WatchHerWork

11:20am ET / 8:20am PT | Cultivating DEI in the Workplace | A conversation on how companies are meeting the challenge of DEI in the global workplace. These experts will share insights from their respective DEI journeys and discuss the corporate responsibility to build an equitable and inclusive future.

  • Speakers:
    • Elise James-DeCruise, Chief Equity Officer, Ad Council
    • Sarah Perugia, DEI Leadership Coach & Keynote Speaker
    • Silke Muenster, Chief Diversity Officer, PMI
  • Moderator:
    • Denise Hamilton, CEO & Founder, WatchHerWork

11:45am ET / 8:45am PT | Creating Positive Change at Any Size: Inclusion and Diversity in Every Workplace | You don't have to be a Fortune 500 company to implement strategies promoting diversity and inclusion within your workplace. No matter the size of your business, business leaders have the responsibility to foster a more inclusive workplace and create meaningful change. Hear from these innovative leaders on creating actionable steps that can serve any organization and business.

  • Speakers:
    • Jolene Delisle, Founder & Head of Creative, The Working Assembly
    • Milka Milliance, Head of Impact & Implementation, Collective
  • Moderator:
    • Sherita Rankins, Diversity Consultant & Founder of
Denise Hamilton

Denise Hamilton is a nationally recognized inclusion strategist and the founder of WatchHerWork, a digital platform for professional women. Denise has been called “The Secret Weapon of CEOs” because her unique super power is the ability to have the most challenging discussions and come out the other side with solutions and a positive direction. She uses this gift to lead workshops, design education programs and coach senior leaders. The goal is to empower individuals and teams to mine and close the gender gap, understand differences, resolve conflict and become better allies.

Elise James-DeCruise

Elise is an Award-Winning Learning & Development Professional and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Practitioner with over 20 years of global experience in the marketing, strategy, design and delivery of programs and experiences (micro/macro) for clients, partners and industry professionals within the workforce, workplace and marketplace and community.


She was recognized by the Chief Learning Officer (CLO) Magazine for Strategy and Innovation for the launch of NMI (New Marketing Institute), recipient of Industry awards recognizing excellence in education and featured in Forbes Magazine as one of the top female leaders to watch in the technology space who is committed to innovation, education and diversity and inclusion.


In her new role as the Chief Equity Officer at the Ad Council, Elise will oversee the organization’s ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion - ultimately informing every aspect of the Ad Council’s mission, workplace culture and public-facing communications.


Prior to joining the Ad Council, she was the Chief Diversity, Inclusion and People Officer at Marcus Thomas, LLC, where she scaled and led Human Resources, L&D, DEI, and Cultural efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the workforce, workplace and marketplace and provided critical guidance and leadership to Marcus Thomas’s multicultural marketing efforts.

Jolene Delisle

Jolene Delisle is a creative director and founding partner of The Working Assembly, a branding agency collaborating with emerging and evolving brands. Jolene manages a multidisciplinary design team through Fortune 100 rebrands, immersive retail experiences, and award-winning integrated creative campaigns. Jolene’s work has been nationally recognized by Communication Arts, Creative Review, Creativity, The One Show, and the Art Director’s Club, as well as featured in Fast Company and The New York Times. In 2019, Jolene created a venture fund committed to investing in BIPOC founders and in 2020, Local Works, a program offering pro bono creative services to small businesses. Jolene is the mother of two toddlers and rarely sleeps in the city that never sleeps -New York City.

Josefine van Zanten

Josefine van Zanten has been active as an HR Executive most of her global career, working in Fortune 500 organizations. As a Senior Vice President, she was in charge of departments of D&I, Culture Change and Leadership and Organizational development.  Her experience spans across various industries with HP (IT), Royal Dutch Shell (Oil and Gas), Royal DSM (life sciences and chemicals), and Lafarge-Holcim (Construction). She currently is the Chief Equity, Inclusion & Diversity (EI&D) officer at IMD, and works as a Senior Advisor, EI&D, with global organizations. Josefine is a partner level HR consultant with the necessary practical experience, leadership and presence required to consult top management on matters that support the business objectives and values and beliefs.


A seasoned well-rounded HR consultant, Josefine performs D&I strategies and Culture Change projects across the entire organization, engaging employees at all levels. She expertly combines strategic insights with practical, tangible and measurable action plans, supported by solid project management skills, and is at ease delivering in complex, fast paced and uncertain environments.  Her work has been global and regional, most often for organizational Headquarters.


Within the fields of EI&D and Culture Change, Josefine covers strategic, operational, and organizational work. She was an early pioneer in Diversity & Inclusion leadership. She received her MBA from the University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, and her BA in Business Administration from Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.  She holds Swiss and Dutch nationalities and is fluent in English, French ,Dutch and German.

Milka Milliance

Milka Milliance, MBA is an inclusion strategist, leadership coach, facilitator, and organizational change consultant. Milka is motivated by leading human-centered change efforts rooted in an individual and collective discovery process. 


Milka is a highly skilled management consultant, executive coach and facilitator with 15+ years of experience leading C-Suit consultations at fortune 100 companies both domestically and internationally. She has an educational background in Cultural Anthropology and is passionate about social justice and racial equity work. She is the founder and CEO of We R Artemis Leadership, a woman's leadership and executive coaching company that focuses on organizational and individual transformations. 

Sarah Perugia

Sarah is a qualified accredited Executive Leadership Coach, as well as a highly experienced Keynote Speaker. She has been working all over the world, helping organizations, teams and individuals flourish, for 20 years.


She is a passionate and active campaigner for improvement in Diversity, Equality & Inclusion. Sarah has a long track record of helping organizations build their female talent pipelines, and create more high-performing gender-equal senior teams. She delivers well-regarded leadership programs for women, giving these leaders the space to build a powerful network and create a roadmap for career success.


Sarah uses her unusual background as a professional actor to help leaders communicate with gravitas, charisma and confidence. She helps them build their leadership brand and hone their influencing skills, manage nerves and use body language to build confidence. This is an invaluable skillset for anyone wanting to make just the right impact as they pitch, present, network and influence.


Sarah has a powerful track record coaching teams and individuals around ‘resilience in leadership’. She travels the world giving powerful keynotes on the subject, and coaching leaders across a wide range of industries. Understanding the psychology, neuroscience and physiology behind managing ourselves is extremely powerful. If we want to be the best and most inclusive leaders we can be, understanding how to show up at our best is vital.


Her previous clients include Microsoft, Bayer, GSK, AstraZeneca, Vodafone, Bank of England, Legal & General, National Audit Office and AstraZeneca.

Sherita Rankins

Sherita J. Rankins is the Creator & Editor-in-Chief of The lifestyle brand that inspires women to be effortlessly stylish, travel more, make smart money decisions and live their best life. Before becoming a full-time entrepreneur in2015, Sherita worked in various business functions, including Finance, Operations, & HR for 10 years. In addition to content creation and blogging, she is also a commercial actress and host. If she wasn't busy enough, in 2020, Sherita started SJR Consulting to help companies proactively strive to foster an environment that embraces all cultures.

Silke Muenster

Ms. Muenster was appointed Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) at Philip Morris International (PMI) in March 2020 –a newly-created role reporting directly to the CEO. She joined PMI in 2011, where she was director, Market and Consumer Research until 2012 when she became vice president, Market Research.


At PMI, she is known for being incredibly proactive on inclusion and diversity (I&D)—she is a coach and mentor to other women, has built a women’s network at PMI and prior to her current role, worked closely with senior leaders across the organization on workplace strategies and tactics to advance I&D. Over the past months, she has successfully expanded the focus of the company’s I&D strategy and established a number of global Employee Resources Groups (including on gender, race and ethnicity, and LGBTQ+ inclusion) with the purpose of creating a space for community and connection among employees, and to foster a sense of belonging, visibility, and greater understanding of different experiences and dimensions of diversity at PMI.


Prior to PMI, she spent 12 years in leading research roles at the Coca-Cola Company, four years at Apollinaris & Schweppes and four years at Marbert Kosmetik. She began her career at Research International after earning her degree in mathematics from Ruhr University, Bochum in Germany.