Inclusion and Diversity


Workforce Planning and Organizational Development to Support Innovation

Most innovation managers know that people are at the core of innovation but how do you transform from a process driven corporate office to a collaborative and creative solution center? How do you build tools and processes so that inclusion and diversity are key parts of all innovation efforts? This session shares ways to focus on your employees, those you have and those you need now and tomorrow. Hiring and promotion criteria to strengthen company’s innovation ‘gene pool’. We discuss how to leverage embedded competencies and assets, how to encourage teams to challenge accepted norms and practices, to anticipate trends and understand the opportunities that arise from these. How do you develop internal competency for innovation, a capability that is ongoing and sustainable? How do you ensure that managers have the right knowledge, skills and experience are engaged? What organizational change is necessary to promote collaboration, learning and experimentation? How best to share ideas and knowledge freely? What type of structure should project teams have? Where should they be located? How do we ensure lessons learned from success and failure are captured and shared, not punished? Hear how to anticipate the impact of proposed disruption to stakeholders and develop strategies to alleviate that – workforce planning that can adapt to ensure the company thrives.



IRC Advisory

Energetic, connected, innovative, results driven and strategic leadership, are just some of the word used when describing Kirsten Trusko. A veteran of financial services, emerging payments, FinTech, healthcare and benefits, Kirsten is a sought after international speaker, expert witness, consultant and business influencer. As the president and founder of IRC Advisory, Kirsten and her teams of experts lead a multitude of work across many verticals. Learn more and connect with Kirsten by visiting


Founder and CEO of The Mentor Method

Janice Omadeke is the Founder and CEO of The Mentor Method. The Mentor Method is a career development platform empowering minorities, women, and underrepresented tech talent to learn to lead with confidence by connecting rising stars to career mentors from companies interested in hiring diversely. She is shameless in her mission to provide resources to women interested in leadership positions. For her innovative approach to mentoring, Janice was selected for MIT’s Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, the 1776 Global Accelerator, and attended the White House Summit on Building the Tech Workforce of Tomorrow.


Executive Director, ByteBack

Elizabeth Lindsey is the Executive Director of Byte Back, a Washington, DC based nonprofit providing free technology education and career training to unemployed adults. Under Elizabeth’s leadership, Byte Back’s innovative training pathway is earning national attention and support. The dynamic organization helps people traditionally left out of the tech sector reach their potential in living-wage careers.

Prior to joining Byte Back in 2015, Elizabeth served for four years as the Chief Operating Officer of Groundswell, a DC-based environmental nonprofit. She oversaw Groundswell’s evolution from a start-up, community-based organization into a nationally-recognized social enterprise.

Elizabeth also helped lead workforce development efforts with the DC Department of Employment Services and minority and women small business development with the New Jersey Department of the Treasury. She earned her master’s in public affairs and urban and regional planning from Princeton University and her bachelor’s from Swarthmore College.

Elizabeth serves on the Board of Directors of The Workplace DC, the Goodwill Excel Center, The Engine Room, and the National Digital Inclusion Alliance. She competed in two WeWork Creator Awards pitch competitions, winning a total of $720,000 for Byte Back. Elizabeth is a recognized leader in tech, featured in the Washington Business Journal and named a 2017 Tech Titan by the Washingtonian, a DC Inno 50 on Fire Winner, and a DCA Live New Power Woman of DC Tech. She also serves as an Organizer for DC Tech Meetup, with 22,000 members.

Elizabeth is dedicated to helping people thrive in a digital society and to creating a pathway to living-wage careers for thousands of people.


Washington D.C. Economic Partnership

Kevin Morgan helps socially driven startups, companies, and nonprofits turn ideas into products and products into well-run organizations that achieve measurable impact.

Kevin is founder of, an executive advisory firm that combines lean startup methodologies with strategic management oversight to grow new organizations. Before that he was the chief operating officer at Anant Corporation, a co-founder of Stratcon Energy, and a member of the founding team of Applied Solutions.

Kevin earned M.S. in Foreign Service focusing on global finance and trade from Georgetown University and a B.S. in International Relations from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a concentration in IT Management. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).


Fish & Richardson, P.C.

Kia Scipio is the Diversity & Inclusion Manager for Fish & Richardson, and is based in the firm’s Washington D.C. office. Under the direction of Fish’s Chief Professional Development Officer, Ms. Scipio manages the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion initiative, which focuses on embeding diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency into the firm’s day-to-day operations. She is also responsible for planning, developing, and directing strategies to help Fish effectively recruit, develop, and retain its diverse workforce. Ms. Scipio works closely with Fish’s Diversity Committee, EMPOWER Women’s Initiative, and other strategic teams to support the firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Prior to joining Fish, Ms. Scipio served as the Associate Director of Small & Medium Firm Initiatives and Diversity & Inclusion for Georgetown University Law Center’s Office of Career Strategy. In this role, she counseled law students and employers on issues related to diversity and inclusion. Ms. Scipio has also held senior positions at two large Washington, D.C. law firms, where she managed professional development, mentorship and attorney training initiatives. She frequently serves as an Adjunct Professor on a variety of topics related to diversity, inclusion and women leadership initiatives.

Ms. Scipio is an active member of NALP, having chaired the Strategic Planning Taskforce for NALP’s Diversity & Inclusion Section. She also served on the Planning Committee for NALP’s Professional Development Institute. In addition to her involvement with NALP, Ms. Scipio is a former Board Member for the Washington Area Legal Recruitment Administrators Association.