Let’s Talk: Diversity & Inclusion Series #2

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Let’s Talk: Diversity & Inclusion Series #2

February 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


We are very excited to continue with our newest series of virtual events dedicated to Diversity & Inclusion. Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors IPSEN and EY for supporting FACCNE’s newest event series. We know that diversity and inclusion are key priorities for Ipsen & EY. It is core to who they are and how they work.

We are also pleased to partner for this event with the American Chamber of Commerce in France, as well as the French-American Chambers of Commerce Atlanta and  Chicago. 




Join us on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 @ 12pm EST/18H Paris Time for the second event of this series, “Revamping Your D&I Initiatives to Embrace Racial Equity.” 

Charlene Thomas (UPS), Keyra Johnson (Delta), and Deisha Barnett (The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce) will share with us their experiences and reflections related to racial equity in the workplace and tips to actively counter forms of discrimination & inequality. This panel discussion is a great opportunity for professionals of all sectors from all company sizes to discuss and share their perspectives on how we each address diversity, inclusion, and equity in the business world.

Attendees will have the opportunity for a 30-40 minute panel discussion, followed by Q&A with guest speakers.


This event is FREE and open to ALL!











Charlene Thomas, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, UPS

Charlene Thomas serves as Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for UPS and is a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team. In her previous role of Chief Human Resources Officer, she guided UPS’s transformation and HR initiatives to optimize the talent, leadership and culture for the company’s more than 528,000 employees worldwide.

Previously, she served as President of the West Region with responsibility for all package delivery operations in the U.S. central and western states.

Charlene began her UPS career in 1989, progressing through successive leadership roles in U.S. Operations, including the West Chester, PA and Metro Philadelphia District. She served as package division manager in Baltimore, and operations manager for the Alabama District. She later joined the Desert Mountain District as West Operations package operations manager and was promoted to President, Mid-South District and later President, North Atlantic District.   Charlene also has held roles in global marketing, corporate learning and talent development as the U.S. operations training director.

Recently, Charlene served on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, Orangewood Foundation in Orange County, CA and as an executive board member for Habitat for Humanity. Charlene is also a member of The Executive Leadership Council. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Temple University and an MBA from Eastern University.









Keyra Lynn Johnson, Managing Director and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Delta Air Lines
Keyra Lynn Johnson is Managing Director and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Delta Air Lines. She is charged with leading the company in modeling a comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategy with supporting programs, initiatives and action plans that have impact on Delta employees, customers and the community. Under Keyra’s leadership, Delta’s strategy seeks diversity, promotes inclusion and drives accountability for actions that foster sustainable results.
She also oversees The Delta Care and Scholarship Funds Inc., the company’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit available to help Delta people when facing a sudden, unexpected personal crisis or provide scholarships to assist employees and their families advance their education.
Prior to joining Delta’s HR Global Talent team in 2016, Keyra served as Delta’s Managing Director – Corporate Communications. In that role, she set the course for the company’s global communications strategies, overseeing teams responsible for employee communications, public relations, international communications, the corporate intranet and leadership communications.
Keyra began her career at Delta more than 20 years ago on the front line. Under her leadership, Delta has been honored with numerous diversity and inclusion-related distinctions. Keyra also has been named to the top Executives in Global Diversity list, Most Powerful Women in Corporate Diversity list by Black Enterprise, and Corporate Advocate for Inclusion by Rainbow PUSH.













Deisha Barnett, Chief Brand and Communications Officer, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

Deisha is an accomplished leader who shapes communications strategies, counsels CEOs, advocates for inclusion and grows teams. She is a passionate driver of transformative initiatives that generate results – whether targeting investors, analysts, consumers, employees or community stakeholders.

Deisha leads the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s strategic focus on promoting Atlanta and is the organization’s head of diversity and inclusion. Her team spans across internal communications, media relations, speech writing, digital communications, traditional marketing and the region’s millennial and gen Z-targeted movement, ChooseATL. She also leads the organization’s inside-out approach to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, including efforts that aim to drive collaboration and collective impact among the region’s diversity and inclusion leaders.

In September 2020, Deisha was appointed to the board of directors for skincare brand Urban Skin Rx. Deisha is a proud alumna of Clark Atlanta University.


February 23
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm