Leading & Hiring in a Transformed World

Session 1: 12:15 - 1p / Panel A

Arthur T. Matthews, Facilitator

Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, Global Trainers

Arthur Matthews Dr. Arthur Matthews is a Professor at institutions such as NYU and Cornell University. He is a motivational speaker and Chief Playmaker for conscioustrainers.com, which is a boutique firm that provides customized solutions in the areas of bias, diversity/equity/inclusion, conflict resolution, leadership and change. Dr. Matthews earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Howard University School of Law where he served as the President of the Student Body.

Lisa Bernstein

Chief Administrative Officer, SageSure Insurance Managers

Lisa Bernstein Lisa Barse Bernstein is a transformative leader who has successfully built two exceptional Administration and Human Capital functions from the ground up and led the development of two highly successful companies from infancy to institutionalization. Today, Lisa is the Chief Administrative Officer for SageSure Insurance Managers, where she runs the Human Resources, Legal, Corporate Operations and Administrative functions. Before joining SageSure, Lisa had a robust consulting practice, and also played an active role in coaching CEOs on their leadership and people strategies. Until last year she was Senior Partner and Global Head of Human Capital and Administration at Apollo Global Management, where she was at the forefront of Apollo’s philanthropic and diversity and inclusion initiatives. She
also oversaw all charitable giving on behalf of Apollo and spearheaded the creation of the Apollo Foundation, which is focused on giving back to the communities in which the organization works through financial support and volunteerism. Lisa is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at Change for Kids. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she earned an AB in Political Science, and the Fordham University School of Law, where she earned her JD.

Joy Pittman

Business & Leadership Development Consultant, J. V. P. Legacy

Joy Pittman @thinkwithjoy @svplegacy
Joy Pittman is the proud founder of J.V.P. Legacy, an NJ based consulting firm that supports small to midsized business enterprises and not for profit organizations in creating cost-effective, people-centered and inclusive business solutions. Leveraging more than a decade of experience and a passion for building people, she has been featured on a number of print, media and event platforms including Thrive Global, VoyageATL, She Leads Podcast, and iSpeakAfricaChat. Joy is a member of the advisory board for the Transformative Leadership Program at Pace University - Lubin School of Business and VP of the Board of Directors for The Life Equip Group, Joy holds a Master’s in Human Resources Management, Bachelor’s in Economics, SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications and is a 2022 JD Candidate at Rutgers Law School in Newark, NJ.

Ron Rapatalo

Principal, Edgility Consulting

Ron Rapatalo @phenomeron
Ron Rapatalo is a seasoned recruiter whose career vision is coaching, connecting and inspiring others to find their best selves through healthier living, increased mindfulness/interconnection and stronger intention/strategy. A talent shepherd for 15+ years, Ron has recruited and selected hundreds of candidates to become education and nonprofit leaders. He joined Edgility full-time in September 2018 after consulting with them and other search firms for over 4 years. Ron is an active member of the NYU alumni community for over 20 years, currently serving as an Officer Emeritus of the NYU Alumni Association. He is also an active member of the Education Leaders of Color and a 2009 Coro Leadership New York alumnus.

Ify Walker

CEO, Offor

Ify Walker @IfyWalker
Ify Walker is the CEO of Offor - the talent broker company, known for its no-nonsense results-oriented approach to challenging who decides and how we decide to hire, promote, and pay executive women in our country.Offor's portfolio of clients includes organizations like Beyond 12, Citizens of the World Charter Schools, /dev/color, and OneGoal. Over the past several years, more than 90% of new hires -- into historically white institutions -- identified as executives of color from Asian, Black, and Latinx backgrounds. Her work has been featured in The Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fast Company, and PBS News Hour. Ify is an attorney by training and a proud product of Nigerian parents, the original dairy state, and Head Start. She is a mother of two, a sister to five, and wife to the best decision she's ever made. When she's not running a growing national firm and challenging the meritocracy myth, you can find her running Mom's School of Excellence.