What It’s About

As a business leader in the mining industry, you recognize the importance of gender diversity and acknowledge it promotes innovation, increases sales, and strengthens your bottom line. Yet you are faced with the challenges of recruiting women of all races/ethnicities and backgrounds, in addition to retaining and advancing these women often in environments that are not set up for them to succeed.

This unique conference provides you as leaders with the practical resources and cutting edge methods to become proficient in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women and creating a more diverse and multicultural workplace for all.

Who Should Attend

This is a conference specifically designed for business leaders in the mining industry, the women they aspire to recruit, and the women they support who want to succeed and advance.

Who Should Attend:

  • Business Leaders in Mining
  • Chief Diversity Officers, VPs, Directors, and Talent Managers
  • People Managers, Line Managers and Business Unit Leaders
  • Mine Managers and Superintendents
  • Diversity Change Management Agents

2022 Speakers

Viviane Ajub

Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Vale

Viviane is a Human Resources professional with over 20 years of experience. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a MBA degree and a Post-graduation in Human Resources Management. She has held a variety of strategic and leadership positions in agriculture and mining companies, working in several countries such as Brazil, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Peru. Since September 2020, she has assumed the Diversity and Inclusion global manager role at Vale. Viviane has deep knowledge of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Organizational Development, HR Business Partner Model, Talent Development, Employee’s Engagement, Organizational Design and HR metrics.


Subha V. Barry

President of Seramount at EAB

Subha Barry is a C-suite leader and an Advisor who brings a unique perspective on the alignment of corporate culture to talent strategy and business results. As a transformational change agent, she has a proven record of identifying and accelerating new business creation, driving sales, and increasing profitability.

She is president of Seramount, now part of EAB. Seramount is a strategic professional services firm dedicated to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. Here, she drives the firm’s vision, strategy, and business development.

Prior to Seramount, Subha was SVP and Chief Diversity Officer at Freddie Mac, where she served on the firm’s management committee and led their Foundation. During her 20+ years at Merrill Lynch, Subha was a Managing Director and the company’s first Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, driving strategy, infrastructure and execution with a lens on both global and local community.

She has taught Gender Policy at Columbia University and speaks passionately about the ability to drive innovation by embracing diversity and creating a culture of inclusion. She serves on a number of boards aligned with her passions—education, cancer research, and women’s advancement.

A native of India, Subha holds a BA from Bombay University and an MBA and MS in Accounting from Rice University. She enjoys golfing, reading poetry and rallying for social change. She has two grown children and lives in Naples, Florida and New Hope, PA with her husband.

James Bonnor

President of EMEA Region

James Bonnor is the President of EMEA Region and a member of the global Executive Committee for Orica Limited.

He is responsible for the leadership and strategic development of the Orica business across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Based in London, United Kingdom, James leads a team of more than 2000 across 21 countries that Orica operates in the EMEA region.

He is passionate about employee safety, developing trusted customer relationships and delivering value based technology differentiation.

As a member of the EXCO and various internal Orica boards, James works with the leadership team to establish and implement global strategies.


James joined Orica (then ICI) in 1995 as a Product Manager in the ICI Crop Care chemicals business, based in New Zealand. With a strong background in customer facing commercial activity and functional experience in marketing, he has since held other marketing and business management roles within Orica.

In 2002 James joined the Orica Chemicals group as General Manager of Orica Chemnet, located in New Zealand. He then moved to Australia in 2005, taking up the General Manager role of Orica Adhesives and Resins.

Since his move into the Orica Mining Services Division in 2007, James has held a number of executive roles including: Senior Vice President of the Global Ammonium Nitrate and Explosives Marketing based in Denver; President of Orica Mining Services Latin America based in Santiago, Chile; General Manager Australia / Asia based in Newcastle, Australia; and most recently President Orica North America based in Denver, Colorado.

Prior to joining Orica, James had experience within the pharmaceuticals’ and investment banking industries, based in New Zealand and the UK.

With his career at Orica spanning more than 27 years, James has in depth expertise and experience across many areas, including product commercialisation, sales, operations, marketing strategy and customer relationship management. In his roles with Orica, he has worked with customers across a range of market segments, including open cut coal, open cut metals, underground mining, quarrying and construction.

Appointments and memberships

Various Orica Internal and Joint Venture Boards

Member of the Board of Governors Safex International

Beth Borody

Director, Sustainability at New Gold Inc.

Having worked extensively in Sub-Saharan Africa and Canada, Beth brings a uniquely global worldview to her work. With experience working with Government, Private Sector and Non-Profits, Beth is able to connect the dots to develop creative solutions to the most pressure ESG issues facing the industry today. She believes in creating and implementing positive change involving sustainability, on both an environmental and social context. She has actively worked with Indigenous partners to promote economic inclusion, more diverse supply chains and to address challenges related to climate action, water management and reclamation. These experiences have led to an in-depth understanding of the holistic planetary impact on and from industry in critical decision making.

With strong ties to the communities around her, including Indigenous Peoples, Beth ensures that all voices are brought to the table when her team makes decisions. Understanding people and their stories is an important part of being able to think strategically, as well as empathetically.

Beth does not shy away from complex and challenging problems, but instead approaches them with a people-centric mindset followed by data-driven design solutions. She offers a fresh, new and innovative voice in the mining industry and is committed to propelling this industry into the future.

Jennifer Cmil

Executive Vice President, Human Resources

Jen Cmil was appointed Executive Vice President, Human Resources in October 2019 and as Senior Vice President, Human Resources in June 2019 after having previously served as Vice President, Talent Management since February 2018. Jen joined Newmont in 2010 and has held the roles of Group Executive, Human Resources and Senior Director, Human Resources. Prior to Newmont, Jen held leadership positions in human resources across multiple industries, including Vice President of Human Resources at Level 3 Telecommunications, Senior Human Resources Director at KB Home and Human Resources Business Partner at Sun Microsystems, where she began her career in 1994. She has a proven track record of partnering with senior leaders to increase performance and engagement through partnership with Human Resources and she is passionate about developing individuals and teams. Jen received her Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University and her Master’s of Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Marilaine Vieira Da Costa

CEO – Energy & Resources – Sodexo On-Site Brazil

Graduated in Logistics Technology, postgraduate in Business Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) and studying an MBA in Logistics and Supply Chain at the same institution, Marilaine Vieira da Costa is passionate about knowledge and continually seeks to develop her skills and abilities.

Marilaine has more than 28 years of experience in the food market, including 26 years at Sodexo.

She has held several positions within the company in the areas of Operations and Supply Management, operating throughout the country and leading teams with excellence.

Currently, Marilaine is the CEO of the Energy and Resources segment and in her position is responsible for strengthening the segment’s strategy in Brazil and developing plans that support the delivery of results and directly contribute to the growth of Sodexo On-site in the country.

In addition, she is sponsor of the Brazil Region for the pillar of races and ethnicities, acting in this way, not only to have a diverse world, but also an inclusive one.

Barbara Dischinger

Director, International Women in Mining

Barbara Dischinger is passionate about the advancement & promotion of women. She set up Women in Mining UK in April 2006 and International Women in Mining in November 2007.

Barbara worked in executive search for 15 years of which 9 years in mining prior to joining the WISE Campaign (Women in Science and Engineering) in 2015 to advance her knowledge of Diversity & Inclusion, role she held for 4 years. She sat on the steering committee of Women in Rail in the UK from 2015 to 2020.

Since January 2019 she divides her time between the international mentoring programme she helped develop and delivering IWiM’s growth strategy.

Kevin Edwards, PE, MBB

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer| Bechtel Corporation

Kevin is leading the Diversity and Inclusion program at Bechtel. The talent management, promotion process, BRGs and other people processes will be updated to support our inclusion and diversity commitments. Additionally, we will partner with several key partner schools and minority professional conferences to attract diverse, engineering, procurement and construction talent to the organization.

Previous Experience
As a member of the Infrastructure GBU Functional management team, Kevin led the Quality and Six Sigma function and collaborated with functional leaders from Engineering, Procurement, Construction and other functions as part of an integrated leadership team. Kevin’s team was responsible for developing and maintaining certified management systems for Quality (ISO9001) and Collaborative Working (BS11000) and providing Quality Assurance, Quality Systems Engineering and Six Sigma business improvement expertise across the GBU.

Kevin was Corporate Quality & Six Sigma’s Integration and Effectiveness Manager responsible for the development and implementation of the quality and continuous improvement tools throughout the enterprise. Before his Corporate assignment, Kevin was the Field Engineering Manager for the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, ensuring the design drawing (IFCs), specifications and supplier documents were implemented during the direct hire (DH) construction field activities.

Previous positions also included Lead Field Engineer (Civil) and Lead Resident Engineer. Six Sigma played a part in Kevin’s Bechtel background as he held a Project Master Black Belt position for the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project and was the Six Sigma Deployment Coordinator/MBB/BB for Bechtel’s Communications Business Line.

Kevin earned his Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, and his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Rutgers University.

Karilyn Farmer

Mining Expert | McKinsey and Company

Karilyn Farmer is a mining executive who started her career in the eastern Goldfields of Western Australia in the late 1980’s. She has extensive industry experience having held operational roles in exploration and mining before moving into corporate roles. In the last 5 years, Karilyn serves as a Mining Expert at McKinsey. A geologist by training has worked across multiple commodities worldwide and seen many changes in the industry and approach to diversity.

Resa Furey

Director of Marketing and Business Development| Stantec’s

Resa Furey is the Director of Marketing and Business Development for Stantec’s global mining business and has more than 18 years experience in the mining industry. She is passionate about advancing knowledge to push limits and expand the understanding of mining. She currently leads a Net Zero Mining initiative to help mining companies reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, replace their energy with cleaner sources and prepare the industry for the net zero world. Resa is multi-lingual and has published widely on tailings risk, water management, and diversity, equity and inclusion in mining. She recently served as Chair of Women in Mining Canada and in 2018, was named to the 100 Inspirational Women in Mining list.

Melissa Gustafson

VP, Talent Management

Melissa Gustafson has been with Newmont for 15 years and currently serves as VP, Talent Management. During Melissa’s tenure at Newmont she has held various roles in Human Resources and has also led enterprise projects including Business Process Full Potential, focused on outsourcing select process and evolving the operating model; additionally Melissa was a member of the Integration Management team following the Goldcorp acquisition focused on Change Management, Communications and Organizational Design.  Prior to joining Newmont, Melissa served in Leadership Development roles at Frontier Airlines and Time Warner Telecom. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Communications from Villanova University in Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Denver in Colorado; Melissa has her coaching certification from Columbia University.

Jeffery Tobias Halter

Consultant, Author, Gender Strategist and President of YWomen

Jeffery Tobias Halter is a Consultant, Author, Gender Strategist and the President of YWomen, a strategic consulting company focused on engaging men in women’s leadership advancement. YWomen focuses on driving actionable business plans and strategies to help organizations create Integrated Women’s Leadership Strategies. Jeffery is the former Director of Diversity Strategy for The Coca-Cola Company. Jeffery is a two-time TEDx speaker and the author of two books, including WHY WOMEN, The Leadership Imperative to Advancing Women and Engaging Men. His clients include IBM, Amazon, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and dozens of other Fortune 500 companies. Jeffery currently is on the Board of Directors Trustees for the Miss America Organization.

http://www.ywomen.biz/ | LinkedIn | @YWomen | Facebook

Melissa Harmon

Vice President, North America, Productivity​

Melissa Harmon started with Newmont as a graduate Mine Engineer in 2000 at the Carlin Mine in Nevada. She has worked at Carlin, Ahafo, Corporate Technical Services, Akyem, Twin Creeks, NA Regional Office and now at CC&V. She has held General Manager roles since 2017. She holds an M.B.A. from Auburn University and a B.Sc. in Mine Engineering from University of Nevada.​

Stephanie Hertzog

Chief Executive Officer, Energy & Resources Head of Global Energy Strategic Accounts at Sodexo

Stephanie Hertzog is CEO, Energy & Resources and Head of Global Energy Strategic Accounts for Sodexo, the global leader in Quality of Life services. Ms. Hertzog also serves as a member of the North America and US Leadership Committees. She is responsible for the Energy & Resources North America operations, as well as the strategy, retention, and growth of global clients. She is an active mentor and executive sponsor of Sodexo’s Employee Business Resource Group (EBRG), SoTogether, an EBRG fostering a culture where enhancing women’s individual and professional growth contributes to the global success of our company and the communities Sodexo serves.

Ms. Hertzog has more than 20 years of experience in consulting, business development and general management roles in energy and industrial services organizations. Prior to Sodexo, she was a founding management team member and Senior Vice President with Houston-based Tally Energy Services. Ms. Hertzog is a member of the Executive Women’s Partnership and the inaugural cohort of McKinsey & Co’s Advancing Women in Energy. She chaired the Texas A&M Department of Chemical Engineering Advisory Council and participated in the College of Engineering Council and Engineering Honors Steering Committee. She has been President and Board Member of the Harvard Business School Club of Houston and Vice President of the HBS Alumni Board. She also Chaired the Education Foundation of Harris County Board and has been a mentor with the EMERGE program.

Ms. Hertzog was a recipient of the 2020 50 Most Powerful Women in Oil & Gas, 2018 Outstanding Texas A&M University College of Engineering Alumni, and 2018 Women Who Mean Business Outstanding Leaders in Energy Awards.

W. Brad Johnson, PhD

Co-Author, Good Guys and Athena Rising | Professor of Psychology in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the United States Naval Academy | Faculty Associate in the Graduate School of Education at Johns Hopkins

Brad Johnson, PhDis Professor ofPsychology in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the United States Naval Academy, and a Faculty Associate in the Graduate School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. A clinical psychologist, Dr. Johnson is a mentoring expert specializing in developing gender-inclusive mentoring cultures for organizations around the globe. Dr. Johnson is the author of numerous publications including 14 books, in the areas of mentoring, professional ethics, gender inclusion. Recent books include: Good Guys: How Men Can Become Better Allies for Women in the Workplace, Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women (both with David Smith) and the Elements of Mentoring 3rd Ed. (with Charles Ridley).

Workplace Allies | wbradjohnson.com | LinkedIn

Michael Lefenfeld

CEO, Cyanco Inc.

Michael Lefenfeld is a serial entrepreneur and technology thought leader who specializes in developing disruptive chemically based technologies. He currently holds the position of CEO at Cyanco, Inc., a global manufacturer of gold and silver extraction materials, where he is driving the effort to make recovery safer and more efficient.

A scientist at heart and an entrepreneur by nature, he has dedicated his career to cutting edge scientific research that has led to safer industrial environments, better medical technologies and more effective, affordable energy solutions. He embraced his ability for commercializing new technologies at an early age by launching and selling several companies.

As a business leader, Michael focuses on transforming traditional commodity businesses into 21st-century organizations that are more aligned with the needs of today’s society and environment. He has played a key role in developing cleaner energy alternatives, ranging from hydrogen generation materials for portable fuel cells to more sustainable oil recovery technologies. He is also able to envision innovative new technology models and is frequently called upon to help customers and partner organizations develop new sustainable models to transform ingrained, outdated practices.

Michael holds a Masters of Philosophy degree in Chemistry and a MS in Chemistry from Columbia University, along with a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Hass School of Business and an adjunct faculty scholar at Michigan State University. He holds more than 100 patents pending in areas including medical devices, controlled release, chemical reactivity and information technology.

Milena Martins/h4>

Global Head of Culture Transformation, Talent and Engagement at Vale

Milena is Brazilian, with background in Business Administration and emphasis on Psychology and Finance. During her 23 years of experience, worked in the various HR subsystems and M&A projects, leading HR Operations and global roles out of Brazil and London for Royal Dutch Shell. She worked for different businesses such as Sales & Marketing, Plants, Logistics, Supply, Exploration/Production of natural resources, leading relevant organizational transformations, cultural transitions and growth, always having the talent strategy as the key enabler for the change. She has had some experience with the innovation/startups market, supporting ramping up, the Governance and the people agendas, creating culture content for innovation methodologies. Milena has a passion for Diversity impacting performance through active inclusion and people engagement in its full potential.


Tarusha Moonsamy

Associate Partner | McKinsey and Company

For 9 years I served at an underground coal mining division of a large Petrochemical company in South Africa, working my way up from leading production teams to managing strategic projects. I also worked as a business planner and Six Sigma Blackbelt project engineer, with projects in underground coal production & mine services optimization. For the past 7 years, I have worked as a management consultant, leading large teams serving mining clients in Africa, Australia and North America on operations improvements, transformations (cost and production) and project management offices.

My deep passion for mining & metals also allows me to work across topics, e.g. market shifts and diversity in mining and capability building.

Ramsey Musa

Senior Vice President, Supply Chain

Ramsey Musa serves as Vice President, Supply Chain after having been elected Vice President, Global Supply Management in November 2014 and serving as interim head of Global Supply Chain Management since July 2014. He previously served as Group Executive, Supply Chain Operations and Capital Projects since 2012 and Senior Director, Global Supply Chain Operations since 2009 when he joined Newmont. Prior to joining Newmont, Mr. Musa was a Strategic Category Team Manager at Freeport McMorran and Senior Manager, Supply Chain Materials Commodity Management at Intel Corporation. Mr. Musa received his Bachelor of Science degree in Supply Chain Management from Arizona State University.

Beatrice Opoku-Asare

Senior Director, Global Talent Management, Inclusion and Diversity at Newmont Corp.

Beatrice Opoku-Asare is currently Senior Director, Global Talent Management, Inclusion and Diversity at Newmont Corp.; the world’s largest gold mining company. She is originally from Ghana and has worked in Newmont’s global headquarters in Denver, Colorado for the past 6 years and a total of 11 years at other operations. She is a charismatic change maker and her role involves partnering with the Board of Directors, executives and each operating region globally to build an inclusive workplace where everyone can thrive. Her role was most recently expanded to include a focus on Newmont’s Talent Management efforts globally which includes Talent and Leadership Development, Succession Planning, Performance management, University Strategy and Newmont’s Graduate Development Program, etc.

Beatrice has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, is one of the Elite100 black women in Corporate America by Diversity Woman Magazine and on the 2018 Most Inspirational Women in Mining by Women in Mining UK. She is a board member of the Colorado Diversity Council and non-exec Board member of the International Women in Mining. Beatrice is an environmental scientist, a Senior Professional in HR (SPHR) certified by the Human Resources Institute and a graduate of Yale School of Management’s Women’s Leadership Program and lives in Colorado with her husband and two kids.

Ian Pearce

Chairman, New Gold Inc.

Ian Pearce is a Corporate Director with over 35 years of professional experience in the global metallurgy and mining related industries. Ian has held progressively senior engineering and project management roles with Fluor Inc., including managing numerous significant development projects in the extractive sector. He also held executive roles at Falconbridge Limited, including Chief Operating Officer and subsequently served as Chief Executive Officer of Xstrata Nickel, a subsidiary of Xstrata plc.

Mr. Pearce currently is a Director of New Gold Inc, where he is Chair of the Board, Director of Metso Outotec Corporation, Director of Northland Power and is also a Director of NextSource Materials.

Mr. Pearce holds a Higher National Diploma in Engineering (Mineral Processing) from the University of Johannesburg and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

He has served as Chair of the Mining Association of Canada, Chair of the Nickel Institute, and previously served as a board member of the Canadian Opera company. Ian also served as a member of the advisory board for WXN. Presently he serves on the Trans Canada Trail Foundation board and is the incoming President for Canadian Institute for Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum (CIM).

Alixandra Pollack

Vice President, MARC

Alix is a Vice President in the Learning and Advisory Services department where she leads MARC (Men Advocating Real Change). Prior to her role leading MARC, Alix was a member of the Research department, where she focused on engaging men, intersections of gender, race, and ethnicity, and culture of inclusion. She also provides leadership for Catalyst’s work in Latin America.

Before joining Catalyst in 2011, Alix was an Advisor for the Permanent Mission of the Cote D’Ivoire at the United Nations. She holds a BA from Brandeis University and MPH in Global Public Health from George Washington University.

Dr. Sheila Robinson

Founder, Publisher & CEO, Diversity Woman Media

Dr. Sheila Robinson is a celebrated publisher, author on leadership, inspiring speaker and talent innovation specialist. Her company Diversity Woman Media is recognized nationally as a leading multi-platform enterprise with program offerings that advances all dimensions of diversity and inclusion (D&I).

An expert in diversity and inclusion Dr. Robinson helps leading companies transform their culture to reach gender parity, equity and belonging by combining her first-hand experience climbing the corporate ladder with the highest academic degrees, best practices from her leading magazines, and a deep passion for evidence-based workplace learnings.

During her 14-year career at a Fortune 100 company, Dr. Robinson rose from working on the factory floor to the executive office, ultimately directing communications for a $6 billion division of a global chemical company. Her experiences, including the obstacles she faced as an African-American businesswoman in the South, led her to want to help other business leaders achieve leadership success in their career journey. Over the past two decades Diversity Woman Media has grown to become a multi-faceted company that helps customers drive and deliver business results through diversity, inclusion, and talent development initiatives.

Dr. Robinson is the author of two books: Lead by Example: An Insider’s Look at How to Successfully Lead in Corporate America and Entrepreneurship (2014) and Your Tool Kit for Success: The Professional Woman’s Guide for Advancing to the C-Suite (2017)

She serves with the most influential organizations that are working to foster equity, equality and inclusive workplaces, including: Paradigm for Parity (Advisory Board Member), Catalyst (Strategic Business Partner), Executive Leadership Council (Media Partner), Women’s Business Collaborative (WBC – Chair of Diversity), Twitter (Member, Inclusion Diversity Council), and Simmons College Institute for Inclusive Leadership (Board of Advisors).

She holds certificates from Stanford University’s Professional Publishing Program (2007), Wharton’s School of Business Chief Learning Officer Program (2013) and Cornell University’s Diversity and Inclusion Program (2019). In 2017 she became a Certified Executive Coach and member of the International Coach Federation, the world’s largest community of professionally trained coaches and is an advisor to CEO’s and CHRO’s.

Dr. Robinson earned both a Masters of Education and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Awo A. Quaison Sackey

Regional Vice President, Human Resources |Newmont

Awo Quaison-Sackey is a human resources, finance, law and general management professional with about 40 years of varied industry experience internationally, primarily in human resources management. She has a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from the University of Ghana, Master of Laws, LLM (1976) and Masters of Business Administration (1978) from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the USA.

Awo has held several management and leadership roles with multinational companies always with the commitment to continuous improvement in the efficient implementation of all aspects of leadership, gender diversity and inclusion.

She is currently the Regional Vice President, Human Resources, at Newmont responsible for the Africa region. Prior to joining Newmont in 2017, she was the Vice President Human Resources, International and 2VP Enterprise Leadership and Organizational Development at Travelers in the USA from 2012 to early 2017. Prior to that, she held a variety of management and executive positions with United Technologies, Southern New England Telecommunications (now AT&T), Avon Products and UGI Corporation.

In addition to her career positions, Ms. Quaison-Sackey is an active volunteer, currently serving on the Council for Foreign Relations Ghana and participating with Landmark Worldwide in their leadership and development programs. In the past, Ms. Quaison-Sackey served as chairperson of the Global Advisory Committee launched by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) to build strategic partnerships between African information technology entrepreneurs and women’s organizations and business associations in Africa. She was a co-founder of the Digital Diaspora Network for Africa in the early 2000s – a network of entrepreneurs, corporations, the United Nations and nonprofit organizations – whose purpose at the time was to leverage the resources of the diaspora to enable economic development in Africa. Awo is also a past member of the Board of the World Affairs Council of Hartford, Connecticut and Young New Yorkers, an organization dedicated to transforming the criminal justice system through arts-based diversion programs.

Awo believes in the power of leaders creating leaders, mentoring young professionals and shaping them to take up future leadership roles as a key lever in building inclusion and diversity, all towards the broader sustainability of the industry.

Awo has one son and a brand new granddaughter. She splits her time with a hybrid work arrangement, working from both Detroit, Michigan and Winneba, Ghana.

Sandra Quince

Chief Executive Officer

Sandra Quince is the Chief Executive Officer responsible for leading all elements of P4P’sstrategic plan, financial, programmatic, and operational performance of the organization. She works with the coalition’s co-chairs and Board of Directors to oversee and execute the organization’s strategic vision and growth plan.

Prior to this role, Sandra was the Diversity & Inclusion Executive responsible for the Global Diversity & Inclusion Council (GDIC)with Bank of America. In this role, she supported the CEO and Chief Diversity Officer in delivering the global D&I strategy. Sandra’s work with the GDIC focused on growing diverse representation of the workforce, promoting an inclusive workplace where all employees can achieve their goals and meet the needs of customers. Sandra was also the head of D&I for the bank’s Global Human Resources, an organization of over 2500 employees.

Sandra’s role with Bank of America included serving as the Market President Human Resources Leader for Oklahoma, responsible for driving employee engagement, retention and talent management for the Tulsa and Oklahoma City markets.

Sandra has over 15 years of experience in Human Resources where she has driven work efforts in the areas of diversity and inclusion, talent management and development and learning across multiple organizations and industries.

Sandra serves the community through her contributions to the executive committee and board for Family & Children’s Services, a leading provider of behavioral health care and family services in Tulsa; Chair of the Black Women Business Owners of America board, a business association that supports African American women business owners, entrepreneurs, and start-up foundations across the country; and a member of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits board, a nonprofit organization for strengthening the nonprofit sector through training, consulting, advocacy, membership, networking and awards. Sandra is a member of the Greenwood Rising inaugural board dedicated to educating Oklahomans and Americans about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and its impact on the state and nation. She is also a board member with the African American Leadership Academy and on the Tulsa Innovation Labs Leadership Council.

Sandra is a member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Sandra is a graduate of Florida State University and is married to Alexander Quince; the couple have a son, Kaleb.

Dorena Quinn

Global Vice President, People, at IAMGOLD Corporation

Dorena Quinn is the Global Vice President, People, at IAMGOLD Corporation, a gold mining company with assets across three continents. Dorena is responsible for the architecture, implementation, and oversight of global human capital processes, programs and leadership capabilities driving performance, engagement, inclusion & belonging, setting a foundation for a truly differentiated workplace culture that has become a competitive advantage for the Company. As an accomplished business human resources executive, Dorena applies more than 20 years of strategic and operational leadership experience and skills in mining, broadcast measurement, technology and financial services for national and international companies.

In addition, Dorena is Chair of the MiHR harassment prevention committee Safe Workplaces for All, enjoys volunteering and mentoring, and is an avid member and supporter of many women’s groups promoting diversity and inclusion of women in business. She holds a Master’s degree and numerous coaching, leadership and training certificates.

Dorena is most recognized for her infectious passion for excellence, and culture and engagement to drive enterprise success.

Simon Seaton

CEO Energy & Resources Worldwide

Simon Seaton is CEO of Energy & Resources Worldwide and a member of the Sodexo Group Executive Committee. Simon joined the Group in 2012 as Chief Operating Officer for Sodexo’s Remote Sites Western Region, running operations in U.S. shale markets, Alaska, California, the Gulf of Mexico and four North Sea countries. With Simon at the helm, the Western Region achieved significant progress in Employee Engagement scores, Health & Safety performance and delivered measurable improvement of profitability and cost efficiencies. In 2015, Simon was appointed CEO of Onshore Energy Worldwide and in 2017, was entrusted with the additional responsibility to lead Sodexo’s Middle East operations, managing all of the Group’s business and Joint Ventures in 9 countries across the region. Prior to Sodexo, Simon spent 22 years at Halliburton in various operations, marketing and technology roles. He started with Halliburton in 1990 as a drilling fluids engineer in Aberdeen and held technical, business development and executive positions in Aberdeen and Houston, as well as Nigeria. He served as the Managing Director of Halliburton UK, Global Director of Halliburton Project Management and Senior Director of Global Deepwater Solutions.

He has been a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers for more than 20 years and graduated with a degree in Chemistry from the University of Wales in 1990. Simon has authored more than 18 technical papers and trade journal articles on diverse subjects such as drilling technology, safety and environmental issues and knowledge management. Since 2016 Simon has also been a Director of the The London Distillery Company, London’s first whisky distillery since Lea Valley closed its doors for the final time over a century ago. Simon is British and is based in Houston, Texas in the United States.

David Smith, PhD

Co-Author, Good Guys and Athena Rising | Associate Professor of Sociology, Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University

David Smith, PhD, is co-author of, Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace and Associate Professor of Sociology in the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University. A former Navy pilot, Dr. Smith led diverse organizations of women and men culminating in command of a squadron in combat and flew more than 3,000 hours over 30 years including combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a sociologist trained in military sociology and social psychology, he focuses his research in gender, work, and family issues including gender bias in performance evaluations, dual career families, military families, women in the military, and retention of women. He is the co-author of Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women and numerous journal articles and book chapters that focus on gender and the workplace.

Workplace Allies | davidgsmithphd.com | LinkedIn

Aaron Steeghs

Director of Health, Safety and Sustainable Development at Yamana Gold

Aaron is the Director of Health, Safety and Sustainable Development at Yamana Gold, where he is responsible for a wide range of matters – from the climate change strategy, to ESG investor management, to negotiations with First Nations. Aaron brings more than 20 years of experience to the role, including 15+ years in the mining industry at IAMGOLD, Breakwater Resources, and various consulting roles; with five years in international development previous to that. Aaron holds a BA in Anthropology from St. Francis Xavier University, an MA in International Development from Dalhousie University and an International MBA from the Schulich School of Business.

Bernard Wessels

General Manager, Penasquito

Bernard holds a Baccalaureus Degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Johannesburg as well as Leadership and Project Management certificates from University of Witwatersrand and University of Pretoria. Bernard was appointed Vice President of Productivity for the Africa region in 2020 and has recently been appointed as General Manager Peñasquito. He was General Manager of the Ahafo mine from 2017 to 2020. As part of his role as General Manager he was responsible for the integration of both the Subika Underground and the Ahafo Mill Expansion projects into the Ahafo operations reaching commercial production in 2018 and 2019.

Before joining Newmont in 2017 he was appointed Vice president (2014-2017) for the Burnstone Underground Gold Project (Sibanye Stillwater) in South Africa. He also led 2 gold projects to Feasibility Phase with Witsgold as the COO (2012-2014) From 2005 to 2012 he held the position as General Manager with Harmony Gold and Anglo Platinum/Atlatsa where he led deep level Underground Gold and Platinum mines as well as an Open Pit mine for Harmony Gold.

2022 Peer Discussion Facilitators

Amanda Adams, P.E, PMP

Principal Engineer and Business Center Operations Leader at Stantec

Amanda Adams, P.E, PMP, is a Principal Engineer and Business Center Operations Leader at Stantec with 16 years of industry experience. At Stantec she has been involved in a variety of projects, primarily focusing on design of tailings storage dams for mining clients. Design experience has spanned all phases of project development from siting studies to pre-feasibility, feasibility, basic engineering, detailed design, construction, operation and closure. As a project manager she has specialized in the integration of large, diverse project teams, spanning multiple locations both in the US and internationally. She brings together the various technical disciplines required for dam design and coordinates the technical interactions, as well as scope, schedule and budget. Amanda is passionate about advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the mining industry. She served as President of the Women in Mining Denver Chapter for 2020-2022, she is the US Society on Dams (USSD) Tailings Dams Committee Chair and Secretary of the SME Tailings and Mine Waste committee. She recently co-moderated a Women in Tailings session at the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration conference and a Women Who Give a Dam session at the USSD conference. She was also one of the founding members of the USSD Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee.

Peer Discussion Topic: Women’s Peer Mentorship in Mining – Creating a Safe Space for Vulnerability

Edwina Aba Akuamoa

Senior Manager, Inclusion & Diversity at Newmont

Edwina Aba Akuamoa is a Human Resources professional with about 15 years’ cumulative experience in Strategic HR, Change Management, HR Consulting, Talent Acquisition and Management, and Inclusion and Diversity. Her experience spans across a variety of industries, including banking, finance, consulting and mining. Edwina is passionate about creating a work environment where everyone, regardless of their uniqueness, is respected, valued and supported. She is currently the Senior Manager, Inclusion and Diversity at Newmont Corporation, the world’s leading gold mining company. In her current role based in Denver, Colorado, she partners with leaders to deliver internal strategies across Newmont’s global portfolio to create and sustain a culture of inclusion and retain diverse talent. Prior to this, she worked for nine years in the various Talent Management workstreams in Newmont’s Africa Region, leading Talent Acquisition and Inclusion and Diversity.

Edwina has a Bachelor of Science degree in Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi – Ghana, and a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Nottingham Trent University, UK.

Peer Discussion Topic: Symbols of Exclusion

Cory Federici

Senior Category Manager for Technology and Innovation at Newmont

Cory Federici is Newmont’s Senior Category Manager for Technology and Innovation. He is responsible for leading supply chain efforts in the Operational Technology and Information Technology space. Focused on end-to-end supply chain strategy and execution, along with contributing to Newmont’s proactive journey of integrating technology in our operations.

Cory has extensive supply chain experience with over 20+ years in diverse industries. The past 10 years have been in gold mining, including being a key resource in managing the integration of Newmont’s $10B acquisition of Goldcorp. He is a proven leader by promoting an optimistic, inclusive, and collaborative work environment.

Cory is a graduate of McMaster University in Canada where he earned an honor’s bachelor degree in Commerce, minor in Economies, and Engineering Certification in Metallurgy. He now resides in Denver with his family and enjoys travel, sports and has a passion for residential architecture.

Peer Discussion Topic: Power of the Pen

Melissa Gustafson

VP, Talent Management

Melissa Gustafson has been with Newmont for 15 years and currently serves as VP, Talent Management. During Melissa’s tenure at Newmont she has held various roles in Human Resources and has also led enterprise projects including Business Process Full Potential, focused on outsourcing select process and evolving the operating model; additionally Melissa was a member of the Integration Management team following the Goldcorp acquisition focused on Change Management, Communications and Organizational Design.  Prior to joining Newmont, Melissa served in Leadership Development roles at Frontier Airlines and Time Warner Telecom. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Communications from Villanova University in Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Denver in Colorado; Melissa has her coaching certification from Columbia University.

Peer Discussion Topic: Workplace culture: embedding respect and preventing harmful behaviors (English)

Danielle Hatton

Principal | Natural Resources, Granger Reis | Diversity & Inclusion Champion | Granger Reis

Danielle has a strong track record of helping businesses identify and attract talent globally. She leads executive mandates for various clients across the Mining and Metals Sector. Danielle is passionate about career and talent development within organisations and supports our clients by developing a proactive approach to their diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Danielle promotes an accepting, inclusive and educated culture, internally and externally, to ensure the objectives, strategy and progress of increasing Diversity & Inclusion endeavours in leadership positions, is met across Granger Reis’s client base. She works in partnership with our clients, redefining their talent approach and embedding an inclusive approach to executive search. She is passionate to exchange ideas as well as connect with professionals focusing in this space.

Danielle collaborates with many non-profit organisations throughout the Mining & Metals industry to support Diversity & Inclusion initiatives.”

Peer Discussion Topic: Talent Attraction

Ryan Hill

Senior Manager for Leadership Development at Newmont

Ryan Hill is a Senior Manager for Leadership Development at Newmont where he supports the global leadership development strategy and execution. Prior to joining Newmont, Ryan was a Leadership Development Consultant at FMI Corporation. Prior to that he served in the US Army for 11 years where he lead teams of Soldiers from 2 – 200+ in various locations around the world. He finished his time in the military by teaching hand-to-hand combat and leadership at the United States Military Academy, West Point. Ryan has a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Colorado State University, a Master’s of Education from the University of Virginia, and an Executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of Denver.

Peer Discussion Topic: Retaining Talent Through Leadership: The Leader Employee’s Need Today

Deborah Leyva

Regional Vice President of Human Resources for South America at Newmont

Debbie Leyva joined Newmont in 2019 as Regional Vice President of Human Resources for South America. She is a strategic Human Resources leader with over 20 years of experience leading transformational change, aligning corporate culture to corporate vision and developing high performing Human Resource organizations and teams. Before Newmont, she served as the Head of Human Resources for Etihad Aviation in Abu Dhabi. Prior to that, she was the Vice President of Human Resources LATAM Airlines Group and the General Manager of Hermes Aviation. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in the Anahuac University in Mexico and an M.B.A. from Adolfo Ibañez University. Debbie is also a certified Coach from the International Coaching Community. HR Business Partner to the Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Operations & Projects Leadership Team; Supports the delivery of global HR programs which enable Newmont’s long-term human capital strategy.

  • HR Business Partner to Executive Leadership Team:  Leads the team of Corporate HR Business Partners which support the CEO’s direct reports, ensuring the consistent delivery of HR programs and alignment  to Newmont’s long term human capital strategy, through all functional teams.
  • Technical Training: Leads the Community of Expertise providing direction and oversight for global technical, operational training content.
  • The GE, HR is a member of the EVP, HR’s Global HR Leadership Team, and advises on a wide variety of organizational initiatives which impact the entire company.

Peer Discussion Topic: Workplace culture: embedding respect and preventing harmful behaviors (Spanish)

Brad George

Senior Partner & Head of Natural Resources, Granger Reis

Brad is a Senior Partner, Board Member and Head of the Natural Resources practice at the award-winning Executive Search Firm Granger Reis. Brad holds over 18 years’ experience as a trusted advisor to Boards, CEO’s and Executive Leaders in the Natural Resources sector. He is a strategic partner to some of the largest organizations in the Mining and Metals industry, leading search mandates across North and South America, EMEA and Australasia.

Granger Reis is committed to searching every corner of the world to find the people that will change it, transparent on the impactors of diversity, inclusion and sustainability. Brad is passionate, that we are not here to search through the address book of yesterday’s contacts, we’re here to help organisations identify the senior talent that will drive their futures. We’re here to help them secure their most valuable asset; their catalyst for change.

Peer Discussion Topic: Talent Attraction

Brittany Martinez

Metallurgical Technician at Newmont Metallurgical Services

Brittany Martinez is a Metallurgical Technician for Newmont Metallurgical Services (NMS). She is focused on performing various types on testwork at the laboratory in Denver. She has worked cross-functionally with other groups within NMS to support all of Newmont’s mine sites. Brittany has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and minor in Mathematics from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is dedicated to safety and has contributed to several safety initiatives at the laboratory. This year, she joined the Women and Allies Business Resource Group (BRG) leadership team to promote the inclusive culture at Newmont.

Peer Discussion Topic: The Leaky Middle: What’s Holding Us Back

Jillian Newell

Senior Director, Supply Chain at Newmont

Jillian Newell joined Newmont in 2019 working in the Information Technology team supporting Operational Technology, first for the company’s North American sites, then moving into the global support role. She recently joined Newmont’s Business Improvement team, working as the Global Full Potential Program Coordinator to gain better insight and experience within the business.

Jillian received her Bachelors of Science in Mining Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. During her time at UBC, she captained Canada’s first all-female student Mine Rescue team, winning the International Student Mine Rescue Competition hosted by the Colorado School of Mines in 2019. Shortly afterwards, she co-created and hosted Canada’s first ever International Student Mine Rescue competition, which brought together student teams from across Canada and the US to learn and compete in the areas of underground emergency response.

Prior to her role at Newmont, Jillian first gained experience in operations across Canada including open pit diamond mining in the Northwest Territories, hydroelectric underground tunneling projects, tailings storage facility construction, and underground block caving operations in BC.

Peer Discussion Topic: The Leaky Middle: What’s Holding Us Back

Spencer Nicolary

Senior Director, Supply Chain at Newmont

Spencer Nicolary has over 25 years of experience in Supply Chain in both mining operations and capital projects. He currently serves on the Newmont Supply Chain leadership team as Senior Director since 2016.

He previously served as Commercial Director, Transportation & Logistics since 2012, when he joined Newmont.

Prior to joining Newmont, Mr. Nicolary was President of US Operations and Regional Vice President of the Americas for the deugro Group.

He has in-depth and extensive experience in transportation & logistics, materials management, category management, strategic sourcing, project management and the development and execution of capital projects.

He currently lives in Denver. Colorado with his wife, Lene, and 2 daughters, Ava and Hannah.

Peer Discussion Topic: Building a Purpose Driven Organization

Mariah Sather

Senior Manager, Inclusion & Diversity at Newmont

Mariah Sather is the Senior Manager, Inclusion & Diversity responsible for attraction strategy for Newmont Corporation. Prior to this role, she has over 12 years of experience in Human Resources with a focus in talent attraction strategy across multiple organizations and industries. Most recently, she worked as part of Newmont’s Talent Acquisition as a Senior Recruiter. She recruited for Newmont’s Corporate Headquarters and various regional mine site locations in North America. Mariah’s work in Talent Acquisition focused on growing the diverse representation of the workforce, promoting an inclusive workplace and disrupting biases in the hiring process.

Mariah is a highly skilled influencer who can collaborate with others to inspire and support an Inclusion & Diversity strategy through every part of an organization. She’s demonstrated her ability to connect with all professional levels and backgrounds to create an environment where people feel valued, respected, safe, and like they belong.

On a personal level, she grew up with two siblings with disabilities and has extensive experience and a passion for working with people who have disabilities. A superpower of hers is helping others feel included. It has led to her reputation for being a champion for motivating and encouraging coworkers to show up as their authentic selves, strengthening the quality of work performed.

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