A Seat at the Table: Black in the C-Suite

February 17, 2022


6-7pm EST – Panel

7-7:30pm EST – Small Group Networking


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Join StreetWise Partners as we convene a group of trailblazing executives who are nurturing and amplifying Black excellence and leadership through their careers, organizations, and broader collective efforts.


The panel will feature black executives who will talk about their journeys to the C-Suite and how we can all pave the way for Black talent to rise and how we can all contribute towards creating opportunities and pathways for Black talent. This event is open to the public.



Meet The Panel






Gail Evans

Chief Digital Officer, Mercer

Gail Evans was named Mercer’s first Chief Digital Officer in June 2018 and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team. As Mercer’s CDO, she leads a dedicated team focused on driving and delivering Mercer’s digital transformation strategy, partnering with a variety of teams across Mercer. Prior to joining Mercer in 2016, Gail held various positions throughout her career, accumulating over 25 years of experience leading digital transformations.


Gail currently sits on the Carnegie Mellon University Digital Leadership Advisory Board, is a Board member for the IAA Board Committee, as well as, a Board member for Immucor. In 2019, CNBC nominated her to be a member of their Technology Executive Council (TEC). In 2021, Diversity Woman Elite 100 presented her as a powerful black woman in corporate America in their inaugural Elite 100 Black Women leaders list. Gail holds a Bachelor of Science from Nazareth College in New York, an MBA from the Simon School of Business, University of Rochester, and most proudly, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Nazareth College.



Emily M. Dickens

Chief of Staff, Head of Government Affairs and Corporate Secretary, SHRM

Emily M. Dickens is Chief of Staff, Head of Government Affairs and Corporate Secretary for SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management. A member of the executive team, Emily has responsibility for implementing the CEO’s vision, corporate governance, global outreach, government affairs, and the organization’s buildings and property. She serves on the executive board of the North America Human Resource Management Association (NAHRMA), and is Secretary-General of the World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA).


Emily is an attorney with significant and progressive experience in government, higher education and the non-profit sector. She has served as a member of the leadership team at the University of North Carolina system, the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Her prior roles include general counsel, chief relationship officer, senior vice president, vice president for public policy and assistant vice president for federal relations. She has also worked at Duke University and Fayetteville State University in administrative and external affairs roles.


Emily is actively engaged in board service. She is a member of the U.S. Council for International Business Board of Directors, Strategic Education, Inc. HIRE Advisory Board; North Carolina Central University Board of Trustees; National Foundation for Women Legislators Board of Directors; Bryce Harlow Foundation Board of Governors; and is Chairman of the International HBCU Task Force for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University and North Carolina Central University School of Law.



Jeff Lindor

Founder and CEO, The Gentlemen’s Factory

Born in Haiti, raised in a public housing development in Brooklyn, NY. Jeff Lindor is dedicating his life to finding innovating solutions that aims to break the barriers of success and enhance the lives of boys & men of color in today’s world. In addition to starting The Gentlemen’s Factory, Jeff is also the Founder of GroomedSuccess, Inc., a consulting firm that contracts with Government Agencies, Non-Profits, Universities and Foundations to provide, academic, social, and college and career professional development services to boys & men of color.


Jeff’s prior experience includes, serving as the Strategic Advisor to Law Enforcement Executives in New York City, Adjunct Lecturer at The City University of New York, and working as a Communications Strategist for a major health care company during the initial roll out of The Affordable Care Act. Jeff earned his Masters Degree in Urban Policy from The New School and his Bachelors of Science from The City University of New York. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and two children.



Randal Brown

General Counsel, Great Lakes Water Authority

Prior to assuming this position in August 2017, Mr. Brown served in Wayne County’s Corporation Counsel Department. On January 1, 2015, County Executive Warren C. Evans first appointed Mr. Brown to serve as the Chief-Assistant Corporation Counsel for the Real Estate, Tax and Public Services Team. The following year, Executive Evans then appointed Mr. Brown to serve as the Deputy Corporation Counsel. As the Deputy Corporation Counsel, Mr. Brown managed over 30 attorneys and represented all Wayne County’s elected officials, employees and departments. During his tenure at Wayne County, Mr. Brown worked on several key initiatives, including Executive Evans’ county reorganization plan, the disposition of the County’s excess real property assets, and the negotiation of contract renewals at significant cost savings without compromising service delivery to County residents.


Mr. Brown began his legal career at Plunkett Cooney in 2005. At Plunkett Cooney, he represented Fortune 500 companies and several municipalities, including the City of Detroit, Macomb County, Oakland County, Macomb County, the City of Wyandotte and the City of Oak Park in state and federal courts.


Mr. Brown is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Howard University School of Law. He currently serves as a member of the Wolverine Bar Association and Foundation’s Board of Directors. For the 2015-2016 bar year, Mr. Brown served as the Association and Foundation’s President. He also serves as a member of the Rose Hill Center’s Board of Directors.




This panel will be moderated by

Vonetta Young

VY Advisors

Vonetta Young is an investment readiness and fund formation advisor who supports emerging & diverse private equity and venture capital fund managers in building an institutional-quality firm so their fundraise can go further, faster, better. She previously worked at Abbott Capital Management, the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Program at the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Cambridge Associates. Vonetta is a proud board member of StreetWise Partners. She holds a BA in English and an MBA in Finance from Georgetown University.




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