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If Only I Knew Then What I Know Now: Turning Your Uniqueness Into Your Magic (Co-hosted by MindsOpen)

  • Thursday, June 24, 2021
  • 5:30 PM
  • https://blacksinio.webex.com/meet/blacksiniopsych


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The value of our differences is immense - studies show that uniqueness can fuel innovation and drive success within our workplaces. Differences also provide us an amazing opportunity to learn and to grow from ourselves and one another. It is necessary to understand how your uniqueness can become a benefit to your personal brand and career goals. In this session, we will hear from established professionals as they reflect on lessons learned throughout their career journeys. We will explore how to tap into your uniqueness and embrace your magic!

Session Format: Panel discussion

Keywords: diversity and inclusion, personal branding, intersectionality, professional development

Target Audience:

  • Open to all levels and professions

About the Speakers:

Jimmy Davis, Ph.D.

Dr. Jimmy Davis is AVP/Director of Assessment & Development for M&T Bank. In this role, he is responsible for the assessment and development strategy to be used across the enterprise to create a leadership pipeline that helps lead into the future. He brings expertise in leadership development, executive coaching, assessment, talent management, and diversity to organizations to help them build dynamic and talented leadership teams. In his previous roles, Jimmy has worked across industries including retail, consumer packaged goods, banking, finance, healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, energy, and insurance.

Examples of Jimmy’s recent work include:

  • Working with a Fortune 50 consumer packaged goods organization to assess leadership talent for an organizational structure change.
  • Designing a leadership development plan for senior leaders at a Fortune 100 healthcare company.
  • Coaching and developing senior leaders at a Fortune 50 banking organization to improve leadership depth and effectiveness.

Prior to joining M&T Bank, Jimmy was an executive bench consultant for RHR International. Before that he was a principal consultant of his own independent consulting firm called Blacksmith Consulting Company.. He has held a wide variety of roles as an executive coach, consultant, and business leadership associate. As an associate professor, Jimmy has taught classes on industrial and organizational psychology, leadership, organizational behavior, and business policy and strategy at educational institutions including Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, New York University, and Baruch College.

Jimmy is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA), the Association of Black Psychologists, and CALIBR Global Leadership Network. He is president of board trustees at Create Your Dreams, a youth development program dedicated to nurturing the talents and dreams of students living in underserved areas.


  • University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, PhD, Industrial-Organizational Psychology
  • University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, MS, Industrial-Organizational Psychology
  • Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia, BA, Psychology

Frank Golom, Ph.D.

Dr. Frank Golom is an Associate Professor of Applied Psychology at Loyola University Maryland and former founding Associate Director of Executive Education Programs in Change and Consultation at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Golom has spent over a decade as an accomplished university professor, and has taught courses in consultation theory and practice, industrial-organizational psychology and applied research methods at the doctoral, masters and undergraduate levels. He has also served on the faculty of several renowned executive education and leadership development programs, including the Eisenhower Leadership Development Program and the Executive Masters Program in Change Leadership, both at Columbia University, and the Berrie Fellows Leadership Program, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey and the Russell Berrie Foundation.

Dr. Golom’s interests lie at the intersection of diversity, inclusion and organizational change. He has received two Best LGBT Research Awards from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and is the author of several articles and book chapters related to understanding issues of age, race, gender and sexual orientation in the workplace. He frequently consults to a variety of corporate, education and not-for-profit organizations on issues related to organization change, group dynamics and diversity, and has delivered several keynote addresses, workshops and invited talks on creating diversity-related institutional change at a number of national professional conferences. Dr. Golom received his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and his B.A. in Psychology from Loyola University Maryland, summa cum laude. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology and the Academy of Management. Dr. Golom currently serves as Chair of the Department of Psychology.

Pamela Lipp-Hendricks, Ph.D.

Pam Lipp-Hendricks is the head of executive talent management at JPMorgan Chase & Co. She drives the succession planning process for senior executives as well as the talent management framework and initiatives across the organization — including coaching, talent identification, promotion, and mobility. Effectively partnering with colleagues across the firm’s lines of business, she leads integration of these disciplines to drive key talent, supporting the firm’s diverse and inclusive culture. In addition, she has oversight over two talent pipeline programs for JPMC Associates and Human Resources Analysts.

For the past three years as the firm’s Chief Diversity Officer, she has led the global diversity, inclusion and accessibility efforts — coupled with executive talent management. In addition, her scope also included governance of Affirmative Action and employee Business Resource Groups. Under her leadership, the firm made strides globally to help managers mitigate unconscious bias. Her impact and accomplishments were integral to the creation of the firm’s new diversity organization. 

During her 20-year tenure at the firm, Lipp-Hendricks has held development executive roles, responsible for senior leadership development, in the Investment Bank, Corporate Human Resources and Consumer Bank. She has also led the Private Bank’s Learning and Development function.

Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Lipp-Hendricks worked at American Express and AT&T — and taught introductory Psychology as an adjunct professor at Baruch College, City University of New York, and Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York. A President’s Fellow, Lipp-Hendricks holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. 

She serves as board chair for Neighborhood Defender Services, a nonprofit community-based organization that strives to provide holistic public defense and high-quality legal representation to residents of Harlem, New York. 

Twice named to Black Enterprise’s list of the Most Powerful Women in Corporate Diversity, Lipp-Hendricks has also been recognized as a Diversity & Inclusion Champion from the Asian American Business Development Center and has received the Black Achievers in Industry Award.

Lipp-Hendricks lives in New Jersey with her husband Jason and their two children.

Kalifa Oliver, Ph.D.

Kalifa Oliver, Ph.D. is the Global Head of People Listening, Research, and Insights at WPP where she develops and designs employee listening strategies people and related data architecture, governance and visualization tools aimed at enhancing the employee experience and increasing the quality of executive business decisions. Prior to this she served as a Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo as the Head of Business Enablement where she developed engagement, experience, and talent risk mitigation strategy for the bank’s critical Payments, Virtual Solutions, and Innovation (PVSI) Control function. She also served as the Head of the Enterprise Team Member Listening function with HR at Wells Fargo. In that role she was responsible for executing the company’s continuous listening and employee experience strategies which include life cycle, pulse, and annual surveys. Before going to Wells Fargo, she worked as a research and survey analytics manager at Walmart’s Global People function focused on designing a more continuous listening strategy.

She is also the managing partner of her own consulting firm, DeepDive Talent Insights and Analytics that focuses on strategic consulting related to employee and culture strategy and measurement, continuous listening, and designing positive employee experiences within organizations. She received her Ph.D. in I-O Psychology from Clemson University in 2012.

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