DEI Council

Welcome to our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council

This Council was established in 2020 to identify emerging issues and best practices in diversity and inclusion.
The business imperative for diversity and inclusion has never been stronger. Globalization requires the ability to manage and motivate a multicultural workforce across borders and time zones. Changing demographics mean that organizations increasingly have to focus on inclusive leadership behavior.
The Council supports the efforts of our individual and corporate benefactors who want to build inclusive cultures, providing them with the big picture, practical tools, and a forum for sharing experiences with their peers.

Carmen Herrada

Carmen Herrada

Originally from Spain and educated in Belgium, Singapore, and the United States, Carmen is an Executive Leadership Advisor at Stanton Chase, one of the Top 10 Global Leadership Advisory firms. She partners with organizations to align their people strategy with their business strategies, and define the competencies that will support their goals. Carmen is a Diversity & Inclusion advocate and passionate about the empowerment of women. Community builder, connector and servant leader, Carmen has extensive global experience and a keen cultural awareness. Champion for the environment, equity and driving social impact through diversity and inclusion. Proven ability to launch and scale innovative corporate responsibility and ESG programs to build trust and reputation on a national and global level. In her words: Carmen enjoys taking companies from doing good to being good. She received her BS in economics from the University of Almeria-Spain. She finalized her BA in business administration in Ghent–Belgium and holds an MBA from the University of Brussels. Considering herself a lifetime learner, she completed numerous certifications throughout her career at INSEAD, Wharton and Michigan State University, always focusing on cross-cultural adaptation and inclusive practices.

Mariam Haddad

The impossible becomes possible when we change the conversations we have; with ourselves and those we have with the world at large.

A visionary, bilingual executive with over 14 years’ experience providing thought leadership to international, multi-cultural organizations. She has developed, grown, and managed a successful business impacting over 14,000 global executive leaders, senior management, SMEs, and rising talent. Sought after by leaders and management of multinational, Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and startups in Energy, Oil & Gas, Tech & Medical sectors, she consistently achieves change sustainability while inspiring hearts and minds to rise, lead, and grow.

As a creative catalyst of change, she is a conductor of human energy, an actualizer of purpose powered potential and an amplifier of results driven by personal ownership of accountability for team and customer success. A firm believer in the Excite | Engage | Ignite | Amplify Process, she invites leaders to move from “Purpose Principles” to a “Purpose-Driven Workforce” that brings:

• Effectiveness & efficiency to transformation
• Inclusivity to inclusion
• Curation to culture
• Inspired hearts and minds to high-performing achievement

She has developed and delivered 6 + courses and 400 workshops with over 180 hours of original content proven to global audiences from LATAM, Asia, South Asia, The Middle East, Africa, Europe, UK, and US. Coached over 150 leaders with over 1000 private coaching sessions and evaluated / assessed over 1,500 individual learners, establishing roadmaps to achieve purpose driven results.
She has been a featured speaker for TEDx Houston, The Diversity Summit, SASE, The Business Maker’s Show, Boeing, NASA, Shell, BP, Chevron, Sinopec, The Asian Chamber of Commerce, Asia Voice Radio, The University of Houston Wolff Center, BP, Chevron, Shell, Technip FMC, Dr. Pepper, DFK International, BGP, Sinopec, Murphy Oil, etc.

A seasoned performer who has trained with globally renowned musicians, she has performed leading operatic roles and in solo and chamber music recitals as both a classical pianist and singer, nationally and internationally, on stage, television, and radio throughout her career. She sings in 9 different languages, loves writing, composing music, cooking, running, poetry and studying biblical history.


Leading for Equity and Inclusion

Unconscious Bias to Inclusive Leadership
Understand unconscious bias and its impact.
Become aware of and begin to address internal, interpersonal, and organizational biases.
Understand the importance of inclusion and its role in inclusive leadership.
Identify and commit to actions to create a more inclusive culture.

Becoming an Inclusive Leader
Develop awareness of unconscious biases and their impact in the workplace.
Define inclusion vs diversity.
Identify strategies to become a more inclusive leader.

Inclusive Communication
Demonstrate authentic communication across difference.
Develop tools to interrupt bias or discrimination through inclusive expression.
Understand inclusive leadership competencies.
Cultivate tools to recognize and combat microaggressions.

Understanding Gender Equity
Understand what gender equity is and why it matters.
Recognize gender inequity in the workplace.
Learn gender equity best practices.
Identify actions to address gender inequity in your workplace.

Managing Diverse Teams Inclusively
Understand what limits trust and psychological safety on a team.
Reflect on your identity and its influence on experiences at work.
Reflect on the level of trust, psychological safety, and inclusion on your team.
Acquire strategies and tools for building trust, psychological safety, and greater inclusion within your team.

Understanding Gender Identity
Understand the complexity of gender.
Reflect on and share personal experiences of and influences on your gender identity.
Understand the importance of self-determination and the impact of non-acceptance on intersex, transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary employees.
Identify actions to foster inclusion and allyship with intersex, transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary colleagues.


Women on Board