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Having challenging, courageous conversations can be painful. It can be awkward. It can be uncomfortable. But, it is necessary to achieve impact. At one point or another, we will all be confronted with situations that call upon us to speak up. Learn how to take the fear out of using your voice and lead these conversations in a constructive way with sensitivity, civility and confidence.

About the Speaker:

Roderick Nelson
NAAHR Chicago Chapter

Roderick Nelson is a visionary talent leader with a passion for supporting diversity, equality and Inclusion. With nearly a decade’s experience in career management as well as nearly a decade’s experience in talent management, he is deeply experienced at both coaching people through the process of finding meaningful work and the process of helping large organizations acquire top diverse talent.

Roderick has a truly diverse background having worked within publicly-traded companies, the public sector, and the non-profit world. Roderick oversaw full-cycle recruitment at Fortune Global 500 companies including Allstate, BP and Navistar helping them launch new campus recruitment initiatives and support community-based programs such as the Posse Foundation.

Roderick is respected by his peers as a charismatic, personable and detail-oriented professional who has consistently led by example throughout his career. Having planned and executed career fairs in downtown Chicago that drew 80+ employers and hundreds of job seekers, Roderick has demonstrated his ability to simultaneously be a strong networker and connector of people while also managing operations and logistics for large-scale events.

Roderick holds the President position for African-Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR), prior he served in various leadership positions on the executive board including Vice President of Membership and Treasurer.

Roderick holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, College of Business and the SHRM-CP and Certified Diversity Recruiter’s certifications.


Jilly Gokalghandi
Strategic Partnerships Strategist – K-12 Talent Pipeline
American Family Insurance

Jilly graduated from Marquette University in 2014 where she studied International Affairs and Economics. Since leaving Marquette, she has focused on workforce development in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. She currently works on the Milwaukee Initiative for American Family Insurance where she is responsible for developing the K-12 diverse tech talent pipeline strategy. In a pandemic world you can find Jilly attempting to barrel through her unread New Yorkers or day dreaming about the places she will go once she gets a COVID vaccine.


Geniro Dingle
Manager, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
United Way Worldwide

I am proud to be in service of my United Way Worldwide and network colleagues. My job is to help our 1,100 local United Ways across the U.S. live our mission through building diverse, equitable and inclusive organizations. My experience in the nonprofit sector started with the Ohio Student Association as a community fellow volunteering on issue-based campaigns. I was eventually hired as a community organizer working in my hometown Akron, Ohio. After graduating with an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Akron I moved to Washington DC to pursue a M.A in Public Anthropology at American University. There I worked as a graduate assistant in the Center for Diversity & Inclusion. In this role I deepened my understanding of serving various marginalized communities. My next role came with Housing Up, a small nonprofit in Washington, DC committed to ending homelessness in our nation’s capitol. This work was challenging but fulfilling. From there I joined the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion team at United Way Worldwide. I call upon my lived experiences, and the experiences of the community that made me, to inform my work and lead with a servant’s heart.