Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Influencer
Dima is Middle-Eastern in her genes, American in her heart, and a global citizen in her spirit. She ignites the untapped potential in individuals across the globe, empowering them to shatter limitations and become courageous, purpose driven leaders. Her own journey is one of escaping confinement, crossing continents, and transforming her life’s purpose. Harnessing the power of her story, Dima is committed to inspiring individuals to attain personal and professional growth.
Through keynote speeches, workshops, and executive coaching, Dima shares her unique leadership transformation journey with one goal in mind: motivate and activate those around her to reimagine their potential and grow into leaders.
Dima draws from two decades of corporate experience leading global teams and developing future leaders worldwide. She has worked across the United States, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa for several Fortune 100 companies including IBM, Merrill Lynch, and Intuit. She has honed a keen expertise in developing leaders to meet the demands of the global workforce.
Dima’s memoir Breaking Vases received many awards including Writer’s Digest 2018 Grand Prize Award, Best Indie Book Award, Readers’ Favorite Award, National Indie Excellence Award, and Nautilus Book Award.
She has been recognized for her services with the 2014 President of the United States Bronze Volunteer Service Award, the 2019 Baton Rouge Business Report “Influential Women in Business,”2014 Baton Rouge Business Report’s “Forty Under 40” Award, and the 2016 Louisiana State University “Esprit de Femme Award.” She has been featured in numerous publications for her professional and philanthropic work.
Founder & CEO of Real & Worthy, LLC
Dr. Nicole Pulliam is a BIPOC-identified educator, entrepreneur, and scholar with 20+ years of higher education experience. She is a sought-after speaker, trainer, facilitator, and strategist on the topics of leadership and diversity, equity, inclusion, & belonging (DEI&B). For almost 10 years, Dr. Pulliam has served as a full-time graduate-level professor and administrator where she has focused her teaching, research, and service on the success and development of minoritized populations. She is well-published and has presented her research and workshops at the international, national, and regional levels.
Dr. Pulliam is the Founder & CEO of Real & Worthy, LLC, an executive coaching, training, and consulting firm designed to support women, especially those who identify as women of color or first-generation trailblazers, and the organizations that serve them. Her identities as a woman of color and first-generation college graduate are at the core of her values, mission, and principles. Through her business, she disrupts and dismantles the stifling impostor syndrome narrative one leader at a time. Rooted in all of Dr. Pulliam’s work is the belief that all women innately possess the power and internal resources needed to reach their highest potential and that all women are WORTHY of unconditional joy, love, peace, and praise.
In 2021, Dr. Pulliam was named the inaugural director of the Monmouth University Social Justice Academy, managing a $2-million grant to foster educational equity and anti-racist practices in K-12 settings. Dr. Pulliam serves on several DEI committees at her institution, including the President’s Advisory Council on Diversity & Inclusion, and has led the School of Education’s Social Justice Committee. In addition, she is an executive board member for the NJ ACE Women’s Network, a Board of Trustees member for the Grunin Foundation to drive economic excellence at the Central Jersey Shore, and a member of Impact100 Essex, where she supports non-profits that serve underrepresented communities in Essex County, NJ through collective philanthropic efforts.
Dr. Pulliam holds a Ph.D. in counselor education, an M.A. in counseling, and a B.A. in psychology. She is a Certified Professional Coach and a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory. Most importantly, Dr. Pulliam is a proud mom of two adorable and energetic children who bring her life the most meaning.
WOW! Colleague Experiences, Engagement and Appreciation at TD Bank
As Head of , she plays a key role in shaping the future of the company by developing and implementing organizational culture strategies that place a focus on exceptional colleague experiences. Jacqueline has a growth mindset and partners with key stakeholders to articulate, influence and cultivate solutions that improve efficiency, collaboration, and organizational agility. An innovative thinker that ignites a sense of pride and passion in others, she continuously challenges the status quo in order to elevate programs and experiences that align with and support the organization’s priorities and vision for impact.
She is also an active supporter of Diversity and Inclusion, serving as Co-Lead of the Women at TD Business Resource Group for Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She develops strategies that fosters a culture of care and support, while removing barriers and biases that further elevates the experiences of our customers, colleagues and communities.
Jacqueline feels strongly about approaching life through a holistic lens of well-being, nurturing a sense of community and having compassion for others. After being touched personally by the American Heart Association’s mission, she was inspired to educate herself on heart disease and stroke, while giving her time as a volunteer. As an advocate for the American Heart Association, she helps build awareness around heart disease and empowers women to take control of their well-being to make progress in being a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Jacqueline proudly serves on the American Heart Association’s South/Central NJ Regional Board of Directors, is a member of the Executive Leadership Team for the Garden State Go Red for Women Luncheon, is the Women of Impact Chair and a current member of Circle of Red.
Previous leadership roles include having been Chair of Circle of Red, and Co-Chair of the Garden State Go Red for Women Auction Committee. Under Jackie’s leadership as Chair of Circle of Red, she was acknowledged by the American Heart Association for being a top 3 Circle in the nation with respect to growth in membership and fundraising in 2021. Her active leadership leverages influence and ambassadorship to inspire others to take charge of their heart health and be an active advocate throughout the year. She believes that, together, we can create impact, with Heart.
Whether it’s a theater production, fine art, music, architecture, painting, culinary arts or beyond, Jacqueline enjoys art in all forms and finds it to be a beautiful way to experience the world in a shared means. During her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, traveling and giving back to the community.
Jacqueline holds a Bachelor of Science from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in Business Administration and Management and an Executive Education Certificate focused in Human Resources Management and Services from Rutgers University.
Director, Commercial Education at Johnson & Johnson
Elisa Torres is a commercial leader in the healthcare industry with passion and conviction for building those around her. She has held roles across Sales, Marketing, and Learning & Development functions both in the US and abroad in Asia. Elisa studied marketing at The College of New Jersey and has spent the past 16 years honing her craft, which has led to much innovation and transformative change in her workplace.
Elisa hails from the most loving and generous Puerto Rican family. If she can leave the world a better place for them, she will have fulfilled her life’s calling. Her youth was marked by significant financial and emotional loss, which inspired her to pursue greatness and cultivate it in those around her. Elisa serves her community by mentoring young professionals. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the not-for-profit, Strategies to End Homelessness. She is currently pursuing her Executive MBA from The Wharton School.
In her free time, you can find Elisa doting on her 7 nieces and nephews or traveling to experience a new culture. You can learn more about Elisa on her website, www.elisaspeaks.com.
The summit will be held November 1, 2023.
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (exact times subject to change)
The conference will be held in person at The College of New Jersey.
In-person tickets are $100. TCNJ faculty, staff, and alumni tickets are $80. A discounted table of eight is available for $640.
Tickets includes: Breakfast, lunch, networking reception, keynote session, workshop and breakout sessions, attendee bag and materials including a copy of the keynote's book.
Attendees generally wear business casual attire.
The 2023 speakers page is updated as speakers are confirmed.
Contact Nicole Beagin, email or at 609.771.2567.
We do not offer refunds on ticket purchases at this time.