Weaving DEI&B into Leadership and Career Development

On September 8th, join HR leaders from Consumers Energy, IHS Markit, and Right Management for a virtual peer-to-peer discussion focused on how DEI&B surfaces within leadership and talent development. Commitment to DEI&B is growing, and many organizations are starting to see how important leaders are in bringing life and accountability to DEI&B. 


About This Event

Expert Panelists

Field questions with HR leaders from Consumers Energy, IHS Markit, and Right Management.

Open Dialogue

Explore workplace challenges and learn how to weave DEI&B into leadership and career development strategies.

Best Practices & Insights

Discover how other Michigan-based HR professionals are addressing these challenges.


September 8th, 2021


12:00 PM


Virtual Interactive Video Conference

Meet Your Panelists

Angela Thompkins

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer

Consumers Energy

In her position as Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Angela Thompkins leads the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) and Strategic Talent Sourcing teams for Consumers Energy. In this role, Thompkins is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s DE&I and strategic recruitment strategies. Thompkins also serves as the Advisor to the company’s Employee Resource Groups.  Under her leadership, the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives have been recognized by Forbes; DiversityInc; Military Times; Best for Vets; Corporate Equality Index; Corp! Magazine; National Organization on Disability; and, featured on Montel Williams’ Military Makeover show just to name a few. She was most recently recognized as a 2020 Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence honoree and a 2021 Top Diversity Officer by the Energy Inclusion Conference.

Her previous experience includes various positions within Human Resources in the automotive and foodservice industries; Automotive Lobbyist; Trial Attorney; and, Adjunct Professor. 

Thompkins serves on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) Michigan, NPower Detroit and the Advisory Council for the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan.

Thompkins holds a bachelor’s degree in political science; a Juris Doctor and an LL.M. in Labor and Employment law.

Marc Bland

Chief Diversity Officer

IHS Markit

As the Chief Diversity Officer for IHS Markit, Marc is responsible for the development and enhancement of IHS Markit business opportunities within the growing and diverse automotive market. In this role, Marc works across the IHS Markit organization to ensure their broad suite of products and custom solutions address the unique marketing needs of those seeking to reach the growing African American, Asian, Hispanic, Women, Military, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual & Transgendered) and Mobility (focused on individuals with perceived challenges) automotive communities.

The co-founder of Diversity Volume Leadership Awards which recognizes the top selling vehicles to ethnic minorities, Women and the LGBT community. Marc is also a highly sought-after speaker and his thought leadership has been published in the following books: The 85% Niche: The Power of Women of All Colors – Latina, Black, and Asian by Miriam Muley, Black Is the New Green: Marketing to Affluent African Americans by Leonard E. Burnett & Andrea Hoffman and Black Still Matters in Marketing by Pepper Miller along with other highly respected publications including: Advertising Age, Automotive News, Black Enterprise, Hispanic Business Magazine, The Michigan Chronicle, and TargetMarketNews.com. Marc has also received National and Global recognition for his efforts in the growing diverse market including: 2011 Emerging Leader award from Rainbow Push, 2012 Michigan Chronicle Man of Excellence, 2012 National Research Executive of the Year from Target Market News in Chicago, 2013 Diversity Executive of Distinction by Diversity Global Magazine, 2013 and 2017 Corp Magazine Salute to Diversity Award winner, 2013,2014 and 2017 Global Diversity Innovation award recipient by Diversity Journal Magazine and was recognized by the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD) with the prestigious 2015 National Diversity Advocate Award.

Cindy Pfeiffer

Executive Leadership Consultant

Right Management Great Lakes Region

With over 20 years of experience facilitating individual, team and organization learning and leadership development, Cindy has worked with leaders from the front line through the C-suite, in a variety of industries, both for profit and non-profit. In consulting with organization leaders, Cindy has experience supporting teams through organization change initiatives including M&A, cultural transformation, and executive succession. She has developed and delivered enterprise leadership and career development programs and is recognized for her ability to engage and motivate participants while bringing humor and a drive to action. She has a passion for improving culture and employee engagement and focuses on developing leaders both for today and for the future.

Cindy currently leads the Coaching Practice for the Right Management Great Lakes Region, where she oversees all executive coaches and manages delivery of coaching programs. She also leads talent management projects for clients of all sizes, from family owned businesses to multi-national organizations. Prior to joining the Right Management team, Cindy exercised her entrepreneurial spirit by growing her own Leadership Development and Executive Coaching business over a ten-year period. Earlier, she held a regional OD leadership role for a large financial services firm, and she began her professional career in worksite wellness, serving employees in a variety of industries, ranging from union workers stepping off the line to teachers stepping out of the classroom. A focus on personal wellbeing remains a core value and is a cornerstone of her work with clients and leaders.   

Cindy is recognized by her clients for her ability to uncover new insights, helping leaders clearly understand the implications of their own leadership style, choices, and actions. She specializes in helping leaders think strategically as they problem solve, and she has expertise in interpersonal communication, emotional intelligence, developing resilience and maintaining wellness.

Karla Kretzschmer

SVP of Strategy, Product Enablement, & Talent Solutions

Right Management Great Lakes Region

Karla Kretzschmer is the Senior Vice President of Career Mobility for Right Management Great Lakes Region. She is a workforce strategy expert with a proven track record in visionary leadership, change management, talent development, and technology implementation.

Karla leads Right Management’s Career Mobility and Outplacement practice, focusing on continued innovation, expansion of core products and services and strengthening client relationships throughout the Great Lakes Region.

Kretzschmer has held various roles including Vice President of Organizational Development & Change Leadership at Valassis, Inc., Vice President of HR at MSGCU and Executive Vice President of HR at Thomson Gale. Most recently, Karla was Principal Business Consultant & CEO of Lumency Group – a consulting firm focused on strengthening organizations through strategy development and execution, transformational leadership and organizational development.

Karla brings her experience and perspective to an organization known for transforming talent in the Great Lakes Region, and she works to further develop an already extensive service suite and serve the career management and talent development needs of businesses and individuals throughout the region.

Discussion Topics

Questions we plan to explore with panelists may include:

How is the evolving frame of DEI&B influencing emerging career, talent and leader development practices?

How is DEI&B showing up within leadership development strategies and initiatives? 

How can this take shape in the future (different from the past)?

How does DEI&B influence Key Talent/HIPO identification and development?

Bonus Resources

Each attendee will receive the following bonus resources once the panel is completed:

Video Recording of Session

Summary of Takeaways and Insights

Results of Group Poll

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