The Diversity & Inclusion Journey of 4 Amazing AZ Companies


Please join the Arizona Technology Council and Palladium IT Advisors CEO and Founder Diane Smigel on September 11 for a spotlight panel, highlighting the diversity strategies from four of Arizona’s leading technology companies.


AvnetJDA Software  |  MST Solutions  |  Qwick

Top executives from each company will share their diversity and inclusion journey, including key strategies, progress, lessons learned and future plans. Attendees will gain a rare look into the diversity and inclusion programs of local companies from Fortune 500 to mid-market to early stage, and will learn strategies to help move the needle toward a more diverse and inclusive workplace in their companies.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019  |  3:00 – 5:30PM

Benchmark Headquarters  |  56 South Rockford Drive  |  Tempe, AZ 85281


3:00 – 3:30

Registration and Networking

3:30 – 3:45

Welcome + Overview of 2019 Tech Inclusion Forum series

3:45 – 4:45

Presentation from each company on the Spotlight Panel
Ken Arnold, Chief People Officer + Beth McMullen, VP of Global Operations, Avnet 
Nathalie Carruthers, Chief Human Resource Officer, JDA Software 
Thiru Thangarathinam, CEO & Founder, MST Solutions 
Blaine Light, Chief Operations Officer, Qwick 

4:45 – 5:00

Panel Discussion and Q&A

5:00 – 5:30

Networking and Cocktails



Who should attend

The Tech Inclusion IDEA Forum is intended for everyone involved in today’s tech workplace – top executives, hiring managers, HR leaders, experienced and aspiring STEM professionals. Please plan to join us at each quarterly event as the series drills down into the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Awareness (IDEA) challenges currently facing the tech industry.


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About the Tech Inclusion Forum IDEA series

Formerly the Women in the Workforce series, the Tech Inclusion Forum IDEA quarterly series focuses on highlighting the inclusion, diversity, equity and awareness (IDEA) challenges facing women and minorities in STEM fields today and showcasing the many Arizona companies that are making great progress, and the extraordinary and accomplished women in Arizona’s tech ecosystem.


56 South Rockford Drive
Tempe , AZ 85281


Benchmark Headquarters


September 11, 2019


3:00 - 5:30 PM


AZTC Members, $30 | Non-Members, $45