DEI – Going Beyond the Buzzword

Oct 6th, 2021 @1:45 pm
The benefits of diversity & inclusion to SaaS companies can be seen internally with an increase in productivity. Diversity also correlates with better business results and increasing revenue.

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Cheryl Contee

Chief Innovation Officer The Impact Seat
Cheryl Contee is the award-winning CEO of the digital agency Do Big Things, a diverse team that is using new narrative and new tech for causes and campaigns to create global change in a new era. Cheryl is the author of Mechanical Bull: How You Can Achieve Startup Success, available on Amazon. Previously, Cheryl was CEO of Fission Strategy, which brought Silicon Valley startup culture to the world’s leading causes and campaigns. She’s the co-founder of, the first tech startup with a black female founder to be acquired by a NASDAQ company, the National Board Chair for Netroots Nation, and a proud co-founder of #YesWeCode. Learn more:

Lisa Edwards

President & COO Diligent Corporation
Lisa Edwards is President and COO of Diligent Corporation, the largest governance, risk and compliance (“GRC”) SaaS provider serving over 23,000 organizations around the globe. Lisa is responsible for commercial growth and performance. Prior to joining Diligent, she served as EVP of Strategic Business Operations at Salesforce. Lisa also held leadership positions at Visa, Inc. and KnowledgeX, and co-founded Valubond, prior to the company’s acquisition by Knight Capital. Lisa received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She serves on the Board of Directors of Colgate-Palmolive Company, and is deeply involved in two non-profits where she previously served on the board, Playworks and the Presidio YMCA.

Gillian French

People Expert-in-Residence Workvivo
Gillian French is a veteran Chief People Officer and an expert at scaling teams and building strong company culture. She is currently employee communications platform Workvivo’s people expert-in-residence. Prior to this, Gillian served as Chief People Officer at Cubic Telecom, where she oversaw all aspects of people development, culture, employee engagement, policies and practices. Gillian was previously Chief People Officer at CarTrawler, where she was an integral member of the leadership team for 12 years and scaled the business from 25 to 600 people. Before turning her skills to the technology sector, Gillian spent eight years at a leading Irish hotel group – Jurys Doyle Hotel Group – where she held several senior leadership roles across a range of departments and properties. Workvivo is the employee communication platform designed to foster natural, meaningful connection in teams, allowing companies to reach and engage their employees in ways that traditional tools simply can’t.

DEI – Going Beyond the Buzzword

The benefits of diversity & inclusion to SaaS companies can be seen internally with an increase in productivity. Diversity also correlates with better business results and increasing revenue.

  • Growing beyond the traditional business model
  • Simplifying your talent recruitment
  • Leveraging a diverse workforce in company and product development

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