GS2 Learning’s Role in Advancing Diversity and Inclusion (Panel)

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Wednesday, February 24

Diversity and inclusion are becoming increasingly important to organizations; affecting recruitment, development, advancement, and retention. For many organizations, these initiatives represent significant changes in workflows, policy, and culture.

 In this panel discussion we will explore the important role learning and development departments play in advancing diversity and inclusion in their organizations. You will examine not only how L&D directly supports formal diversity and inclusion programs, but also how we approach our work in general can have an indirect impact. Join us for a conversation that will share important tips on how you can make learning a leader in driving advancement of your organization’s diversity and inclusion efforts.

Hadiya Nuriddin

CEO and Learning Strategist

Duets Learning

Hadiya Nuriddin has two decades of experience in learning strategy, instructional design, elearning development, and facilitation. She worked in corporate learning before choosing to found her firm, Duets Learning, where she's worked with a wide array of companies on a variety of topics. She speaks at events and industry conferences and travels teaching courses for the Association for Talent Development (ATD). Hadiya holds an MEd in curriculum studies, an MA in writing, and the Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) designation. She is the author of the book StoryTraining: Selecting and Shaping Stories That Connect, published by ATD.

Wendy Gates Corbett


Signature Presentations

Wendy Gates Corbett, CPTD, is an engaging international speaker, award-winning presentation consultant, and a former global training executive. She’s on a mission to foster belonging by creating embracive workplaces so every person experiences the freedom and flourish that comes when they are respected and protected by their peers and leaders. Wendy is the president of Signature Presentations, LLC. She is a nationwide leader in the training industry with a 20+ year career and is a member of the Guild’s Learning Leaders Alliance Advisory Board. She has a BS in psychology and an MS in applied psychology: industrial/organizational psychology.

Jess Jackson

Instructional Designer, Writer, Speaker


Jess Jackson is an instructional designer, writer, speaker and has over 15 years’ experience as a diversity peer educator. She is the author of TorranceLearning’s curriculum Cultivating Racial Equity in the Workplace (CREW), a holistic microlearning training program that addresses equity barriers in the workplace using evidence-informed best practices from social psychology research. She has worked within education addressing access, retention, and success of diverse learners, and her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion has been recognized at the international level. Her work has been featured on platforms such as Mic, TedX, Michigan Advance, Learning Solutions Magazine, and ACPA, among others.

Kindra Dionne

President & CEO


Kindra Dionne is a leadership and development consultant and speaker. She leverages her 15 years of experience to support leadership development agendas in various institutional boards. Kindra currently serves as the program coordinator for Leadership Loudoun (a community leadership program), is a member of the Executive Advisory Council for Leadership GovCon, a member of the Learning Leaders Alliance Advisory Board, and faculty for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy of the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce. A certified training specialist, Kindra is the creator of Purpose WorXshops. She holds a bachelor’s in industrial organizational psychology and a master of education in training & development.

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