Hear from LaDavia S. Drane, Esq., Director and Global Head of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity at Amazon Web Services.
In the ever-changing workplace, leaders with expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion are now more important than ever. Join Berkeley Global and the Women in Technology Initiative at the University of California in this latest speaker series that features corporate leaders in diversity, equity and inclusion roles.
Moderators Ramu Nagappan, Assistant Dean at UC Berkeley Extension, and Jill Finlayson, Director of the Women in Technology Initiative at UC, will explore with Drane her career progression; key diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at Amazon Web Services; and lessons learned sthat he can pass on to other companies.
Guest Speaker: LaDavia S. Drane
LaDavia S. Drane, Esq., is a diversity, inclusion and equity leader who brings a unique policy and public relations perspective to her work. She has mastered the art of strategic alignment through national and international relationship management and coalition building.
LaDavia began her professional career as a law firm associate at Ulmer & Berne LLP in Cleveland and later moved to Washington, D.C., to launch a career in politics and policy. She has held several roles on Capitol Hill, including Chief of Staff, Legislative Director and Executive Director for the Congressional Black Caucus. LaDavia has also done a considerable amount of political work off the Hill in Washington, serving as the Director of Federal and Regional Affairs for D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and on Secretary Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign as the Director of African American Outreach and Deputy Director of Congressional Affairs.
Her career now centers on the intersection of diversity and technology, once serving as Amazon’s U.S. Public Policy Head of Diversity & Inclusion and now serving as Amazon Web Services’ Director and Global Head of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity.