Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

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Diversity and inclusion programs are crucial for any business to succeed, delivering increased creativity, higher productivity, and lower turnover. However, according to Forbes magazine, less than 25% of diversity programs achieve their diversity and inclusion objectives.

You won’t want to miss this powerful interview between Everbridge CRO, Vernon Irvin, and Richard Powell, Chairman of Sequential Technology International, one of the largest minority-owned BPO firms in the world. They discuss:

  • A wholistic view on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
  • Ways to guide internal conversations and set achievable goals for DEI&B
  • Achieving DEIB from end to end, including supplier diversity and DEI&B initiatives outside of HR

About the speakers

Vernon Irvin, Chief Revenus Officer, Everbridge:

Vernon leads the global go-to-market and services organization responsible for driving the company’s enterprise transition with its market-leading Critical Event Management (CEM) product suite, as well as global adoption for Everbridge’s countrywide Population Alerting solutions.Prior to Everbridge, Vernon served as EVP and President at CenturyLink, where he was responsible for leading a $3.5 billion business operation with more than 2,000 employees. He was charged with successfully growing profitable revenue through a deep portfolio of partner relationships, communication solutions, security, hosting, cloud computing, managed services and SaaS-based solutions.

Vernon is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors for Mile High United Way in Colorado and serves on the boards of the Colorado Technology Association and the Community College of Denver.

Richard M. Powell, Chairman, Sequential Technology International: Richard Powell is a Senior Managing Director of Ariel Alternatives, LLC and Co-Founder of Project Black Management Company, LLC. Richard has over 20 years M&A experience including as Co-Founder and Senior Managing Director of APC Holdings, LLC. Richard has served on multiple private company boards, including ZeroChaos, which grew from $70 million to $1.2 billion in revenue in 6 years. He serves as Advisor to the Billion Dollar Roundtable (29 leading Fortune 500 firms, including Walmart, Merck, JPMorganChase and others) on capital access for minority and women-owned companies as a part of their overall Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) initiatives.


Christa Ancri, VP Marketing: Christa leads Partner Marketing, Analyst Relations and Content Strategy at Everbridge.  She has responsibility for Critical Event Management category creation, raising awareness of our company and solutions among the analyst community and other influencers.  Christa is also responsible for growing our partnerships via effective marketing and demand generation strategies.  She leads the go-to-market activities for strategic programs including our Best in Enterprise Resilience™ Certification program and content creation for direct and indirect sales and marketing.  


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