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#AscendTogether Forum:
Allyship & Belonging in the Workplace – Elevating Asian-Black Relations


Event Details

Date: Thursday, January 12, 2023

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM CT

Venue: Deloitte Dallas | 2200 Ross Ave #1600, 16th floor, Dallas, TX 75201

Admission: Complimentary


​​5:30PM - 6:00PM   Check-In/Networking

6:00PM - 6:05PM   Welcome

6:05PM - 6:45PM   Asian/Black Allyship Panel

6:45PM - 7:00PM   2022 Recognition

7:00PM - 7:30PM   More Networking

7:30PM - 8:00PM   Closing Down


Ahead of the MLK weekend, Ascend North Texas and Deloitte invite you to a panel conversation about Asian-Black allyship in the workplace.



Beth Gerwe

Managing Director and North Texas marketplace inclusion leader

Beth is the North Texas marketplace inclusion leader for Deloitte. Over the course of her 25-year tenure with Deloitte, Beth has served in numerous leadership roles including regional leadership within the human capital practice of Deloitte Consulting LLP. Beth has focused her career on supporting large-scale transformation activities and currently leads readiness and deployment for a global digital transformation within Deloitte Tax LLP.


In addition, Beth has led Deloitte’s inclusion efforts in the North Texas marketplace for the past eight years and is a frequent speaker and panelist on the topic. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion and has been involved with Deloitte’s inclusion journey for more than two decades.    



Santosh Anoo

Principal, Deloitte Consulting TMT Industry

Santosh has over 20 years of industry and consulting experience in USA and Asia pacific He is one of the Deloitte’s TMT industry group’s leading practitioners in the areas Telecom and technology strategy and business model transformation and part of the consulting TMT cabinet. Select clients include Symantec, HP, Intel, Cisco, AT&T, Verizon, Vodafone, Reliance Jio, Embarq, Airtel, Etisalat, Telenor, Huawei, Motorola, Nokia, Lucent, Telstra, Tata Communications Santosh has an M.B.A. in Strategy from Kellogg School of Management and a MS in Optical Electronics from University of Oklahoma. Outside of consulting, Santosh has been a CFO for a private telecom services organization providing outsourced SMB acquisition and account management for global Telco, where he raised intermediate level funding and restructured the company for organic growth.


Stephanie Drenka

Co-Founder, Dallas Asian American Historical Society

Stephanie Drenka is a Korean adoptee writer and co-founder of the Dallas Asian American Historical Society, whose mission is to research, preserve, and amplify the legacy of Asian Americans in the Dallas area.


Stephanie previously served as Communications Director for Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation, part of a national 14-place initiative by The W.K. Kellogg Foundation.


She also founded VISIBLE Magazine, an online publication that actively privileges the work of those whose voices have been historically excluded from traditional media outlets.


She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from DePaul University, with minors in Asian American Studies and Women’s Studies.

Stephanie’s photography and writing have been featured in Washington Post, Huffington Post, USA Today, and Newsweek. She was a 2019-21 Public Voices Fellow and is now a Facilitator/Coach with The OpEd Project.


Kevin Lewis

Managing Director, Government and Public Sector Consulting; Leader of LGBTQ+ community

Public Sector Finance Executive with 20+ years of State and Local Gov’t SAP Implementation experience: • Proven record of leadership, initiative, and foresight, with a reputation as the “Go To” person on all assignments due to strong cross-functional understanding of business and solution strategies. • Strong leader with the ability to help transform business concepts into tangible solutions within the SAP solution. • Successful in intense and demanding environments experiencing rapid changes through growth, external and technology driven transformations Currently, Kevin Lewis is a Managing Director in GPS Consulting – SAP Technology. Kevin was a part of the BearingPoint acquisition in 2009 and continued to support his account in South Carolina. Since joining Deloitte, Kevin  has served in a variety of leadership roles, including USI Immersion Manager as well as being selected as a 2016 Ellen Gabriel Fellow. In addition, he currently serves as the GPS EP TIL where he is focusing on DEI initiatives. He continues to serve as a coach, mentor, and advocate within the LGBTQ+ community by driving efforts to build an inclusive environment for our practitioners.

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