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Ascending Together – The Power of Allyship

Join us for discussion on the power of allyship
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Event Details

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CT

Venue: Deloitte Office 2200 Ross Ave Dallas, TX-75201         

Admission: Members: $25 I Non-Members: $30 I Dinner and Parking included

​Attire: Professional/Business Casual


This event will feature a discussion focused on “Asian and Black Allyship” with Deloitte leaders and external speakers. You will learn tips on how to level up with the support and power of allyship and build connections across differences to champion equity in all its forms.


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Jun Anderson

Region Business Development Manager

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Jun Anderson is a results-driven Sales Management and Service professional with proven ability to lead diverse teams of professionals to new levels of success in a variety of highly competitive industries, cutting-edge markets, and fast paced environments. I have an excellent track record for identifying opportunities, developing focus and providing innovative strategic & tactical business solutions in a team environment that resulted in revenue growth while reducing costs.

Shekar Katuri

Managing Director, AI Program, Strategy & Governance

Bank of America

Shekar has close to 30 years of Consulting and Financial Services industry experience. He currently leads the AI Program, Strategy and Governance at Bank of America. This requires partnership across Bank's lines of business and control functions for strategic alignment of the use of Artificial Intelligence to responsible growth and also ensure AI is effectively governed in alignment with Policy. In his prior role, he was Managing Director with Deloitte’s Risk and Financial Advisory practice. He has successful track record of growing and stabilizing businesses. He lead the Analytics/Data Scientist practice advising clients to achieve business transformations through amplified intelligence with data and cognitive capabilities and cutting-edge tools and digitization technologies. Throughout his career, Shekar has served as a trusted Advisor to global clients across industries, with primary focus in Banking and Securities. He has advised CXOs in opportunities for managing risk across various risk functions, such as Marketing and Strategy, Fraud/Forensics, Global Regulatory Compliance, Model Risk Management, Internal Audit and Cyber. In his earlier roles, Shekar was instrumental in setting Enterprise Analytics function in a large bank with multi-million bottom line impact across sales & marketing, operational excellence & capital optimization supporting Treasury function. As head of offshore strategy, he set up an 600+ member team for Corporate and Investment banking across equity/debt research, financial spreading, credit and structured products modeling and delivery and trading support. He has also managed a 1500+ Analytics organization driving data driven decision making for clients and partners.

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Shay Phillips

CEO, Phillips Advisory Services LLC

Former Assistant VP M&A Program

Shay Phillips, Assistant VP Program Management Office Divestitures for AT&T Consumer, a Marketing and Operations Executive who innovates to create excellence in people, processes, strategy, and execution to deliver industry-leading emerging technology outcomes that boost organizational effectiveness. I’m known for developing comprehensive strategic plans that exceed expectations driving an enterprise-wide IT program in large, complex environments through vision and focused cadence.

Ann Tasby

Director, Office of Inclusive Excellence and Accounting Faculty

Texas Christian University

Strategic Business Leader with over 20 years of professional experience helping Fortune 500 companies create diverse inclusive cultures, mitigate business risk, reduce operating costs and improve business processes. Proven expertise in successfully developing and streamlining internal audit and accounting functions in a variety of industries. Strong international experience working extensively in Latin America, Europe and Africa serving a global client base for two of the "Big 4" Accounting Firms. Experience leading diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

Nikki Wilson

Chief People Officer


Nikki’s a newbie to the ad industry, though not to the people profession. She’s been around the human resources block a few times (as well as around the world, or awfully close to it). While at General Motors, Nikki gained global leadership experience in Bangalore, Dubai, and Korea, leading strategies that supported talent growth and workplace cultural change. Today she’s charged with doing the same (and then some) at TRG. In her newly created role, Nikki will create an inclusive and diverse space where everyone has the opportunity for a great employee experience. Recognized as a bridge builder and an employee coach, Nikki wants to help others succeed in their careers. Her own journey was shaped as a Clark-Atlanta University and The Ohio State University alum. Nikki’s energy, empowering nature, and expertise are obvious the moment you meet her.


Kelly Herod

Partner & Industry leader (Energy & Resources)


As a Principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP, Kelly leads global business transformations for fortune 500 companies with a focus on delivering business value through the implementation of SAP and next generation technologies. Additionally, she leads Deloitte Consulting's US Energy, Resources & Industrials Industry. Through this role, she collaborates with client service teams to enable delivery excellence, develops and executes the industry practice strategy, sets the innovation agenda and develops Deloitte’s ER&I talent. Kelly previously led Deloitte’s US SAP practice and alliance. She is an innovator and value-generation leader, presenting in such prestigious marketplace forums as the World Economic Forum, Female Quotient panels, and SAP’s SAPPHIRE conference.

Our Program Partner

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Safety of our guests is paramount to Ascend. Attendees are responsible for monitoring their own condition and agree to comply with the safety, hygiene and CDC identified pandemic level communicable illnesses (including COVID-19) guidelines established by relevant health authorities. We request that attendees not attend an event should they test positive or if they experience COVID symptoms prior to the event.

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