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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Special Event 2024

April 24 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

GWDC Members $75, Non-GWDC Members $125

ISACA GWDC is proud to host the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion special event for 2024.  This is an in-person event and is being held at Amazon HQ2 in Arlington. At the forefront of technology’s evolution lies a fundamental truth: diversity drives innovation. Join us as we redefine the future of technology together, uniting diverse minds, perspectives, and experiences for a stronger, more resilient industry.

Who Should Attend: IT Executives, Management and Operations staff, Risk management leaders and professionals, IT Auditors, Cybersecurity professionals, students or anyone interested in learning more about how diversity, equity and inclusion can improve individual’s careers and mission of the organization should attend this event.

Note, a networking social will be held for event participants after the last session.  An RSVP is required and should be made when registering for the event.

Registration closes on April 23, 2024 @ 12pm. 

Register Today!


Event Sponsor

The GWDC is proud to have AWS Security Assurance Services as the sponsor for this event.

AWS Security Assurance Services LLC, a PCI-QSAC (Payment Card Industry-Qualified Security Assessor company) and HITRUST External Assessor Firm, is a team of industry certified assessors, helping you to achieve, maintain, and automate compliance in the cloud by tying together applicable audit standards to AWS service specific features and functionality. 



10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Registration check-in


11:00 AM – 11:10 AM

Opening Remarks

Presenter: Jermaine Stanley, GWDC President

11:10 AM – 12:15 PM

Panel Discussion: Equitable Opportunities in Technology and Cybersecurity Professions

Moderator: Richa Bangia (AWS)

Panelists: Natalie Birindelli (AWS Security Assurance Services), Dr. Nida Davis (Microsoft), Darlene Slaughter (WMATA)

Topics to the discussed in this session, include:

  • Discussing the barriers to entry and advancement in the field.
  • Exploring initiatives to provide equal opportunities for professional growth.
  • Strategies for recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce.

12:15 PM – 01:00 PM


Lunch will be provided to event attendees.

01:00 PM – 01:30 PM

Presenter TBD

Presenter: TBD

Topic to be posted soon.

01:30 PM – 02:30 PM

Panel Discussion: Unconscious Bias in Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technology

Moderator: Jermaine Stanley (GWDC President)

Panelists: Dr. Gina Guillaume-Joseph (Eztera Digital Solutions), Eri O’Diah (SIID Technologies)

Topics to the discussed in this session, include:

  • Demystifying unconscious bias: Sharing practical insights into how unconscious bias can creep into AI development and deployment.
  • Proactive strategies for mitigation: Highlighting best practices and innovative approaches to mitigate bias in AI systems.
  • Building a more ethical AI future: Discussing the role of leadership and collaboration in promoting responsible AI development that benefits all.

02:30 PM – 03:30 PM

Topic TBD

Presenter: TBD

Topic description to be posted soon.

03:30 PM – 03:45 PM

Afternoon Break

03:45 PM – 04:45 PM

Panel Discussion: Futurism – Connecting Past, Present, and Future

Moderator: TBD

Panelists: Larry J. Beat (Dept. of Commerce), Dr. Nida Davis (Microsoft)

Futurism draws inspiration from diverse perspectives from marginalized communities across diasporic history, myths, and traditions, weaving them into futuristic narratives. This creates a sense of continuity and resilience, connecting past struggles to future possibilities. We envision the panel to talk about:

  • Reimagining the Future: Challenges the dominant narratives of technology and progress, often centered on white and western perspectives. It envisions alternative futures where other voices, experiences, and cultures are central and empowered.
  • Reclaiming Technology: The weaponization and negative impacts of technology, particularly on marginalized communities. It seeks to reclaim technology as a tool for liberation, social justice, and community building.
  • Collaboration and Community: Emphasizes the importance of collective action and building strong communities. It envisions future societies where collaboration, mutual aid, and shared knowledge lead to a better future for all.

04:45 PM – 05:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Presenters: Sushila Nair, GWDC Vice President and Marvin Muhumuza, GWDC Special Events Director

05:00 PM – 06:00 PM

Networking Event

A newtorking event will be held immediately after for event participants.    

An RSVP is required to attend.  This can be done when registering for the event.



Richa Bangia
Healthcare Engagement Advisor @ Amazon Web Services

Richa Bangia is a disrupter, a change agent and a mentor to professionals for all walks of life. She plays a pivotal role in helping organizations transform their culture from mere survival to thriving through the power of people. Richa’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Finance/Economy from Rutgers University, an MBA from the Rutgers School of Business and attended a Women in Executive Leadership program at Cornell. Some of her successes include establishment of the Women in Technology chapter for Columbia University IMC and helping set up the foundation for the Women in Global Services – Security chapter at AWS.

Richa’s journey to excellence is fueled by an unwavering passion for empowering people. As an experienced Delivery Excellence professional, she has led transformations across various industries focusing on people, processes, and technology. Her innate ability to recognize great potential has propelled her IT-focused career. Richa’s passions extend to building high-performance teams, leading with authenticity and shaping visionary leaders who drive business outcomes.

Today, Richa disrupts the norm by offering a practical and repeatable framework, advising organizations to move beyond “business as usual.” She builds trust with executives, customers, peers and competitors through her empathetic leadership.

In her leisure time, Richa enjoys laughter with her husband, two kids and family and friends. She channels her creativity by writing comedy standup and dedicates herself to community service, volunteering at NJ soup kitchens and coaching soccer, basketball and track. Her goal? To lay a solid foundation of giving back for her kids and the younger generation.


Natalie Birindelli
Senior Security Advisor @ AWS Security Assurance Services

Natalie Birindelli is a Senior Security Advisor on the AWS Security Assurance Services team. She has over 20 years in the hospital & health care industry. She has implemented large cybersecurity programs, led the implementation of telehealth at the start of the COVID pandemic and is passionate about community advocacy. She serves on the Board of VA HIMSS and is committed to advancing health equity for the underserved.


Dr. Nida Davis
Director of Security Architecture @ Microsoft

Nida is currently leading Microsoft’s Digital Security & Resilience (DSR) security architecture team as part which is dedicated to ensuring the security and resilience of every aspect of the Microsoft business. The mission of the DSR function is to support Microsoft build and deliver the most trusted devices and services, while keeping Microsoft safe and protected. DSR is responsible for Microsoft company-wide information security and compliance, with a strategic focus on information protection, assessment, awareness, governance, and enterprise business continuity. As customer zero, DSR will deploy and secure digital services inside Microsoft and share best practices with enterprise customers at scale across the globe. As the Director of Security Architecture, Nida leads a highly performing team of Microsoft PMs and Security Architects entrusted with all aspects of security architecture design, execution, and partner engagement. Previously Nida served as an Associate Director in the Federal Reserve’s Division of Supervision and Regulation (S&R), was responsible for providing oversight and guidance on business operational resiliency, information technology, cybersecurity, data protection, and emerging technologies. Nida has experience in leading national and international standards and cybersecurity best practices groups that deal in operational resiliency and cyber security. These include the Financial Stability Board’s cyber-lexicon workgroup and the Basel Committee on Banking and Supervision’s operational resiliency working group, for both of which she has led key cybersecurity and operational resilience work streams. In addition, Nida has experience serving on several U.S. Treasury-led national groups, as well as on the G7 Cyber-Experts Group. Nida has received her Doctor of Liberal Studies from Georgetown University. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the American University in Cairo, Master of Arts in Leadership from Bellevue University, a graduate degree from the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Chemical engineering from Jordan University. Lastly, Nida was recognized as an award recipient of the prestigious Computer World Premier Top One Hundred IT Leaders for 2006.


Darlene Slaughter
Vice President, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer @ Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)

Darlene R. Slaughter is a visionary with a passion to remove barriers and provide equal opportunities for all. As the first appointed Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Darlene will support leading a culture of engagement, innovation, accountability, trust, and diversity and inclusion for the 13,000 employees.

Prior to joining WMATA, Darlene served as the Chief Diversity Officer for March of Dimes; United Way Worldwide; Linkage Institute for Leading Diversity and Inclusion; and led an integrated strategy to utilize and support the talents of the employees as Fannie Mae’s Chief Diversity Officer.

Darlene’s work as a leader and in Diversity continues to be recognized. She has received many awards and honors, including Diversity Woman Media Elite 100; SAVOY’s Top 100 Influential Women in Corporate America, Profiles in Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching, Black Enterprises’ Top Executives in Diversity, and Heart & Soul’s Women of Substance in Finance, in addition to grace the cover of Inclusion Magazine. Darlene served on Twitter’s ICD Council, American University President’s Diversity Council and Alumni Board, and Springboard Foundation for Disability. She is a fellow and board member at Simmons University Inclusive Leadership Institute and a board member of the Social Capital Academy at Fullerton University in California.

Darlene holds a M.S. in Human Resource Management and Organizational Development from American University and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Howard University.


Jermaine Stanley

Jermaine Stanley
ISACA GWDC President

Jermaine is a Cybersecurity, Information Technology (IT), and Risk Advisory leader with more than 25 years of experience working with Financial Services, Technology, Insurance, Non-Profit, and Government organizations. He is a thought leader in the industry, having advised clients on complex IT Audit and Cybersecurity matters.

Jermaine is also a Board member for ISACA Global’s One in Tech Foundation who’s vision is to provide opportunity for under-represented individuals to enter security professions and support the advancement of untapped talent into leadership positions.


Dr. Gina Guillaume-Joseph
Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) @ Eztera Digital Solutions

Gina Guillaume-Joseph, PhD is a published author and technologist with executive experience and thought leadership within the Federal and Commercial Sector.

Gina is the Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) at Eztera Digital Solutions. Gina will leverage her technology implementation experience and vast network to support the Federal Government’s Technology Transformation Strategy. Her accomplishments and successes are based on strong program performance, leadership discipline, a commitment to developing relevant, innovative and adaptive solutions, and a vigilant focus on best value solutions for her clients.

Gina spent 16 years supporting our Federal Government as a contractor with Booz Allen Hamilton, L-3 Communications and The MITRE Corporation. As a Systems Engineer she was responsible for implementing key strategic frameworks, solutions and technology platforms to assist agencies such as the DoD, IRS, FDIC, DHS, VA, and SSA overcome technology gaps in delivering capabilities and value to our United States Taxpayers.

Gina is the former Chief Technology Officer – Government at Workday and former Director of Technology at Capital One. Gina supported the HR and People Technology team as a strategic technical advisor. At Capital One, she matured their Scaled Agile practices by hiring agilists, training the team, and fully implementing the framework to scale resulting in improved product value delivery across the organization. Workday was a key product implemented to Capital One’s more than 43,000 employees.


Eri O’Diah
Co-Founder & CEO at SIID Technologies

Eri is a two-time entrepreneur and the visionary behind SIID Technologies, a startup that harnesses the power of data science and machine learning to promote fairness and transparency in legal proceedings. With over a decade of experience in marketing communications, Eri is committed to utilizing her expertise to dismantle biased systems and advocate for equitable social reform. Presently, she is immersed in researching algorithmic bias and pioneering innovative strategies to address biased decision-making within the legal realm. Eri’s notable accolades include being nominated for Woman of the Year by the Minnesota Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in 2019, receiving the 2020 Emerging Business Owner award from the National Association of Women Business Owners, and being a finalist in two MIT Solve innovation challenges in 2021. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Media Management from California State University Northridge.


Larry J. Beat
Director of the Office of Civil Rights @ the U.S. Department of Commerce

Larry J. Beat, who goes by his nickname, Jerry, is a well-regarded Civil Rights advocate and leader in the Federal Community. Inspired by his mother, a retired middle school educator who was active in the Chicano rights movement in the late 60’s and early 70s, Jerry believes the fight for equity is every American’s responsibility. One of his favorite quotes is Dolores Huerta’s: “Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every minute a chance to the change the world.”

Jerry is currently the Director of the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In his role, he led the development of the Department’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) Strategic Plan for FY 22-24, which contains over 200+ actions under six different goals. The Department of Commerce also achieved the number two ranking in DEIA in Federal Viewpoint Survey Results for Fiscal Year 2022.

Jerry has worked in the field of Equal Employment Opportunity and DEIA for more than 25 years and has worked for DOT, FDA, IRS, NOAA, and the US Merit Systems Protection Board. He served as the Chair of the Small Agency Council’s EEO, Diversity and Inclusion Committee from 2016-2018. He also served as the Executive Director for a national non-profit, Society for Advancement for Chicanos and Native Americans In Science in 2002 and 2003.

He received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Classics (Attic Greek and Latin) from the University of Pittsburgh and completed graduate work in Counseling Psychology at Dominican University in Marin County, CA.


Location Information

Amazon HQ2 “Merlin” Building (WAS17)
510 14th St S
Arlington, VA 22202


Check-in Instructions

  • Upon entering the Merlin Building, take the flight of stairs/escalator to the registration desk.
  • The GWDC will have volunteers/signs to provide assistance if needed.


Parking Information
Parking is available at this site. The parking garage is located directly beneath the “Merlin” building (WAS17). There are 2 entrances to the parking garage, one being located on Elm Street next to the WAS17 loading dock and the other being located on 13th Street between Elm and Eads, next to the WAS19 loading dock. Parking garage height is 7’0″.


Pentagon City Metro (blue, yellow lines) is a 9-minute, flat walk to the “Merlin” Building.


EV Charging Stations
This site provides access to EV Charging stations. There are currently 92 EV charging stations spread throughout levels P1-P3. The charging stations are free of charge to tenants for the first 4 hours and are first come first serve. Please remember to re-locate your vehicle after it has finished charging so that other drivers may use this resource. ​


Motorcycle Parking
Motorcycle parking is available to registered employees and visitors with a validated parking pass. Please park your motorcycle in the designated motorcycle parking spots located on the P1 level of the garage.


Event Questions and Policies

Registration Questions

If you have any registration questions about this event, please contact the chapter using the Registration Contact Form.

If you have CPE questions after the event has concluded, please contact the chapter using the CPE Contact Form.


Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and refund for advance registrations is allowed if cancellations are submitted through the registration system. Refunds vary depending on the date of cancellation. See ISACA GWDC Event Policies for details.

If ISACA GWDC cancels the event, all registrants will be notified as soon as possible through email at the email address provided during registration. Full refunds will be provided.


Complaint Policy

The GWDC welcomes your comments, complaints, suggestions, questions, and other feedback concerning our website information and services. All complaints should be submitted through the Registration Contact Form.


CPE Information

Earn up to 4.5 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit in the area of Information Technology. The ISACA® Greater Washington, D.C. Chapter is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.NASBARegistry.org


CPE Distribution and Evaluation Survey

CPEs will be distributed via e-mail along with the event evaluation survey after the completion of the event.  Attendees must be present for the full event to receive full CPE credit.


Learning Objective

After attending this event, attendees will learn about current DEI current trends and practices.  In addition:

  • Share stories on how diverse leaders achieved their successful careers.
  • Discuss how diversity drives innovation.
  • Understanding the impact of AI on Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Discuss the weaponization and negative impacts of technology, particularly on marginalized communities.
  • Provide insights on how recruitment and retention processes are improving DEI.
  • Connecting past struggles to future possibilities.
  • Empowering Diverse Voices in Futuristic Discussions.
  • Poll audience to obtain their thoughts regarding various DEI questions.


CPE-Related Details

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advance Preparation: None
  • Program Knowledge Level: Basic
  • Delivery Method: Live, in-person
  • Field of Study: Personnel/Human Resources – Non-technical



April 24
11:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
GWDC Members $75, Non-GWDC Members $125
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Amazon HQ2 Merlin Building
510 14th St S
Arlington, VA 22202 United States


Marvin Muhumuza (Director of Special Events)