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Opening General Session: It’s a Multigenerational World! Are You Ready?

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Breakout Track #2: The Power of Inclusion: Impact of Unconscious Bias

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Sonia Aranza


The U.S. Department of Labor described Sonia Aranza’s work as “Outstanding!” Participants at SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) conferences from around the world consistently give her rave reviews for her dynamic and engaging style. Corporations and organizations recognize her as a high impact Global Speaker, Master Facilitator and Executive Consultant with nearly 20 years of solid experience specializing in Cross-Cultural Strategies, Diversity and Leadership. She is a sought-after keynote speaker and seminar leader at conferences worldwide and is a trusted advisor to leaders across industries. Ms. Aranza’s clients include top Fortune 500 companies and organizations such as Chevron, IBM, McDonald’s, Monsanto, NASA, SHRM, Sodexo, State Farm Insurance, Texaco, Toyota, United States Army, United States Internal Revenue System, United States Social Security Administration, numerous associations, universities and many more. Prior to establishing her global consulting practice, Ms. Aranza served as Director of Constituent Relations for Congressman Neil Abercrombie in the United States Congress, Washington, DC. She earned two Masters Degrees: an M.A. in Cross-Cultural Communications from the University of Hawaii and an M.A. in Public Communications from the American University in Washington, DC and her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Hawaii and was an International Exchange Student to Russia while the region was still the Soviet Union. Ms. Aranza also graduated from Georgetown University’s Business Administration Certificate Program in Washington, DC. Born in the Philippines, she was raised in Hawaii, resides in the Metro Washington, DC area and travels throughout the world including numerous Asia/Pacific countries, several European nations and South America. This allows her to bring “real world” solutions to her work. She has expert skills in global cross-cultural engagement and cross-cultural business strategies. She is a Past Chairperson of the Diversity Professional Experts Group of the National Speakers Association and is on the board of several organizations. She has received numerous awards for her work and has been featured in local, national and international publications. She is included in a Volume of Outstanding Women in America and is a past recipient of the “Outstanding Woman of the Year Award” from the National Association of Professional Asian American Women. Ms. Aranza was honored “100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the United States. Click here for more about Sonia Aranza.

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