Widening the Lens of Intentional Inclusion

May 23, 2019
8:00 – 9:30am
Crowne Plaza, Warwick, RI
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About the Program

We hear the words “diversity” and “inclusion” more often in the workplace. We see organizations putting forth many efforts around it: celebrating historical days, creating events of awareness, and involving employees at greater levels. Because of these efforts, companies are seeing the benefits to both employees’ sense of belonging in addition to companies’ bottom-line results.

Real inclusion happens when we intentionally widen our lens to invite others to participate at their fullest capacity and welcome individuals that share experiences that challenge us to see beyond.

This session focuses on the shifts in mindset that lead to inviting conversations of true inclusion into our lives. Join AWE as we discuss widening the lens of intentional inclusion with panelists Ethan Huckel, President of TGI Network and co-founder of Huckel Inclusive, Alison Martins, Director of Diversity & Inclusion of Hasbro, and Sandra McNamara, CEO of Context&Consulting.


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Ethan Huckel

Ethan Huckel is a passionate and dynamic educator and speaker with over ten years of experience in pedagogy, curriculum design, and instruction, including experience in both secondary and higher education classroom settings. Harnessing his knowledge, experience, and passion, Ethan co-founded Huckel Inclusive, a Diversity & Inclusion consulting company with expertise in LGBTQ inclusion. In this capacity, he provides education and consulting services to educational, for-profit, and governmental institutions.

Ethan is a graduate of Western New England University with a master’s degree in English for Teachers. Additionally, Ethan is the Board President at TGI Network of Rhode Island, a local non-profit organization that serves the transgender and gender diverse community with peer support services, educational and community-building events, and advocacy. In this role, Ethan has developed a broad understanding of the lived experience of Rhode Island’s gender diverse population. He has testified before the state legislature, spoken out in the fight for transgender justice and equity, and has been an instrumental part of extending Rhode Island’s network of knowledgeable healthcare providers through the collaborative development of the Rhode Island Trans Health Conference. His current “passion project” is the development of a lending fund for transgender people seeking affordable loans for gender affirming surgeries.

Sandra McNamara

Sandra McNamara is the owner of CONTEXT&CONSULTING, a firm dedicated to offering business consulting and marketing services to start-ups and established business owners. Mrs. McNamara holds degrees in Communications (BA) and Public Relations and Marketing (MBA) from Universidad de Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia, and a Certificate in Business from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mrs. McNamara has over 15 years of experience in the marketing and business fields with public and private companies, as well as with government agencies both in her native Colombia and in the United States. Mrs. McNamara is invested in helping entrepreneurs startup and grow their businesses in Rhode Island firmly believing that is the small businesses which keep communities strong and moving forward.  Mrs. McNamara has been highly involved with the Center for Women and Enterprise where she served as an instructor for business planning classes and as a marketing consultant. Mrs. McNamara has also worked as a business consultant for the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center hosted at the University of Rhode Island. Currently, Mrs. McNamara serves as a business advisor for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program at the Community College of Rhode Island.

Alison Martins

Alison Martins is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Hasbro, Inc. In her current role, she is committed to developing and implementing diversity and inclusion strategies for Hasbro.

With global experience across the sales and marketing teams in North America and Latin America, as well as out of Hasbro’s European offices, Ms. Martins brings a unique, global perspective to the creation and adoption of Hasbro’s diversity and inclusion programming.

Her passion for diversity and inclusion stems from adopting and becoming a transracial family. Ms. Martins enjoys seeing the world through a different lens and applying her unique experience in a way that positively serves not only Hasbro, but the world around her.

Ms. Martins has served in her current role at Hasbro for 3 years and has a Business Studies degree from The University of the West of England. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and is a devoted dog lover.