The Women of Color Connecting Summit Conversation Guides
As Chief Diversity Officer, Wendy Garcia is responsible for increasing contracting opportunities for Women- and Minority-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) and managing the Comptroller Office’s internal supplier diversity initiative, as well as other diversity related projects across all bureaus of the agency.
In 2000 Twyla Garrett started a management consulting firm, Investment Management Enterprises (IME.). She opened her first nightclub, Club Escape, in Richmond, Virginia in 2003. Twyla single-handedly raised the money to open a $1.5 million entertainment center in her hometown of Cleveland.Twyla is a outstanding public speaker, entrepreneur, restaurateur, and author.
Ashish Kaushai is the CEO of HireTalent, a subsidiary of Creative Solutions Services, is a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) workforce solutions firm, specializing in securing the best talent fit, while providing our services across Executive/Retained Search, Direct Hire Placements, MSP, SOW, and nationwide hiring program management and support.
Stephanie Neville is a member of the Advisory Board of the Women's Enterprise
Action Loan Fund (“WEALF”), a not-for-profit entity that provides micro-financing and
mentoring support to women in the NYC area, she has held many other board and
committee memberships, including as a founding member of the legal committee of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Donald M. Payne, Jr. is a Democratic congressman representing New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District, which covers portions of Essex, Hudson, and Union counties. A Newark, New Jersey native, he has served the people of the 10th Congressional District since 2012. Rep. Payne, Jr. is a tireless fighter for New Jersey families, working to create jobs and grow the economy, protect and invest in
our children, and ensure the health and safety of our communities.