Wendy   Wendy Amengual Wark

Wendy Amengual Wark is the Founding Partner of Inclusion Strategy. She has a 20-year record of achievement with Fortune 50 corporations, non-profit organizations, and the public sector. Wendy creates success for her clients by developing and implementing practical strategies and training.

Wendy has advanced inclusion at many organizations, including: The City of New York DCAS (Citywide EEO and Diversity), The Global Health Fellows Program II/The Public Health Institute, FedEx Freight, Inc., the NYC Department of Transportation, the NYC Commission on the Status of Women, New York University, the NYS MTA, Stryker Endoscopy, the County of Santa Clara, and others.

Wendy is a member of the Training Roster for Gender Equality, UN Women and has been a board or committee member of: the Tri-State Diversity Council, SHRM’s Diversity and Inclusion Standards Taskforce; WTS–Greater New York Chapter, Diversity Committee, and Friends of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women. Wendy writes the Inclusion Strategy blog and speaks regularly at diversity and inclusion related events and conferences.

Key Accomplishments

  • Developed Mentoring Toolkit, promotional presentations and video for the City of New York
  • Designed Inclusive hiring and interview guide and training for Global Public Health Fellows II
  • Launched MTA Metro-North Railroad’s first Mentoring Program and Inclusion Council
  • New York City’s Liaison; United Nation’s Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing
  • Key team member New York City’s Domestic Violence Task Force, Editor, Mayoral Report
  • Established inaugural Diversity Councils for two divisions at FedEx Freight, Inc.
  • Facilitated Diversity Strategic Planning Executive Sessions and Roll-Out at FedEx Freight, Inc.
  • Created New York City’s Department of Transportation’s Volunteer EEO Counselor Program
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention Lecturer at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School
  • Developed EEO training program for managers and Commissioners for the City of New York

Wendy conducted graduate studies in American History at Columbia University in the City of New York, received a certificate with high honors in Literature from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and has a BA in American Studies from The City College of New York, CUNY, Honors include: City College - Ford Foundation Fellowship, Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Sigma Lambda, and Magna Cum Laude.

A list of Wendy's presentations can be found HERE.

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Andrée Peart Laney   Andrée Peart Laney

Andrée Peart Laney, Consultant
An accomplished employment lawyer and consultant, Andrée has a 20-year record of counseling and representing Fortune 500 corporations, non-profit organizations, the public sector, and executives on workplace issues from recruitment to separation. She brings a 360-degree insight into employment law compliance based on her comprehensive experience both defending and prosecuting employers for workplace violations.

Andrée is an adjunct professor at Rutgers Business School, where she instructs current and aspiring business managers on legal compliance in business. A regular panelist and contributor to legal journals on employment law matters, Andrée has spoken before the New York City Bar Association, the Practising Law Institute, Fordham Law School and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, and has published legal journal articles for the American Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association, and Employment Law360.

Key Accomplishments:

  • Served as Administrative Judge presiding over federal sector discrimination claims for the EEOC.
  • As a Trial Attorney for the EEOC, prosecuted private sector employers for violations of federal anti-discrimination laws.
  • As in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 global investment bank, successfully defended all assigned discrimination charges (approx. 24 over 4 years) to findings of no merit.
  • As in-house counsel, developed strategic plans to minimize litigation risks of proposed employment actions and monitored EEO-1 plan execution for compliance with anti-discrimination laws and corporate policies.
  • Conducted management and HR training on internal discrimination claims, family/medical leaves, disability accommodations, background checks.
  • As EEOC Attorney and in private practice, trained 400+ attorneys, managers and employees nationally.
  • As employment counsel of a 6,800-employee New York City agency with a $300M personnel services budget, advised management on EEO, Employee Relations and union matters.

Specialties: Employment law, employee relations, compliance auditing, investigations, discrimination law, wage and hour law, arbitration, mediation, training, employer policies, employee handbooks, negotiation, and litigation.

Andrée received her law degree from New York University School of Law, and received her AB in English from Princeton University.

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Jason Nu   Jason Nu

Jason Nu, Project Manager
Jason Nu is a researcher, writer, and educator in the fields of geography, urban affairs, and the public humanities. He works to contribute to more just, equitable, and inclusive communities.

Jason supports Inclusion Strategy’s clients by coordinating events, conferences, and studies, as well as performing statistical analysis of EEO workforce utilization data and development of related reports and presentations. He also conducts cultural assessments that include the review of data, documents, interviews, focus groups, and surveys. Jason is also responsible for ongoing research of diversity and inclusion best practices.

Jason recently completed a doctoral dissertation on the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s public outreach programs. He has also written extensively on the topic of Olympics-related urban redevelopment projects in Rio de Janeiro, and on sustainability as a key urban planning principle in the city of Malmö, Sweden. In addition to his PhD in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jason holds an MA in Geography from Hunter College, CUNY, and a BA in Film Studies from Wesleyan University.

Prior to his academic career, Jason worked as an associate producer and assistant editor on PBS documentary films, including The Supreme Court and Becoming Americans: The Chinese Experience.

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Ann Smith   Ann Smith

Ann Smith, Consultant
Ann Smith has over fifteen years of corporate business experience in learning and development and consulting. She has designed and facilitated workshops for all levels of employees and produced supporting materials to enhance instruction at organizations including FedEx and Viking Freight. Topics presented include effective communication, conflict resolution, leadership, inclusion and diversity, employee engagement, listening, teambuilding, coaching and mentoring, presentation skills, the customer experience, and personal effectiveness.

She has a wide range of facilitation skills and has presented to groups ranging from 3 or 4 to over 600. Her style is interactive with learning experiences based on real world situations. She believes in the need for follow-up and integrating skills into the professional environment. She is a flexible problem solver working with resources available and maximizing results.

Ann holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Jose State University and has been certified as a Communications Effectiveness Instructor, a Career Transition Trainer, a Facilitator of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and a certified instructor in Situational Leadership. As a career consultant she has worked with client companies including Cisco, Capital One, Kaiser Permanente, Lockheed Martin and Stanford University. In her community, she is passionate about volunteering and promoting social responsibility and education. She has been a board member for Mulberry School, Keep San Jose Beautiful, and Monopoly in the Park. She is especially passionate about kiva.org, a micro-lending vehicle that supports entrepreneurs in developing countries to start and expand their businesses.

Ann's publications include numerous articles in leader's publications on the topics of motivation, communication skills, professional development, approachability, employee engagement and recognition, inclusion and attitude.

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