Courageous Conversations: Bridging HBCUs to ServiceNow
7:30am to 7:45am
Featured: Michael Scarpelli
Chief Financial Officer, ServiceNow
Mr. Michael P. Scarpelli has been the Chief Financial Officer of ServiceNow, Inc. since August 15, 2011. Mr. Scarpelli served as a Senior Vice President of Finance & Business Operations of the Backup Recovery Systems Division at EMC from July 2009 to August 2011. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Data Domain, Inc., from September 2006 to July 2009 and served as its Senior Vice President since January 2008. He served as Vice President of Data Domain, Inc. since September 2006 and served as its Principal Accounting Officer and Treasurer. Prior to joining Data Domain, he served as an Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer of Lexar Media Inc., from January 2006 to August 2006.
Courageous Conversations: Bridging HBCUs to ServiceNow
Join us for a virtual discussion featuring renowned academics who lead HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). The conversation will be centered around the relevance of HBCUs today, HBCUs building strong partnerships with companies, and the intersection of ServiceNow’s commitments to diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
This event will connect high school and university students, alums, leaders and ServiceNow employees as we create the flow of applicants that drives our commitment to grow our diverse and inclusive employee population.
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Since emerging on the music scene in 1992, Grammy Award, Academy Award, and Golden Globe–winning musician, actor, and activist Common has become one of the most prominent voices in our culture. As a rapper, his smooth flow and superb storytelling, often merged with conscientious lyrics, made him a beloved standout for more than three decades.
His artistry eventually expanded to the big screen, with breakthrough performances in movies like Just Wright, opposite Queen Latifah, Wanted with an all-star cast that included Angelina Jolie, and John Wick: Chapter 2 with Keanu Reeves. He is also the author of the New York Times best-seller One Day It’ll All Make Sense, and four other literary works.
A lover of community, Common established the Common Ground Foundation, a Chicago-based non-profit organization with programmatic focuses on character development, social impact, healthy living, technology, financial literacy, creative arts, and global leadership with the goal of empowering high school students from under-served communities to become future leaders. The organization has awarded more than $230,000 in scholarships to deserving youth and boasts a 100% graduation rate among students from the program. Common has also been on the frontlines of addressing social justice issues and health disparities in our nation as a participant in COVID-19 fundraisers and activism, Black Lives Matter, and racial justice protests, rallies, and discussion forums.
Panelist: Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis
President of Benedict College
Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis has earned for the second time, the honor of serving as the first female President of a collegiate institution. 2017, Dr. Artis was unanimously appointed by the Board of Trustees as the 14th President of Benedict College. She is the first female President in 147-year history of the College which was founded by Mrs. Bathsheba Benedict in 1870.
In 2019, Dr. Artis was named Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s Top 35 Leading Women in Higher Education, the 2019 Educator of the Year by the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. In 2020, Dr. Artis was named President of the Year by Higher Ed Dive for her leadership in navigating the unprecedented challenges of 2020.
Under Dr. Artis’ leadership, Benedict College was awarded the 2019 American Council on Education (ACE) Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation. Benedict College was only the 2nd HBCU and the 1st private college to receive this national recognition. Additionally, Benedict received the top honors and named HBCU Digest 2019 HBCU of the Year.
Recently, President Artis was appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), by House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, on the recommendation of Majority Whip, James E. Clyburn. NACIQI advises the U.S. Secretary of Education on matters accreditation, the Secretary’s recognition process for accrediting agencies, and institutional eligibility for federal student aid.
Dr. Artis is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where she earned a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Policy. She also holds a Juris Doctorate from West Virginia University College of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political science from sister HBCU, West Virginia State University.
Panelist: Bobbie Knight
President of Miles College
Birmingham native Bobbie Knight made history in August 2019 when she was named interim president of Miles College, becoming the first woman to lead the institution since its founding in 1898. In 2020, Knight was elected permanent president, becoming the sixteenth president of the Historic institution. Knight quickly made her mark by securing the largest single donation in the school’s history—a one million dollar gift.
Knight retired in 2016 from Alabama Power Company. Throughout her career she has been, Vice President of the Birmingham Division, Vice President of Public Relations, and General Manager of Supply Chain.
Bobbie later became CEO of her own company, Bobbie Knight Consulting, LLC while, leading other public and private entities. In 2020 Yellowhammer News recognized Knight as a Woman of Impact. In 2018 Bobbie was appointed to the Birmingham Airport Authority (BAA) and was elected as Chair by her colleagues. She is now Vice Chair.
In 2007, Knight was selected as one of 21women worldwide for the acclaimed Leadership Foundations Fellows Program of the International Women's Forum. This allowed her to study at Harvard University and the Judge School of Business at Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
In 2005 she was named Outstanding Alumni in Public Relations by the University of Alabama School of Communications. In 2008 she received the Women's History Award from the Birmingham Chapter of NAACP. In 2013 Knight was recognized as one of the "Women Who Make a Difference" by the Birmingham News and Al com. In 2019 Knight was presented with a Brotherhood and Sisterhood Award by the NCCJ. In 2020 Yellowhammer News recognized Knight as a Woman of Impact.
Panelist: Amy Lokey
SVP, Global Head of Design at ServiceNow
Amy Lokey leads the Global User Experience team at ServiceNow – including Design, Research, Operations and Product Content. Her team’s mission is to create product experiences that people at work love to use. Amy additionally leads ServiceNow’s accessibility practice, embedding within her team the inclusive design practices and expertise necessary to create products that support a global and diverse user base with varied abilities.
Amy was previously head of the User Experience team for G Suite – Google’s cloud-based applications for consumers, education and enterprise, including Gmail, Drive, Docs and Calendar. Under Amy’s leadership, G Suite rolled out an entirely new Material design across all products, launched the Ai-powered Smart Compose in Gmail, and designed the new Google Workspace, a consolidated team-based collaboration tool that brings together key communication and content creation tools in one application.
Prior to Google, Amy was head of User Experience for LinkedIn, across consumer and enterprise solutions. Amy helped grow LinkedIn’s business and product platform from startup, through IPO, to a 26B acquisition by Microsoft.
Amy is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where she studied the experiences of underrepresented communities, focusing her English degree on African American literature and disability studies, writing her thesis on her brother’s learning disability and educational stigmas. As a professional, Amy has led inclusive design practices at LinkedIn, Google and ServiceNow. She is additionally an active member in several women-in-tech organizations and is driven to increase diversity in the tech industry.
Panel Moderator: Chris Rogers
Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DIBs) at Product at ServiceNow
Chris Rogers heads Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DIBs) at Product for ServiceNow. He directs the DIBs @ Product mentorship program, leads community outreach efforts, and spearheads partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Chris’s team is one of the inaugural winners of ServiceNow’s Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Challenger Award. This award honored the team’s efforts for creating an inclusive culture.
Prior to ServiceNow, Chris was the full-time Executive Director of Together Assisting People (TAP), a non-profit organization he founded 10+ years ago to help minority youth create a promising future outside of athletics by providing. TAP provides mentoring opportunities to participants, implements financial literacy workshops, and has awarded college scholarships to offset the costs of students’ education. In addition to working directly with youth, under Chris’ leadership, TAP is a three-time NFL Social Justice Grant Recipient, has been able to provide access to family meals during the holiday seasons, provided healthy foods in food deserts, contributed to environmental justice through planting trees in underprivileged communities, and has become a leader in COVID-19 relief through conducting multi-state free food distributions.
Speaker: Cheick Camara
Sr Director of Strategy and Operations at ServiceNow
Cheick Camara is a Sr Director of Strategy and Operations at ServiceNow. Cheick is responsible for Technical Program Management, Architecture & Strategy, and Business Operations in the Platform Engineering Organization. Cheick has been one of the leading voices at ServiceNow when it comes to Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DIBs). He developed a volunteer-based program called DIBS @ Product which amplifies company-wide DIBs initiatives by focusing on three key areas: Recruiting and Retention, Learning and Development, and Community Outreach.
Prior to ServiceNow, Cheick was a Sr Director/Chief of Staff to one of Silicon Valley’s biggest names in Bill Coleman at Veritas. After the acquisition of Veritas by Carlyle Group, Cheick worked with Bill Coleman and the Carlyle Management team to transform Veritas into one of the leaders in the data availability space. Prior to this, he worked at Symantec leading transformation programs.
Cheick is a graduate of Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Economics. He is originally from Mali, West Africa, and currently lives in San Jose, CA. Cheick is a very active volunteer with the Second Harvest Food Bank and represents ServiceNow within the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.