Meet the WIB 2021 Keynote Speakers

Suzan Morno-Wade

Suzan Morno-Wade was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer of Xerox in November 2018.  She is also an Executive Vice President of Xerox Holdings Corporation and serves as a member of the company’s Executive Committee reporting directly to the Vice Chairman and CEO. 

Morno-Wade works in partnership with senior leadership to drive a human capital strategy that facilitates the company’s transformation, future growth and success. Specifically, she is focused on instilling best practices around organization capability, diversity and inclusion, talent management, learning, total rewards and the work environment.

She joined Xerox in 2016 as Vice President of Global Total Rewards to lead the company’s compensation and benefits strategy after having spent 10 years with Hess Corporation in roles of increasing responsibility.  

Over a 25-year period, Morno-Wade has worked across a broad spectrum of industries including technology, oil and gas, industrial and consumer goods. She has extensive experience in all compensation-related matters and is often viewed as an expert on aligning a company’s Total Rewards strategy with their business and operating strategies. 

Black Enterprise, the premier resource for African American professionals, recognized Morno-Wade for her professional contributions and named her one of the “Most Powerful Women in Corporate America” in 2019.

She serves on the Board of Directors of A Better Chance, a nonprofit organization focused on increasing the number of well-educated young people of color in the United States.

Morno-Wade began her career in finance and holds multiple human resources certifications as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois.

Ciere Boatright

Ciere Boatright is the Vice President, Real Estate and Inclusion for Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, Inc.  Since joining Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI) in 2013, Ciere has managed the planning and development of new projects, including Pullman Park, the 180-acre mixed use site at 111th Street and I-94, where CNI has coordinated over $400 million of new investment and created nearly 1,800 new jobs.  In addition to planning and development, Ciere has been instrumental in leading CNI’s community engagement process. By forging positive relationships with community groups, community members, she fostered widespread support for: Artspace, an innovative new work/live space; the new Whole Foods Distribution Center in Pullman; the new Gotham greens in Pullman, Amazon in Pullman, a Mariano’s in Bronzeville; and a new community center in Pullman, the largest year-round, indoor athletic complex of its kind in the region. 

Ciere spearheads CNI’s efforts for diversity and inclusion: Through her management and project oversight, CNI has achieved between 30 to 50 percent minority business enterprise contractor participation in its projects. Active in the civic space, Ciere is on the Chicago Community Land Trust Board, serves as a Commissioner for the Roseland Medical District, and a Commissioner for SSA 71.  Ciere also serves on the executive board of ULI’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, is a board member for Metropolitan Planning Council Board and is a Link Unlimited volunteer and Sponsor. Ciere received a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College in 2005 and a Master’s in Urban Planning at University of Illinois Chicago in 2016.

Ciere is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and was recognized as one of Crain’s 2019 Notable Women in Commercial Real Estate.  Ciere received the 2019 Link Unlimited’ s Richard T. Smith Alumni Award & UIC CUPPA’s Jim Marek Alumni Appreciation Award.  Ciere recently recognized as one of Crain’s 2020 40 under 40 honorees. 

Kate O’Neill

Kate O’Neill is known as “the Tech Humanist.” She is helping humanity prepare for an increasingly tech-driven future by teaching business how to make technology that’s better for humans

Kate has led innovations across technology, marketing, and operations for more than 20 years in companies from startups to Fortune 500s. Among her prior achievements, she created the first content management role at Netflix; developed Toshiba America’s first intranet; led cutting-edge online optimization work at; was founder & CEO of [meta]marketer, a first-of-its-kind analytics and digital strategy agency; and held leadership and advisory positions in a variety of digital content and technology startups.

Kate is a favorite keynote speaker for audiences of leaders from companies such as Google, Etsy, Coca Cola, McDonald’s, Cisco, Adobe, Kelly Services, and Charles Schwab, as well as the city of Amsterdam, the University of Cambridge, and the United Nations. Her insights and expertise have been featured in outlets like WIRED, and she has appeared as an expert commentator on the likes of BBC, NPR, Marketplace, and NBC News.

Kate now lives in New York City, where she writes prolifically and contributes to numerous outlets on an eclectic array of topics, but her primary focus as both a writer and speaker is on the future of meaningful human experiences. Kate’s most recent book is Tech Humanist: How You Can Make Technology Better for Business and Better for Humans, and she now hosts a weekly live program and podcast called The Tech Humanist Show.

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