How to Harness the Power of a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace
Diversity and inclusion are hot topics in the business world right now. According to a McKinsey survey, companies in the top quartile for gender and ethnic diversity are 36 percent more likely to outperform bottom-level peers in profitability. But it’s not about checking off boxes. Creating a diverse and inclusive culture that values the different viewpoints and backgrounds of employees is essential. Join Worth for an intimate discussion about how to take your DEI initiatives beyond empty promises and filling seats to create a dynamic workforce and add value to your company.
Panelists: Nora Ali, Former Anchor, Cheddar
Marcus Glover, Cofounder and Managing Director, Lockstep Ventures
Moderator: Emily Cegielski, Editorial Director, Worth
In case you missed the last Worth Live, you can watch the highlight of the latest session below:
- Tuesday, September 21 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT
Nora Ali is the CEO and Cofounder of a new media venture launching soon. She most recently covered the latest innovations and technologies across entertainment and business as a news anchor on Cheddar, where she was the daily co-host of “Between Bells” and “Closing Bell.” At Cheddar, she co-created and co-hosted a weekly series envisioning our post-pandemic future called “Fast Forward: Life After Covid-19” and a series examining and celebrating diversity called “All Hands: Race Toward Inclusion.”
Nora previously led teams of engineers and designers as a Senior Product Manager at e-commerce company Jet.com, which she joined prior to its launch and subsequent $3.3 billion acquisition by Walmart. She started her career by advising institutional investors on equity investments and IPOs as an Asian Equities Analyst at Goldman Sachs. Nora graduated from Harvard with a bachelor’s degree in Statistics and Quantitative Finance. Nora is an avid violinist and indoor boulderer in her spare time, grew up in Minnesota and currently lives in New York City.
Marcus Glover is the Cofounder and Managing Director of Lockstep Ventures, a venture capital firm that seeks to address issues that perpetuate racial inequality in the U.S.
Marcus has a mission to reimagine equity for Black America and is dedicated to investing and advising Black and women-led companies that are often overlooked, underfunded and underserved. As a leader of Lockstep Ventures, he has turned his passion into meaningful change while also inspiring and empowering a systematic shift in tandem with delivering investor returns.
In addition to his work with Lockstep Ventures, Marcus serves on the National Board of Directors of Defy Ventures, which advocates for criminal justice reform and lowering recidivism by building on incarcerated men and women’s natural talents through entrepreneurship and business ownership. Marcus also serves on the Time@100 Advisory Board.
Previously, Marcus was the Founding Partner of private equity firm M. Glover Capital. He has also served as a Global Creative Director and Chief Marketing Officer, producing some of the most memorable advertising campaigns within pop culture, urban lifestyle, music, sports and entertainment, including the number three most popular Super Bowl commercial in history. Marcus has also created successful ventures with some of the world’s most beloved celebrities and athletes, including Muhammad Ali, Lil Wayne and will.i.am. This has led to his being an advisor for early-stage ventures, leading workshops on brand and personal storytelling for founders and leaders.
Outside of his VC and marketing work, Marcus has a passion for teaching youth and is a leader of yoga and meditation juvenile programs at prisons and jails in New York State as a board director for the organization Liberation Prison Yoga. He also served as an executive producer for films, A Beautiful Game and Bilal: A New Breed of Hero, and on the board for the Harlem Arts Festival.
Emily Cegielski is an award-winning multimedia journalist and editor based in New York City, who is the Editorial Director at Worth Media.
Prior to joining the Worth team, she worked as a Senior Editor at the New York Observer, where she built out its Business, Tech and Innovation vertical—refining beats, recruiting expert contributors and leading a team of staff reporters and freelancers. Previously, she worked as Director of Digital Media at High Times, where she drove creation of cannabis-related stories; programmed content; managed social media; planned and executed marketing campaigns for High Times events; covered breaking news; edited content; and led a site redesign.
In the past, she has worked as a staff writer, photographer, designer, copy editor, fact-checker, section editor, managing editor and senior editor for a wide array of newspapers, magazines and websites.