Racial Equity: Leading with Courage

Sunday, October 11 at 5:10 pm CT

Moderator: Sandra Richards, Managing Director, Head of Global Sports & Entertainment and Segment Sales & Engagement, Morgan Stanley

Sandra L. Richards is a Managing Director, Head of Global Sports & Entertainment and Head of Segment Sales & Engagement in the Wealth Management Division at Morgan Stanley. She began her career at Morgan Stanley in 2007 after spending five years at the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Sandra was named a MAKER @ Morgan Stanley in 2015, and has been recognized with numerous awards for her professional accomplishments, including Variety’s 2019 Women of Impact New York List, The Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business Award in 2018, the New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce 2018 Women of Excellence Honoree, and the 2018 Vanguard Award Recipient from the Seton Hall Black Alumni Association. She completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies at Seton Hall University. In 2016, Sandra made her debut as an author of a children’s picture book, “Rice & Rocks.” “A beautiful, amusing tribute to family traditions.” – Kirkus Reviews. 


Kim Davis, Executive Vice President, Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs, NHL

Kimberly B. Davis currently serves as Senior Executive Vice President, Social Impact, Growth & Legislative Affairs at the National Hockey League, the premier professional ice hockey league in the world.  In this capacity, Kim leads a role reporting to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to attract, develop and retain fans – with a specific focus on multi-cultural audiences – through culture, youth participation, and social impact initiatives. “Kim’s professional experience uniquely qualifies her to ensure that our League is growing the game of hockey by demonstrating the leadership principles and values in communities and with all stakeholders that can ultimately lead to new and increased fandom,” said Commissioner Bettman.

Ms. Davis has been recognized by Hockey News’ “2020 Top 100 Most Influential Leaders in the sport,” Essence Magazine’s “Woke” - 2019 Change Agents, Adweek’s “30 Most Powerful Women in Sports,” Sports Business Journal’s “GameChangers,” and Savoy Magazine’s “Most Influential Women in Corporate America.” She has received other notable recognitions including Savoy Magazine’s “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America” and showcased in Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business.” In 2012, she was profiled with First Lady Michelle Obama in Essence magazine’s “28 Most Influential Black Women in America.”

Cathy Engelbert, Commissioner, WNBA

Cathy Engelbert was appointed Commissioner of the WNBA in May 2019.  As Commissioner, Engelbert is responsible for setting the vision for the WNBA and overseeing the league’s strategic direction, day-to-day business, and basketball operations. Since she stepped into the role of Commissioner, she has executed a historic player-first Collective Bargaining Agreement, build and socialized a new economic framework to drive league revenue and owner success, and led the league’s twelve franchises through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Previously, as CEO of Deloitte, Engelbert was first woman ever to lead a Big Four professional services firm in the U.S. where she led one of the largest professional services organizations with more than 100,000 professionals.  Over the course of her tenure, she led a large transformation across the business by moving the firm towards emerging technologies such as AI, blockchain, robotics and cloud, including securing ecosystem partnerships with large technology companies, and executing digital acquisitions.  During her tenure, revenues grew more than 30 percent, and Engelbert drove a people-first agenda, including implementing a holistic well-being culture through programs like Deloitte’s 16-week family leave policy.

Engelbert received a B.S. in accounting from Lehigh University and is a certified public accountant licensed in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.  During her time at Lehigh, Engelbert was a member of the university’s basketball and lacrosse teams and served as a senior captain for both teams.  On the court, she played for former Lehigh coach and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Muffet McGraw.  Engelbert’s father, Kurt, played for Naismith Hall of Fame coach Jack Ramsay at Saint Joseph’s University and was drafted in 1957 by the NBA’s Detroit Pistons.

As a strong supporter of diversity and inclusion, Engelbert was the first woman to serve as chair of the Catalyst Board, a global non-profit organization that promotes inclusive workplaces for women and was the first woman chair of the Center for Audit Quality Governing Board. Engelbert has been on the McDonald’s Board of Directors since December 2019.

Engelbert was listed as one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women for consecutive years.  She is ranked on Glassdoor’s annual Employees’ Choice Awards honoring the 100 Highest-Rated CEOs, and among Crain’s 50 Most Powerful Women in New York.  Engelbert has also been recognized as one of Working Mother magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Moms and one of Fast Company magazine’s Most Productive People.

Engelbert is married and has two children.

Carol Fulp, Chief Executive Officer, Fulp Diversity LLC.

Carol Fulp is a business executive who is an authority on diversity and inclusion. She is the founding CEO of Fulp Diversity LLC. She is also the author of Success Through Diversity: Why The Most Inclusive Companies Will Win praised by Publishers Weekly and Booklist.

Nearly 80 organizations have engaged Fulp in forums around her book including Microsoft, McKinsey, CVS, Mastercard, PBS, Google, Accenture, Boston Red Sox, Deloitte, UPS, Novartis, Drexel University, Harvard University, Texas Conference for Women and more.  

She previously served as President & CEO of The Partnership, Inc., New England’s premier organization dedicated to enhancing the competitiveness of the region by attracting, developing, retaining and convening multicultural professionals. During its three decades, corporations have sponsored more than 5,000 multicultural professionals in The Partnership’s unique leadership development programming.

Fulp increased The Partnership’s impact and reach, while exponentially growing the organization’s financial strength and expanding programming to the C-Suite level and the life sciences sector. In addition, she created board and employment placement services.

Prior to The Partnership, Fulp was Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Brand Initiatives for John Hancock Financial. Previously, she served as the Director of Community Programming and Human Resources for WCVB, the ABC-TV Boston affiliate. She also served as the Corporate Employee Relations Manager for the Gillette Company.

Given her leadership in business and public service, President Barack Obama appointed her as a Representative of the United States of America to the Sixty-fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Fulp serves on the Board of Advisors for Eastern Bank and is Vice Chair of the Board of the American Student Assistance Corporation. Her civic involvement includes the Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Board, Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation, Senior Advisory Board Member for the University of the District of Columbia’s Institute of Politics as well as a Board Trustee for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is also a founding Co-chair of the Massachusetts Conference for Women, the largest professional women’s conference in the country, attracting more than 17,000 attendees annually.

Fulp is the recipient of many honors including the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Bostonian Award, the New England Anti-Defamation League’s Woman of Valor Award and the Museum of African American History’s Living Legend Award. During her career, Boston Business Journal listed her as one of the “50 Most Influential Bostonians”and Boston Magazine listed her as one of the “21 Most Powerful People in Boston Business.”

Fulp is a graduate of the University of the State of New York. She is a recipient of an honorary doctorate of law from New England Law Boston, an honorary doctorate from Salem State University and an honorary doctorate degree from Suffolk University Sawyer Business School, where she served as the 2017 commencement speaker.

She is married to C. Bernard Fulp, Chairman of Go-Biz Solutions and they reside in Boston.

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