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Pamay Bassey is Chief Learning and Diversity Officer for the Kraft Heinz Company, where she drives a culture of continuous learning, bold creativity, and intellectual curiosity, is responsible for the company’s global learning and development strategy and initiatives, and amplifies the work that every Kraft Heinz employee does to create and nurture a diverse and inclusive workplace.
Prior to Kraft Heinz, Ms. Bassey served as the Global Head of Learning Platform and Professional Development for BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager. Before that, she was president of The Pamay Group, an e-learning design, and strategy company. She began her career in Accenture’s Media Technologies Group.
Pamay earned a B.S. in symbolic systems from Stanford University, with an artificial intelligence concentration, and a M.S. in computer science from Northwestern University. She is also a graduate of the Second City Conservatory program in Chicago, an advanced study of improvisational comedy and theater. View Pamay’s TedTalk here – Pamay Bassey: Navigating Sacred Spaces | TED Talk
LeRoy Butler is a former American football strong safety who played his entire career with the Green Bay Packers (1990-2001).
Born on July 19, 1968, Butler spent his childhood in Jacksonville, Florida. His parents separated when he was a toddler, and his mother, Eunice, supported Butler and his four siblings by working first as a secretary and later as a nurse. The family lived in a small apartment on Jacksonville’s west side in the crime-infested Blodgett Homes housing project.
As a child, Butler’s problems went beyond poverty and crime. He was born so pigeon-toed that doctors had to break bones in both of his feet when he was only eight months to correct the problem. Walking was a significant challenge for Butler, who spent much of his early youth in a wheelchair. He had to wear leg braces between the ages of six and eight. He spent much of his early childhood gazing out the window and watching neighborhood children play kickball—something he could not even imagine doing. At the time, doctors predicted that Butler would be lucky if he ever walked normally. Certainly, the notion of becoming a professional athlete was in his foreseeable future.
As fate would have it, when he was eight years old, Butler discovered he no longer needed his leg braces—quite by accident. When his older sister, raced out of the apartment one day, she inadvertently knocked Butler out of his wheelchair, sending his leg braces flying as well. Picking himself up, Butler discovered that he could not only walk normally, but he could also run pretty well. He immediately ran outside and joined in a kickball game. With this amazing turn of events, Butler discovered that he could not only run, but soon he could run faster than most of the kids in the neighborhood. The rest, as they say, is history.
By the time he was 10 years old, Butler was starring on the neighborhood football team. And after junior high, he was recruited by football powerhouse Robert E. Lee High School on the other side of town. At Robert E. Lee, Butler earned seven varsity letters in all—three in football and two each in basketball and track. When he was a high school senior, Butler was a unanimous All-America pick, and colleges heavily recruited him all across the country. After accepting a football scholarship to Florida State University, Butler shared the defensive backfield with two-sport superstar Deion Sanders for two years.
The Packers selected Butler in the second round of the 1990 draft. He played in 181 regular-season games and 14 postseason games, earned a Super Bowl ring after the Packers defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI at the end of the 1996 season, was selected All-Pro four times, and was elected to the Pro Bowl four times (1993, 1996, 1997, and 1998). He was named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and later inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2022, it was announced that LeRoy Butler would be a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022.
During his 12 seasons with the Packers, Butler recorded 953 tackles, 38 interceptions, 553 return yards, 12 fumble recoveries, 3 defensive touchdowns, and 20 1/2 sacks. He led or tied for the team lead in interceptions in five different seasons. He was the first defensive back in NFL history to enter the 20 Sack/20 Interception Club.
Each attendant chooses 2 breakout sessions from 8 available options. CEU credits are available.
Continental Breakfast Will Be Served
8:00-9:00 Opening Keynote: Pamay Bessey, Chief Learning and Diversity Officer for the Kraft Heinz Company
9:20-10:20 Breakout Session
10:40-11:40 Breakout Session
12:30-1:30 Closing Keynote: Leroy Butler, Former Green Bay Packer
Beaver Dam High School
Second Annual Conference
According to the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), a professional human resource organization, one of the biggest challenges organizations face today is a shortage of qualified workers. The inability to staff a business significantly impacts the bottom line, much less the ability to manage day-to-day operations. These issues impact companies in our own backyard, as organizations large and small located in Dodge County and surrounding areas, struggle to find competent employees.
Today’s successful hiring practices embed issues associated with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) into recruitment and retention practices. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts extend beyond hiring someone based on race. DEI initiatives also include factors such as gender, physical abilities, national origin, or sexual orientation, as well as the diversity of opinions and perspectives.
2021 Pinnacle Award Winners
Advancing the HR Profession
Small Chapter—Dodge County SHRM (Wisconsin)
“A Deliberate Path Toward Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.”
The chapter organized and hosted an in-person diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) conference to address a lack of diversity, equity and inclusion DE&I awareness and hiring practices. This attracted 173 attendees who were able to immediately implement key takeaways around topics, that included DE&I fundamental building blocks, recognizing bias behavior, and aligning DE&I principles. Read more
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