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Pay Equity Conversations Don't Have to be Uncomfortable

Pay Equity Conversations Don't Have to be Uncomfortable

Talking about pay and benefits can feel like a minefield of unspoken employee expectations and long-embedded company policies, all wrapped up in budget realities. But figuring out how your team members really feel about compensation is key to developing impactful strategies to hire and keep your best people—even in a rocky economy.

As part of our HR Disruptors executive conversation series, we hosted a candid conversation on pay equity with CEO & Global Executive Coach at Divinely Powered Hakemia Jackson, Bonfire Chief People & Culture Officer Becky Lakin, and Diversity Window CEO Jiquanda Nelson.

Watch the session recording to learn how to identify gaps with your existing pay structures, build fair strategies that support your company goals and culture, and honestly — and compassionately — navigate tough conversations with your leadership team and employees.

About the speakers
Hakemia Jackson

CEO & Global Executive Coach at Divinely Powered

Hakemia is the GIFT ENFORCER! Her passion and energy inspire audiences and clients to step beyond their conditioned responses and perceived limitations, so that they're able to live out their divine greatness within. As a Global Executive Coach, HR Influencer and DEI Board Advisor, Hakemia is a highly-sought-after partner to leaders and teams of Fortune 500 companies, startups, and nonprofit organizations facing culture restructuring due to the Great Reshuffle and the Future of Work. She has been recognized by LinkedIn as one of the leading Black Voices to Follow & Amplify and by Brainz Magazine as a DEI Influencer. As the founder of Divinely Powered Leadership Development & Executive Coaching, Hakemia partners with organizations to enhance the competitive performance of their most valuable assets, their executives and emerging leaders.

Becky Lakin

Chief People & Culture Officer at Bonfire

Becky Lakin is a cross-disciplinary leader, designing novel approaches to transformation at the intersection of human development, social justice, and environmental advocacy. Most recently, she served as the Chief People and Culture Officer at Bonfire, a fast-growth custom merchandise software company that powers giving to non-profit and grassroot social impact campaigns. Prior to that executive role, she was the Global Head of DEI and Corporate Citizenship for Kuehne+Nagel, the world's leading logistics and freight forwarding company, building programs and policies for more than 80,000 employees across 110 countries. She's led creative communications for large enterprise and consulted for numerous Fortune 500s and public sector groups. her award-winning social good start-up, The Giving Wall, facilitates citizen-to-citizen support, and has received grants from some of Virginia's leading philanthropic organizations.

Jiquanda Nelson

Chief Executive Officer at Diversity Window

Jiquanda Nelson is the CEO of Diversity Window, working with organizations across many industries on building meaningful Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals. Her team is committed to connecting people with opportunities at work and in their community, while building spaces where everyone feels like they belong. Her career journey, which has earned her a 40 under 40 recognition, has included a little bit of leading teams and initiatives across 40 countries and six continents, transforming healthcare, impacting 11,000+ retail stores, and bringing joy to many areas of nutrition—all mixed with Black Girl Magic. She prides herself with being a true DEI practitioner and her team’s data-driven, action-oriented approach to creating true change for organizations.

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