Keynote Speakers

Dr. Martin N. DavidsonDr. Martin N. Davidson

Associate Professor of Leadership
Darden School of Business, University of Virginia

Dr. Martin N. Davidson is Associate Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia. He teaches, conducts research, and consults with leaders in the U.S. and abroad on how they can use diversity strategically to generate superior business performance. His research on the impact of culture and ethnicity on career development and on conflict management appears in top managerial and academic publications including Harvard Business Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Research on Negotiation in Organizations, and International Journal of Conflict Management.

In addition to teaching leadership in Darden's Executive Education and MBA programs, Davidson consults with a host of Fortune 100 firms, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. He has served as the national chair of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Academy of Management. Davidson and has been featured in numerous media outlets including The New York Times, BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and National Public Radio. He currently writes posts for Washington's "On Leadership" series.

His new book, "The End of Diversity as We Know It: Why Diversity Efforts Fail and How Leveraging Difference Can Succeed," introduces a research driven paradigm for leaders frustrated or disillusioned with traditional ways of designing and implementing diversity initiatives. For more information on Martin N. Davidson, his current and developing work, and to view his weekly blog, "In My Opinion," visit


Effenus HendersonEffenus Henderson

Chief Diversity Officer

Effenus Henderson is an internationally recognized global diversity thought leader and has been invited by numerous companies and organizations to share his expertise. He is currently the chief diversity officer at Weyerhaeuser in Federal Way, Washington. He has addressed members of the General Assembly of the United Nations on intercultural and interreligious diversity and also addressed a high level panel of the Alliance of Civilizations in Madrid, Spain in 2008, Istanbul Turkey in 2009 and in Doha, Qatar in 2011.

Henderson also participated in a high level dialogue sponsored by the High Commissioner on Human Rights in preparation for the 60th Anniversary Celebration of the Universal Declaration of human rights. He was part of a special panel on diversity at the VII Annual Inter-American Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility held in Punta del Este, Uruguay in December 2009. He has advised members of the United Nation's Alliance of Civilization and Global Compact offices on emerging issues. Additionally, he has advised leaders of Club de Madrid's Shared Societies Project on cross-cultural inclusion.

Henderson is co-chair of Society of Human Resorce Management's (SHRM) National Diversity and Inclusion Standards Taskforce. He was named one of the top diversity officers in corporate America by Diversity Best Practices / Working Mother Media and received its first Diversity Officer Leadership Award in 2007. He was among the finalists for the second annual global ORC Peter C. Robertson Award for Equality and Diversity Champions. He was one of 100 Global Diversity Thought Leaders invited by the president of the Society of Human Resource Management to a special forum in April 2008 to provide a perspective on the future of global diversity and inclusion. He was named to Savoy magazine's 2010 list of the Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America. He was the 2010 recipient of the National Urban League's Collins Award for distinctive service and commitment awarded at the National Urban League's Whitney M. Young, Jr. Awards Gala in Washington, D.C., in July 2010. In May of 2011, he was named by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the "Top Executives in Diversity" for his outstanding business achievements.

George Mason University School of Business

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the top 10 percent of all AACSB accredited business schools, the School of Business is one of only 25 percent of business schools accredited in both business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.




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