Join the national conversation on gender parity in the workplace.

This afternoon networking event will cover unseen barriers and unconscious bias, opening doors for yourself and others and revealing the power in alliances for change. If you are interested in doing more to address the gender gap, if you want to explore what power women bring to an organization and if you are eager to partner with women to bring about transformation, please join us at the University of Arizona downtown campus.

Presented by Eller MBA and Eller Executive Education Program
in partnership with Arizona HR Executive Forum (AZHREF)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
3:30-6 p.m.

UA Downtown Phoenix Campus
BSPB Building Rm E115
475 N. 5th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
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Note that while the event is free, there is a fee for parking on-street or in nearby garages.



Featured Speaker

Diza Sauers
Diza Sauers

Director, Business Communication Program
Eller College of Management


Joe Carella
Joe Carella

Assistant Dean, Executive Education
Eller College of Management 

Laura Lynn Smith
Laura Lynn Smith

Division Vice President and General Manager
OneADP Tempe

Allesandra Soler
Alessandra Soler

Executive Director
ACLU of Arizona 


Speaker Bios

Joe Carella has more than 20 years of experience in helping executives and corporations in talent development, managing change, strategy formulation and execution. His academic and research engagements have seen him focus on corporate strategy and business performance with a variety of corporate clients including Hershey's, Chevron, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, Intel, Essilor, BBVA, Produce Marketing Association, Xenel Industries, P.F. Chang’s, Raytheon, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, DP World and Discover Financial Services. He is also responsible for designing, developing and delivering successful executive education programs for global corporations. Carella holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Diza Sauers oversees the development and execution of the MBA core communication courses in the Eller College, serves as an Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow and supports both graduate and undergraduate experiential learning initiatives as a communication consultant. Additionally, she is a communication consultant for customer service strategies and has provided corporate communication strategic coaching for several local companies. Most recently, she completed an extensive consulting project for developing customer service in the restaurant industry in Tucson. Sauers holds a MFA from the University of Arizona and a bachelor of arts from Bennington College.

Laura Lynn Smith is the division vice president and general manager for ADP’s Tempe, Arizona location. She is responsible for the engagement and productivity of teams in this office, along with providing opportunities for career growth and development and community outreach. Under her leadership, strong partnerships have been created to make a difference in the Greater Phoenix area, including those with educational institutions, veteran support groups, children’s support centers, LGBTQ community groups and a number of diversity organizations. Smith joined ADP in 1994 and has more than 24 years of experience in leadership, sales, implementation, talent management and business operations. She holds a MBA from Pepperdine University, a bachelor’s of business degree from Loyola Marymount University and a senior professional human resources certification.

Alessandra Soler joined the ACLU of Arizona as executive director in February 2006. Under her leadership, the ACLU of Arizona has grown from a staff of four to 22 and has secured important legal victories on behalf of members of the LGBT community, incarcerated individuals, and immigrants, including ending discriminatory racial profiling practices by Maricopa County Sheriff. Soler previously served as communications director of the ACLU’s fifth largest affiliate in Florida. She also worked at the ACLU of Louisiana, coordinating advocacy efforts in New Orleans. Before joining the ACLU, she was a reporter for The Miami Herald and The Roanoke Times. She holds an MBA from the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management and received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida.


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For additional information, contact Julie Trujillo, director of external relations, at 520.906.1873.