Founding members, Erin Eisner and Dinaz Kachhi-Jiwani first met when they were on previous career paths. While Erin was practicing law as Deputy General Counsel for a large, national non-profit and Dinaz was serving as a Senior Research Analyst, our founders met on a diversity project team and were instant partners. Their shared dedication to DEI initiatives and improving corporate workplaces made them frequent collaborators over the years.
When Erin took on the role of Chief Strategy Officer for People and Culture, Dinaz was the first person she sought to add to her new team to elevate and tackle corporate DEI strategy. Their shared excitement and expertise for all things People and Culture – especially in the DEI space – led the duo to realize a lifelong dream of entrepreneurship and serving others – founding work/REFINED together in 2020.
Erin is an engaged leader who has spent her career working on and around people initiatives and workplace systems. She is an experienced strategist and trusted counselor who steps in alongside businesses and leadership teams to deliver practical, impactful results. Erin’s passion is to work with and lead teams of diverse professionals in an effort to help companies elevate the entire work experience.
Erin is an attorney by education and experience and spent her legal career as an employment law trial lawyer and acting as inhouse counsel for both small and large companies. Erin has experience working with small and midsize business owners in the Burger King, KFC, and Carl's Jr. franchise systems, as well as representing the United States Departments of the Treasury and Homeland Security in employment related litigation, arbitration, policymaking and advice counseling. Erin was the first woman appointed to serve in the C suite of the Boy Scouts of America as the top executive leading human resources, diversity and inclusion, corporate culture, change management, training and leadership development. Erin has served and advised board clients throughout her career and is experienced with board governance issues from both a legal and executive perspective.
In addition to leading work/REFINED, Erin is an adjunct professor at the University of Houston - Clear Lake College of Business, where she teaches graduate students about the intersection of Human Resources and Employment Law. She is also an active member of the Board of Directors of the non-profit organization Housing Forward, which seeks to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring in Dallas and Collin Counties.
Erin is a frequent presenter and facilitator in the areas of people systems, DEI, leadership development, remote workplace culture, conflict resolution, management training, board governance, corporate culture, and employment law. Erin is a native of Southern California but calls Texas home after her 25 years in the Dallas area. She attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California and Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas. She enjoys travel with her family and trying to keep up with her active teenage children.
You can reach Erin at email@example.com
Dinaz is an analytics and research expert who combines her passion for data and people to help problem solve, strategize and generate outcomes for clients. Dinaz is an experienced data scientist who has worked for several Fortune 500 clients and international non-profits to provide data driven solutions to attract and retain underserved consumers.
Dinaz was an innovative analyst and lead research methodologist at Nielsen and successfully worked on projects for Walmart, Verizon, Google, Comcast and Bank of America. Her keen insight into understanding and addressing the challenges with recruiting, engaging and retaining multicultural audiences, led her to eventually switch gears and focus on driving workplace inclusion and culture transformation as her full-time role. At the Boy Scouts of America, Dinaz served as a Diversity & Inclusion leader, where she was instrumental in developing strategic plans, creating and expanding employee resource groups and key community partnerships.
Dinaz successfully introduced benchmarking key metrics, professional development curriculum for diverse, high potential employees and integrated Diversity & Inclusion throughout the operational verticals of the organization.
Born and raised in India, Dinaz moved to the United States in the early 2000’s to pursue her higher education. Dinaz has a master’s degree in Applied Research from Boston University and University of Pune (India). She has been a board member for several professional associations, a proud mother of three children and enjoys playing Throwball, traveling and creative arts.
You can reach Dinaz at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa is a changemaker who streamlines and improves processes to make work and school more efficient and enjoyable. Her blended experience as an educator in the classroom and in EdTech, as a diversity and inclusion advocate in all spaces, and as a journalist has allowed her to build effective working relationships among multicultural groups of people. She also has served in several additional roles: DEI leader, instructional designer, English team leader, manager, instructor, presenter, writer, editor, and analyst. Some of the companies in which Lisa performed these varied duties were Istation, both the Dallas and Garland Independent School Districts, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, and The New York Times Regional Newspaper Group.
Because of Lisa’s overall background, she loves to create connections between education, business, and technology. She is an insightful and enthusiastic professional with an understanding of the product development life cycle as well as the positive human interaction needed to build and release products.
Mrs. MacKay is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication, and is a graduate of Cardinal Stritch University, where she received a Master of Science in Business Management. Besides her teaching certifications for grades 6-12 and English as a Second language, Lisa maintains the following certifications: Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging for Leaders and Managers; DEI Activator; Universal Design for Learning, and Social Emotional Learning.
Ramu is an organizational culture expert who combines his passion for people and systems design to help move organizations and teams forward. He has worked in marketing, organizational development, and education for an assortment of organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to boutique agencies and nonprofits of all sizes.
Ramu has worked alongside leadership and teams to catalyze change that delivers impactful results for Dell, FedEx, Ericsson, UT Dallas, as well as other small businesses in the digital services and education space. Ramu also has extensive experience in nonprofit administration and executive management supporting over a dozen small to international nonprofits in his career. At the Boy Scouts of America, Ramu served as the Organizational Development and Efficiency Manager leading the national organizational culture change methodology. He is also well versed in conflict resolution, change management, systems design, efficiency, training, and leadership development.
Ramu has a B.S. in Marketing, M.B.A., and a several professional certifications. He is a senior advisor for two community-oriented charitable foundations. Ramu grew up in Dallas, Texas and continues to live in the DFW metroplex. He enjoys listening to audio books, completing puzzles, and building race car Legos.
work/REFINED is built upon collaboration and a relentless journey for continuous improvement. To that end, we engaged a stellar group of advisors that spans industries and experiences to inspire us, challenge us and keep us at the forefront of thought leadership in our field.
Maria is the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel with CHRISTUS Health in Irving, Texas. Ms. Ganson is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she received a Bachelor of Arts in 1988 in Government/Foreign Affairs. She received a Juris Doctorate from Tulane University in 1991. Ms. Ganson has over twenty years of experience as a trial attorney representing several healthcare institutions in Texas, New York and California including catastrophic injury cases and other healthcare representation including peer review and regulatory matters. Ms. Ganson joined CHRISTUS Health in 2014 as in house counsel where she assists in overseeing a team of attorneys, claims specialists, paralegals and staff.
CHRISTUS Health is an international, Catholic, faith based not for profit health system with over 350 services and facilities in seven states, including more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 175 clinics and outpatient centers and dozens of other health ministries and ventures. Ms. Ganson was born in Santiago, Chile and is fluent in Spanish.
Dennis has an unwavering passion for people and works to ensure that all individuals receive equal opportunities in the workplace regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, physical or mental handicap, physique, gender identity or sexual orientation. In 2004, Mr. Kennedy walked away from his job to start the Texas Diversity Council, www.texasdiversitycouncil.org.
He saw a very strong need to create an organization that would champion Diversity & Inclusion across the state. Four years later, Mr. Kennedy found himself launching the National Diversity Council (NDC) for the exact same reasons he started the state council. Currently, the NDC is made up of 11 state and regional Councils: California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Tri-State (NY, NJ & CT). His vision is to have state and regional diversity councils in all 50 states. Along with the state councils, Mr. Kennedy has launched several statewide conferences focused on diversity, leadership and women. Currently there are conferences taking place in all over the country.
Furthermore, Mr. Kennedy spent several years as a college professor in the business schools at the following universities: University of Houston Downtown, Texas Southern University and University of Texas at San Antonio. Some of the courses he taught included: Business Statistics, Economics, HR Management, Compensation Management and Diversity Management. He also spent 5 years working in a corporate environment in the field of Human Resources.
Mr. Kennedy graduated from the University of Houston Main Campus (UofH) with undergraduate degrees in economics, business management, political science and physical education; he also earned a MBA from University of Houston Main Campus as well. In addition, he was a scholarship athlete for football.
Seraj is the Chief Strategy Officer at AcuityAds, a leading, publicly held, advertising automation company for digital advertising. Seraj previously co-founded Digitas, a global digital advertising agency, and Visible Measures, an online video measurement company. Seraj has also contributed extensively in pro bono capacity to non-profit institutions like the Aga Khan Foundation to support the advancement of primary & secondary education in developing nations.