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Generations in the Workplace: Women Transcending Age

  • 26 Oct 2023
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
  • Paul Hastings, 2050 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036



C-Sweet DMV Chapter In Person Event Hosted at Paul Hastings

Generations in the Workplace: Women Transcending Age

Join us for an inspiring evening of conversation, connection, and exploration on how women are transcending age boundaries and sexism in the form of ageism - professionally and personally.

Led by a panel of high-level professional women working across the generations in the workplace and society.

Thursday, October 26th

5:30 - 7:30 PM ET


2050 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Paul Hastings LLP is a global law firm that represents a client base in finance, M&A, private equity, and litigation. 

Wines provided by Boisset Collection Wines.

Wine tasting by Cathy Hall-HarrisonRegional Director at Boisset Collection Wines.

Sponsored by Ocean Prime - Washington, D.C.

Parking is available for a standard fee in the building.

C-Sweet members receive free admission. Non-member tickets are $49.

Meet the Panelists

Gerri Mason Hall

Equity Strategist, C-Suite and HR Executive Advisor, Generations United Representative

Gerri Mason Hall is a C-suite leader with more than 25 years’ experience in organizational management and  inclusive leadership development, through the lens of equity and diversity. Her journey has ranged from legal  compliance to human capital engagement, to cultural and social transformation. Her industry experiences are  varied including transportation, hospitality, and data management.  

In 2023 Gerri rewired, launching The P3Team (Purpose, People & Processes), supporting select clients in refining  their purpose and designing solutions for challenges related to their people. Leveraging her experience from both  the private and public sectors, Gerri can quickly assess and identify the root causes of talent gaps and has curated  a team of experts to intervene.  

Gerri’s most recent corporate role was at NetApp, a Fortune 500 hybrid cloud data services company. As its first  chief of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging she crafted and led a 3-year plan exceeding goals from year one.

Prior to  NetApp, Gerri held a series of senior level roles at Sodexo, the 19th largest employer globally with 460,000  employees and $22.2 billion in annual revenue. Gerri was the Chief Human Resources Officer for Sodexo North America for five years. Her final position on the executive leadership team included  oversight for DE&I, Sustainability and Food Insecurity, covering over 250,000 employees in nine countries. Her  strength lies in helping organizations elevate these issues to C-suite focus and integrating them into business  strategies.  

Prior to Sodexo, Gerri spent eight years at Amtrak, the US national passenger railroad. She was instrumental in  settling a class action lawsuit avoiding millions of dollars in protracted litigation. As D&I lead reporting to the CEO, she  transformed the policies and practices that gave rise to the lawsuit and dramatically increased the representation of African Americans in leadership roles.  

Gerri is actively engaged in several non profit boards including the Congressional Hunger Center, the UNCF, and Generations United. 

Gerri is a sought–after speaker and expert in the areas of Inclusion & Equity, Human Resources, and Corporate Responsibility. Most recently she has been addressing the “S” in ESG. A graduate of Vassar College and the George Washington University National Law Center, Gerri held several appointments in both the federal and  District of Columbia governments, including the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Gerri is a native of Washington, D.C. and actively involved  in her community. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and the Links, Inc.

Valentia Royal

VP HR & Admin at PBS Distribution, DEI Professional, HelpAge USA Representative

Valentia Royal (she/her/hers) is a Human Resources Leader with 18+ years of experience. developing organizational strategy, and implementing process improvements with a focus on two cornerstones of business; people and culture. 

Currently Valentia is focused on organizational practices and strategy anchored by critical scholarship exploring anti-racist work and inclusive interventions and outcomes. She has in-depth knowledge of HR processes, including talent acquisition, retention, performance management, compensation, professional development, benefits administration, and federal and state employment laws and regulations. Valentia is a savvy professional and organizational architect, creating diversity and inclusion strategies that elevate performance, growth, and engagement, producing outcomes that support innovation, accountability, and authenticity of talent. Valentia’s experience ranges from start-ups to large established global organizations including; non-profits, not-for-profits (NFPO), government contracting, oil & gas, technology, and media organizations. 

Valentia has an MBA from The Robert H. Smith School at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD and is a Doctoral candidate focused on Human and Organizational Learning at George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) and has a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate (University of South Florida). Valentia is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and has held membership with several other organizations including  Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD), Academy of Management (AOM), Association of Talent Development (ATD), and the Society for Diversity. 

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