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Reaching new heights: Helping Black Professionals Climb the Corporate Ladder - Presented by RBC

Start Date: 8/19/2021

Start Time:6:30 PM EDT

Duration:90 minutes


    When you’re a Black professional in tech, securing a promotion isn’t always easy. There’s an existing culture in organizations today that can prevent diverse growth. Things like risk adversity can have leaders wanting to stick to the candidates they know- these candidates tend to look like them, which can leave Black candidates behind.

To encourage diverse growth, we have to shake it up. In this Masterclass, we’re talking with RBC about how the C Suite can encourage career growth, ultimately getting more Black professionals into leadership roles. 

If you are:

* Interested in learning more about diversity in the tech space

* Someone who works in recruitment or HR, or someone in a senior management position

* A Black professional looking for advice for your next promotion 

* A Black professional looking to connect with their community

If you fit any of those categories, then this is one Masterclass you can’t miss. Sign up today! 

About BPTN
Black Professionals in Tech Network (BPTN) bridges the talent gap in the tech industry by providing Black technical and business professionals with access to senior executive sponsorship, skill development and a strong peer network to support their career growth

About RBC
Royal Bank of Canada is a global financial institution with a purpose-driven, principles-led approach to delivering leading performance. As Canada's biggest bank, and one of the largest in the world based on market capitalization, we have a diversified business model with a focus on innovation and providing exceptional experiences to our 17 million clients in Canada, the US, and 34 other countries. 


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Elfreda Pitt-Hetherington

Sr. Director, Cards Operations


As Sr. Director, Card Operations, Elfreda is responsible for the leadership, development, refinement, transformation and successful execution of Card & Payments Operations strategies and performance in Canada, USA and the Caribbean. She also has accountability for the global relationship and risk management for RBC’s critical Third Party Suppliers and Global Payment Networks.

Nicole Steele

Director, Integrated Communications BTP Data to Value Marketing


Nicole is a marketing professional with a successful track record for building innovative marketing programs and collaborating with global teams to generate demand, and drive pipeline. Her love for B2B software marketing has afforded her the opportunity to work in various industries within the space. She has worked for start-ups like event app QuickMobile (which was acquired by Cvent), mid-sized data visualization companies like Qlik, and has recently returned to large enterprise powerhouse - SAP to lead the Data to Value Marketing Integrated Communications team

Tia Gordon

VP, People & Culture


An innovative results-oriented and accomplished human resources professional, with an extensive background in strategic business partnering, performance management, employee relations, compensation and benefits, HR policy and development, recruitment and selection, training and talent development, as well as leadership development and coaching. Possesses a proven track record of developing value-added workforce solutions and leading complex projects from kick-off through implementation

Chinedu Onyegbula

Sr. Agile Coach, Agile COE


Chinedu is an experienced Agile Consultant, Enabler and Coach, with 10+ years of experience applying agile mindset, methods and practices to solving complex problems and impediments. Chinedu is a Director with RBC's Agile Center of Excellence; where he has played a key role in shaping Technology amp; Operations Agile adoption and maturity strategy.


Area VP, Enterprise Sales


Reggie has nationwide responsibility for an enterprise sales organization tasked with generating growth in Salesforce's largest global accounts in North America. He’s a published author - “The Blue Print – The Keys to making BIG Money in Professional Sales” and lives in ATL. Prior to starting his career in corporate America, Reggie played professional football in the Canadian Football League after graduating from Morehouse College.

Cher Jones

Social Media Trainer & Personal Branding Strategist

Socially Active

Cher Jones is a Corporate Social Media Trainer & Personal Branding Coach with the love of technology hardwired into her personality. As the founder of Socially Active Training, she leverages over 20 years of PR, marketing and broadcasting experience to help professionals, leaders and consultants develop a credible and strategic online presence while teaching them how to use social media at work for work. Her passion, knowledge and expertise have many referring to her as one of North America's leading experts in online personal branding for professionals. She has worked internationally with a wide variety of organizations including Rogers, Hong Kong Police, PokerStars, BlackBerry, Industrial Alliance, The City of Toronto, MPI, The UK Trade and Investment, The Ontario Ministry of Education and CBC to name a few. Cher is also the host of a weekly LinkedIn livestream called #JustAskCher LIVE where she offers tips and advice to help you develop a powerful and professional brand online! Linkedin profile-
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