Insight to Action
Insight to Action is a monthly virtual event series featuring topics at the heart of business transformation.
Presented by leading faculty and industry experts, the series has value for professionals at all stages of their careers, and individuals who want to learn how faculty research influences the way executives and businesses operate.
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. CT
Sustaining Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts
Hear from a panel of experts moderated by Professor John Kammeyer-Mueller as they share their experiences and best practices when it comes to leading and sustaining DEI efforts within an organization.
Tonya is a strategic executive and consultant in Human Resources, Talent and Organizational Development, and Diversity and Inclusion. Tonya holds over 25 years of professional experience committed to sustaining work environments and cultures that promote inclusion and engagement by relying on diversity of people, perspective, and experience to achieve the company’s mission, goals, and values. Tonya is a dynamic leader, speaker, author, professor, and organizational development scholar practitioner.
She holds a BA in Political Science/Pre-Law from Clark Atlanta University and MBA in Human Resource Management and Doctorate of Education in Organization Development from the University of St. Thomas.
Tawnya leads the HR function at Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures (MLCV), an indigenous owned and operated organization committed to defending equality and celebrating diversity, with nearly 2,500 Associates within various industries ranging from gaming, hospitality, marketing & technology, in-reservation district businesses, and government contracting. She partners with business leaders across the portfolio to implement strategies and develop programs to deliver on the specific business needs while reinforcing the overall talent, leadership, and culture strategy.
Tawnya is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, from which she holds a bachelors degree in business and communications. She also holds a masters degree in human resources from Loyola University Chicago. She is also currently pursuing an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
Joffrey Wilson leads strategy and implementation efforts at Mortenson across the organization, including recruitment, talent development, and retention. He also leads the development of key external strategic partnerships and initiatives. Joffrey previously served as Strategy and Business Development Director for Mortenson’s Energy Storage and Solution Business, which focuses on battery storage and electrification.
Prior to joining Mortenson, Joffrey worked for Ford Motor Company in sales, marketing and franchising. He also worked for General Mills in marketing and corporate strategy. Joffrey graduated from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School with a bachelors degree in marketing and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business with an MBA.
Dr. Kammeyer-Mueller's research examines how employees adjust to new jobs, the process of career development, and how attitudes and emotions shape behavior in organizations. He is particularly interested in learning how interpersonal relationships with co-workers and supervisors can affect how new hires see their work environments over time. Ongoing projects also look at topics such as stress and coping, workforce diversity, and applied research methods.
His work has appeared in leading publications in his field, and he has provided human resources consulting with several organizations, both local to the Twin Cities and multinational corporations. Professor Kammeyer-Mueller teaches courses related to organizational behavior and human resources in the undergraduate, masters', and doctoral programs at the University of Minnesota.
Fall 2021 Series Topics
October 15 - Sustaining Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts Panel moderated by Professor John Kammeyer-Mueller
November 19 - Labor Market Outlook with Professor Aaron Sojourner