Panel Discussion and Keynote Address to Focus on Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace  


Baton Rouge, LA (April 19, 2017) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced that Lindsay-Rae McIntyre will serve as keynote speaker at its May 2 Signature Speaker event sponsored by Jones Walker and River House. McIntyre is IBM’s human resources vice president for executive succession and development, and chief diversity officer. New this year, BRAC’s diversity and inclusion committee will host a pre-keynote panel session for attendees of Signature Speaker.  


As IBM’s chief diversity officer, McIntyre has implemented human resources strategies that drive innovation and global performance. Her presentation, The Inclusion Imperative, will focus on the importance of networks, ecosystems and community support to build inclusive work environments.  


“BRAC is proud to champion the discussion around the business case for diversity and inclusion,” said Cheri Ausberry, chair of BRAC’s diversity and inclusion committee and director of community development for Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. “From a dynamic panel presentation to a world-class keynote speaker, the program will equip businesses of all sizes with a greater understanding of the inclusion imperative and actionable steps for implementation.” 


Pre-keynote panelists include Jeff Cherry of Conscious Venture Lab, Maxine Crump of Dialogue on Race, and Douglas Fisher of ExxonMobil. Each panelist will give a brief presentation followed by an open question and answer session with attendees. Panel presentations will focus on conscious capitalism, fostering discussions of race in the workplace, and the business case for supplier diversity, respectively. 


Signature Speaker sponsored by Jones Walker and River House will be held at the Cook Hotel and Conference Center at LSU. The pre-keynote panel will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m., with lunch and the keynote presentation concluding at 1:30 p.m. Registration for the event is $35 for BRAC investors and $45 for non-investors. More information and registration can be found at


About Signature Speaker 

BRAC’s Signature Speaker, a thought leadership program sponsored by Jones Walker and River House, is an extension of BRAC’s Monthly Lunch series. The semiannual Signature Speaker events feature speakers of national renown on global business issues. Details and registration are available at Space is limited; early registration is encouraged.