Racial Equity in EF: Addressing Barriers to Representation & Inclusion Monitor Conference Series
A Free Livestream by Monitor
Thursday, November 12, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EST
Racial Equity in Equipment Finance: Addressing Barriers to Representation and Inclusion
As the voice of equipment finance, Monitor will elevate the voices of a population that has too long been underrepresented in the industry.
In the first follow-up to August’s “Monitor Live+ “Racial Equity in Equipment Finance: Black Leaders Speak,” Sherry Lowe Johnson, Charles Hill, Gordon Scott and Harold Ray look at where we’ve come since part one and provide implementable strategies for creating more opportunities for inclusion, representation and advancement of Black professionals, while discussing potential benchmarks for the industry that can accelerate the process in the near-term. In addition, the panelists will discuss how companies can enforce and ensure their initiatives are being implemented effectively.
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CREATE(HER), The Omowale Project
Emani Davis recently established The Omowale Project. The project is designed to support organizations to address issues of race equity and diversity while reducing trauma and building resilience. The project includes a focus on the convergence of brain science and healing in developing BIPOC staff to increase workplace satisfaction and build a leadership pipeline.
During her career in the nonprofit sector, both on staff and as an independent consultant in New York and California, Davis focused on program development, recruiting, and building systems to confront bias and promote healing. In her work to serve children, youth and families directly affected by the justice system, Davis has led the implementation of new program initiatives, including violence interruption and street-based gang interventions as well as a pilot initiative providing training and technical assistance to police on strategies to reduce youth arrests and homicides.
Davis has worked with both youth and adults in prisons throughout the U.S. Using the experience of her own father’s 25-year incarceration, her work prepared incarcerated individuals to contribute to their families and communities during and following incarceration. She has been an advocate for the rights of children of incarcerated parents since she was 14 years old. In 2004, she was the first American nominated for the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child for her work on behalf of children of prisoners. She has built on this experience to present keynote addresses and facilitated panels and discussions. Davis has written and contributed to books, articles and blogs related to the justice system, crime, race and healing.
Davis has a BA in Sociology with a concentration in African Studies from Manhattanville College, certifications in health education and massage therapy from the National Holistic Institute, and is a certified facilitator of Framework for Breaking Barriers and Framework for Recovery, cognitive restructuring programs.
Sherry Lowe Johnson
U.S. Director & Senior Counsel, Volvo Financial Services
Sherry Lowe Johnson is an attorney who has practiced law in the area of equipment leasing and finance for more than 20 years. She matriculated at Purdue University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, starting her professional career in Pittsburgh. Lowe Johnson became known for her litigation skills and, after winning a case that resulted in published case law, the opposing counsel extended her an opportunity to practice law at his firm of more than 100 attorneys. From that point, Lowe Johnson represented financial institutions and equipment leasing companies in complex litigation and bankruptcy.
In 2001, she relocated from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, where she practiced with a boutique law firm and honed her litigation and transactional skills in representing clients on matters involving equipment leasing and finance. She later moved to Chicago, where she practiced with a law firm of more than 500 attorneys, continuing to represent clients on equipment leasing and finance transactions. In 2018, Lowe Johnson joined the legal department of Volvo Financial Services as the U.S. director and senior counsel, providing legal advice on critical issues related to equipment leasing and finance.
Lowe Johnson often has served as a panelist on topics related to the equipment leasing and finance industry. She was a member of the ELFA Legal Committee and served on the ELFA Women’s Council. She continues to serve on several subcommittees of the ELFA Legal Committee. In addition to her practice, she was an adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago and a substitute adjunct professor at the Temple University Fox School of Business MBA program. She also served on a few boards, including the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Lowe Johnson also is a mentor to several law students and new attorneys.
Charles Hill Jr
Former HR Business Partner
Charles Hill Jr. was most recently an HR Business Partner for DLL in Wayne, PA. As an HR Business Partner, he partners with his client groups to ensure the successful implementation and execution of HR initiatives and programs that are in alignment with DLL’s business strategy and company values. In addition to his role as an HR Business Partner, Charles serves as a diversity and inclusion ambassador and a coach. Hill also serves as a member of the ELFA Equality Committee.
Hill started his HR career through an HR development rotational program at Liberty Mutual Insurance in Boston and has gained more than 10 years of experience as an HR professional. Hill enjoys learning and obtained his Bachelor’s in communications from Bryant University, his MBA from St. Joseph’s University and his M.Ed. in counseling psychology from Temple University.
Harold E. Ray Jr.
Director, CIT Industrial Finance Division
Harold Ray is the director of CIT’s Industrial Finance division and serves on the Equipment Finance Management Committee. Since 1966, Ray has held a series of equipment finance sales positions at CIT, serving both small and middle-market commercial clients. With more than two decades of experience in winning and growing new vendor programs in the industrial sector, his leadership has been essential to CIT’s continued growth in this division. Ray is recognized in the industry for his ability to build successful finance programs for manufacturers and distributors and to work with C-level executives of enterprise accounts to structure leases and loans to meet their requirements. Prior to joining CIT, Ray was a senior credit analyst with Heller Financial. He holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Saint Peter’s University in New Jersey.
Business Development Executive, Experian – Automotive Lender Group
Gordon Scott is a 33-year veteran holding both management and leadership roles within the credit, business development, wholesale funding and portfolio quality departments of a number of global equipment finance companies. In his most recent role within the industry, Scott established and led CDK Financing Solutions, a lending captive supporting CDK (formerly ADP Dealer Services), the leading global provider technology solutions to the automotive industry. Scott was very active within the ELFA throughout his career, and previously served on the board of ELFA Foundation. Scott currently works for Experian, providing credit systems consulting and development services to global automotive manufacturers and their lending captives.