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Caroline N. Gundeck

Managing Director

Morgan Stanley

Caroline Gundeck is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and heads the Client Development Group for U.S. Wealth Management and Private Wealth Management. She is responsible for coordinating efforts within the firm to deliver strategies and solutions that lead to and enhance the success and development of Financial Advisors and managers. In addition, to establish Morgan Stanley Wealth Management as the premier provider of choice for wealth management services for High Net Worth clients.

Caroline serves as Chair of the Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Women’s Employee Networking Group, a Firm-sponsored organization that is open to all employees and works throughout the year on various events and initiatives. Caroline also serves as Chair of the Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Annual Appeal and Global Volunteer Month campaigns.

She joined Morgan Stanley in September 2006 as an Executive Director and Head of Diversity for National Sales, where she focused on continuing and advancing diversity efforts throughout the business. Previously, she was with Merrill Lynch for 24 years, most recently serving as Co-Head of Multicultural Marketing for Merrill Lynch. During her 20 years as a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch, she was a member of the firm’s Circle of Excellence and Director’s Circle.

Caroline earned a B.S. in Economics from Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York. She is a member of The Women’s Forum of New York. She was born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey and currently resides in Ridgewood, New Jersey, with her husband, Richard, and four children: Jordan, Parker, Katherine, and Charles.

Caroline is an avid car collector with her husband and has raised llamas and Tibetan yaks in Upstate New York.

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Jason Holstein
Managing Director
Golden Gate Business Association

Deena Fidas headshotCo-Presenter

“What the HRC Corporate Equality Index Means to Your Business and Our Community”

Deena Fidas
Deputy Director
Workplace Project for the Human Rights Campaign

Deena Fidas consults directly with employers on the implementation of inclusive policies and benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. She works closely with company representatives to help them identify areas of potential improvement and works with their key stakeholders to effect change within their organizations, from domestic partner benefits to innovative trainings. Fidas manages the Corporate Equality Index survey administration to more than 1,200 major U.S. employers and authors the Corporate Equality Index report. She led the Degrees of Equality published research on how to evaluate and improve the workplace climate for LGBT employees in large businesses.

Fidas has become a sought-after presenter of the Degrees of Equality work with numerous corporate site visits and professional conference presentations across the country. Fidas also develops teaching toolkits on LGBT work force diversity for employers. Prior to joining the Workplace Project staff in 2007, she worked in fundraising for the American Civil Liberties Union and Hillary Clinton for President, among other clients. Fidas holds a master’s degree in sociology from American University in Washington, D.C., where she also worked as a researcher for the university’s Women & Politics Institute.

Liz CooperCo-Presenter

“What the HRC Corporate Equality Index Means to Your Business and Our Community”

Liz Cooper
Manager of Corporate Programs
Workplace Project for the Human Rights Campaign

Liz Cooper joined the Workplace Project in August 2010. As Manager, Liz engages directly with employers to identify and improve LGBT-inclusive policies and practices. Cooper brings her background in sales and marketing research to develop the Project’s resources on LGBT diversity and inclusion best practices aimed at employers, employees, and consumers. She has a special focus on engaging new businesses to participate in teh CEI survery, and also oversees the annual Buying for Workplace Equality Guide. In addition, Cooper has enlisted the support of dozens of major businesses for pro-equality legislation across the country. She also uses her advocacy to help elevate the role of allies in the LGBT community. By making allies a more visible part of the workforce, Cooper hopes to make a fully inclusive culure the new standard for employers, allowing employees to be authentic and open in their workplace environment. Cooper holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Davidson College in North Carolina



JoEllen Warnke RN, MS, OCN®
Nursing Education Specialist
Nurse Residency Program of Moffitt Cancer Center

Jo Ellen Warnke is a Nursing Education Specialist at Moffitt Cancer Center. She is the coordinator of the

Nurse Residency Program which fosters and supports nursing professional development of new nurses during a twelve month residency.

Jo Ellen began her career as a nurse at Moffitt Cancer Center 14 years ago. During this time, Jo Ellen has assumed both inpatient and ambulatory care nursing roles as well as Consumer Health Educator. While working within Patient Education, JoEllen designed and implemented patient education materials and resources to meet the unique needs of oncology patients.

As chair of Moffitt’s Employee Network GLAAM (Gay and Lesbian Alliance at Moffitt), Jo Ellen has had
the opportunity to participate in community events on behalf of Moffitt as well as serve on several hospital wide committees representing the voice of the LGBT community. GLAAM is comprised of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) employees and their allies. Moffitt’s commitment to being an Employer of Choice provides a quality working environment for all of its employees. GLAAM was instrumental in encouraging Moffitt’s leadership to complete the Healthcare Equality Index survey.

They are also involved in Moffitt’s ongoing commitment to ensuring that the cancer center is best prepared to provide LGBT patients and their families with exceptional cancer care.

In 2012, Moffitt Cancer Center was named a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality”. Moffitt is one of only two cancer centers named nationally, in Florida, one of a select group of three hospitals/hospital systems comprising 10 healthcare facilities to receive this designation.

Through her own experiences as a nurse and caregiver, Jo Ellen has been able to share a unique perspective into the needs of our LGBT community as well as strive to keep Moffitt an inclusive hospital
and employer.



Brian Gray
Sr. Director for Organizational Effectiveness
Wyndham Vacation Ownership

As Senior Director of Organizational Effectiveness, Brian Gray is a seasoned learning and organizational development veteran who has worked in a diverse range of disciplines, including retail, banking & finance, telecommunications, and vacation ownership. He joined Wyndham Vacation Ownership in 2004 as manager of consumer finance learning and development, and in 2006 moved to a corporate role supporting accounting & finance, communications & brand management, IT, legal, resort operations, and sales & marketing. In 2009, he assumed responsibility for enterprise learning systems and corporate learning and development for North America’s central, western, and pacific regions.

In late 2012, he assumed responsibility for leading the organizational effectiveness team in supporting the development and execution of programs, tools, systems and processes related to building Wyndham Vacation Ownership’s organizational capability and diversity through strategic talent management.

Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Gray served in a series of successive leadership positions with Bank of America NT & SA culminating with his position as assistant vice president and area operations officer. He then served as Manager – Talent Management & Integration for Verizon Communications’ LiveSource Business merger integration team.

Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Inc. is the world’s largest vacation ownership company with more than 915,000 owner families and more than 180 resorts located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. The company employs more than 15,000 associates worldwide.



Orlando Davis
Program Director
Mornings WiLD 94.1
CBS Radio

Orlando has lead, #1 rated WLLD-WiLD 94.1 since its launch, in 1998, is known as one of the best Program Directors and Air Personalities in the country. He holds countless awards, which include Radio Music Awards Personality of the Year, Billboard Awards Music Director of the Year (4x), Billboards Program Director of the Year (4x), Street Information Networks Program Director of the Year (05, 06, 07, 09) and others. Orlando’s support has been instrumental in garnering of record deals for or breaking such artists as: Plies, 2 Pistols, Mims, T-Pain, and Jojo. He attended Florida A&M University and Florida State University, in Tallahassee, where he began his radio career with stations in top 40,(Hot 101.5), alternative (X101.5), dance (WiLD 106) and R&B (96.1 WHBX). In January, 2010, Orlando joined the CBS News assignment, covering the devastation in Haiti. He reported, front line news, to 46 radio affiliates, nationwide and his access was helped by fraternal kinship with Grammy award winner, and Haitian son, Wyclef Jean. In August, 2010, Orlando also launched his 2nd Tampa, radio property, as he was named Program Director for The New PLAY 98.7! He is an honorary member of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity, an Honorary Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Deputy, and he lives by Jack Benny’s mantra, “I don’t care who gets the laugh, as long as they get it on the Jack Benny Show!” Orlando is represented by Miller Broadcast Management, Chicago, IL

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