eTail Virtual Summit & Expo 2021

June 29 - July 01, 2021

Online (ET)

Josh Oates, Senior Regional Director, Diversity & Inclusion Lead at Office Depot
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Josh Oates


Senior Regional Director, Diversity & Inclusion Lead
Office Depot

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Josh.

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Day Two – Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021


2:25 PM KEYNOTE PANEL: Driving Diversity, Equity and Inclusion At Your Retail Organization

Retailers can no longer afford to ignore conversations surrounding DE&I. The Black Lives Matter movement, the uprising against racial injustice over the past year in the United States and the current spotlight on violence against the AAPI community have all highlighted systemic racial disparities in the workplace as well. It affects every business and value conscious customers are expecting retailers to have a plan of action to address these disparities within their organizations. How can champions of DE&I initiatives at retail businesses take the opportunity offered by a painfully charged moment to drive real, lasting change in their organizations? Join this panel to hear our panelists discuss: 


  • Understanding the internal cultural changes that must take place to become more inclusive
  • Ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion related initiatives are at the forefront
  • Creating a safe environment where all voices are welcome, heard and respected
  • Overcoming barriers to change and getting buy in across the organization
  • Holding leadership accountable for prioritizing conversations around workplace culture & DE&I
  • Communicating your efforts effectively externally 


Steve Lesnard, Global VP of Marketing, The North Face/VFC

Lydia Smith, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Kohl’s

Josh Oates, Senior Regional Director, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Office Depot