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Emphasizing Diversity and Inclusion in Workforce Modernization

From Leadership Connect

A 2021 Executive Order called for the Federal Government to “be a model for diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.” As Federal agencies work to introduce strategies for what this order looks like within their missions, technology leaders are calling for reformation and much needed attention on policies that impact technical talent. Since this Executive Order has launched, it has become apparent that as organizations improve upon their workforce modernization, that there needs to be an emphasis on diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.

Tune into this panel as panelists discuss what it means to emphasize Diversity and Inclusion in workforce modernization. What does this look like? What best practices do these topic experts have to maintaining an emphasis on diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility while improving upon workforce modernization?


screenshot 2023 05 18 114144Sangita Chari

Program Manager

Office of Relevancy, Diversity, and Inclusion, Workforce Inclusion, National Park Service

Sangita Chari serves as the Program Manager for Relevancy, Diversity and Inclusion for the National Park Service, a bureau of the Department of Interior. Sangita is responsible for providing thought leadership, strategy, and direction for embedding diversity and inclusion values and practices into organizational culture and decision-making. She designs and manages national DEI programming including the employee resource group program and a facilitated dialogue program which she helped develop and collaborates with bureau and department stakeholders to integrate diversity and inclusion into internal and external programming including human resource practices, organizational development, training, employee engagement and well-being, visitor and community engagement, and education. Prior to this Sangita worked for a variety of museums and non-profits as a grant manager, program manager and fundraiser.  Sangita has a BA from American University in International Relations and Anthropology and an MA from the University of Florida in Cultural Anthropology.

cdo lisa t. boykin (1)Lisa T. Boykin

Chief Diversity Officer
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Lisa T. Boykin was selected to serve as the first Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The CDO serves as the senior executive situated within the Office of the Director overseeing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) based work centers and programs for the Bureau. Mrs. Boykin has served as Deputy Assistant Director, Human Resources and Professional Development (HRPD), since May 2016 where she oversaw ATF’s Human Resources Operations Division, and the Workforce
Wellness Services Division. As a collateral duty, in 2021, Mrs. Boykin also began serving as the Bureau’s Chief Diversity Officer. With the Bureau’s continued focus on enhancing DEIA, Mrs. Boykin currently assumes the work of the CDO in a fulltime capacity, leading and implementing departmental  programs and mandates, while bringing renewed vision and effective
strategies to maintain an informed DEIA culture for the Bureau.
Prior leadership positions in HRPD included Chief, Human Resources Operations Division; Chief, Human Resources Information Center Division, where she oversaw critical HR programmatic functions and services that included workers’ compensation, HR information technology, and the drug testing program; Chief, Policy and Liaison Services Branch and Chief, Continuing Education Branch, where she oversaw external training for all ATF employees; and Chief, Management/Employee Relations Branch, where she provided expert, consistent technical advice and guidance to Bureau executives, managers, and supervisors.
Mrs. Boykin came to ATF in 2002 as an employee and labor relations specialist. Previously, she worked for the Washington Hospital Center as an employee/labor relations specialist and administrative coordinator in the Office of Physician Support Services. She was the administrative officer at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she coordinated
personnel activities for the Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs. She also worked with American Security Bank/MNC Financial, Washington, DC, as a manager for account reconcilement and as a supervisor in the Customer Service Wire Transfer Department.
Additionally, her leadership experience is firmly planted in the non-profit sector. Having held several local and regional leadership positions as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, including vice president; and president of the Federal City Alumnae Chapter from November 2015 to June 2017. She was inducted as a member of the National Coalition of 100
Black Women, Prince Georges County Chapter in 2018 and since that time has held the position of the first Vice President for Programs, Sargent-at-Arms and currently, Chair of Strategic Planning.
She is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Federally Employed Women.


victoria hodge

Victoria Hodge

Associate Product Manager
Leadership Connect

Victoria is an Associate Product Manager at Leadership Connect where she focuses on helping federal agency clients maximize their productivity with public sector decision intelligence. Prior to this role, she was a Researcher for NBC Nightly News, producing daily stories about world events, political affairs, and human interest. In 2021, she was selected for the competitive News Associate Program at NBC and MSNBC News.

She began her early career in journalism at PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs in the summer of 2019, where she co-anchored a special highlighting youth journalism. Following that, she reported at Bloomberg News during the summer of 2020 where she wrote over 129 pieces for the D.C. Breaking News Team.

She graduated with Distinction from the University of Virginia with a double major in Public Policy and Media Studies in 2021.

Victoria was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area.


Event Details

  • Date: June 1, 2023
  • Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
  • Live Webinar
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