Houston Chapter: August 2019 Downtown Luncheon

Houston Chapter: August 2019 Downtown Luncheon
Topic: Diversity & Inclusion Panel
Speakers: Yvonne Harris, Partner Capgemini, Joanne Howard, VP of ESG for Crestwood Equity Partners, Kristan Crapps, Chevron Employee Networks Coordinator
Moderator: Mark Zorbas, Heidrick & Struggles

Yvonne N. Harris is the HR and Consultant Engagement Leader for Sogeti USA, part of Capgemini, a global information technology consulting company delivering solutions that enable digital transformation. Prior to this position, Yvonne was the Inclusion Brand Leader as a member of the Capgemini North America Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Team.  In this role, she led the overall CSR communications efforts, managed the North America Employee Resource Group (ERG) program, and hosted a podcast on Capgemini North America CR Radio.

Before Capgemini, Yvonne was a Regional Human Resources Director in the financial services industry. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a Society for Human Resources Management – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and a Life Coach.

Yvonne is an experienced training facilitator and a frequent speaker at conferences and events on a variety of CSR, Diversity & Inclusion, and leadership topics including: women’s empowerment, unconscious bias, generational differences, gender balance, ERG effectiveness, work-life integration, and inclusive leadership.

Yvonne is a two-time winner of the DiversityFIRST Award which recognizes demonstrated dedication and continuing commitment to advocation, raising awareness of diversity, and protecting civil and human rights. 

Her passion for making a positive contribution to issues that impact women and children has led to her involvement in a community-wide effort to increase awareness about maternity mortality and advocate for improvements in women’s health care.  As a leader for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Women’s Initiative, Yvonne chaired an event highlighting the maternity mortality crises in the state of Texas by assembling a panel of medical and community leaders who presented thought leadership on how to stabilize and course correct this issue.

Yvonne chairs the Dinner Dialogues project for Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston.  This project provides opportunities to learn about Houston’s diverse faith communities in an environment of respect and understanding.

Yvonne is the volunteer Executive Director for the Council for Corporate Responsibility, a Board Member for the ADL and the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, and a Community Advisory Panel member for the Junior League of Houston.

Yvonne also chairs the D&I Education Committee at her son’s school, creating age-relevant curriculum on diversity-related topics that are designed to teach students the importance of being inclusive and focusing on a person’s character. 

Joanne Howard is director of sustainability and corporate communications for Crestwood Equity Partners.  She is responsible for managing and advancing sustainability practices at Crestwood and integrating sustainability into strategic planning, policies, communications, and employee engagement activities. Joanne manages external reporting of Crestwood’s programs and performance, including the publication of Crestwood’s sustainability report.  She also manages Crestwood’s community investment program ensuring investments achieve the greatest societal and business benefit.

Prior to joining Crestwood in 2018, Howard was the director of sustainability at Spectra Energy for six years before overseeing the combining of sustainability programs with Enbridge as part of the merger in 2017. Before that she was the vice-consul for energy and environment at UK Trade & Investment located at the British Consulate-General in Houston.  Here, Joanne worked extensively on a range of sustainability and energy policy issues including energy security, renewables and climate policy.

Joanne graduated from the University of Bristol with a masters in international relations. She currently serves on the board of the British American Foundation of Texas and the Awty International Alumni Association.

Kristan Crapps is the Employee Network Coordinator in Chevron’s Office of Global Diversity Center of Excellence, responsible for managing the Company’s global employee network programming, as well as social investment partnerships aligned with employee networks. Prior to this role, Kristan was the Planning and Performance Business Analyst in the Downstream Business Unit of Chevron’s Environmental Management Company. Kristan also worked in Chevron’s Finance Shared Services group in Revenue Accounting, State Tax Accounting, Business & Analytical Support Services and Lean Sigma Analyst roles.  Prior to Chevron, she worked as an Audit Professional for Ernst & Young, LLP. Kristan is a Certified Public Accountant and holds both Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

In addition to serving as President Emeritus of Chevron’s Black Employee Network (BEN), Kristan is a member of Chevron’s National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Finance Recruiting Team. Outside of Chevron, Kristan is active with Houston Black Leadership Institute, the National Black MBA Association Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) Mentoring Program, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, and is on the Board of Directors for the Rutherford B. H. Yates Museum, Incorporated.  Kristan is the wife of William and mother of Chatman and Hamilton.

Mark Zorbas is a principal in Heidrick & Struggle’s Houston office and a member of Heidrick Consulting. Mark has more than 20 years of experience in leadership development, talent management, culture transformation and leading organizational and team effectiveness. A trusted advisor and business partner to senior executives, Mark has a strong record of implementing impactful leadership and workplace culture strategies across culturally diverse organizations. His industry expertise spans the financial services, oil & gas, mining, energy infrastructure & technology, and education sectors.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Mark held various roles at CB&I, a global energy infrastructure and technology company with over 40,000 employees. He most recently served as chief human resources officer where he led the organization’s strategic capabilities through structured learning and performance, leadership development and management of talent programs and processes. Before that, Mark was the vice president of Organizational Development & Training (OD&T) and was also the Director of OD&T for CB&I’s Engineering Construction Operating Group globally, based in Australia. Mark has lectured on Business and Management at Central Institute of Technology in Australia, and was an adjunct lecturer at the University of Notre Dame.


Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in business, postgraduate diploma in business education, master’s degree in educational psychology, and recently completed the Advanced Executive Human Resources Program at the University of Michigan.

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8/21/2019 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
The Houston Club 910 Louisiana St One Shell Plaza, Ste 4900 Houston 77002

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