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Orange County, CA First Things First: Key Steps for The CHRO Who is Looking to Start, Re-Start, or Evaluate Their DEI Journey


This June, we are excited to invite you to attend the second session of the NHRA-LA’s Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This month will be hosted by Camille Boothe, Hannah Sweiss, and Lalita Nordquist. They will be speaking with Tamika Curry Smith, a respected leader in the DEI field who has worked internally and as a consultant for companies such as Deloitte & Touche, Nike, Mercedes-Benz, and Target Corporation. She, along with council members, will explore the first stage in building a DEI practice. Joining the conversation is attorney, Chris Ng. Chris will share his firsthand experience as a son of an immigrant, an Asian, and a person of mixed heritage. From this perspective, he will share his thoughts on several aspects including ensuring that any DEI effort is in and of itself, inclusive to all. This is a natural next level conversation from the foundation set in April.

Participant learnings will include:
How to get institutional buy-in around a new DEI practice
Key legal considerations
Creating your DEI roadmap



Christopher Ng is the managing partner of Gibbs Giden LLP (Century City, San Jose, Irvine, Westlake Village & Las Vegas), nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report “Best Law Firms” and recently named by Los Angeles Business Journal as one of LA’s Top 25 Most Admired Law Firms. Chris represents companies in a wide range of business, commercial and construction transactions and disputes. Chris is a member of the State Bar of California and District of Columbia and is licensed to practice in all California state and federal courts. Chris is also an educator, active speaker, published author and frequent contributor to regional and national industry publications. For his achievements, Chris has been regularly named a “Super Lawyer” and “Rising Star” by Los Angeles Magazine and Super Lawyers® (Thomson/Reuters) since 2009, a distinction conferred upon less than 2.5% of all California attorneys.

As an experienced attorney and professor of business law, Chris is uniquely well-equipped to counsel all types of business in a wide variety of legal issues. He provides a broad range of legal services to protect and grow a company in every stage of the business life cycle. Chris is also an Adjunct Professor of Business Law at Pepperdine University in Malibu and in the Graduate Business Program and Department of Business Law at the David Nazarian School of Business and Economics at California State University, Northridge, where for more than a 15 years, he has taught contracts, commercial law, civil procedure and torts.

Tamika Curry Smith is an award-winning D&I advocate, consultant, and educator. Further, she is President of The TCS Group Inc., a firm that provides human resources, and diversity and inclusion (D&I) solutions to a broad range of clients in a variety of industries.  Tamika’s wide breadth of knowledge and expertise has been honed and shared both as an internal resource and highly-valued consultant at numerous companies including:

  • Deloitte Consulting, Director of Diversity Programs
  • Target Corporation, Director of Diversity
  • Mercedes-Benz USA, Head of Diversity
  • Nike Inc., Vice President of Global Diversity & Inclusion
  • The Society for Human Resources Management
  • National Science Foundation
  • Conference Board

Tamika earned a BBA in Accounting with High Distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business – where she serves on the Alumni Board of Governors and The Dean’s Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She also obtained an MBA in Organizational Behavior, Strategy, and Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management. Ms. Curry Smith has been featured in numerous publications including Black Enterprise, the New York Times Magazine, Diversity Professional Magazine, and DiversityInc.

DEI Council

Camille Boothe – CHRO; Lalita Nordquist – VP Human Resources, Stamps.com; Hannah Sweiss – Attorney at Law, Fisher & Philips LLP