by Moxye Staff

During RMGLive’s Inclusive Leadership Conference which takes places on April 19th in New York City, we are delighted to hear from FINRA’S Audria Pendergrass Lee, Director of Diversity and WorkLife during the Framing Inclusion Talent and Competencies panel.

For more than 20 years, Audria Pendergrass Lee has been driving meaningful organizational change—most recently through the strategic creation and deployment of infrastructure, resources, and tools that help foster a culture of diversity and inclusion and build an environment that supports corporate social responsibility and work/life balance. Over her career, she has worked as a diversity program manager, new service development director and paralegal in a variety of industries, including the military, financial services, distribution and educational services.

Audria currently serves as Director of Diversity and Worklife at FINRA and since joining the organization in 2009, has facilitated the creation of an award-winning diversity leadership council and employee resource group program, launched mentoring programs and the corporate social responsibility initiative, overseen the implementation of organization-wide diversity training and made significant enhancements to flexible work arrangements, gender- and LGBTQ-inclusive policies and other diversity programming efforts. In addition, she manages the federal contractor (workforce) compliance programs.

Audria earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of South Carolina, a master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and has continued her studies at the University of Maryland University College and Aresty Institute of Executive Education at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Most importantly, she is the wife of US Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Wendell Lee and mom to 11 year old Kendall Olivia.

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