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Physical & Emotional Security in the Workplace

Friday, August 20, 2021

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

Jennifer Kwoon Ph.D. MBA


Organizational Psychologist

Jennifer Kwoon is an organizational psychologist who specializes in designing and delivering compelling programs on leadership, multiculturalism, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her work focuses on empowering businesses and individuals alike to promote happier, healthier, and more productive working cultures. Jennifer’s analysis and approach to resolving workplace issues is scientifically based on her wide range of industry experience and a decade of research on group dynamics and human behavior. She holds a PhD in Business Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is a frequent speaker at various events and institutions, including Cambridge, USC, and at nonprofit organizations focusing on social justice.

Valeria Molinelli


Executive Chef for The Flavor Experience

Valeria Molinelli, MAT, CEC, is a department chair and full-time senior instructor at Johnson and Wales University where she leads curriculum development. She has worked in catering, event planning, research and development, and taught culinary courses in The Azores, Germany, Argentina, and Peru. She was previously the Director of Culinary Events and personal chef to the President and Chancellor of the University overseeing special events. She is also the Executive Chef for The Flavor Experience, an exclusive food and beverage conference owned by Flavor and The Menu Magazine, showcasing yearly trends and marketing goals. Drawing over 600 guests from marketing, chefs, and sales representatives, she works with a variety of food corporations to develop diverse menus using products from 40 different sponsors. Molinelli has been awarded a silver medal in cold food from the NY Food Show Competition and the title of Certified Executive Chef from the American Culinary Federation.

Monica Khant


Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence

Monica Modi Khant is the Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender Based Violence (API-GBV). As an experienced trainer and national speaker, she shares her expertise on gender-based violence, immigration law, and the intersection of immigrant rights, human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, and asylum. With over two decades of experience in the non-profit legal community, she is also a speaker on non-profit leadership. Monica is passionate about impacting systemic changes at the local and national levels, strengthening communities, and creating a broader understanding to influence culture and lives of AAPI survivors and their families. In 2017, she was honored as Atlanta Magazine’s Women Making a Mark and in 2018, she received Emory Law School’s EPIC “Unsung Devotion to Those Most in Need” Award. In 2019, she received the Legal Legend Award from the American Constitution Society (ACS), and she is currently a fellow of the International Women’s Forum.

Riley Woods


>>> Food Sensory Coordinator Technologist

Riley is a Food Sensory Coordinator Technologist at Ahold Delhaize, previously a Quality Control Supervisor her interests within the food industry include food science and research and development cooking. She has worked with international flavor companies to produce products and has led a team of qualified technicians at a start-up company in the quality department. Throughout her career, she has learned the ins and outs of the food industry ranging from restaurants to full-scale food manufacturing. She is a Johnson & Wales University graduate and holds a degree in Culinary Nutrition with a concentration in Food Science. She has been volunteering with NAAAP Boston Since October of 2021 and has recently obtained the position of Associate Director of WIN Women in NAAAP Boston.