WHAT: Insights from two studies that delve into diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Dr. Levy will discuss the joint effort between Tangible Development and the Siena College Research to create a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Climate Survey, an assessment tool to help organizations create data-driven organizational change. Mr. Deutsch and Dr. Koning will discuss the joint effort between Taft Communications and the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll on their first ever national State of Diversity survey.
Don Levy from Siena Research Institute
Ted Deutsch from Taft Communications
Ashley Koning from the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University
WHEN: Tuesday, September 20th at 6:00 pm
Dr. Don Levy, Director.
Dr. Levy currently serves as the director of the Siena College Research Institute (SCRI). Dr. Levy came to Siena in August of 2007 and has been instrumental in focusing Siena’s polling not only on statewide and local politics but also on economic and social issues important to all New Yorkers.
Dr. Levy founded and served for two years as the Co-Director of the Institute for Social and Community Research (ISCR) at West Virginia Wesleyan College, and prior to that as Director of Research at the Center for Population Research (CPR) at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Levy holds a Ph.D., in Sociology from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. from Yale University.
In addition to supervising SCRI’s political and economic polling, Dr. Levy has conducted studies while at Siena on the implications of the recession, civic engagement, health, charitable giving, leisure time and sports fanship and New Yorkers’ attitudes towards the real estate market. Dr. Levy has recently completed polling in partnership with major media partners including the New York Times, C-SPAN, Newsday, the Albany Times Union and the Buffalo News.
Ted Deutsch, CEO.
Ted doesn’t just drive successful client service and Taft’s overall growth. He also rolls up his sleeves to give the firm’s staff and clients the benefit of nearly 25 years’ experience in corporate communications and public affairs. His imprint is found especially on work with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, ACADIA, Guerbet and a number of non-profit clients. Before Taft, he was vice president of communications & public affairs for both Sandoz Inc. and Avis Budget Group. Ted has been responsible for media relations, product launches, crisis management and internal communications campaigns. He created an award-winning travel industry communications campaign focused on travelers with disabilities (“Avis Access”) and his pharmaceutical PR experience spans work for a Washington, D.C. public affairs firm and his stint leading communications for biosimilars leader Sandoz. Ted has a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University and a master’s in foreign service from Georgetown University, and he trains future business leaders as an instructor in communications in the MBA Program of the Wharton School of Business. He was board president of the Arts Council of Princeton and served on the boards of VolunteerConnect of Mercer County and the marketing board of the Boys and Girls Clubs in New Jersey. Ted was a Lead New Jersey fellow.
Dr. Ashley Koning is an assistant research professor and the director of The Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP), the oldest statewide university-based survey research center in the country. Dr. Koning runs and is the face of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and oversees all research services. Dr. Koning received her Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers, with concentrations in American politics, women and politics, and methodology. Additionally, she is an instructor for the political science department at Rutgers. Dr. Koning has authored several book chapters and papers on public opinion. Dr. Koning was awarded the 2015 John Tarnai Memorial Scholarship by the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations (AASRO) and has been the recipient of the 2012 American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) Student Travel Award, the first ever AAPOR Student Poster Award (2015), and the 2016 AAPOR Burns “Bud” Roper Fellow Award. Dr. Koning has served on the council of both the New York and Pennsylvania/New Jersey chapters of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, as well as on committees for AAPOR and AASRO at the national level. Prior to Rutgers, Dr. Koning obtained a master’s in political science from Columbia University and a BA in government and music from Franklin & Marshall College.