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[Workshop] Bootstrapping Diversity by Zayo

This session is made free by our sponsor Zayo. Registration also available @

For change to be systemic, it must involve everyone, men and women, and focus on not only “the numbers” but quality of the work environment and culture. It's what we really need to harvest the potential, innovation and financial rewards that diverse teams bring to the table. 

Many companies have already taken the first steps towards embracing diversity. But many of these companies are large and have seemingly endless resources, time and money, at their disposal. It's easy for large companies to throw money at diversity initiatives, but what about startups? It's important that startups too focus on growing an inclusive culture.  In this session, Rachael Donaldson will discuss current research findings and the authentic, daily decisions and conversations that need to take place at startups in order to establish an inclusive culture. 


Rachael Donaldson 

Vice President of the People.Culture.Brand. team of Zayo Group

Rachael Donaldson currently serves as Vice President of the People.Culture.Brand. team at Zayo Group. In this role, she is responsible for cultivating talent and building a culture that inspires collaboration, diversity, innovation and creativity. She oversees the global management of Zayo’s people operations, advertising, brand, events and sponsorships, marketing, business intelligence, media, public relations and community outreach.

Rachael draws on her extensive experience in consumer strategy, creative research and technology innovation to evolve the landscape of Zayo’s global brand. Throughout her career, she has helped guide some of the world’s leading brands, including Procter & Gamble, Nestlé,, The North Face, Luxottica and more. Prior to joining Zayo, she served as Vice President and Head of New Business at Made Movement in Boulder, CO.

Rachael earned a B.A. in Communications from the University of Colorado Denver. She is a mentor at Greenhouse Scholars and is an active member of CU Women’s Council at Leeds School of Business.Rachael currently serves as a faculty member at Boulder Digital Works and sits on the Leeds School of Business Board of Alumni and Friends.

James Nolte

Senior Vice President, Sales of Zayo Group

James Nolte is based in New York City and leads a diverse team of 50+ highly talented sales and sales support professionals who are responsible for solving the bandwidth infrastructure needs of some of the largest, most sophisticated customers in the world.

This tenured, high-powered team focuses on providing mission-critical bandwidth infrastructure to many of the world’s household names in the healthcare, financial services, higher education, content/media and telecommunications industries. Through which they drive roughly 40% of the overall business at Zayo.

Prior to being named to his current position, James served as vice president of wholesale sales for the former AGL Networks.

James has over 25 years of sales and business development experience focused in the telecommunications sector with companies like AT&T and ICG Communications. 

James holds an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business in Atlanta.


Today’s world runs on bandwidth. That’s not an observation designed to impress you. It’s a fact. There are more users, more devices and more advances in data-driven services than ever before. And what does that mean? The demand for bandwidth will continue to increase. That’s where Zayo enters the picture.

Zayo's mission is simple. We accelerate capabilities for companies of all sizes. Zayo's global network provides flexible, scalable solutions for data demanding businesses. This includes high-performance connectivity, secure colocation and flexible cloud services. Learn more at

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