BYU MBA Case Competition: Faith and Belief @ Work
Judges & Speakers
Sumreen Ahmad is a Global management consultant with 20+ years’ experience in leadership development, human capital and organization design, journey and change management and strategic planning. Extensively experienced in mobilizing and leading global initiatives, Sumreen spearheaded the efforts to develop the professional standard for all change management practitioners worldwide and has extensive experience leading organization wide transformational efforts for Accenture’s 720,000+ employees. She is a recognized expert in building inclusive, equal and innovative cultures – through her leadership of Accenture’s Interfaith and Faith inclusion priority – in addition to speaking at a variety of industry conferences including; Working Mother Media, Diversity Best Practices and The Forum for Workplace Inclusion. Sumreen is committed to translating her professional skills back into community building by driving strategy development for the non-profit community and delivering youth leadership training. She serves as the Strategic Planning Lead and Board Member for Zaman International – a SE Michigan based non-profit humanitarian organization that provides wraparound services to women and children in extreme poverty – recognized for the impact delivered as part of the CNN Heroes. Sumreen leaves in Canton, MI with her husband and children.
Sarah Davis is the Founder, President and Chief Creative Officer of Fashionphile. Entrepreneur Magazine called Fashionphile one of the 100 “Smartest, Most Innovative, Handsdown Brilliant Companies on our Radar”. She was named one of Forbes Magazine’s Ten Female Entrepreneurs to Watch. She graduated from Brigham Young University and served a mission for her churchin Minnesota. She has a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. Sarah met her husband Steve at BYU and they have four children.
Brian J. Grim, Ph. D. (Penn State), is founding president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation and works with Fortune 500 companies to include religion and belief as part of their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. He is the leading expert on the positive socio-economic impact of freedom of religion and belief for all. Previously, Brian was chair of the World Economic Forum’s council on the role of faith, a Davos speaker, a TEDx speaker at the Vatican, and director of global religion data research at the highly respected Pew Research Center in Washington DC. He is author of scores of academic articles and several books. He also was an educator in the former Soviet Union, China, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Europe from 1982-2002. He lives at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where his wife coordinates study abroad for the Navy. They are co-authors of Grims’ New Fairy Tales of Love Overcoming Evil, and have four grown children and 16 grandkids!
Dr. Paul W. Lambert is an expert on religious pluralism and faith and belief accommodation in the workplace, regularly consulting with global businesses and universities on the subject. He runs his own consulting practice out of Washington DC and is also a board member and senior business fellow of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, directing all their corporate training and consulting. He has held faculty and administrative positions at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, Brigham Young University, and the National Defense University. Paul is a proud and loyal BYU graduate.
Father Greg McBrayer has worked and served in the aviation industry for over 40 years as a Chief Flight Controller and Corporate Chaplain at American Airlines Worldwide Integrated Flight Operations Center - IOC in Dallas/Fort Worth. He has been a front-line pioneer in successfully advancing faith-based ERG’s in the workplace for more than two decades. His career includes more than 35 years as a licensed airman in Part 121 Commercial Flight Operations. As a Bivocational Priest, Father Greg serves as a Pastor at Saint Barnabas Anglican Church in Fort Worth. He also serves as Chaplain and EAP Representative for (PAFCA) The Professional Airline Flight Controllers Association at American Airlines and is part of the Emergency Response Care Team. Father Greg is the founder and former president of the IOC "Monday Ministry Chapter" of American Airlines Christian Employees Business Resource Group (CEBRG) and currently serves as the Christian Employees Business Resource Group Global Lead overseeing 20 Christian Ministry Chapters within American Airlines worldwide. He is the Director of DFW Airport Interfaith Chaplaincy and leads weekly and special worship services at DFW Airport's D40 Meadows Chapel. Throughout his career, he has chaired and served on numerous committees, boards, and outreach ministries within the church, aviation, and military community. In 2018 he was awarded American Airlines coveted "Chairman's Award" for Employee Support and Chaplaincy Care within American Airlines.
Scott is an interdisciplinary strategy consultant and data science leader.
With McKinsey & Company he has advised leading organizations on strategy and leads implementation projects. Scott has expertise in people analytics, retail & commercial banking, risk management, and B2B sales analytics.He currently serves as the Special Projects Manager in the Office of the Chief People Officer at McKinsey & Company.
In 2021 Scott started Faith@McKinsey, an interfaith discussion group, where McKinsey colleagues have the opportunity to share what they believe and why in an environment that embraces diverse points of view with curiosity and respect.
Scott also teaches courses in the Strategy major at BYU’s Marriott School of Business.
In her professional life, Becky Pomerleau serves as Director of PayPal’s SOX Program where she also co-leads PayPal’s interfaith Employee Resource Group, Believe. Prior to joining PayPal, she was an ex-pat in Zurich, Switzerland leading the Finance integration of an acquisition. She started her career in external audit with Deloitte and served as an Internal Auditor for several companies thereafter. She holds a Masters and Bachelors in Accountancy from the University of Missouri where she also competed in Cross Country and Track.
The course of her life was forever altered in November 2014 when on a ski trip to Colorado celebrating her fifth wedding anniversary Becky unexpectedly suffered a series of heart attacks caused by Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) leading to a heart transplant just weeks later. She has since found her calling advocating for freedom of religion and belief, women’s heart health and organ donation. Becky volunteers as an Advisory Member of SCAD Alliance, promotes the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement, serves on the Stanford Patient and Family Advocacy Council for Heart Transplant and represents Team USA at the World Transplant Games.
She and her husband love the outdoors, including hiking, running, skiing, and biking. True to her nature and in honor of her heart donor, Becky has no intention of slowing down!
A dedicated husband and father, Izzy has been with Equinix for 14 years. He has been pastoring for 15 years and is now planting a church in Palmetto, Fl.
During his time at Equinix he has held several positions ranging from Capacity & Asset Management to his most current role in leading transformation in Legal Operations. However, his most prized role has been as the Christian lead and now also as America’s Ambassador for the overall Equinix FaithConnect group. In this role he has had the opportunity to help impact the lives of his co-workers by helping them understand how they can live out their faith openly in the workplace without fear of judgment or exclusion.
Millicent Rone has been with American Airlines for 8 years and serves as a Sr. Specialist for the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She is a passionate motivator for change, an ally for all cultures and an advocate for social justice.
In her role, Millicent provides strategic oversight and management of American’s 20 Employee Business Resource Groups (EBRG). The span of influence in her role reaches across 160 global chapters and 34,000 team members who make up the EBRG Community.
Millicent holds a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management and her business acumen is reflective of 26 years in Project Management in Information Technology across multiple industries such as retail, oil and gas, healthcare, food, and beverage.
Outside of work, Millicent is a founding member of newly established DFW Collective of Black Employee Resource Groups. Their mission is to create a community focused on amplifying the collective voice of Black Resource Groups in the DFW Metroplex. They provide a space for cross-company collaboration, sharing of best practices, networking, and community engagement.
Millicent is a wife, a mother of three, and a grandmother of four. In her past time, she is studying ancient medicines and desires to be an herbalist. She loves history, traveling and meeting new people and exploring new cultures.
Favorite Quote: “Our unity is our strength and diversity is our power”. K. Harris
Marsie Sweetland is a Client Executive at Equinix, a Fortune 500 digital infrastructure company where she manages some of Equinix’s most valuable customers, including Apple and Meta. Marsie is employee #97 and the longest-tenured female employee at Equinix. She is the founder of FaithConnect, Equinix’s faith-based ERG, which is open to all faiths, non-faiths, and worldviews. FaithConnect’s mission is to inspire a culture of learning and respect in the workplace. Marsie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz.