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D&I Community Forum - Making D&I Part of Our DNA at Eversource
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D&I Community Forum - Making D&I Part of Our DNA at Eversource

When: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
8:00 - 9:30 AM
Where: Eversource
247 Station Dr
East 2A
Westwood, Massachusetts  02090
United States
Contact: Marissa Cammarano

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NEHRA’s Diversity and Inclusion Forum:

Making D&I Part of Our DNA at Eversource





Tara and Paula will talk about their D&I strategy, progress and journey over the last several years at Eversource.  They will also share some of their lessons learned, as well as their challenges and breakthroughs in overcoming organizational challenges.   



Paula Parnagian, Manager of Diversity & Inclusion, Eversource Energy

Paula Parnagian is Manager of Diversity and Inclusion at Eversource Energy and formerly the president of World View Services, a global organizational practice specializing in diversity and inclusion. She has been a (co)creator and leader of numerous social justice initiatives, including Citizens for Public Schools, Boston City-Wide Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity, Boston Police-Community-Youth Dialogues, and the Angry Heart Collaborative.  Paula has been recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Top 100 thought-leader in Diversity & Inclusion.  


Tara Span, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Eversource Energy
Tara Spann leads and manages diversity and inclusion for Eversource Energy, New England’s largest energy provider.  Tara’s role and responsibilities include development of strategic planning and oversight of its execution.

Prior to joining Eversource, Tara served as director of global economic inclusion & supplier diversity for Merck, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.  Tara lead Merck’s success in supplier diversity to be the 1st pure pharma company to be inducted into the Billion Dollar Roundtable, an exclusive organization that recognizes and celebrates corporations that achieved spend of at least $1 billion with minority and women-owned suppliers.  Preceding Merck, Tara developed the strategy and managed the execution for supplier diversity at Bristol-Myers Squibb internationally.


As the executive director of diversity initiatives for Staples, Inc., Tara created a competitive revenue generating center of excellence to support national and international sales through diverse strategic alliances.  During her tenure at Staples, Inc. she increased top line sales thru alliances from $100K to $325M. Her responsibilities extended to workforce diversity & inclusion for the North America salesforce.  Tara reported to the President of North American Delivery who reported to the CEO.


At Harvard University, Tara served as senior software licensing negotiator where she negotiated the terms and conditions of enterprise-wide software contracts.  Tara also served as contract manager in Harvard University’s procurement management department.


Prior to joining Harvard University, Tara was an intellectual property legal & engineering consultant for two law firms in Silicon Valley and senior engineer for the U.S. Navy Department of Defense with top secret security clearance overseeing communications and weapons systems.


Tara is a graduate of Northeastern University in Electrical Engineering and Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts.



Free for Members

$30 Non-Members




8:00am – Breakfast & Networking

8:30am – Program Begins

9:30am – Program Adjourns 



NEHRA Registration Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations must be received in writing at least 3 days prior to the workshop in order to receive a refund.

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