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Equal Pay Educational Briefing: Diversity Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace

September 27, 2023 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm PDT

#EqualPayCA is a campaign led by the First Partner, in partnership with the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and the California Partner’s Project, focused on closing the pay gap in California. California has the strongest equal pay laws in the nation, but passing a law is only the first step.

The Commission is pleased to present Equal Pay Educational Briefings throughout 2023-2024. Join us as we hear from subject matter experts on topics that advance our knowledge as we work together to promote a culture of pay equity in the workplace.


About the Panelist

LaVada English, CEO Bright Places, Inc.

LaVada English is a passionate educator with a sincere belief in the potential of humankind. She is the founder and CEO of Bright Places, Inc., a strategic coaching firm focused on leadership development and equity and inclusion. LaVada has worked in this field for over two decades, and she’s just getting started! As a certified “Intercultural Capacity” coach, LaVada has impacted the mindsets of decision-makers within private, corporate, and government sectors. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, she was educated at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania and holds a BA in communication and journalism and an MBA in human resource management. LaVada is the president for the National Association of Business Owners of Ventura County, Ca., She is an alumnus of the African American Board Leadership Institute and the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute (LAAAWPPI). Full bio.

Sacha Joseph-Mathews, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Marketing, University of the Pacific

Sacha Joseph-Mathews is the Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Marketing at the Eberhardt School of Business at the University of the Pacific. Professor Joseph-Mathews obtained both her PhD in Marketing and a Master of Science degree with special emphasis in Tourism and Hospitality Management from Florida State University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. Dr. Joseph-Mathews has been teaching executive education for the Westgate Center for the last 7 years and has taught undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education classes at multiple institutions. She specializes in marketing, customer service and international business courses including international marketing, marketing research, consumer behavior, international business, advertising and promotions, event management as well as hospitality and services management. Professor Joseph-Mathews has also published several articles in tourism, sustainability, marketing, and international business. Full bio.