Get to Know Our RFMA 2023 Signature Speakers!





After 15 years in high-level business development roles at Chevron and decades of experience in the energy industry, Lee Jourdan was tapped to develop a more diverse, equitable and inclusive culture at Chevron.  He and his team were extraordinarily successful, winning multiple awards and establishing Chevron as a diversity champion with high marks for an inclusive culture in the process—no small feat, given the industry's "Big Oil" culture and historical record of discrimination.

Under Jourdan's watch, Chevron was the first major oil and gas company to publicly share disaggregated demographic data by employee rank and race, which spurred others in the industry to do the same.  He was awarded the SASE 2020 Advocate Award, the same year he was recognized by Business Insider as one of 100 People Transforming Business in North America.  The following year, The Washington Post ran a frontpage profile featuring Jourdan's pragmatic, reasoned and data-driven approach.

Since retiring from Chevron, Jourdan has emerged as a thought leader who advises leaders on how to implement measurable diversity goals and establish impactful programs in the employee recruitment and retention process; and how to involve teams in constructive, non-polarizing conversations around privilege, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.


Mary Kelly is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and spent over 20 years on active duty in intelligence and logistics.  She retired from the Navy as a commander.  She has masters' degrees in history and economics, and a PhD in economics.

With over 20 years combined teaching experience at both the Naval Academy and at Hawaii Pacific University, she taught economics, finance, history, and management.  She has extensive experience in business coaching, management, economics, finance, banking, insurance, real estate, government, organizational leadership, communication, business growth, teamwork, strategic planning, human resources, customer service, time management, and project development.  Mary has a track record for success as an organizational change agent.

In her role as a human resources director, Dr. Kelly developed a business model for the computer and telecommunications organization for personnel hiring, training and retention that was adopted globally by the U.S. Navy.    Her ability to problem-solve and provide innovative solutions enabled her to transform the Navy's largest pay and personnel organization from the lowest in customer satisfaction to the highest in the nation in 18 months, with 23% fewer employees and a 19% budget decrease.


Since 1980, Eileen McDargh has helped organizations and individuals transform the life of their business and the business of their life through conversations that matter and connections that count.  She as become known as a master facilitator, an award-winning author, and an internationally recognized keynoter and executive coach.

She draws upon practical business know-how, life's experiences and years of consulting to major national and international organizations that have ranged from global pharmaceuticals to the US Armed Forces, from health care associations to religious institutions.  Her programs are content rich, interactive, provocative and playful—even downright hilarious.

In both 2020 and 2021, Global Gurus International, a British-based provider of resources for leadership, communication and sales training, also ranked her third as one of the World's Top 30 Communication Professionals following a global survey of 22,000 business professionals.  Her eighth and newest book, Burnout to Breakthrough: Building Resilience to Refuel, Recharge and Reclaim What Matters has been generating great response and interest.  You can find it on Amazon in paper, digital and audio formats.


Attend Lee's session at RFMA 2023 on
Wednesday, March 22nd
from 3:45pm - 4:30pm.

Attend Mary's session at RFMA 2023 on
Thursday, March 24th
from 11:45am - 12:30pm.

Attend Eileen's session at RFMA 2023 on
Wednesday, March 22nd
from 2:30pm - 3:15pm.

This session is brought to you by RFMA's DE&I Committee.

Special thanks to our RFMA 2023 Signature Speaker Sponsor!