The Notre Dame MBA

Conference Panelists

Diversity – Our Visions & Perspectives

Tony Destefano, Human Resources Director, Skanska

I joined Skanska in 2006 as a project engineer before moving over to HR in 2007. Within HR I have worked as a Recruiting Director, Mobility Director, as well as supported training and on boarding initiatives with Skanska. In 2009 I was asked to work as the Sr. HR Manager for our Civil Southeast operations in Virginia Beach and most recently I was moved to Evansville, IN to work as the HR Director for our newly acquired business in the Midwest.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Marquette University and a master’s degree in engineering management from Oklahoma State University. Prior to working at Skanska, I served 5 years on active duty in the US Army as a field artillery officer including two tours of duty in Iraq.

LATORIA J. FARMER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY AND CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY, KPMG

Latoria J. Farmer is the executive director of diversity and corporate responsibility for KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax, and advisory services firm. Reporting to the firm’s Chief Diversity Officer, Tori is accountable for refining, delivering, and driving diversity and inclusion strategies that align with the firm’s business strategy. She fosters high impact alliances with internal stakeholders across a broad matrix and engages with external organizations to help maintain KPMG’s visibility as a best in class organization that leverages diversity. Her functional responsibilities include supporting the Diversity Advisory Board and oversight for employee resource groups along with key diversity initiatives that optimize talent development, employee engagement, and retention of a diverse group of professionals. With previous experience in higher education, operations, workplace solutions, and human resources, Tori is well-positioned to oversee a wide range of enterprise programs. 

Tori is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and Conference Board’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. She is actively involved with several organizations including the national board for PFLAG, advisory board member for Athena International, and the Leader Circle for Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Tori is a former Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, received the National Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Volunteerism in 2007, Anti-Defamation League Rising Star Award in 2010, and Local Chairman’s Award for High Performance in 2013. She is a graduate of Illinois State University, and currently completing the Notre Dame Certificate in Executive Management.