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Sessions

*Please note, session titles & times are subject to change due to schedule conflicts per our speakers.

Community (C)

Taking a Stand; The Role of Stakeholders in Community Transformation

Companies, industries, and the private sector play a significant role in the vitality of communities. Businesses can make significant commitments, impacts, and transformations to the health and vitality of the regions where they operate. By improving their communities, businesses provide additional support and long-term sustainability, and stakeholders can still reach “strategic objectives” while considering important socio-cultural values in a given society. Join us as we explore how stakeholders can take a stand and positively impact their community.

Modern Inequity and Communities of Color

Modern inequity prevails in healthcare, income, and in the workplace. Communities of color are the most impacted by these inequities, and they rely on corporations, stakeholders, and business leaders to bridge the equity gap within these areas. Coordination and collaboration with communities of color ensures that businesses provide equitable jobs and economic growth, and communities provide the talent capital and customer base. This breakout demonstrates how partnerships can help improve the equity gap that affects our society sustainability and economic future.

Reimagining Community Engagement and Organizing for Impacts

Corporate community engagement has had a major facelift over the past few years, and no longer includes a weekend volunteering for a cause no one is familiar. Community engagement is a vital and central component to companys’ talent recruitment and retention, workplace atmosphere, financial prospects, and sustainability. Corporations are not just within a community, they are part of the community and they must align their business objectives and employee talent with the needs of the local community. Investing in programs and projects in the community, and helping underserved groups gain skills and obtain employment opportunities are a few ways to promote a positive social and environmental impact. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of purposeful community engagement and how to make an organized community impact.


Change Management (CM)

Strategies That Truly Change Culture

Culture is the one dynamic that can make or break the success of an organization’s transformation. Unfortunately, it’s usually the latter. Why is it so hard to address? Culture is the pattern of widely shared beliefs, values, behaviors, and work practices that play out over time in an organization and shape its personality, business effectiveness and how it interacts with its environment. In many ways, it is intangible, and it cannot be mapped on a flow chart. Because of its intrinsic nature, changing culture does not happen overnight. So how do you successfully change culture?

Building a Coaching Culture to Develop Change Management Capabilities

The research findings are clear: organizations with strong coaching cultures are associated with greater effectiveness in managing change as well as greater confidence in change capabilities. We will examine research-based insights into how to build a coaching culture for change management. We will explore the bottom-line benefits of coaching for change management and the forms organizational coaching can take. We will touch on case study examples of how organizations have leveraged coaching to increase the probability of successful change initiatives through improving communication, promoting leadership engagement, and fostering employee resilience. Coaching is a vital but underutilized tool in our change management toolkit: join us to learn how to leverage coaching for success!

A Complete Guide for Aligning Business Strategy, Culture, and Leadership Practices

A high performing organization will ensure that culture and strategy are aligned. Before improving organization performance with plans to implement new operational strategies, executives must first understand your employee’s hearts and minds as well as their markets. Areas we will analyze include:

a) Leadership behaviours: Executing deeper analysis and reflection of employees beliefs and assumptions and leading by example

b) Culture Examination: How to measure your culture/strategy alignment and its impact on business performance

c) Making the Change: Leveraging data and emotional response to help align culture with your business strategy

What Every Executive Should Know About Leading Change/How Leaders Can Let Go and Effectively Lead Change

An effective leader uses communication, commitment, and collaboration to become a “change-capable leader.” Explore the key leadership competencies necessary for change, and better understand leadership behaviors that could contribute to change failures during this session.

Enhance Your Ability to Lead Change and Drive Results through Developing Your Change Intelligence (CQ)

Change is everywhere; it’s in the weather, popular trends, and especially in the workplace. From reorganizations, mergers, downsizing, and job transitions, change is rife in the workplace; this doesn’t mean change intelligence is. Change intelligence, also known as CQ, equips leaders with the skills needed to effectively apply and manage change. This session highlights the basic tenets of CQ, how to develop your CQ, and the best practices of managing change.

Diagnosing a Toxic Company Culture and How to Fix It

It can be hard to recognize whether your company has a toxic culture, but being able to identify the signs and symptoms can help ensure that the necessary steps can be taken in order to eliminate problem areas as they arise. From poor communication and discriminatory practices to lack of accountability and unrealistic workloads, the lengthy list of possible signs of a toxic workplace can be daunting to even talk about. But once issues are brought to light, solutions can begin to germinate. This session will guide you through the identification process of toxic cultural elements as well as ways to brainstorm unique solutions that fit your company’s needs.


Diversity & Inclusion (DI)

Engaging White Males as True Champions for D&I

Diversity and Inclusion, of course, requires the involvement of women, people of color, the LGBTQIA community, and people of different abilities. However, the benefits of white males in this movement is often overlooked. White men, through their positions in power, can be catalysts for change. Therefore, their championship for diversity and inclusion can help the movement make leaps and bounds. This session will enable attendees to engage with white males who have made inclusion their mission to determine how white males can be champions and how organizations can better utilize white men as supporters of diversity.

People with Disabilities: An Untapped Community Ready to Work!

Many companies are working hard to ensure they are fostering an inclusive and diverse environment. While their hearts are in the right place, it can be quite common for companies to overlook certain dimensions of diversity, including those with disabilities. Considering the fact that anyone can be born with or develop a disability, accommodating to this group and removing barriers preventing them from work can have a huge impact on company operations and ethics. This session not only highlights the importance of disability accommodations, but shows the power, ability, and skill of an often overlooked population.

The Long Road Home; Navigating through America as a Veteran

Going from military to civilian life can be a difficult transition for the average American Veteran. Acclimatizing to society, re-establishing personal relationships, exploring new career paths, and managing the possibly physical and psychological effects of war can make it difficult for veterans to move forward. Adding to this fact, veterans often find themselves without the resources and representation they may need. This session highlights many of the common struggles US Veterans face and how companies can work to better accommodate to this population in order to provide them with the tools they need to be successful.

Unconscious Bias: Make the unconscious CONSCIOUS (Workshop) by Tracy Goyne

The ABCs of LGBTQIA+ (Workshop) by Stan Kimer

The topic of sexuality and gender identity is unfamiliar to many populations, and this lack of knowledge can lead to people creating policies that can further isolate or harm members of the LGBTQIA+ community. In order to help bolster allyship, acceptance, and understanding, this session works to educate attendees on the “ABC’s” of LGBTQIA+. Through this presentation, attendees will leave with a more well-rounded and accurate understanding of many of their friends, family members, co-workers, and bosses.

Intersectionality; Gender, Race, Colorism, and Their Impacts on the Modern Worker

In relation to the multitude of social categorizations, it is no secret that many individuals not of Caucasian descent face obstacles. It is also true that these people of different backgrounds often face different obstacles as well. Knowing how and why these challenges negatively impact employees and the overall workplace can aid in the creation of an inclusive work space. In order to better work with and provide for a disadvantaged group, one must learn about the group-specific challenges.

Experience a Practicing Inclusion Workshop: Create measurable culture change

Experience a fun, award-winning, interactive Practicing Inclusion: Amplification Workshop exactly as it is delivered at Blue Shield of California, and get materials so you can bring the program to your organization. The workshop empowers attendees to drive innovation by amplifying others' ideas and encouraging diversity of thought, through providing simple amplification techniques and opportunities to practice using them. After experiencing the workshop for yourself, you’ll also learn what’s unique about this program: At Blue Shield, after the workshop, attendees log whenever they give, receive, or observe amplification. The tangible, measurable results show that amplification has begun to go "viral" and is feeding a culture that values diversity of thought at Blue Shield of California. Come experience it for yourself!

Diversity Best Practices

As diversity and inclusion transitions from being a programmatic solution to a cultural reality, companies are trying to identify ways to link diversity and inclusion initiatives to employee engagement and overall business objectives. This session will provide insights about organizations’ efforts to establish diversity and inclusion programs as sustainable and strategic ways to optimize business.


Education (EDU)

The Influence of Culturally Relevant and Responsive Teaching

As educational institutions seek to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive atmosphere, many seek to increase the cultural competency of students, staff, faculty, administrators, departments, and programs. Culturally Responsive Teaching is a pedagogy that recognizes the importance of including students' cultural references in all aspects of learning. This session will discuss the relevance of culturally responsive teaching and its impact on student performance and achievement. Topics such as code switching, discipline practices, trauma-informed practices, and cultural representation in literacy will be explored. (Primary and Secondary Education)

Representation Matters: The Impact of Diverse Educators and Diverse Content

Representation matters, especially in education. If students see it, they can dream it. Educators and the educational content today do not reflect nearly the same depth of diversity as our student population in race, gender, socio-economic status, culture, etc. Students need positive and familiar exemplars of who and what they can be. Join us as we discuss how representation can positively affect issues such as literacy, social-emotional well-being, discipline procedures and protocols, accuracy in history textbooks, student performance and more.


Entertaiment (E)

Change Agents: The Inclusion Rider Clause

During her Oscars speech, 2018 Best Actress winner Frances McDormand discussed the necessity and importance for an inclusion rider clause in contracts. With this clause in her contracts not only did Frances advocate for others, but she encouraged and required diversity and inclusion within multimedia platforms. We want an equal and inclusive world and that requires all of us to become agents and allies of change. Learn how to become a change agent and advocate for inclusion.

D&I for Entertainment: Creating an Environment of Accessibility and Inclusion

Persons with disabilities are described as an invisible minority. Although a large part of the population has a physical or mental disability, their representation has been absent from the media until recent years. During this session we will explore the need for common media representations of people with disabilities, and how to provide equitable access to recruitment pools for these diverse individuals.


Global (G)

Global Leadership; What This Looks Like and What This Means

With the advances made in technology and transportation, the world appears smaller than it ever has before. Being a global leader is no longer just reserved for the CEOs of the largest corporations; every level of leader in the workforce can now access and work with people from different parts of the world. Understanding what it means to be a global leader and the different considerations one needs to make is imperative to successfully leading employees in different countries, working with teams across the globe, and ensuring that a mutual understanding can be achieved when different cultures meet. Through inclusive tactics and mentalities, this session will better prepare individuals to take on the role of a global leader!

Cultivating Globally Conscious Leaders

Globally, the issues leaders face continue to grow increasingly more difficult. The convergence of social, medical, technological, and agricultural systems requires a leader who is culturally responsive and globally conscious. While modern innovation has made it easier to reach global markets, many otherwise successful corporations have isolated themselves from the populations they wanted to work with. Product development, marketing endeavors, and even prevailing values all play a vital role in an organization’s success in a foreign market, which is why this session examines how rising global leaders can advocate for and act upon pressing global issues, differences, and advances.

Globalization of Business (Workshop)


Healthcare (H)

The Politicization of Minority Health: Navigating Health Policy in an Era of Rhetoric

Health policy has historically played a central role in improving the health of minority populations. Legislative initiatives including Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Affordable Care Act have advanced health care access and quality for underserved populations. Increasingly, the political divide in the U.S. has created uncertainty and fear among minority and stigmatized groups. Threats impacting how these populations use the health care system include immigration policy, work requirements for public insurance, and dismantling of the Affordable Care Act. In this session, participants will learn how the health of minority populations has become entangled in political rhetoric. Leaders in policy and advocacy will discuss strategies to ensure high quality care for minorities in a time of political uncertainty.

Achieving Health Equity as an Underrepresented Patient: Dissecting Health and Healthcare Disparities and the Social Determinants of Health

Health and health care disparities refer to differences in health and health care between populations. A health disparity refers to a higher burden of illness, injury, disability, or mortality experienced by one group when compared to another. A healthcare disparity typically refers to differences between groups in health insurance coverage, access to and use of care, and quality of care. Health and healthcare disparities are commonly viewed through the lens of race and ethnicity, but they occur across a broad range of dimensions, including across socioeconomic status, age, geography, language, gender, disability status, citizenship status, and sexual identity and orientation. Additionally, the social determinants of health (which includes socioeconomic status, education, neighborhood and physical environment, employment, and social support networks, as well as access to health care) play a role in health equity. In this session, participants will learn how leaders in the health field are working to promote health equity: a system where everyone has the opportunity to attain their highest level of health.

If it Can Happen to Serena, It Can Happen to You: Achieving Equity in Women’s Health and Healthcare Leadership

Health care has not been immune to the negative fallout of gender discrimination. Women are essential stakeholders in health care, serving as workers, caregivers, and consumers — yet they do not have an equal voice in its leadership. Only one-third of hospital executives are women. There’s also been little change in the startup world, with women accounting for less than 12 percent of digital health CEOs and venture capital partners. Furthermore, gender inequality is transformed into health risk through the following: discriminatory values, norms, beliefs, and practices; differential exposures and susceptibilities to disease, disability, and injuries; biases in health systems; and biases in health research. Gender discrimination at any of these levels detrimentally affects health and social outcomes. In this session, we will explore strategies to improve health outcomes for women of color, as well as strategies to increase women in leadership roles in healthcare.


Human Resources (HR)

HR’s Role in Championing Diversity within their Organization

Are you procuring a diverse candidate pool? Are your interviewers utilizing equitable practices? Do current employees have access to self-identify growth opportunities, advance within the company, and develop professionally? These vital questions are necessary for HR to champion diversity, and to create and empower an organizational culture that fosters a respectful, inclusive environment where each employee has the opportunity to learn, grow and contribute to the organization's success.During this workshop participants will gain insight on Human Resources role in cultivating and championing workplace diversity.


Latino (LA)

Latinx RoundTable

During this round table discussion, many topics will be covered such as:

  • Breaking barriers and how to create the next generation of a more diverse and dynamic leadership across different industries
  • Their experiences of career advancement in the face of discriminatory barriers.
  • Latinx diversity in the executive board and c-suite

Leadership (L)

Inclusive + Equitable™ Leadership

It is believed that over 80% of people who worked with an Inclusive + Equitable™ Leader were more engaged, productive, motivated, loyal to the organization as well as willing to go the extra mile. Inclusive + Equitable™ Leaders understand that in order for collaboration to be successful, individuals must be willing to share their diverse perspectives and experiences. Most importantly, Inclusive + Equitable™ Leaders recognize the fact that cultural competency must be present, in order for innovation and equitable outcomes to be achieved. In this session, participants will gain a deeper understanding of what critical traits, actions and behaviors attribute to Inclusive + Equitable™ Leadership.

Building an Inclusive Leadership Environment (Workshop) by Larry Perkins

How MD Anderson built a leading edge Leadership Institute

Developing an Inclusive Leadership Lens

While diversity is necessary in the workplace, it cannot be sustained without inclusion. One of the most efficient ways to ensure that companies are able to acquire a diverse workforce is to adapt an inclusive lens. An inclusive leadership lens will allow those in management to realize and acknowledge the array of ideas available in a diverse workforce. This session will help attendees discern what an inclusive leadership lens looks like and determine how to adapt one in their own organizational model.

Emerging Leaders

This session focuses on the importance of emerging leaders. Through the guidance offered by our panelists, young audience members can learn the do’s and don’ts of leadership as well as how they can continue to grow in their industries.

Leadership Derailed: How to Overcome Your Greatest Leadership Challenges (Workshop) Julianne Cenac

People with great leadership potential can sabotage their own path to promotion. In this session you will learn how to overcome the barriers to breaking through to higher levels of executive leadership. Participants will also learn the importance of understanding their personal leadership design and how to be their authentic selves while rising to higher levels of effective leadership.

Leading with Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence involves a person’s awareness of his/her/their own emotions. Further, it includes the ability to handle relationships wisely and with empathy. Emotional intelligence is an immense asset for leaders as it allows them to maintain and control their own emotions while calmly addressing the needs of others. This session will discuss how emotional intelligence can enhance leadership.

Leading a Multigenerational Workforce (Workshop) by Jamie Belinne

Handling Difficult Conversations (Workshop) by Jamie Belinne

Essentials Skills to Leadership

This panel focuses on: how to be an inclusive leader, key leadership skills, and how to develop your leadership

How to Reach Your Leadership Potential

Discuss how being in charge differs from contribution, what skills achieve results through team members and how interpersonal issues and disagreements can jeopardize projects, departments and teams. Look at ways to deal with conflict and solve problems quickly.

Leading Through Cultural Differences

Because of the growing number of diverse populations in the workplace, knowing how to better communicate and lead people from different cultures is becoming more and more imperative. This session will walk attendees through the different cultural considerations they may need to take when leading a diverse group as well as the steps to overcoming a cultural conflict.

Cultivate Power Without Being Intimidating

Successful organizational leadership requires being able to execute control without intimidating others to the point where they put workplace politics over productivity. To maintain the performance of your team , you need to be approachable and receptive. Participants will come away with strategies to develop interpersonal leadership skills and retain respect without compromising good will.

What It Takes to Take the Lead

This panel of company and industry leaders will be sharing their experiences as leaders, biggest lessons learned throughout their experiences, and top tips to being a great leader.


Legal (LE)

General Counsel Panel on Culture

General counsel panelists will speak about best practices in their respective legal departments and how they collaborate with outside counsel to improve diversity and accountability. Join us and learn how general counsel are collaborating with outside counsel to drive further change and one that is sustainable today


Marketing/Advertising (MARK)

The Representation Debacle; Showing the Face of America

As the numbers of America’s “minority” population increase, so does the expectation of fair representation in media, advertisements, and the workforce. Marketers are often expected to tell a story to consumers, but when these stories lack characters that represent that general population, a disconnect can occur. Representation alone isn’t enough; without accuracy and awareness, many attempts to represent diverse audiences can go awry. This session teaches marketers how to accurately represent their consumers as well as how to keep varying cultural, economic, and demographic information in mind when creating campaigns and promotions.

Global Marketing; Cultural Differences and Their Impact on Your Success

While modern innovation has made it easier to reach global markets, many otherwise successful corporations have managed to isolate themselves from the populations they wanted to penetrate. Language barriers, societal norms, and other marketing endeavors all play a vital role in an organization’s success in a foreign market. This session discusses the various cultural considerations companies must make as they plan to enter and market to a foreign audience.


Masters in Business Administration (MBA)

Business School Dean Roundtable

In this roundtable discussion, successful business school deans will talk about the benefits of receiving an MBA for a career in business.


Multiculturalism (M)

The Immigrant Perspective in Relation to Diversity & Inclusion (Workshop) by Nandini Nair

Being an immigrant or a child of immigrants can impose a different mindset and lifestyle that doesn’t appear to the norm. This session will analyze some of the challenges that immigrants face such as how to navigate between two (or more) different worlds and how one’s cultural background can be a barrier hindering them from career advancement. By learning more about the immigrant’s perspective, conference attendees can develop a better understanding of not only how to have an inclusive mindset, but also how to collaborate with those with different cultural backgrounds.

Cross-Cultural Communication (Workshop) by Ivette Mayo

Working Effectively Across Cultures

We strive to transform both our workplaces and our communities into environments where people are valued for their uniqueness and are confident that their contributions matter. Collaborating, communicating, and connecting with multicultural individuals requires acceptance, inclusion, and appreciation of diverse backgrounds and experiences. In this session, participants will delve into workplace skills and strategies for successful cross-cultural collaborations.


Organizational Health (OH)

Transforming your Workplace Culture

Today, more organizations understand the need for a more diverse and inclusive workplace. This consequently requires a transformation of current workplace culture. This session is created to help give guidelines on what steps are essential for transforming a workplace culture. This session will also discuss the types of changes that are crucial for a productive, positive workplace culture.


Professional Development (PD)

Relationships Critical to Success (Workshop) by Gindi Vincent

Building a fulfilling career and achieving your goals takes more than delivering top shelf work. It requires developing relationships ahead, alongside, and behind you. Leading well requires knowing others and understanding their drivers. Let’s chart out how to identify the missing pieces and build those critical relationships.

Personal Branding (Workshop) by Greg Goyne

Be Better, Live Better

Becoming an active learner can better help you develop your professional skills. Through active engagement with your environment, participation in various work projects, collaboration, and networking, you can pick up sought-after skills such as leadership, interpersonal skills, and industry-specific skills.

How to Secure the Corner Office; Strategies on Moving Up Within Your Organization

We are often led to believe that, with hard work and dedication, we can increase our status within any organization or industry. However in today’s world, what you know may not be the only things you need to advance your career. This session offers attendees with the tools needed to secure the corner office through education, networking, personal branding, and more.


Social Justice (SJ)

Facilitating Critical Conversations on Race, Equity, and Justice

To achieve equitable change it is crucial to understand the fundamental issues perpetuating the inequality facing society. This understanding can only be reached by having the conversation .Participants will come away with an understanding of the systemic disadvantages that many categories of identification face and how these disadvantages relate to achieving social justice.


STEM (STEM)

Increasing Education Opportunities for Minorities in STEM

Studies show that diversity in STEM promotes greater innovation and performance. Thus, in looking for the future leaders in STEM it is crucial to cultivate an encouraging and inclusive learning environment for minority students. This session will focus on discussing organizational initiatives for attracting and retaining members of underrepresented groups.


Talent (TA)

Bridging the Gap between Diversity and Talent Management

To be successful in the global market, leveraging diversity to meet the changing demographics of customers is essential. Therefore, organizations must align talent management strategies with diversity needs. In this session, participants will come away with an understanding of diversity and its impact on talent management.

Attraction and Retention: The Best Ways to Manage Top Talent

In an increasingly competitive workforce, effective talent management is becoming more crucial to an organization’s success. Investing in the backbone of the organization, its people, is necessary in order to attract and retain top talent. This session will focus on strategies to enhance all areas of the talent lifecycle for a better performing organization.

Managing Bias in the Talent Lifecycle

Unconscious biases in the talent lifecycle impede organizations from optimizing their talent. In this session, participants will learn the impact of biases in decision making and some de-biasing tips for all steps of the talent lifecycle.


Women of Color (WOC)

Respectability Politics: Policing the Bodies and Behaviors of WOC

While the term “respectability politics” has been in use since its creation in 1993, the actual concept has been around for centuries. Today, it’s prevalence continues to place marginalized groups at fault for the poor treatment they receive. Just because they might not conform to society’s biased depictions of how women should talk, act, and look like, many women find themselves blamed for the hardships they endure, especially women of color. This session delves into the world of women from various cultural and social backgrounds; it educates participants on the damage policing these women can have and also uplifts and guides those who stand firm in their own definition of womanhood.

Working With Women; Women of Color in Intersectional Advocacy

Participants of this session will learn about the resources needed to help women build successful advocacy on behalf of the issues that matter most to them. This session will assess current movements led by and impacting women of color, the impact of these movements, and the role of intersectionality in advocacy issues. Participants will come away will specific tactics for engagement that can be employed regardless of social, economic or educational status.

April 9


National ERG Summit

Concurrent Session I — 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

ERG 101-Starting from Scratch

Employee resource groups are essential for talent to feel welcome, accepted, and understood in the workplace. Despite the necessity of these groups, it is still daunting to start an ERG on your own. This group will discuss the foundational information necessary to start your own ERG from scratch. Panelists will share their specific experiences with and best practices for starting ERGs in an organization.

Building Allies for ERGs, BRGs and Beyond

Employee resource groups and business resource groups are invaluable tools for inclusion and diversity in the workplace. These groups provide a home for similar people while they’re in the workplace. However, for ERGs and BRGs to also promote progress and advocate for its members, they require allies. This session will discuss how to cultivate a group of allies to help drive ERGs and BRGs.

How Inclusion Teams Fuel Our Talent Readiness

Inclusion teams intentionally seek to diversify the workplace. Inclusion teams, therefore, are a driving force for diversity and inclusion within their respective organizations. This session will discuss the innate importance of D&I and specifically inclusion teams. This panel will include members of inclusion teams as they attest to the important role they play in organizational growth and diversity.


Concurrent Session II — 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

ERG Best Practices

Employee Resource Groups provide countless benefits to the members they serve. However, employee resource groups take time and effort to ensure that they run smoothly and maximize benefits offered. This session will include members of ERGs and ERG founders. They will advise on best practices for running and creating ERGs.

Building Allies for ERGs, BRGs and Beyond

Employee resource groups and business resource groups are invaluable tools for inclusion and diversity in the workplace. These groups provide a home for similar people while they’re in the workplace. However, for ERGs and BRGs to also promote progress and advocate for its members, they require allies. This session will discuss how to cultivate a group of allies to help drive ERGs and BRGs.

How Inclusion Teams Fuel Our Talent Readiness

Employee Resource Groups are essential for employee health and happiness. Through that, ERGs also contribute heavily to an organization’s bottom line. This session will focus on how ERGs can contribute and be leveraged for your bottom line. This session will feature multiple experts on ERGs.


Concurrent Session III — 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

ERG Best Practices

As ERGs continue to evolve and grow across all business segments and types of organizations, and as they become more aligned to business goals, ERG leaders and coordinators continue to seek “best practices” from across the business. This practical session will examine some innovative and successful ERG practices across how to structure, how to deliver value to members, how to have a greater impact on the business and more. Workshop leader Stan Kimer currently facilitates the module on “Best Practices for ERGs” for the DiversityFIRST Certification Program as well as designing NDC’s new ERG Academy offering.

ERG 101-Starting from Scratch

Employee resource groups are essential for talent to feel welcome, accepted, and understood in the workplace. Despite the necessity of these groups, it is still daunting to start an ERG on your own. This group will discuss the foundational information necessary to start your own ERG from scratch. Panelists will share their specific experiences with and best practices for starting ERGs in an organization.

How to Become a Better Leader


Diversity 101 - Starting from Scratch

To be determined

April 10

Concurrent Session I — 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Race, Racism, & Privilege (M)

There is no mistaking that racism is still rampant in today’s society, and organizations are not immune to that disease. This then creates in the workplace places of privilege and places of racism. This session is geared toward discussing race and racism in the workplace and how to navigate it. This session will also incorporate talks around what privilege is and how it plays into structural racism.

Creating Your Significance: Are You Ready to Be a Brand? (PD)

Emerging Leaders (L)

Are you interested in what it takes to be a leader? Do you know how to inspire as a leader? Do you know how to define yourself as an emerging leader? This lesson is designed by leaders to equip emerging leaders with the tools necessary to utilize their skills and designate themselves as leaders.

Servant Leadership (L)

It is often said that for an organization to succeed, then all must work for that success. Therefore, leaders in all groups should seek to serve, guide, and assist others in the organization to assure overall success for all. This session will help attendees to meet that goal. Specifically crafted for leaders and aspiring leaders, this session will discuss how to serve others in order to serve the whole and ultimately succeed.

Smart People Take Smart Risks (PD)

As the title suggests, for upward mobility risks are required. However, despite the connotation of the word, risks do not inherently have to be dangerous. Risks can be beneficial for a career if not a catalyst for it. This session will help attendees differentiate between a chance and a calculated risk that can bolster a career.

Engaging White Males as True Champions for D&I (D&I)

Diversity and Inclusion, of course, requires the involvement of women, people of color, the LGBTQIA community, and people of different abilities. However, the benefits of white males in this movement is often overlooked. White men, through their positions in power, can be catalysts for change. Therefore, their championship for diversity and inclusion can help the movement make leaps and bounds. This session will enable attendees to engage with white males who have made inclusion their mission to determine how white males can be champions and how organizations can better utilize white men as supporters of diversity.

Developing an Inclusive Leadership Lens (D&I)

While diversity is necessary in the workplace, it cannot be sustained without inclusion. One of the most efficient ways to ensure that companies are able to acquire a diverse workforce is to adapt an inclusive lens. An inclusive leadership lens will allow those in management to realize and acknowledge the array of ideas available in a diverse workforce. This session will help attendees discern what an inclusive leadership lens looks like and determine how to adapt one in their own organizational model.

LGBTQIA Roundtable (D&I)

Understanding the LGBTQIA community is an essential move for businesses to evolve with modern society. The LGBTQIA community offers a diverse array of opinions and advantages. However, to access and serve their community, employers must create environments that are welcoming. This session will enable attendees to realize the best practices for working with and for the LGBTQIA community.

Healthcare Disparity Roundtable (H)

Unfortunately, today not all are treated equally. This is especially true in the field of healthcare. From physicians, to healthcare providers, to actual patient care, disparity is rampant. This roundtable is intended to explain what disparities exist, why they exist, and how they can be mitigated.

Color Value: The Shades of Prejudice in Tech (TE)

With increased reliance on technology in today’s society, the tech industry is of course booming. However, one area in which the tech industry struggles is diversity. Despite being a major employer and industry in the United States, the tech industry has not fully embraced diversity. This session is designed to discuss the many shades of prejudice that are present in the tech industry as well as how we can attempt to mitigate them.

Trends and Challenges Facing the Future of the Latino Workforce

Cesar Chavez once said that, “Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.” In a world that is increasingly connected, many groups are finding that the introduction of their culture leads to its disrespect. This is particularly true for the Latinx community in the workforce. This session is crafted to discuss trends and challenges faced specifically by the Latinx workforce as well as how the Latinx community can advocate for itself in the office.

Finding Your "ROO vs RIO"


Concurrent Session II — 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Race, Racism, & Privilege (M)

There is no mistaking that racism is still rampant in today’s society, and organizations are not immune to that disease. This then creates in the workplace places of privilege and places of racism. This session is geared toward discussing race and racism in the workplace and how to navigate it. This session will also incorporate talks around what privilege is and how it plays into structural racism.

Leading with Emotional Intelligence (L)

Emotional intelligence involves a person’s awareness of his/her/their own emotions. Further, it includes the ability to handle relationships wisely and with empathy. Emotional intelligence is an immense asset for leaders as it allows them to maintain and control their own emotions while calmly addressing the needs of others. This session will discuss how emotional intelligence can enhance leadership.

Servant Leadership (L)

It is often said that for an organization to succeed, then all must work for that success. Therefore, leaders in all groups should seek to serve, guide, and assist others in the organization to assure overall success for all. This session will help attendees to meet that goal. Specifically crafted for leaders and aspiring leaders, this session will discuss how to serve others in order to serve the whole and ultimately succeed.

Great Leadership: Developing Practical Leadership Skills (L)

Everyone has a skillset. However, not all skillsets are beneficial for leadership. This session is designed to help leaders and emerging leaders assess what skills are practical for roles of leadership. This session will also give examples on what skills have helped its panelists reach their positions of leadership.

Veterans Roundtable (D&I)

Though veterans are often given a lot of praise throughout the United States, they are often underutilized in the workplace. Veterans hold a wide variety of skills as well as a unique perspective. This session is designed to discuss how veterans can be leveraged in the workforce. This session is also intended to help employers learn how to recruit and retain veterans.

Unconscious Bias Workshop (D&I)

Sustaining ERGS BY Maximizing THE ‘R’ (D&I)

This interactive workshop will focus on how employee resource groups, which include affinity groups, business resource groups, and other employee networks, can be structured in such a way that enables group members to develop professionally and to contribute to their respective organization’s mission or business strategy. Participants will engage in a facilitated discussion to identify the critical components of such employee groups that are required to demonstrate their value as a “resource” to the organization. By sharing successes and potential missteps as a group, participants will glean best practices that can be used to develop and/or enhance their own networks. Get ready to learn together!

Transforming Your Workplace Culture (OH)

Today, more organizations understand the need for a more diverse and inclusive workplace. This consequently requires a transformation of current workplace culture. This session is created to help give guidelines on what steps are essential for transforming a workplace culture. This session will also discuss the types of changes that are crucial for a productive, positive workplace culture.

Women in Tech Roundtable (TE)

Being a woman in any space comes with its challenges. This is especially true in the field of technology. This session is both to praise and learn from women who have made a name for themselves in technology. These women will discuss the struggles and triumphs they’ve experienced in this prestigious and difficult field.

NDC Index: Benchmarking Your Organization’s D&I Success

The Transformative Power of Second Chance Hiring presented by Koch Industries (CR)

In the U.S., one in three adults has a criminal record. This is about as many as those with college degrees. And each year, nearly 700,000 are released from prison to find themselves often locked out of the job market. At the same time, there are 7 million job openings in the U.S. right now as businesses fiercely compete for talent. This session will explore how hiring people who want a chance to work is a win-win-win: It helps keep families together by decreasing the chance of recidivism, it supports a valuable talent pool of willing and trainable workers, and it gives people who have made mistakes the dignity of work.

April 11

Concurrent Session I — 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Most Powerful & Influential Women Roundtable (L)

The glass ceiling, unfortunately and historically, has stopped many women from rising to their capability. The women of this panel, however, have cracked and passed through the ceiling to be some of the most powerful and influential women in their respective fields. In this session, these female leaders will share their experience and expertise. This session intends to inspire emerging female leaders and empower emerging male leaders to be advocates for their female colleagues.

CDO Roundtable (D&I)

Chief Diversity Officers are the driving force for diversity in the workplace. This makes them a key player in the push for diversity and inclusion in business. This session includes Chief Diversity Officers who have gathered to share their knowledge and best practices. These CDOs will also discuss how they rose to their positions.

Millennials in the Workplace (D&I)

In this era, millennials have joined the work force in increasingly large numbers. This group brings with it a modern and unique perspective. When effectively leveraged, the skills of millennials can be highly beneficial to organizations. This session will focus on how to leverage millennials in the workplace as well as create a culture that is welcoming to them.

Take Control of Your Career (PD)

Most people aspire for some degree of upward mobility in their career. This is accessible to all people who seek it. However, first one must seize control of their career to actualize their goals. This session is crafted to discuss how attendees can discern their goals and take control of their career’s trajectory.

Building and Managing Effective Teams (PD)

Teamwork is essential to achieving any goal. Few to no organizations have succeeded through the efforts of a person. Therefore, it is imperative that teams within an organization work together cohesively and effectively. This session is designed to discuss best practices for building and managing effective teams.

Courageous Conversations (PD)

Issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, and ability are evident in most environments. This makes the need to speak up about discrimination ever more pressing. However, it is often difficult to open the floor for an educational, respectful, and illuminating conversation on these matters. This session will focus on finding the courage to have these tough discussions as well as best practices for how to facilitate the conversation.

Latino Executive Roundtable (M)

The Latinx community contains a multitude of people with diverse and unique ideas. These people can greatly benefit any work place. The members of this session are evidence of this as Latinx executives discuss their experience in leadership. The session will also focus on the intersection of a Latinx identity and leadership.

The Law of Title IX and Sex Discrimination (LE)

In the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp, the discussion on sex discrimination and sexual harassment is at the forefront. However, many people do not understand the full implications of Title IX. This session is designed to better explain what Title IX is and how it affects sex discrimination. This session will also discuss how attendees can be advocates for all genders in the work place.

Becoming a Better Leader (L)

Leadership is a position that comes with many responsibilities. This entails the need to seek continual growth and improvement. Though a person must be outstanding in their own right to reach a position of leadership, he/she/they must continue to develop and better their leadership. This session will focus on methods to better attendees’ leadership and ultimately become better leaders.

Leadership: Shared Vision, Accountability, and Communication (L)

In order for an organization to succeed, all involve must share the same vision for the whole. Further, all must be held accountable for their own portion. And finally, all members must transparently, effectively, and punctually communicate. It is the job of the leader to ensure that this vision, accountability, and degree of communication is upheld. This session will discuss how a strong leader can craft and manage these three aspects.

Analysis of Progress Made Towards UN Sustainable Development Goals presented by the United Nations Global Compact (CR)

The United Nations developed the Sustainable Development Goals. These goals were set in order to achieve future that is sustainable and beneficial for all. The goals include items such as poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, peace, and justice. This session will analyze the progress made toward reaching these ambitious but necessary goals.

Being A Strategic Leader in a Diverse World


Concurrent Session II — 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Current State of Employment Discrimination Law (LE)

Employment discrimination, whether it is on the base of ability, gender, race, or sexual orientation, is rampant. However, as of late there has been a movement to combat employment discrimination. This session will discuss the current state of employment discrimination. Further, this session will open the dialogue on how individuals can advocate for inclusive hiring practices.

Millennials in the Workplace (D&I)

In this era, millennials have joined the work force in increasingly large numbers. This group brings with it a modern and unique perspective. When effectively leveraged, the skills of millennials can be highly beneficial to organizations. This session will focus on how to leverage millennials in the workplace as well as create a culture that is welcoming to them.

C-Suite Ready: How to Accelerate Your Career Trajectory (PD)

Most people aspire to climb the ladder in their organization. For some, that means aiming for the prestigious C-Suite. This session will discuss how to accelerate attendees’ careers to reach the C-Suite. This session will include members of the C-Suite who will share their experiences.

Leading with Emotional Intelligence (L)

Emotional intelligence involves a person’s awareness of his/her/their own emotions. Further, it includes the ability to handle relationships wisely and with empathy. Emotional intelligence is an immense asset for leaders as it allows them to maintain and control their own emotions while calmly addressing the needs of others. This session will discuss how emotional intelligence can enhance leadership.

Organization Health = Organizational Performance (OH)

Just as the human body requires a certain degree of health to perform, organizations must meet standards of health in order to perform. As organizations seek and achieve higher degrees of health, their performance will subsequently be bolstered. This session will discuss the importance of organizational health for organizational performance. This session will also focus on how organizations have improved their overall health to maximize performance.

NDC Index: Benchmarking Your Organization’s D&I Success

Applying Technology to Address Sustainability presented by Capgemini (CR)

Introspection, Confidence and Unpretentious Self-Advocacy

Impactful leadership starts with discerning your own cognitive and emotional composition which informs your capacity to relate to and inspire others. In this session, we will explore the introspective process, learn how to bolster your professional confidence and practice unpretentious self-advocacy while minimizing competitive dynamics and maximizing your strategic differentiators.


Concurrent Session III — 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

CDO Roundtable (D&I)

Chief Diversity Officers are the driving force for diversity in the workplace. This makes them a key player in the push for diversity and inclusion in business. This session includes Chief Diversity Officers who have gathered to share their knowledge and best practices. These CDOs will also discuss how they rose to their positions.

Leaning in Without Tipping Over: Achieving Work + Life = Balance (PD)

Leaning in is often a phrase used to discuss how women should assert and immerse themselves in the work place. While it is important to put a significant amount of effort into one’s work, it is equally important to maintain a healthy work life balance. This session will discuss the importance of leaning in while leaving space for self-care. This session will also feature advice from leaders based on their personal experience with leaning in.

Leading with Emotional Intelligence (L)

Emotional intelligence involves a person’s awareness of his/her/their own emotions. Further, it includes the ability to handle relationships wisely and with empathy. Emotional intelligence is an immense asset for leaders as it allows them to maintain and control their own emotions while calmly addressing the needs of others. This session will discuss how emotional intelligence can enhance leadership.

Imposter Syndrome Vs Destiny: Praise, Perfectionism, & Initial Failure (PD)

Imposter syndrome posits that individuals doubt their success and accomplishments due to a fear of being shown to be false or fraudulent. While this is not an uncommon fear, it often undercuts an individual’s achievements and hard work. This session will discuss how to utilize praise to overcome the feeling of imposter syndrome. This session will also discuss how perfectionism and the struggle of initial failure play into one’s feelings of professional inadequacy.

Diversity in Higher Education (DI)

Education should be something that is accessible for all groups. Further, all groups should see reflections of their own faces in the faculty and staff they interact with in higher education. However, this unfortunately is not the case. This session will discuss the need for diversity in higher education and what steps can be made toward diversifying higher education.

Building a Culture of Philanthropy: How Technology, Communication, and Purpose Are Changing the Way We Engage Employees presented by YourCause (CR)

Driving Job Satisfaction and Employee Engagement Through Robotic Process Automation presented by Sogeti, Part of Capgemini (CR)

Learn how RPA can perform highly transactional processes, freeing up employees to focus more on the strategic elements of their work while increasing morale and engagement.

CR Roundtable

Corporate responsibility is the way in which companies and organizations hold themselves accountable for their own actions. This includes the impact that they have on internal members, stakeholders, and the community as a whole. This session will discuss what corporate responsibility is, why it is a necessity, and best practices. This session will also discuss the importance of corporate responsibility.

April 12

Concurrent Session I — 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

It Takes a Village to Achieve Full Diversity and Inclusion…White Males Live in That Village Too! (D&I)

Full diversity and inclusion can only be reached through the utilization of all resources and willing advocates. This often includes white males. White males, through their positions of power, can often be strong and compassionate allies for diversity and inclusion. This session will discuss how to better include and leverage white males in discussion on diversity.

LGBTQIA Diversity 101 – Strategy and Business Case and Implementation

LGBTQIA community makes up a notable portion of the population. Accordingly, they should be represented and leveraged in organizations. This session will present the compelling strategic rationale and business case for fully embracing LGBTQIA inclusion, and introduce the wide range of programs and tactics to implement greater LGBTQIA diversity in the work place.

Starting Your Diverse Initiative from Scratch: What You Need to Know (D&I)

In a world where organizations often do not reflect the diversity of the world at large, diversity initiatives are crucial. Thus, every new diversity initiative is welcome if not necessary. However, often creating a new diversity initiative from scratch can be daunting. This session is intended to discuss what attendees should know when seeking to develop a diversity initiative from scratch.

Globalization (G)

Globalization refers to organizations that intend to operate on an international scale or have some influence internationally. With the increasing ease of communication, it is now easier than ever for companies to have global reach. This session will discuss the impacts of globalization of diversity and inclusion. This session will also focus on how diversity and inclusion can benefit an organization’s international reach.

Essential Negotiation Skills (PD)

The ability to negotiate – to advocate and compromise in order to seek a goal – is crucial for all members of an organization. This is particularly true for leaders as they seek to achieve goals and advocate for their organization. This session will discuss the importance of negotiation for leaders. This session will also discuss how to bolster attendees’ negotiation skills.

Communication Strategies: Developing Leadership Presence (PD)

Communication is essential to all aspects of life. However, it is especially important in crafting a strong leadership presence. Therefore, one must hone his/her/their communication strategies. This session will discuss how to develop a leadership presence through creating communication strategies.

Diversify Your People Supply Chain presented by Capgemini (CR)

Learn innovative ways to engage internal and external partners to drive diverse talent to your organization. This session will discuss various case studies including neurodiversity, socioeconomic diversity, veterans and more.


Concurrent Session II — 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

It Takes a Village to Achieve Full Diversity and Inclusion…White Males Live in That Village Too! (D&I)

Full diversity and inclusion can only be reached through the utilization of all resources and willing advocates. This often includes white males. White males, through their positions of power, can often be strong and compassionate allies for diversity and inclusion. This session will discuss how to better include and leverage white males in discussion on diversity.

LGBTQIA Diversity 201 - Taking the Next Step – Comprehensive LGBTQIA Diversity Program Execution

The LGBTQIA community has historically been underserved and underrepresented in most areas of life, particularly in businesses and oganizations. This follow-on session to LGBTQIA 101 will quickly review the compelling business rationale before digging deep into how to execute a wide range of programs that will completely include the LGBTQIA community,including how to scale for size and best practices.

The Changing Demographics of America (M)

America grows more diverse with each passing day. The demographics of America are continually changing and evolving. Thus, companies must grow and evolve with America. This session will discuss the impact of America’s changing demographics on organizations.

Essential Negotiation Skills (PD)

The ability to negotiate – to advocate and compromise in order to seek a goal – is crucial for all members of an organization. This is particularly true for leaders as they seek to achieve goals and advocate for their organization. This session will discuss the importance of negotiation for leaders. This session will also discuss how to bolster attendees’ negotiation skills.

Communication Strategies: Developing Leadership Presence (PD)

Communication is essential to all aspects of life. However, it is especially important in crafting a strong leadership presence. Therefore, one must hone his/her/their communication strategies. This session will discuss how to develop a leadership presence through creating communication strategies.

SEE people + VALUE uniqueness = MAXIMIZE Talent (T)

In the world of business, it is easy to get caught up in projects and processes causing us to blow past the people around us. Of course we physically see those who work for and with us; but do we really SEE them? Do we SEE and VALUE their unique strengths and abilities? Do we know what environment motivates them? Do we give them the opportunity to truly MAXIMIZE their talent? In this workshop, we will discuss the benefits of making people a priority and provide application tools that will help you initiate the crucial conversations which will lead you to SEE People, VALUE their uniqueness and MAXIMIZE their talent.