Sessions

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

A Discussion with Tze San Koh, President, China Gas Marketing for Exxon Mobil

Addressing Health Equity in the ERA of COVID-19: Understanding Healthcare

The current COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted people of color with African-American and Latinx populations having higher rates of COVID-19 hospitalizations and death. Factors driving these inequities include access to care, presence of chronic illnesses, living conditions, socioeconomic status, disproportionate representation as essential workers, medical mistrust, and racism. In order to achieve health equity, a system where everyone has the opportunity to attain their highest level of health, public health and health care leaders must determine strategies to address long-standing and complexly intertwined factors. During this session, participants will learn about the social determinants most responsible for the inequities observed in COVID-19 health care outcomes. Additionally, participants will hear how leaders are partnering with vulnerable communities to alter the current trajectory of health outcomes.

A 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

The ABC's of LGBT+

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.

Anti-Racism Roundtable

Belongingness

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!

Building an Inclusive Leadership Environment (Workshop) by Larry Perkins

How MD Anderson built a leading edge Leadership Institute

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.

Corporate Stewardship: How Companies and Individual Empowerment Can Drive Positive Change

Companies are continually being looked to for leadership in their communities and throughout the world, but corporate stewardship is often misunderstood or viewed as difficult to fully realize. Join Sheryl Corrigan, Director of Environmental, Health & Safety at Koch Industries, to learn how Koch views and successfully implements corporate stewardship through individual empowerment, principled leadership, and mutually beneficial relationships in the communities in which Koch operates. Sheryl will also discuss best practices of how other companies can successfully meet their own stewardship goals.

CSR Roundtable

Cross-Cultural Communication (Workshop) by Ivette Mayo

This workshop will focus on communicating across cultural lines.

Cultivating Globally Conscious Leaders: Cultural Differences and their Impact on Success

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.

DEI and Workplace Politics 101

Workplace politics center on the processes and behaviors in human interactions involving power and authority. It involves the use of power and social networking within a workplace to achieve changes that benefit the organization or individuals within it. Diversity, equity and inclusion are integral to all workplace political landscapes; their meaning and influence have been constantly changing as social and evolutionary processes unfold. For women and minorities, i.e., those historically excluded from established power and networking venues, workplace politics takes on a special significance. Learning how to tap into these formerly inaccessible sources is paramount to their success. In this session, participants will learn strategies and tactics to cut through politics and obtain the resources and connections needed for a successful career.

Destination C Suite: Creating A Road Map for Success

The numbers are telling: Less than 1% of CEOs among Fortune 500 companies are Black, a figure that has been trending downward since 2012; Black professionals held just over 3% of all executive/senior leader roles in 2018; 37 women now run Fortune 500s yet not one is Black. While African-Americans and other minorities have been changing Fortune 500 board compositions to a greater degree over the past few decades, the C-suite glass ceiling has proven harder to crack. This session sheds light on both the challenges and opportunities around developing a representative pipeline for executive positions at the highest level. Participants hoping to attain C-suite roles will have an opportunity to garner concrete advice in achieving this aim.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

ERG/BRG Best Practices Roundtable

This session will feature ERG professionals discussing the best practices for creating and leading successful employee resource groups.

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!

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.

George Floyd: Impetus for Change

The George Floyd protests generated more media coverage than any protest in fifty years, a historically profound response to the death of one Black American. Floyd’s death, part of a confluence of video-recorded killings of unarmed black men and women across the US reminiscent of Jim Crow lynchings, touched off a tinderbox of bottled-up emotion relating to long-ignored racial inequities. Spared from the indignity of anonymity, George Floyd is credited for spurring on a number of changes, from police reform to corporate action in support of Black Lives Matter. This session will examine George Floyd’s influence as a symbol for change and steps participants can take to capitalize on the momentum created by these events to advance DEI goals.

Handling Difficult Conversations (Workshop) by Jamie Belinne

This workshop will introduce participants to the different ways to manage difficult conversations.

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.

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.

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 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.

Leadership: Presence, Influence, and Inspiration

Leading a Multigenerational Workforce (Workshop) by Jamie Belinne

This workshop will explore generational cohorts and how to work across multigenerational lines.

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.

LGBTQ Roundtable

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.

Maximizing Millennial & Gen Z Talent in the Age of Coronavirus

Millennials & Gen Z are spreading coronavirus. Not because they are partying, but because they are the heart of our economy. As of 2020, Millennials are 50% of the workforce. By 2025, Millennials + Gen Z will be 75% of the workforce. This session covers the key drivers, trends, and strategies to understand and engage these young talented workers, as well as the impact of COVID-19 on their employment experiences.

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.

Moving Beyond a Seat at the Table: Modernizing The Concept of Diversity in Health Care Leadership

Given barriers to entry into the highest levels of health care leadership, individuals underrepresented in medicine have historically aspired to a “seat at the table”, an opportunity to be heard and make a difference when part of a leadership team. However, many discover that not all seats at the table are created equal and ultimate power remains concentrated at the head of the table. With the amplification of health inequities during COVID-19 and increasing acknowledgment of racism as a public health crisis, there is increasing need for those underrepresented in medicine to have more impactful leadership roles in health care. During this session, participants will learn about the benefits and challenges of meaningful leadership diversity in the healthcare industry. Leaders will discuss how they navigate the dynamics of policy and culture change towards creating an equity-driven industry.

Multicultural Roundtable

How would you rate your personal capacity to effectively and efficiently deal with cultural plurality among your colleagues and clients? Additionally, how would you rate your organization’s capacity to effectively and efficiently deal with cultural plurality throughout its operations and the marketplace? These are must-answer questions for any forward-thinking individual or organization intent on succeeding in a progressively diversifying world. This session will examine the impact multicultural change is having on both individuals and organizations, from performance benchmarking and professional development to strategic planning and operational efficiency.

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.

Personal Branding (Workshop) by Greg Goyne

This workshop presents participants with the keys to building their personal brand.

Practicing Inclusion: Amplification Workshop

Blue Shield's Practicing Inclusion: Amplification Workshop empowers employees to drive innovation by amplifying others' ideas and encouraging diversity of thought, through providing simple amplification techniques and opportunities to practice using them. 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. Come experience it for yourself!

Race, Racism, & Privilege

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.

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?

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.

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.

Understanding & Eliminating Racial Disparities in Health Care

There is ample scientific evidence indicating that disparities in health care are associated with poor health outcomes for America's racial and ethnic minorities in comparison to the mainstream. The blame is often pinned on socioeconomic factors alone. Contemporary research, however, is pointing to the influence of racial bias on the overall efficacy of healthcare delivery, from insurance and access to treatment and outcomes. Participants in this session will broaden their understanding of race-based health care disparities and learn techniques to mitigate their influence.

Veteran Best Practices Roundtable

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.

We Rise:.. Women of Color in Leadership

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.

Women Who Lead

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!

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.