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?

The Evolution of Change in an Era of Digital Transformation

Every industry is facing digital transformation. Trends in the digital future—such as artificial intelligence, drones, Internet of Things, cloud and edge computing, and virtual and augmented reality—all impact how work gets done. In many cases, preparing organizations for this impact involves more than updating systems, technology, or strategies; we must also be ready to manage the people side of this change. In this immersive workshop, participants will look at strategies from top brands who are leading the forefront in digital transformation and pair those insights with common challenges that change professionals are asked to solve today. The workshop will provide a high-level overview of the technical trends propelling digital transformations and how to manage the people side of that transformation. Participants will then work in groups to consider how these trends will inform the future of change leadership.

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

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.

Bust your “Butt”: Build a Change-Capable Organization through Your Everyday Work

What I Will Do Differently Next Time - Confessions of an Enterprise Change Leader

When faced with unfamiliar situations, it is expected for individuals to not always make the optimal decision. Whether it’s due to a lack of skills, training, or knowledge, everyone has found themselves in a situation they would handle differently if they could go back in time. Hear from our panel of seasoned professionals who provide insight into their own experiences and the invaluable lessons they learned from them.

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.

Race, Racism, and White Privilege

Although white people often talk about “race problems” as rooted in communities of color, racism is in fact a problem of white communities. Ideas and practices that create inequality based on racial categories were invented and are perpetuated by white people. Even after the many gains of the civil-rights movement, the United States remains a white-supremacist society in material and ideological terms, and in such a society white people have unearned privileges.

In this program, Robert Jensen will discuss the history and contemporary reality of race in the United States and suggest that we have to go beyond the rhetoric of multiculturalism and diversity if we want to address the country’s racial problems in a meaningful way.

The First Step; Creating a Grassroots DEI Strategy for Start Ups

During this session, Sydney Coleman will share her experience launching diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies and programs at several tech startups, and now at Google. She will explain 6 steps required to evaluate your current workplace and put wheels in motion to improve representation and belonging.

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.

The ABCs of LGBTQIA+

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.

D&I Metrics; Don’t Be Afraid to Look and Learn

When implementing your D&I strategy, it is imperative to ensure that metrics are set in place that can measure the overall effectiveness and impact. D&I metrics help corporations know where they are starting from and how their program is doing. This session highlights the versatility of D&I metrics and how they can help you fortify diversity and inclusion initiatives.

You Want Innovation? Embrace D&I

According to multiple sources including Forbes and Mkinsey, diversity yields increased productivity, profitability, and innovation. By creating an environment where different perspectives and experiences can be shared and accepted, companies can change their ways of thinking for the better. Diversity of thought, experience, and demographics can help companies penetrate new markets, craft new solutions, and power ahead of the competition.

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.


Education (EDU)

Effective Leadership in Higher Education

Shifting demographics, free tuition, nontraditional students, collaborating with stakeholders, anticipating future trends and issues. Being an effective leader in higher education seems overwhelming. Learn from these leaders how they engage with and impact topics such as talent management, workforce readiness, anticipatory outlooks, and the importance of diverse populations. (Higher Education)

Achieving Inclusion in Higher Education: Strategies for Diversifying

Diversity has proven to be an essential component for effective and quality education, but how do we implement and sustain a college campus and atmosphere with culturally responsive and inclusive practices? This session will explore the different diversifying strategies that will enhance the learning environment and well-being for both faculty and students. (Higher Education)

Bridging the Gaps: The Link Between Secondary Education, Higher Education, and the Workforce

A college degree becomes more critical to participating in the full civic, economic and social life of our global society. Higher education is proven to correlate with better health, higher earnings, and greater job security; however, research shows that gaps in degree attainment persist for students from diverse communities. Additionally, educators must work closely with business corporations and civic leaders to reshape curricula to prepare students for the constantly shifting workforce in their communities. The goal of this session is to identify the links between education and the workforce, and how to make them more accessible to our diverse populations. (Higher Education)

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)

The 30 Million Word Gap: How Diversity and Accessibility Shapes Literacy and Achievement

In a study by Hart and Riley, they found that by age 3 children from high-income families were being exposed to 30 million more words than children from families on welfare. This 30 million word gap persists through 3rd grade and segues into the achievement gap. Language barriers and a lack of varied tools and resources can negatively alter the educational career and trajectory of diverse students. Learn how to combat the 30 million word gap and provide access to literacy and achievement to diverse students. (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. (Primary and Secondary Education)


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.

Entertainment Leadership Roundtable

Learn from top multimedia platforms and executives about their success, and the importance of diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry.

The Impact of Diversity On Screen and Behind the Scenes

Why is there not more diversity on screen and how does this affect us as consumers and artists? Learn how the impact of media will explain the subtle and nuanced influences of media on our lives.

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.

Speaking the Diverse Moviegoer’s Language

While Hollywood has increased diverse representation to attract more diverse moviegoers to the screens, there still remains a language barrier for an enormous section of our diverse populations. Learn how platforms have successfully leveraged technology to foster new opportunities within the multicultural landscape.

Being Inclusive Behind the Scenes

How do the conversations that happen in the writer's room, casting, and throughout production configure what we see on screen? Content creators discuss the behind-the-scenes decisions that influence what we see on television.

The Business of Serving Diverse Audiences

This session sheds light on and sparks conversation about the numerous untold stories that we don't see on the screen, and how they can affect and limit our perceptions of the world and populations around us.


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!

Examining Cultural Frameworks In Order to Do Better Business

Any manager leading a global team must understand their collaborators in order to surpass business goals. When working with those in foreign regions, understanding their cultures and the different factors that can create communication barriers is imperative for any global leader. This session breaks down cultural frameworks to help the global professional better navigate global teams.

Global Business; Cultural Differences and their impact on your Success

While modern innovation has made it easier to reach global markets, many otherwise successful corporations have actually managed to isolate 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 discusses the various cultural considerations companies must make as they plan to enter a new market.

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. This session will examine how rising global community leaders advocate for and act upon pressing global issues and advances.


Healthcare (H)

An Effective Way to Implement SOGI in your EMR

This session highlights the best practices for implementing sexual orientation and gender identity in your electronic medical records.

Mental Health Crisis: Managing the Anxiety & Depression Epidemic Today

Rates of anxiety, depression and suicide have skyrocketed in the last few decades and continue to rise at a staggering rate. The stats are alarming: 1 in 5 American children and college students suffer from a diagnosable mental, emotional or behavioral disorder, and according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 75% of all mental health conditions begin before the age of 24. Whether you are suffering yourself or caring for children who are suffering, it is important to know you are not alone. This session will discuss warning signs, resources, and strategies available to help you manage through crisis at home and in the workplace. A panel of experts and pioneers who have braved the battle will share their experiences and offer guidance for those in need.


Human Resources (HR)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: What These Words Mean to HR Professionals

Human Resources has an essential and necessary function in fostering and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. The functions of workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion include growth and progression in profitability, performance boosts, and innovative creations.These three words follow HR Professionals throughout the recruitment process, interviewing screenings, internal mobility, change management, and professional development. Participants will explore how HR Professionals secure and develop talent in the workplace.

Diversity Best Practices for HR Professionals

How does diversity relate to the Talent Cycle (recruitment, development, and retention)? This session is designed to aid professionals maximize the talents and skills of current employees, and highlights best practices for recruiting a diverse workforce. Participants will have an opportunity to explore tools and resources necessary to build diverse workforces and remain competitive on the global stage. Join us as we offer a unique perspective on a plethora of topics, including the creation of a diverse workforce, essential leadership skills, personal branding, and diversity and inclusion best practices.

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)

The Future is Latina

Panelists who are breaking barriers and leading the next generation of a more diverse and dynamic leadership across different industries will share their experiences of career advancement in the face of discriminatory barriers.

Amplifying Latino Voices in Education Policy

Latino voices are still missing in advancing state education policy that impact Latino students. Given the population growth and the significant contribution to the economy, Latinos must work to organize and mobilize a collective voice that influences policy to ensure educational opportunity for all Latino children.

Workshop: Leading in the Corporate World

In this workshop, participants will receive training on effective leadership strategies for all levels of leadership.

Attracting, Developing and Promoting the Next Generation of Latino Leaders

Latino leader panelists will discuss institutional diversity best practices to cultivate Latino talent- ERGS

Latino Diversity in the Executive Board and C-Suite- Why are we not there yet?

Participants will get an in depth look at the trends and challenges facing the future of the latino workforce and its consequential damages of lack of representation.


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.

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.

Leadership Derailed: How to Overcome Your Greatest Leadership Challenges

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.

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.

Lead by Putting People First

Companies are increasingly realizing the power of creating a people-first culture that values the happiness of employees as much as the bottom line. In doing so, you set your teams up to do their best work and for your organization to reap the benefits of increased productivity and performance. This session will provide participants insight into the importance of putting people first and organizational strategies to cultivating a conducive workplace culture.

Leading with Impact and Mobilizing People

As a leader, you need to set direction, provide energy and connect with your team. This session will provide you with tools that will help you assess how effective your team leadership style is and insight into what happens below the surface of team dynamics. Participants will come away with a clear sense of how to energize and mobilize people to reach a common goal, through authentic and effective leadership.

Leadership Training for Results: Unleash Talent in Others

Your team is looking to you to solve problems, guide them through change, grow their careers, inspire them and instill confidence, all while facilitating teamwork and collaboration. Thus, to be a successful leader in today’s workplace you must bring the right set of skills and attitudes to engage, retain, and achieve results through your team. Participants will come away with the best strategies to cultivating and extracting talent.

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.

The Most Common Mistakes Leaders Make

The purpose of this workshop is to get leaders to think about about the critical role they play in employee morale, satisfaction and company results. This session introduces participants to common mistakes leaders make, gives them an opportunity to assess current performance in each mistake, as well as develop strategies to overcome the mistakes.

Leading a Multigenerational Workforce


Legal (LE)

Workshop Finding Mentors and Fighting off Preconceived Biases

A challenge facing the legal field in obtaining diversity in all levels of a law firm is the lack mentorship and biases. Participants in this workshop will learn the importance of having adequate access to mentorship and strategies to address biases for career advancement.

Effective Strategies and Leveraging Resources to Improve D&I in the Workplace

What tools are in-house lawyers leveraging, if any, to improve diversity internally and to create a culture of inclusion? How are those tools being shared externally? The panel will discuss what has worked, what’s being tried and how they are leveraging external sources to push for a more diverse profession. MCCA also will share its most recent research on bias interrupters and inclusive leadership and how the audience can leverage those.

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

Workshop Bias Interrupters Toolkit

Often biases go unseen and undiscussed, which is detrimental to the productivity and performance of any organization. Participants will learn how to implement modified business practices in hiring, performance evaluations, assignments, promotions, and compensation that interrupt implicit bias in the workplace. This workshop is designed to reduce the effects of bias in law firms and corporate legal departments.

Workshop The Most Pressing Issues Facing Our Organizations

In this workshop, participants will discuss the evolving definition of diversity and the barriers to building an inclusive community in the legal field.


Marketing/Advertising (MARK)

The Presence of Social Responsibility in the Marketing Industry

By naming Colin Kaepernick the face of their 30th anniversary Just Do It campaign, Nike showcased just how resonant political activism and social justice can be in the marketing world. While many consider a corporation becoming involved in activism as a risk not worth taking, noting the campaign’s impact on Nike’s brand image, consumer loyalty, and even sales highlights just how tricky the decision can be. This session examines the potential dangers and benefits of aligning your brand with a cause and the considerations you should make before deciding whether or not this is the best course of action.

Diversifying the Top; Why We Need Inclusive Recruitment

Top marketing positions are overwhelmingly run by an audience that does not reflect the current United States population. In order to better connect with the changing face of America, it is becoming increasingly imperative to recruit diverse talent in order to better understand consumers and create innovative solutions. By examining hiring practices, industry norms, and retention rates, this session reveals the importance of inclusive representation in the marketing field as well as how to foster it.

In the Face of a Scandal; Maintaining and Repairing Brand Image

In recent months, a number of large companies have entered the spotlight after their marketing campaigns received negative reactions from consumers. More often than not, these scandals were due to a lack of diverse talent, inclusive practices, and general awareness of the current market. Following these crises with ingenuine apologies further alienates companies from the consumers they wish to serve. Preventing these types of scandals should remain a priority, but knowing how to navigate through the minefield of public criticism is also a necessary skill for marketers and public relations specialists to have. This session examines ways to better represent all audiences as well as practices to better react in the face of a marketing crisis.

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.

Seeking an MBA

This informative panel discussion will provide insight into what is an MBA, what you should be aware of, Is an MBA for you, and which school you should select.

Job Prospects for Future MBAs

With the value of an MBA on a person's resume depending largely on the industry and company where that MBA graduate hopes to work, it is crucial to understand your specific future job prospects. Participants of this session will get the chance to hear from various company and industry leaders in regards to their MBA programs and job opportunities.


Multiculturalism (M)

The Immigrant Perspective in Relation to Diversity & Inclusion

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.

Multicultural Leadership Roundtable

This roundtable highlights leaders of diverse backgrounds and showcases their experiences as individuals of color in the workplace. Join us as we explore some of the varying obstacles different groups of people encounter in the workforce and C-suite.

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.

Multiculturalism in Healthcare

Diversity and multiculturalism have been at the forefront of healthcare topics and issues. Maternal mortality rates, pain perception/relief, and medical professional’s lack of cultural responsiveness are some of the inequities present in our healthcare system. A diverse employee base assists in addressing unique health concerns and builds more cultural awareness through proximity. Explore how living with and utilizing a multicultural lens improves the quality of health interactions and policies, which leads to equitable and sustainable health care systems and a healthier population.


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.

The OH Checklist

When striving for organizational health, companies should ensure they keep these crucial components in mind; direction, leadership, culture and climate, accountability, coordination and control, capabilities, motivation, external orientation, innovation, and learning. With these items in mind, a company can better track and improve their organizational health. This session educates attendees on the different aspects of the OH Checklist, their impact, and how to apply them in real life.

Workshop Behaviors of a Cohesive Team

Participants will have an in depth collaborative discussion of best practices for cultivating cohesive teams.

Leading from Every Background

A diverse group of expert panelists will discuss the cultural expectations that influence leadership and how to understand, appreciate, and build upon different cultural backgrounds to create thriving teams and organizations that celebrate all.

Creating a Purpose Driven Organization

Sustained organizational success requires that organizations be purpose-driven. This session will provide participants insight into overlooked key factors that drives purpose. Further, this workshop will teach participants how to assess leaders' and employees' mindsets, allowing for the acceleration of both purpose and agility.


Professional Development (PD)

Relationships Critical to Success

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.

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.

Taking Ownership of Your Own Professional Development

You’re not going to get where you desire to be by waiting on someone to take you there. In order to achieve your goals, you must hold yourself accountable for the progress you make toward those goals. In this session, participants will come away with strategies to becoming the leader of your own life.

Putting You First

In the age of a prevailing work life, putting yourself first is crucial to your successes across all areas of life. In this session, participants will come away with what it means to put yourself first and the benefits of doing so as a component of goal achievement.

Is Work-Life Balance Real?

Although “work-life balance” is an expression that's been used since what seems like the beginning of time, it is an achievement that appears to be getting farther and farther away from our reach. With the lines between work and personal life being more difficult to define, the stress of an imbalanced work and personal life has detrimental effects on all areas of life. A key factor to achieving work-life balance is being present. In this session, participants will come away with learning some strategies to cope with the new age of work.

How to Successfully Build a Team

Developing and sustaining high performance work teams is crucial not only to organizational success but also to your professional development In this workshop, participants will come away with the importance of teamwork, how to be a productive team member, and best practices for developing effective and efficient teams.

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.

Taking Charge of Your Career

Career management is a lifelong process of planning your career that includes establishing personal goals, then coming up with strategies to achieve them. This session will focus on the processes and strategies involved with successful career management. Whether you're contemplating starting a career, trying to choose a career path, or are looking to make changes or improvements to your career, participants will walk away with the information needed to achieve success.

Workshop Negotiation Fundamentals

In this workshop, a negotiation expert will share strategies for asking for a raise, setting fees, promoting teamwork, and bringing out the best in those you manage.

How to be an Effective Public Speaker

With it being feared more than death, public speaking is a skill that many have yet to master. This tool, however, has the power to be a deciding factor in many things such as your career development, your business growth, and even in relationships. In this workshop, an expert public speaker will provide strategies for becoming an effective public speaker.


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.

Social Media and Generative Change

From hashtag activism such as #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo to spreading crucial news, social media has become an important vehicle for social justice. With encouraging others to get involved with a movement, spreading ideas and information, bringing greater attention to issues through their collective voice, this platform has proven useful for millenials to be able to bring about change. This session will focus on how social media can be used as a social justice tool.

Why Social Justice Should Be Everyone's "Thing"

Being driven to achieve social justice is for everyone and should be everyone's thing. Given that the wellness of our society is a collection of the wellness of everyone, we should be working together, rather than working against people. Participants of this session will come away with the importance of being involved to promote equity in everyday life.

Confronting Privilege: The Major Player of Oppression

While the state of the disadvantaged is readily discussed, to fully understand the prevalence of inequality, the state of the advantaged must be discussed as well. While it is difficult to talk about the power that drives privilege, it essential in order to confront the systems of oppression and solve issues on a systematic level. Participants of this session will walk away with an understanding of what privilege is and why it is important to acknowledge it.


STEM (STEM)

Boosting STEM Appeal and Retention

In broadening participation, STEM fields and STEM literacy are strengthened. However, the field faces great challenges from low rates of students in STEM majors. This session focuses on discussing strategies for increasing engagement in STEM through supporting underrepresented student populations, increasing mentorship diversity in STEM, and forming strategic research and development partnerships.

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.

Women in STEM

Despite the great contributions that women have produced in STEM fields, reports show that they represent only around 29 percent of the STEM workforce. This session will focus on discussing the institutional barriers that discourage women from pursuing STEM and encourage some women already in this field to seek employment in other fields. We will also discuss remedial strategies for encouraging greater participation of women in STEM across all stages.


Talent (TA)

More Than Just Box Ticking: Talent Management Strategies that Retain a Diverse Workforce

Implementing policies to make your workforce more diverse in order to tick boxes is harmful to the cultivation of a diverse workforce. An organization needs to make a genuine commitment to embracing diversity across all aspects and processes of the organization in order to attract and retain the best talent. In this workshop, participants will learn some effective diversity initiatives and how to critically assess your work culture to make sure it supports inclusion initiatives.

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.

Let’s Talk Talent: Examining the Talent Lifecycle through a D&L Lens

In this workshop, participants will take a look at a talent lifecycle and come away with learning sustainable D&I practices that will enhance the quality of the talent attraction and retention processes.

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.

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.


Women of Color (WOC)

Run the World: Women of Color in Leadership Roundtable

This panel of executive women leaders will be focusing on the journey to their success, with the particular impact of their cultural upbringing, sharing advice for overcoming biases and barriers on the way up, and giving advice to other organizational leaders on how to de-bias the workplace.

Women of Color in a White World: Examining Conflict Between and Within WOC

While it is crucial to address the conflict across races and genders, it is equally as crucial to address the race-based conflict between women of color. Participants of this session will explore how women engage in their own individual and shared marginalization by internalizing racial oppression, and how to navigate a system of racism in ways that build power and collaboration rather than division.

Women of Color in Intersectional Advocacy Workshop

Participants of this workshop 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.

Real Talk: Finding Self-Love, Resilience and Solidarity in Predominantly White Institutions

As women of color in predominantly white institutions, we are often not only seeking opportunities to engage, but also searching for a deeper sense of understanding and belonging. Participants of this workshop will share their own wisdom and best practices with one another about cultivating resilience, self-love and solidarity at PWIs. Participants will come away with concrete take-home strategies about how to navigate and thrive at PWIs as a WOC.

“Me Too” and “Times Up!”---What does this mean for Women of Color in the Workplace?

Now more than ever, women’s voices are being heard. Yet, speaking out about sexual harassment is a fairly recent occurrence. Studies indicate that the numbers of women who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace is staggering. Considering that few women actually report the harassment, however, the percentage is probably higher. This session will focus on what these movements mean for Women of Color working in industries dominated by men.

“Me Too” and “Times Up!”---What does this mean for Women of Color in STEM?

Women’s voices are a force to be reckoned with. Politically, socially, culturally and economically they are speaking out about injustice, inequality, and sexual harassment. But speaking out about sexual harassment is a fairly recent occurrence. According to an EEOC study released in 2016, the numbers of women who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace is staggering. Since few women actually report the harassment, the EEOC estimates between 25% and 85% of women have been sexually harassed. The study sheds light on why so few actually report it---those who did file complaint have been demoted, fired and further harassed. What does this mean for Women of Color working in STEM roles---roles that have historically been dominated by men? Women of Color have historically faced gender and racial barriers, often referred to as a ‘double whammy.’ Is sexual harassment yet another barrier to their survival / advancement in business?

Who Are our Allies?

In order to create lasting change, every person has a role that he or she can play, especially if that person is part of a dominant group. This session will shed light on the fact that it’s not just women of color who can and should support women of color. Participants will come away with an understanding of what women of color and allies can do to create more equity, how we can create lasting change, and how we can actively build and leverage our relationships and resources to shape a better future for all.

The Politics of Respectability: Policing the Bodies and Behaviors of WOC

The politics of respectability refers to the ways in which marginalized groups are subjugated to mainstream cultural values by members of their own groups. In this workshop, participants will examine how respectability politics influence the lived experiences of girls from diverse cultural backgrounds. Participants will engage in a critical discussion about how societal beliefs about notions of femininity, respect, and dignity often polices the bodies and behaviors of girls from marginalized groups.

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.