Sessions

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

Allyship 101

Allyship Best Practices

Anti-Racism 101

As open and overt racism returns to the forefront of American's minds, it is not simply enough to not support the racist rhetoric and reprehensible actions that are growing in number and frequency. We, as people, must strive to be actively anti-racist rather than passively just not racists ourselves. This course will instruct attendees in how to be an anti-racist and to combat this culture.

Art of Bouncing Forward

In this session, attendees will embark on a journey that goes beyond conventional thoughts around resiliency and the notion of bouncing back into the realm of bouncing forward. An understanding of the not so subtle art of bouncing forward is necessary if you want growth and movement in your life and career. It is also essential to creating lasting and impactful progress in the ever-important work of Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion.

Art & Practice of Influencing

With the rise of social media, it has become more pronounced how lucrative of a skill influencing can be. However, social media is not the only realm in which influencing can be beneficial both to the individual and the organizations they work with. This session will discuss the art behind influencing and how to put into practice in the modern workplace.

Authentic Leadership - Embracing Imperfection and Fostering Innovation

As our lives become increasingly public with the rise of social media, there is a great focus on being perfect, or at least perceived as perfect. However, this is objectively unobtainable, and in the workplace this mindset can be deterimental to a leader's ability to serve their organization and team. This session will focus on the benefits and ways to lead authentically and embrace our human imperfect selves in a manner that fosters truth and innovation.

Becoming a Servant Leader

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.

Becoming An Allyship Organization

Belongingness 101

Belongingness in the workplace is cultivated by a sense of acceptance and inclusion as well as identity for members involved. Diversity within a work environment refers to the variety of differences in culture among people at a company and inclusion refers to the comfortability employees feel to authentically express themselves. It is diversity, inclusion, and belongingness that must coexist to foster the best employee work environment possible.

Belongingness Roundtable

Belongingness in the workplace is cultivated by a sense of acceptance and inclusion as well as identity for members involved. Diversity within a work environment refers to the variety of differences in culture among people at a company and inclusion refers to the comfortability employees feel to authentically express themselves. It is diversity, inclusion, and belongingness that must coexist to foster the best employee work environment possible.

Belongingness - Strategies & Action Plan

This session will impart different ways attendees can build environments of belongingness within their teams and organizations.

Brands & Social Movements

As the nation navigates it's racial reckoning, more and more brands have seized the opportunitity to take a stand on social issues and movements. This session will discuss how to maneuver these delicate waters while also making the greatest impact.

Broadening Your Horizons - Make a Career Transition

Broadening Your Horizons - Make a Career Transition While it is true that the last year has brought pressures and difficulties many of us have never faced before, it also brought an opportunity for individuals to take another look at their lives and to re-strategize. Changing careers can be daunting, but exploring other industries and business ideas can lead to a more fulfilled life. Our panelists will walk attendees through how to broaden horizons as well as best practices for those looking to make a transition in their careers.

Career Advice from the C-Suite

This session will feature a panel of diverse and accomplished speakers who can provide career advice for those looking to advance in their industries.

Corporate Social Responsibility Best Practices

A roundtable discussion about corporate responsibility in the face of social and environmental challenges.

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.

Creating a "Diversity First" Culture

Panelists will discuss the importance of putting diversity first and how to foster a "diversity first" culture within your teams and organizations.

Creating and Sustaining Organizational Excellence

Establishing an internal framework of procedures to engage and motivate employees is essential to meeting client expectations. Creating this standard of organizational excellence can be difficult, especially when this standard needs to be maintained. This panel discussion includes panelists who have maintained organizational excellence within their respective organizations and offers knowledge on how to build excellence within your teams, departments, and organizations as whole.

Creating High Performance Teams

As the say goes, no person is an island, and this is particularly truein the workplace. Teams are necessity to ensure that everything is done, to drive results, and to push for growth. This session will discuss how to create teams that are best suited to work together in order to drive the highest performance possible.

Creating Your DEI ScoreCard

Creating Your Personal Board - The Power of Mentors & Allies

Networking and relationship building is a skill one needs to excel in their career. But only having distant connections isn't enough to advance. Having your own "board" of advisors and advocates can help you navigate the challenges that comes with career transitions, personal growth, and more. This session will delve into how to find potential 'members' and ensure that not only are they individuals who can help build you, but that you are also a benefit to them as well.

Creating Your Significance: Are You Ready to be a "Brand"?

Personal branding is a necessity in building a reputation and subsequently a career. Often someone's brand takes a lengthy period to create; however, this can be expedited through the allyship of a mentor. This session will discuss how mentors and allies can assist in creating one's personal brand.

CSR Best Practice Roundtable

CSR Best Practice Roundtable A roundtable discussion about corporate responsibility in the face of social and environmental challenges.

Cultural Assessment - Where to Start

Cultural Competency 101

Cultural Compentency 101 This workshop will explain what it means to be culturally competent and how one can increase their cultural intelligence.

Culture Competence in Healthcare

Understanding cultural diversity and differences when entering the healthcare field is imperative to being an effective and inclusive healthcare provider. This session will delve deeper into the importance of cultural competency in the healthcare industry.

DEI 101

Diversity 101 takes a historical and legislative look at the origins of Diversity and how it impacts us today. Attendees will learn about the origins of racial and gender constructs, the social innovations that influenced our perspectives on age, the ancient chronicles of sexual orientation and identity diversity, people with disabilities from antiquity to the modern-day, and the founding and current influence of various religions throughout the world. Participants will develop a comprehensive understanding of the manifestations, conceptions, and definition of Diversity and use this knowledge to become a champion of Diversity in their workplace and beyond.

DEI Tools for Healthcare Industry

DEI - Where Do We Start?

As the United States navigates this racial reckoning, many organizations are diving into the field of DEI for the first time. This can often feel challenging as many DEI efforts are focused on continuining learning and unlearning rather than beginners. This session is geared toward those who are making their first foray or early steps into the field of DEI and details how they can begin.

Destination C Suite: Creating A Road Map To 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 Toxic Workplace Cultures 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.

Dialogue on Intersectionality

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.

Disability Roundtable

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.

Diversity Best Practices in Healthcare

Catering to diversity among coworkers, patients, and employers in the healthcare industry is crucial to better servicing those in need. This session addresses diversity best practices and how to tackle common misconceptions.

Diversity Council 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.

Diversity in Higher Education

Diversity Officer Roundtable

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.

Do I Belong - Creating a Culture of Belongingness

Belongingness in the workplace is cultivated by a sense of acceptance and inclusion as well as identity for members involved. Diversity within a work environment refers to the variety of differences in culture among people at a company and inclusion refers to the comfortability employees feel to authentically express themselves. It is diversity, inclusion, and belongingness that must coexist to foster the best employee work environment possible.

Economic Empowerment as a Means to Achieve an Inclusive and Sustainable Society

The SURE™ Program at University of Houston has two goals: to economically empower under-resourced entrepreneurs, and train students in the human-centered skills the marketplace demands of them. Making diversity, equity, and inclusion chief among its values, SURE™ has received national recognition for its excellence in pursuit of these goals, launching or growing nearly 500 Houston area businesses. Hear from the Directors of the SURE™ Program how to build a program that connects the civic, commercial, and academic communities by making diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values.

Emerging Leaders - Road Map to Success

Leadership is a journey. From their first time as a manager to time in the C-Suite, every leader has path they must forge and then follow to create their own success. This session will discuss how leaders can create an intentional road map to further their careers and the careers of those they lead.

Emerging Leaders - What You Need to Know

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.

Equity 101

ERG Best Practices

Employee Resource Groups provide countless benefits to the organizations that have them and the members they serve. However, employee resource groups take time and effort to ensure that they run smoothly and maximize the benefits offered. This session will include many best practices from the National Diversity Council's ERG Academy including articulating the business case, roles and responsibilities, processes and mechanics, ERG leadership, and ERG inter-relationship.

Essentials Leadership Skills

There are numerous specific methods that can help a leader develop their skills - from expanding on their individuals strengths and attributes to focusing on a particular method of leadership such as servant leadership. However, there are a few key skills that are essential for all leaders to possess in order to successfully navigate and thrive within their position. This session will elaborate on these skills.

Future Workforce Implications of Pandemic

The Pandemic has led to massive cancellations of internships that could cause major disruption to the career trajectory of diverse youth. The ability of the underrepresented to join the Workforce of the Future pipeline hinges on companies and organizations providing transformative models of access and connections. This workshop reviews development models for companies wanting to set diverse emerging professionals on a course for careers that will make a difference.

Healthcare DEI Roundtable

Healthcare Equity

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 heath 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.

Healthcare Leadership Roundtable

Healthcare leaders share their advice on how to lead and succeed within this industry. Join this session to learn about these leaders’ journeys, their triumphs, and how they have overcome boundaries to be champions within their field.

How to Build Inclusive Teams

How to Create an Inclusive Workplace Culture

How to Create Your Organization DEI Strategy

How to Develop Culturally Competent Leaders

Implicit Bias 101

During this highly interactive session, participants will begin the conversation about implicit bias in the workplace. Participants will develop a starting point for unified understanding and awareness of how bias can impact individually and organizationally through impactful exercises and discussions. At the conclusion of the session, participants will outline their action steps with newly developed tools, methods, and strategies.

Implicit Bias Training

Imposter Syndrome

With the increased, almost inescapable presence of social media, we now seem to always have a glimpse into everyone else's highlight reel. This has created a sense of inferiority in many people as though the person in the highlight reel belongs and is exceeding while the rest of us are mere imposters. This imposter syndrome that has been weighing heavily on many causing mental roadblocks that can prevent us from tackling new roles. This session provides strategies on how to confidently step into your role and develop faith in yourself.

Inclusion Best Practices

Inclusion is tied directly to the business case of diversity of the best companies in America and around the globe. In best practice companies, diversity and inclusion is not only viewed as an asset to the organization and employees, it is a necessity. As corporations look to build their bottom lines through increased employee engagement, robust recruitment and retention initiatives, inclusion in an imperative. In this session we are going to share Inclusion best practices that will help organizations rise to the fore as essential for growth and achievement.

Inclusive Leadership

The demographics of the USA continue to rapidly change, and in two decades we will be a “Majority Minority” country. In addition, the internet economy enables organizations to have employees, suppliers and customers anywhere in the world. As the employee base, management teams and even executive leadership becomes more diverse, the most successful leaders will need to practice inclusive leadership. Today more than ever, we need business leaders who assert their commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and the community. This session will include:

  • The business case for inclusive leadership – why is it critical in today’s rapidly changing world.
  • The growing areas of diversity that leaders need to understand – gender and gender identity, race, generational, cultural, sexual orientation, people with disabilities, cognitive and more
  • A deep look at the characteristics of an inclusive leader.
  • How inclusive leaders be allies and mentors to diverse communities.
  • How to personally become a more inclusive leader and how to promote inclusive leadership across your organization.
Influence 101

Kamala Harris, Make Sure to Wear Shoes as There is Glass Every Where

With the election of Joe Biden to the presidency, America also chose its first ever female vice president, Kamala Harris. Though the glass ceiling is not totally shattered, many celebrated this historic first as a significant blow to the systems that hold womxn back in the workplace. This session will discuss what Kamala's position can mean for womxn going forward, and how we can all contribute.

Key Strategies on How To Advance Your Career

Stagnation is detrimental to your health, to your brain development, and quite often to your career. This session will disuss strategies for how to vary your career and better position yourself for advancement.

Leadership: Presence, Influence, and Inspiration

Effective leadership requires a strong presence, firm influence, and the ability to inspire those with whom you work. This session will discuss how to bolster these three skills.

Leadership: Trust, Performance & Change

This session delves into key leadership skills such as trust, performance, and change. Attendees will learn how to build trust, how to guage performance, and how to generate change within their organizations.

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.

Level Up - Reach Your Full Potential

Everyone has the ability to be a leader, to be an influence, and a trend setter. This is all based on someone's time put into unlocking their potential and leveling up. This session will discuss how to reach your full professional potential.

LGBTQ+ 101

The LGBTQ+ community is full of individuals with various talents and perspectives that could greatly benefit any organization. To bring them into your organization, it is crucial to develop a culture that is diverse and inclusive of members of this community. This session will break down the basics of creating a space for LGBTQ+ folx, and subsequently your organization, to thrive.

LGBTQ+ Roundtable

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.

Live Fearlessly: Choosing the road less traveled

This session will allow attendees to explore the different ways they can live intentional lives without fear of judgment.

Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce

Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce We are at a time where multiple generations are working in tandem with each other. Managing such a diverse generational spread can be difficult if team leaders and managers don't have the proper mindset going in. This panel will delve into how to better manage a multi-generational workforce, how to relate to employees regardless of age, and how to ensure that everyone is included and valued no matter what generation they come from.

Managing Yourself & Leading Others

Micro-Aggressions 101

Micro Aggressions in the Workplace

Multicultural Leadership Roundtable

How would you rate your personal capacity to effectively and efficiently lead 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 leader 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.

Organizational Change

This session highlights the importance of organizational change as well as ways to impart said change effectively, efficiently, and ethically.

Perfecting Priorities: Creating a Life that Works for You

Individuals are capable achieving a great deal - even all at once. However, this requires careful prioritization and care put into exactly what they value. This session will discuss how to self the priorities that really work for and matter to you, and how to create a life that serves your priorities.

Practicing Selfcare

From bubble baths to setting boundaries, it is imperative that people take time to recharge from the stresses of life as well as create habits that will support long term maintenance and care. This session will discuss ways that individuals can take care of themselves both in the moments of great stress or distress and in the day to day.

Privilege 101

Race, Racism, & 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 hour-long 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.

Racial Justice

Being driven to fight for racial justice is for everyone given that the wellness of our society is a collection of the wellness of everyone. Participants of this session will learn how to promote equity in everyday life and different ways to be active advocates for racial justice within communities, social circles, and workplaces.

Servant Leadership

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 Networking: Building Alliances with Decision Makers

We all know the importance of networking, but we don't always know the best methods to do so. This session will dissect the importance of genuine networking and will help attendees to be strategic and intentional with the 'alliances' you make.

Social Impact

Having an effect on the people and communities around you or your organization takes more than hashtags and public statements. It takes intentional action. This session breaks down how to have meaningful and long lasting social impact on the communities around us.

Social Justice Roundtable

This session will delve into modern day social justice, what it means, and how we can take part in generating change.

Systemic Racism

Sometimes, we think of racism as a one time incident. However, racism also pervades cultures, societal norms, policies, and institutions. In this way, racism becomes systemic, and dismantling it can take introspection on not only ourselves but the society around us. This session will delve into the intricacies of systemic racism and how we can work on shifting the culture away from such a damaging reality.

"Talent Comes in All Shades" - Diverse Talent Best Practices

Recognizing the diversity in talent is crucial to being an advocate for DEI. This session will breakdown how to ensure that not only do your selection methods welcome diversity, but that your organizational culture also allows for diverse talent to advance and thrive.

The Art of Creating a "Community" at Work

The Practice of Inclusion

Practicing inclusion in the workplace starts with understanding difference and embracing diversity by fostering inclusivity. In organizations a common mission, vision and purpose in thought and action across all levels is of the utmost importance to bottom line success, at the same time, so is the celebration, validation, and respect of each individual and the unique attributes he or she brings to the table. Effectively fostering inclusion requires diligence and understanding. In this session we are going to explore and understand the value of practicing inclusion as we help translate knowledge into efficient, focused actions that enhance inclusion.

Unlocking Your Full Potential

A popular area of interest many pondered during the coronavirus pandemic related to self improvement and reaching one's full potential. This session highlights how we can unlock our full potential through tactics such as goal setting, relationship building, and learning how to be confident in our abilities.

Understanding Your Worth: Negotiating a Raise or Promotion

Veterans 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

Panelists will discuss how they have navigated through a system of racism in ways that build power and collaboration rather than division, and how they uplifted fellow women despite differences in race.

What are the Characteristics of a Great Leader?

While all leaders are also managers, not all managers can be considered leaders. This session will discuss how to improve leadership skills to transition from someone who manages to someone who truly leads.

Women's Health Roundtable

A lot of our health data comes from studies done on men, and they thus do not provide useful or appliable data for half of the population. This session will discuss various aspects of women's health such as the disparate way in which women's health is investigated, how women's health statements are often misunderstood/not believed, and how women's health is often approached more skeptically when viewed intersectionally.

Women's Health - What Women Should Know

Women on Boards - How to Position Yourself for a Seat

Boards are an excellent opportunity to give back to the community, network, and expand your personal brand. Thus, board seats are not always easily achievable, and like in most sectors of business there is a dearth of boards seats filled by women. This session will discuss how women can position themselves to overcome this disparity and join boards.

Women Who Lead

Our panel of women will focus on how they found success, the resources they utilized, and some of the challenges they’ve faced.

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.