Sessions

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

 

2020 Census - The Future of America Workforce

Allyship

Anti-Racism

The pursuit of racial justice requires engaging in antiracism, the identification and elimination of policies, practices, values, norms, systems, and structures that maintain inequalities and the oppression of minoritized and marginalized individuals and communities. Antiracism primarily focuses on dismantling these barriers to promote an equitable environment.

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.

Anti-Racism Workshop

Anti Racism describes the process of identifying and addressing policies, practices, norms, structures, and systems that maintain oppressive barriers for historically minoritized and marginalized individuals and communities. Antiracism works to achieve racial equity, racial justice, and social justice. This session focuses on distinguishing antiracism from other diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); while building on DEI initiatives to achieve racial and social justice goals.

Authentic Leadership

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.

Balance, Balance, Balance

Balance is not only a cool buzzword, it’s a necessity if we are to live purposefully and thrive. Creating a balanced life means making time for what you have to do, as well as what you want to do. It is creating harmony between your responsibilities and finding time daily to do things that bring you pleasure, personal fulfillment, and rejuvenation. Yet many of us experience guilt or lack of support when attempting to implement these much-needed changes in our lives. To find true and sustained balance in your personal and professional life, register now. In this session, you will:

  • Discover what personal and professional life balance truly means
  • Explore strategies and best practices for creating balance in your life
  • Craft a plan of action for combating the inevitable challenges that will arise when you attempt to implement life-balance principles
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. 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.

Business & Justice - Where do they Collide

Where do they collide: Social justice usually amounts to efforts to redistribute wealth, income, or economic opportunities from privileged groups toward underprivileged ones. It promotes fairness and equity across many aspects of society. In business, a growing number of leaders have committed to mobilizing ambitious actions to advance justice for all, surpassing traditional Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and focusing strategically on social justice issues. This creates significant implications for society and business and changes what we’ve always believed the purpose of business to be. In this session, you will:

  • Discover the historical and emerging practice of merging social causes with business practices
  • Explore best practices for effective and sustainable business & justice initiatives
  • Assess and develop a business & justice implementation plan for your organization
CDO Roundtable

There’s really no playbook for today’s Chief Diversity Officer. Often, CDOs lack access to their CEO or other executives, and this makes it difficult for them to do their jobs. Many of them have difficulty getting the data they need to pinpoint issues within companies. And even when the executives and the data are available, getting buy-in for initiatives is challenging. Dealing with polarizing and nuanced topics requires an adaptable leadership style and specific skill set. Learn what being a CDO is really like in this session.

  • Discover the specific background, skills, and credentials for becoming a CDO
  • Explore some of the challenges CDOs face in executing their job
  • Learn about the future of work for Chief Diversity Officers and how you can prepare to step into the role
Corporate Response to Racial & Social Justice

As an organization, responding to racial and social injustice can be risky. Yet, research shows that companies with programs that address these issues are more profitable than those that aren’t. Focusing resources and initiatives on the measurable lived experiences of groups harmed and disadvantaged by society messages to all stakeholders that your organization stands firm against injustice of any nature. It also and garners buy-in and loyalty from employees who are members of social and cultural groups that have historically been relegated to the fringes of society. In this session, participants will:

  • Discover the historical and modern-day meanings of racial and social justice
  • Explore the impact racial and social injustice has had on our society and the workplace
  • Develop a customized plan for your organization’s response to racial & social injustice
Creating a Culture of Belongingness

When we have a sense of Belonging in our workplaces, we’re motivated, engaged, and productive. We form lasting, positive, significant interpersonal relationships at work and in our social circles. Yet many organizations find it difficult to cultivate an environment where work team members feel as though they belong. In this training, we will discover, identify, understand, and execute thought processes and behaviors that foster a culture of Belonging in our organizations.

  • Define and practically apply the concept of Belonging
  • Explore the impact of our identities on our sense of Belonging
  • Develop competencies to create Psychological Safety on the journey to Belonging
  • Customize and craft personal and professional Belonging practices
Creating a Diverse Talent Pipeline

Creating High Performance Teams

Jonathan Stutz, President and Chief Diversity Officer, Global Diversity Partners

This session is designed for leaders who understand that their current and future employees, customers, contractors, and suppliers come from all different backgrounds and cultures. To effectively work together we must build trusted relationships with people who differ from ourselves. When we communicate with people who we do not understand we are at a higher risk for bias and misunderstandings, and to offend people. This session will help you work more effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds through a learned set of skills and knowledge. This ability will help you interact more comfortably with people from different cultures. Cultural competence can be improved through training, education, and experience.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Increase knowledge about yourself
  • Increase knowledge and skill with people within your own team
  • Increase knowledge and skill to do business with people outside your team and across cultures around the globe.
Creating an Inclusive Culture

Creating High Performance Teams

A high-performing team excels through open communication, mutual trust, common goals, shared leadership, clear job roles, accountability, and constructive conflict. They are highly skilled and have strong goal-orientation. They are collaborative and deeply committed to their colleagues. They work at a high standard and willingly accept constructive criticism. But how do you create a team like this? In this session, leaders will:

  • Discover the various types of high performing teams an organization needs to thrive
  • Explore strategies for determining the type of team you need
  • Determine the skills and personality types you need to create your team
  • Assemble instruments and tools to assist in identifying the candidates with your preferred skills
Creating an Inclusive Culture

Creating Inclusive Teams

Critical Race Theory

Culturally Competent Leaders

DEI Assessment

DEI Benchmarking

DEI Branding & Communication

DEI Playbook

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 dynamics 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 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 illuminates the skill sets of this often overlooked and underrepresented population.

Diversity - Open Discussion

Diversity is defined as the practice or quality of including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations. There can never be such a thing as being too diverse. With that in mind, this is designed to be an open conversation where everybody can ask questions and participate in.

Diversity Recruiting Best Practices

Emerging Leaders

ERG Best Practices

Organizations who want to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace find that promoting ERGs is one of the best strategies to achieving those goals. Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are found to increase employee engagement, especially among historically marginalized groups. They also expand marketplace reach leading to a successful growth strategy. To build an effective and sustainable ERG in your organization, you will need to learn the best practices for doing so. In this session, you will:

  • Discover how to gain stakeholder buy-in
  • Explore steps for creating your ERG
  • Craft a customized plan for creating ERGs in your organization
Essential Leadership Skills

Executive Presence

Do you consider yourself “leadership material?” More importantly, however, do others perceive you to be? Executive Presence is the ability to project confidence and substance in high-pressure situations. With Executive Presence, you can present effectively with the ability to 'read the room', influencing audiences and high-stakes decisions. So how do you develop this sought-after quality? In this session, you will:

  • Discover what Executive Presence truly means inherently and externally
  • Explore strategies to develop Executive Presence
  • Craft a personal step-by-step guide to developing your Executive Presence
Global Diversity

Health Equity

How to Manage & Resolve Conflicts in the Workplace

How a Manager Transitions to a Leader

How to Create a "Diversity First" Culture

Inclusive Leadership

Inclusive Recruiting Strategy

Influence 101

Leadership: Confidence, Communication & Self Awareness

As a leader, are you able to tackle the difficult conversations and solve the hard problems in and around your team? Are you able to engage and focus employees while cultivating a sense of trust in the workplace through your messaging? And finally, do you know your values, personality, needs, habits, and emotions, and how they affect your actions and the actions of others?

  • Discover how Leadership Confidence increases inclusivity and creativity
  • Explore leadership communication techniques to build a strong organizational culture
  • Assess your leadership self-awareness
  • Learn strategies to build your Leadership Confidence, enhance your Leadership Communication, and increase your self-awareness
Leadership: How to Inspire, Influence & Achieve Results

Leadership - Open Discussion

Leadership: Resilience, Integrity & Strategic

Resilience, integrity, and strategy are among the most important skills for leaders at all levels to master. Change is ongoing, plans unravel, and expectations aren’t always met – this requires resilience. Leaders must be honest, trustworthy, and reliable – this requires integrity. And leaders must be able to influence others to voluntarily make decisions that enhance the prospects for the organization's long-term success – this is where strategy comes in. Mastery of these ensures your long-term success in leadership at any organization. In this session, you will:

  • Discover what resilience, integrity, and strategy means in an organization
  • Explore the best practices to build leadership resilience, integrity and develop a strategy
  • Craft a personalized blueprint for enhancing resilience, strengthening integrity, and developing your leadership strategy
Leading Cultural Change

Leading with Emotional Intelligence

Leading with Trust, Confidence & Vision

Trust binds the leader to their followers. This compels leaders to remain true to themselves and their values as they craft their vision to ensure organizational success. Organizations thrive when leaders embody these traits and skills. Leading with trust, confidence, and vision is not easy but leaders who are committed to transforming their teams and organizations embrace the challenge by taking certain steps. In this session, you will:

  • Discover the true meaning of Leadership Trust, Leadership Confidence, & Leadership Vision
  • Explore strategies for building trust among your teams, developing personal and professional confidence, and crafting a vision that inspires and motivates your workforce
  • Develop strategies to meet your organizational goals through trust-building, confidence development, and vision crafting
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.

Managing Generational Diversity

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.

Most Powerful & Influential Women Roundtable

Multicultural Leadership Roundtable

Multicultural Leadership Roundtable: Respecting the differences between cultures and attempting to make room for different cultural perspectives within the context of an organization sounds good, but we’ve seen how difficult it can be. How do leaders effectively and successfully lead team members from different countries, cultures, languages, religious beliefs, and ethnicities? It requires a broad range of skills, curiosity, and humility. In this roundtable, leaders discuss:

  • The principles of multicultural leadership
  • How multicultural leadership influences innovation and enhances competition
  • Steps leaders can take to become effective multicultural leaders
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Psychological Safety in the Workplace

Qualities of an Effective Leader

We’ve all seen effective leaders. They inspire and motivate their followers and create extraordinary profits for their organizations. How do they do it? What qualities do they possess that position them perfectly to say the right things at the right time, or make the right decisions that solve organizational or interpersonal issues? How do we discover and develop those qualities within ourselves so that we too can become effective leaders? In this session, you will:

  • Discover the various types of leadership within organizations
  • Explore strategies for developing each of the types of leadership
  • Craft your personal plan for developing your preferred leadership style
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 and inequities 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. Robert Jensen will discuss the history and contemporary reality of race in the US, and suggests that we move beyond the rhetoric of multiculturalism and diversity to address the country’s racial divide in productive ways.

Recruiting DEI Best Practices

Road Map to the Corner Office

Books are written about this, but few people actually attain it. How do you get that corner office? As leaders, we’ve mastered confidence. We’re industrious and highly skilled in our respective fields. We say all the right things and meet objectives ahead of schedule. Yet, that corner office eludes us. In most cases it’s not what we do, although we do it all well, it’s how we do it. Understanding the corporate environment and the factors at play informs how we communicate, work, and how we negotiate for the projects and positions we want. If you want that corner office, this session is a must. In this course, you will:

  • Discover the unconscious mistakes that imperil your career’s trajectory
  • Explore strategies current “corner office” residents have used
  • Craft a personal action plan to land you in that “corner office”
Strategic Networking

Strategies for Career Growth

Strategies on Stepping Up, Standing Out & Getting Noticed

If you do your job well, you will be known as skillful and competent in your role. However, when it comes time to promote, management looks for a leader and leaders typically need to be fully engaged in the company. You need to care about your job and role but also need to care about the business in its entirety. Skills like communication, conflict resolution, attitude, and more are all incredibly important if you want to get noticed. In this session, you will learn how to set yourself up to stand out.

  • Discover and leverage your strengths AND weaknesses
  • Explore opportunities for growth in the area you aspire to promote to
  • Craft an action plan to transition into your dream role
Strategies to Win: Tackling the Invisible Barriers to Your Success

Taking Control of Your Career

The Importance of Self-Care

Self-care is anything you do to keep yourself healthy – physically, mentally, and spiritually. In our society, we are expected to work long hours, pass on vacation days, and always be productive – which can ultimately take away from opportunities for self-care. We blame a lack of time, the need to make money, and family responsibilities for neglecting our self-care. But what if you could do it all and still take time to nurture yourself? In this session, you will:

  • Discover the signs of stress mental health experts say place you at high risk
  • Explore strategies for self-care even when pressed for time
  • Craft a personal self-care plan of action to implement immediately
Unwritten Rules of Corporate America

There are many rules you’ll find in the employee handbook that explicitly state what is and is not allowed in the workplace. Those are important. Equally as important are the rules that are not written in said handbook. These are rules that are implied but not stated. The rules that, if followed properly, could elevate you to higher levels in the organization. Conversely, if you neglect to fully appreciate the unspoken power of these rules and the culture they create, you may find yourself stagnated in your position, being labeled as lazy or difficult, or worse – turning in your resignation. There are unwritten rules of corporate America and if we want to be successful, we must follow them or at least appear to. In this session, you will:

  • Discover techniques to determine the true “culture” of an organization
  • Explore how that culture influences the “unwritten rules” of the organization
  • Determine if your organization’s “unwritten rules” align with your value set and how to navigate them
Veteran's Roundtable

Women's Health Roundtable

Women in Tech

The number of women in tech is far too low, despite concerted efforts to rectify things. Half of the young women who go into tech drop out by the age of 35. Some have attributed this to the poor culture in many tech companies that aren't inclusive enough to be attractive and supportive of female workers. Some cite a lack of resources at the right stages for young girls to develop and sustain interests in tech fields. Whatever the reason, we need more women in tech, and if you aspire to enter or grow in this space, or if you need best practices for attracting and retaining more women in your tech company, register for this session. In this course, you will:

  • Discover the challenges girls and women face in the tech space
  • Explore the narratives and advice from women currently in the tech world on how to succeed
  • Craft a blueprint of how to create or capitalize on opportunities to increase the number of women in tech
Women Who Lead

Stereotypes and generalizations aside, researchers have found that women tend to have distinct leadership behaviors that influence how they run their teams. Because of the multifaceted nature of women in leadership, women leaders must master and leverage their unique skill sets to combat the workplace challenges they are bound to face. Setting and achieving goals is vital for business success. For women leaders, this requires strength as well as sensitivity, business acumen as well as interpersonal skills to engage and lead innovative and cohesive teams. In this session, participants will:

  • Discover the various leadership styles and when to apply them
  • Explore the techniques successful women leaders use to overcome personal and workplace barriers
  • Develop a personalized action plan for effective leadership in your organization

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.