Founder’s Welcome

President Barack Obama and Dennis Kennedy


It is my privilege to welcome you to the 17th Annual Diversity & Leadership Conference. This year’s theme is “Be A Changemaker.” The conference will include a Pre-Conference, April 5-9 as well as the full conference April 21-22 and April 28-29.

Building on the success of our 2020 conference featuring former CEO of Hewlett Packard (HP) Enterprise Carly Fiorina, Actor Tony Plana, and Political Commentator Donna Brazile, our four-day conference will include some amazing speakers. In addition, leading professionals will spearhead break-out and coaching sessions as well as training workshops. These sessions/workshops will focus on a variety of topics and industries.

Since the inception of the conference, we have made great strides in advocating for inclusive workplaces. The annual conference is the largest D&I conference in the United States, with over 3,500 in attendance in 2019 and over 1,000 in virtual attendance in 2020. For 2021, we are expecting virtual attendance to reach over 3,500. Our goal continues to be providing companies and professionals with the tools and resources necessary to remain competitive in a global economy. Finally, my hope is that the conference empowers attendees to share valuable resources and best practices in D&I and leadership with their organizations, coworkers, managers, and senior leaders.

In closing, I want to say a big “THANK YOU” to our sponsors for their continued support. I also want to acknowledge our speakers, panelists, volunteers, and organizers who have worked diligently to bring our 2021 Conference to fruition. We hope to leave a lasting impact on both companies and professionals, as we continuously strive for a more inclusive society.

Dennis Kennedy
Founder & Chairman
National Diversity Council

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