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November 04 - 05, 2014

The Breakthrough D&I Innovation Lab is approved for 14 HRCI Credits.

This two day lab orients around highly-interactive components that create the conditions for promising new ways of thinking and working to unfold.  Breakthrough enables the design of promising new practices that transcend today’s “best practices” .  The experience also develops individual proficiency in innovation and increases commitment to D&I.   Although resulting prototypes focus on a wide-range of different issues and opportunities, participants will:

  • Reframe D&I in progressive business relevant ways
  • Refresh commitment, courage and proficiency in leveraging D&I for innovation
  • Design new ways of working that can create greater value with D&I
  • Map a system-wide plan yielding wide-spread sustainable results. 

Businesses need innovation in D&I
How many times have we heard that progress in D&I is stagnant, that D&I change takes a long time, that D&I is not relevant to the business, or that D&I efforts are stuck and not moving the needle? If we want different outcomes, we need to approach D&I differently. That requires innovation to create greater value with D&I.

Making innovation work for D&I
Rebekah Steele’s Breakthrough D&I Innovation Lab creates opportunity for progressive leaders to co-create promising new practices with potential to transform D&I strategies into business success stories.  Each customized lab is different, but the 2-day version orients around highly-interactive components that create the conditions for promising new ways of thinking and working to unfold.


Day One - Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 

8:00-9:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast 

9:00am - 12:30 pm

Explore: Gain insight to frame the opportunity for D&I innovations. (includes refreshment break) 

12:30 - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch 

1:15 – 5:00 pm

Design: Generate rough drafts of new ideas. 


Day Two - Wednesday, November 5th, 2014  

8:15 -9:00 am  Continental Breakfast 

9:00 – 10:30 am

Refine: Gather and apply feedback to improve rough drafts. 

10:30 – 12:30

Align: Learn how a system-wide plan overcomes stubborn barriers to implementation 

12:30 - 1:30 Networking Lunch 

1:30 – 5:00 pm

Align: Map a system-wide implementation plan to deliver results


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Scheduled Speakers November 04 - 05, 2014

Scheduled Speakers November 04 - 05, 2014

About your facilitators: 

Rebekah Steele
When leaders are not achieving results that matter in the things they care about most, Rebekah Steele helps them designing new, inclusive ways of working with a broad mix of people.  Working across six continents,Rebekah turns Diveristy and Inclusion strategies into business success stories by focusing on how innovation and inclusion help each other.  She envisions where D&I work should be in the next 50 years and executes what needs to be done what needs to be done today to lay the foundation to get there.   This includes creating fresh value with D&I by designing system-wide strategies, facilitating innovation labs, catalyzing systemic transformations, and connecting leaders with forward-thinking perspectives and progressive practices through speaking, teaching, executive coaching, writing and more. 

As a Senior Fellow with The Conference Board, Inc.  Rebekah provides Diversity and Inclusion expertise via a wide spectrum of D&I strategies and initiatives.  She is faculty and coach for the D&I Academies in Europe and North America, directs the D&I Leaders Council, blogs for The Conference Board Human Capital Exchange and more.


Heather Hollick
Heather Hollick is a speaker, facilitator and coach.  She works with leaders and organizations to draw out and leverage diverse perspectives to create cohesive leadership teams and vibrant organizations.    Heather has a particular gift for helping quiet leaders and technical experts understand their introversion as the strength that it is. 

Heather draws upon a broad range of experiences as a seasoned leader, teacher change agent across disciplines – including IT, HR, consulting and volunteer organizations; across industries – such as health insurance, high tech, and the public sector; and spanning such companies as Cisco Systems, United Healthcare, Research in Motion, and the Pensions Department of the British Government.  She also brings geographic perspective as a result of living and working in sixteen cities, in seven states, in three countries, and on two continents.