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The 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Conference

Building Bridges and Creating Cultures Where Everyone Belongs
JUNE 04 - 05, 2019 | NEW YORK MARRIOTT AT THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE | BROOKLYN, NY

June 04 - 05, 2019

About the Conference

Over the past year, we have seen a significant increase in employee and customer concern over issues of immigration, race, gender expression, and faith. Organizations that do not address these issues risk losing great talent, cultivating toxic work environments, compromising performance, and potentially damaging the brand’s value. In order to succeed, organizations must build bridges constructively and respectfully, creating cultures where everyone feels they can contribute and belong.

For the first time ever, the 23rd Annual Diversity and Inclusion Conference is being held in Brooklyn. It’s a fitting location to examine the latest trends and insights for building bridges within organizations. One of North America’s longest running and best attended D&I events, come and learn from interactive sessions, in-depth cases, and inspiring presentations by acknowledged thought leaders.

Benefits of Attending:

By attending this conference, you will

  • Find out how your D&I strategy can align to support both business and culture.
  • Learn how to create a culture of respect that mitigates against bullying and harassment.
  • Discover ways to recognize unconscious bias within yourself, others, and the organization.
  • Identify areas where leadership needs to change in order to become more inclusive.
  • Explore ideas for expanding D&I efforts to include mental health and faith support.
  • Hear stories and best practices for engaging allies for greater impact.
  • Examine new ways to apply analytics to increase D&I effectiveness.
  • Benchmark, collaborate, and network with your peers.

 Who Should Attend

  • CDOs and C-Level executives
  • Vice Presidents and Directors of:
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Talent Management
    • Human Resources
  • Professionals with responsibility for:
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Organization Culture
    • Leadership Development
    • Employee Engagement
    • Learning
    • Succession Planning
    • Program Managers
    • Learning and Development
    • Employee Relations
    • Talent Acquisition
    • Global Business, Ethics and Integrity
    • Total Rewards

Earn Recertification Credits

CPE logo

Earn up to 13 CPE credits
Personnel/Human Resources
Requirements: Attendees must sign-in each day for full credit. Delivery Method: Group-Live; Program Level: Intermediate, Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree or higher, Advanced Preparation: None

SHRM

This program has been pre-approved for 10.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.

HRCI

This program has been approved for 10.5 (HR (General)) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, SPHR, PHRca, GPHR, PHRi, and SPHRi recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.


GET INVOLVED! 

If you would like to get involved in this seminar, please contact us.

LOCATION

New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
333 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 246-7000

Please Note: Prices do not include hotel reservations. 

OUR MISSION

All proceeds support The Conference Board's educational, scientific, and not-for-profit mission.

DICOMM 2019 Partnership
EOE 2019 Partnership
Limeade - Diversity & Inclusion 2019 - Associate Sponsor
SUPPORTING SPONSORS
AARP - D&I 2019 - Supporting Sponsor
IBIS Consulting Group
ASSOCIATE SPONSORS
Neuroleadership Institute - Diversity & Inclusion 2019 - Associate Sponsor
EXHIBITORS
LTG (Affirmity) - Diversity & Inclusion 2019 - Exhibition Sponsor
U.S. Department of Labor
MARKETING PARTNER
Workplace Diversity 2019 Partnership
AGENDA
June 04 - 05, 2019

About the Conference

Over the past year, we have seen a significant increase in employee and customer concern over issues of immigration, race, gender expression, and faith. Organizations that do not address these issues risk losing great talent, cultivating toxic work environments, compromising performance, and potentially damaging the brand’s value. In order to succeed, organizations must build bridges constructively and respectfully, creating cultures where everyone feels they can contribute and belong.

For the first time ever, the 23rd Annual Diversity and Inclusion Conference is being held in Brooklyn. It’s a fitting location to examine the latest trends and insights for building bridges within organizations. One of North America’s longest running and best attended D&I events, come and learn from interactive sessions, in-depth cases, and inspiring presentations by acknowledged thought leaders.

Benefits of Attending:

By attending this conference, you will

  • Find out how your D&I strategy can align to support both business and culture.
  • Learn how to create a culture of respect that mitigates against bullying and harassment.
  • Discover ways to recognize unconscious bias within yourself, others, and the organization.
  • Identify areas where leadership needs to change in order to become more inclusive.
  • Explore ideas for expanding D&I efforts to include mental health and faith support.
  • Hear stories and best practices for engaging allies for greater impact.
  • Examine new ways to apply analytics to increase D&I effectiveness.
  • Benchmark, collaborate, and network with your peers.

 Who Should Attend

  • CDOs and C-Level executives
  • Vice Presidents and Directors of:
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Talent Management
    • Human Resources
  • Professionals with responsibility for:
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Organization Culture
    • Leadership Development
    • Employee Engagement
    • Learning
    • Succession Planning
    • Program Managers
    • Learning and Development
    • Employee Relations
    • Talent Acquisition
    • Global Business, Ethics and Integrity
    • Total Rewards

Earn Recertification Credits

CPE logo

Earn up to 13 CPE credits
Personnel/Human Resources
Requirements: Attendees must sign-in each day for full credit. Delivery Method: Group-Live; Program Level: Intermediate, Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree or higher, Advanced Preparation: None

SHRM

This program has been pre-approved for 10.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.

HRCI

This program has been approved for 10.5 (HR (General)) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, SPHR, PHRca, GPHR, PHRi, and SPHRi recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.


GET INVOLVED! 

If you would like to get involved in this seminar, please contact us.

Eric Adams, Brooklyn, Borough President

Theresa Alban, Superintendent, Frederick County Public Schools

Sheryl Battles, VP, Diversity & Engagement, Pitney Bowes

Elizabeth Brooks, Director, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, NSA

Elizabeth Brown, Chief People Officer, Unity Technologies

Lauren Franklin, Inclusion Brand Manager, Limeade

Jesse Fryburg, Associate Director, Marketing and Communications, National Organization on Disability

Tissa Hami, Senior Consultant, IBIS Consulting Group

Craig Kramer, Mental Health Ambassador, Johnson & Johnson

Paul Lambert, Senior Business Fellow, Georgetown University

Shilpa Pherwani, Principal/CEO, IBIS Consulting Group

Amy Philbrook, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Fidelity Investments

Andrea Procaccino, Chief Learning Officer, New York Presbyterian

Amelia Ransom, Director of Talent and Diversity Affairs, Nordstrom Inc.

Denise Reed Lamoreaux, Global Chief Diversity Officer, Atos

Alexander Roberts, Workplace Inclusion Manager, National Center for Transgender Equality

David Rock, Director and CEO, NeuroLeadership Institute

Zack Rubinstein, Program Manager, Brand Expedia Group, Diversity and Inclusion, Expedia Group

Mari Grace Sacro, Supervising Attorney, Law Enforcement Bureau, New York City Commission on Human Rights

Farah Siddiqui, Trailhead Operations Manager and Faithforce Global President, Salesforce

Denzel Singletary, Global Government Relations Manager, eBay

Renee Tajudeen, Director, Policy Communication and Outreach, Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor

Liji Thomas, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Southern California Edison

Lori Trawinski, Ph.D., Age Diversity Thought Leader, AARP Public Policy Institute

George Walker, Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Planned Parenthood

Kristen Weber, Principal Program Manager, Communications, Engagement and Training, Expedia Group

Day One | Tuesday, June 4, 2019

8:45 – 9:10 am
General Session A

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Eric L. Adams, Borough President, Brooklyn

John Brewer, Program Director, The Conference Board

9:10-10:00 am
General Session B

From Diversity & Inclusion to Belonging

Our 2017 D&I Conference began by asking the question “where are you from?” intending to spark a conversation of how each of us views our origins and demonstrate the complexity of each of our stories. This opening session reconnects with that conversation as it explores whether D&I practitioners and all leaders need to focus on creating cultures where everyone feels they belong.

Through the personal stories and organizational practice we will explore questions such as - What does “belonging” mean? How is it different from inclusion? What role do leaders play in creating belonging? How is it possible to weave everyone’s unique story into a culture where everyone belongs?

George Walker, Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Planned Parenthood

10:00 am – 11:00 am
General Session C

What’s so Funny About Being a Woman of Color at Work?

Comedy. Humor. Storytelling. These aren’t necessarily the first words that come to mind when we think of Diversity & Inclusion training programs. Yet humor can be leveraged to convey challenging messages, increase interpersonal understanding, and bring diverse people together. In this session, our facilitators will use comedy and humor to guide learners on an exploration of their reactions, perceptions, and assumptions, giving them insight into others’ perspectives. Learners will leave with simple, practical plans for how to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion and how to be an ally in their organization.

Tissa Hami, Senior Consultant, IBIS Consulting Group

Shilpa Pherwani, Principal/CEO, IBIS Consulting Group

11:00 - 11:30 am
Refreshment Break
11:30 – 12:15 pm
Concurrent Session D-1

Disability in the Workplace

Through the experiences of the US Department of Labor and the National Organization on Disability this session will explore how employers can better integrate people with disabilities into the workplace and create cultures where they feel they belong.

Topics for discussion will include:

  • Return to work
  • Addressing the skills gap
  • Keeping connected during long- and short-term absences
  • Workplace accommodations
  • Recruitment

Renee K. Tajudeen, Director, Policy Communication and Outreach, Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor

Jesse Fryburg, Associate Director, Marketing and Communications, National Organization on Disability

Concurrent Session D-2

Building Cultural Competence

Frederick County Public Schools has 68 schools with 43,000 students and over 5000 employees. Like many school systems across the country it faces an achievement gap. Improved instruction is not enough to eliminate the gap; the school system needs to address cultural proficiency.

So they created a Department of Accelerated Achievement and Equity, which included a team focused on cultural proficiency training. Beginning with a 3-year plan focused on system leaders, this team led the transformational conversations. Through strategic activities, leaders across FCPS have demonstrated personal growth that has impacted hiring practices, communications, and policy development. These leaders are now working with teachers and support employees on this initiative and activities with students to empower their voices have begun.

During the session you will hear about the organizational plan and model some of the most effective activities, testimonials of success and the hurdles that still need to be overcome.

Theresa R. Alban, Ph.D., Superintendent, Frederick County Public Schools

12:15 – 1:15 pm
Lunch
1:15 – 2:00 pm
Concurrent Session E-1

Not Just "Being Asked to Dance": How Companies Can Define and Measure Inclusion

Some companies still wrestle with how to define inclusion. Many more are just beginning to measure it.  New research from The Conference Board will help your organization clear these hurdles and focus on what really matters: changing behaviors.

Mary B. Young, Principal Researcher, The Conference Board

Concurrent Session E2

Bias and beyond: How Neuroscience Can Inform and Improve Your Diversity and Inclusion Practice

Unconscious bias remains one of the biggest and most intractable obstacles to effective D&I. It is pervasive, persistent and left unchallenged it becomes pernicious. For too long efforts have been focussed on “overcoming” bias or hoping that somehow becoming aware of its existence was enough. Because the simple truth is that where there’s a brain there’s a bias.

In this session David Rock will outline an approach to bias utilizing a game-changing framework that mitigates bias by removing it from the process, not people. He will build on this to illustrate how neuroscience provides insights into growth mindset and workplace culture and how the approach can enrich your practice of D&I

David Rock, Director and CEO, The Neuroleadership Institute

2:00– 2:45 pm
Concurrent Session F1

Moving from the Business Case for Inclusion to Seeing Results Across Your Organization

So, your organization is ready to invest in D&I, what’s next?

This session will detail what comes after the business case is made and it’s time to start driving action across the organization. Through original research and evidence-based approaches, this session will equip you with the tools and tactics you need to increase overall inclusion in your organization by building inclusive habits at all levels.

You’ll learn about your role in building the foundation of an inclusive workplace, how you can mobilize your organization to adopt and maintain inclusive habits and provide you with ideas you can implement today.

Lauren Ferguson, Inclusion Brand Manager, Limeade

Concurrent Session F2

Faith at Work

This session on new areas for ERGs focusses on faith in the workplace. This can be a difficult issue to navigate but as faith plays such an important role in many people’s identity it is an issue that organizations have to engage.

In this session you will have the opportunity to discuss your organization’s approach to faith and explore ways of addressing it in the workplace.

The issue of new areas for ERGs will be revisited in the afternoon through the example of J&J’s recent launch of a mental health ERG

Paul W. Lambert, Assistant Dean, Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business

Farah Siddiqui, Trailhead Operations Manager and Faithforce Global President, Salesforce

2:45 – 3:00 pm
Refreshment Break
3:00 – 3:45 pm
General Session G

Let’s Talk about Age: Including Age as Part of Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

As people are living longer, many are working longer. Today, it is common to see five generations working side-by-side in the workplace. Surprisingly, few companies include age as part of their diversity and inclusion strategy. But there are companies that recognize the opportunity that a multigenerational workforce provides. This session will take an in-depth look at how age is viewed in America, promising practices to leverage the value of the multigenerational workforce, and resources for employers that want to address age in their benefits programs. Let’s discuss how we can disrupt aging in the workplace.

Lori Trawinski, Age Diversity Thought Leader, AARP Public Policy Institute

3:45 – 4:30 pm
General Session H

Including Mental Health in Your D&I Initiatives

In 2018 Johnson and Johnson became the first US employer to launch an ERG thus identifying and organizing a new group of employees not widely considered part of D&I.

In this session Craig Kramer will outline why J&J made this move – why is mental health so important for employers and the connections with D&I.

Craig Kramer, Mental Health Ambassador, Johnson and Johnson

4:30 – 5:15 pm
General Session I

Panel – From Bonds to Bridges – ERGs, Allies and Culture

Following on from the previous sessions on new ERGs this panel session will discuss the broader context of the organizational culture and how to create connections through allies and other methods.

Denzel Singletary, Manager, Global Government Relations, eBay

Amelia Ransom, Senior Director, Engagement and Diversity, Avalara

Denise Reed Lamoreaux, Global Chief Diversity Officer, Atos

Moderated by: Liz Brooks, Director of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity, National Security Agency

5:15 – 5:30 pm
Closing Remarks
5:30 – 6:30 pm
Networking Reception

Day Two | Wednesday, June 5, 2019

8:30 – 8:35 am
General Session J

Welcome and Chair’s Recap of Day One

John Brewer, Program Director, The Conference Board

8:35 – 9:05 am
General Session K

Creating a Trans Inclusive Environment

This session will explore the issue of belonging through the experiences of one of the most marginalized groups in our society.  Discussion will include the language we use, respecting privacy, and how to respond when you hear anti-trans remarks.

Alexander Roberts, Workplace Inclusion Manager, National Center for Transgender Equality

9:05 – 9:45 am
General Session L

From #MeToo to Time's Up: Practical Strategies for Navigating and Addressing Workplace Harassment and Inappropriate Speech and Behaviour

As work environments become more casual, harassment cases tend to increase. HR practitioners are responding by requiring harassment/employment law training for management. But is that an effective approach or just a box to check? Hear the case study of how one of Silicon Valley’s hottest companies is teaching executives how to prevent, not just handle workplace harassment. Attendees will be taken through a simple exercise, demonstrating how they can engage managers while teaching them to spot and stop borderline behavior before it becomes bad.

Attendees will learn to:

  • Develop day-to-day management practices that promote a casual workplace that is free from workplace discrimination and harassment.
  • Dispel common myths about how a typical harassment/employment law class must be conducted.
  • Understand why it is important for everyone to have this type of training.

Elizabeth Brown, Chief People Officer, Unity Technologies

9:45 – 10:00 am
Refreshment Break
10:00 – 10:30 am
General Session M

What are the Key Traits and Characteristics of an Inclusive Leader?

Distinction between measuring diversity and inclusivity and the behaviours, positive and negative this can drive

  • Social identify theory, belonginess and uniqueness theory
  • Characteristics of an inclusive leader – with a number of stories
  • Key take away: as humans we all have a need to feel unique, and a sense of belonging. Inclusive leaders act in a way that allows us to feel both

Johanna Beresford, Chief Executive Officer, In Diverse Company

10:30 – 11:10 am
General Session N

Building Bridges – Launching A Global Allyship Program at Expedia

In this session you will hear how Expedia Group went about establishing an allyship program in various locations around the world.

Having identified allyship as a critical component of inclusion that was missing in their current strategy, they set about swiftly rolling out a program globally. In this session you will learn how this leading organization implemented its strategy based on the need for greater understanding of:

  • Defining and exploring identity
  • Using inclusive language
  • Creating a respectful workplace
  • Key behaviors of allies
  • The role of privilege and how to use it to support others

Kristen Weber, Principal Program Developer, Brand Expedia Group, Diversity and Inclusion, Expedia Group

Zack Rubinstein, Program Manager, Brand Expedia Group, Diversity and Inclusion, Expedia Group

11:10 -- 11:50 am
General Session O

Building A Culture of Belonging Through Conversation

As NYC’s largest hospital, Presbyterian serves a diverse community and employs a diverse workforce. And while it has a culture based on recognition leadership realized more work was necessary to create a greater sense of inclusion and belonging.

In this session you will hear about how Andrea has led a culture change focused on these two things. Her efforts have included Dialogues in Diversity- regular town hall type meetings now streamed to all employees as well as other initiatives.

Andrea Procaccino, Chief Learning Officer, New York Presbyterian

11:50 am -- 12:45 pm
General Session P

Concluding Panel – Building Bridges Between People and to the Future

This concluding panel will bring together some of the issues discussed during the conference and return to the idea of belonging explored in the opening but with an eye to the future of D&I.

What challenges can D&I practitioners expect to face in the coming year and how can D&I become the bridge to the future?

Moderator: Mari Grace Sacro, Supervising Attorney, Law Enforcement Bureau, New York City Commission on Human Rights 

Panelists: Liji Thomas, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Southern California Edison

Sheryl Battles, VP Diversity and Engagement, Pitney Bowes

Amy Philbrook, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Fidelity Investments

DICOMM 2019 Partnership
EOE 2019 Partnership
Limeade - Diversity & Inclusion 2019 - Associate Sponsor
Supporting Sponsors
AARP - D&I 2019 - Supporting Sponsor
IBIS Consulting Group
Associate Sponsors
Neuroleadership Institute - Diversity & Inclusion 2019 - Associate Sponsor
Exhibitors
LTG (Affirmity) - Diversity & Inclusion 2019 - Exhibition Sponsor
U.S. Department of Labor
Marketing Partner
Workplace Diversity 2019 Partnership