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For on the ground, in the trenches, real-time stories and examples of leadership development in action, look no further than The Conference Board.

Chris Ernst, Global Head of People & Organization Potential, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 

The Conference Board is sharing such important content here as leaders move through transformation. We want to be part of that conversation. We think you bring together the right people to have the right conversations. The group here has felt ignited by the topics. It’s more than ideas. In talent, you’re talking about big innovations, about how companies can instill completely new philosophies. If you get the right people in the room, it can be the start-the catalyst. Everybody in the room wants to be the start of something big in their organizations. 

Jennifer Pesci-Kelly, Marketing Manager, DDI 

I love the application-based presentations and discussions. It’s helpful when a practitioner says, “This is how we’ve implemented at our company.” I’ve found that other conferences aren’t as actionable. There are a lot of great ideas at this conference that I’ll bring back. 

Dawn Allen, TM Program Administrator, American Family Insurance Group

The content here is applicable, actionable, with lots of relevant takeaways.

Mary Ann Quintrell, Senior Project Manager, McKesson Corp 

Because it’s The Conference Board and it has the reputation it has, you really pay attention to the content and the presenters. If you’re going to spend two or three days out of the office, it needs to have that value, and The Conference Board does. The pre-conference was really focused, with spot-on studies. Anytime you have a business leader talk through his/her challenges and how he/she applied them, from the very basic to the in-depth, that’s invaluable. I’m a big networker. I would never hesitate to call on somebody I met at a conference. At the table, we’ll be discussing a presentation or an issue and someone will say, “I’m going to try and do something new— can I call you and talk about your experience?” I can also see that you take attendee feedback seriously and make continuous improvements. 

Paul Maccaro, Executive Director, Talent Management & Leadership Development, Pacina Pharmaceuticals

I’ve been to many conferences, but this is exceeding my expectations. The weight that The Conference Board has brings a different group of people. There’s higher-level thinking here, and there are different levels of proficiency which is key. It’s about meeting people where they are. This is a topic that I’m passionate about. I already have a list of ideas to bring to our CEO. The level of learning at The Conference Board is much higher. It’s the right combination of experts and practitioners. If I just wanted case studies I could go elsewhere. Here I get both. 

Nidia Garcia, Dir. Career & SM, Christus Health 

There have been some really good insights and tactical people. It’s grounding to hear from other professionals and learn how they’re dealing with the same issues I have. But the great moment of this conference for me was hearing a former CEO talking about succession management from a business and not an academic perspective. We need to use that kind of language to resonate and communicate our initiatives. I’ve stayed in touch with a number of folks post-conference and we’ve facilitated conversations. 

Ryan Pritchard, Organizational Development Manager, TD Bank 

I’m a generalist. This conference allows me to stay up to date with best practices, plus the networking piece lets me connect with leaders in the field. Already, I’m connecting with folks at this conference and setting up conference calls for later. One, the subject matter is critical. Two, the benchmarking is extremely valuable. And three, the networking is tremendous. You get to see cutting-edge leaders who’ve done well in other industries and they’re being transparent and sharing their issues and their solutions. There’s an intimacy here that allows for that sharing. And the sharing of materials after the conference helps to create a forum. It encourages us to link with each other to continue the conversation that started at the conference. The conference is a good mix of professionals: operational, C-suite, board level. Because the reality is that we deal with all these levels. 

Tracie Oden, AVP of Operations, LifeBridge Health 

I’ve loved the lab sessions so far. I go to a lot of diversity conferences, workshops, and trainings, and this is the only one where the cohort is small enough where we can really dive in on specific questions on both the strategy level and the tactical level of the work that we do. That’s not something you often get to do. Most of our teachers at these sessions are practitioners, so we can really drill into specificities on what they do in their own companies. I find that aspect especially useful. I think, long term, I will definitely stay in touch with these folks, in my Lab cohort. The instructors and facilitators—I’m planning on staying in touch with them for sure. When we found out about my company’s membership with The Conference Board, suddenly there were all these resources on diversity that were really useful to us. 

Ruhan Devanesan, Manager, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Symantec

What I found most helpful was the coaching. They had a leader−coach that they paired you with to help you work on your project. [My coach] had a lot of global experience…and my focus is on global diversity. Having someone else who had that background and some history that I could draw on—I found that the most helpful. 

Evelyn Dixon, Lead Diversity Consultant, AT&T 

Yes, I would say that TCB has provided an opportunity for new leaders in D&I function to come together to share ideas, strategy, etc. Good job! 

Subarna Malakar, Ahold

The Academy has helped to broaden my perspectives in leverage ERGs in a deeper way for business impact. 

Beverly Davis, Shaw Industries

The Academy is a great blend of expert testimonials and advice, networking with D&I colleagues in other organizations, and practical ideas that I can take back and implement in my company. 

Betsy Kiss, Marriott

The Academy has provided an opportunity to jumpstart my D&I partner network as well as build my knowledge base regarding strategic initiatives and best practices. 

Cynthia Williams, Brown-Forman 

The Academy was helpful to understanding basic D&I strategy frameworks. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and exchanging ideas with other D&I leaders. 

Margaret Brooks, McKinsey

It was thought provoking yet practical information. I have so many ideas that I think I can really apply and have a whole new network of peers that I can work with and learn from. One of the best training sessions I’ve ever been in. 

Sandy Ennis, DTE

The Academy gave me a lot of energy and ideas to continue the journey. The participants' trust, exchange and willingness to support each other is great. 

Laetitia Tierny, Manager Diversity & Inclusion, Phillip Morris International 

I learned how to build my Inclusion, Diversity and Culture Change strategy. I know where I have to start and I learnt what skills I have to develop and how to have success with this project. 

Sandra Bianco, Client Manager HR Italy, Cargill 

The goal of deepening awareness and understanding of the importance of D&I to our work and to valuing what we individually bring was substantially achieved. Thank you for the time, energy and commitment and open sharing of stories and best practices. 

Paula Gildert, Head of Procurement, Clinical Development, and Global Head of D&I, Novartis Business Services 

What an enjoyable journey! The highly seasoned faculty provided sound insight, opened the cohorts eyes to blind spots, and created an environment of trust and candor that motivated and energized us. Not only did I gain valuable, easy-to-apply tools to more effectively drive organizational change, I enjoyed an unprecedented networking experience with other high caliber diversity professionals. Likewise, my learning coach, (who I continue to have a close relationship with) challenged me and was a wealth of resources and ideas. I applaud The Conference Board for its vision and unwavering commitment to building a better D&I community. I highly recommend the Boot Camp to any organization seeking to enhance the skillsets of their diversity practitioners. 

Cheryl Cofield, Director, Culture, Diversity & Inclusion, Georgia Institute of Technology