Diversity & Inclusion Virtual Summit 2020

Virtual Event
October 29, 2020

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Welcome to Opal Group’s Diversity & Inclusion Virtual Summit

Integrating Allyship &Intersectionality into the Core of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Dialogue

The Diversity & Inclusion Virtual Summit is a gathering of Diversity, Equity, Equality, Inclusion, Culture, Talent, and Human Resources practitioners, that will connect, benchmark, network, and focus on key strategies, practices, and ideas to create long-term, impactful, change during this unprecedented time in history. During these uncertain times, it’s important to create and maintain relationships with like-minded professionals, and the Diversity & Inclusion Virtual Summit fosters these relationships - all from the safety and comfort of our homes or offices.

Our Summit provides a specialized, strategically-built experience that features unparalleled keynote speaking sessions with thought-leading case studies, highly-interactive panel discussions, and a virtual experience that includes customized networking opportunities and real-time attendee insights.

We believe in creating a memorable, collaborative and effective experience focused on continuous improvement for Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion, and Talent Management executives.

Join us! Interested in attending, speaking or sponsoring? Contact Ashley Hagglund at (212) 532-9898 ext 243 or email info@opalgroup.net.



Current as of October 29, 2020

Speakers

Steve Shih, Associate Administrator, Diversity & Equal Opportunity, NASA

Dessalen Wood, Chief People Officer, Thoughtexchange

Lauren Gohde, Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Philips North America

April Kandel, Sr. Program Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Strivr

Lee Wills-Irvine, Head of Talent Acquisition & Culture, Sony Electronics

Gretchen Sussman, Chief Commercial Officer, Leading NOW

Claire Herring, CEO, Blue Ocean Brain

Annette R. Martinez, Senior Vice President, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Companies

Randy Sabourin, Co-President, Practica Learning

Nichelle Grant, Head of DEI, Siemens

Monika Jo, Learning Partner and Applied Anthropologist, Mursion

Lauren von Stackelberg, Global Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Expedia Group

Karen Craggs-Milne, CEO, Conscious Equality Inc.

Vievette Henry, Global Head of Organizational Effectiveness & Inclusion, AIG

Lisa-Anne Ferris, Ph.D., Director of Client Success, Wiley | Education Services

Denise Fields, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Neustar, Inc.

All Times in EST

9:45am

Virtual Welcome – Review Summit Navigation Tools

9:55am

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

10:00am

Opening Keynote Presentation

 

Unifying Humanity with Transcendence and Connection

 

Serving as the principal advisor to the NASA Administrator on all matters relating to Diversity & Inclusion, Equal Employment Opportunity, and External Civil Rights Compliance, Steve Shih has the unique opportunity of seeing DEI through a wider lens, outside of this planet. This session will explore the NASA Unity Campaign, an initiative launched in September 2019 to power and propel NASA organizations and people to work together even more effectively to accomplish their missions by elevating the focus on NASA organizations and individuals on transcendent mutual goals and by connecting with each other to strengthen relationships and teamwork. This approach is particularly important during the current challenges faced by organizations, including operating in a largely virtual environment and faced with the threats and distractions of a global pandemic.

Presented by

Steve Shih, Associate Administrator, Diversity & Equal Opportunity, NASA

10:30am

Keynote Presentation

 

Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Mindset

 

Diversity & Inclusion initiatives are on the rise, due to many organizations understanding the value of D&I either because it’s the “right thing” or as a method of improving creative thinking and problem solving. What most organizations have not asked is this important question, “Is Diversity & Inclusion a number to hit, or a mindset leaders need to learn and embrace?”. In this interactive talk we will address the environmental shift that must take place for D&I to move from an HR driven initiative to a true company-wide leadership imperative.

 

In this session we will:

 

  • Challenge the paradigms around what makes a team diverse
  • Examine the business case for diversity and the impact of bias
  • Dig into inclusion and the impact of exclusion
  • Re-examine the reasons why D&I initiatives may not be having the impact you expected
Presented by

Dessalen Wood, Chief People Officer, Thoughtexchange

11:00am

Panel Discussion

 

The New Reality of DEI: Sustainable Responses to Societal Shifts in the Workplace

 

For the first time in recent history, the DEI organization was confronted with an immediate crisis. The tragic murder of George Floyd shined a brighter light on racial inequalities and social injustices and created an unavoidable conversation for leaders to address in the workplace.As organizations rush to address these long-standing issues, leaders face difficulty in finding ways to introduce necessary and oftentimes uncomfortable conversations, to their teams. With the lines merging between professional and personal, this also raises the necessary conversation of how upcoming events will take form in the workplace.

 

During this session we will explore:

 

  • How organizations responded, and are still responding, to the DEI crisis
  • The challenges leaders have confronted and how they addressed those hurdles
  • Strategic plans they established for the future
  • Measures in place for future DEI crisis-response
  • Upcoming events and how leaders should prepare for the impact in the workplace
Moderator

Gretchen Sussman, Chief Commercial Officer, Leading NOW

Panelists

Denise Fields, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Neustar, Inc.

Lauren Gohde, Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Philips North America

Lauren von Stackelberg, Global Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Expedia Group

11:45am

Many organizations have recognized how important diversity and inclusion initiatives are to their workforce, but it’s clear that there are still many difficult conversations ahead of us. Those of us who are serious about getting equality work right need to come together to talk about the impact our current reality is having on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Join Thoughtexchange Chief People Officer, Dessalen Wood and CEO of Conscious Equality Inc. Karen Craggs-Milne for an engaging session that aims to educate, transform and inspire you into meaningful action. We’ll look at the steps that we can take now to ensure short- and long-term gains in creating a truly diverse and inclusive workplace culture.

Led by

Dessalen Wood, Chief People Officer, Thoughtexchange

Karen Craggs-Milne, CEO, Conscious Equality Inc.

In the wake of this year’s difficult confrontation with structural racism, DE&I is a topic deeply on everyone’s minds. Companies know they need to advance their diversity strategies. The question is how. Hiring and including people of more diverse backgrounds into your company is important. Talking about bias is important. Creating safe spaces is important. But unless you actually elevate the careers and influence of your diverse staff with a concerted, Equity-driven plan, Diversity & Inclusion efforts can only go so far. In this roundtable presentation, we examine how investing in continued education as a benefit for career advancement is the key to a robust and effective DE&I talent strategy.

Led by

Lisa-Anne Ferris, Ph.D., Director of Client Success, Wiley | Education Services

12:30pm

Keynote Presentation

 

Fostering a More Inclusive Workplace with Immersive Learning

 

Imagine if your employees had the skills to foster an inclusive work environment. What if they didn’t just see and hear about inclusivity, but could internalize and reflect on it? With Immersive Learning in Virtual Reality (VR), they can.

 

Immersive Learning helps employees identify and respond to non-inclusive behaviors by providing real-world practice in simulated environments. Through experiences as initiator, subject, and bystander of microaggressions, learners build skills in communication, active listening, emotional intelligence, and taking initiative so they can effectively navigate non-inclusive situations when they arise.

 

Join Strivr’s keynote session to discover why Immersive Learning is so effective for inclusive conversation training and how companies can implement it at scale.

Presented by

April Kandel, Sr. Program Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Strivr

1:00pm

Keynote Presentation

 

Building Diversity into the Organizational Structure

 

It is one thing to have an organization that has diverse workers but what is more important is having a diverse workforce that truly feels included. Organizations can talk about diversity and try to make everyone feel included, but the real success is when those diverse workers actually feel included, their retention is high, and diversity is represented at all levels of the organization.

 

Join this session which will discuss executive support and accountability, systems and policies, as well as the answers to the most common questions on this topic:

 

  • What does a diverse organization truly look like?
  • How do you do succession planning with diversity at the heart?
  • How do you recruit for diversity and make it compatible?
Presented by

Lee Wills-Irvine, Head of Talent Acquisition & Culture, Sony Electronics

1:30pm

Keynote Presentation

 

More than Osmosis: How Small Learning Moments Help Create a High-Performance Culture of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

 

This session will share stories of progress and best-practices from top tier companies around the globe committed to fostering a growth mindset and learning culture in pursuit of real equity and inclusion at all levels.  Join this fast-paced session to discover effective strategies for:

 

  • Engaging “hard-to-reach” employees through microlearning moments.
  • Creating a learning journey that aligns with the overall organizational strategy.
  • Measuring traction and inspiring positive action at all levels.
Presented by

Claire Herring, CEO, Blue Ocean Brain

2:00pm

Networking Break & Exhibition Hall

2:15pm

Keynote Presentation

 

Are we Listening? State Farm’s Journey to Open and Honest Discussions with Employees

 

What do you do when confronted with work that requires pushing your company out of its comfort zone? How do you utilize and expand current programs and groups to get a better pulse on the lifeline of your company?

This year has pushed us to be more, do more, and yes… listen more. Our company, from the CEO down, has pledged to listen, really listen, to what employees are saying, feeling, and doing. The results? Far beyond anything we could have imagined.

 

This session will cover topics like:

 

  • Our 2020 D&I journey
  • CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion Pledge
  • Conversations worth having
  • Utilizing ERGs in D&I work
  • Why feedback matters
Presented by

Annette R. Martinez, Senior Vice President, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Companies

2:45pm

Keynote Presentation

 

How Human-in-the-Loop VR Simulations Crack the Code for Effective Diversity Training

 

This is the moment for human skills. Traditional, top-down, one-size-fits-all leadership is a way of the past. True leadership is highly context dependent and team driven. The modern leader is inclusive, assumes risk with judgment, provides certainty in an uncertain world, and inspires deep motivation with a lived-in, authentic grasp of the landscape and people involved. By offering immersive practice and precision in virtual connection and influence, VR simulation is the fastest way to achieve mastery of these skills. See it for yourself in this interactive session. See it for yourself in this interactive session that includes a scenario on handling microaggressions and a discussion of a National Science Foundation-funded study on using simulations for anti-bias training.

 

Powered by a blend of AI and live human interaction, experiential VR has become the ideal way to gain essential workplace skills and see rapid gains in leadership, communication, and empathy. It combines true human intelligence augmented by AI in order to unlock empathic potential in your workforce and ensure organizational readiness to perform.

Presented by

Monika Jo, Learning Partner and Applied Anthropologist, Mursion

3:15pm

Keynote Presentation

 

Exposing a Myth: The Lack of Black Talent

 

Many companies blame the absence of black leadership on the myth that there is a lack of black talent. However, that is not the case, and putting forth the effort to look, will prove there is plenty untapped black talent available. We are at an action point: we have listened, we have learned, and the question on the minds of many is how do we set plans into action NOW?

With the national spotlight on issues of racial injustice and the responsibility of companies to transform, years of excuses have developed and many yet to be unfolded, including the lack of black talent myth. Organizations can no longer stand by the belief that there is just not enough diverse talent available.

 

Join this session as it demystifies the lack of black talent, and delves into a multi-pronged approach to put plans into action, including:

 

  • Ensuring plans are systemic and long-term, rather than a temporary fix intended to simply appease the current climate of adversity
  • Implementing systems that increase retention and foster growth internally
  • Looking internally for current talent rather than sourcing new black talent to fill quotas
  • Identifying promotion opportunities for high-potential and high-performing talent internally
  • Establishing new protocols that promote an inclusive culture
  • Methods for a strong talent management program focused on bridging talent divides
  • Metrics and practices for recognizing and addressing gaps in hiring and promotions
Presented by

Vievette Henry, Global Head of Organizational Effectiveness & Inclusion, AIG

3:45pm

Keynote Presentation

 

Converting Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives into Measurable Change

 

Over the last several months, most companies have been re-examining their diversity and inclusion strategy, and with good reason. Black Lives Matter protests and other recent civil movements together with ongoing (and overt) systemic racism and sexism have shone a light on the lack of real progress. Workplace diversity and inclusion programs haven’t helped; in fact, recent data suggests they’ve done more harm than good.

 

As learning and development professionals we are all confronted with the challenge of delivering measurable change to our organizations in this time of new challenges.

 

Research and experience tell us that the methods organizations have used to deliver this kind of change in past have not worked. Should we explore new ways of converting the knowledge we’ve transferred into measurable behavior change at an individual level? Is it time to explore alternatives to traditional group learning and one-size-fits-all programs?

 

In this presentation, we will discuss:

 

  • The training challenges your organizations face when executing diversity, equity and inclusion strategies
  • How to measure DEI training results and demonstrating ROI at group and individual levels
  • Training solutions that have been successfully implemented
Presented by

Randy Sabourin, Co-President, Practica Learning

4:15pm

DEI in the New Normal

 

DEI is more important than ever given that we are in a new normal due to the pandemic. Biases are surfacing and we must take a stand against hatred, false blame for COVID- 19, and racial injustice. Everyone wants to feel like they belong and remote work is inhibiting that feeling, as well as creating new challenges for inclusion, engagement, and productivity. Leadership must acknowledge that one-size doesn’t fit all when working with employees remotely; in the new normal, people have additional responsibilities that require flexibility from leaders/managers (i.e. children at home). With states and schools reopening, we must be mindful of employee mindsets, including fear of contracting the virus and safety concerns around physically returning to offices – in other words, help teams manage anxiety.

 

In this session, we will discuss methods for leading with empathy, as well as:

 

  • The way diversity of thought, situations, and economic status play a part in how each person is dealing with the new normal
  • Ensuring fair treatment of our employees, including allocation of remote vs. in-office work, microaggressions in the workplace, and disability etiquette in the new normal
  • Identifying “purposeful” actions to implement, that ensure inclusivity of all team members in conversations, in order to get varying opinions and ideas
  • Engaging 1:1 with our team members, beyond staff meetings, to provide the transparency needed to know that each individual is mentally and physically engaged to complete the tasks assigned to them.
Presented by

Nichelle Grant, Head of DEI, Siemens

4:45pm

End of Virtual Summit

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Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion, and Talent Management practitioners Complimentary*
Solution Providers $149.99*

*Subject to Opal Group’s verification and approval. Only individuals who are practitioners within the following areas qualify for a complimentary pass: Diversity & Inclusion, Talent Acquisition, Talent Development, Talent Management, Human Resources, and Organization Effectiveness. Practitioners and executives representing solution provider organizations must register as a sponsor attendee.





Premier Sponsorship Opportunities


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The Diversity & Inclusion Virtual Summit is currently seeking solution providers to present case studies and share innovative solutions in the Diversity & Inclusion space. Learn more about sponsored thought leadership and branding opportunities by contacting info@opalgroup.net

  • Beyond Words: Creating a Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan For the Organization
  • The Future of Diversity & Inclusion is NOW: How to Roll-Out Future Plans in The Here & Now
  • Driving Change With Truth: Giving a Voice to Fear to Identify and Remove Barriers to Change
  • The Inflection Point: Examining History to Determine a New Path Forward
  • Capacity for Change: Identifying The Resources That Will Promote Diversity & Inclusion
  • Professional vs. Personal: Redefining Workplace Norms
  • Strength in Numbers: Strategies for Encouraging New Voices to Rise Up in The Organization
  • Broadening Horizons: New Recruitment Strategies to Source the Next Generation of Diverse Workers
  • Prescheduled One-to-One Meetings:
    Each participating solution provider and attendees will have pre-summit access to our matching software that allows you to completely customize your meeting agenda. The password-protected website provides the information needed to make your selections on who you want to meet with.

  • Exceptional Networking Opportunities:
    We strive to maximize your face-to-face time by providing a multitude of avenues to engage the senior executives in attendance. The agenda incorporates an off-site networking activity, networking luncheons and cocktail reception. Leverage the meeting’s intimate atmosphere to build strong personal relationships with current and future clients.

The Diversity & Inclusion Virtual Summit is an exclusive event for Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion, and Talent Management practitioners from leading organizations in North America and around the world.

 

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Join us! Interested in attending, speaking or sponsoring? Contact Bobby Swartout at (212) 532-9898 ext. 248 or email info@opalgroup.net.

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