Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Virtual Summit 2021

Virtual
April 8, 2021

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Welcome to Opal Group’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Virtual Summit

DE&I in the Blended Workplace: Belonging, Justice, Prosperity, and Sustainability

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Virtual Summit is a gathering of Diversity, Equity, Equality, Inclusion, Belonging, 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.

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Opal Group is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.



Current as of April 5, 2021

April 2021 Speakers

Charlene Thomas, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, UPS

Dr. Andrea Hendricks, Senior Executive Director & Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Cerner Corporation

Dominica Groom Williams, VP, Office of Inclusive Engagement, Freddie Mac

Nancy J. Di Dia, Diversity, Inclusion, Culture, & Equity Officer, Boehringer Ingelheim

Erby Foster, Chief Diversity Officer, The Clorox Company

Silke Muenster, Chief Diversity Officer, Philip Morris International

Ron Adams, VP Field Diversity & Inclusion, Northwestern Mutual

Marco van Sterkenburg, CEO and Co-Founder, Drillster

Jennifer McCollum, CEO, Linkage

Paul Egan, Director, Business Development Director, Mursion

Karen Craggs-Milne, Head of Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, ThoughtExchange

Dessalen Wood, Chief People Officer, ThoughtExchange

Demetria Bell Anderson, Certified Facilitator and DEI Consultant, True Colors International

Greg Groce, Managing Director, Xprtise

Frederica A. Peterson, MA, CPC, ELI-MP, Leadership Coach and Facilitator, American Management Association

Natasha Miller Williams, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Ferrara

Joyce Petrella, Managing Partner, Calculus of Talent

Desiree S. Coleman, DE&I Leader, Fortune 50 Financial Services Company

Modupé R. Congleton, Head of Inclusion Diversity & Equity AWS Sales & Marketing, Amazon Web Services

February 2021 Speakers

Wema Hoover, Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Google

Tyronne Stoudemire, Vice President – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Hyatt Corporation

James Cheng, Global Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Zimmer Biomet

Kenneth Bailey, Director, Office of Inclusion and Civil Rights, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Susan Stith, Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion & Civic Affairs, Cigna

Jeff Becker, Director, Corporate Learning Solutions, American Management Association

Randy Sabourin, Co-President, Practica Learning

Claire Herring, CEO, Blue Ocean Brain

Georgia Coffey, Director, Enterprise Operations Global Diversity & Inclusion, Lockheed Martin

Justin Reyes, Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Major League Baseball (MLB)

Alan K. Nevel, Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity and Human Resources Officer, The MetroHealth System

Tennille Boyer, Global Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Blue Ocean Brain

(All times EDT)

9:45am

Welcome! Virtual Welcome & Exhibitor Showcase Opens: Review navigation tools, visit exhibitor booths, chat with sponsors and fellow event participants

9:55am

Chairperson Welcome

10:00am

Keynote Presentation

 

Examining the Employee Journey to Operationalize Diversity Retention Strategies

 

Every DE&I leader strives to increase retention of diverse employees, equity of opportunity, access at all levels of the organization, and ultimately to foster future leaders from within the organization. Charlene Thomas started as a frontline employee at UPS, navigated through various functional areas of the organization, rose in seniority, moved across the C-Suite, and now she has the opportunity to set and lead the DE&I agenda. From her experience, she has realized the value of a bottom-up approach. This session will cover the elements of her employee journey as an underrepresented minority that contributed to her success at UPS and offer lessons for DE&I leaders to employ at all levels of the employee lifecycle.
Drawing on her operational and lived experience, she will share the strategy behind her bottom up approach and how others can employ a bottom up approach without that lived experience.

Presented by

Charlene Thomas, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, UPS

10:35am

Keynote Presentation

 

Employing Emotional Intelligence for more Equitable Conversations During Promotions

 

Empathy is the linchpin skill in the modern workplace. Empathy allows us to imagine the world from different perspectives, unite across functions, generations, regions. Empathy has never been more important than today amongst the diversity, equity and inclusion reforms that are sweeping through corporate America. In this keynote we will talk about understanding and acting on accountability culture, changing behavior, and preparing our workforce to have the necessary softs skills to commit to every part of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Presented by

Paul Egan, Director, Business Development Director, Mursion

11:10am

Panel Discussion

 

Equity in the Eyes of the Beholder: An Intersectional Dialogue Around Intentions and Perceptions

 

While organizations endeavor to make improvements to diversity, equity, and inclusion in much more meaningful ways than before, there are still groups of individuals who feel the negative implications of those efforts that don’t account for the overlap of their overlap of self-identities. In this session, an intersectional group of DE&I leaders will deep dive into the root of this gap between intentions and progress.

Moderator

Joyce Petrella, Managing Partner, Calculus of Talent

Panelists

Ron Adams, VP Field Diversity & Inclusion, Northwestern Mutual

Dominica Groom Williams, VP, Office of Inclusive Engagement, Freddie Mac

Silke Muenster, Chief Diversity Officer, Philip Morris International

12:00pm

Lunch & Learns

 

Join us for an informal and interactive group session where we’ll discuss challenges and strategy implementations that are top of mind for today’s human resources practitioners

Track A: DE&I at Work: Four Essential Conversations to Have with Your Organization

 

All organizations have two types of DE&I work to do. The first type of work is work that we can anticipate and plan for – setting up diversity councils and resource groups, DE&I related policies and procedures, recruitment and hiring practices, etc. The second type of DEI work is the work that we didn’t anticipate but that is urgent and that requires leaders to step up in the moment. Recognizing that organizations typically find the urgent DEI work to be far more intimidating, this session highlights four urgent DE&I conversations all organizations should be prepared to have (Black Lives Matter, mental health, Capitol Hill and anti-Asian hate) and shows you how to move from #wordstoaction on these critical issues.

Led by

Dessalen Wood, Chief People Officer, ThoughtExchange

Karen Craggs-Milne, Head of Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Thoughtexchange

Track B: Beyond Training: Exploring Self-Awareness to Guide Leadership Behavior Change for Belonging

 

Too frequently organizations implement DEI initiatives that are focused on processes and programs, rather than their people.  Join American Management Association (AMA) to discuss the importance for leaderships commitment to lead towards a climate of belonging. Conversation will focus on the idea of self-exploration and awareness to inspire and influence others to install long-term behavior change and question; what’s working, what’s getting in the way and what changes you should consider.

Led by

Frederica A. Peterson, MA, CPC, ELI-MP, Leadership Coach and Facilitator, American Management Association

12:45pm

Keynote Presentation

 

Diversity Drives Innovation

 

Today’s global marketplace is very different from the one many of us grew up in.

 

  • Women and multicultural consumers account for 80% of shoppers
  • Women are the largest group; Multicultural is the fastest growing
  • Millennials represent our future for growth and innovation

 

Diversity isn’t as simple as grouping together different nationalities, races, genders, or cultural backgrounds. It’s about building an inclusive team with assorted thoughts and beliefs, when combined, help create a more comprehensive solution to global business issues. Even though this seems like an obvious truth, it’s remarkable how seldom we apply it.

 

We must create environments that value different world views, experiences, perspectives, and thinking styles. One where everyone feels a sense of belonging, respected, valued for who that are, supported by others, so they can do their best at work.

 

Think of diversity not as a problem or something that divides you. By working with an inclusive team, by tapping the best in each of us, building future diverse business leaders can be a game changer.

Presented by

Erby Foster, Chief Diversity Officer, The Clorox Company

1:20pm

Keynote Presentation

 

More than a Moment: Leveraging AI to Uncover and Fix DEI Gaps

 

Most organizations periodically pay attention to DEI-related topics. DEI knowledge and awareness improve during these campaigns, but can fade away quite quickly once the campaigns have ended. As a result, gaps in DEI knowledge start to arise. Drillster has developed a unique learning application that combines neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and smart technology to uncover and immediately fix DEI gaps for each individual employee, and the organization as a whole.

 

Drillster has a unique capacity to calculate how and when knowledge and awareness declines if they are not maintained. A notification reminds the participant to brush up on DEI awareness, just before it tends to decline. This way, optimal DEI awareness is at more than just a moment. It will be a continuous, personalized process that fosters sustainable impact for the organization and all people in it.

Presented by

Marco van Sterkenburg, CEO and Co-Founder, Drillster

Greg Groce, Managing Director, Xprtise

1:55pm

Keynote Presentation

 

Stimulating a Leadership Culture of Accountability and Allyship

 

For organizations to truly have greater accountability, they must have a prescriptive design embedded right into their DE&I work that includes an intersectionality, interactions, innovation, cultural intelligence, diversity of ideas, and inclusion or else risk having these same conversations 20 years from now. Looking at the past, present, and future, this session will dive into 6 ‘I’s’ framework, 4 approaches and one accountability and engagement model to leverage bold inclusion for greatness and even beyond.

Presented by

Dr. Andrea Hendricks, Senior Executive Director & Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Cerner Corporation

2:30pm

Keynote Presentation

 

Inclusion Redesigned: Actionable Steps to Transform Your Leaders & Organizations

 

Just as our broader society is beginning to understand the substantial changes needed to overcome systemic inequity and social injustice, our leaders are realizing that to be truly inclusive, organizational cultures and systems—and the talent within them—must change.
Now is the time to move away from our old language and perception of “Diversity & Inclusion”, which is not creating sustainable results despite investing $8B per year. Linkage, in partnership with Oshoke Abalu, offers the next chapter of inclusion, called Superpowers & Symphony. It is an invitation to belong that recognizes each individual’s unique strengths as “Superpowers” to unlock “Symphony,” our greatest resource to achieve true inclusion in the workplace.

 

Prepare to be inspired through this experience that immerses your executives, leaders and the workforce into the promise and potential of Symphony.  Discover practical and actionable steps to make work more inclusive, using four transformational keys to unlock and sustain an aligned workforce and organization.

 

  • Re-Language: Explore the invitation for a new language of inclusion to create Symphony
  • Re-Calibrate: Measure the current state of individual and organizational Symphony
  • Re-Focus: Develop the Superpowers of your leaders, teams and organization
  • Re-Unite: Expand and sustain Superpowers & Symphony in your organization
Presented by

Jennifer McCollum, CEO, Linkage

3:05pm

Keynote Presentation

 

How DE&I Leaders are Creating Allyship and Driving Change

Presented by

Desiree S. Coleman, DE&I Leader, Fortune 50 Financial Services Company

3:40pm

Keynote Presentation

 

Building Organizational Confidence and Competence: Elevating Empathy with the Language of Inclusion

 

Central to building a foundation of diversity, inclusion, and a sense of belonging in the workplace, organizations must encourage and allow team members to expand their diversity knowledge and self-awareness in a meaningful way that builds confidence and cultural competence.

 

Lack of awareness, understanding and acknowledgement in the workplace, can lead to miscommunication and conflict.  Whether they are related to visible or invisible diversity, whatever challenges need to be addressed in the workplace, it’s imperative for all employees to learn how to develop solutions that support collegial communication virtually and in person.

 

Join this session to learn how universal language can elevate the levels of understanding and empathy necessary for teams and organizations to perform productively.

 

Attendees will learn about our language of empathy and inclusion, and how you may utilize the True Colors experience to unlock and enhance confident and competent communication across your organization.

Presented by

Demetria Bell Anderson, Certified Facilitator and DEI Consultant, True Colors International

4:15pm

Panel Discussion

 

The Challenges and Strategies for Integrating Social Justice into the Workplace

 

With work and home combined, and social justice playing an important role in home life, the topic and what needs to be done can no longer be a taboo topic any longer. The topics in our personal lives can no longer be separated from our work lives. While 2020 was faced with physical divides, and still is, 2021 is being defined by ideological divides. Join this interactive discussion to hear how difficult conversations regarding social justice are being integrated into the workplace and why DE&I leaders are talking about and leading discussions about where employees and the company stands in regards to social justice in the workplace. Where do we go from here? Join this panel to hear from our experts.

Moderator

Natasha Miller Williams, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Ferrara

Panelists

Nancy J. Di Dia, Diversity, Inclusion, Culture, & Equity Officer, Boehringer Ingelheim

Modupé R. Congleton, Head of Inclusion Diversity & Equity AWS Sales & Marketing, Amazon Web Services

5:00pm

End of Live Summit Sessions

(Sessions will be available On-demand April 9th)

 

Exhibitor Showcase Open

Visit exhibitor booths, chat with sponsors and fellow event participants

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*Executives representing solution provider organizations can attend through sponsorship. For sponsorship opportunities, contact info@opalgroup.net



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More networking, greater interactions, bigger ROI:

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

  • Committing to Change: How to Turn Employee Insights into a Business Plan for Long-Lasting and Meaningful Change
  • Measuring the Success of Your Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives
  • Power Language: Keeping Language up-to-date in the Workplace
  • The Real Impacts of Microaggressions in the Workplace and How to Address Them
  • Leveling the Playing Field: Tried and True Equity and Inclusion Practices in the Workplace
  • Examining Intersectionality to Uncover Gaps in Your DEI Practices
  • Finding and Hiring Talent That Aligns with Your Corporate Values and Leads to Future Business Success  
  • A Blueprint for Your Immersive Environment: Fighting Fear and Inspiring Inclusivity
  • 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, Equity & Inclusion Virtual Summit is an exclusive event for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Human Resources practitioners from Fortune 1000 and leading organizations across the world.

 

Seniority:
CXO / Head / EVP / SVP / VP / Dir.
Job Function:
Diversity
Equity
Equality
Inclusion
Belonging
Culture
Talent
Human Resources
People
Learning & Development
EEO & Civic Affairs
Corporate & Social Responsibility

 

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

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