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June 02 - 03, 2020

The message of our 2020 conference is clear. There is a direct line between effective D&I and organizational performance. Effective D&I, starting with individuals, l iberates the potential in all your people and translates into success. Failing at D&I is a missed business opportunity.

Now in its 24th year, the 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Conference builds on the collective experience of the four D&I Councils of The Conference  Board. With more 150 members, all senior D&I leaders from many of North America’s largest and most highly regarded employers, representing virtually every sector in our economy, our Councils are at the leading edge of thought and practice in this rapidly growing field.

We are one of the country’s most respected gatherings of D&I professionals. Our continued growth reflects the practical value this conference delivers: not abstract ideas but an opportunity for business leaders to make real progress in navigating their D&I challenges.

We tackle tough conversations: race, equity, intersectionality, and privilege, as well as newer areas of mental health, neurodiversity, ex-offenders, faith at work, allyship, age discrimination, and workplace culture.

If you work in business in 2020, you have been challenged by some aspect of D&I. You will be again. Join us in June to seek and share answers.

Register early and save! Book your seat by March 21, 2020 and save $400!

 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

GET INVOLVED! 

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

Speaking Opportunties: john.brewer@conferenceboard.org

Sponsorship Opportunites: michael.felden@conferenceboard.org

Marketing Partnerships: melissa.mianulli@conferenceboard.org

Group Registrations: brian.teagle@conferenceboard.org

Adetoro Adegbola, Program Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Etsy

Nadine Augusta, Americas Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Goldman Sachs

Susanne Bruyere, Director, Professor of Disability Studies, Cornell University

Janessa Cox-Irvin, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, AllianceBernstein

Jen Emira, PMP, Senior Employee Experiences PM, Accessibility, Co-Chair, disAbility ERG, Microsoft

Salka Fernandez, Design Director, J&J Solutions

Leslie Funk, Workplace Program Associate, Tanenbaum

Lisa Gutierrez, VP & Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Indiana University Health

Yariela Kerr-Donovan, Senior Director, Department of Human Resources, Strategic Workforce Development, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Antonette Ligons, Program Manager, Information Technology, Cisco

Tariq Malik, Director, Employee Relations / Diversity Analytics, Target

Tanya Meisenholder, Deputy Commissioner, Equity and Inclusion, New York City Police Department

Natasha Miller Williams, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Ferrara Candy Company

Ruth Rathblott, President and CEO, Harlem Educational Activities Fund

Jenny Sichel, Link 20 Program Coordinator, Ruderman Family Foundation

Claude Silver, Chief Heart Officer, Vayner Media

Adrianne Smith, Global Director of Inclusion and Diversity, WPP

Lisa Smith-Strother, VP, Global Head of Employer & Diversity Brand, Relx

Brad Wagner, Director of External Partnerships & ERGs, Target

Kellie Walenciak, Global Head of Communications, Televerde

Namrata Yadav, SVP, Global Head of Inclusion Strategy, Bank of America

Olga Yakimakho, Director, Leadership and Organizational Development, Special Olympics International

Julie Yoon, Consultant, DDI

Day One | Tuesday, June 2, 2020

9:00 – 9:10 am
General Session A:
Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:10 – 9:50 am
General Session B

Opening Keynote: Culture, Belonging, Diversity & Inclusion

In recent years Claude Silver has become a prominent advocate and practitioner of an alternative kind of leadership that puts people at the heart of organizations, focusses on creating a positive, psychologically safe workplace built on a sense of community and belonging.

In this opening session Claude will share her leadership philosophy and how this approach supports D&I in organizations

Claude Silver, Chief Heart Officer, Vayner Media

9:50 – 10:50 am
General Session C

Addressing Power, Privilege and Equity in Your Organization

Questions of power, privilege and equity are fundamental to successful inclusion.  Indeed it is not possible to really create cultures of belonging until everyone recognizes and addresses their privilege and the importance of equity. This interactive session will explore these issues and look at ways to have productive conversations in your organization and how to really embed these ideas into the culture as a necessary foundation of belonging.

Shilpa Pherwani, Principal/CEO, IBIS Consulting Group

10:50 – 11:15 am
Networking Break
11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Concurrent Session D1

Organizations for Everyone Session #2: Religion at Work

This panel discussion focusses on a new area for many organizations - religion in the workplace. This can be a difficult issue to navigate but as religion 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.

Moderator:

Leslie Funk, Workplace Program Associate, Tanenebaum

Panelists:

Janessa Cox-Irvin, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, AllianceBernstein

Nadine Augusta, Americas Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Goldman Sachs

Brad Wagner, Director of External Partnerships & ERGs, Target

Concurrent Session D2

Addressing Unconscious Bias – What Really Works and What Doesn’t

Many organizations either begin their D&I initiatives by instituting mandatory unconscious bias training or initiate an anti-bias initiative in response to a crisis. Yet research shows that these interventions have at best mixed results.

So, what is the best way to approach this issue which many agree is fundamental to successful inclusion? Is there a single approach that delivers results?

In this session D&I leaders will address this question as they discuss what they have found works for them and their organization – and where they may be devoted resources without yielding anticipated results.

12:00 – 12:45 pm
Concurrent Session E1

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome – What it Means to Belong

Ruth is an award-winning CEO, who is committed to creating inclusion for all. Ruth will share her personal and professional journey through the lens of someone with a visible disability, and what it is like to live life without limits or labels. Ruth will touch on the subject of visible and invisible disabilities, covering hidden differences & otherness, and belonging and imposter syndrome. Her story will speak to how we rise above life's challenges to gain the freedom of letting go of shame, the power of living authentically, and the recognition that our differences are our greatest gift.

Ruth Rathblott, President and CEO, Harlem Educational Activities Fund

Concurrent Session E2

Five Behaviors Leaders Need to Create an Inclusive Workplace

Relying on a small group of like-minded individuals in a market driven by ideas and innovations creates an enormous commercial risk. Not only is this a big risk but allowing talented individuals to stay hidden in the shadows leads to frustration and disengagement, which may result in lower performance and retention issues.

In this session, learn the five essential behaviors every leader needs to operate with an inclusive mindset. These are behaviors that can be learned and applied consistently to change the organizational culture and are critical to meeting diversity goals.

Julie Yoon, Consultant, DDI 

12:45 – 1:35 pm
Lunch
1:35 – 2:20 pm
Concurrent Session F1

Workplace Culture, Diversity and Inclusion: Harnessing the Power of Analytics and D&I to Transform the Future Workplace

Two of the defining characteristics of the future workplace will be the greater diversity of the workforce and increased use of analytics to make more evidence based human capital decisions.

This session will explore one organization’s diversity journey and how analytics has supported and informed D&I so as to identify areas for action, facilitate decision making and enhance the employee experience.

Namrata Yadav, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Inclusion Strategy, Bank of America

Concurrent Session F2

Panel Session: Getting Started With D&I – Lessons from Organizations Early in the Journey

This session, featuring three employers in the early stages of developing and executing a D&I strategy, will allow you to hear first hand about some of the challenges faced in making progress at this critical juncture.  If you are in the first three years of a D&I implementation you will want to join the discussion and share your own experiences.

Moderator:

Lisa Gutierrez, VP & Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Indiana University Health

Panelists:

Natasha Miller Williams, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Ferrara Candy Company

Adrianne Smith, Global Director of Inclusion and Diversity, WPP

Adetoro Adegbola, Program Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Etsy

2:30– 3:15 pm
Concurrent Session G1

Using Design Thinking to Develop an Effective D&I Strategy

Johnson & Johnson’s diversity and inclusion mission is to advance our culture of belonging, where open hearts and minds are combined to unleash the potential of a brilliant mix of people, in every corner of the enterprise.

J&J is applying a human-centered, purpose-led, and empathetic approach to employee experience for every person to use their unique experiences and backgrounds together to spark solutions that create a better employee experience to supports our deep commitment to profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity.

Utilizing design thinking as a strategic way of leading the organization toward organizational innovation, designing a distinct and intentional employee experience, is helping them execute the company mission with energy, ease, and authenticity.

Mary Quandt, Director, Experience Strategy, Johnson & Johnson

Salka Fernandez, Design Director, J&J Solutions

Concurrent Session G2

Diversity, Inclusion and Your Employer Brand

One clear way of demonstrating the value of D&I is the advantage it gives you when looking for talent in the labor market. And with skilled prospects in such short supply in many areas you need every advantage you can get.

With offices in 40 countries and over 30,000 employees RELX recently began actively leveraging their D&I success into their employer brand. You will hear how they went about this and the analytics they used to demonstrate their success.

Lisa Smith-Strother, VP, Global Head of Employer & Diversity Brand, Relx

3:15 – 3:30 pm
Refreshment Break
3:30 – 4:15 pm
Concurrent Session H1

Organizations for Everyone Session #2 – Ex Offenders and Women Prisoners

This session will look at the successful employment of two often overlooked groups – those currently incarcerated and ex-offenders.

You will hear how Johns Hopkins provides a path for ex-offenders to enter the workforce and seize the opportunity to succeed.

A recent study by Arizona State University identified the many benefits of Televerde’s prison employment program including higher rates of employment post release, lower recidivism as well as many benefits for the families of those incarcerated.

Yariela Kerr-Donovan, Senior Director, Department of Human Resources, Strategic Workforce Development, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Kellie Walenciak, Global Head of Communications, Televerde

Concurrent Session H2

Removing Bias From Recruitment

As the first step in the employee life cycle, if you want to succeed in D&I you have get this process right. Yet everyone knows too often recruitment is flawed with racialized candidates, women and those with disabilities finding themselves rejected too often despite being qualified for job.

This session will look at ways to remove bias from recruiting so that you can be sure you are hiring the best people for your organization and create the right foundation for a diverse and inclusive organization.

4:15 – 5:00 pm
General Session I

Allyship in Action – The Case Of “Men For Inclusion” at Cisco

Increasingly organizations are looking to allyship to further advance inclusive workplaces. To succeed organizations, need to enlist the support of white men.

In this session you will hear about an initiative at Cisco, “Men For Inclusion” that runs in six global locations. Starting with simple awareness building Cisco have made significant progress in getting men to actively support inclusion and take concrete action in their workplaces.

Some conversations have been uncomfortable as people have had to face and understand their privilege and work to ensure the organization creates a culture where everyone belongs.

Antonette Ligons, Program Manager, Information Technology, Cisco

5:00 pm
Conference Adjourns

Day Two | Wednesday, June 3, 2020

9:00 – 9:10 am
General Session J

Opening Remarks

9:10 – 9:50 am
General Session K

Setting Up the Next Generation for Success - Women, Intersectionality and the Future of Work

In a world that increasing needs STEM skills to succeed, much attention has been placed on recruiting and developing women given their low representation in this area. Unfortunately, not as much attention is being paid to the issue of intersectionality meaning not as much progress has been made for women of color or those with disabilities for example.

This session will share ways you can ensure greater equity in your organization when it comes to women and the future of work. Discussion will include the role of ERGs, advancing women to leadership roles and other tangible strategies.

9:50 – 10:30 am
General Session L

Organizations for Everyone Session #3: Disability in the Workplace

Paralympian and disability advocate Jenny Sichel will lead a discussion focused on the work of Link 20 a Ruderman Family Foundation initiative of young people advocating for greater inclusion for people with disabilities. Members of the group will share their personal experiences and discuss what employers can do to create greater inclusion for people with disabilities.

Discussion will include mental health and neurodiversity.

Moderator:

Jenny Sichel, Link 20 Program Coordinator, Ruderman Family Foundation

10:30 – 11:00 am
Refreshment Break
11:00 – 11:40 am
General Session M:

Neurodiversity in the Workplace

While neurodiversity is not a new concept many organizations have only recently begin to include neurodiversity in their D&I strategy or are looking to do so. The recent announcement of Greta Thunberg as Time’s person of the year and her characterization of her Asperger’s as a “superpower” have raised the appreciation that neurodiverse employees have a unique contribution to make and can indeed be a competitive advantage.

Panelists:

Olga Yakimakho, Director, Leadership and Organizational Development, Special Olympics International

Susanne M. Bruyère, Director, Professor of Disability Studies, Cornell University

Jen Emira, PMP, Sr. Employee Experiences PM, Accessibility, Co-Chair, disAbility ERG, Microsoft

11:40 – 12:20 pm
General Session N

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 possible 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.

12:20 – 1:00 pm
General Session O

Closing Panel – What’s Next for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging?

This concluding panel will bring together some of the issues discussed during the conference and reflect on what it takes to create organizations where people belong, contribute and succeed.

A key part of this discussion will be to project what challenges can D&I practitioners expect to face in the coming year and how can D&I professionals have a deep impact on the future of their organizations.

Tanya Meisenholder, Deputy Commissioner, Equity and Inclusion, New York City Police Department

Tariq Malik, Director, Employee Relations / Diversity Analytics, Target

1:00 -1:10 pm
General Session

Closing Remarks

LOCATION

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

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OUR MISSION

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

Supporting Sponsors
Ibis Consulting Group
Maven Clinic - D&I 2020 2020 - Supporting Sponsor
Associate Sponsors
DDI - D&I 2020 - Associate Sponsor
Limeade - D&I 2020 - Associate Sponsorship
Neuroleadership Institute - D&I 2020 - Associate Sponsor
SeekOut - D&I 2020 - Associate Sponsor
Exhibition Sponsor
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ILF 2020 Partnership

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