Session and Workshop Descriptions

Opening Session with Breakfast Keynote – 9 am to 10:15 am

 Covering, Intersectionality, and Allyship: The Next Way We Need to Advocate for Inclusive Organizations

   Room: Main Ballroom

 

Breakfast Keynote Speaker:

Jennifer Brown
CEO  |  Jennifer Brown Consulting

Keynote Description:

To give their fullest contribution, employees must feel they can bring their full selves to work; however research shows many do not feel comfortable doing so. They are spending valuable energy every day minimizing or managing aspects of their own diversity – of identity, background, experience – in order to succeed. This takes a particular toll on diverse talent – women, people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities – at a time when organizations are struggling to recruit, retain, and develop those same individuals. But all of us, and the business, pay the price.

Join Jennifer Brown — workplace Diversity and Inclusion expert, and author of Inclusion: Diversity, the New Workplace and the Will to Change — for a thought-provoking presentation about inclusion, the workplace and the call to action for leaders. In today’s shifting landscape, we need to think more broadly about the very definitions of diversity which will resonate with current and future talent.

How can we build more inclusive workplace environments where all kinds of talent feel welcome?

Workshop 1- 10:30 am to 11:45 am

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Voiceless at Work? How to Retain Diverse Talent in the Workplace

Room: 202AB

 

Facilitator:

Nicole Andrews
Career Consultant, Speaker & Founder | Nicole Andrews International, LLC

Description: 

Is your organization challenged with attracting diverse talent, experiencing turnover of diverse talent at higher rates, or has simply not seen the benefits of diversity in your workplace due to the inability to leverage the full potential of all talent? Come learn the number 1 thing that may be impacting your organization’s ability to retain diverse talent AND how to solve it. Discover a powerful, yet simple technique for quickly determining the areas that are causing diverse talent to leave or feel voiceless in an organization. You will learn strategies that will help an entire organization or individual leaders improve innovation, inclusion, retention, performance and engagement across all talent. Prepare for the changing workforce and get one step ahead of your competition in the war for talent in this informative and interactive session.

Diversity and Inclusion: By the Numbers – From the Inside Out

Room: 202C

 

Facilitator:

Ame Sanders
President | State of Inclusion

Description: 

Why the best opportunity to improve your organization’s diversity and inclusion performance may rest in better understanding and championing equity and inclusion across the community. We’ll use Greenville data to explore what this could mean for us, right here, at home.

Putting Your D&I Voice Into Action

Room: 102AB

 

Facilitator:

Kathy McAfee
America’s Marketing Motivator

Description: 

Standing up and speaking up for what you believe in can be challenging in the workplace. You have ideas that you know can add value to the organization, but sometimes it’s hard to be recognized and understood. There are many forces (internal and external) that seem to squelch our potential. In this presentation, guest speaker Kathy McAfee will share insights and actions to help you communicate and connect with greater confidence, clarity, and impact. By attending this session, you’ll come away with a greater understanding of:

 

1. Your own unconscious bias and how it might be getting in your way
2. The value of self-expression and mindfulness at work
3. Difference between ally and advocate roles
4. The power of vocal awareness and your visual communication
5. How your authentic personal brand can be leveraged to build more influence
6. The importance of a diversified network to accomplish your D&I goals

Finding Common Places Through Conflict Resolution

Room: 102C

 

Facilitator:

Zach Brewster
President & Chief Visionary Officer | The Bridge Builder

Description: 

The presence of conflict is a common challenge among all industries. Unfortunately, the absence of a policy or best practice to resolve conflict is common as well. This session will equip participants to develop the necessary skills to develop a common language to resolve the conflict by using our Diversity as a Strength.

Luncheon with Keynote – Noon to 1:30 pm

A Look into Papa John’s Efforts to Drive a More Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Culture

Room: Main Ballroom

 

Keynote Speaker:

Victoria Russell
Chief of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion | Papa John’s Pizza

Description: 

Victoria Russell, Chief of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) at Papa John’s will discuss the company’s existing efforts around DEI. Victoria will talk about creating a culture that reflects the wide range of communities where the company’s team members, franchisees, partners and customers live and work. Hear how Papa John’s has stood up a full Diversity & Inclusion Strategy supported from the top and how they encourage team members to use their voices to engage in courageous conversations and to participate in trainings that promote an inclusive work environment. Learn how they are identifying and engaging in unique partnerships as a company, as well as through its newly-formed The Papa John’s Foundation for Building Community.

Workshop 2- 1:45 pm to 3 pm

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Beyond Lip Service

Room: 202AB

 

Facilitator:

Nichelle Harrison
Founder | The MAP Agency

Description: 

The business case has been proven that diverse teams are good for business and few will dispute that things like equal pay for equal work, hiring veterans and career re-entry programs are good ideas. But far too often these good ideas are left as unachieved initiatives or merely posted on a website under D&I policies. In order for us to have a fully developed economy that works for everyone, we have to move beyond corporate lip service.

This session will examine the importance of reframing topics such as workplace flexibility and childcare solutions from women’s issues to societal issues. We will examine how these barriers not only stifle the growth and fortune of women but how they put the brakes on families and the overall economy. Within this topic, we will take a look at local and national programs that are making work actually “work” for everyday people. As well as why advocacy and awareness are important and how each of us can be a small part of a big solution.

Women and Automation – Breaking Barriers for the Future of Work

Room: 102AB

 

Facilitator:

Audra Jenkins
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer | Randstad, NA

Description: 

A comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategy helps businesses extend their reach and impact in the talent market, fuel innovation and drive better business outcomes. However, new and emerging technologies and trends are impacting how companies attract, retain and engage a diverse workforce. According to the World Economic Forum, 57% of jobs held by women are at risk of automation by 2026.
In this session you will gain insights on:
· robotics’ and automation’s effects on women in the workplace
· barriers to women and diverse groups in STEM
· best practices and insights to affect a culture of change impactful to the business

Closing the Generational Gap: Leveraging Generational Diversity for Competitive Advantage

Room: 102C

 

Facilitator:

Raven Solomon
President/Founder | The Center For Next Generational Leadership & Professional Development

Description: 

For the first time in history, there are 4, in some cases 5, generations working alongside one another in the workplace. Differences across these generations can create frustration, tension, and breakdowns in communication. These problems can stall productivity and create hostile work environments that lead to disengagement and dissatisfaction. Creating a culture where generational differences are welcomed and even leveraged can result in higher performance, happier employees and better places to work.

This unique and highly engaging workshop engages every attendee, no matter the age, as they learn about the differences and similarities across the 4 generations in the workforce, and how each can be leveraged to create cross-generational synergy that drives competitive advantage. Attendees will walk away understanding general characteristics of each generation, why these characteristics are as they are, how they tend to show up at work and how these things can benefit the top and bottom lines of the organization when leveraged properly. Attendees will also learn best practices to increase cross-generational synergy in their workplace.

Mentorship: The Secret Weapon You Need To Increase Your Workplace Inclusion

Room: 104AB

 

Facilitator:

Janice Omadeke
Founder / CEO | The Mentor Method

Description: 

The annual spend on diversity retention in the US is $16B, but companies are still finding it difficult to keep their diverse talent from leaving to competitors. That’s because the old approaches don’t account for the millennial workforce and the future of work. With 37% of diverse professionals leaving their employers per year, companies understand that retaining their next-generation leaders is essential to staying competitive in the market and developing strong future leaders. In this interactive workshop, we will cover how intentional mentorship is the missing tool in your diversity retention strategy by reviewing software, products, and engagement metrics you can take back to your company today to begin seeing results within a 6-month period.
Networking - 3:15 pm to 4:00 pm

Join the presenters and attendees for networking and refreshments to celebrate diversity, engagement, and inclusion.

 

Room: Outside Main Ballroom & Outdoor Patio

Closing Keynote - 4:15 pm to 5:30 pm

Empowering Leaders of Distinction

Room: Main Ballroom

 

Keynote Speaker:

Karen Hinds
Founder / CEO | Workplace Success Group, LLC

Description: 

With 10,000 baby boomers retiring daily and the accelerated pace of change, leadership development initiatives are starting much too late for companies to have competent leadership teams.  How do you get ready now to take your place as a global leader in an ever-changing diverse world?  Are you comfortable with chaos? Now more than ever, it is critical to understand, think, and act from a global perspective even if you have never left your city.  Organizations need grounded leaders who are adept at operating in multicultural contexts.  Are you ready?  The audience will learn the 7 principles that are critical for developing tomorrow’s leaders starting right now.

1. Know your value and lead with your strengths

2. Recruit, retain and refresh your personal and professional tribes

3. Write your personal operating manual

4. Be comfortable and confident with chaos

5. Communicate with power (best if in multiple languages)

6. Be a follower

7. Foster and thrive within inclusive communities

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Save The Date for Next Year: October 20th, 2020!