Session and Workshop Descriptions

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

Your Brain Is Good At Inclusion, Except When It’s Not

Room: 202ABC

 

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Steve Robbins
Founder  |  S.L. Robbins & Associates

Description: 

Often called a “diversity expert,” Steve readily admits that he doesn’t know if that’s the right title. Steve considers himself more an experienced student of human behavior. For him, issues of inclusion and diversity are fundamentally issues of human behavior in a world filled with human differences.

His life experiences and academic background in communication science, social psychology and cognitive neuroscience are the foundation from which he crafts his talks and workshops. That foundation guides his work and allows him multiple perspectives that he brings to bear on issues of inclusion and diversity.

Learn more about Steve and his incredible work here:   https://www.slrobbins.com

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

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Getting Unstuck From Your Thinking

Room: 102AB

 

Facilitator:

Traci Newkirk
Chief Team Developer | Unstuck

Description: 

Some employers may practice subtle discrimination based on race, gender or religious preference without even realizing it. What are subtle actions that are offensive, but perhaps unintentional? How can employees make employers aware they are being offensive? Join an honest dialogue that will reveal surprising insights and best practices to become more self-aware and mindful of how actions can unintentionally lead to lack of engagement in the workplace.

Developing Greater Awareness of Others’ Challenges & Rising to the Occasion to Help Them Succeed

Room: 102C

 

Facilitator:

Dr. Joe Ryan with Nikki Clinton, Sarah McAlpine & Erica Walters
Professor of ClemsonLIFE | Clemson University

 

Panelist:

Nikki Clinton
Job Coach ClemsonLIFE | Clemson University

 

Panelist:

Sarah McAlpine
Job Coach ClemsonLIFE | Clemson University

 

Panelist:

Erica Walters
Coordinator ClemsonLIFE | Clemson University

Description: 

Individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) face many daunting challenges in life regarding education, employment, wages earned, physical health, and independence. Particularly troubling is the area of employment. Recent studies report that employment rates for young adults with ID was merely 18%. One approach that has demonstrated success in increasing outcomes for individuals with ID has been participation in post-secondary education (PSE) programs. In this presentation staff members from ClemsonLIFE (Learning is for Everyone) a nationally recognized PSE program whose graduates have achieved a 96% employment rate will provide an in-depth overview of effective accommodations and strategies employers can implement to help them gain an effective and diverse work force.

Educating & Equipping Diversity & Inclusion Executives For Greater Impact

Room: 104AB

 

Facilitator:

Leah Smiley
President | Society for Diversity

Description: 

The purpose of the session is to help professionals elevate the role of a Diversity and Inclusion leader through the pursuit of excellence and effectiveness. Leah Smiley will help participants distinguish between a diversity leader and diversity manager, outline the roles of an effective D&I manager, and discuss formal education and professional development opportunities in the Diversity and Inclusion space. Participants will learn how to: (1) ascertain if their diversity efforts are perceived as valuable to others; (2) determine which professional development options are best for their career; (3) develop an elevator pitch describing their role, as well as create a relevant business case for the organization.

Luncheon with Keynote – Noon to 1:30 pm

A Fireside Chat

Room: 202ABC

 

Keynote Speaker:

Kelley Cornish
SVP | Head of U.S. Diversity and Inclusion | Human Resources | TD Bank

Description: 

Kelley Cornish, TD Bank’s, America’s Most Convenient Bank, Senior Vice President, Head of U.S. Diversity and Inclusion will sit down with David Lominack, TD Bank’s Market President for South Carolina, to discuss how TD has elevated excellence and delivered sustainable impact through its diversity and inclusion efforts.

Workshop 2- 1:45 pm to 3 pm

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Global Fluency: Functioning Successfully in an Increasingly Interconnected, Culturally Diverse Workplace

Room: 102AB

 

Facilitator:

Dr. Anita Tam with John Harvey, Janet Krupka, Dr. Taufiquar Khan & Ben Hadley
Professor | Clemson University

 

Panelist:

John Harvey
VP of Worldwide Human Resources | ScanSource

 

Panelist:

Janet Krupka
Director of Recruiting | Michelin

 

Panelist:

Dr. Taufiquar Khan
Professor of Mathematical Sciences; Chair, College Sciences Committee on Global Engagement | Clemson University

 

Panelist:

Ben Hadley
Senior Vice President, Business Development | Cooley

Description: 

This session will involve a panel discussion to include leaders of organizations that are constantly conducting business across the complexities of language and culture. The panel will give emphasis to the vitality of our workforce becoming globally fluent, not only to recruit and retain international companies, but also to foster a sense of inclusion and belongness by appropriately welcoming individuals of culturally diverse backgrounds. The panel will explore how building intercultural competence strengthens cross-cultural communication skills to benefit both business and personal relationships and helps maintain a region that is welcoming and inclusive of all cultures enhancing the economy.

Leading Through Difficulty: The Darker Side of Workplace Behavior

Room: 102C

 

Facilitator:

Dr. Charles Thomas
VP of Organizational Effectiveness & People Operations | Data Intelligence

Description: 

Dr. Thomas will offer insight into the various antecedents of deviant workplace behavior (lack of leadership, abusive supervision, psychological contract breaks, trust, social bonds/identity, etc.) and how leaders can effectively lead through difficulty. The discussion will also offer strategic and tactical recommendations that can be leveraged to enhance resiliency, trust, and organizational commitment within employees.

Positioning Your Voice & Influence To Foster Inclusion

Room: 104AB

 

Facilitator:

Dr. Katrina Hutchins
Re-Source Solutions, LLC

Description: 

How are you showing up? Are you maximizing your seat at the table? Are you thoughtfully and mindfully positioning your authentic voice for optimal impact? This session will explore the practice of self-inclusion as a means by which to harness your personal power and to master your influence.

 

Workshop 3- 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

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Unlocking The Potential of Women’s Leadership

Room: 102C

 

Facilitator:

Ann Warner
CEO | Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN)

Description:

Women are almost half of the workforce in South Carolina, but they are underrepresented in positions of leadership. Increasing women’s participation and leadership in South Carolina’s labor force is critical to economic growth for our state, but it won’t happen with business as usual. In this interactive session we will identify barriers and the most promising and practical strategies that employers, educators, and emerging leaders can use to unlock the potential for diverse women’s leadership.

The Power of Others: Building Better Relationships

Room: 102AB

 

Facilitator:

Timothy Pecoraro
Founder/Owner | Uphill Strategies

Description: 

It’s been said the most precious resource we have is our time. However true that is, even still more precious are people. One is too small a number to accomplish anything of great success, worth or value. We need people. With the rapidly changing world, we need to get better at our ability to relate, understand, release and maximize the impact of the potential of others. Having the right interpersonal connections to fuel growth and minimize toxic associations and their effects.

In this workshop, we will explore and learn what can be accomplished in our personal lives, communities, businesses and the world when we grasp and embrace “The Power of Others.”

Elevating Diversity and Inclusion Through Collaborations

Room: 104AB

 

Facilitator:

Leah Smiley
President | Society for Diversity

This session targeted specifically for D&I practitioners and those charged specifically with D&I responsibilities in their respective organizations leaders. The objective of this session is to moderate a discussion that engages D&I leaders in our market on thoughts/ideas to leverage the expertise of the collective group for greater impact. The session will include could best practice sharing for how other markets have been able to successfully achieve impact through collaborative model, ways to actualize forming of a coalition for sharing lessons learned, resources, etc., describing what that path forward plan should look like and how to best sustain it. The call to action is to invite D&I leaders to create ways to take actions – intentionally and proactively – to collectively elevate the work of inclusion for the entire Upstate.
Networking Reception - 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Join us for this reception to celebrate diversity, engagement and inclusion. This event allows the day’s conversations to continue and provides opportunities to speak one-on-one with the presenters, as well as, explore their products and resources.

 

Room: 202ABC

Closing Keynote - 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm

The Value of Difference

Room: 202ABC

 

Keynote Speaker:

Joe Gerstandt
Speaker, Author + Advisor

Description: 

With a passion for helping people interact differently in the world, Joe is dedicated to throwing out old rules and replacing them with creative new strategies that better serve today’s society. By helping his audiences remove false barriers, Joe is able to liberate the unrealized potential that exists in individuals, groups, and organizations.

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