Covering, Intersectionality, and Allyship: The Next Way We Need to Advocate for Inclusive Organizations
Room: Main Ballroom
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?
A Look into Papa John’s Efforts to Drive a More Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Culture
Room: Main Ballroom
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.
Chief Diversity Officer and Special Assistant to the President for Inclusion and Equity | Clemson University
Mr. Gill brings over 20 years of private and public sector experience working with major corporate executives, law firm executive committees, hospital administrators, and college presidents. Lee Gill’s passionate belief is that no organization can afford not to harness the rainbow of demographic change for a competitive advantage. As he views it, “The Business Case for Diversity” is akin to the education process, “learn it well and be rewarded. Fail to learn it and be left behind.”
Lee received his B.A. degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, and his Juris Doctor Degree in law from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL.
On April 18, 2016, Mr. Gill was appointed as the Chief Diversity Officer and Special Assistant to the President for Inclusion and Equity at Clemson University.
He serves on numerous boards of directors including the Upstate Urban League, NCORE (National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education), the National Conference of Artists, Greenville United Way, and Hispanic Alliance. In 2014 he received the National Diversity Visionary Award from Insight into Diversity magazine for his significant contributions to diversity in higher education. In addition, Greenville Business Magazine named Lee “One of Greenville’s 50 Most Influential People” for 2016, and in April 2017 he received the Peace and Dialogue award by the Atlantic Institute.
Voiceless at Work? How to Retain Diverse Talent in the Workplace
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.
Join the presenters and attendees for networking and refreshments to celebrate diversity, engagement, and inclusion.
Room: Outside Main Ballroom & Outdoor Patio
Empowering Leaders of Distinction
Room: Main Ballroom
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