2017 Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Conference

June 15, 2017

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2017 marks the North Carolina Chamber’s inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Conference. This timely, information-packed program covers topics such as recruiting for diversity; fostering a culture of inclusion; evaluating D&I initiatives using proper metrics; understanding unconscious bias, and more. Content will valuable for a wide range of organizations and attendees, ranging from the young professional to seasoned executive. Seats and sponsorships are expected to sell out quickly for this event!

Get engaged: #NCTalksDiversity


What: Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Conference
When: Thursday, June 15, 2017
Where: Sheraton Imperial Hotel | 4700 Emperor Boulevard, Durham, NC

Registration & Sponsorships


Ticket Pricing:

Cornerstone Members: Early-Bird $175 | Regular $200 | Late $225
Members: Early-Bird $200 | Regular $225 | Late $250
Non-Members: Early-Bird $300 | Regular $325 | Late $350

Reserve a Table for 8: $1,500 for Members | $2,500 for Non-Members

The deadline for early-bird pricing was Thursday, May 18. Late registration pricing starts on Monday, June 12.

Draft Agenda

8:00 am
Registration and Networking

8:30 am
Opening Remarks
Lew Ebert, NC Chamber

Welcome Remarks
Presenting Sponsor, BASF

8:45 am
Recruiting for Diversity: How to Be Proactive and Intentional in Your Quest for a Diverse Workforce
Iris Austin, HR Business Partner, Volvo Group North America
Duke Chang, Head of Fidelity Labs, Fidelity Investments
Pat Andrews-Osula, Executive Director, Advisory Services, EY
Dee Condrey, Diversity and Inclusion Director, Northwestern Mutual
Valonda Calloway, Journalist, Host and Emcee (Moderator)

Not only is diversity recruitment the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do. Organizations with a diverse workforce have seen an increase in creativity, innovation and productivity. This panel of experts will discuss the hiring and recruiting procedures your organization can implement to ensure you have a highly qualified, diverse workforce.

9:30 am
Practicing Inclusion: Best Practices to Build a Culture and Climate that Fosters Employee Loyalty and Satisfaction
Seth Smiley-Humphries, Director, Global Diversity, Lenovo
Venessa Harrison, President, AT&T North Carolina
Kathryn Burdett, Vice President, Head of Diversity & Inclusion – Americas, Deutsche Bank
Justin Gayliard, Herbicides Manager – Regional Market Management, BASF
Gracie Johnson-Lopez, President and Principal Consultant, Diversity & HR Solutions (Moderator)

An inclusive work environment that successfully engages and supports all employees leads to a fulfilled and loyal workforce. Our panel of experts will examine some best practices, including Employee Resource Groups, mentoring programs, employee recognition programs and others that will help your organization improve employee retention and satisfaction.

10:25 am

10:45 am
Understanding Unconscious Bias
Gracie Johnson-Lopez, President and Principal Consultant, Diversity & HR Solutions

This presentation will deepen your understanding of unconscious biases, how they influence behavior, and how they impact us all. You’ll also learn four steps you can take to help counter bias in the work environment. This interactive and dynamic session begins with a brief introduction to unconscious bias, a debrief of Unconscious Conscious and a structured process for managing biases. Participants will share moments that matter through discussion and learn to hold themselves and others accountable with an intentionality on inclusion and belonging.

11:30 am
It’s all in the Numbers: Utilizing D&I Metrics to Gauge Accountability
Pete Sims, Diversity & Inclusion Client Manager, Bank of America
David LaBoy, Director of Diversity and Work Life, Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina
Yulonda Burris, Vice President and Diversity & Inclusion Manager, BB&T
Valonda Calloway, Journalist, Host and Emcee (Moderator)

Like all other initiatives in an organization, diversity and inclusion should be held accountable for return on investment. In order to measure this return on investment, you will need to ask the following questions:

• What do you want diversity to help you achieve?
• What do you need to implement?
• How can you measure it?

This panel of experts will discuss how your organization can answer these questions and the tools you can use to gather data and assess both quantitative and qualitative measurements.

12:00 p.m.
Lunch and Closing Keynote:Unleashing the Power of North Carolina’s Rich Diversity
Secretary Machelle Sanders, N.C. Department of Administration

A state is only as strong as its people, and increasingly, studies show that regions with cultural diversity are best poised to fuel innovation and economic development. Machelle Sanders, Secretary of the N.C. Department of Administration and former vice president of manufacturing and general manager of Biogen Idec, will discuss the importance of diversity as an asset that must continue to be unleashed across North Carolina.  She will draw from her private-sector experience leading and growing a diverse workforce, and share lessons she has learned regarding the positive impact of diversity in the workplace.  As part of one of the most diverse Cabinets of any North Carolina governor, Secretary Sanders will share her vision for the N.C. Department of Administration and thoughts on how North Carolina’s wealth of diversity can be a catalyst for a prosperous future for our state.

1:15 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Lew Ebert, NC Chamber

Continuing Education Credit

Pre-approved credit hours by HRCI: 4.25 HR credits
FORMAT: Live Group Study

The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

Silver Sponsor:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Bronze Sponsors:

Bank of America
Piedmont Natural Gas



Supporting Organizations:

LeadingAge North Carolina
North Carolina Institute of Minority and Economic Development
North Carolina Society for Human Resource Management (NCSHRM)

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